September News: Upcoming Board Meetings, School Board Updates, Superintendent Briefings, Springfield Recognitions, and More

Hello, Springfield District!

I’m hoping school is off to a great start in your house! In our house, we have the normal aches and pains of an early morning start, but so few complaints about school from my teenagers that I find myself believing that their “it’s okay” actually translates to “Things are going pretty well.” I had the chance to kick off the first day of school at Lake Braddock and Sangster ES. I will confess that the juxtaposition of seeing my senior walk in for their last first day in FCPS and then getting to help brand new Kindergarteners find their class on their FIRST first day, just wrung my mom heart right out. But, it was such a wonderful reminder of the journey we have had as a family and the exciting road ahead for our youngest learners. In all my years in elementary school, I have never seen so few tears and so much excitement from our students and families. It is, indeed, so wonderful to be back to school.

I have also had the opportunity to attend community conversations at both Key Center and Lake Braddock, and another led by SEPTA (the Special Education PTA) with our new Superintendent. I so appreciate all of you who were able to attend these meetings. The questions and comments have been thoughtful, helpful, and respectful. I know free time is hard to come by these days, and I am grateful that you are willing to show up and dialogue with our amazing new leader.

In these last few weeks, I have had the opportunity to get to spend time at Cardinal Forest ES, Burke School, Orange Hunt ES, and White Oaks ES. In each of our schools, I continue to be beyond impressed by the commitment of our staff, students, and families to making FCPS a place where our students feel safe, welcomed, and affirmed. I want all of our students and families to know that we remain committed to serving all of our students and ensuring that FCPS remains the safe, inclusive, and welcoming place our families know and expect. Our trans, nonbinary, and gender expansive students and staff are part of what makes us an incredible school system. We will not go backward.

Fall is in the air and homecoming, pumpkins, and lovely leaves are just around the corner. I hope you and yours will find some time to be outside together and find joy in the beauty of the season. I look forward to hearing how things are going with your students.

All my very best, as always-

Laura Jane


This newsletter includes information on the following issues:

Upcoming School Board Meetings

February 10, 2022 Picture of FCPS Board
  • September 20 at 9:30 a.m. - Board Retreat: Strategic Plan/Governance/Policy
  • October 4 at 10:00 a.m. - Work Session: American Institutes for Research Special Education Report and Legislative Program
  • October 6 at 7:00 pm. - Regular Meeting: Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief III Reallocation of Funds to Support Academic Intervention
  • October 11 at 11:00 a.m. - Work Session: Fiscal Year 24 Strategic Budget Planning
  • October 18 at 11:00 a.m. - Work Session: Strategic Plan Discussion/Governance
  • October 20 at 7:00 p.m. - Regular Meeting: World Language Basal Resource Committee Member Recommendations, etc.

Please note, that times and topics are subject to change.

The work sessions and regular meetings will be broadcast live on Channel 99 (Verizon channel 11) and the FCPS website. Both will be recorded for future viewing and posted to the FCPS School Board YouTube channel.

For Spanish speakers, watch recorded School Board meetings, or watch live during the Regular Meetings on YouTube, you may visit the FCPS en Espanol YouTube channel or scan the below QR code.

Reuniones de la Junta Escolar de FCPS en Español

Para ver las reuniones del Junta Escolar grabadas o para ver en vivo durante las Reuniones Ordinarias en YouTube, por favor vaya al canal de YouTube de FCPS en Español o escanee el código QR.

QR Code for Spanish speakers

Visit the community participation webpage to sign up to speak at a regular meeting. Visit BoardDocs for more meeting logistics, agendas, and handouts.

Interested in School Board action items? Sign up to get an update on School Board votes the morning after the School Board meeting.

School Board Work

Strategic Plan Motion

During the September 15, 2022, Regular Meeting the School Board voted to direct the Superintendent to develop a project management plan which will facilitate the re-engagement of students, families, community, staff, and Board and county partners in the development of a strategic plan focused on student success and the realization of the FCPS promise for every student in Fairfax County. Read more in Board Docs.


FY 2022 Year End Review

The School Board approved the revenue and expenditure adjustments at the September 1, 2022, School Board Regular Meeting. 

In recognition of the continued impact the pandemic has had on education and to promote retention of staff, the Fairfax County School Board voted last week in favor of a one-time bonus for employees. Full-time employees and hourly contracted employees will receive a $1,000 bonus in their paychecks at the end of November. Substitute teachers and other hourly employees will receive a $500 bonus (based on a yet-to-be-determined minimum threshold of workdays).

Budget adjustments will also be made to further fund construction projects and to help cover for the rise in paper, fuel, and electricity costs due to inflation. The school board also plans to create an incentive to help fill substitute teacher positions, study the start time for middle schools, and engage with a third party to provide a safety and security review for all FCPS buildings. 

A detailed budget plan is available online (English-only PDF). 


Strategic Plan

During the August 30, 2022, Work Session the Board discussed the FCPS Strategic Plan. Its four goals— Student Success, Caring Culture, Premier Workforce, and Resource Stewardship—are built upon the foundation of the FCPS Portrait of a Graduate, which outlines what our community believes is important for the success of our students upon graduation. This is a living document that outlines what we plan to accomplish as a school division, how we plan to achieve our outcomes, and what success looks like for students, families, employees, and the community. The Board believes it is time to restart the process of re-engaging with our families, students, staff, and the community in a new strategic plan.  We must collaborate on the educational future of our children post-pandemic, so please stay tuned for more information as we restart this process.

Superintendent Board Briefings

September 16, 2022

The following Superintendent update to the School Board may be viewed in the September 16, 2022 Board Briefing on BoardDocs.

Security Vestibules

In response to the follow-on motions from 12/19/19 and 5/26/22, staff has evaluated FCPS facilities and identified schools and/or centers in need of a security vestibule.  During FY22 year-end, the Office of Design and Construction presented a plan in a legal briefing for the design and construction of vestibules over the next five years with locations from each region. 

“That funding be identified either through the capital or operational budgets to provide vestibules for enhanced security at all remaining FCPS schools; and that Dr. Brabrand or his designee identifies a plan to accomplish this initiative over the next three years.” 

“I move that the School Board directs the Superintendent to prioritize the completion of the security vestibule program utilizing multiple funding sources to include local, state, and federal funding, and other revenue sources to include grant funding; and to provide the School Board with a plan and proposed schedule to complete the initiative as soon as possible.” 

Condition of Bathroom Facilities – Follow-On Motion

In response to the follow-on motion from 2/6/20, staff has evaluated FCPS facilities and identified McLean High School and Whitman Middle School as two schools most in need of student bathroom renovations.  The current estimate is approximately $1.5 million per site for a total of $3 million from the state construction grant included in the year-end budget. Bathrooms at these schools will be renovated in the summer of 2023. 

“Direct the Superintendent to review the condition of bathroom facilities at those schools that do not have near-term plans for overall renovations and do not provide privacy for all students.” 

High School Stadium Bathrooms – Follow-On Motion

In response to the follow-on motion from 2/6/20, FCPS and Fairfax County have collaborated on a scope of work and timeline to renovate these stadium bathrooms. The two agencies agreed to an even cost share of $7.5 million per agency in FY23, totaling $15 million for all project components.  The project is expected to take 2.5 to 3 years to implement in phases. The School Board dedicated $7.5M for its share in the FY22 year-end budget.  

“Direct the Superintendent to work with the County in examining the economic and equity impact related to the remaining 15 high school stadiums that do not have permanent bathroom facilities, as well as devising a financial plan to address this. The Superintendent is to report back to the Board prior to the completion of the Year-End budget review.” 

State Construction Grant – Follow-On Motion

In response to the follow-on motion from 2/10/22, plans were made available in the FY22 year-end for the State Construction Grant. These included: security vestibules, outdoor classrooms, bathroom upgrades, sensory room pilot, interior lock replacement, and non-ADA-compliant early childhood playgrounds. 

“I move to direct the superintendent to include and implement a plan for the additional $32.9M dollars that may become available from the state for facilities projects. The plan is needed so that work can begin immediately upon receipt of the funds in July 2022. The plan should include work on safety concerns, bringing older facilities up to the current educational specifications to include but not be limited to privacy in bathrooms, and provision of outdoor classroom spaces and spaces needed to enhance the health and wellness of our students and staff.” 

Holistic review of our safety and security protocols and procedures – Follow-On Motion

In response to the follow-on motion from 5/26/22, a plan to contract a third party to review FCPS safety and security protocols and procedures, beginning with an RFP, was presented at the FY22 year-end.

“I move that the Board directs the Superintendent to present a plan for Board consideration to engage with an external third party to provide a holistic review of our safety and security protocols and procedures in all FCPS buildings using year-end funds.”


September 1, 2022

The following Superintendent update to the School Board may be viewed in the September 1, 2022 Board Briefing on BoardDocs.

2022-2023 Basal Resources Adoption: Secondary World Languages

FCPS is engaging in the RFP and basal resource adoption processes for Secondary World Languages. The process, governed by FCPS regulation 3004.5, will include both a community review period and a deep review by a committee made up of representatives from a variety of stakeholder groups - teachers, administrators, and community members. Each Board member will have the opportunity to appoint one representative to the Instructional Materials Adoption Committee for World Languages. World Languages is seeking appointed community members that can read, listen, write and speak Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin, and Spanish. A representative for each language and six representatives for Spanish are desired. 

The review and acquisition are constructed to ensure:

  • Resources align to revised 2021 World Languages Virginia Standards of Learning and FCPS Learning Model 
  • Resources meet the educational needs of a variety of learners
  • Resources reflect culturally responsive curriculum and pedagogy
  • Students gain equitable access to high-quality, dynamic resources
  • Input from multiple stakeholder groups is collected and valued 

Once these processes are complete, the recommended resources will be brought to the Board for approval. 


August 26, 2022

The following Superintendent updates to the School Board may be viewed in the August 26, 2022 Board Briefing on BoardDocs.

Cell Phone Follow-On Updates Student Rights & Responsibilities

The following update is being provided in response to two follow-on motions from the June 16, 2022, Board meeting in which the School Board directed the following: 

  • “direct the superintendent to provide targeted communication to parents or guardians of students with disabilities to inform them of the Student Rights & Responsibilities (SR&R) changes regarding cell phone usage and provide guidance on how they can request an individualized education program (IEP) or 504 meeting to consider the need for use of a personally owned device (e.g. cell phone) as an accommodation and/or consider the need for accommodations that do not necessitate the use of a cell phone if they believe their child may require such support” and
  • “direct the superintendent to have school-based staff review students’ individualized education programs (IEP) and 504 plans and request an individualized education program (IEP) or 504 meeting to consider the need for use of a personally owned device (e.g. cell phone) as an accommodation and/or consider the need for accommodations that do not necessitate the use of a cell phone for students they deem may require such support”. 

The following actions have been taken in response to these two follow-on motions:

  • A webpage was created on August 10, 2022, to highlight the detailed grade level expectations for cell phone use along with the process to request accommodations for the use of a personally owned device. The new webpage is linked to the Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) main page. The Cell Phone Use at Schools Webpage can be accessed HERE.
  • Communication with staff on this topic was sent via Employee News - August 9, 2022, and via FCPS News - August 10, 2022
  • An e-notify message was sent to all FCPS parents and staff on August 12, 2022; all communications highlighted the detailed grade level expectations for cell phone use along with the process to request accommodations for the use of a personally owned device.
  • Prior to the first day of school, each special education case manager disseminated a case manager letter to all parents/guardians of students on their caseload that included information regarding the establishment of cell phone expectations and the process for requesting accommodations for a personally owned device.
  • A tab regarding cell phone expectations was added to the homepage of every school website on August 11, 2022. The new tab connects viewers to the Cell Phone Use at Schools Webpage which outlines the specific expectations for cell phones at each school level and the process for requesting accommodations for personally owned devices. 

Additionally, the Beginning of the Year Memorandum, disseminated to Special Education Department Chairs and special education school-based administrators on August 11, 2022, included the following information:

  • Directives for all schools to establish and implement a procedure to verify that all staff supporting students with IEPs and 504 Plans have access to the IEPs and 504 Plans and have reviewed them prior to the first day of school.  
  • Information regarding cell phones and accommodation requests for use of personally owned devices directs case managers to request an IEP or 504 meeting for any student on their caseload that they believe may need an accommodation for a personally owned device by August 29, 2022.
  • Ensuring that all staff understood that staff other than case managers are “persons knowledgeable of the student” and may also request a meeting to consider the need for an accommodation for a personally owned device for a student(s).

Ombudsman Annual Report Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22)

 The Office of the OmbudsmanAnnual Report for FY22 has been posted.

Trust Policy Follow-Ons Update

 The following information is being provided in response to the follow-on motions from the April 28, 2022, School Board meeting regarding the Trust Policy.

I move to direct the Superintendent to implement as much of the School Trust Policy as possible for the 2022 summer school session and conduct all necessary preparations for the policy to be fully implemented for the start of the 2022-2023 school year.

  • The task force implemented all asks of the follow-on motions prior to the start of SY23.

I move to direct the Superintendent to, by mid-August provide guidelines for the Department of Human Resources to promote compliance with this policy, including investigative procedures and potential disciplinary actions for the unauthorized sharing of personally identifiable information and citizenship or immigration status

  • This work has been completed by identifying policies and regulations that needed to be updated to align with the Trust Policy.  Accountability measures to include guidelines for Human Resources to promote compliance and communicate potential disciplinary actions for intentional disclosure have been put into place.

I move to direct the Superintendent to, by May 10, provide the board with updated language to the “Rights and Responsibilities of Students” section of the draft SR&R, that states students have an unambiguous right to have their personally identifiable and citizenship or immigration status protected from unauthorized sharing.

  • Language was added to the draft SR&R and presented at the June 16, 2022, Regular School Board Meeting where it was adopted.

I move to direct the Superintendent to, beginning in mid-August, provide regular written updates to the Board and public regarding noncompliance with this policy, progress on communications to students and families as outlined in this policy to include information about what is not covered/protected, and other pertinent information as needed.

  • Quarterly updates will be provided to the School Board, to include training completions, communications and outreach, and data from instances of intentional disclosure and disciplinary actions, as well as other information pertaining to the policy.

Additionally, all FCPS employees are required to engage in the Trust Policy Training by September 30, 2022, and must complete an attestation form which certifies they understand and can apply the actions from the Trust Policy to their daily work.

2022 State Assessment Annual Pass Rate by School

 As a follow-up to the Virginia Department of Education release of annual pass rates on August 18, a school-level report is available on the FCPS website, organized by pyramid. The report offers quick comparisons to state and division outcomes, differences across student groups, and calculated change from prior years (2021 to 2022 pandemic recovery progress, as well as 2019 to 2022 continued recovery needed for a return to pre-pandemic performance).

Environmental Protection Agency Clean School Bus Rebate Program

FCPS has been actively pursuing all avenues to convert its diesel bus fleet to electric vehicles (EV) in order to meet the Joint Environmental Taskforce (JET) recommendation that FCPS convert its fleet to electric by 2035. In May, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) opened applications for clean school bus rebates, with a closing deadline of August 19. The Office of Transportation Services has applied to this program. If awarded, 20 buses will be provided. EPA will notify applicants of selection status in October; more information will be shared then.

FCPS and Community News

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World Languages Credit Exam

The exam assesses reading and writing language proficiency in languages other than English. Students who take the exam may earn up to three World Languages credits for levels one, two, and three for the language of the exam. The credits may fulfill the World Languages requirements for the Advanced Studies Diploma. The FCPS World Languages Credit Exam is also an approved assessment for awarding the Virginia Department of Education’s Seal of Biliteracy. The exam is offered one time per school year. A student may participate in the exam two times per language, once per year, between grades 7 through 12. In other words, students have two chances per language to earn credits by taking the exam.

The 2022 World Languages Credit Exam will be administered to students in grades 7-12 on November 3, 9, and 10, 2022. Thirty (30) languages will be included:  American Sign Language (ASL), Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Mandarin), Farsi, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Pashto, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Tigrinya, Turkish, Twi, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

Students must be able to read and comprehend exam instructions and writing prompts in the exam language and respond to the writing prompts in the language of the exam.

The exam is paper-pencil and students will respond in handwriting in the language of the exam. Students earn credit based on the level of proficiency demonstrated by their writing.

All students must register for the exam through their school counselor. Registration closes at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 6, 2022.

More information may be found on the World Languages Credit Exam webpage.


Steady Growth Toward a Return to Pre-Pandemic Levels in Standards of Learning (SOL) Data

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) has announced 2021-22 Standards of Learning (SOL) data for school divisions that shows Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has made steady progress towards a return to pre-pandemic levels.

FCPS annual pass rates for 2022 indicate that, while the road to recovery continues, FCPS students made promising gains in reading, mathematics, and science over the course of the 2022 school year. Read more about our plans for continued improvement of the SOL pass rates.


2021 Fairfax County Youth Survey

The Fairfax County School Board and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors work together to administer the Fairfax County Youth Survey. The county has posted the results of the 2021 survey

The survey is given to all students in grades 6, 8, 10, and 12 each fall. It provides a wealth of information about a variety of topics related to our youth that influence their physical and mental well-being, from sleep and nutritional habits to substance abuse behaviors to symptoms of depression and suicidal thoughts. 

The results provide a snapshot of our youth in Fairfax County but also serve as a barometer of our effectiveness as a community in fostering healthy choices in our young people. Data from the Fairfax County Youth Survey is used as a measurement tool in the FCPS Strategic Plan Goal 2 - Caring Culture - Healthy Life Choices.

The survey is anonymous and voluntary. Visit our website for more information on the upcoming Fairfax County Youth Survey.


Become an AVID Tutor

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is hiring AVID tutors for various schools throughout Fairfax County for the 2022-2023 school year.

Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) tutors work with small groups of approximately 5-7 middle school or high school students during the school day in an academic elective class called AVID. These groups use higher -order questioning strategies to help students develop a variety of college preparatory skills such as critical thinking and problem-solving. Tutors earn $18.42 per hour and must be currently enrolled in college or be college graduates. If interested, please email your resume to Karen Huffman.


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Bus Delay Notification System

Please be aware that we are getting used to new routines at the start of the school year. Thank you for your patience as those routines are established. If a student’s bus is delayed, parents may access the Bus Delay Notification System or use the Here Comes the Bus mobile app to receive the delayed bus report. E-Notify (School Messenger) email messages will also be sent to announce significant bus delays. For questions or concerns, contact the Transportation Office at 703-249-7000.  For any concerns after hours (after 5:30 p.m.), contact Safety and Security at 571-423-2000.

Visit the FCPS Transportation page for more information.


Parents may Receive Text Messages from FCPS for Emergencies and Essential Information

Make sure your cell phone numbers are listed in the parent/guardian contact information section on the emergency care information form for each of your children. Parents and guardians can view and update emergency contact information online using weCare@school

Text messages will be sent in the event of emergencies, delays, or school closings if buses are running more than 30 minutes late, if your student missed the morning attendance deadline, and for other important reminders. 

Standard message and data charges may apply for text messages depending on your cell phone service plan. More about text messages is available online.

Health Information in weCare@school

While reviewing your information in weCare@school to ensure you’re getting texts, also be sure you update your students’ Health Information Form.


Lightspeed Parent Report on Child’s Device Activity

FCPS has tools to help parents and guardians know more about their child’s activity on any FCPS device. These tools are provided by Lightspeed, our internet content filtering service, at no cost to families. You may sign up for a weekly Parent Report, which will list the top sites your child visited. If you want more detailed information, sign up for the Internet Use Parent Portal and log in anytime to see more detail about your child’s browsing and “pause” access to the internet during non-school hours.


Calendar Adjustment

The FCPS school year 2022-2023 calendar has been slightly updated. April 13, the last day of Passover, should have been previously marked as a Religious and Cultural Observance day. This remains a school day for students, however, protocols for religious and cultural observance days will be followed.


FCPS Annual Public Notice: Career and Technical Education

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FCPS’ Career and Technical Education Program offers a variety of career and technical programs to all students at the middle and high school levels. The program areas include the following:

For more information about Career and Technical Education, please call 571-423-4526 or visit the Career and Technical Education website. Visit this policy website for more information on ADA accommodations or to request accommodations.


Sexual Harassment Prohibited in FCPS

Policy 4950, Sexual Harassment, states that no person in Fairfax County Public Schools shall be subjected to sexual harassment. It is the intent of the School Board to maintain an environment free from sexual harassment of any kind.

Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature amounting to or constituting harassment are prohibited. Employees should report complaints of sexual harassment to their supervisors or program managers.

If for any reason, an individual prefers not to address their concerns directly with a principal, supervisor, or program manager, he or she may consult with, or file a complaint with, the Office of Equity and Employee Relations by calling 571-423-3070.


FCPS Statement on Nondiscrimination-Americans With Disabilities Policy Notice

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex (including sexual harassment, Title IX, and pregnancy), marital status, religion, national origin, age (40 or older), disability, or genetic information in its programs and activities. These protections apply to students, employees, and other members of the public.

FCPS also provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. FCPS is committed to equal access and equal opportunity in all services and employment; to include its policies, complaint process, program accessibility, religious accommodations, and other Equal Employment Opportunity matters. FCPS prohibits retaliation against individuals who report allegations of discrimination, file a formal complaint, or participate in the investigative process.

Compliance is coordinated by the directors of the following:

  • Office of Equity and Employee Relations, Department of Human Resources, 571-423-3070, TTY 711, regarding equal employment opportunity, discrimination, and sexual harassment issues.
  • Office of Special Education Procedural Support, Department of Special Services, 571-423-4290, regarding programs and activities for students with disabilities.

For more information, visit the non-discrimination policy webpage or the non-discrimination/ADA webpage (contact information).


Look to the Future Week

College Fair

Register for FCPS’s College Fair on Sunday, October 16, 2022, from 4 to 7 p.m. at  Eagle Bank Arena at George Mason University. 

Upon registration, students will receive a barcode allowing college representatives to retrieve student information electronically. Barcodes can be scanned from mobile devices.

The College Fair is designed to connect high school students with opportunities in higher education. It is one of the largest College Fairs in the region. It features nearly 250 colleges and universities from around the nation as well as representatives from the U.S. Service Academies. Each year the College Fair draws thousands of students and their families.

Postsecondary Week

Join us for Fairfax County Public Schools Virtual Postsecondary Week from Monday, October 17 through Thursday, October 20, 2022, from 5 to 8 p.m. Participate in one or all of the live virtual sessions. You will learn how to be better prepared for the next chapter of your educational journey.

Registration information coming soon!


FCPS High Schools Are Safe Sport Schools

Fairfax County Public Schools High School Athletic Trainers holding National Athletic Trainers Association "Safe Sports School" signs

Every high school in the division has once again been designated a Safe Sport School by the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA). NATA created the Safe Sports School Award to recognize athletic training programs that create steps and processes to keep their student-athletes safe. Congratulations to our athletic trainers for earning this designation!


Understanding the Dangers of Opioid Use

As we begin the 2022-23 school year, public schools nationwide face a growing student wellness crisis. Our students' wellness challenges impact their ability to perform at their best in the classroom and may lead to other destructive behaviors. 

In Northern Virginia, the opioid epidemic continues to impact communities including young adults, and sometimes school-age children. Tragically, this can lead to devastating outcomes. There are three things you can do now, to support student wellness and increase understanding of the dangers of opioids and fentanyl:

  • Talk with children and loved ones in your life about the dangers of drug use, especially opioids. For more information, tips on how to recognize and prevent substance abuse, and available support services, watch this webinar.
  • Safely store and dispose of medications to prevent drug misuse.
  • Sign up for a Virtual REVIVE! training class to learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of opioid overdose and administer naloxone nasal spray to reverse an opioid overdose.

Learn more about the dangers of opioids and available resources on our website. Visit the Student Safety and Wellness webpage for more information about a variety of topics related to student wellbeing. 



Anonymous Tip Line Puts Safety First

If you or your child have concerns or information relating to feeling unsafe in any way at school, we encourage you to reach out to a member of the security or administrative team so that we may quickly address the issue.  Students and parents may also utilize the FCPS Office of Safety and Security safety tip line, which you can access anonymously online, by text (888-777; Keyword TIP FCPS), or by phone (571-423-2020).

If your tip is an emergency and immediate assistance is necessary, please dial 911.

Students, staff, and community members should report school safety issues such as threats, unsafe or dangerous situations, illegal drug activity, theft, gang activity, the existence of weapons, vandalism, and concerns about student wellness. Tip line users may identify themselves or remain anonymous.

Concerns that do not impact the safety of our schools—concerns or information about programs, regulations, or policies—can be sent to the FCPS ombudsman online, at 571-423-4014, or


Gun Safety and Safe Gun Storage

Providing students and staff with a safe educational environment remains our top priority. Sadly, gun violence continues to impact schools and communities across our nation.

As you may be aware, lessons on gun safety are already built into our curriculum; however, it is critical that all parents and guardians talk to their children about the importance of gun safety and safe gun storage in their homes, and any homes that your children may visit.

Our website has resources for parents about gun safety as well as detailed information about FCPS safety and security practices in our buildings.


Service Learning Enrichment Opportunities

To highlight enrichment experiences that connect service learning for students, FCPS has put together a brief one-page document with various enrichment experiences. All of these experiences are posted in the Naviance Enrichment Database, but I also wanted to highlight them for our community in case any students might be interested.


LearnServe Fellows Program

Calling all leaders, entrepreneurs, and changemakers!  Are you a high school student eager to change the world, at home, or abroad? Join Learnserve Fellows to tackle a social issue and create an innovative solution in your community while connecting with like-minded peers across the region.

Apply to the LearnServe Fellows Program for the opportunity to:

  • Join students from across the DC area for a dynamic introduction to social entrepreneurship!
  • Design, pitch, and launch your own social action project to solve a social justice or environmental need in your community
  • Meet in person once a week (Thursday afternoons from 4:30-6:30 p.m., September - April) and earn community service hours!

Apply online by September 30, 2022.


Conservation symbols: wind turbines, solar panels, compost, water reuse, recycling

Youth Conservation Leadership Institute

The Youth Conservation Leadership Institute (YCLI) is a program for 9th-12th grade students that focuses on volunteer service and environmental stewardship. Students are supported by a Soil and Water Conservation District partner and an environmental leader in their field serving as a mentor. Past students in our area have studied stream health, led youth environmental education programs, established bluebird monitoring programs, and much more! Learn more about YCLI. Apply by September 30


Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District Poster Contest

Calling all student artists! The 2022 Conservation Poster Contest theme is "Healthy Soil, Healthy Life." This contest is open to any K-12 student and participating scouts can earn a badge. There is also a new digital poster contest this year for students in grades 7-12. The application deadline is September 30. Learn more about the 2022 Conservation Poster Contest.


Historically Black Colleges and Universities Festival

The Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Hybrid Festival will be hosted by the Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandra. Attend virtually on Friday, October 7, 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. and in-person at the University of the District of Columbia - Van Ness Campus on Saturday, October 8, 10:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m. Highlights include:

  • All accredited HBCUs invited to attend
  • Free seminars to help students and parents prepare for college
  • Onsite and virtual admissions decisions
  • Music auditions for instrumental and vocal students

More information may be found on the Alfred Street Baptist Church HBCU webpage. Registration is required.


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Reflections Call for Entries

Explore the Arts and Express Yourself!  The 2022-2023 theme is, “Show Your Voice!”

Students will submit their completed works of art digitally in one (or more) arts categories in response to the selected theme: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Visual Arts, Photography, Music Composition, and Literature. Students will participate in the appropriate division: Primary (PreK-grade 2), Intermediate (grades 3-5), Middle (grades 6-8), High School (grades 9-12), and Special Artist (all grades and also identify as having a disability and may receive services). 

The deadline for student entries is October 24, 2022.  Look for more information from your school's Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and on the Fairfax County Council PTA website.


Fairfax Area Student “Shark Tank” Technology Challenge

The Fairfax Area 50+ Technology Committee is proud to announce the 7th Annual Fairfax Area Student “Shark Tank” Technology Challenge. The competition is open to all high school students in Fairfax County, Fairfax City, and the City of Falls Church. 

Students are challenged to develop an innovative device or app that will have a positive impact on the lives of older adults, adults with disabilities, or caregivers. Students are encouraged to be innovative and creative. Potential projects may be either a mobile app, web service, robotic, assistive device, or any combination. Cash prizes will be awarded to the student winners by IntegrityOne Partners, Pre-registration is required for the event sponsor.

Learn more about the technology challenge, the timeline, and how to enter. The Initial Project Proposal Form is due December 12, 2022.


Lock & Talk

The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB) has a limited supply of free medication locks and trigger locks that fit a wide variety of firearms. This regional "Lock and Talk Northern Virginia" safety program is a collaborative initiative of the Suicide Prevention Alliance of Northern Virginia (SPAN).

Studies show that when firearms are accessible, individuals are more than three times more likely to die by suicide and that most people who die by suicide use firearms (61%) or poisons (19%). An essential strategy for preventing suicide for a person in crisis is to limit access to firearms and poisons, including medications that can be misused. This is known as lethal means restriction, and it can also help prevent accidental drug overdoses.

Talking about the problem of suicide can save lives, reduce stigma and encourage help-seeking behaviors. Lock your medications and firearms and talk safety.

Pick-up Locations

Medication and firearm locking devises, as well as drug disposal kits, are available. Please call the site first to ensure it is open.

For more information visit the Fairfax County Lock & Talk webpage.


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Safe Streets - Dangerous Locations Survey

It's the time of year when thousands of children and adults are walking, biking, and otherwise commuting to school - over 180,000 children daily!

If you observe unsafe situations, please add your observations to this survey.

The data from the survey can help us advocate together to county, state, and federal transit agencies for updates and funding to make traveling to and from school safer. 

For more information visit the Northern Virginia Families for Safe Streets website.


2022 Special Education Parent Involvement Survey

All parents of school-aged children and youth with disabilities who receive special education services in Virginia are encouraged to complete the Virginia Department of Education's (VDOE's) annual Parent Involvement Survey. The survey will remain open through December 16, 2022.

Parent Involvement Survey - English

Parent Involvement Survey - Spanish

Parent Involvement (Indicator 8) Survey - Frequently Asked Questions

If you have questions regarding this survey, please contact Chiquita Seaborne, Family Engagement Specialist/Special Projects Coordinator, at or at (804) 225-3898.


The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia Fall 2022 Class Offerings

LCNV provides beginning-level English classes to adults so that they and their families may survive, thrive, and fully and equitably participate in the community. This fall, they are offering both in-person and online English classes. Enroll now through September 9 at 5pm. Classes are around Fairfax County including the Herndon Neighborhood Resource Center (1086 Elden Street, Herndon) Please go to the Fall 2022 Class Schedule site to learn more and how to register.  If you have any questions, please contact (703) 237-0866 or email,

Beginning English Classes

These courses are offered at up to 3 different learning levels and focus on overall English skills for survival, community involvement, work, and family. Classes are available at different times of the day and meet multiple days of the week, with 2-days/week and 3-days/week options).

Family Learning Program (FLP) Classes

FLP classes provide language and literacy education to empower adults to participate more fully and confidently in their children’s education. They also integrate interactive literacy activities for parents and children.

Skills-based Classes

Designed for those who would like to focus on a particular language skill, LCNV will offer two skills-based classes this Fall: Intro to Writing (eligibility by oral proficiency assessed at intake) and a free Conversation Class.


Vietnamese and Korean Speakers Needed as Election Officers

The Fairfax County Office of Elections needs additional bilingual election officers to assist voters in the General Election on Tuesday, November 8, and in future elections. 

Specifically, individuals who speak Vietnamese and English fluently or Korean and English fluently are needed to serve in Annandale, Centreville, Chantilly, and Falls Church. 

You will perform all regular election officer duties, including assisting most voters in English, but will be assigned to precincts with a significant number of voters who may primarily speak Vietnamese or Korean. To serve as a designated bilingual election officer, you must also complete a short oral language skills assessment. 

Fairfax County is the largest voting jurisdiction in Virginia with 264 precincts countywide. It takes thousands of enthusiastic and trained election officers to ensure that we have efficient and well-run elections. Compensation begins at $175 and training is provided online for new officers.

Learn more about becoming a Language Officer and what’s involved in working the polls. Apply online (be sure to indicate if you speak Vietnamese or Korean).


Fairfax County Public Schools National Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month

From September 15 to October 15, FCPS recognizes and celebrates the histories, cultures, and contributions of the members of our community whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. 

September 15 is set as the starting date because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively.  

Explore the Library of Congress National Hispanic Heritage Month website to see events and discover documents, exhibits, films, blog posts, photos, and more from the National Archives, Library of Congress, Smithsonian Institutions, and others.


National Voter Registration Day

Did you know that Tuesday, September 20, is National Voter Registration Day? 

The League of Women Voters of Virginia recently recognized the following Springfield District high schools for registering a large number of students to vote last school year:

  • Chantilly High School
  • John Lewis High School
  • Lake Braddock Secondary School
  • Robinson Secondary School
  • South County High School
  • Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
  • West Springfield High School
  • Woodson High School

The deadline to register to vote in 2022 is October 17. For more information on how to register, visit the Office of Elections webpage.


National Public Lands Day

September 24th is National Public Lands Day, the nation's largest single-day volunteer event for public lands. Jai Cole, Executive Director of the Fairfax County Parks Authority, will be at Lake Fairfax Park joining in the beautification of the park's grounds including tree planting and invasive plant removal.

Individuals and Groups may sign up to volunteer.


Fairfax County Public Schools Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah

Monday, Sept. 26, is a student holiday/professional work day for teachers. It is also Rosh Hashanah, the first day of the two-day celebration of the Jewish New Year. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.


Fairfax County Public Schools Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur is the holiest day in Judaism. To mark this day, which begins at sundown on Tuesday, Oct. 4, Tuesday is noted as a ½ religious/cultural observance date on the FCPS calendar. Oct. 5 is a holiday for teachers and students (only 12 month employees report). See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.


Fairfax County Public Schools Indigenous Peoples' Day

Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Indigenous Peoples' Day honors the histories, cultures, and contributions of Native peoples, past and present. This year, Monday, Oct. 10 is a student holiday and staff development day. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.


Walk to School Day

Fairfax County Public Schools will participate in International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 12, in an effort to promote physical activity and reduce traffic congestion and pollution near schools. Students and employees are encouraged to bike or walk to school and walk where safe to do so on October 12. Parents are encouraged to accompany their children to school, and to work with their school and PTA or PTO to assemble bike trains or walking groups for the event. Schools are encouraged to register online with Walk and Bike to School. Get more information about Walk to School Day.

Springfield District Scene

Chantilly High School logo

Chantilly High School Symphonic Winds has been selected as a performing group for the 2023 National Concert Band Festival, an event that showcases some of the finest school music ensembles from across the country!  This festival occurs in Indianapolis, IN from March 31-April 2, 2023. The Symphonic Winds will be one of only twenty-nine high school bands chosen to perform from across the nation and this marks the third time in school history that Chantilly has been selected for this prestigious event (2008, 2018, 2023). Way to go!

South County High School logo

Congratulations to South County High School Coach Matt Lewis for being named the 2022 Girls' Track & Field High School Coach of the Year for the state of Virginia by the US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association!



Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology’s TJ Space, formerly known as The Cube Sat Team, had a busy summer delivering TJ’s second satellite, TJ REVERB, to Nanoracks near Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. The satellite is waiting for its ride on the SpaceX-26 mission to the International Space Station (ISS) on November 15, 2022, from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Deployment from the ISS is scheduled for November 21, 2022. Great job!


2023 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

Two hundred thirty-seven students from 18 Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) are among the semifinalists named by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation for 2023. Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST), which also serves as the Governor’s Regional School for Northern Virginia, has 132 semifinalists.

All semi-finalists are eligible to compete for 7,500 National Merit Scholarship awards worth nearly $28 million, to be awarded in spring 2023. Semifinalists advance to finalist standing in the competition by meeting high academic standards and other requirements including a recommendation from a high school official.

Congratulations to the following Springfield District students:

Centreville High School: Megan Rudo

Chantilly High School: Katelyn Chu and Mahika Sharma

Lake Braddock Secondary School: Andrey Dobson

Oakton High School: Cindy Li and Ashley Shin

Thomas Jefferson HSST: Gabriel Ascoli, Ethan Chitturi, Sauman Das, Bryan Hong, Lauren Hyde, Clara Kim, Sunglae Kim, Laura Ridgway, Rishi Sripathi, Selina Sun, Conan Ugaz, and Kaia Wright

West Springfield High School: Catherine Browne and Jacob Hong

Read the full September 14 news release.

Family and Student Resources

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Tutoring Services Update

FCPS students continue to have unlimited access to live, 24/7, 1-to-1, online tutoring services through at no cost to families during  SY22-23. Student participation is optional and parents/guardians can opt their student(s) out of accessing the services. Detailed information and FAQs are available on the Online Tutoring Services website allows students to connect with a live tutor virtually at any time of day, spontaneously or scheduled in advance. Other services available via are SAT/ACT and PSAT preparation, 'drop off' writing assignments for review, and practice tests. For more information, please visit this FCPS website. 

Students will continue to access via a link in Schoology.  Information about how to log in and access a tutor is provided in the following instructional videos: 


COVID Diagnostic Testing Dates

COVID-19 diagnostic testing is available at no cost for all currently enrolled FCPS students on select dates throughout the year when transmission may be highest. Diagnostic testing is provided at designated times and locations for those who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19.

Upcoming testing will be available on October 17-19 and 24-26.  Visit the testing website for information on locations and how to register for an appointment. 


Office of the Ombudsman

The FCPS Office of the Ombudsman provides an independent, confidential resource for students, families, community members, and employees seeking informal help to answer questions, resolve concerns, and voice complaints regarding FCPS matters.

Examples of services the Office of the Ombudsman provides include sharing strategies for parents to improve communication with, and between, school and home; helping to resolve disagreements between parents and schools or disputes involving employees in the workplace, and providing ideas to foster parent participation in Individual Education Plan (IEP) meetings. However, the Office of the Ombudsman does not change or make decisions, policies, or regulations; take sides; or provide legal advice.

Contact the Office of the Ombudsman by using the "Submit a Question" button at the top of the Office of the Ombudsman webpage, by calling 571-423-4014, or by emailing


Parent Information Line Available in Eight Languages


FCPS language lines are available in eight different languages to assist parents who do not speak English as their first language.

A school system employee will respond to your call in your preferred language within 24 hours, Monday through Friday. The caller will provide you with the requested information, arrange for you to speak with the appropriate school employee, or connect you with the resource that you are looking to find.

To use the parent information phone lines, please call:

  • አማርኛ (Amharic): 571-423-4957
  • العربية (Arabic): 571-423-4952
  • 中文 (Chinese): 571-423-4953
  • فارسی (Farsi): 571-423-4954
  • 한국어 (Korean): 571-423-4951
  • español (Spanish): 571-423-4950
  • اردو (Urdu): 571-423-4955
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese): 571-423-4956


Parent Advocacy Handbook Available Online

The Parent Advocacy Handbook is for parents and guardians -- a child’s first teacher and advocate. It is believed that parents and guardians should advocate and support their children’s academic, social, and emotional growth from preschool through high school, and beyond.

The handbook contains answers to the many questions parents may have about the school system and how they can best advocate for their student at the various stages of their school experience. Information and resources within the handbook are designed to help parents and guardians:

  • Learn about their rights and responsibilities as an FCPS parent or guardian.
  • Learn more about what is going on in the student's school.
  • Gain skills to advocate for your student at school.
  • Learn how to monitor and help your student at home.
  • Find extra help and resources.

The Parent Advocacy Handbook was created by the Minority Student Achievement Oversight Committee (MSAOC) - a Fairfax County School Board advisory committee - and produced with the generous support of the Board. It is not intended to be, nor is it, a complete guide to all programs and practices within FCPS. In addition, information may change as policies and regulations are revised or updated. For additional, up-to-date information on FCPS programs and practices, always consult the FCPS website or speak with school or system administrators or staff. The handbook is available online and can be accessed in several languages.


FCPS Special Education Handbook for Families

Fairfax County Public Schools Engage, Inspire, Thrive Special Education Handbook for Parents

The Special Education Handbook for Parents includes details of the special education process. This process occurs sequentially, over a period of time, with each step building upon the previous step(s).

It is important for families to understand how the special education process works, so they can effectively participate and collaborate with school staff members in making appropriate decisions regarding their child’s educational needs. Families are an integral part of the decision-making team.

The Special Education Handbook for Parents is available in Arabic, English, Korean, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Contact the Parent Resource Center (PRC) at 703-204-3941 or  with any questions.


Empowering Safer Kids (No Helicopter Required)

Here’s the good news—you can make your kids safer anyplace they are! Join the Fairfax County Council of Parent Teacher Organizations for a discussion about how healthy relationships increase the chance your child will ask for help when things go wrong. Learn what research tells us makes kids more susceptible to harm in organizations. Unpack a few damaging myths. Get tips on how to respond to sexting, when to ask more questions, and how to choose safer programs from a child protection professional who specializes in institutional abuse prevention.

Participants will:

  • Unlearn 5 myths that hurt kids
  • Learn tips for talking to kids about harm, online and in person
  • Identify parenting and organization behaviors that make kids safer
  • Understand how to identify and respond to children in need of help

Presented by Laurie Tasharski, the Director of Institutional Abuse Prevention for Stop Child Abuse Now of Northern Virginia (SCANVA). She facilitates Allies in Prevention, multi-disciplinary child protection teams, and the Loudoun County Trauma Informed Community Network (TICN). Laurie works with international child protection professionals, develops comprehensive safety programs for organizations, and has delivered professional development in more than 40 countries.

The webinar will take place on September 26, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. Register in advance for this webinar. (It will be recorded and available on demand.)


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Need Tech Help?

Resources for parents and students using FCPS technology are available online. Visit this website for quick help resetting passwords; accessing Schoology, Google, Zoom, or activity reports; and basic computer use questions. If your questions are not answered on that page, look for the link to submit a help ticket. 


Financial Aid/Paying for College Night

Join College Access Fairfax for Pyramid Financial Aid/Paying for College nights. See the schedule below:


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Register for Free Webinars from the Parent Resource Center

The FCPS Parent Resource Center (PRC) is offering free parent webinars. They are:


Prevención de Pandillas: Un Seminario web para Familias y Miembros de la Comunidad (Presentado en Español)

Gang Prevention: A Webinar for Families and Community Members (Presented in Spanish)

Los temas incluyen: 

  • ¿Qué es una pandilla y por qué los jóvenes se unen a las pandillas?
  • Actividades comunes de las pandillas
  • Factores de riesgo asociados con la participación en pandillas
  • Factores protectores que reducen la participación en pandillas
  • Soportes disponibles en el Condado de Fairfax y FCPS

Topics Include:

  • What is a gang and why do youth join gangs?
  • Common gang activities
  • Risk factors associated with gang involvement
  • Protective factors that reduce gang involvement
  • Supports available in Fairfax County and FCPS

Presentado por:

  • Stefan Mascoll: Coordinator Student Safety and Wellness, Fairfax County Public Schools
  • Liliana Janssen-Checa: Program Manager of Youth Initiatives, Northern Virginia Family Service
  • Francisco Klockner Gonzalez: Gang Prevention Coordinator, Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court

 Martes, 27 de Septiembre de 2022, 6-7:30 p.m.

Regístrese para la prevención de pandillas: un seminario web para familias y miembros de la comunidad

Dads: Stop The Power Struggles & Get The Respect You Want

As dads, we want to be respected so our kids don't make the same mistakes we made. But how do you discipline and motivate kids who don't respond to consequences?

Celebrate Calm Founder, Kirk Martin, will give dads practical strategies to:

  • De-escalate situations and stop common power struggles.
  • Get your kids to actually listen to you.
  • Stop the defiance and disrespect without yelling or threatening.
  • Motivate kids who don't try hard or quit. Handle the chaos at home after a long day at work.
  • Connect with your partner again even when you disagree and have grown apart.

October 6, 2022, 6:30-8 p.m.

Register for Dads: Stop The Power Struggles & Get The Respect You Want

The Social Emotional Learning Screener - What Every Family Needs to Know

Social and emotional learning competencies are foundational skills for success in school and beyond.  Students will participate in the SEL Screener in the fall and spring this year.   The screener provides valuable information that guides planning and learning opportunities for families, staff, students, and school communities. 

Join us in an informational session to learn more about SEL in FCPS, the role of the SEL Screener, and how families and schools might partner to foster skills over time. 

Highlights include:

  • Learn about SEL in FCPS  
  • Unpack the SEL Screener: What it is and how it's used? 
  • Understand student results
  • Explore ways to continue conversations about SEL at home

Presented by: Lisa Phifer, FCPS Educational Specialist, Trauma Informed SEL, and Jaynie Van Sant, FCPS Social and Emotional Learning Systems Specialist

October 7, 2022, 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for The Social Emotional Learning Screener - What Every Family Needs to Know

Promoting Digital Wellness

Access to technology provides limitless opportunities to connect with others, explore diverse perspectives, share and build upon ideas, get involved in the community, and find opportunities.  However, many kids are online almost constantly, which poses a number of challenges that impact youth wellness.  

Highlights will include:

  • How the attention economy makes technology irresistible 
  • How adolescent development impacts youth technology use 
  • How schools and families can build the skills needed to navigate the complexity of online life

Presented by Tammi Sisk, FCPS Educational Specialist, Educational Technology, and Bethany Demers, FCPS Educational Specialist, Mental Wellness

October 14, 2022 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for Promoting Digital Wellness

Meet the Author Series - Paige Saves the Day

Paige is a happy kid with a unique fashion sense and creative imagination. Despite being bullied because of the things that make her different, she enjoys using her creativity to entertain her family and friends with stories in which she and her dog, Peppermint, are Super Heroes who always save the day!

Join us as the authors, Nalani Butler and Leila Butler, read Paige Saves the Day and share their experiences with families.

Children are welcome to join their families for this very special webinar and book reading.

October 27, 2022 7-8 p.m.

Register for the Meet the Author Series - Paige Saves the Day

Manejando el estrés serie de 3 partes 

Part #1: Manejar los momentos estresantes de la vida 28/10/22 at 10 a.m.

  • ¿Qué es estrés? 
  • Diferencia entre estrés agudo y estrés crónico. 
  • Síntomas del estrés en adultos. 
  • Cómo los síntomas del estrés afectan las habilidades de crianza. 
  • Síntomas del estrés en niños . 
  • Cómo el estrés afecta el rendimiento escolar en los niños. 

 Part #2: Estrategias de manejo del estrés 16/12/22 at 10 a.m. 

  • ¿Qué es el autocuidado? 
  • ¿Por qué es importante el autocuidado? 
  • Cómo practicar el autocuidado. 
  • Técnicas de relajación 
  • Gestión del tiempo 

Part #3: Apoyando a sus hijos durante tiempos estresantes  17/3/22 at 10 a.m.

  • Construyendo Resiliencia 
  • Reestructurando nuestro pensamiento 
  • Cómo reparar la relación con nuestros hijos.

Presented by: 

  • Aynalem (Nalem) Valdes, MS.Residente en Consejería de Salud Mental en Servicios Familiares del Norte de Virginia, Centro Multicultural  
  • Ana Stevenson, MS. Trabajadora Social Clínica Licenciada en Servicios Familiares del Norte de Virginia ,Centro Multicultural 

Registro Manejando el estrés serie de 3 partes


Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarship Guidance

Below you will find a list of scholarship programs from Scholarship Guidance’s weekly scholarship newsletter. These scholarships are awarded during the 2021-2022 school year and all students are eligible.

Scholarship Deadlines between October 31 - December 31, 2022:

1) Big Future Scholarships - $40,000 - 24 Awards (Deadline: October 31, 2022)

To be eligible for the scholarship a student must:

  • Be a senior in high school
  • Be attending college or university no later than Fall 2023

Applications can be found by going to: 

2) Coca-Cola Scholars Program - $20,000 - 150 Awards (Deadline: October 31, 2022)

To be eligible for the scholarship a student must:

  • Be a current high school student who will graduate during the 2022-2023 year
  • Be a U.S. Citizens, U.S. Nationals, U.S. Permanent Residents, Refugees, Asylees, Cuban-Haitian Entrants, or Humanitarian Parolees - based on the guidelines utilized by the U.S. Department of Education

Applications can be found by going to: 

3) Voice of Democracy Scholarship - $35,000 – 50 Awards (Deadline: October 31, 2022)

To be eligible for the scholarship a student must:

  • Currently, be in high school between the grades 9-12
  • Be enrolled in a public, private, or parochial high school or home study program in the United States

Applications can be found by going to: 

4) CollegeXpress Scholarship - $10,000 – 1 Award (Deadline: October 31, 2022)

To be eligible for the scholarship a student must:

  • Be 13 years of age or older and a legal resident of the United States
  • Be currently attending high school, college, vocational, or any other accredited institution

Applications can be found by going to: 

5) Regeneron Science Talent Search - $250,000 - 300 Awards (Deadline: November 9, 2022)

To be eligible for the scholarship a student must:

  • Be in their final year of high school
  • Submit original research in a critically important scientific field of study

Applications can be found by going to: 

6) 10 Words or Less Scholarship - $1,000 - 1 Award (Deadline: November 15, 2022)

To be eligible for the scholarship a student must:

  • Be between the ages of 14-25 who will be attending school in the Fall of 2023
  • Submit a response to the sponsor’s essay prompt

Applications can be found by going to: 

7) National Space Club Scholarship - $15,000 – 1 Award (Deadline: November 15, 2022)

To be eligible for the scholarship a student must:

  • Be a senior in high school
  • Have the intention of pursuing a career in the STEM fields

Applications can be found by going to: 

8) Odenza Marketing Group Scholarship - $500 - 1 Award (Deadline: November 15, 2022)

To be eligible for the scholarship a student must:

  • Be between the ages of 16 and 25
  • Have a GPA of 2.5 or greater

Applications can be found by going to: 

9) Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship Program - $220,000 – 40 Awards (Deadline: Nov. 17, 2022)

To be eligible for the scholarship a student must:

  • Be a high-achieving high school senior with a 3.5 GPA or higher
  • Have a financial need and plan to attend a four-year college

Applications can be found by going to: 

10) SP Scholarship - $10,000 - 4 Awards (Deadline: November 30, 2022)

To be eligible for the scholarship a student must:

  • Be a high school student planning to attend college in September 2023
  • Be a legal resident of the U.S. or Puerto Rico

Applications can be found by going to: 

11) Dell Scholars Program - $20,000 - 300 Awards (Deadline: December 1, 2022)

To be eligible for the scholarship a student must:

  • Participate in a program-approved college readiness program in grades 11 and 12 and demonstrate financial need
  • Be on track to graduate from an accredited high school in the current academic year

Applications can be found by going to: 

12) Barbara Lotze Scholarships for Future Teachers - $3,000 - 6 Awards (Deadline: December 1, 2022)

To be eligible for the scholarship a student must:

  • Be a high school senior accepted for enrollment in 2023 who plans to pursue a course of study leading toward a career in teaching physics in high school

Applications can be found by going to: 

13) Chuck Hall Star of Tomorrow Scholarship - $6,000 - 1 Award (Deadline: December 1, 2022)

To be eligible for the scholarship a student must:

  • Be a current USBC Youth member in their senior year of high school or enrolled in college
  • Have a current GPA of 3.0 or better, based on a 4.0 scale

Applications can be found by going to: 

14) American Rocketry Challenge - $20,000 – 10 Awards (Deadline: December 1, 2022)

To be eligible for the scholarship a student must:

  • Be part of a team of three to ten students in Grade 6-12
  • Build a model rocket that carries one large hen egg to an altitude of 850 feet, stays airborne for between 42 and 45 seconds, and returns the rocket to the ground safely

Applications can be found by going to: 

15) Mindscape Big Picture Scholarship - $10,000 - 1 Award (Deadline: December 15, 2022)

To be eligible for the scholarship a student must:

  • Have a deep curiosity about studying the universe for its own sake, whether that be pursuing studies in philosophy, biology, math, literature, or any other field that seeks a better understanding of our existence

Applications can be found by going to: 

16) Overachievers Student Grant - $15,000 - 1 Award (Deadline: December 15, 2022)

To be eligible for the scholarship a student must:

  • Be in middle school or high school
  • Be a person who is making a difference in others' lives outside of the classroom

Applications can be found by going to: 

17) Common App Scholarship - $2,000 - 3 Awards (Deadline: December 31, 2022)

To be eligible for the scholarship a student must:

  • Be in Grade 11 or Grade 12
  • Have achieved a GPA of 2.5 or greater during their last academic year

Applications can be found by going to: 

18) Arthur M. & Berdena King Eagle Scout Scholarship - $10,000 – 15 Awards (Deadline: Dec. 31, 2022)

To be eligible for the scholarship a student must:

  • Be an Eagle Scout between the ages of 13-18
  • Compete at the local Chapter level before competing at the National level

Applications can be found by going to:

What’s in a Name?

Each month I will feature a different Springfield District school from the What’s in a Name video series. This month let’s learn about the history behind South County High School’s name.

South County High School

Click above to learn more about the history of South County High School's name.

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