March 2018 Newsletter from School Board Member Karen Corbett Sanders

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Karen Corbett Sanders

Phone: 571-423-1086


Lisa Madeja

Executive Admin Assistant

Karen Corbett Sanders's Newsletter

Dear Families,


Spring is almost here, and Spring Break is just around the corner! The second half of the school year is always a busy time for our students as our standards of learning testing will begin shortly, so please encourage your students to take time to relax during the break so that they can come back ready to learn. You should be receiving communication from your principals about testing dates scheduled for each school.  Below you will find information on the upcoming budget town hall meeting and other events and dates that may be of interest to you.

Joint FCPS/Fairfax County Budget Town Hall Meeting

Hosted by Mt. Vernon District Supervisor Dan Storck and School Board Member Karen Corbett Sanders

Please join School Board Member Karen Corbett Sanders and Supervisor Dan Storck for a joint FCPS/Fairfax County Budget Town Hall Meeting and presentation of the FY 2019 budget followed by a community conversation. No RSVP necessary.


Monday, March 19, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.


Whitman Middle School - cafeteria

2500 Parkers Ln

Alexandria, VA 22306



The 2018 Special Education Conference is Saturday, April 21

The 13th Annual Special Education Conference will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 pm. at Hayfield Secondary School.

  • Online registration is now open.
  • Parents and community members will also be able to register by phone at 703-204-3941.
  • FCPS educators, administrators, and preservice teachers should register online. FCPS staff will earn five reertification points for attending the entire conference.

Check out the full details about the conference program, list of workshops, and Exhibit Hall.


Each year our keynote presenters draw a wide audience of parents, educators, pre-service teachers, and community members eager to hear latest research, strategies, and trends in the education of students with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities.


This year’s conference focuses on building inclusive practices to support development of 21st Century skills and Portrait of a Graduate (POG) attributes for students with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities.


FCPSOn Community Meetings Scheduled in March and April

Want to learn more about FCPS’ plans to extend student learning and increase equitable access to technology? Attend one of five community meetings planned in March and April to hear more about FCPSOn and how it leads to personalized, meaningful learning experiences for students. 

FCPSOn provides a device for each student and allows students opportunities for deeper understanding of content and skills outlined in the Portrait of a Graduate in order to be successful in the workforce of the future. All meetings will begin at 7 p.m. 


Learn more about the meeting dates and locations.


Opportunity to Apply for Student Representative to the School Board

Each year, FCPS students have the opportunity to apply for the position of the student representative to the School Board. The student representative is not a member of the School Board but serves in a nonvoting, advisory capacity, representing the interests of the students of Fairfax County Public Schools. Students who are currently in grades 9, 10, and 11 are eligible to apply, and they do not need to be current members of the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council (SAC). Applications are due March 22, 2018. The application and related details can be found at Please publicize this opportunity to your student.


High School Students Invited to Fairfax County 2018 Teen Job Fairs

Fairfax County high school students looking for their first part-time job, summer and seasonal job opportunities, or who want more information about potential career pathways are invited to attend one of six upcoming teen job fairs in Fairfax County. Job fairs will be held as follows:

•    Saturday, March 17, 1 to 3 p.m., South County High School, 8501 Silverbrook Road, Lorton.  

•    Saturday, April 7, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Chantilly High School, 4201 Stringfellow Road, Chantilly.

•    Saturday, April 14, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Mount Vernon High School, 8515 Old Mount Vernon Road, Alexandria.  

•    Saturday, April 21, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., South Lakes High School, 11400 South Lakes Drive, Reston.

•    Saturday, April 28, noon to 2 p.m., West Springfield High School, 6100 Rolling Road, Springfield.


Local businesses and agencies will be on hand to offer a range of opportunities including part-time employment, internships, and volunteer work for prospective students. Free booth spaces are provided to local businesses.


Online registration is available for students interested in attending.  Complete information about the Teen Job Fairs is available online


Mount Vernon H.S. Class of 2018 Mulch Sale

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Mount Vernon High School Spring Mulch Sale will be held Saturday April 14th, 2018.  The purpose of the sale is to help decrease costs supporting the current graduating class.  With our ever evolving demographic we find our school increasingly dependent on these efforts.


Please click on the link below to order online.


Parents and neighbors, the Mount Vernon H.S. Class of 2018 could use your help with the mulch sale on April 14 from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (or until finished). The following items are needed:

  • 3-5 large trucks
  • 8-12 pickup trucks
  • Vehicles to drive students to delivery locations
  • Morning and afternoon food and beverage items to feed volunteer workers and students

Please contact  or have your student sign up in the senior subschool.


Your support is greatly appreciated!


Important Dates to Remember

March 26-30 - Spring Break


April 2 - Student Holiday


April 13 - Third Grading Period Ends - Students Released Two Hours Early


April 16 - Student Holiday


May 28 - Memorial Day - Student Holiday


June 7 - Graduation on or after this date


June 15 - Last Day of School (scheduled)


School Board Meeting

The next School Board Meeting will be held on April 12, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at Jackson Middle School.  Information about upcoming meetings and agendas can be found here