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.
The Fairfax Connection profiled Lanier Middle School principal Erin Lenart in their September 7th edition. The article talks about Ms. Lenart’s start in education (when she was three!) and her path to LMS. To read the entire article, please click here.
Lanier Middle School welcomed Erin Lenart as its new principal following the departure of Scott Poole. Dr. Poole became the principal of Woodson High School in April.
Ms. Lenart joins LMS after many years of experience in the county. Ms. Lenart was an assistant principal at Thoreau Middle School and West Springfield High School.