Employee News - Tuesday, 9/10/19

Mount Vernon HS custodians in spirit wear

Kudos to the custodians at Mount Vernon HS for keeping the school clean and safe!  

June Cares of the Month Winners

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

  • Central Office: Katie Tardiff, Bull Run Early Childhood Resource Center, Special Services.
  • Region 1: Jane Waldrop, Clearview ES. (Jane is now at Hughes MS.)
  • Region 2: Ruth Baxley, Kilmer MS.
  • Region 3: Mackenzie Bergh and Sadaf Tariq, Bush Hill ES.
  • Region 4: Molly Rumberger, South County HS.
  • Region 5: Latrena Warthen, Greenbriar East ES.

See what makes the winners specialAcknowledge the great work of an FCPS employee

Policies Concerning the Conduct of Political Campaigns

Did you know that FCPS staff should not wear campaign buttons, T-shirts, hats, or other items promoting political candidates during work hours? Are you aware that anyone wanting to use school facilities for political activities outside school hours must apply for such use? Visit the intranet for more campaigning do's and don'ts at FCPS.  

Photo of the Week 

Longfellow MS staff celebrate Food Services Worker Dorothy Jackson for 40 years of service at FCPS.

Longfellow MS staff celebrated Food Services Worker Dorothy Jackson for her 40th year at FCPS! Congratulations, Dorothy! We truly appreciate your dedication and service. (Photo: Longfellow MS)

Be Thoughtful About Your Social Media Posts

FCPS staff members do an amazing job of using social media to showcase creativity, collaboration, and learning at its best. But sometimes, staff social media posts are not aligned with FCPS’ mission or values. Examples include using inappropriate language, being disrespectful to others, and posting student photos on personal social media accounts.

As FCPS employees, we are all viewed as FCPS brand ambassadors. With that in mind, please review FCPS’ Social Media Guidance for Staff. Its three guiding principles are:

  1. Protect our students.
  2. Be professional.
  3. Use common sense.

Simply remembering these three tenets can help prevent mishaps that could detract from our ability to effectively serve our students. Please contact the Office of Communication and Community Relations (OCCR) with questions at ccrsocial@fcps.edu.   

Important Information for Current National Board Certified Teachers

FCPS is required to confirm the eligibility of all National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) every year in order for them to receive the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) Incentive Award. All NBCTs must provide necessary information by completing this form. Please have your VDOE license number available! Every year, FCPS must certify that NBCTs are “engaged in direct instruction” with students more than 50 percent of each school day. Also, if you are up for renewal this year, please consider joining your NBCT colleagues in an Academy Cohort beginning in October. Register in MyPLT.

#OurFCPS Faces: Daniel Smith

Daniel Smith, principal, Lake Braddock SS

Lake Braddock SS' principal, Dr. Daniel Smith, officially started leading the school on April 22. He joined Lake Braddock after serving as principal of Floyd E. Kellam HS, where he achieved the highest on-time graduation rate and lowest dropout rate in the history of Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS)! Daniel was also the principal of Princess Anne HS and Corporate Landing MS in VBCPS, and of Luray MS and Grove Hill ES in Page County Public Schools. Prior to his appointment as principal of Sandy Hook ES in Shenandoah County Public Schools in 2007, Daniel served as the school's assistant principal.

Daniel began his teaching career in 2002. He taught in the Northwest Arctic Borough School District in Alaska, where he developed and implemented a physical education curriculum for middle school students. He later moved to Ashby Lee ES in Shenandoah County Public Schools, where he taught kindergarten through fifth grade.

Daniel earned his Bachelor of Science at James Madison University, his Master of Science at Shenandoah University, and his Doctor of Education at the University of Virginia.

Jay Pearson, assistant superintendent, Region 4, describes Daniel as "a strong instructional leader who believes in promoting best practices for teaching and learning. He builds collaborative relationships with staff, students, parents and community members wherever he has served." Read Jay's full article about Daniel on Lake Braddock's website.

Daniel says he is passionate about, "What goes on in classrooms with kids [...] and how we can ensure that new learning is occurring." He adds that one of the reasons why he became an educator was to "have that larger impact" and to make things happen in the best interest of students.

Watch Daniel's Meet the Principal video. We're lucky to have him at FCPS!

Know Your Numbers: Free Health Screenings for FCPS Employees

In conjunction with Inova Well, FCPS Employee Wellness is offering a convenient opportunity for employees to know their numbers. Staff can receive a free health screening that includes a fingerstick for glucose and cholesterol as well as a blood pressure and body mass index measurement. Participants can also complete their online health assessment to earn a $100 credit on their deductible through their health insurance and participate in fun wellness activities such as a smoothie station, fitness demonstrations, and wearing sleep deprivation goggles. Health screenings will be held on Thursday, September 26, at Hayfield SS, from 3-5:30 p.m. 

Appointments are required. Get more information or sign up for an appointment. Please email HRWellness@fcps.edu with questions.

"Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness."  -- Desmond Tutu

World Suicide Prevention Day and National Suicide Prevention Week 

September 8-14 is National Suicide Prevention Week. Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. Every year, nearly 1 million people die by suicide. Your Employee Assistance Program, Guidance Resources, can help you manage emotional concerns with free and confidential counseling from trained professionals. Learn about the warning signs and how you can help someone who may be in severe emotional distress

If you or someone you care about might be at risk of suicide, reach out for help right away. The following resources are available 24/7:

  • Call Guidance Resources at 855-355-9097.
  • Call Community Services Board Emergency Services at 703-573-5679.
  • Text "CONNECT" to 855-11 to contact PRS CrisisLink.
  • Call PRS CrisisLink at 703-527-4077.
  • Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
  • In an immediate, life-threatening situation, please call 911.  

One simple action can make a world of difference for someone in need. See why you should #BeThe1To...Ask. Keep Them Safe. Be There. Help Them Stay Connected. Follow Up.

School Bond Referendum to Be on November 5 Ballot

School bond referendum graphic showing portable classrooms

A school bond referendum will be on the general election ballot Tuesday, November 5. Polls will be open from 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Residents of Fairfax County may vote if they are 18 years or older on Election Day and have registered to vote 22 days prior to the election (on or before October 15, at 5 p.m.). Bond sales, a form of long-term borrowing, are used to finance the building and renovation of schools and must be approved by voters since they are a future obligation for taxpayers. Get more information about the school bond referendum

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