Spring 2019 Newsletter

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Karen Keys-Gamarra, At-Large School Board Member

Contact Karen:


Phone: 571-423-1091


Barb Gibbs
Executive Admin Assistant


Spring 2019 Newsletter


Happy Spring Everyone!


I can hardly believe that the school year is nearly over.  Our students and staff have worked hard to use this time well.  In just about  a month, many of our Seniors will don their cap and gown and school board members like me will proudly watch and applaud their accomplishments.  An FCPS education provides a doorway to many adventures ahead. 


I also had the pleasure of meeting our new school representative on the Board.  As in the past, we have a student representative who is elected by the student body.  This representative sits in our meetings and provides invaluable insight into the student experience as the Board considers policy for FCPS.  I want to thank our current School Board Representative, Benjamin Tignor, a Senior at South Lakes High School,  who has attended many late night Board meetings and visited schools across the region to make sure that FCPS student voices are heard.  Soon, our new representative, Kimberly Boateng, a Sophomore at Lee High School will take the reins.  I’m excited to work with Kimberly to collaborate as she has pledged to address student concerns in our discipline policies.


I’ve listed just a few of the events coming up in our system below.  I have also set up my next office hours.   I cherish the opportunity to hear from my neighbors and look forward to seeing you there.  Lastly, I have included artwork from the Woodson High School Annual Pyramid Art Show.  This Art show featured work from students from the pyramid from Elementary to High School.  It’s just one of such events that have been held around the county.  We have amazing students who are academically strong,  athletic,  and talented in the arts, music and so much more.   Enjoy this sampling of the Art!


May Office Hours

Karen Keys-Gamarra

Fairfax County School Board Member At-Large

has scheduled May office hours for:

Friday, May 17, 2019

1:00 - 3:00 PM

Sherwood Regional Library - Conference Room 4

2501 Sherwood Hall Lane

Alexandria, VA 22306


If you would like to discuss any issue related to

Fairfax County Public Schools please drop by.

No appointment necessary.


Lee Pyramid Art and Literacy Night

Tuesday, April 30, 5:30 - 8:00 PM
Key MS

In addition to art, there will be food trucks, free books, a raffle, and other fun activities. Author Caitlin Alifirenka will speak and sign copies of her book, I Will Always Write Back.

Annandale High School Law Day

Wednesday, May 1, 10:00 - 11:15 AM

Annandale High School

Annandale HS will host American Bar Association President Bob Carlson, and Annandale HS and CNN Journalist Jim Acosta to celebrate Law Day 2019.


National Law Day Resolution

FCPSOn Community Meeting

Thursday, May 2, 7:00 PM

Chantilly High School

Crossfield Elementary School Community Event

Saturday, May 4, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Crossfield Elementary School

Crossfield ES will celebrate their 30th anniversary with a STEAM event featuring hands-on science, technology, engineering, art, and math-related activities. There will be food trucks, rocket launches, an inflatable planetarium, and other activities.

Bike to School Day - May 8