"Our grant from the foundation was used to study the effects on stress and attention of teaching mindfulness skills to my students. The results were so positive that I continue to teach these skills to all of my students even though the study was completed last year. I am also currently writing a curriculum to further strengthen the program by including metacognitive strategies to help students study more effectively. This was definitely a worthwhile project that will benefit many students, both here in Falls Church and elsewhere, now and in the future." - Dr. Nisha Sensharma, Social Studies / Psychology Teacer, GMHS
The thanks are rolling in this week ... as you contemplate sponsoring, donating and/or attending FCEF events, keep in mind the proceeds go to support our students and staff. One recipient of a teacher training grant for students with dyslexia and other reading challenges writes "Dear FCEF, Many thanks for the very generous monetary contribution to my Orton-Gillingham training this August with Arlington Public Schools! It will greatly help our students at Mount Daniel that struggle in reading. I can see the impact of using a multi-sensory approach from some basic online training I have had with OG. I appreciate your help! Sincerely, Brenna Mary."
Why attend an FCEF event? Sponsor, donate or volunteer? Because you're making a difference in the daily lives of our FCCPS students and staff. Beth Jenkins, MEH teacher, writes:
"Hello Ms. Hiscott,
I just wanted to send off a quick note of thanks. Jessica Rafter and I were the grateful recipients of a grant this year. We used the funds to purchase additional materials for the 7th grade team. These items are designed to increase movement and motor engagement throughout the school day, and they are really working well.
Today I was co-teaching a math lesson on finding the volume of a cylinder - meaty work for a Friday morning. I have two students very softly bouncing on the ball chairs. Their hands are in the air every time Ms. Blanchard asks a question. Several others are using the chair bands to toggle their feet and move the large muscles in their legs. I have one student who really just can't sit for another 90 minutes at the end of the day, so he works at a standing desk during his last class. In science, when we are listening to information on photosynthesis or cellular respiration, several students are usually working the thinking putty in their hands while they listen.
It is only thanks to the generosity of the foundation that we can offer these advanced tools to all our students so that they can attend and learn more efficiently. Thank you and the foundation for making our grant possible.
Falls Church City Public Schools (FCCPS) announced seven nominees for the Falls Church Education Foundation (FCEF) Teacher of the Year award. These seven nominees were selected by colleagues, students and parents for their outstanding dedication as educators.
Nominees were surprised in their classrooms with balloons by a prize patrol that included Interim Superintendent Bob Schiller, FCEF President Cecily Shea, Executive Director Debbie Hiscott, and board member Tom Clinton.. All nominees will receive tickets to attend the FCEF Annual Gala in May, and will be recognized at the annual FCCPS "Celebration of Excellence."
The winner, who will be announced in April, will be selected by a panel of judges and will be awarded $1500 from the FCEF. The winner will also be entered as a finalist in the Washington Post Teacher of the Year Award. The nominees were Beth Green, Lisa Allen, Lacy Gandy, Miguel Gonzolez, Lisa Meuller, Mark Coffren and Eleanor Hawkesworth.
You're Invited to the
Homestretch Independence Day Celebration
...celebrating the success of Homestretch moving families to INDEPENDENCE!
Starring Michael Thornton of the Capitol Steps
Music by Sudden M Pac &
Thursday, February 23, 2017 | 7:00 - 11:00 PM
The State Theatre
220 N Washington St
Falls Church, VA 22046
Live & Silent Auction
Dessert & Dancing
Please join us to celebrate Homestretch and its remarkable success in helping homeless families achieve INDEPENDENCE. Homestretch changes the lives of homeless families by moving them into homes and providing comprehensive services to enable them to succeed.
For more information, to purchase tickets or make a donation online, please visit 501auctions.com/homestretch
or RSVP via mail. Make all checks payable to Homestretch
303 S Maple Street
Falls Church, VA 22046
Thank you to our Sponsors!
McEnearney Associates, Inc. | Kaiser Permanente | GH International | Atlantic Coast Mortgage | Beyer Auto | News Media Alliance | Cardinal Bank | Northwestern Mutual | Jazzercise | Excella Consulting | Super Cuts | Fleets Bay Charitable Trust | EKKO Title |
June Beyer | United Charitable | Mary Beth Franklin I CBC I Gabi & John Sandoz
Chong Lee, DDS
Thanks to all of our businesses for the support of FCEF and FCCPS! Enjoy this.
Perkins enjoys Google Applications for Education training thanks to Steve & Nancy Sprague Teacher Leadership Fund
"I would like to thank the FCEF for providing another opportunity for me to attend the EdTech Summit here at GMHS.
I was able to add additional skills that translate directly to our learning environment.
George Mason High School
Special Education Teacher, ED
Earth Science Teacher"
The Falls Church Education Foundation funded a grant for TJ Reading Teachers, Alexa McKenrick and Sarah Parrish, to attend the Literacy for All Conference in Providence, RI at the end of October. Sarah and Alexa had the opportunity to learn from experts like Irene Fountas, Gay Su Pinnell, Nell Duke, Dorothy Barnhouse, and Lucy Calkins.
Workshop topics included responsive teaching in guided reading, complex thinking in complex texts, writing in response to reading, guided writing, literacy coaching (relationship awareness, structures for collaborative learning), literacy as inquiry, and using literature to support social-emotional development of students.
Sarah and Alexa plan to share the knowledge they gained by attending this conference through differentiated professional learning workshops at Thomas Jefferson. TJ teachers have selected one area to develop their own professional knowledge. Sarah and Alexa have scheduled job-embedded professional learning, including: Supporting English Learners with Decoding & Fluency, Comprehension Strategies, Guided Writing, and an Introduction to Guided Reading.
They greatly appreciate the opportunity to grow their professional knowledge and share it with others.
ANNOUNCING: Falls Church Education Foundation Teacher of the Year Award
The Teacher of the Year Award Program has a new name and a new sponsor!
The Falls Church Education Foundation Teacher of the Year Award. This award was formerly called the Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award,.
When The Post significantly changed the award structure, FCEF stepped in to ensure that the winning FCCPS teacher receives a monetary award.
All nominees will receive tickets to the FCEF Annual Gala and the winner will receive a $1500 award. The nomination deadline is Thursday, January 5, 2017.
Everyone is encouraged to recognize a teacher who has made a difference! We will do surprise announcements of all nominees in January and the winner will be announced in March/April.
The winner will also be the FCCPS Finalist for the Washington Post Teacher of the Year Award.
Here is the nomination form.