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FCPS Announces 2012 Summer Programs

From Fairfax County Public Schools:

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) will offer a number of summer programs to provide academic and enrichment opportunities for students in all grades. Visit http://www.fcps.edu/is/summer/index.shtml for general information or the websites listed below for individual programs.   Students should register for programs based on the grade they are in during the 2011-12 school year.

Week-Long Celebration of Catholic Schools January 29 – February 6, 2012

Week-Long Celebration of Catholic Schools January 29 – February 6, 2012

The following information was sent to us by Brie Hall:

 

Dozens of events have been planned by schools throughout the Archdiocese of Washington to celebrate Catholic Schools Week, January 29 – February 6, 2012. This annual celebration highlights the contributions of Catholic schools through Masses, open houses and activities for students, families, parishioners and the community at large. The Archdiocese of Washington is home to 98 archdiocesan and independent Catholic schools, educating nearly 30,000 students in Washington, DC and Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties in Maryland.

FCPS Launches Living Fit in Fairfax Project

From Fairfax County Public Schools:

Falls Church HS not scheduled for renovation until 2024

Falls Church HS not scheduled for renovation until 2024

Falls Church High School hasn’t had a major renovation since it was built in 1967 and isn’t scheduled be upgraded until 2024.

More than 100 parents came to a meeting at the school on a bitter cold night Thursday to express their frustration with school officials for failing to put FCHS on a faster track for renovation. The meeting was organized by a group called UPROAR (United Parents for Renovating our Academic Resource).

UPROAR co-founder Lynn Petrazzuolo showed the audience slide after slide depicting the grungy, and in some cases, unhealthy, condition of the learning environment: Chemistry labs with outdated and nonworking equipment and poor ventilation; poorly equipped classrooms that lack overhead projectors and wiring to support the necessary technology; and a music department with insufficient practice space and lockers that are too small for instruments.

FCPS to Host Gap Year Program Fair for High School Students

From Fairfax County Public Schools:

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) School Counseling Services,  Dynamy, and Thinking Beyond Borders are teaming up to present a Gap Year Program Fair for high school students who are interesting in learning more about gap year opportunities.  The fair will be held at Marshall High School on Wednesday, January 18, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. 

A gap year is the year after high school graduation when some students undertake non-curricular activities, such as travel or work, before attending college.

The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a presentation in the auditorium by Rae Nelson and Karl Haigler, authors of The Gap-Year Advantage.  The presentation will be followed by a fair with representatives from 30 to 40 programs offering gap year opportunities.  Students and their parents are encouraged to meet the representatives and learn about the variety of experiences available.

FCPS Teen Chefs to Receive Cooking Tools

From Fairfax County Public Schools:

Middle school students from Glasgow and Thoreau Middle Schools will receive a variety of cooking tools so they can practice their newly-learned cooking skills at home at the closing reception of the Teen Chefs on the Move! program on Thursday, January 5, at 1:30 p.m. at Chesterbrook Residences in Falls Church. Glasgow and Thoreau Middle Schools are Fairfax County public schools.

FCPS Yearbook, Newspaper Staffs Earn Top Honors From CSPA

From Fairfax County Public Schools:

Student journalists from seven Fairfax County public schools have been recognized as finalists for the Scholastic Crown Award, the highest honor bestowed on student publications by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA).  Each of the publications will receive either a Gold or Silver Crown Award during the CSPA convention in March 2012.

FCPS is home to four of the 66 high school yearbooks from across the nation to be named Crown Award finalists.

Crown Award finalists are: