Employee News - Tuesday, 1/22/19

Davis Center front office staff


The Davis Center's fantastic front office team shows their school spirit. (Photo: Chad Clayton, principal)  

Save Money on Healthcare Expenses in 2019

Did you take advantage of your $100 wellness incentive in 2018? Employees participating in an FCPS health plan as the primary cardholder can earn a $100 wellness incentive again in 2019, when they complete their online health assessment (HA) starting January 1 to December 31. The HA is an online questionnaire related to your general health and well-being. It's easy to complete and takes about 15-20 minutes. The HA is confidential; only you and your health plan receive the individual information. Your information is never shared with FCPS in compliance with state and federal privacy laws. Get the details on the Employee Wellness website. Please send questions to HRWellness@fcps.edu.

December Cares of the Month Winners

Congratulations to the FCPS Cares of the Month recipients for December: 

  • Central Office: Lisa Washington, Leis Center
  • Region 1: Alicia Lawson, Vienna ES
  • Region 2: Nicole Vide, Mason Crest ES
  • Region 3: Henry Aparicio, Jeanette Aparicio, and Elba Cartagena, Hayfield SS
  • Region 4: Jacqueline Patterson, Laurel Ridge ES
  • Region 5: Susan Nissen, Poplar Tree ES

See what makes the winners special. Acknowledge the great work of an FCPS employee.

Social Media Guidance: Watch the Video!

FCPS Social Media Guidance for Staff

If you spend any time engaging on social media platforms, be sure to review FCPS' Social Media Guidance for Staff. Its three guiding principles will help prevent mishaps that may impact you personally and professionally. Also, watch this short video for a quick recap of the guidance. 

Photo of the Week

Daniels Run ES teachers with crazy hair for Crazy Hair Day

Heads up: Daniels Run ES staff members take Crazy Hair Day very seriously! Pictured from left to right are Intern Katharine Piermatteo, and Teachers Cheryl Mazmanian, Gabi Auza, Katie Fuchs, and Helai Mahfus. (Photo: Daniels Run ES)

VDOE Teacher-Staff Working Conditions Survey Is Open

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) online Teacher and School-Based Staff Working Conditions Survey is open. School codes along with the survey links have been distributed to principals. The survey will remain open through February 8. Information collected from the survey is intended to be informational. The Office of Business Services in the Department of Human Resources is coordinating this initiative. Get more information.

Employees Accumulate 13,870 Feet of Snow in the Health for the Holidays Wellness Challenge

More than 2,800 employees competed in the Health for the Holidays virtual wellness challenge sponsored by Employee Wellness in the Office of Benefit Services. The objective of the challenge was to practice healthy choices and maintain balance from Thanksgiving to winter break. The more participants logged their healthy activities such as exercise, healthy eating, and self-care actions, the more inches of snow they could accumulate for their team.

There were 340 teams from 224 schools and sites competing for the highest accumulation of snow. Participants supported one another virtually by sharing healthy strategies and tips on a Wellness Wall. Participants had opportunities to win health-related prizes for consistently logging and completing activities. To get a list of the top teams and schools, please visit the Employee Wellness webpage (on the intranet).

Look for a March Madness-themed wellness challenge called Slam Dunk in February!

#OurFCPS Faces: Chad Lehman

Chad Lehman, principal of Centreville HS


Chad Lehman is the new principal of Centreville HS (as of January 14). He previously served as the principal of Jackson MS. 

Chad began his FCPS career as a health and physical education teacher at Chantilly HS in 2001. He served in that role until his appointment as an instructional specialist in 2007. In 2009, he was named assistant principal at South Lakes HS, where he led the School Improvement Plan Committee, initiated and facilitated numerous staff development opportunities, and supervised the teacher mentor program. In July 2014, Chad was named principal at Jackson MS. While there, he implemented multi-tiered systems of support in collaboration with the administration and instructional support staff to meet the needs of students. Chad was named 2017 Region 2 Outstanding New Principal and was one of five finalists for the 2017 FCPS Outstanding New Principal Award.

Jay Pearson, interim assistant superintendent for Region 4 said, "Mr. Lehman is a strong instructional leader who believes in promoting best practices for teaching and learning. He builds relationships with staff, students, parents, and community members. He has demonstrated his strong ability to create, support, and maintain a positive and collaborative culture wherever he has worked." 

Chad earned his bachelor of science degree from Pennsylvania State University, his master of science degree at James Madison University, and his master of education from George Mason University. Good luck in your new role, Chad! 

Participate in the Speak Up Survey

FCPS is participating in Speak Up 2018-19. The information collected will help policy makers at the local, state, and national levels, as well as the business community, contribute to the national dialogue about science and technology, and prepare students for the 21st century workforce. FCPS will be participating in the survey through January 31. It is open to all staff, parents, and students in K-12. This is an optional survey and takes about 20 minutes to complete. All responses are confidential. Take the survey. Visit the FCPS Speak Up Survey page.

AFCU Presents Impact Grants to Seven Schools

Seven Fairfax County public schools have been awarded Apple Federal Credit Union (AFCU) Impact Grants for the 2018-19 school year totaling $23,228. Recipients include Oakton HS, Dranesville ES, Belvedere ES, Lee HS, Stratford Landing ES, Kings Park ES, and Olde Creek ES. Read the news release.

No matter what accomplishments you make, somebody helped you. —Althea Gibson

Drug Take-Back Boxes Located at Local Police Stations

All eight Fairfax County police stations are accepting unused or unneeded medications for safe, convenient, and responsible drug disposal. Accepted items include prescription medication (schedule II-V controlled and non-controlled), prescription ointments, over-the-counter medications, and pet medications. Prohibited items include needles (sharps), any kind of liquid, illegal drugs, non-prescription ointments and lotions, aerosol cans, and inhalers. Get details on the Fairfax County Police Department website.

Staff Staples

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