Lanier MS Updates - October 4, 2019

Mark your calendar

Important Upcoming Events


10/21 - Picture Make-Up Day

10/23 - Orchestra Concert

10/24 - PTA Sponsored:

"Digital Citizenship Parent Night"

10/28 - PTA Meeting

10/30 - Band Concert


Principal's Desk

What a wonderful time to be an AVID student at Lanier! AVID is a program offered at some FCPS sites that encourages students to attend college by offering support and college readiness skills at the secondary level. This week, our students signed a banner pledging to be committed to AVID’s ideals and strategies. We are very proud of these students. This past week, all 7th graders attended our Meaningful Watershed Experience at Cub Run to practice environmental science in a real-world setting. They were wonderful scientists!



Tammy Hanna

Principal, Lanier Middle School

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Free and Reduced-Price Meals Application Available Online

Online applications for free and reduced-price meals for the 2019-20 school year deadline is October 10th.  Completing the application online results in faster processing time.  Electronic meal applications are available in the following languages:

  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • English
  • Tagalog
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese

Paper applications are still available to complete and submit.  They are available at main office, school cafeteria, and other FCPS buildings.  Paper applications must be original red print forms.  Copied application forms cannot be accepted.

Parents and guardians can now complete the free and reduced-price meal application and the consent to share information in the same document.

More information is available on the Free and Reduced-Price Meals web page

career day

Career Day Presenter Registration

Presenter registration for Lanier Middle School’s Annual Career Day is open! This year’s event will be held on Wednesday, November 6th, 2019 from 7:30AM to 10:10AM in LMS classrooms. We hope that parents, guardians, and community members will strongly consider participating as presenters. The goal of Career Day is to help students connect school to work and explore various careers.  We NOW have 30 presenters registered and are looking for 20 more! We are open to presenters from ANY career field, and especially those working in sports-related careers, medical professions, law, trades, and the arts. For presenter registration and information, please see this link: Spread the word!

School Clinic


We need your help with Vision & Hearing testing!  October 16th and 17th from 7:30am - 2pm.  No experience required.  Training provided the day of.  Any bit of your time volunteered helps.  Please reach out to school health aide, Taylor Smith at or call 703-934-2410.

Digital Citizenship Night

All FCPS Families are invited to Lanier’s Digital Citizenship Night – Thursday, October 24th from 6:30-8:00pm.  Families will have the opportunity to hear about Online Gaming, Digital Forensics/Scam/Fraud, Digital Wellness, MakerSpace, Cyberbullying, and SIS ParentVUE.  Come learn how to support your kids in our digital world!



VFW Teacher of the Year Nominations 2019

Every year the Veterans of Foreign War holds a Teacher of the Year award contest that recognizes three exceptional teachers (ES, MS, HS level) for their outstanding commitment to teaching Americanism and patriotism to students. 

Please refer to this LINK to find rules and eligibility requirements and nomination form.  Submissions can be scanned and emailed to or FAX to (703) 502-0633.  Nominations are to be submitted no later than October 31st.

Fairfax HS

Mental Health and Wellness Conference

Sixth annual Mental Health and Wellness Conference set for Saturday, October 5, at Fairfax HS

latino night

Pyramid Latino Night


Estimados Padres, les invitamos con toda su familia a la cena/presentación

“La Presencia Latina en los Estados Unidos”

Fecha: miércoles 9 de octubre del 2019

Hora: 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Lugar: Fairfax High School (Cafeteria)


      Para confirmar su asistencia puede hacerlo de dos maneras:

Fairfax County School Health Promotion

Info on Vaping

Please read through regarding cases of severe respiratory illnesses associated with the use of e-cigarettes and "vaping" among youth and young adults.  Additional information can also be found at the Fairfax County website


"Hey Stress, Let's break up"


There are often many pressures in the lives of young people.  Worrying about school work, experiencing physical and hormonal changes, and fitting in to a social circle, are some of the stressors that impact a teen's daily life.  While stress may ebb and flow, there are so many ways to encourage your child to cope with the difficult situations that arise.  Motivating your teen to be healthy is a great place to start.  Encourage your child to get enough sleep at night, make time to relax and have fun, and engage in more physical activity.  Promoting healthier behaviors may allow your child to feel more at east when faced with challenges that causes stress. 


Breathr-app that teaches youth easy and fun ways to practice mindfulness

Kid's Health - has interactive videos and tools for teens that encourages stress management



health fairs

Come to a health fair and meet health care professionals and community service providers and find out about getting involved in the BeWell project!!

New this year – the Health Department will be providing vaccinations for Hepatitis A and B.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

2 to 5 p.m.

Merrifield Center

8221 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive

Fairfax, VA 22031

Get a printable flier.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Gartlan Center

8119 Holland Road

Alexandria, VA 22306

Get a printable flier.

  • Get health smart! Find out about:
    • Diabetes
    • Heart disease
    • Hypertension
    • Smoking cessation
  • Screenings available:
    • HIV testing
    • Blood pressure
    • Glucose
    • Vision
    • Liver
  • Check your height, weight and Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • CO2 testing for smokers
  • Vaccinations available:
    • Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B
  • Learn how to get connected to:
    • Primary care
    • Pharmacy services
    • Dental care
  • Light refreshments will be provided

Summer Trip Opportunity 


Mark Your Calendars!

Please join us at an informative meeting to discuss the details of this amazing opportunity to embark on a fun and educational adventure!  This will be an opportunity of a lifetime to travel and see all that Germany, Switzerland & Austria have to offer.  Don't miss it!

We will also be discussing any current incentives and special discounts for the trip at the meeting.  Please RSVP by SignUpGenius.


When:  September 19, 2019 at 5:15PM (Right before the BTSNs)

Where:  Lanier Middle School Library

Bring?:  Your questions!

Program Leader:  Faiza Alam


Fairfax County Public Schools

FCPS Career Switcher Information Session

career switcher

The Office of Talent Acquisition & Management (TAM) will host a Career Switcher Information Session at the Willow Oaks Administrative Center on Monday, October 14, 2019, 5:30-&;30pm in Room 1000A.  This event will give military veterans, community members and anyone interested an opportunity to learn how to become a licensed Virginia teacher. 


The information session will begin with presentation from the five approved Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) career switcher programs, Educate Virginia, Old Dominion University, Regent University, Shenandoah University and Virginia Commonwealth University.  Troops to Teachers will also present their programs offerings to our military veteran attendees.  A panel of FCPS educators will share valuable information with attendees, followed by an opportunity to network with the six presenters, the FCPS licensure team and the substitute office.


FCPS Cares Program

Recognizing employees who go above and beyond

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they are.  We invite you to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees.

sharing info from The Smithsonian Libraries


Smithsonian Libraries is hosting two mystery events at the National Museum of Natural History called Book Cases on November 4th and 5th. Space is limited, register soon!!


Potent Potions
Three wizard school professors are under a sinister spell. Can you reverse it?
November 4, 9am-12pm, Middle School Students (Register Now)
November 4, 1pm-4pm, High School Students (Register Now)

Strange Things
A curious librarian went missing when she uncovered a deep government secret. Can you find her?
November 5, 9am-12pm, Middle School Students (Register Now)
November 5, 1pm-4pm, High School Students (Register Now)