December 2017 Newsletter from School Board Member Karen Corbett Sanders

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Karen Corbett Sanders

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Karen Corbett Sanders's Newsletter

Dear Families,


I hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving and were able to enjoy time with your family. It is hard to believe that we are in the final stretch until Winter Break!  I would like to use this opportunity to reflect on the achievements of our students and the relentless dedication of our teachers, staff, and parents. Our schools would not be the same without all of your efforts.  As we approach the Winter Break, and get ready to close out 2017 and enter 2018, I want to wish everyone a very joyful and blessed Holiday Season and a prosperous 2018!  


Fairfax County School Board, Board of Supervisors Adopt One Fairfax Policy

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and Fairfax County School Board have adopted a joint social and racial equity policy called One Fairfax. The School Board adopted the One Fairfax policy at its meeting on Nov. 20. The Board of Supervisors adopted One Fairfax at its meeting on Nov. 21.  This policy represents the commitment by both boards to consider equity in our decision-making and in the development of future policies, programs and services. One Fairfax offers a framework—or “lens”— for the county and schools to look intentionally, comprehensively and systemically at barriers that may be creating opportunity gaps across the county.


For more information, visit the county's One Fairfax webpage.


Board of Education Revises School Accreditation & Graduation Requirements

On November 16, The Virginia Board of Education approved revisions to the standards schools must meet for state accreditation and the requirements students must meet to earn a high school diploma.  For schools, the revisions to the board’s Standards of Accreditation are designed to encourage continuous improvement for all schools while placing increased emphasis on closing achievement gaps between student groups and providing a more comprehensive view of school quality.


For students, the revised regulations reduce the number of Standards of Learning (SOL) tests they need to pass to earn a diploma. The new standards also implement the “Profile of a Virginia Graduate,” a set of expectations that includes increased emphasis on developing critical thinking, creative thinking, communication, collaboration and citizenship skills, in addition to academic achievement in English, mathematics, science and history.  The profile of a Virginia Graduate aligns with Fairfax County’s Portrait of a Graduate.


The new diploma requirements would take effect with students entering the ninth grade next fall (class of 2022). Course requirements for both the Advanced Studies Diploma and the Standard Diploma would remain the same but the number of required verified credits would be reduced to five (one each in English reading, English writing, mathematics, science and history/social science). In addition, schools would be required to provide opportunities for students to learn about career options aligned with their interests in their own communities and elsewhere.


Under the revised standards, schools — beginning in 2018-2019 — would be rated as either “Accredited” or “Accredited with Conditions” based on performance on multiple school quality indicators. New indicators would include progress made by students toward proficiency in English and mathematics, achievement gaps in both subjects, absenteeism and dropout rates. Schools that fail to implement state-required improvement plans could be rated as “Accreditation Denied.”


To learn more, please visit the Virginia Department of Education website.


Fairfax County Special Education PTA Book Fair

Please join the Fairfax County Special Education PTA this Sunday, December 10 from 1:00 to 5:00 PM at the Barnes & Noble Book Fair (Barnes and Noble Fair Lakes - 12193 Fair Lakes Promenade Dr, Fairfax, VA 22033) to celebrate Inclusive Schools Week. Special Guest Readers include FCPS School Board members Jane Strauss, Dalia Palchik, Karen Corbett Sanders and Student Representative Niharika Vattikonda!

Come and enjoy music performances, bookmark making, and face painting!


Can't make it to a store that day? Visit BN.COM/bookfairs to support the book fair online from 12/10/17 to 12/17/17 by entering Bookfair ID 12214219 at checkout!


Winter Break Camp

When Fairfax County Public Schools are closed for the spring, summer and winter breaks, RECQuest offers an engaging, healthy and affordable recreation program for children to learn, play and serve. Activities include team sports, games, arts and crafts, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programming, service projects, cultural field trips and much more! Free nutritious lunches and snacks are served.


To learn more and to register, please visit:



2018-2019 Instructional Job Fair

FCPS wants you to be a part of our team!  We are searching for educators with a strong academic background and a passion to make a difference. To meet increased hiring needs we are hosting a job fair during which we will be interviewing for all instructional areas. Our fair will be held on Saturday, February 3, 2018.


To be considered for an invitation, you must:


Step 1: Review the qualifications for the area(s) which you are interested.

All applicants chosen for employment with Fairfax County Public Schools must meet Virginia Department of Education’s licensure requirements. By the contract start date for the position you are chosen, you must have or be eligible for a Virginia license appropriate to the position for which you are hired. See Virginia routes of licensure to learn more.


Step 2: Apply online

  • Go to Instructional Job Opportunities to search for jobs
  • Under Search instructional opportunities, type 2018-2019 in the text box and click "Search"
  • To review the details of the job, click the position title
  • After viewing the description, click "Apply to job"

Step 3: Complete the TeacherInsight (for teaching positions only)

First-time applicants for FCPS teaching positions are required to complete the TeacherInsight, an online interview. You will receive an e-mail with more details about the TeacherInsight once you complete and submit the online application.

Selected applicants will be extended an invitation to interview at the fair, via e-mail.  If you are selected, you will receive an e-mail no later than five days prior to the fair.

Questions should be directed to the FCPS Department of Human Resources at 571-423-3000.


16th Annual Alfred Street Baptist Church 2018 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Festival

Alfred Street Baptist Church invites you to attend the 16th Annual HBCU College Festival on Saturday, February 10, 2018 starting at 8:00 am at the GAYLORD NATIONAL CONVENTION CENTER201 Waterfront Street, Oxon Hill, MD 20745.

  • Over 70 Colleges and Universities will be represented
  • Some schools will offer instant admission, conduct on-site interviews, and waive application fees
  • Seminars for students, parents, and guardians
  • Band auditions (Must pre-register and bring your own instrument)

The HBCU College Festival is FREE, but everyone must register.


Important Dates to Remember

December 18, 2017 - January 01, 2018 - Winter Break


January 25 - Second Grading Period Ends


January 26 - Student Holiday


January 29 - Student Holiday 


School Board Meeting

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