It is a pleasure to welcome you to the Mount Vernon Magisterial District and Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). When students in Alexandria, Lorton, Mount Vernon and Springfield attend school in the region, they can be assured that creating opportunities for their success is a top priority for our devoted principals, teachers, staff, and the greater community. We recognize that it is difficult for students to move homes and schools and are committed to providing a safe, nurturing environment for all of our students to succeed.
We know that in the classroom, on the field, on the stage, and in the community volunteering, our students demonstrate the best of what our country has to offer. As a community, Fairfax County Public Schools is always there to support these efforts. This past June’s graduating seniors from Edison, Hayfield, Lee, Mount Vernon, South County and West Potomac High Schools were awarded over $20 million in scholarships and are attending some of the best universities and conservatories in the country. Other outstanding graduates committed to military and civil service. Fields of study include the arts, engineering, sciences, and teaching. We encourage students to use the high school experience to explore their interests by taking participating in the many clubs, sports, arts, academy, career, technical education classes, or volunteering in the community. These opportunities exist to develop and amplify the characteristics of our Portrait of a 21st Century Graduate: critical thinkers, collaborators, ethical decision makers and global citizens.
Fairfax County Public Schools is committed to ensuring that each child is known in their school by name, need, and interest. However, we need your help as educational partners to achieve this goal. When you register your child for school, please make sure that you introduce yourself to the principal, the front office staff, and if possible your child’s teacher. We want to know who your child is and how we can best meet their needs in the classroom. Please continue this engagement with your student’s school by attending back to school night, school functions and joining the PTA or PTO.
Students are encouraged to pursue their passions in the arts, athletics, and academics. Inside and outside the classroom, adults throughout the community are committed to creating opportunities for your student. This is evident in the thousands of hours that community members volunteer in our schools, our athletic organizations, libraries, and organizations supporting children such as the Boys and Girl Scouts, the performing arts organizations, and church groups. I encourage you to volunteer with these organizations as well. If you are a business owner or executive, please consider partnering with our schools.
Warm wishes for a great school year.