Back to School in Fairfax

Back to School in Fairfax

Elementary schools prepare to open doors Tuesday, Sept. 4.

Bonnie Brae Elementary

5420 Sideburn Road

Fairfax, VA 22032


Enrollment: 742

Principal: Kathy Bruce

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Back-to-School Night: Grades 1-3, Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m.; Kindergarten, Monday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m.; Grades 4-6, Thursday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m.

Daniels Run Elementary

3705 Old Lee Highway

Fairfax, VA 22030


Enrollment: 750

Principal: Kathy Mullenix

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Back-to-School Night: Grades K-2, Thursday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m.; grades 3-6, Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m.

As a city school, Daniels Run offers Latin in the classroom, as well as after-school Spanish and French programs. Daniels Run is not undergoing any renovations at this time, and significant changes have occurred in staff members this year, according to principal Kathy Mullenix. Daniels Run will continue its focus on literacy this year, said Mullenix, via e-mail to the Connection. Mullenix said the school will also expand on staff development topics, such as data analysis, professional learning communities and research-based instructional best practices.

"I’m looking forward to a great 2007-08 school year," she said.

Eagle View Elementary

4500 Dixie Hill Road

Fairfax, VA 22030


Enrollment: 690

Principal: Deborah Tyler

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Back-to-School Nights: Tuesday, Sept. 11, and Tuesday, Sept. 18, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Eagle View Elementary was a new school in Fairfax County last year. As a new school, it features the latest technology, including Smart Boards in every classroom. Principal Deborah Tyler hopes to focus on more in-depth staff development this year, along with building a stronger Parent Teacher Association at the school. She said she hopes to make the new building more comfortable this year.

Tyler has been with the county for 20 years, 18 of which she worked as a teacher, assistant principal and principal for Pine Spring Elementary in Falls Church. She said she cannot wait to start the school year at Eagle View.

Fairfax Villa Elementary

10900 Santa Clara Drive

Fairfax, VA 22030


Enrollment: 365

Principal: Dale Mann

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Back-to-School Night: Thursday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m.

Open House: Thursday, Aug. 30, 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

New Student Orientation: Thursday, Aug. 30, 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Fairfax Villa Elementary will continue to focus on literacy and reading in the upcoming school year, said principal Dale Mann, via e-mail to the Connection. There will also be a school-wide focus on mathematics instruction, and the school will have full-day kindergarten. The Positive Behavior Support Program will move into its third year of implementation, teaching children to be "safe, responsible and respectful."

Mann said the school is also expanding the SuperKids! Community Service Program. The school welcomes five new teachers and four instructional assistants this year.

Fairhill Elementary

3001 Chichester Lane

Fairfax, VA 22031


Enrollment: 510

Principal: Patricia Phillips

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Back-to-School Night: Grades K-2, Thursday, Sept. 20, 7 p.m.; Grades 3-6, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 7 p.m.

Open House: Thursday, Aug. 30, 2 p.m.

Fairhill will have two new programs this year: full-day kindergarten and the head start program for 3 and 4-year-olds. The school also expanded its Gifted and Talented program to grades K-6, said principal Patricia Phillips. The Young Scholars Program was also expanded and is now offered in grades K-4.

The music and drama department expanded as well, adding two new full-time teachers last year. This year, Phillips said the teachers will be coordinating together more and will be putting on a lot of drama productions throughout the year. While no new administrators have been added to the school, two new classroom teachers join the staff this year.

Laurel Ridge Elementary

10110 Commonwealth Blvd.

Fairfax, VA 22032


Enrollment: 809

Principal: Linda Domina

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Back-to-School Night: Morning kindergarten, Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m.; Afternoon kindergarten, Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 7:45 p.m.; Grades 1-3, Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m.; Grades 4-6, Thursday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m.

Little Run Elementary

4511 Olley Lane

Fairfax, VA 22032


Enrollment: 400

Principal: Janet S. Johnson

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Back-to-School Night: Thursday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m.

Little Run Elementary will offer full-day kindergarten in the 2007-08 school year. The school will also offer Gifted and Talented curriculum to third-graders. Spanish will be taught to first and second grade students under the Foreign Language in Elementary School (FLES) program. The school added a "learning cottage" for additional learning space, said principal Janet Johnson, via e-mail to the Connection. There are also plans underway to add a brick pathway to the school’s courtyard habitat project.

Mantua Elementary

9107 Horner Court

Fairfax, VA 22031


Enrollment: 835

Principal: Jan-Marie Fernandez

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Back-to-School Night: Preschool and grades K-3, Thursday, Sept. 20, at 6:30 p.m.; grades 4-6, Thursday, Sept. 27, at 6:30 p.m.

<bt>Mantua welcomes three new teachers and a few new specialists this year. Principal Jan-Marie Fernandez is excited about the School Board strategic goals, since she said they fit in beautifully with "Mantua's emphasis on the Basic School philosophy within a Professional Learning Community (PLC) framework," she said, via e-mail to the Connection. The school is continuing its emphasis on visual literacy through the integration of technology, she said.

Mantua is entering its fourth year of offering Italian, under the Foreign Language for Elementary Students program, and this year that program is expanding to the grades 3-6 students. Mantua received a new roof over the summer.

Mosby Woods Elementary

9819 Five Oaks Road

Fairfax, VA 22031


Enrollment: 630

Principal: Mahri Aste

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Back-to-School Night: Grades K-3, Monday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m.; grades 4-6, Monday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m.

<bt>Mosby Woods will continue its Changing Education Through the Arts partnership with the Kennedy Center. Mondays are also longer this year, ending at 12:30 p.m. Principal Mahri Aste said the school will continue its high expectations for student achievement and enhancement of the character education program.

The school’s new playground should be complete in time for the first day of school. About 90 percent of the school’s staff is returning.

Oak View Elementary

5004 Sideburn Road

Fairfax, VA 22032


Enrollment: 700

Principal: Debra Lane

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Back-to-School Night: Grades AM-K, green team grades 5-6, Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 6:30 p.m.; grades PM-K, gold team grades 3-4, Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 6:30 p.m.

Oak View Elementary is expanding its Gifted and Talented School-based center to fourth grade for its second year of the program’s implementation. The school’s days, Tuesdays through Fridays, will be slightly longer this year, with dismissal at 3 p.m. Morning kindergarten will dismiss at 11:40 a.m. this year, while afternoon kindergarten will arrive at 11:40 a.m. and dismiss at 3 p.m.

Principal Debra Lane is new to the school this year, and a new assistant principal is expected to be hired soon.

Olde Creek Elementary

9524 Old Creek Drive

Fairfax, VA 22032


Enrollment: 380

Principal: Thomas Bentson

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Back-to-School Night: Thursday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m.

Olde Creek Elementary has some schedule adjustments this year. Dismissal is moved back five minutes, to 12:25 p.m. on Mondays, and to 2:25 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays.

Olde Creek welcomes new assistant principal Margaret Prati, and a new school-based technology specialist, April Cascio. Five new teachers and two new instructional assistants joining the faculty this year.

Providence Elementary

3616 Jermantown Road

Fairfax, VA 22030


Enrollment: 750

Principal: Joy Hanbury

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Back-to-School Nights: grades K-2, Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m.; grades 3-6, Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m.

Wakefield Forest Elementary

4011 Iva Lane

Fairfax, VA 22003


Enrollment: 500

Principal: Sheri D'Amato

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Back-to-School Night: Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m. (special education and gifted and talented, at 6:30 p.m.)

Wakefield Forest Elementary School has its largest enrollment in history this year, with about 500 students expected, up from 450 last year. The English as a Second Language students are returning to their base school from Mantua, and a new Gifted and Talented program is in place for third-graders.

A few new trailers have been added to the school since it is a community-based school now, said principal Sheri D’Amato. Three new teachers are joining the faculty this year — a year D’Amato said is an implementation phase for the school’s programs and initiatives, such as second language acquisition and differentiating instruction for balanced literacy.

Willow Springs Elementary

5400 Willow Springs School Road, Fairfax


Enrollment: 700

Principal: Elizabeth Rhein


Back-to-School Night: grades K and 4-6, Monday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m.; grades 1-3, Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m.