October 2017 Newsletter from School Board Member Karen Corbett Sanders

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Karen Corbett Sanders's Newsletter

Dear Families,


It is almost hard to believe that the first quarter is coming to an end! It is my hope that your student is adjusted well to the school schedule and routine and we are well on our way to a productive school year. I also hope that you have taken the time to become engaged in your student’s school, gotten to know their teachers and offered to volunteer in the classroom or in support of extra-curricular activities.  I also encourage you to take advantage of this upcoming long weekend to enjoy family time, recognize our Veterans and vote.

PreK Classroom Visit at Riverside Elementary School

I had the opportunity to visit one of our PreK programs at Riverside Elementary School last week. I would like to thank Riverside staff for hosing me and making this a successful visit. I am once again reminded of the talented staff that we have working in our schools and the high-quality of the preschool programming we offer.



Student Leadership Program - Deadline Extended

The School Board Student Leadership Program provides an excellent opportunity for high school students to learn how local government works and provide a voice for our students on key policy issues facing our community.  The program is open to any high school sophomore or junior in good academic standing.  We are accepting applications for the Student Leadership Development Program, open to any high school sophomore or junior in good academic standing.


The deadline for application submission has been extended to Friday, November 3. To learn more and to apply, visit: https://www.fcps.edu/node/31703.


Community Conversations Meeting with Dr. Brabrand

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) Superintendent Scott S. Brabrand will host five Community Conversations this fall to hear what students, parents, employees, and members of the community are thinking about and what issues are important to them. Brabrand welcomes community members to attend and take part in any of the upcoming sessions that are convenient for them.


The meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a meet and greet, followed by discussion and questions from the audience from 7 to 8 p.m. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 8, in the Lecture Hall at Hayfield Secondary School in Alexandria.


See the complete list of Community Conversations.


The 2017 Superintendent's Luncheon

Join the Foundation for FCPS on November 20, 2017, at the Superintendent’s Luncheon. Business and community leaders will gather at Hilton McLean Tysons Corner to celebrate Fairfax County Public Schools and our community. Hear from the new Division Superintendent, Dr. Scott Brabrand, the Secretary of Education for Virginia, Dr. Dietra Trent, and recognize the great work being done in public schools to prepare students for an exciting and innovative future. The FCPS Champions Award will be presented to First Lady of Virginia, Dorothy McAuliffe, for her work to end childhood hunger.  The Business, Community, and Workforce Development Partners of the Year will also be recognized. Sponsorships and single tickets are available on the Foundation for FCPS website.


Neighborhood Ambassadors- Recruitment

United Community Ministries (UCM) is in the process of recruiting  Neighborhood Ambassadors for Opportunity Neighborhoods, Mt. Vernon. Opportunity Neighborhoods is a collaborative effort between the school system, the County’s Community Services and the local non profit organizations to provide coordinate and provide comprehensive services to our families in need.  Ambassadors provide a voice for individual neighborhoods that are impacted by this program in the Mt. Vernon High School Pyramid.  To learn more, please visit the UCM website or contact Stephanie Hopkins: stephanie.hopkins@ucmagency.org or 703-255-8961.


Opening of Schools Report 2017

Below you will find a link to the Opening of Schools Report 2017. In the report you will find the latest statistics on transportation, hiring, demographics, and the CIP Projects update.




Renaming of J.E.B. Stuart High School

In July 2017, the School Board voted to rename JEB Stuart High School. In September, Superintendent Brabrand held two community meetings in the Mason District to obtain community input on potential names. Seventy-three names were proposed by the community. This past Thursday, the School Board voted to change the name of J.E.B. Stuart High School to Justice High School. The name Justice recognizes the important contributions to the pursuit of justice that have been made by three inspiring individuals proposed by the community -- Justice Thurgood Marshall, Barbara Rose Johns and Col. Louis G. Mendez. I urge you to look into each of their compelling and inspirational legacies, which are also excellent discussion topics for teachers and students in Fairfax County. The Superintendent will be bringing an implementation plan to the Board in December 2017. The Board has expressed an expectation that private donations will cover a substantial portion of the costs of changing the name. FCPS has created a mechanism for receiving such donations. The link can be found at: https://www.fcps.edu/justice. Any funds raised in excess of the actual cost of changing the name will be used to support student programming at the newly named Justice High School.


Update on the Reuse of the Original Mount Vernon High School

I am thrilled to announce that the OMVHS continues to attract new occupants important to our community. In October, the Fire Marshal opened a local Fire Prevention Division/Inspection Branch Office in the building. We are optimistic that this office will be able to provide opportunities for the students at West Potomac Academy to learn from fire and rescue professionals in the field. 


This coming Monday, Fairfax County Public Schools will open an office for FCPS Student Registration, ESOL Assessment and Testing and Community Liaison. This location will provide increased access for students in the Mount Vernon and Lee Districts to access important resources. I am also pleased to announce that the Board of Supervisors, allocated year end monies for the retrofitting of classrooms in the building for early childhood education. These building uses are an excellent example of how the two boards are working together to most effectively serve our community.


Important Dates to Remember

November 3 - First Grading Period Ends - Students released two hours early


November 6-7 - Student Holidays 


November 22 - Students released two hours early


November 23-24 - Thanksgiving Break


School Board Meeting

The next School Board Meeting will be held on November 9, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at Jackson Middle School.  Information about upcoming meetings and agendas can be found here