Students from Lanier Middle School won two first place awards at the fifth annual School Environmental Action Showcase (SEAS) held at George Mason University. Lanier teams took first place in the Caring for Our Watersheds competition with a plan to plant native grasses, and first place in their division of the KidWind Challenge for the most efficient wind turbine design. Lanier Middle School is a Fairfax County public school
Three Lanier Middle School Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) students and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members hosted the school’s first sock drive for the homeless. The students, Nora Farid, Jules Welch and Sami Saghir collected only socks rather than other clothing items after discovering socks are the least donated clothing item. Upon doing research for their drive, they found the Fairfax-Falls Church region, has the second highest population of homeless in the area. The team found a homeless facility, the Katherine Hanley Family Shelter, located in Fairfax, to accept their donations. The February drive collected 649 pairs of socks.
The drive, known as Toasty Toes, is a community service project for the FCCLA State Leadership Conference to be held in Virginia Beach in April. The team will be competing in the STAR (Students Taking Action for Recognition) event, Chapter Community Service Display in the Junior category. If the group wins at the state level, they will have the opportunity to represent the state of Virginia at the National Leadership Conference held in San Diego this coming July.
“As their adviser, I am very impressed by the imaginative community service project these three students decided to do,” said Susan VonSchaack, Lanier Middle School teacher and FACS and FCCLA adviser. “The research proved that Fairfax County has a high homeless population which I believe gave Sami, Nora, and Jules even more determination in having a successful campaign.”
Erin Lenart, principal of Lanier Middle School (LMS) presented her first State of the Schools to the City of Fairfax School Board on Monday, March 7, 2016. Ms. Lenart took the helm of LMS in July of 2015 after Dr. Scott Poole left to become principal of Woodson High School in Fairfax.
Ms. Lenart shared her “Lanier Lessons” she has learned in her first semester as principal. Part of those lessons include that Lanier students are “creative and critical thinkers; they care about each other, their community and the environment.” Ms. Lenart also shared the Lanier staff that is “dedicated who are constantly seeking to improve alongside each other, their leadership and [the] school.”
The presentation continued with the LMS Strategic Plan with three main goals: a multi-tiered support system for all students, 8th graders will pass the reading and writing SOLs or will have a student success plan to have them reach grade level, every student will feel connected to an adult on campus.
Ms. Lenart also asked Julio Dejo, the LMS After School teacher and former FCPS Support Teacher of the Year to talk about the comprehensive after school program. Over 30 LMS teachers and 15 Fairfax High School students offer clubs such as EcoClub, Math Club, Science Olympiad, Homework Club, sports, art, cooking, and even a card game club.
The meeting can be viewed on the City of Fairfax Government website.
City of Fairfax students celebrated the holiday season by giving back to their community. Student leaders collected food, clothes, toys and pet supplies to donate to local charities and charities around the world.
- Daniels Run Elementary School students collected old denim shorts, jeans and jackets for Sole Hope, an organization that provides services and goods to children in Africa. Sole Hope produces hundreds of recycled shoes by using old jeans to make shoe covers and old tires to make the soles of the shoes.
- Providence Elementary School collected boxes of food each year and donates them to the Salvation Army.
- Lanier Middle School’s National Junior Honor Society collected holiday donations during a Giving Tree charity drive. Students and faculty donated over 100 toys and books and filled 12 bags of groceries for Lanier families seeking assistance this winter.
- Fairfax High School Leadership collected over 2000 pounds of food which was donated to Food for Others, an organization dedicated to distributing food to Northern Virginia residents in need.
- Fairfax High School DECA students collected pet food and supplies for the Fairfax Humane Society. The students provided the Humane Society with one of the largest donations the group has seen in recent years. Students dropped off the food on Friday, December 18th.