Schools Add Finishing Touches

Schools Add Finishing Touches

Middle, Secondary schools prepare for Tuesday start.

Frost Middle School

4101 Pickett Road

Fairfax, VA 22031


Enrollment: 1,060

Principal: Marti Jo Jackson

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Back-to-School Night: Wednesday, Sept. 5, at 6:45 p.m.

Frost Middle School welcomes about 10 new teachers this year. No major curriculum changes or new programs have been implemented, other than the countywide after-school program for middle schools implemented last year.

Lake Braddock Secondary

9200 Burke Lake Road

Burke, VA 22015


Enrollment: 3,800

Principal: Linda Burke

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Back-to-School Night: grades 7-8, Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m.; grades 9-12, Monday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m.

Lake Braddock Secondary School will continue to integrate its new classroom technology into instruction this year. The technology was added during the school’s massive renovation, which the school is celebration the completion of, Tuesday, Sept. 18. Each classroom has ceiling-mounted digital light processing projectors, flex cams that enable teachers to illustrate resources and wireless technology that transforms an ordinary whiteboard into an interactive whiteboard, said Vicki Emery, a school spokesperson, via e-mail to the Connection. The school will updates its overall goals for the year, throughout the year. Emery said the school’s goals will mirror the countywide goals that focus on academic achievement, essential life skills and responsibility to the community.

Robinson Secondary

5035 Sideburn Road

Fairfax, VA 22032


Enrollment: 4,300

Principal: Dan Meier

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Back-to-School Night: grades 7-8, Wednesday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m.; grades 9-12, Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m.

South County Secondary School

8501 Silverbrook Road

Lorton, VA 22079


Enrollment: 884, Middle School; 2,105 High School

Principal: Dale Rumberger


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Back-to-School Nights: Middle School, Monday, Sept. 24, 7 p.m.; High School, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 7 p.m.

As South County Secondary School's third year is about to begin, principal Dale Rumberger said the students continue to impress him, and the proof of their dedication to learning is evident in this year's class schedule.

"All of our programs and classes will continue, there's just more of them," Rumberger said. Additional sections of AP and honors classes have been added this year to accommodate the growing number of students taking the more challenging courses.

Students also now have access to the 8,000 square foot, temperature controlled outdoor gymnasium this year, which can be divided into basketball courts or class-sized quadrants.

"We also have two new trailers in back which provides more classroom space," Rumberger said. The marketing workroom is still being renovated to accommodate more students, and soundproofing material is being added to the ensemble room. Some tiles in the main hallway between the office and the gym are being replaced with a new kind of material the county is using on a trial basis, he said.

Enrollment numbers are down slightly from last year but, for the first year since the school opened, are "right on target," Rumberger said. Around 200 students were reassigned to Hayfield Secondary School starting this fall as the result of a boundary study last spring to mitigate the overcrowding at South County.

Rumberger said he intends to improve "communication and consistency and continuity with parents and kids" this year with the hopes of focusing in on what's working and the school and what needs to be fixed.

"This year's freshmen are the first group of purebred Stallions," he said, meaning the students began seventh grade at South County the year it opened.

A total of 36 new staff members will be on hand to greet students on Sept. 4, Rumberger said. Three teachers retired over the summer, a handful moved away and some teachers left South County for placement in other schools. Among the new hires are journalism teacher Carol Floto, subschool three principal Baek Chong, choral music director Alan Reed and counselor Jodi Ward.

Woodson High School

9525 Main St.

Fairfax, VA 22031


Enrollment: 2,100-2,200

Principal: Robert Elliott

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Back-to-School Night: Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 5:30 p.m.

W.T. Woodson High School is about a third of the way through its three-year renovation project. The school plans to occupy the new science wing and renovated instruction wing by Thanksgiving, according to Principal Robert Elliott. Parking will be tight at the school all year because of the renovation construction. Woodson’s main goal is to strive to provide a quality education, but faculty plan to outline more specific goals for the year sometime during the first quarter. Woodson hosts two regional special education programs: the deaf and hard of hearing center and the emotional disabilities center