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The CARES Pizza Lunch scheduled for Dec 1st has been rescheduled for Dec 6th. 

Dear Stenwood Families:

Regular attendance at school is important.  This good habit transfers to other important endeavors as children grow older—they develop and stick to good routines, manage their time well, and later in life, will show dedication to their place of employment by showing up to work every day!  Please help facilitate this great habit by ensuring regular attendance at school.  As you know, parents receive a phone call through an automated system if the office has not been notified of an absence.  In addition a phone call automatically goes out if the absence is unexcused even if the office has been notified; Stenwood office cannot control the automated calls that go out for unexcused absences so thank you for understanding if you receive such a call.    


Principal Dammeyer


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Order deadline is Dec 4th, 2016.



Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) Advanced Academic Programs provide challenging learning experiences that are designed to meet the unique learning profile of a broad range of advanced learners. Through a continuum of opportunities, students engage in complex subject matter, preparing them for more challenging and rigorous classes as they advance in grade level. Children identified for FCPS advanced academic services exhibit exceptional performance capability in academic, intellectual, and creative endeavors. In order to meet their needs and develop to their potential, these learners require a differentiated curriculum.
Elementary School Opportunities

• Critical and Creative Thinking Lessons, Grades K-6 (Level I)
The first level is provided to all students in grades kindergarten through grade six and consists of model lessons that are designed to teach critical and creative thinking skills.  The lessons are modeled in all classrooms by AARTs and the thinking strategies are then used throughout the year by classroom teachers and other teachers who work with students. Student responses to these lessons are used as part of the identification process for levels II-IV.  Parents may also practice these strategies during family conversations and activities. 

• Differentiated Lessons in Areas of Academic Strength, Grades K-6 (Level II)
The advanced academic resource teacher (AART) collaborates with classroom teachers to provide additional challenge through lessons and resources that extend and enrich the POS. Screening for this level of service is ongoing throughout the school year.  The Young Scholars Model begins at this level and is designed to find and nurture advanced academic potential in students from historically underrepresented populations. 

• Part-Time Advanced Academic Programs, Grades 3-6 (Level III)
Students identified by a local school screening committee for part-time advanced academic services Level III are challenged through models and strategies designed to extend and enrich the POS in the four core subject areas.  Screening for this level of service is ongoing throughout the school year.

• Full-Time Advanced Academic Placement, Grades 3-8 (Level IV)
Students found eligible for placement in full-time Advanced Academic Programs Level IV through a central selection process receive a highly challenging instructional program in the four core subject areas.  Screening for this level of service occurs in the fall for students who are new to FCPS and in the spring for all other students. The referral deadline is October 6, 2016 for students who are new to FCPS and January 13, 2017 for spring screening.  

• International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (IBMYP): Selected Schools, Grades 6-10 
The IBMYP is designed for students ages 11-16. The program helps students develop the knowledge, understanding, attitudes, and skills necessary to participate actively and responsibly in a changing world. The curriculum is supported by the fundamental concepts of intercultural awareness, holistic learning, and communication.

• Honors, Grades 7-8
Advanced and/or accelerated classes are available for students in grades 7- 8 through an open enrollment process. Students receive instruction that is differentiated for advanced learners in the four core subjects in one or more areas of academic strength or interest. 

Multiple criteria are reviewed to determine eligibility for all FCPS advanced academic services.  The local school committee determines student eligibility for part-time school-based services. The countywide central selection committee determines eligibility for full-time AAP Level IV placement.

In the spring, the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT) is administered to all FCPS first grade students. In the fall, the CogAT- Custom Form is administered to all FCPS second grade students.  During the fall testing cycle, the NNAT and/or Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) may be administered to students in grades 3 - 6 who do not have an ability test score.  A second grade screening pool is established using the test results from first and second grade testing. Students in the second grade pool are automatically screened for full-time AAP Level IV placement.  Parents or guardians may exercise a one-time retest option during the fall testing cycle.


Parents or guardians of students not in the second grade screening pool may initiate the full-time AAP Level IV screening process by completing and submitting an Advanced Academic Program Level IV Referral Form to the local school principal no later than January 13, 2017.  No late referrals will be accepted. Second grade students not in the pool and all students in grades 3 - 7 are screened only by referral. Parents or guardians of students who are in the second grade pool will be notified by the school.  Students who are not in the second grade pool will not receive notification.  The benchmark score used to create the second grade pool will be published on the AAP website mid-January. 

Please do not wait for test scores before submitting a referral for your student in grades 2-7 as there will be no referrals for level IV screening accepted past the January 13, 2017 deadline.  If you are waiting for test scores and would like your student screened for level IV please submit the referral by the published deadline (even if you have not received the test scores for your student). 

For additional information, please click the link below.


12/01 PTA Silver Diner Dine Out, 5pm - 8pm
12/05 Make - Up Picture Day
12/06 CARES Pizza Lunch (Rescheduled)
12/07 PTA Meeting, 7pm
12/09 Battle of the Books
12/16 SCA Spirit Day, Future Day
12/19 - 01/02 Winter Break

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