Friday, November 30, 2012
Sunday is the deadline for nominations.
Mount Vernon High School is now accepting nominations for the 2012-2013 Teacher of the Year. According to an email sent by MVHS on Tuesday, nominees must be teachers who: Last year’s winner, physics teacher Charlie Sabatier, was recognized as the FCPS Teacher of the Year. To nominate a teacher, please email a name and brief description of the nominee to be considered to Dan Coast at email@example.com. The deadline for nominations is Dec. 2. More details about the judging criteria and the FCPS process can be downloaded from: http://www.fcps.edu/hr/programs/recognition/
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
New electronics policy pleases Mount Vernon High School students.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
By Gabrielle Winebeger, Em Vee Hi News editor With a brand new school year comes a new electronics policy that is not only allowing students to use their electronics without getting into any trouble, but is pleasing some of the administration here at school. “I like the idea of teachers using electronics in the class room for instruction purposes,” Subschool 2 Principal Mark Sewell said. To keep the temptation of pulling out a phone during class, Fairfax County Public schools has decided to change its electronics policy, so students are able to use their cell phone during their 30-minute lunch period and in class at the teacher’s discretion for instruction purposes only. “The world we live in is based on technology, that is what the …
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Take a Veteran to School Day connected students with military veterans.
Raucous cheers of "U.S.A!" could be heard at Fort Belvoir Elementary School as hundreds of students greeted visiting veterans Friday morning. Take a Veteran to School Day connects veterans with students in a special celebration of veterans. The program is a joint public outreach effort with History Channel, Cox Communications, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Rear Admiral Richard A. Buchanan of the U.S. Navy (Ret.) joined veterans in telling their stories to students. Ninety-eight percent of students attending Fort Belvoir Elementary School have parents who are serving in the military. Bonnie Rice of Alexandria is a World War II veteran who participated in Take a Veteran to School Day. She served with the WAVES as a 2nd Class …
Friday, November 2, 2012
More than 150 parents, teachers, students and health professionals joined expert panelists and culinary students at Real Food For Kids’ Feeding Academic Success event to learn why it can and must.
Not only can schools transition from serving highly processed foods to menus of freshly prepared whole foods, but the likelihood of participation in the school lunch program increasing as a result of those changes is high. But it takes commitment – on the part of the county, the teachers and school administrators and parents to drive that change and stay with it. Those were the high points of keynote speaker Chef Ann Cooper, a model and advocate for better school food, at Feeding Academic Success, held last week at Marshall High School in Falls Church. The event, the second for Fairfax County-based parent advocacy group Real Food For Kids, brought together change agents from other school districts, policy experts and medical professionals …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Storck will host town hall meetings in Lorton and Mount Vernon.
Mount Vernon District School Board Representative Dan Storck will host two town hall meetings to discuss school issues and priorities, as well as Mount Vernon District's needs. Parents, students, and community members are invited to these meetings. The meetings are scheduled for the following dates: No registration is required. For more information, contact Barbara Larsen at 571-423-1069 or by e-mail at Barbara.Larsen@fcps.edu.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Fairfax County Public Schools does; should others follow?
There has been a shift in thinking about technology in our schools. For decades now, schools have played a role in introducing technology concepts to students. From the computer labs of the 1980s to the single computer on the teacher's desk to classrooms with multiple stations for students to work on, we have seen multiple approaches on how we should use these tools. We no longer view technology for technology's sake as a goal in itself. We've seen that the integration of new tools has to make sense. Teachers and students both have to 'buy in'--the technology has to make things easier, more engaging, more comprehensive, more efficient and yes, more fun. Otherwise, the resources spent and the time spent learning yet another system are …
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
High school students can check out higher learning choices Oct. 21 at Fair Oaks Mall.
Representatives from about 400 colleges and universities will be on hand Oct. 21 at Fairfax County Public Schools' (FCPS) annual College Fair. The 2012 College Fair will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Fair Oaks Mall. Students who register for the fair receive a pass admissions representatives can electronically scan to access their information, instead of asking students to fill out information cards for each college booth they visit. FCPS will also host the 2012 College Night at 7 p.m. Oct. 22 at Hayfield Secondary School. College Night is led by FCPS staff members and experts outside the system, who conduct a series of workshops on college-related topics, including SAT and ACT tests, career planning, financial aid, college …
Thursday, September 6, 2012
What are his priorities for the new school year?
The 2012-2013 school year has begun, and the Fairfax County School Board will be working from now until next summer to keep the doors open and the lights on for the nation's 11th-largest school system. On Tuesday, Patch spoke with Mount Vernon School Board representative Dan Storck to talk about the specific issues he will tackle this school year. Storck, who was reelected last November, has served on the board since 2003, and served as chairman from 2007-2009. His tenure has been marred by difficulty, particularly with a growing student population during a recessionary period and has resulted in tough budget calls, including freezing teacher compensation and postponing capital improvement projects. "Funding per student is going down and…
From email to e-newsletters, Blackboard to e-books at the library, tech tools are very much a part of the back-to-school equation
Back to school 2012 is a bit different than in earlier years. While some things will always be handled via paper and pen, technology tools are helping to make sure that parents are informed on the issues big and small. Here are a few ways that FCPS and your child's teacher will use technology to keep in touch and provide resources to help your child learn. KIT and KIT-Plus KIT (Keep in Touch) and KIT-Plus are the e-newsletter services that provide up-to-the-minute information for the public on school delays or closings, emergencies, information about FCPS programs and news stories. Parents, students and employees are automatically enrolled via their contact information provided to the schools. Parents and community members can also select …
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Take a look at this week’s top headlines from Greater Alexandria.
From Mount Vernon Patch Mount Vernon teen Evan Draim will represent Virginia’s 8th Congressional District in the Republican National Convention next week. Draim, 17, is the youngest delegate to serve in this year’s convention. One hundred military moms from Fort Belvoir and D.C. area installations were treated to a baby shower with First Lady Maureen McDonnell and author Heidi Murkoff. Murkoff is the author of the popular “What to Expect” series. From Fort Hunt Patch About 100 students from Hollin Meadows Elementary School participated in a live question-and-answer broadcast Thursday with Hollin Meadows science teacher Jason Pittman, who is on board the E/V Nautilus as part of the Educators at Sea program. SFDC is now taking nominations …