Friday, May 17, 2013
Fairfax County School Board will hold listening sessions next week to help develop a strategic plan for digital learning.
Teachers, students and parents in Fairfax County didn't have the smoothest experience with digital learning in 2012-2013. As Fairfax County Public Schools rolled out a new online math program in Fall 2012, students and teachers complained they had difficulty navigating the books, saying there were publisher errors and inconsistencies, technology roadblocks and student difficulty in accessing the information, among other complaints, like a lack of teacher buy-in to the program. They said the program, instead of advancing learning and achievement, was pushing it back, calling the $10.4 million initiative "a big disaster" with no clear solution. The short-term solution was to re-negotiate contracts to get some hard copy books back in the …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Teacher pay and foreign language cutbacks are also concerns as Fairfax County School Board looks for another $30 million in reductions for next year's budget.
If push came to shove, Jane Lipp would give her right kidney to keep an instructional coach at her school. The principal of South County High School, which has a 49 percent minority population, said that's the kind of sacrifice she'd make, drama aside, to keep a position that's been 'instrumental" in helping her teachers push the school's diverse student body to succeed. More than a dozen of the 40 speakers who addressed the school board Tuesday night in a public hearing about Fairfax County Public Schools' budget spoke about the role coaches play in the day to day lives of teachers and students, including their help toward narrowing student achievement gaps. The public hearing comes as the school board prepares to adopt a $2.5 billion …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The Turf SoCo campaign has begun.
The South County Athletic Boosters want their Stallions to play on fields that will stay green through the roughest of winters. The group, along with the South County Athletic Association, recently announced the Turf SoCo Campaign. The goal is to raise $1.3 million for two turf fields. The man-made turf fields are rubber, and, according to the Fairfax County Park Authority: The Boosters and the SCAA will hold the Turf SoCo Campaign kick-of meeting at South County High School on Tues., May 28, from 7-8 p.m. in the auditorium.
The Stallions are on their way.
The South County High School varsity boys lacrosse team (11-3) defeated Westfield 10-9 in overtime on Tuesday night in the first round of the Northern Region Boys Lacrosse Tournament. The Stallions play Langley on Friday night at home. Langley (12-6) crushed Washington-Lee 17-2 on Tuesday to advance to the second round. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter! The Northern Region Boys Lacrosse Tournament Schedule (all games begin at 7 p.m.): See Virginia Boys Lacrosse: Northern Region Playoff Bracket, Full Schedule Go Stallions!
The Stallions were 17-1 this season.
The South County High School varsity softball team is entering this year's Patriot District Tournament on top. With a 17-1 record, the Stallions will play their first tournament game at home Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Should they move on, the Stallions will play Friday in the District Semifinals, followed Monday by the District finals. There is one senior on the Stallions roster this season, so expect more results from this team next season. The team will also play in the regional playoffs (all games begin at 7 p.m.): Go Stallions! Look at the clock. It's time to follow us on Facebook and Twitter!
Officials say no funding for consultant as school board members say there is a "facilities crisis and a capacity crisis."
The Fairfax County School Board decided Monday to postpone re-evaluating how to determine the order in which county schools are renovated. Heeding the recommendation of the county’s Facilities Planning Advisory Council, Board members agreed they need more time to discuss the matter to implement any real changes. The board develops its Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) every five years, which includes new schools, renovations, capacity enhancements, additions and infrastructure management. Schools currently receive improvements in the order in which they're ranked on the system's renovation queue, driven by a list of weighted criteria ranging from how the buildings serve "Fundamental Educational Requirements (FER)," to their age and physical …
Monday, May 13, 2013
Some school board members say "disconnect," mistrust still exists between principals, parents.
As the Fairfax County School Board prepares to vote on another round of changes in a years-long push for reform of its discipline policies, board members are struggling to find common ground on when parents should be notified if their child could be suspended or expelled. Fairfax County Public Schools staff returned to the school board Monday with a number of proposed changes to the Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook, some of them based on a list of 52 recommendations to overhaul discipline practices systemwide a community committee put forth earlier this spring. See all proposed changes here. But parental notification — an issue on which there has been little agreement since the push for reform began following the suicide of two…
Superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools had surgery for an aortic aneurysm May 7.
Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Jack Dale was released from the hospital Sunday after emergency heart surgery May 7. FCPS spokesman John Torre told Patch in an email Monday that Dale had been released from the hospital to recover from surgery at home. Dale was taken to INOVA Fairfax Hospital on May 7 after telling coworkers he hadn’t been feeling well that day. He had surgery after suffering an aortic aneurysm that night. Torre said Dale was expected to return to work sometime in early June. “He is making progress and is not expected to return to work until early June on a part time basis,” he wrote in his email. Dale is planning to retire this summer. Deputy Superintendent Richard Moniuszko is managing superintendent duties …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Dale underwent surgery for an aortic aneurism Tuesday evening.
Jack Dale, the outgoing Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent, underwent emergency heart surgery Tuesday evening after suffering an aortic aneurism. The Washington Post reported Wednesday that Dale, 64, was conscious and resting at the intensive care unit of Fairfax Inova Hospital in Falls Church. He was taken to the hospital in an ambulance Tuesday evening after telling coworkers he was feeling unwell, the Post reported. As of Wednesday afternoon, he was in stable condition. Hospital officials were unable to comment further on Dale’s condition Thursday afternoon. Dale is planning to retire this summer but it’s unclear whether he will return to his post after recovering from surgery. FCPS spokesman John Torre told Patch on …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Students Natalie Pasquel and Connor Shaffer both took home awards.
South County High School students took home some accolades at the International DECA Competition. DECA prepares students for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management, according to their website. The nonprofit’s annual conference took place last week in Anaheim, Calif. There were 41 Fairfax County students who were winners or finalists. Some from Fairfax County Public Schools were: A complete list of FCPS winners is available online.