Education Notebook - 11/20/02

Education Notebook - 11/20/02

<sh>SOL Public Hearing

<bt>The Virginia Board of Education will hold one of four public hearings to solicit public comment on the proposed revisions to the science Standards of Learning (SOL) at Fairfax High School auditorium, 3500 Old Lee Highway in Fairfax, Monday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. Registration of speakers will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Speakers will be given three minutes and should bring two written copies of their comments if possible. The proposed changes can be reviewed at

Comments may be sent by e-mail to In addition, written comments or requests for more information may be directed to James Firebaugh, director of middle-school instruction, 804-225-2651 phone; 804-786-5466 fax. The mailing address is Department of Education, P.O. Box 2120, Richmond, VA 23218-2120.

<sh>FCPS Educators Honored

<bt>Three Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) educators were honored this week. Patricia Heiselberg, principal at Laurel Ridge Elementary in Fairfax, was named the 2002 FCPS Principal of the Year and the Washington Post Distinguished Educational Leadership Award; Bobbie Sierzant, fifth-grade teacher at Ravensworth Elementary in Springfield, was named Elementary Science Teacher of the Year by the Virginia Association of Science Teachers; and Karen Lacy, assistant principal at Oakton High School, was named a 2002 Administrator of the Year by the Virginia Music Educators Association.

Heiselberg has been an educator with FCPS for 24 years. She is one of 20 principals, representing the 19 public school systems in the Washington D.C.-metropolitan area and private schools, to be selected for the Post award. She is a past winner of the Arc-Riggs Educational Leadership Award and the School Bell Award from the Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals.

Sierzant has spent her entire 29-year teaching career with FCPS and has been at Ravensworth for 16 years, where she is the lead science teacher. She regularly provides science in-service training for the school system and recently completed a Family Science Night at the school with 80 parent volunteers and more than 300 students in attendance.

Lacy will receive her award at the Virginia Music Educators Association (VMEA) conference Nov. 21 in Norfolk. She was nominated by the Oakton High School choral director and performing arts chairman, Elaine Stanford, for her support and dedication to the music program. VMEA presents the outstanding administrator award to those who have played major roles in ensuring the success of school music programs. Candidates must have at least five years of experience at the administration level.

<sh>Online Chat

<bt>Fairfax County Public Schools superintendent Daniel A. Domenech will host a discussion of the 2002-03 school year on “Live Online” on the Web site Thursday, Nov. 21, from 1-2 p.m.

Domenech will be available to discuss current issues concerning the school system, including the ongoing budget crisis in Virginia and its effect on the school system, school renovation projects and the progress of the four schools currently under construction, and the school system's continuing cost-saving initiatives.

The interactive online forum is an opportunity for parents, area residents, educators and journalists to engage in an interactive dialogue with the superintendent. Questions may be submitted in advance at

<sh>FCPS Events Calendar

<bt>Wednesday, Nov. 20, 7 p.m.

School Health Advisory Committee meeting. Devonshire Center, 2831 Graham Road, Falls Church.

Human Relations Advisory Committee meeting. Human Resources Center, 6815 Edsall Road, Springfield.

Thursday, Nov. 21, 8 a.m.

Professional Technical Studies Advisory Committee meeting. Walnut Hill Center, 7423 Camp Alger Ave., Falls Church.

Thursday, Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m.

School Board regular business meeting. Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church.

Adult and Committee Education Advisory Committee meeting. Pimmit Hills Center, 7510 Lisle Ave., Falls Church.

Wednesday, Nov. 27

All Fairfax County Public Schools students released two hours early.

Thursday, Nov. 28-Friday, Nov. 29

Thanksgiving holidays for all Fairfax County Public Schools.

Friday, Nov. 29

Herndon High, Class of 1992, 10-year reunion, Hyatt, Reston;

Oakton High, Class of 1987, 15-year reunion, Sheraton Premiere, Tysons Corner.

For more information, call First-Class Reunions at 888-327-1984 or visit the Web at