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John Ponton to Serve as Acting Principal at Robinson

John Ponton will serve as acting principal of Robinson Secondary School from April 1 through June 30, 2013. He is filling in for retiring Principal Dan Meier.

Ponton is a retired Fairfax County Public Schools educator who has worked in FCPS 31 years, at Marshall HS, Stuart HS, and Annandale HS. He spent 21 years as a social studies teacher, coach and sponsor of student activities. He spent the last 10 years of his career as an administrator, serving four years as assistant principal at Stuart HS and six years at Annandale HS. Ponton’s wife Sharon is currently a Health & PE teacher at Stuart HS and serves as the head girls’ volleyball coach. They have two sons in college in Virginia.

Check Those Smoke Alarms

This Saturday, March 9, from 9 a.m. to noon, firefighters will canvass homes in selected neighborhoods throughout Fairfax County, checking for working smoke alarms, and provide family fire-escape plans for residents. More than 3,000 people in the U.S. die in home fires each year, and most are in homes without a working smoke alarm. A working, properly installed smoke alarm lowers the chances of this happening.

Time to Spring Forward

It’s only March, but Daylight Saving Time arrives this Sunday, March 10, at 2 a.m. So before residents go to bed Saturday night, they’re advised to turn their clocks, watches and other applicable devices ahead one hour.