May 2023: Updates and Memorial Day Events

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Dranesville Graduation Dates

Congratulations to the Class of 2023! I look forward to seeing you at graduation and transition ceremonies in June. The full graduation schedule is available here.

Dranesville Graduation Dates
Chesterbrook play visit photo

My visit to Chesterbrook ES's "Night on Broadway"


Fairfax County School Board Seeks Audit Committee Applicants

Fairfax County Public Schools invites applications from community members interested in serving on the School Board Audit Committee. Get more information about the Office of the Auditor General here. Applicants must reside within the boundaries of Fairfax County or Fairfax City.  The Board will be appointing two committee members for a term ending June 30, 2025.

Applicants cannot be current FCPS employees and must be able to understand general government processes, and technical and complex financial reporting issues. Applicants should be knowledgeable about internal controls, financial statement audits, management and operational audits, and risk. The deadline to submit an application has been extended to Friday, May 26, 2023.

Tutoring Grants Available for Families

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is now accepting applications from parents for tutoring microgrants for their children through the K-12 Learning Acceleration Grants program. The program was created to help Virginia families address the impact of the pandemic on student learning. It provides $1,500 grants to parents of school-age children for tutoring in specific subjects. Children from homes with family incomes at 300% or less of the federal poverty level may qualify for $3,000 grants. 

Available services include in-person, online, and hybrid tutoring provided one-on-one or in small group or large group settings. The first step in the process is to visit VDOE’s K-12 Learning Acceleration Grants page and create an application account.

Student Rights and Responsibilities Updates

The Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) regulation is the framework stating expected student conduct and levels of disciplinary action when needed. The Board reviews the Superintendent’s proposed changes annually for adoption in the next school year. Families receive this information annually and sign a form stating that they’ve reviewed the regulation themselves, and with their students.

Proposed changes to the SR&R were presented at the May 11 Regular Meeting. The Board held a Work Session to further discuss the proposed changes on May 23. The Board is scheduled to approve the 2023-24 SR&R at the June 26 Regular Meeting.

Academic Matters: Student Testing

During the Academic Matters portion of the last School Board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid reported on Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), PSAT, and SAT testing. 

Students who enroll in AP and IB courses are more likely to graduate high school on time, enroll in college at higher rates, and save time and money while in college. Dr. Reid shared some of the data around the number of students participating in these offerings in FCPS. AP exam mean scores have increased since 2021, as have passing rates and the number of students taking the exams. The number of participants in IB exams have also increased since 2021. 

FCPS invests in these opportunities to allow students to experience rigorous, college level exams. The first six AP and IB exams are funded for any student enrolled in an AP/IB course. Watch the presentation or view the presentation slides.

Fentanyl Awareness

May 9 was National Fentanyl Awareness Day. In 2021, fentanyl was identified in 77.14% of adolescent overdose deaths.

FCPS continues to take active steps to address substance misuse prevention and intervention in schools. In doing so, Regulation 2151: Management of Naloxone Administration in Schools has been revised to expand the category of personnel required to be trained in naloxone (Narcan) administration and address student administration of naloxone.

The revisions to Regulation 2151 were incorporated to expand access to potentially life-saving resources should there be a suspected opioid overdose in school. Read the regulation to learn more about who is required to be trained in the administration of naloxone/Narcan and the guidelines surrounding authorization to carry or administer naloxone.

Fairfax County is hosting a series of virtual REVIVE! trainings (in English and Spanish). Attendees learn what to do (and not do) in an overdose situation.

Upcoming School Board Meetings

  • Thursday, May 25, 7 p.m.: Regular Meeting
  • Tuesday, May 31, 4:30 p.m.: Work Session: 
  • Thursday, June 15, 6 p.m.: Recognitions: Virginia High School League State Champions
  • Thursday, June 15, 7 p.m.: Regular Meeting

Please note that times and topics are subject to change.

How to watch meetings and sign up to speak

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Reuniones de la Junta Escolar de FCPS en Español

Para ver las reuniones de 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.

Daytime Pile Driving for New Georgetown Pike Bridge Planned

Daytime pile driving at the eastern abutment for the new Georgetown Pike Bridge is planned to start on or about May 22 and continue for approximately one week. The pile driving is necessary to build foundations for the future bridge, which is adjacent to the existing bridge and between the on-ramp for northbound I-495 and the Beltway. The periodically noisy work will involve driving steel piles into the earth. When active, neighbors may hear hammer strikes every few seconds. All construction work is dependent on weather conditions and other factors. 

Following pile driving at the eastern abutment of Georgetown Pike Bridge, crews will begin pile driving at the western abutment this summer. Work includes completing the abutments and relocating overhead utility lines and a large highway sign. Next, bridge beams will be lifted into place over the Beltway, an activity that must be performed during nighttime hours because the highway below must be closed to traffic for safety reasons. The deck and remaining elements of the bridge then will be constructed.

Herndon HS Honors event and Dranesville Dangers of Fentanyl event photo collage

My visit to the Herndon HS Honors Reception and the Dranesville Dangers of Fentanyl Community Meeting


Weekend Concerts

Herndon's Friday Night Live- May 26, 6:30pm

Every Friday (May through August) on the Herndon Town Green  

Concessions open at 6:00pm. The band plays from 6:30 – 10:00pm. The Town Green is located behind the Herndon Municipal Center at 777 Lynn Street in Historic Downtown Herndon. It is adjacent to the W&OD Trail and the Herndon Fortnightly Library. Learn more and view the schedule here.

  • Friday, May 26, 6:30- 10pm: Royals

Great Falls' Concert on the Green- May 28, 6pm

Every Sunday (May through September) on the Village Centre Green

Pack up the family, a blanket, lawn chairs, and a picnic dinner - or grab takeout at a local restaurant! Join us at the gazebo for a laid-back evening of good music and good times with your neighbors. This is a free community event for all ages. See the schedule here.

  • Sunday, May 28, 6 - 8pm: Cathy Ponton King

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Memorial Day Holiday - May 29

As a reminder, all schools and offices will be closed on Monday, May 29, for the Memorial Day holiday. Classes will resume on Tuesday, May 30. Classes will resume on Tuesday, May 30. Learn about the history of Memorial Day.

See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

The Difference Between Memorial Day and Veterans Day

From, Memorial Day and Veterans Day are often confused for one another and can be easily misunderstood. Both are patriotic holidays that honor the military community, however, these two federal holidays couldn’t be more different. As we near Memorial Day, let’s take a moment to take a closer look at the difference and why we celebrate Memorial Day.

Memorial Day, which is celebrated on the last Monday in May, honors service members who have died in military service to the nation. Originally known as “Decoration Day,” when citizens were encouraged to create memorials on soldiers' graves with flags and flowers, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act in 1968 which established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May.

Conversely, Veterans Day, a federal holiday which falls on November 11, is designated as a day to honor those who have served in the U.S. military.

Today, Memorial Day is often associated with the start of summer. On May 29, 2023, take a moment to pay tribute to the fallen while still enjoying time with family, friends, and the outdoors. Here are a few ideas to commemorate Memorial Day in the DMV:

Dranesville Area Memorial Day Ceremonies

Herndon's Chestnut  Grove Cemetery- May 29, 10am

Memorial Day Remembrance at Chestnut Grove Cemetery (831 Dranesville Road, Herndon) In addition, there will be an Avenue of Flags from dawn to dusk, weather permitting. This event is sponsored by The American Legion Post 184. For more information, call (703) 481-1200.

Great Falls Memorial Day Ceremony- May 29 at 11am

Great Falls Memorial Day Ceremony

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Herndon Festival- June 1-4

The Herndon Festival is almost here! Dates are Thursday, June 1 through Sunday, June 4 at the Northwest Federal Credit Union Campus (200 Spring Street, Herndon). Four fun-filled days of activities, vendors and entertainment. And admission is still FREE. See you at the Herndon Festival! Learn more about the festival here.

FCPS Cares


The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can all acknowledge their good work.

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