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FALLS CHURCH CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Resilience in the Face of Adversity
Lois Berlin, Superintendent
“Whatever you are, be a good one.”
– Abraham Lincoln
IN THIS ISSUE
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One buzzword we often hear in the education world is resiliency. In the face of adversity, it is especially important that we stay focused on our core mission: to provide an excellent education to our students. How we do that in the coming year depends on how we choose to react to our circumstances. Now that the FY11 school budget has been adopted, we know we will have to do more with less in the months ahead. We also know the circumstances brought on by a strained economy are less severe in our school division than they are in some of our neighboring school divisions. For this, we are fortunate. We know that this era of high-stakes accountability in an ever-changing world means greater demands on our educa-
tional system. We also know we have unparalleled support from our parent and business community. For this, we can be grateful. We know in this 60th anniversary school year that our school division rose from its humble roots to one of the ﬁnest small school divisions in the nation. We also know that the foundation was built on sheer determination at a time when our high school students reported to class at a house at Seven Corners until funding became available to build a proper school. With this, we have an example of resiliency. Winston Churchill once said, “The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.” As we look back, we see our courageous founders focused not on what they couldn’t do, but what they could do with the resources that were available. They addressed their situation with a can-do spirit that prevails today. With that attitude, with all that has been accomplished to date, we know we are destined for brighter tomorrows.
Baby News FCEF Annual Dinner
The Busy Month of May
This month, there are events almost every day in Falls Church. Check out page 4 for a complete community calendar. Several events are speciﬁcally to recognize FCCPS staff, and all are invited. of the Year LaBryan Thomas and Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Maryel Barry, along with all award nominees: LV Bendolph, GMHS; Robert Jones, GMHS; Mim McFarland, MEHMS; Tammy Chincheck, GMHS; Nathan Greiner, TJ; Marc Robarge, GMHS; Jeanne Seabridge, MEHMS; Maria Shields, GMHS; Alissa Stein, GMHS
Community Calendar Pop Quiz
May 3rd - May 14th Staff Appreciation Weeks Each school will hold special
events for employees, courtesy of students, adminstrators, families, PTA and PTSA. Local businesses are providing “FCCPS Staff Appreciation Specials” for all staff during this two-week span. Click here for a list of specials and coupons, or call 703-248-5691.
May 27th FCCPS Retirement Celebration MEHMS Cafetorium, 5:30 p.m. Six
FCCPS employees will be honored for their years of service. Our esteemed retirees are Helen Albader, GMHS; Shelley Feuerstein, Systemwide; Janet Kremer, Mount Daniel; Jean Lewis, TJ; Kathy Poff, TJ; Dottie Salvatierra, TJ.
May 18th Agnes Meyer/Support Staff of the Year Reception MEHMS Cafetorium 5:30 p.m. Recognize Support Staff
Looking for a new place to live? A unique FCCPS beneﬁt is Teacher Workforce Units (TWU) - designated apartments just for FCCPS staff in the Read Building at 402 W. Broad St. Several TWU apartments will become available this summer. A one-bedroom apartment will be available as of June 1st. The rent is $1,103 per month plus a $16 water & sewer surcharge. If you are interested in this unit or others that will become available, contact Marina Boyer at Jefferson One, 703-356-8800.
Congratulations to: • TJ teacher Heidi Lang and GMHS teacher Jamie Scharff, who received the Northern Virginia Gifted and Talented Teacher of the Year award. They were recognized by the Northern Virginia Council for Gifted and Talented Educators. • The GMHS Music Department composed of Mary Jo Webster (instrumental ensembles), Lauren Glass (vocal ensemble), Larry Allen (part-time band aide), who received the Blue Ribbon Award from the Virginia Music Educators Association in recognition of the school’s superior performing ensembles. • TJ teachers Ashley DeSesso and Juls Rathje who will receive certiﬁcates of participation from the Kennedy Center’s Changing Education through the Arts program. LaBryan Thomas, who received his second consecutive Bull Run District Coach of the Year Award, and was also recognized by the Washington Post as Suburban All-Met Coach for his leadership of the GMHS girls basketball team.
Destination: A world tour! Who: The TJ Tiger and friends Purpose of Trip: As part of the Primary Years Programme, Thomas Jefferson students and staff were invited to take a cardboard TJ Tiger along on their spring break trips. South America: TJ teacher Lisa Allan took him to Colombia, where they visited former FCCPS teacher Alison McNeill. Lisa and Alison spent part of Semana Santa (Holy Week) touring the capital city, Bogota, and nearby sites.
Ciao Meow: Falls Church Education Foundation executive director Donna Englander took the tiger to Lake Como in Italy for a trip with her daughters.
At Debbie Spring’s house, he enjoyed the toy mouse, and worked on math remediation.
Kylie, Donna and Casey Englander with the TJ Tiger at Lake Como, Italy. Closer to home: Math specialist Debbie Spring kept him busy with math games at her home. Feline Friends: CIA secretary Molly Narburgh and RTI specialist Summer Manos took the tiger to visit some of his own kind at Kitty Country in Lovettsville, Virginia. Lisa Allan took him to the top of Monserrat in Bogota, Colombia.
At Kitty Country, Summer Manos and Molly Narburgh introduced him to the glories of catnip!
Quinn Alexandra Harris GMHS teacher Bryan Harris and his wife, Meredith, are enjoying their bundle of joy: Quinn Alexandra Harris. She arrived March 28th at 5:08 am. She weighed seven pounds, and she is a sweetie!
Ella McAdam, with her baby brother, Luke Porter McAdam. There’s a new family member at the home of GMHS counselor Brad McAdam. Brad and his wife, Heather, welcomed a son, Luke Porter McAdam, on April 9th. He weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces. Luke’s big sister, Ella, who is almost three years old, is a devoted helper. Alice Jane Block snuggles into her car seat. Mt. Daniel physical therapist Vicky Block and her husband, Victor have the newest FCCPS baby. Alice Jane Block was born April 14th. She weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces, and had a head of dark hair. So cute!
Falls Church Education Foundation Annual Dinner
FCCPS staff attnended the Falls Church Education Foundation Annual Dinner April 23rd at the Arlington Westin Gateway. Several enjoyed the evening thanks to complimentary tickets from friendly corporate donors. The dinner raised money for all FCCPS schools and the FCEF. Special funds raised include $700 for the GMHS robotics team; $7,300 for MEHMS Challenge Day; and $7,400 for Smart Boards at Mt. Daniel & Thomas Jefferson.
Marie Harbison Ty Byrd (right) greets GMHS alumnus Barry Buschow.
Mercy Bloomgarden and her husband, David
Molly Narburgh and Gloria Guba Maria Shields and Juls Rathje
Janae Rittenhouse, Vincent Baxter and Ann McCarty
Ericka Ovette (left) performs with the GMHS Jazz Band, directed by Mary Jo Webster.
Peggy Monahan and Maryel Barry
VPIS Attic Treasures Sale May 1st Falls Church Community Center Discover
treasures from attics, garages and basements. Furniture, accessories, housewares, toys, even a special Mother’s Day gift shop for children. Click here or call 703-241-7015 for more information.
(Wow! A whole page of things to do! )
Memorial Day May 31st Fun Run - 9:00 a.m. Booths and performances 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Parade 2:00 p.m.
If you do one thing in Falls Church this year, make it Memorial Day. Run or walk through the Little City with thousands of others. Visit the booths for food and crafts. Cheer as the parade makes its way down Park Avenue. Click here or call 703248-5077 for more information.
tral Ofﬁce by 5:00 p.m. Click here or call 703-248-5614 for more information.
Civil War Day May 15th Cherry Hill Park; 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Experience civilian and soldier reenactors, with a special focus on the African American experience during the Civil War. Other activities include musket ﬁring and drilling exercises, a medical tent, bus tour, live music and children’s games. Free Admission. Click here or call 703248-5171 for more information.
Election Day May 4th
Residents of Virginia towns and cities (e.g. Falls Church, Clifton, Herndon, Vienna and Fairfax City) can vote in local elections for City Council and School Board.
Show off your Falls Church knowledge and win a prize! The April winner was GMHS teacher Joel Block who knew that the Oak Street School (renamed Thomas Jefferson Elementary in 1956 ) opened on time in 1948 because community members volunteered to help ﬁnish the construction of the new school. Try this one: The annual Falls Church Civil War Day includes a hot air balloon ascension. Why? a. To keep the kids interested. b. To commemorate the May 1862 event when Thaddeus Lowe launched the ﬁrst military hot-air balloon reconaissance mission, right here in Falls Church. c. To memorialize the way Northern Virginia regiments shared information among encampments: Hot-air balloon smoke signals. d. To remember the hot air balloon piloted by Robert Woodside that raced a stallion to bring news of the Battle of Bull Run. Learn more at Falls Church Civil War Day. See Community Caldnear. To enter, click here or call 703248-5691 by May 10th. The ﬁrst staff member to submit the correct answer will receive a prize, and the winner will be announced in June Inside Track.
FCCPS Beneﬁts Fair May 5th MEHMS Cafetorium 2:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Meet
representatives from FCCPS employee beneift providers: Kaiser Permanente, United Healthcare, DentaQuest, EBS, VALIC Retirement, Apple Federal Credit Union and more. Click here or call 703-248-5614 for more information.
EPTA Home & Garden Tour May 16th Six unique Falls
Church homes and gardens will be open for viewing. Advance tickets are $20.00 each ($25.00 on the day of the tour.) Proceeds will support SmartBoards and Outdoor Classroom activities. Click here for more information.
FIRSTFriday May 7th Dining
and retail discounts, art, music and ArtALot - an outdoor destination with artists, craftsmakers and musicians. Even a car show! Click here or call 703534-4202 for more information.
FCEF Auction Night at Quinn’s Auction House May 17th 413 N. Maple Ave., Falls Church. 7:00 p.m.
Join the Falls Church Education Foundation for a community auction. Furnishings, treasures, unique items will be auctioned, and all proceeds go to FCEF. Perfect for girls night out!
Relay for Life Yard Sale May 8th 803 W. Broad St. parking lot (former home of Central Ofﬁce) 8:00 a.m. noon Great deals on everything
from sports equipment to household items, books, and clothes. All proceeds go to Relay for Life, and teams are invited to set up a table. Call 703-248-5600 for more information.
Agnes Meyer/Support Staff Awards Reception May 18th MEHMS Cafetorium 5:30 p.m. See Page 1 for details. Relay for Life May 22nd 23rd Moore Cadillac Field
There’s still time to join a Relay for Life team or donate to a team. Click here for more information.
FCCPS Beneﬁts Enrollment Deadline May 14th Sign those
ofﬁcial papers, and submit them to Rhonda Wilhelm in the Cen-
FCCPS Retirement Celebration May 27th MEHMS Cafetorium 5:50 p.m. See page 1
Got news for Inside Track? Send it to Marybeth Connelly or call 703-248-5691. Reading a printed version of Inside Track? To see the links, visit http://www.fccps.org/news/it/may10.htm.
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