Braddock District Upcoming Events and January 2019 Newsletter

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Braddock District School Board Member - Megan McLaughlin

Contact Megan:

Phone: 571-423-1088


Cheryl Austin

Executive Admin Assistant

Happy New Year -


I hope everyone enjoyed a well-deserved winter break with loved ones, as well as the recent snow fall! While FCPS schools and Central Offices were closed, the School Board proceeded with today’s 5-hour work session in reviewing FCPS’ Resource Stewardship Goal 4 Report, Student Enrollment Analysis and Trends, and its annual Capital Improvement Program.


Enclosed in my newsletter are some important upcoming community events, as well as a spotlight on some of my recent school visits in the Braddock District. 


1. January 16th Office Hours

2. January 17th “One University” project community meeting

3. January 24th “Angst” documentary, Woodson HS

4. FCPS’ new Ombudsman Armando Peri

5. Interim Region 4 Superintendent Jay Pearson

6. Spotlight on Braddock District school visits:

     Olde Creek ES

     Eagle View ES

     Braddock ES

     Wakefield Forest ES


I want to call special attention to this Thursday’s community meeting for the “One University” residential project because the potential traffic impact could affect all who live within the Braddock District. If you are unable to attend the meeting, please learn more about this project from Supervisor Cook’s recent newsletters and share your feedback with his office. Civic engagement is so important to preserving the quality of life we enjoy here in Fairfax County. 




January Office Hours This Week

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

9:30 - 11:00 AM

Supervisor Cook's Office | Meeting Hall

9002 Burke Lake Road, Burke, VA 22015


I hope you will join me in reviewing Superintendent Brabrand’s proposed FY2020 budget, student/teacher stress related to workload and large class sizes, as well as other topics of interest.


 *Supervisor Cook's office is in the same building as the Kings Park Library. The library will be closed, so please park and enter through the opposite side of the building, which is closer to the Bank of America.


“One University” Residential Development Project

This Thursday at 7:30pm, Supervisor Cook is hosting an important community meeting regarding the potential traffic impact of the One University residential development project, near Braddock Road & Rt 123. This proposal could include 1000 housing units (plus comparable parking spaces). 


One building will offer 100 senior affordable housing units (for residents aged 62 and older) A second building will offer 140 affordable multifamily units, and a 256-space garage to be located under the building, plus additional surface parking spaces around both buildings. The application also proposes a 5+ story building with up to 362 units (designed specifically for 819 college students), and a structured garage for 650 parking spaces. Thus, the proposal indicates a 1,000+ more cars may be added to this residential area.


Thursday, January 17, 2019

7:30 PM

Fairfax Villa Elementary School

10900 Santa Clara Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030


Angst Documentary Showing at Woodson High School

The Woodson PTSO and the Family & Student Enrichment Programs Committee are hosting a screening of the video, "Angst," a documentary that raises awareness about anxiety. This video is similar to the "Screenagers" video that was viewed by the Woodson pyramid schools a couple of years ago. For more information, go to


Thursday, January 24, 2019

7:00 pm

W. T. Woodson High School | Auditorium (Entrance 18) 

9525 Main Street, Fairfax, VA 22031


Click here for flyer.

Office of the Family and Student Ombudsman

Having advocated many years for this position, I am pleased to welcome Armando L. Peri, Jr. in his new role as Ombudsman for the Office of the Family and Student Ombudsman.


The Office of the Family and Student Ombudsman serves as an independent, confidential resource for students, families, and community members. It also helps families as they attempt to resolve concerns, problems, complaints, and other student-related issues.


The Family and Student Ombudsman will listen, review, and provide resources for information and referral; serve as a neutral advocate for fairness, equity, inclusion, and consistency; and help foster positive working relationships.


If you would like assistance from the Office of the Ombudsman, please send an email to:

Interim Regional Assistant Superintendent

Jay Pearson is currently serving as Interim Assistant Superintendent of Region 4, (replacing Dr. Angela Atwater who retired earlier this Fall), until a permanent replacement is selected. Mr. Pearson formerly served as the Region 2 Executive Principal before retiring last year. He has served FCPS for more than two decades as a highly-respected educator. 


Mr. Pearson started his career in 1990 as a social studies teacher at Lee High School. From 1992-2004, he worked at Edison High School as a social studies teacher, social studies department chair, International Baccalaureate Diploma Program Coordinator, and Assistant Principal. From 2005-2014, Mr. Pearson served as the principal of George C. Marshall High School. In 2014, he was named FCPS Principal of the Year and received the Washington Post Distinguished Educator Leadership Award. He holds a graduate degree in secondary education from George Mason University and a post-graduate certificate in School Administration and Leadership from Johns Hopkins University. In 2015, Mr. Pearson was named Executive Principal for Region 2 where he supported 45 schools and more than 40,000 students until his retirement. 

Olde Creek Receives Apple Credit Foundation Grant

Congratulations to Principal Dustin Wright and his three dynamic teachers for winning a $4,000 Apple Federal Credit Union Foundation Grant for their Innovation Program. I was very excited to join their celebration for a job well-done!


Olde Creek ES Visit

Eagle View School Visit with Superintendent Scott Brabrand

I recently had the pleasure of visiting with Principal Kanchana Iyer and Eagle View Elementary School community, alongside Superintendent Dr. Scott Brabrand, Region 5 Asst. Superintendent Rebecca Baenig, and Executive Principal Eric McCann. We visited several classrooms where we saw first-hand how Portrait of a Graduate attributes of Communicator and Collaborator are being implemented in the classrooms. In addition, we observed the dynamic benefits of teacher collaboration via a Collaborative Learning Team meeting on literacy.



Coding and Computer Science in the Classroom-Braddock ES

It was an honor to attend Computer Science Education Week at Braddock Elementary School, in collaboration with the National Conference for State Legislatures (NCSL) and Code VA, before the winter break. This event provided an exciting opportunity to observe how coding and computer science is being integrated into one of our elementary schools. The event began with opening remarks from Dr. Brabrand, Principal Keesha Jackson-Muir, and Code VA, followed by classroom visits to observe students engaging in Coding and Computer Science activities. I was also pleased that my two School Board colleagues Ilryong Moon and Karen Keys-Gamarra were able to join us. FCPS is very fortunate to have this educational partnership with Code VA! 



Wakefield Forest ES Visit

It was a pleasure to accompany Superintendent Brabrand, Principal Sharyn Prindle and Region 5 Asst. Superintendent Rebecca Baenig in touring Wakefield Forest Elementary School and learning about its many wonderful programs that are geared towards Portrait of Graduate. The energy from WFES’ dedicated and enthusiastic staff was inspiring!


WFES School Visit