Friday, May 24, 2013
Kevin Cao was recently acknowledged by the Fairfax County Office of Public Private Partnerships.
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology student Kevin Cao was recently awarded the Tony Griffin Partnership Leader Award for his work with Growth and Inspiration through Volunteering and Education (GIVE) — a non-profit organization he founded with a fellow classmate and another student from Robinson Secondary School. Fairfax County and Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) recognized Cao and 11 other public private partners at an awards ceremony on May 21 hosted by George Mason University at the Mason Inn Conference Center and Hotel in Fairfax. “Hundreds of our local business and individuals are giving their time, talent and resources as partners in the community. When businesses, the county, FCPS and the local nonprofits …
Monday, March 25, 2013
Morning field trips are canceled due to snow.
Spreak break activities at Fairfax County Public Schools are delayed for two hours Monday morning due to the snowfall, according to FCPS. All FCPS school programs and activities that are being held during spring break will begin two hours late. Offices will open on time. Morning field trips are canceled. SACC centers will be open by 7:15 a.m. Adult and community education classes will start on time.
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Police say there is no threat, it's just for reassurance in wake of Connecticut shootings.
When children return to school on Monday, families should expect to see an increased police presence, according to the Fairfax County Police Department. The move is a reaction to Friday's shootings at an elementary school in Connecticut, where a gunman killed 20 schoolchildren and six teachers, according to police. The gunman also killed his mother at her nearby home. The following was posted by FCPD on its Facebook page on Sunday: As children return to school tomorrow, you will see an increased police presence at and around schools in the county. We want the community to know this is being done as a reassurance for parents, teachers and students and NOT because there is any threat. It is a result of the shooting in Newtown, CT. For …
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Fairfax County Public Schools does; should others follow?
There has been a shift in thinking about technology in our schools. For decades now, schools have played a role in introducing technology concepts to students. From the computer labs of the 1980s to the single computer on the teacher's desk to classrooms with multiple stations for students to work on, we have seen multiple approaches on how we should use these tools. We no longer view technology for technology's sake as a goal in itself. We've seen that the integration of new tools has to make sense. Teachers and students both have to 'buy in'--the technology has to make things easier, more engaging, more comprehensive, more efficient and yes, more fun. Otherwise, the resources spent and the time spent learning yet another system are …
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Deadline to sign up for admissions test to science and technology high school is Oct. 19.
Applications for Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST), the Governor’s regional school for science and technology in Northern Virginia, are now available both online and in paper form, Fairfax County Public Schools announced. Earlier this year, U.S. News named the high school second best in the United States and the best high school in Virginia. The school is highly competitive, drawing an average of 3,300 applications for fewer than 500 open slots every year. Over the summer, the Fairfax County School Board started to discuss what a different admissions process may look like to alleviate concerns about some lack of diversity and some slippage in test scores. Here are the details on the admissions process: …
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
High school students can check out higher learning choices Oct. 21 at Fair Oaks Mall.
Representatives from about 400 colleges and universities will be on hand Oct. 21 at Fairfax County Public Schools' (FCPS) annual College Fair. The 2012 College Fair will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Fair Oaks Mall. Students who register for the fair receive a pass admissions representatives can electronically scan to access their information, instead of asking students to fill out information cards for each college booth they visit. FCPS will also host the 2012 College Night at 7 p.m. Oct. 22 at Hayfield Secondary School. College Night is led by FCPS staff members and experts outside the system, who conduct a series of workshops on college-related topics, including SAT and ACT tests, career planning, financial aid, college …
Thursday, September 6, 2012
From email to e-newsletters, Blackboard to e-books at the library, tech tools are very much a part of the back-to-school equation
Back to school 2012 is a bit different than in earlier years. While some things will always be handled via paper and pen, technology tools are helping to make sure that parents are informed on the issues big and small. Here are a few ways that FCPS and your child's teacher will use technology to keep in touch and provide resources to help your child learn. KIT and KIT-Plus KIT (Keep in Touch) and KIT-Plus are the e-newsletter services that provide up-to-the-minute information for the public on school delays or closings, emergencies, information about FCPS programs and news stories. Parents, students and employees are automatically enrolled via their contact information provided to the schools. Parents and community members can also select …
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
A blog has been set up to take resident comments.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Fairfax County Public School officials are looking for your input on major projects involving school construction, maintenance, enrollment and projects. The school Facilities Planning Advisory Council (FPAC) is hosting an interactive blog and invites all county residents to join the online discussion about long-term goals for FCPS facilities. Residents can post their comments on the blog until the end of June. The FPAC is a citizens committee created to draft a strategic facilities plan including 25 proposed goals for the school system. The group looks at challenges for the system as demands on services and construction and other needs have to be met. In addition, residents are invited to attend upcoming meetings at Robinson Secondary …
Thursday, April 12, 2012
First two days of public hearings bring more than 100 people to Government Center.
Editor's Note: Patch has been live blogging the budget public hearings this week. Read full coverage from Tuesday and Wednesday for details about each speaker and their comments. Thursday's live blog will start at 3 p.m., so come back to this site to follow along. -------- School funding, affordable housing and support for the arts were among the issues Fairfax County residents and employees brought before the Board of Supervisors this week during public hearings on the Fiscal Year 2013 budget. After eight combined hours and more than 100 speakers, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is through two of this week’s three public hearings. The hearings began with a Fairfax County School Board presentation on Tuesday night. School Board …
Monday, January 23, 2012
Take our poll: Should school have opened on time?
The Federal Government announced Sunday night a delay for Monday morning due to expected ice and freezing rain. That sent many a FCPS student hitting the refresh button repeatedly, waiting for word of an expected two-hour delay Monday. The announcement never came, though, and school started as scheduled, even as some slid their way to class. What were conditions like in your neck of the woods? Should the schools have started on time? Lots of folks (disappointed students, perhaps?) don't think so—at 10 a.m. Monday #FCPS was trending on Twitter. Let us know what you think by taking our poll or writing in the comments section below.