Employee News - Tuesday, 1/29/19

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Kilmer Center's administrators celebrate their school's Outstanding Employee winners. (Photo: Kilmer Center)  

Be on the Lookout for Your W-2 

W-2 tax forms for 2018 were mailed January 24 to the address employees had on file in U-Connect as of December 21, 2018. Please visit the Office of Payroll Management’s webpage to read the IRS’ latest article regarding your 2018 income tax return and for more information about your W-2.

Employee Resources at Your Fingertips

Looking for quick links to portal logins, payroll information, salary scales, licensure, benefits, or retirement information? Start here

February Is Heart Health Month

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Heart Health Month serves to raise awareness about heart disease and how it can be prevented. Guidance Resources, FCPS' Employee Assistance Program, has free health coaching that can help you and your entire household make healthy changes to lower the risk of developing heart disease. Call a Healthy Guidance Coach today at 1-855-355-9097 to get started. You can also find tip sheets, assessment tools, podcasts, and other resources online. If you are a first time user, please use organization web ID "FCPS" to register.

Photo of the Week

Bucknell ES staff members. One is pushing the other in a shopping cart for #NaitonalFunatWorkDay

"Look, ma, no hands!"

Did you know that yesterday was #Nationalfunatworkday? Bucknell ES staff sure did! Chris Roeseler, an Advanced Academic Program (AAP) teacher, took Erica Beckett, a math coach, for a ride in Bucknell's “vault” or records room. Other Bucknell staff celebrated #Nationalfunatworkday too. (Photo: Bucknell ES)

Fairfax County School Board Approves FY 2020-24 Capital Improvement Program

The Fairfax County School Board voted to approve FCPS' FY 2020-24 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) at its business meeting on January 24. The FY 2020-24 CIP reflects a five-year requirement of $972 million, or roughly $194 million per year, to build new facilities and provide capacity enhancement projects, modular additions, and possible boundary adjustments to accommodate enrollment needs. Read the news release.

Fairfax County to Develop Countywide Strategic Plan

Fairfax County government has started working on a strategic plan to set priorities for 2020 and beyond, and they want to hear from everyone in our community. For example, what are your hopes for the future of our community? And, what challenges do you face living here?

Getting involved is easy:

  1. Take the short online survey. (It’s just five questions.)
  2. Consider sharing your thoughts in person at a community conversation.
  3. Share the survey with friends, neighbors, and co-workers, and invite them to a community gathering.

Your input will help Fairfax County government set seven to 10 initial priorities. Then, they plan to dig a little deeper for input on those issues you deemed most important. This process will help set unified goals across the county for moving forward in January 2020. Visit the Countywide Strategic Plan website for more information.

#OurFCPS Faces: Megan McColley

Megan McColley, ESOL teacher at Lynbrook ES


Megan McColley is in her 11th year teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) for FCPS, and her fourth year at Lynbrook ES. (She also taught ESOL at Braddock ES, Lorton Station ES, and Garfield ES.) In addition to teaching with the classroom teacher, Megan's responsibilities include supporting students and teachers in all content areas, advising teachers in grade level meetings about best practices for language learners, small group instruction, extra support in areas of need, and meeting weekly as an ESOL team. She also conducts lunch and breakfast groups, and student mentoring.

Megan says her favorite part of the job is “being one of the first people a student new to the country works with closely. I’m often reminded how incredible language learning is.” Principal Jay Nocco describes Megan as an "extraordinary staff member who strives to make all students feel included. She sets high expectations for our Second Language Learners and then scaffolds instruction so that they are able to achieve their goals.”

Megan's favorite quote is from Nelson Mandela: “There can be no greater gift than that of giving one’s time and energy to helping others without expecting anything in return.” So, it’s no surprise that colleague Jennifer Orr says, "Megan, along with the rest of our ESOL team, has been creating ESOL Weekly Minutes every week this school year. They post them in the staff bathrooms where they know these tidbits will be seen by many. Each week has a short bit of information about how ESOL students learn, followed by quick tips on how to support that information in the classroom."

In her free time, Megan loves to spend time with family and friends. "You can find me reading, hiking, doing yoga, and taking dance classes,” she says.

Megan, thanks for giving the gift of your time to help FCPS students!

2019 FCPS Educational Leadership Cohort

The 2019 FCPS Educational Leadership Cohort will be offered by Virginia Tech University. An information session about the program will be held on Wednesday, February 20, from 6-7 p.m., at Gatehouse in Room 2050/51. Register on MyPLT (course number VT-2019). The program will also be represented at the Pathways to Leadership Conference from 4:30-6:45 p.m., on Thursday, February 28, at Willow Oaks.

Applications are due to Virginia Tech by Friday, March 15. For specific questions about the program, please contact Susan Li, graduate academic program assistant for Northern Virginia, susanli@vt.edu, or John Gratto, Ed.D, principal preparation program coordinator for Northern Virginia, john1112@vt.edu.

Nothing can replace the influence of unconditional love in the life of a child. --Fred Rogers

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