Lee District School Board Newsletter

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Tamara Derenak Kaufax

Contact Tamara:

Phone: 571-423-1081

Angela Petro

Executive Admin Assistant

Upcoming Events

Regular School Board Meeting

5/10 7:00 p.m.

Luther Jackson MS

All-Day Work Session

5/14 11:00 a.m.

Gatehouse Administration Center

Budget Public Hearings

5/15 Luther Jackson MS

5/16 (if needed)

Budget Work Session

5/17 6:00 p.m.

Luther Jackson MS

Regular School Board Meeting

5/24 7:00 p.m.

Luther Jackson MS


Edison HS

5/3, 5/5


Hayfield SS

5/4 - 5/5

The Wedding Singer

5/17 7:00 p.m.

MS Orchestra Concert

5/31 7:00 p.m.

HS Orchestra Concert


Lee HS

5/8 7:00 p.m.

Spring Orchestra Concert


Twain MS

5/4 - 5/6

Beauty & the Beast

Serve on FPAC

The Fairfax County Public School Board invites applications from Lee community members interested in serving on the Facilities Planning Advisory Council (FPAC). FPAC advises and informs FCPS staff and the School Board in the development of comprehensive, long term plans for facilities.


The Facilities Planning Advisory Council consists of 13 members, one from each Fairfax County district, three at-large representatives, and one representative from the City of Fairfax, each appointed for three year terms.  The Board will be appointing two council members for terms ending June 30, 2021. 

FCPS encourages individuals with experience in construction, engineering, architecture, land use planning, development, demographics, government operations and financing to apply. The deadline to submit an application is May 21


Submit an application.


Don't Forget: Teacher Appreciation Week May 7-11 

May 2018 Newsletter

The end of the school year brings many mixed emotions -- the excitement of year-end celebrations, the stress of SOL and finals testing, the pride in knowledge and skills gained, and the satisfaction of personal goals achieved. For some families, this year will be remembered as the year your child learned to read, or mastered their multiplication tables. For some it’s the first time your child has played an instrument, auditioned for a play or made a varsity team. And for others, this is a year when your child’s hard work will be acknowledged with their name announced, a walk across a stage, and the presentation of their High School diploma.

Whereever your family finds itself on their journey through FCPS, I encourage you to stay active and involved in your child's education. Enjoy these last few weeks of school by celebrating your child, their efforts and their many talents. 

FY 2019 Budget

I always say that strong schools make a community strong - and in order to keep our schools strong - we must invest in them. Our schools play a huge part in creating a vital and vibrant Fairfax County. We here in FCPS are privileged to have an outstanding team of professionals working for our students' success.  We have long been committed to hiring and retaining the best teachers- for as we know, it is the teacher who is the heart and soul of the classroom.  Unfortunately, for many years, we have endured budget cuts and frozen salaries which have left us losing ground to neighboring jurisdictions who were able to offer more competitive salaries.

This year our budget was developed with an intentional commitment to invest in our employees - particularly our teachers. This week, the Board of Supervisors (BOS) adopted the FY 2019 budget at its May 1 meeting, which fully funds the $2.9 billion requested from FCPS. I thank the BOS for their collaborative efforts to fully fund our school division’s FY 2019 request. When we invest in our schools, we invest in our children. With this budget, we are investing in our students and protecting their access to an outstanding education . We are investing in our teachers by providing competitive salaries that will help retain top talent. The School Board is hopeful for this progress to continue for years to come. Our students, parents, employees, and entire school community benefit when we work together to fund our schools.


To stay engaged throughout the budget process, visit the FCPS website. I also encourage you to attend a budget public hearing, scheduled for May 15 and May 16 (if the second is needed) at Luther Jackson Middle School. The Approved Budget will be adopted during the May 24 Regular School Board meeting.

Franconia Elementary students celebrated International Day by wearing clothes from different cultures, greeting each other in different languages, and sharing artifacts from different countries.

Lee HS Library

Congratulations to Lee HS for being named the 2018 National School Library Program of the Year by the American Association of School Librarians! This Award honors school library programs that empower their students and staff to be effective users of ideas and information in a constantly changing school and library environment. Literacy efforts are infused into every corner of the school through strong leadership and community engagement. One outstanding example is the recent school-wide Hour of Code event offered in multiple languages, providing open access to this computer science introduction. Students and staff also came together recently to read Congressman John Lewis’s Civil Rights memoir, “March.” The librarians led book discussions, helped teachers develop lessons, and created supporting video and art to enhance participation.

Congratulations again to Lee HS, and co-librarians Mimi Marquet and Lisa Koch, for creating effective thinkers, readers, and researchers with their innovative ideas and programs.  Lee HS will receive $10,000 toward its school library program and will be honored in June at the American Library Association’s annual conference in New Orleans.

View the FCPS video featuring the Lee HS Library.

Edison HS Awarded RAMP Designation

Edison HS was recently awarded by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) with a Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) designation. ASCA recognizes schools that provided comprehensive, beneficial, data-driven counseling that supports student achievement, collaborates widely with the community, and connects to the expressed goals and missions of the school. 


Currently, twenty-four FCPS school counseling programs have active RAMP certification. Edison HS, along with four other FCPS schools, will be recognized at the July ASCA national conference in Los Angeles. Congratulations to all Edison counselors and thank you for the support you provide!

Lancer Singers
The Lee High Lancer Singers earned a Gold rating at a choral festival in Philadelphia and have been invited to perform at Carnegie Hall.

West Potomac Wins VDOE Grant

West Potomac Governor's Health Sciences Academy was recently awarded a $37,500 grant from the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) to purchase upgraded equipment for their program. West Potomac Academy will purchase six zSpace systems, adding to the one single system they currently have. These computers use 3D technology that combines elements of augmented and virtual reality to simulate lifelike experiences. The grant will increase access to include 400 students across the health sciences programs.

FCCPTA Scholarships Available

FCCPTA Scholarships: Ask your Seniors to apply now!

Fairfax County Council of PTAs (FCCPTA) is proud to offer scholarships ranging from $500 - $1,000 to graduating Fairfax high school students with an active PTA/PTSA in good standing as of June 30, 2018.


Scholarships are awarded not solely based on academic achievement or financial need, but also on a demonstrated commitment to, and engagement in, community service. The number of scholarships awarded each year depends on proceeds from various scholarship fundraising activities.

Applications must be received by May 11, 2018.


Bush Hill Picture Day
Kindergarten students are ready for their close-ups on picture day at Bush Hill Elementary.