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Inside Track - June 2010

Inside Track - June 2010

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Employee Newsletter of the Falls Church City Public Schools
Employee Newsletter of the Falls Church City Public Schools

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Published by: Falls Church City Public Schools on Jun 16, 2010
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June 2010
What a Year!
 Lois Berlin, Superintendent 
Congratulations FCCPS Retirees2
RememberingCarey GrayFCCPS TravelogueRun for the Schools
Baby NewsFCCPS WeddingsDid You Know?Going Out of Business
KudosCommunity CalendarPop Quiz
FCCPS retirees are all smiles as the guests of honor at their May26th retirement celebration. Counterclockwise from left: Jose Bedoya, Shelley Feuerstein, Jean Lewis, Dottie Salvatierra, KathyPoff, Helen Albader, Janet Kremer.
I think it’s fair to say thatover the past year, we sawboth the best of times andthe worst of times. The2009-2010 school yearbrought us many challeng-es including H1N1, a brutalbudget process, back-to-back blizzards and the lossof our dear colleagues,
Mary Anne Graves
Carey Gray
.We also had many shining moments suchas celebrating the school division’s 60thanniversary, recognizing this year’s Ag-nes Meyer and Support Staff of the Yearaward nominees and winners and cheer-ing our high school students on to six statechampionships – more than in any otheryear. Academically, all of our schools wererecognized for excellence by the VirginiaBoard of Education, our high school
rst in the
Washington Post 
Challenge Indexand was ranked among the 100 best in thenation (number 44) by
k magazine.In addition, our students scored above thenational and state average on standardizedtests.All of our successes, especially in the faceof adversity, are a testament to the extraordi-nary commitment each of you demonstratesto our students on a daily basis. Even in theface of adversity, your devotion to our stu-dents has been truly inspiring, and I can’tthank you enough for the work you havedone and continue to do to help our studentssucceed in a global society.I wish you all a safe and restful summer. Maywe return in the fall with a renewed spirit ofoptimism that has served our school divisionwell for 60 years.
“Summer afternoon -Summer afternoon...the two most beautifulwords in the Englishlanguage.
-Henry James
FCCPS TravelogueRemembering Carey Gray Run for the Schools
Washington, DC on amotorcycle as a participant in Roll-ing Thunder
Assistant Superintendent
 Gloria GubaWhy did you do this?
Gloria said,“From the
rst time I saw RollingThunder, standing on MemorialBridge, I’ve always wanted to par-ticipate in this moving tribute to ourveterans.”
How did it happen?
Mo Smith
arranged every-thing with her Fairfax Hog Friendsso that Gloria took three rides asa passenger during last month’sRolling Thunder parade.
Best part:
Gloria will alwaysremember, “waving the American
ag and blowing kisses to enthusi-astic spectators along the paraderoute from Fairfax to Washington.”
“Carey had the ability to make all of the students bloom. We taught lan-guage arts together, and the hour thatshe spent in my classroom was thehappiest time of the day. She nevermissed an opportunity to make othersfeel special. ”
 Jed Frei
 , TJ teacher 
“When I think of Carey and every-thing I have ever seen her do or heardher say, I smile. I think of the word,gently.”
 Andy Hosier 
 , systemwidespecial education teacher 
“Carey was a bright light of love thatshone where ever she went.”
 , TJ teacher 
“Carey’s enthusiasm for teachingchildren to read was inspirational. Shealways had the perfect book for everysituation, whether it be to encouragea reluctant reader, welcome a newbaby into a family, or teach a lessonto a young child.”
Sarah Romer 
 , TJ teacher 
 Assistant Superintendent 
Gloria Guba
on the Mall for Rolling Thunder. Motorcycles line up at the Pentagon in preparation for Rolling Thunder.
Thomas Jefferson Elementaryreading specialist
Carey Gray
 passed away on June 5th aftera battle with cancer. Carey willbe remembered for her kindnessand laughter, her dedication as ateacher and her dance moves.Carey taught second grade andreading at TJ for ten years and shemade lasting impressions on chil-dren, families and colleagues.TJ teacher
Sharon von Schrader
 is creating a scrapbook to give toCarey’s family. To share a specialmemory, send words or photos to
byJuly 30th.Carey’s family set up a memorialfund in her name at Mary RileyStyles Public Library. Contributionswill be used to purchase books forthe children’s room at the library.Colleagues at TJ are bringing tolife a reading program that Careyenvisioned to help struggling read-ers.
A Book to Call My Own 
willprovide books to children who donot have personal libraries. Teach-ers who have Scholastic bookpoints can donate them to thisprogram. Book donations will alsobeaccepted. Contact TJ librar-ian 
Carey Gray
builds lego pyramids withsecond grade students.
Carey Gray
helps a student withword study, one of her favoritelessons.
Save the date, and start trainingfor the 6th annual Falls ChurchEducation Foundation (FCEF) Runfor the Schools.This 5K race gets better everyyear. It starts and ends at CherryHill Park, and winds through FallsChurch neighborhoods.Mark your calendar for Sunday,September 12th, 2010 at 8:00 a.m.Register and trainwith friends this summer. To register,
or call 703-538-3381.
“When we worked with a group of at-risk fourth grade readers, we justclicked; we made music together with-out even trying. The students knewthis, and waited in anticipation for ournext show! We created lifelong read-ers together at TJ. No one could askfor anything more in this life.”
 Mary Klink
 , TJ teacher 
Did You Know?Baby News Wedding BellsGoing Out of Business
 Elisha Jehu Josey
 Adele Eskin
reads to her grandson.
MEHMS librarian
Adele Eskin
became a grandmother on May 7thwhen her grandson, WilliamJoseph Van Orman was born.William’s parents are Adele’s sonand daughter-in-law, Daniel andSarah Van Orman, who live inPortsmouth, Va.William weighed 9 pounds, 4ounces. Adele wasted no timeintroducing him to Dr. Seuss.Accounts Payable Specialist
Ro-chelle Josey
and her husband,Juan, have a new baby boy. ElishaJehu Josey was born on May 14that 2:20 p.m. He weighed 5 pounds,10 ounces.Rochelle reports that Elisha sleepsexactly like his dad - with his handunder the side of his head, and hesnores, too!Ever wonder how Mt. Daniel para-professional
Sue Thackrey
keepscalm, even in a classroom of en-ergetic pre-school students? Suehoned her talent for grace underpressure in Nashville, Tenn., whereshe was a stagehand for 17 years.Sue worked on three live musicvariety TV shows as the spotlightoperator. She was also a stage-hand at the Grand Ole Opry, whereshe helped the stage managerdetermine what the performersneeded on stage. She said shealways “made sure they got it!”Sue said that the work was “veryphysically demanding, especiallythe award shows. Working on liveTV was exciting and fast-paced.”Although performers have the rep-utation of being demanding, Suesaid that “most of them were reallygreat to work with.” She especiallyenjoyed Pam Tillis, PorterWagoner and Little Jimmy Dickens.
Sue Thackrey
in a moment of calm at the Grand Ole Opry. Little Jimmy Dickens and his brother  pose with
Sue Thackrey
after a show.
and Tony Solomita
TJ teacher
Briana Platt
marriedTony Solomita on Saturday, June12th. They were married at TheCity Club in Wasington, DC. InJuly they will take a honeymoon toHawaii and Alaska.Congratulations and bon voyage!After 20 years of serving the FallsChurch community, Aladdin’sLamp Children’s Bookstore will beclosing at the end of June.Owner Alina Gawlik has gener-ously shared both knowledge andlargesse with FCCPS. Teachersand librarians have relied on Alad-din’s Lamp to provide high-qualitybooks.Alina has supported numerousprograms, arranged author visitsto the schools, provided gifts anddiscounts to staff and was a sup-porter of the Falls Church Educa-tion Foundation from its inception.The Going Out of Business saleis in progress. Stop by beforeJune 30th to take advantage ofAladdin’s Lamp’s rich inventoryof books, puzzles, puppets andmore.Be sure to tell Alina how muchshe will be missed by her friendsin Falls Church.

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