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City of Fairfax Schools Superintendent First Day of School Schedule

City of Fairfax Schools Superintendent Dr. Peter Noonan will visit all four city schools on Tuesday, September 3rd. All times are approximate.

10:00 – Daniels Run Elementary School, Adam Erbrecht, principal

10:45 – Fairfax High School, David Goldfarb, principal

11:30 – Lanier Middle School, Scott Poole, principal

12:15 – Providence Elementary School, Jesse Kraft, principal

For more information, please call the City of Fairfax Schools office at 703-385-7911

Back To School Important Dates!

School staff members are returning to set up class rooms and getting ready for students!

Here are some important dates for our four schools:

Daniels Run Elementary School

August 16th – Kindergarten Safari 10:00

August 29th – Open House 1:00 – 3:00

Providence Elementary School

August 15th – Kindergarten Courtyard Safari 9:00

August 29th – Kindergarten and 1st Grade 12:00 – 1:00; 2nd – 6th grade 1:00 – 2:00

Lanier Middle School

August 28th – Eagle Fly By 2:00 – 7:00

August 30th – New Student Orientation  (incoming 7th graders and new 8th graders) 9:00 – 11:00

Fairfax High School

August 27th – Rebels Reunite 3:00 – 7:00

August 30th – New Student/Parent Orientation 9:00 – 12:00



Looking Back on the 2012-2013 School Year

For many of us summer is a time to reconnect with our kids, get outside, and hopefully take time to reflect on the past school year. At our June school board meeting, I was so proud as the City of Fairfax School Board honored over 200 students for their many accomplishments this past school year. While I am never surprised at the success of our incredible kids, I continue to be impressed.

The City Schools’ staff and I met with the City School Board at our annual retreat last month to review the year and set priorities for the upcoming school year(s). In my next blog post, I will discuss some of our goals for the 2013-2014 school year, but for today I thought our community members would be interested in some of the many accomplishments by our city schools and students this past year.

In 2012-2013 our School Board and Staff:

  • Worked with Fairfax County Public Schools to complete a successful boundary study that will mitigate overcrowding at both Fairfax High School (FHS) and Lanier Middle School (LMS) in the coming years
  • Recognized over 350 exceptional students, staff, and school events – Continued our engagement with the City of Fairfax including involvement in the Fall Festival, 4th of July Parade, FHS Homecoming Parade, student work showcased in the Spotlight on the Arts, and having our students lead the Pledge of Allegiance at city council meetings
  • Improved our communication with the community including launching a new website, writing multiple blog postings for Fairfax City Patch, increased our presence on Facebook and Twitter, and continued our award winning online newsletter CloseUp
  • Cleaned up and restored school grounds at all our schools after the June 2012 derecho, including replacement of damaged bleachers at FHS
  • Installed two new bathrooms at Providence Elementary School (PES)
  • Extensive grounds clean up at Daniels Run Elementary School (DRES)
  • Partnered with Lands and Waters to create a bioretention cell at LMS

Our schools and students also continued to shine. Here are just a few highlights of their many accomplishments:

  • FHS was awarded a gold medal by U.S. News & World Report and named the 11th best high school in Virginia
  • LMS Eco-Club was a first place winner for the Caring of our Watersheds Contest
  • DRES was named for the sixth year as a Virginia Naturally School for their incredible work in their outside living classroom
  • DRES students were first place winners at the NoVa Outside Green School
  • PES was honored by FCPS with a Blue Ribbon for their amazing Mentoring Program
  • Lanier Middle School after school specialist Julio Dejo received the FCPS Support Employee of the Year award
  • PES launched their S.T.E.M. lab – one of the finest in the state to expose all students to not only science, technology, engineering and math, but critical thinking and collaboration as well
  • Adam Erbrecht, principal of Daniels Run Elementary School was nominated for the FCPS first year principal of the year
  • FHS Wind Ensemble participated in the exclusive Music for All Nations Festival in Indianapolis, one of only 16 schools from around the country invited

It is reflections such as this that remind us all how fortunate we are to be part a community such as the City of Fairfax. I look forward to the upcoming school year with anticipation and excitement. As always, we want to hear from you and there are many ways for us to keep in touch.

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No Rest for Learners: Summer in the City

The City of Fairfax Schools welcome students this summer for fun, learning and preparation for the upcoming school year. With camps and programs designed specifically to help bridge the summer gap, City of Fairfax schools are providing a number of ways for students to continue learning and be prepared in September.

According to the National Summer Learning Association, students can lose up to two months of grade-level equivalency in math skills. Johns Hopkins studied Baltimore Public Schools and noted that some students lose more than two months in reading achievement over the summer months.

To combat this loss, city schools worked with Fairfax County Public Schools and the City of Fairfax to create specialized programs to aid a number of students. The goals of the programs are to strengthen basic skills through learning opportunities that challenge students, review content and use critical thinking skills. For example, students entering kindergarten with little or no preschool experience will be able to participate in school routines and social activities at both Daniels Run Elementary School and Providence Elementary School.

For older students, subject-specific classes such as Algebra will be available to provide additional time and support. In addition, selected rising 7th and 9th graders will be given opportunities to ease the transition from one school to the new school. There will also be advanced academic boot camps to help prepare students to the rigors of AP/Honors classes at Fairfax High School.

In all schools, there will be a strong literacy and math focus. Project LIFT is a research-based summer reading program for 4th and 7th grade students. At the end of the school year, school librarians assisted students to choose high interest, appropriate reading level books to increase retention. Both elementary schools will be holding “reading parties” in their school libraries complete with pizza and stories for students to enjoy.

Fairfax High School is working to promote literacy with a community-wide book recommendation – Peak by Roland Smith. Students, staff and family members are encouraged to read about a teenager sent to Thailand to live with his estranged father. The father and son climb Mount Everest and learn to set goals, “climb high, sleep low”, collaborate and use critical thinking to stay alive in the harsh environment. In keeping spirit with the goal, City of Fairfax School Board Members and staff all purchased the book to read this summer and plan to discuss in the fall with FHS students and staff.

“Study after study show teachers need to ‘reteach’ information from the previous school year because of the amount of academic loss over the summer,” said Dr. Peter Noonan, Superintendent of City of Fairfax Schools. “Working with parents, we as a community – through the schools, public library and free City of Fairfax cultural programs – can provide a number of opportunities for students to learn and engage.”

For more information on summer programs, please contact the schools directly. School contact information can be found on our website

Fairfax High School Softball Field Sound System Q & A

Here are some answers to frequently asked questions regarding our new sound system for the Fairfax High School Softball Field. Have more? Let us know in the comment section or send us an email at

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When is the public hearing for the Special Use Permit for the sound system?

The public hearing date is to be determined. Once we are aware of the date, we will be sure to post it on our website and Facebook page.

What is the decibel level of the sound system?

During the second of the two sound test evenings the decibel level was measured by a member of the FHS physics department and it was determined that the sound level (in centerfield) was equivalent to a conversational level.

Will the sound system be used for events outside of the softball games?

No – The sound system will only be used for games sanctioned by the Virginia High School League (VHSL). The VHSL is the governing body for high school sports in Virginia. Therefore, the only games that sound will be used for announcing will be high school softball games. Further, there will be no sound available for community use scheduled on the softball field. This is similar to the provision currently in place for the lights.

How many nights per school year are there games and what months do they take place?

There are approximately 14 nights that games will take place.  Traditionally the games are played on Tuesday and Friday. Game begin at, or about, 6:30 p.m. and games usually only last 2 hours. The season starts at the end of March and will go through early May.   

How long does a softball game last and/or what are the times of the games?

A typical softball game will last between 1.5 and 2 hours. Most games begin at, or about, 6:30 p.m. and end at, or around, 8:30 p.m.

Will the sound system be used to play music before, during, or after the game?

Yes – just like the boys baseball team, music will be played before, during, and after the game. However, the level of music can be adjusted in an effort to be sensitive to the community.

Can the volume of the sound system be adjusted manually from the press box or is it a fixed volume?

Yes – the sound system can be modified from the press box.

Where are the speakers mounted and what direction do they face?

The current plan is to have the speakers mounted on the top corners of the press box and facing toward the stands (not the field). This directional speaker decision was based on feedback from the first sound night where they were initially pointed toward the field.

Do other softball fields in the area have sound systems?

Yes – This is a major portion of the problem for FHS.  All have, or are in the process of getting, press boxes and sound systems in an effort to be proactive and avoid potential issues with Title IV. Girl’s sports must have equity to boy’s sports and currently the baseball team has sound and a press box.

How much relief to the decibel level does the tree buffer provide?

Sound travels until it hits a solid object. The tree buffer, particularly when “leafed out” provides some sound mitigation as the speaker sound hits the trees and bounces back.

Why wasn’t a sound system installed when the lights were installed?

This past year the Athletic Booster club embarked on a capital improvement plan to include building a press box/storage facility for the softball program.   Prior to the completion of this facility, there was no easy method or process to provide sound.

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