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Providence ES Welcomes Dan Phillips as New Principal

dan-phillipsProvidence Elementary School named a familiar face as principal on Friday, August 26. Dan Phillips, a former assistant principal at Providence ES and Daniels Run ES and long-time City of Fairfax Parks and Recreation youth coordinator, was welcomed with enthusiastic applause by school staff in the cafeteria.

Mr. Phillips was introduced at a joint announcement with City of Fairfax Schools Superintendent Dr. Peter Noonan and Fairfax County Public Schools Assistant Superintendent for Region 5, Dr. Frances Ivey. The staff at Providence ES welcomed the selection of Mr. Phillips with a standing ovation and had “Team Dan” signs ready.

“We couldn’t be more excited to have Dan Phillips take the lead at Providence Elementary School,” said Dr. Peter Noonan, Superintendent of the City of Fairfax Schools. “He brings knowledge, passion and a deeply embedded understanding as a member of the City of Fairfax family to the principal position. We know, with the support of our great community, he will thrive which in the end will help our students do so as well.”

Philips is certainly at home in the City of Fairfax schools system. As a resident of the City, Phillips’s two sons are currently in Fairfax City schools. In addition, Phillips was the Youth Coordinator for the City of Fairfax Parks and Recreation Department before he began his teaching and administrative career. Prior to his work at Providence, Phillips was a 6th grade teacher and assistant principal at Daniels Run Elementary School.

“I am humbled and honored to be principal at Providence Elementary School,” said Phillips. “We have a school full of people who come to work every day to serve our students and school community. I could not be among better teachers, children, and families, and I full very fortunate toteam-dan-2 have this opportunity.

The staff was also introduced to the new Assistant Principal, Harry Belch, who will take over Phillips position. Like Phillips, Belch is very familiar with Providence ES, although with a different name. He was a staff member at the school when it was Jermantown Elementary School, and brought an original Jermantown ES t-shirt to show the staff. They quickly provided Belch with a Providence ES complete with the Panther logo.

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Providence Elementary School’s STEM Lab was recognized as one of 24 programs worldwide as a program of excellence from the International Technology & Engineering Educator Association (ITEEA).

Sponsored by the ITEEA and Paxton/Patterson, the Program Excellence Award is one of the highest honors given to Technology and Engineering classroom programs on the elementary, middle or high school levels. It is presented in recognition of outstanding contributions to the profession and students. The award was presented at the ITEEA annual conference earlier this month.

The Providence ES STEM Lab began in 2012. With two teachers dedicated to the lab, it welcomes all students in over 40 classrooms from grades K-6 throughout the year to solve challenging projects using the engineering design process. Each class spends rotates throughout the lab and spends five continuous days with each rotation solving a different challenge. The students work in teams and collaborate to find the best possible solution to their problem. Failure is encouraged to teach resilience, creativity and determination.

To see the STEM Lab in action, please visit the school’s you tube channel here.

City of Fairfax Schools Celebrate Holiday by Giving Back

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.

Providence Elementary School Principal Awarded 2015 Educational Leadership Award

Leadership Fairfax, a nonprofit organization founded by the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, awarded Providence Elementary School Principal Jesse Kraft with its 2015 Educational Leadership Award. The award was presented at a luncheon in Fairfax on Thursday.

“We are so proud of the work Mr. Kraft does on behalf of the City of Fairfax Schools,” said Dr. Peter Noonan, Superintendent of the City of Fairfax Schools. “His leadership permeates not only the school but our community in meaningful and powerful ways. This recognition goes a long way to publicly acknowledge his excellence in education and we celebrate with and for him.”

Founded in 1987 by the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Fairfax is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to build a base of understanding about the community, educate and inform and to ultimately engage individuals to become agents of positive change in Fairfax County and the Northern Virginia region. LFI sponsors two community leadership programs: The LFI Program and The Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI). Graduates of the programs are leaders in the business, government and nonprofit sectors of Northern Virginia.


Providence ES STEAM Lab Wins Program of the Year

Providence ES received the 2015 “Program of the Year Award” for its Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Science Lab from the Virginia Technology and Engineering Education Association (VTEEA).

PES students rotate 3-4 times per year in the STEAM Lab to conduct experiments and challenge themselves with team projects.


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