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Lanier Middle School Eco-Club Partners with Accenture for Community Work Day

Almost 20 Lanier Middle School (LMS) Eco-Club students participated in a community work day in the City of Fairfax on Veteran’s Day sponsored by management consulting firm, Accenture and Virginia Lands and Waters.
Students and volunteers planted blueberry bushes and Sweetbay magnolia trees in and around Lanier’s bioretention cell. The bioretention cell, created earlier this year in partnership with Lands and Waters, includes indigenous plants to help reduce the runoff from the parking lot. Eight students, led by LMS special education science teacher Faiza Alam, 20 Accenture volunteers and two staff from Lands and Waters worked together on Monday to expand the project.
At Kutner Park, 10 students along with Accenture and Lands and Waters Volunteers worked to remove invasive species and plant native trees and bushes. This is the second consecutive year the three groups have worked together in environmental study and community volunteer projects.


“Students learn best when they are able to apply concepts learned in class to real life situation and they become good citizen by engaging in community service,” said Alam. “The Veteran’s Day Community Workday with Accenture on is a perfect example. The students are applying the science concept of understanding the ecosystem and human impact while being great environmental stewards.”


Freddie Tetteh – Lanier Middle School

Name: Freddie Tetteh

School: Lanier Middle School.

Position: Building Supervisor, LMS

How long have you been at LMS? I have been working at Lanier for ten years.

What is your favorite part of your school? The members of the custodial, the administrative and teaching staff are friendly. Working towards improving education for the children.

What do you like about this age? They are young enough to be molded and for an adult to have a positive influence at such an early stage in their academic career.

My favorite book I have read is Treasure Island.

If I could be another profession I would be a teacher.

My favorite place to travel is Ghana because that is home and most of my family and  relatives reside there.

My favorite thing to do on weekends is to spend quality time with my family.

Lanier Middle School Hosts Special Naturalization Ceremony

Twenty five new citizens sworn in at LMS

Lanier Middle School (LMS) hosted a Special Naturalization Ceremony in partnership with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on Wednesday, September 25. Twenty five new citizens from 23 countries took the oath of allegiance in the LMS theater. Students from LMS studying civics were able to witness the ceremony, along with the candidates’ families and friends.

Organized in part by LMS civics teacher Bill Byrne, the school worked closely with the USCIS to host the event. Members from the LMS chorus led by director Juliana Woodill welcomed the group with the National Anthem. The ceremony began with a video from former Secretary of State and immigrant Madeleine Albright and reading of the 23 represented countries including the United Kingdom, Egypt, Morocco, Canada and China. USCIS Washington District Director Sarah Taylor administration of the Oath of Allegiance to the 25 candidates. The director then asked one of the new citizens, Lance Corporal Devon Preston to lead the group and audience with the Pledge of Allegiance.

“Lanier was delighted to have the support of USCIS in sponsoring this event,” said Byrne. “Witnessing an actual naturalization service seemed to be thought provoking experience for many of our students.”

Congressman Gerry Connolly, Principal Dr. Scott Poole and Mr. Byrne welcomed the group to citizenship and praised their effort and hard work. The 45 minute ceremony concluded with a video from President Obama and a presentation of certificates to each of the candidates.

City of Fairfax School Board Member Dr. Mitch Sutterfield attended the event. “The proceedings were exhilarating,” said Dr. Sutterfield. “Twenty five people from 23 countries pulled up stakes, left their communities, learned a tricky language and built new homes and careers in a land far away. We natives tend to be sour on the USA occasionally – we see and read every day ‘the daily bummer’, the chronicle of our shortcomings. Then we see these energetic, enthusiastic new Americans celebrating our country as they join it, and we leave the negative behind for a while.”

Kathryn Teague, Lanier Middle School

Name: Kathryn Teague 

School: Lanier Middle School 

Grade/Subject: 7 and 8 grade counselor

How long have you been an educator?

I’ve been in education 10 years. I was a teacher for 6 years before I became a counselor. This is my 4th year as a counselor.

What is your favorite work to do with kids during the year?

I recently started doing classroom circles (a restorative justice technique that encourages responsibility and collaborative problem solving) and so far, this has been my favorite counselor activity.

What do you like most about your school?

I love that the vast majority of Lanier staff members and students are open to trying new things, especially if we think it will have a positive impact on student achievement. In addition, I adore my department; everyone in the Counseling Department is amazing! It really is a great place to work.

Why do you like this grade (best thing about this age of students)?

I love that middle school students are this wonderful mix of young and old, mature and immature, goofy and serious. It is a good fit for me, because I have not quite grown up all the way (and hope I never do).

One tip for parents:

Ask questions and listen to your kids. They may act mute at this age, and they might act like they want nothing to do with you, but let them know you want to know them and they will let you.

5 Quick Q&A

Favorite book? Diary of a Wimpy Kid series

I’ve never actually read them, but when I see how eager my older son is to read them and how much he laughs when reading them… I love it!

College/University attended?

Yale University. I also went to George Washington and George Mason for Masters programs, and NOVA for a few necessary credits.

If you could be another profession, what would it be?

A member of the Saturday Night Live cast. They get the act, sing, dance and make people laugh.

Favorite place to travel?

The beach, preferably the Caribbean

Favorite thing to do on weekends?

Anything outside with the family. Hiking, biking, that sort of thing.


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

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