Employee News - Tuesday, 3/19/19

Title 1 office's finance team

The Title 1 Office' s Finance Team is ready to "Eat. Sleep. Finance. Repeat."  (Photo: Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement)

February Cares of the Month Winners

Congratulations to FCPS Cares of the Month recipients for February! The winners are:

  • Central Office: Aaron Curtis, Andre Marshall, Ronnie Presley–Financial Services, Forte Center Warehouse.
  • Region 1: Stephen Alexander, Colvin Run ES.
  • Region 2: Karen Allison, Falls Church HS.
  • Region 3: Khaled Noori, Twain MS.
  • Region 4: Adam Erbrecht, Liberty MS.
  • Region 5: Michele Sullivan, Mantua ES.

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

Teacher Grant Opportunity from the Foundation for FCPS

The Foundation for FCPS is now accepting applications for teacher grants for the 2019-20 school year. The deadline to submit applications is Friday, April 5. The teacher grants are intended to support work-based learning opportunities for students of all levels. Teachers and principals can view brief descriptions of the grants that were selected last year and access the application on the Foundation’s website. Please contact the Foundation at 571-423-1031 or foundation@fcps.edu, if you have questions.

Photo of the Week 

Weyanoke ES Kindergarten Assistant Ghazala Awan

From the Archives

Marigolds do a great job of helping other plants thrive. Weyanoke ES' staff members, including Kindergarten Assistant Ghazala Awan, hope to use their Marigold Moments board to "lift up their colleagues and shout out their successes." (Photo: Emily Christopher, Weyanoke ES)

Join Fairfax County Employee Retirement Systems’ (FCERS) Outreach Team

Attention: Transportation, Food Service, Trades and Maintenance, Custodial, and Part-Time Teaching Staff

More than 6,000 FCPS employees receive their retirement benefit from Fairfax County Employee Retirement Systems (FCERS). This includes transportation, food service, trades and maintenance, custodial, and part-time teaching staff. FCERS is looking for plan members to share information about its retirement benefit with other plan members. A two-hour training session provides important details about FCERS, retirement updates, swag, and lunch. The next training session is Friday, April 5, 2-4 p.m., at FCERS’ office. Visit the FCERS website for more information or email Nicole Daly at nicole.daly@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Note: All full-time teachers and most full-time administrators in FCPS are members of the Educational Employees Retirement System for Fairfax County (ERFC) and the Virginia Retirement System (VRS) not FCERS. 

Employee Assistance Program Webinars

Free webinars and on-demand training with Guidance Resources cover a variety of relevant topics to help you meet life’s challenges. Topics include: The Sandwich Generation, Time Management, Learning to Relax, Managing Personal Finances, and this month’s feature, Managing Emotions in the Workplace.

Log in to Guidance Resources' website and type “webinar” in the search box to access any webinar. First time users can register with the web organization ID "FCPS" to create a personal username and password. 


Follow Employee Wellness on Social Media!

Looking for nutritious recipes, prevention tips, wellness resources, and other information about maintaining a healthy lifestyle? Follow Employee Wellness on Twitter and Instagram!

#OurFCPS Faces: Rich Hronik

Rich Hronik, multimedia engineer, Sprague Technology Center

Multimedia Engineer Rich Hronik started out at FCPS as a part-time media technician. Twenty-eight years later, it's safe to say he has engineered quite a career for himself in the Department of Information Technology at Sprague Technology Center.

For his first 10 years, Rich worked as a member of the production staff, rising from media tech to producer/director. In the last 18 years, he has worked as an engineer. Rich and his group are “responsible for maintaining the Sprague TV Studio and Broadcast Operations Center, providing support for any off-site productions with our production truck (such as School Board meetings and the retirement ceremony), and supporting three distance learning classrooms. We install, configure, and maintain all of our own equipment.”

Rich says the best part of his job is that he gets to work with a "great group of people." He adds, "I enjoy the problem-solving aspects of the job.” Supervisor Jamie Lomax describes Rich as "an amazingly talented broadcast engineer and always a delight to work with. He selflessly offers assistance to everyone in need and works tirelessly to achieve [FCPS'] objectives. Rich eagerly takes on new challenges and always seems to provide multiple perspectives and viable solutions to the great engineering challenges faced by FCPS Broadcast Operations. Rich interfaces with virtually all FCPS departments and contributes to the success of our broadcast coverage of FCPS School Board meetings, including the recent joint meeting between FCPS and the Fairfax County [Board of Supervisors]. He also collaborates and helps troubleshoot technical issues with our multiple cable providers.”

In his free time, Rich enjoys driving and working on his 1915 Model T Ford, and spending time with his family. Also, before we forget, Rich is a proud product of FCPS, having graduated from Stuart HS (now Justice HS) in 1985. Thanks for sticking and staying with FCPS, Rich!

ERFC Trustee to Be Elected

An electronic election to fill one trustee position on the Board of Trustees for the Educational Employees’ Supplementary Retirement System of Fairfax County (ERFC) will be held May 7-9. Notice 4771 outlines the election process and includes a petition for interested candidates to use in qualifying for the election.

Candidates must also submit a statement for inclusion in election materials, explaining in 100 words or less their qualifications for the trustee position. Petitions and candidate statements must be returned to the Office of Equity and Employee Relations (EER), Suite 2517, Gatehouse Administration Center, 8115 Gatehouse Road, Falls Church, VA 22042, by 4:30 p.m., on April 12. If you have questions, please call EER at 571-423-3252.

Walt Disney quote: It's kind of fun to do the impossible.

This Is Us: FCPS' History

Fairfax High School, circa 1935

Fairfax High School, circa 1935

Did you know that Fairfax County Public Schools is one of the oldest school systems in the United States? Discover how FCPS came to be in this interesting look at our history.

Departments and Offices: Send Us Your Photos!

We're always looking for great photos to feature in Employee News. We would love to have more photos of staff within FCPS' many departments and offices. Pics should be clear, well lit, and appropriate for work. Also, please make sure that everyone featured in your photo is OK with it being in Employee News. Email photos to employeenews@fcps.edu. Thank you!

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