Fairfax County Schools Introduces eCART Resource for Teachers
Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is introducing eCART (Electronic Curriculum Assessment Resource Tool), a web-based resource that allows teachers to align curriculum, assessment and instruction to improve student achievement, in the school system for the 2008-09 school year.
The official district-wide introduction follows a one-year pilot that included 30 FCPS schools. FCPS eCART was developed with input from teachers as a cross-departmental tool that provides the following: curricula, assessments, resources and tools to teachers’ desktops; access to core and elective courses, curriculum that combines FCPS’ Program of Studies and the Virginia Standards of Learning; aligned test items to help teachers identify what students know and can do; resources to help provide intervention and enrichment for students; comprehensive reports that show individual and class results that are easy to understand; longitudinal tracking of students to help with curriculum and program evaluation; data that will pinpoint weaknesses in the curriculum and instructional program.
Students and parents will notice the initial impact of FCPS eCART when FCPS eCART assessments replace the BART assessments previously given in elementary and middle schools. To view a segment of FCPS’ Insight television show on the FCPS eCART pilot, visit www.fcps.edu/mediapub/cabletv/archive/0708/in0708.htm.
Freshman Football Team Recruitment
The J.E.B. Stuart High School freshman football team continues to seek players. Any interested athletes should see Coach Ferri in Room K229 of the high school.
Lake Anne Elementary Students Paint Mural in Reston Pedestrian Tunnel
Students from Lake Anne Elementary School painted a mural in the underground pedestrian tunnel at Fairway Drive in Reston, across the street from the school, thanks to a grant from the Washington Post’s Grants in the Arts program. Over 40 students in grades K-6 met this past spring to learn about the use of murals in public spaces and explore ways to express the diversity of their school in a public mural. Jeanne Loveland of Grace Arts in Reston donated her time to give the students a lesson on the use of murals throughout time, then hosted the students for a tour of the gallery, which was exhibiting works by a contemporary muralist.
The students also participated in art activities under the direction of local artist Marco Rando, art teacher Tammy Morin, and parent Kimberly Dillard, working in several mediums and exploring numerous concepts such as diversity and multiculturalism. Rando then enlarged the students’ creations and assembled them into an overall collage-style design that would work in the tunnel, which many of the Lake Anne students walk through on their way to school. For more information on the mural, contact Kari Cantrell at 703-326-3500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oakton High Teacher Receives ’08 Outstanding New Biology Teacher Award From NABT
Jacqueline (Jackie) Fernandez, of Oakton High School, has been named the recipient of the 2008 Outstanding New Biology Teacher Achievement Award from the National Association of Biology Teachers. Fernandez was recognized by FCPS last year for the outstanding performance of her English for speakers of other languages Biology 1 class on the 2007 Virginia Standards of Learning exams. All 22 of her students passed the test and seven students passed at the advanced level. In addition to the responsibility of teaching six classes last year, Fernandez served as sponsor of the class of 2011, the Octagon Club and the Science Olympiad team, all while mentoring another new teacher.
Fernandez, who has a Ph.D. in biology from Wake Forest University and is fluent in Spanish, has taught at Oakton since 2006. She has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Universidad de Concepcion in Chile and received her secondary education certification from George Mason University as part of the Career Switcher program. Previously, she taught at Falls Church High School, was a visiting assistant professor at the University of Idaho, curriculum coordinator at Wake Forest University and a visiting instructor at the Universidad de Concepcion.
J.E.B. Stuart Preps for Prom Season
Attention J.E.B. Stuart High School seniors! There will be a prom committee meeting after school on Thursday, Aug. the 28 in Ms. Kolnik’s room, L-232. If you want to contribute to this year’s prom, then come share your opinion.
FCPS Holds Round-Table With College Admissions Officers
Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) held a round-table discussion on FCPS grading policies with college admissions officers from George Mason University, the University of Virginia, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland at 1 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 25, at Jackson Middle School. The event was hosted by FCPS and Fairgrade, a parent advocacy group. The discussion, which was open to the public, also included the perspectives of an FCPS student, a teacher, a parent and a career specialist. It was led by an impartial moderator.
Citizens were welcome to submit their questions in advance at http://www.fcps.edu/news/grading.htm; those in attendance were also able to submit questions. College admissions officers were available to speak with parents and students following the round table and the question-and-answer period. FCPS uses a six-point grading scale with an additional weight of 0.5 for students who take and pass Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses to determine grade point average. The school system examined whether its six-point grading scale affects college admissions, merit scholarships or honor placement for FCPS students.
Mt. Daniel PTA To Hold Coffee Meeting
Mt. Daniel Elementary will be holding a PTA Kindergarten Coffee meeting at 9 a.m. on Sept. 2 and 3. For more information, please visit the Elementary PTA website at www.fallschurchpta.org.
Student Government Deadline Approaching
J.E.B. Stuart High School is actively seeking candidates to run for Student Government. Freshman are especially encouraged to run. Applications are available from Mr. Newbold in K-217 and Ms. Buffenbarger in H-137. You can also get a copy on the Stuart Website. The application deadline is 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 28.