Employee News - Tuesday, 5/14/19

Ravensworth ES custodians


Ravensworth ES shared this photo of their custodial team on Twitter, praising them for their great work.  

Take FCPS’ 2020-21 School Year Calendar Survey 

Want to weigh in on the development of FCPS’ 2020-21 School Year (SY) Calendar? Here’s your chance! All employees will receive an email from FCPS Survey with a link to the calendar survey tomorrow, Wednesday, May 15. Parents and families have also been invited to take a similar survey. The survey results will be used to inform and support FCPS staff as well as the School Board as they work to adopt the 2020-21 calendar.

Your participation is critical, so once you receive the survey, please weigh in at your earliest convenience. All responses are confidential. Questions? Please email FCPSsurvey@fcps.edu.

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Photo of the Week 

Eric Shaver, school administrator at the Juvenile Detention Center, picking up a newspaper through a fence.

Why is Eric Shaver, school administrator at the Fairfax Juvenile Detention Center (JDC), fishing for newspapers under a fence? The JDC has a subscription to The Washington Post for its students. For some reason, the delivery person keeps delivering the newspaper to a vacant lot that's 1/4 mile away from the JDC. Oh, the lengths Eric will go for student literacy! (Photo: Rosa Caldera, administrative assistant)

Equity and Cultural Responsiveness: #FCPSWeseeyou

In FCPS, our diversity is a strength that helps to create resilient, open, and innovative global citizens. The Equity and Cultural Responsiveness Team invites staff to share examples from their schools and communities that foster a responsive, caring, and inclusive culture where everyone feels welcomed, valued, and supported. Please tag photos with "#FCPSWeseeyou" on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Follow Equity and Cultural Responsiveness on Twitter

#OurFCPS Faces: Kathleen Dickinson Jardine

Kathleen Dickinson Jardine, teacher, Oakton ES

Kathleen Dickinson Jardine teaches fifth grade at Oakton ES. She returned to Oakton in the summer of 2018 after being overseas for six years. (She has visited 27 countries and lived in five.) Kathleen's teaching responsibilities include “planning, instructing, and assessing students with the FCPS curriculum for 5th Grade AAP [Advanced Academic Placement]." In addition, she works collaboratively with her fifth grade team, as well as elementary colleagues and specialists for project-based learning and blended classrooms to support Portrait of a Graduate attributes.

Recently, a parent wrote: "Mrs. Jardine has created a classroom in which my fifth-grade daughter feels empowered to create her own educational path through project-based learning. My daughter has learned to take responsibility for her own work and for working well with group members, building her ability to collaborate. She takes pride in what she produces and appreciates help from peer editors. She also takes pride in being able to help others with editing. Mrs. Jardine's classroom is also a place where every student feels valued for who they are. [...] My daughter is lucky to have her as her teacher."

Kathleen's favorite part of her job is her students. She says, “Every day they challenge me to be the best teacher I can possibly be. I love their creativity, curiosity, and insatiable appetite for learning.” Principal Christine Kelley adds, “Mrs. Jardine brings great energy to our school. Her enthusiasm and love for teaching and learning is infectious and inspiring. She encourages and supports her students to be risk-takers in their learning and creates a safe space for them to explore, inquire, and wonder.”

In her free time, Kathleen loves to read, travel, and see family and friends.

Kathleen, thank you for everything you do to make students feel valued and supported!

Become a Special Educator in FCPS!

The Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement, in collaboration with the Departments of Human Resources and Special Services, is seeking outstanding candidates for an upcoming session of the Introduction to Special Education course. The course is being offered through George Mason University. Eligible employees include outstanding instructional assistants, general education teachers, long-term substitutes, and other support employees who would like to be hired as special education teachers next year. View information about the enrollment process.

EDSE 501 Introduction to Special Education is an unadvertised, master’s level course offered for Summer 2019. This is an online, on-demand class with a rolling start date. Students work through online, self-directed modules for this course content. View course details

FCPS Back2Fairfax Seminar: Growing Our Future Operational Employees for IT and Trade Career

The Office of Talent Acquisition & Management (TAM) will host a Back2Fairfax Seminar at the Gatehouse Administration Center on Wednesday, May 29, from 5-8 p.m. The seminar will give FCPS employees, current FCPS high school seniors, and FCPS graduates an opportunity to hear from operational staff in our Information Technology (IT), Facilities, Transportation, and Construction offices. Participants can attend breakout sessions, visit exhibitor booths, and network. Register to attend.  

Quote by Thich Nhat Hanh about importance of accepting one's self.

Fairfax County to Host Free Summer Entertainment Series

Fairfax County's Park Authority is offering a variety of free performances this summer as part of their annual Summer Entertainment Series. Enjoy a wide range of performances from classical to reggae and everything in between as well as children’s performances, music and dance from around the world, and drive-in movies. Check out the Summer Entertainment Series schedule.

Staff Staples

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