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Monday, April 10, 2017

School news: Science stars

Third-graders at Belvedere Elementary School organized a seed sale as part of a unit on economics.
An occasional series highlighting programs and activities at schools in the Annandale/Mason District area. The information and photos here are from Fairfax County Public Schools and individual schools.

Science Olympiad – Luther Jackson Middle School came in third overall, beating 22 Northern Virginia elementary and middle schools, at the Virginia state tournament of the Science Olympiad at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Teams from Glasgow Middle School and Stuart and Woodson high schools also performed well.

Annandale HS PTA honored – The Annandale High School Parent Teacher Student Association was named 2017 PTSA of the Year, Secondary Division, by the Northern Virginia District PTA. Congratulations to AHS PTSA President Carrie Holmes, Vice President for Programs Robin Hylton, Vice President for Membership Norma Foti, Treasurer Carla Wilson, Secretary Margaret Kindling, and all the parent volunteers. 

From the left: Northern Virginia District PTA Director Debbie Kilpatrick, Annandale High School PTSA vice presidents Robin Hylton and Norma Foti, and AHS Principal Tim Thomas.
A statement from the PTA says, “Our collective efforts through fundraising, staff appreciation, community outreach, parent and student engagement, and awarding of scholarships and teacher/student grants demonstrate AHS PTSA’s commitment to ‘Every Child, One Voice.’”   

Environmental activism – Woodson High School students in the Environmental Club worked with custodial staff to streamline recycling in the cafeteria. On April 2, the club hosted an outdoor workday focusing on cleaning up native habitats that have become overgrown and installing new native habitats to prevent erosion. Another work day has been scheduled for April 23.

The Environmental Club and the Science National Honor Society are sponsoring two environmental outreach days at Mantua Elementary School on April 19 and Canterbury Woods Elementary School on April 20. Woodson students will help the younger students learn about biomes using virtual reality and will lead hands-on environmental science activities. 

Spain honors Bailey’s – The Education Office of the Embassy of Spain has selected Bailey’s Elementary School for the Arts and Sciences as an award winner in its 2016 School of the Year competition. Bailey’s was awarded the fourth-place prize and will be honored at an award ceremony in Washington, D.C., at the former residence of the ambassadors of Spain.
  
Parklawn art show – Art created by Parklawn Elementary School students will be showcased at the eighth annual Artful Spring Sing event May 3 at 6:30 p.m. The event will open with a performance by the Singing Panthers. Each student will have a piece of artwork on display, and parents and guests will listen to recorded music by students as they roam the hallways looking at students’ artistic creations.  

Special ed PTA – A new Fairfax County Special Education PTA is being formed for parents and guardians of students receiving special education services in Fairfax County public schools. The organization will meet April 25, 7 p.m., at Fairfax Circle Church, 3110 Chichester Lane, Fairfax to vote on bylaws and elect an executive board. For more information, contact Joanne Walton, joannewalton2003@yahoo.com.  

Board endorses statement on diversity – The Fairfax County School Board voted April 6 to formally support and endorse the “Fairfax County Statement on Diversity and Inclusion” that was approved by the Board of Supervisors on April 4. 

The statement affirms Fairfax County’s strong commitment to  a safe, inclusive, and welcoming learning environment for all children in public schools.

The Fairfax County Statement on Diversity and Inclusion:
“Whereas, Fairfax County is and will continue to be a county that exemplifies values of respect and acceptance;
Whereas, we welcome and celebrate one another’s differences and cultural backgrounds;
Whereas, while immigration is a federal matter, Fairfax County does partner with federal authorities on serious criminal matters when required;
Whereas, we do not ask, nor do we have the resources for, our police officers to become immigration officials, nor for Fairfax County to assume the responsibilities of federal immigration officials;
Whereas, Fairfax County Police successfully engage in community policing, which requires the trust of residents who are not afraid to call law enforcement if their safety is at risk or to report information that may help to solve a crime;
Whereas, it is the responsibility of our police officers to ensure the safety of Fairfax County residents through community policing rather than through immigration enforcement;
Whereas, Fairfax County Public Schools complies with the federally mandated requirements that we educate all children, regardless of immigration status;
Whereas, the school board is committed to maintaining a safe, inclusive, and welcoming learning environment for all children in our public school system, and Fairfax County Public Schools values the richly diverse backgrounds of our students and families;
Whereas, Fairfax County’s diversity makes our community strong and vibrant, and we are proud of what every resident has to offer;
Therefore, be it resolved that the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors does hereby affirm our strong commitment to maintaining a community culture that values and celebrates the similarities as well as the differences among our neighbors.

1 comment:

  1. I'm so proud of all of our students!

    I'd like to add that the third graders at Belvedere incorporated environmental sustainability into their seed sale; they weren't selling just any seeds, but native/non-invasive species that would: do well in Northern Virginia without chemical support, attract pollinators, and/or provide healthy food, such as herbs, tomatoes, etc. Since Belvedere is an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program school, all projects involve a great deal of student participation in all stages--planning, execution, and review--and are inter-disciplinary.

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