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Fairfax County School Board Adds "Gender Identity" to Nondiscrimination Policy

Discrimination is bad, and everyone should have a safe environment in which to learn. These sentiments were common to the Fairfax County School Board members and the hundreds of parents who packed the auditorium and front lobby of Luther Jackson Middle School for the board’s May 7 meeting.

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Springfield: Lee Seniors Present at National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

Robert E. Lee High School senior Peter Block studied two decades of violent crime in Loudoun, Prince William and Fairfax Counties. His classmate Brian D’Amore looked into the need for additional Tesla electric car supercharger locations in Loudoun County.

West Springfield Bassoonist to Perform with City of Fairfax Band

Hunter Lorelli will take up his bassoon with the City of Fairfax Band as the winner of the group’s Young Artist Competition.

Column: Help #saveFCPS

Superintendent says FCPS faces deficit of more than $100 million; FCPS excellence at risk.

Statement from Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Karen K. Garza following the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors passage of the Fairfax County Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 budget:

Alexandria: New Principal for TC Williams

When students are called into the Principal’s Office at T.C. Williams High School next year, they will be facing Dr. Jesse Dingle.

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Embrace the Past: Hundreds of Mount Vernon Grads Set to Return for 75th Anniversary

Montebello resident Mike Skinner was a history teacher, basketball coach and sub school principal at Mount Vernon High School between 1955 and 1983. His name now adorns the school’s Michael M. Skinner Field House.

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Lake Braddock, Hayfield Students Invited to the White House

On April 28, students in the Japanese language program at Lake Braddock Secondary and at Hayfield Secondary visited the White House for the official ceremony welcoming Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the United States. Such an invitation was a first in each school’s history, and produced much excitement among the students and teachers.

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Family Fun Color Run at Virginia Run Elementary

The Virginia Run Elementary School PTA hosted its first Family Fun Color Run on Friday, April 24.

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Poplar Tree Elementary School Win Math Honors

The third grade Advanced Academics Level IV and III students from Poplar Tree Elementary School competed in the Continental Math League Contest this year.

Noise Ordinance to be Addressed by Board of Supervisors on May 12

Neighbors of McLean High School and the school's athletic director have calibrated a solution. If music from loudspeakers gets amped up after or before a softball or football game, the athletic director knows precisely where the volume control should be set.

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Oakton High Presents ‘Mary Poppins’

In the most delightful way, Oakton High School in Vienna presents a spring production of “Mary Poppins” the musical from May 7-9.

Arlington School Board Candidates Seek Democratic Endorsement

School overcrowding is the primary focus for both candidates.

While School Board candidates don’t run as Democrats or Republicans, earning the endorsement of a political party has created an unspoken primary. Two candidates, Reid Goldstein and Sharon Dorsey, have begun campaigning for for the Democratic endorsement. Both candidates have focused their campaigns on overcrowding in the schools, though the proposed solutions vary.

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Students Celebrate Burke School’s 75th Anniversary

Virginia Lee Fowler Hyer is the oldest of seven girls who used to live in the “top of the hill” home now referred to as the Silas Burke House. She attended Burke School from 1944 through 1949 and on April 23, crossed the building’s threshold again to witness a program celebrating its 75th anniversary.

Fairfax County School Board to Consider Nondiscrimination Policy Change

When the members of the School Board reconvene on May 7, they’re scheduled to act on whether or not to add “gender identity” to the list of nondiscrimination categories for all Fairfax County Public Schools students, employees or applicants for employment.

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Springfield Teens Discuss Drugs, Drinking, Parties

It’s Saturday night and the kids are out and about.

“It’s 11 o’clock. Do you know where your children are?” Parents of West Springfield junior Brittany Branch and senior Sadie Shroeder would know—there is an app on their phones that lets their parents know exactly where they are.