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County Schools: Teaching for 21st Century

What’s new at Fairfax County Public Schools.

Welcome to the 2016-17 school year in Fairfax County Public Schools. With each new school year, we have the wonderful opportunity to build upon our previous successes and continue to improve our work with our students.

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Alexandria/Mount Vernon: MSA Names New Board Members

Metropolitan School of the Arts of Alexandria recently expanded its Alexandria/Kingstowne campus to include its Academy and studio classes, upon closing its Lorton campus.

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Children Science Center Lab Takes 10-year View

Amy Burke, board chairwoman of the Children's Science Center Lab in Fair Oaks Mall, and executive director Adalene “Nene” Spivey watch Emily Brunner, 15, of Falls Church take on the robotic arm challenge by programming the device to play the “Happy Birthday” song on a xylophone.

Arlington: Snyder Named Randolph Principal

The Arlington School Board appointed Dr. Donna Snyder as principal of Randolph Elementary School. Snyder is currently the director of Early Childhood and Elementary Education. Her interim appointment begins immediately.

Arlington: Scores Grow, Gap Shrinks

Arlington Schools achievement gap still wide, but narrowing.

Arlington Public Schools have two top goals: making sure every student is challenged and engaged and eliminating achievement gaps.

McLean High to host ‘Celebrate McLean’

McLean High School is hosting a community festival on Thursday, Sept. 1. All families and residents of greater McLean are invited to attend.

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Actually, She Can

U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock [R-10] promotes Young Women Leadership.

The energy and excitement coming from nearly 300 young women packed into the McLean Community Center is palpable – and very loud.

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Alexandria: City Schools’ Testing Scores on the Rise

Despite a few fumbles.

The Standards of Learning (SOL) test results are in, and for the most part, Alexandria City Public Schools has passed. The Virginia Department of Education released the data for the testing results in Alexandria over three years, showing a steady increase in both reading and science categories.

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Create a Back-to-School Game Plan

Educators tell how to make the transition less jarring.

As a single mother of a fifth grade student, Christine Schull is already making back-to-school preparations.

Potomac: Support Annual Back-to-School Backpack Drive

Local organization collects school supplies and backpacks to support low-income families.

A local organization is working to make sure some of the area’s neediest students have the supplies they need when school begins this fall.

Considering a Private School?

Educational consultants can help families navigate application process.

For families considering an independent school for the 2017-2018 school year, the admissions process begins this fall. From essays and interviews to school visits and standardized tests, the process for getting into kindergarten may feel nearly as daunting as applying to college.

Mount Vernon: Anderson Named SLES Scholarship Winner

The Stratford Landing Elementary School PTA has announced its 2016 scholarship winner: Kelsey Anderson, a Stratford alumnus who recently graduated from Episcopal High School. Anderson held a 4.35 GPA and her work gained accolades from many faculty members.

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Mount Vernon: Area Students Attend Boys State

At American Legion Boys State, participants are exposed to the rights and privileges, the duties and the responsibilities of a franchised citizen.

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Alexandria: Paws to Read

Encouraging confidence in reading through puppies.

Maggie doesn’t talk back. Caroline Schofield, a second grader, can read to Maggie without judgment or being corrected. Maggie lays next to Caroline, occasionally wagging her tail and resting her head against the girl’s left while Caroline reads from a book.

Alexandria Mentor of the Month

Through Children’s Eyes

In early 2015, we were matched with Angie and Jeremy through Wright to Read. We had no idea what an adventure we had signed up for.

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