Newsletter from School Board Member Karen Corbett Sanders

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Karen Corbett Sanders

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Karen Corbett Sanders' Newsletter


Dear Families,


As we welcome November with the chill of fall in the air, I hope the school year has settled into a positive and productive routine for your family. November is a busy month for our students. Below are a few things to note for the Mt. Vernon School District.

The FCPS Mental Health and Wellness Conference

The Fairfax County Public Schools Mental Health and Wellness conference will be held on Saturday, October 29, 2016, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Fairfax High School.  The keynote speaker will be Dr. Dena Simmons, Director of Education at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, and the featured speaker will be Dr. Gloria Addo-Ayensu, Fairfax County Director of Health.


A wide variety of resource tables will be available to participants, as will be more than 50 breakout session options, including a special screening of the new documentary, Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope (  This documentary, directed by James Redford and premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, explores how adverse childhood experiences (ACE) can alter brain development and be predictive of future health issues.  The documentary also features the work of pediatricians, therapists, educators, and community leaders engaged in a national movement to educate others on the importance of preventing childhood trauma and treating toxic stress as ways to improve the health of future generations.  To read more about the conference and to register, please visit:


Cybersecurity Youth Conference

In recognition of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Marshall Academy—a Governor’s STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Academy—and George Mason University (GMU) will host the first Cybersecurity Youth Conference on Saturday, October 29, at GMU’s Fairfax campus.  The conference is designed to expose elementary, middle, and high school students and their parents to cybersecurity fundamentals. The event is sponsored by Northrop Grumman, IBM, Booz Allen, Symantec, and the University of Virginia (U.Va.). 


Check in begins at 9:30 a.m. and the conference will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Included will be keynote speakers, breakout sessions, an exhibit hall, and hands-on activities.


The event will feature keynote speakers Ruthe Farmer, Senior Policy Advisor for Tech Inclusion, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President, White House; and Virginia Secretary of Education Dietra Trent. Participants may register here.


Important Dates To Remember

November 4 - First Grading Period Ends


November 4 - Students Released Two Hours Early


November 7 - Student Holiday


November 8 - Student Holiday


November 23 - Students Released Two Hours Early


November 24-25 - Thanksgiving Break


School Board Meeting

The next School Board Meeting will be held on November 3, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at Jackson Middle School.  Information about upcoming meetings and agendas can be found here