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Education Notebook - 05/21/03

Woodruff Leaving

<bt>The Fairfax County School Board will honor H. Charles Woodruff Thursday, May 22, for his 20 years of service to the school system. Woodruff, the chief financial officer, is retiring at the end of the month.

Woodruff began his tenure with the school system in August 1983 as a coordinator in the Office of Budget Services. He later served as director of the budget office, and finally as the assistant superintendent for the Department of Financial Services. He created the school system's first fiscal forecast and established a grants section to generate additional funding. He has also been honored with several awards over the years including from the Virginia Government Finance Officers, the Government Finance Officers Association and the Association of School Business Officials.

<sh>Back to Normal

<bt>Fairfax County Public Schools returned to normal school hours Monday, May 19, for the remainder of the school year. The school day was extended 30 minutes a day for four weeks, April 21 through May 16, to make up two of the 10 school days missed due to snow.

The last day of school will still be Friday, June 20.

For information about the modified elementary school calendar logon to http://www.fcps.edu/about/03-04ms_es.htm. For information about the modified secondary school calendar log on to http://www.fcps.edu/about/02-03ms_ss.htm.

<sh>Draeger Honored

<bt>Brad Draeger, the Fairfax County Public Schools assistant superintendent of the Department of Human Resources, is one of 13 finalists for the 2003 HR Leadership Awards of Greater Washington. The awards gala is slated to take place June 10.

<sh>Techstravaganza Scheduled

<bt>Girls in sixth through eighth grade are invited to take part in the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology's Carnival Techstravaganza, Saturday, June 7, from 1-4 p.m. The fair is sponsored by the schools' Women in Science activities clubs.

The fun fair will have guest speakers, prizes and activity booths including hands-on scientific and technological equipment. To preregister, visit techstravaganza@yahoo.com.

<sh>Online Learning Receives Award

<bt>Fairfax County Public Schools 24-7 Learning, an online resource that enables students, parents and teachers to extend learning beyond the traditional school day has been awarded a Pioneer award by E-Gov for innovation in e-government.

The E-Gov awards recognize achievements in e-government and higher education service delivery. The Pioneer award is the top award presented by E-Gov; Fairfax County Public Schools is one of 20 Pioneer award winners this year.

The school system's 24-7 Learning uses Blackboard.com as an instructional tool to enable students, parents and teachers to access homework assignments, view class calendars, and explore links related to the curriculum around the clock, seven days a week, via the Internet.

<sh>FCPS Events Calendar

<bt>Wednesday, May 21, 7 p.m.

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

Wednesday, May 21, 7:30 p.m.

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

* Gifted and Talented Advisory Committee meeting. Leis Center, 7423 Camp Alger Ave., Falls Church.

Thursday, May 22, 8 a.m.

Professional Technical Studies Advisory Committee meeting. Robinson Secondary School, 5035 Sideburn Road, Fairfax.

Thursday, May 22, 7:30 p.m.

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

Monday, May 26

Memorial Day holiday for all Fairfax County Public Schools.

Wednesday, May 28, 7 p.m.

School Board special meeting, teacher of the year. Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church.