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A New Face at Laurel Ridge

Tonya Cox takes the helm as principal.

Born in Norfolk and raised in the Alexandria part of Fairfax County, Tonya Cox figured she’d either go into education like her mother or ministry like her father. Then, while in college, she substituted for her mother, during spring and summers, and was hooked.

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Area Schools Celebrate New Beginning

What’s new at Irving Middle, Lake Braddock Secondary and Sangster Elementary?

Rising seventh grade students at Washington Irving Middle School are not the only ones preparing for changes this upcoming school year. “This is the first year that we’re going to teach the Civics and Economic class to all eighth grade students at the honors level,” said Assistant Principal Rick Mondloch in an interview on Aug. 18.

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Full Day Monday Challenges Discussed

The implementation of “full day Mondays” has been anything but easy for area elementary schools. The challenges that Fairfax County Public Schools faced to bring more hours to elementary students’ school year was addressed by Superintendent Karen Garza and several board members during a school board meeting on Sept. 4 at Jackson Middle School.

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Sustainability Fair Saturday

Children and parents alike can learn how to keep the planet healthy on Saturday. The second annual Northern Virginia Sustainability Fair, an event to get children excited about the Earth’s future, will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 13 at Frying Pan Park.

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Portrait of a Graduate Discussed

The heart of the school system’s new strategic plan is closer to being approved. The Fairfax County School Board discussed the five component Portrait of a Graduate - with some asking for a component emphasizing a caring quality - at Monday’s work session.

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Teen Center Preps for Fall

The McLean Teen Center held their Back-to-School Night on Friday to gear students up for fall - and a host of fall activities.

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Outdoor Education at C&O Canal

The first students to experience the new curriculum-based canal boat ride climbed aboard the Charles F. Mercer, a reproduction packet boat, on Sept. 3.

W-L Girls’ XC Produces Best Finish at Monroe Parker

Generals place fourth with four girls in top 25.

The Washington-Lee girls’ cross country team continued its run of strong performances with a fourth-place finish at the Monroe Parker Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 6 at Burke Lake Park.

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Board of Supervisors Approves 2014 Budget Carryover Package

FCPS full-day Mondays at discussion forefront.

When students at the 142 public elementary schools around Fairfax County stayed there the full day on Monday -- the first time in about four decades -- they likely weren’t worried about the cost. That’s between the school board and board of supervisors. Grown-up stuff.

New Principal Starts at West Springfield

Michael Mukai brings “champion” philosophy from Robinson.

Earlier this summer, West Springfield High School needed a principal... and a head custodian. Michael Mukai, who started on the first day of school as permanent relief for interim Principal Becky Brandt, said the two positions are more similar than different.

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Board of Supervisors Approves 2015 Revised Budget Plan

FCPS full-day Mondays at discussion forefront.

When students at the 142 public elementary schools around Fairfax County stayed there the full day on Monday -- the first time in about four decades -- they likely weren’t worried about the cost. That’s between the school board and board of supervisors. Grown-up stuff.

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Attending Classes in a Foreign Country

Fairfax Academy student will spend school year in Korea.

Normally, Serena Gregory would have just begun her last year at Chantilly High, caught up in the excitement of new classes, old friends and the thrill of being a senior.

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The Langley School Opens New Middle School Facility

The Langley School officially opened the doors of its new Middle School building during a special student assembly and ribbon-cutting on the first day of school, Wednesday, Sept. 3.

Freshmen Orientation

Chantilly High School welcomed the Class of 2018 on Thursday, Aug. 27, at the annual freshmen orientation. More than 600 freshmen and newly transferred upper class attended.

Fairfax County Calendar

Your guide to entertainment in Fairfax County for Sept. 5 - 12.

For those looking to fill their calendar with some home-brewed, Fairfax County fun stuff (read: entertainment and diversion), The Connection's Fairfax County Entertainment Calendar has many options: weekend jaunts and larks; date night inspiration; winter-to-spring fun; day-long festivals and events; art-outings; family fun-and-learning fusions; plays and shows; beyond-Small Business Saturday local shopping and bazaars; markets of handcrafted wares; music; 1Ks to marathons... the list goes on. If you know of an event not listed in our entertainment calendar, email it to south@connectionnewspapers.com for happenings in south Fairfax County or north@connectionnewspapers.com for entertainment in the northern parts of the county.

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