Congratulations to Larkin Epstein, the Apple Federal Credit Union Education Foundation and Falls Church Education Foundation's "New Teacher of the Year Award" for excellence in teaching as a 2nd or 3rd year teacher in Falls Church City Public Schools. Ms. Epstein receives $750.00 and our gratitude and best wishes for a long and happy career in education!
FCEF is proud to sponsor K-12 enrichment programs FCCPS. Shown here are some of our TJES students celebrating their successes in reading and math this school year. Guiding the learning are our amazing teachers, such as Katie Hicks, and GMHS volunteers like Maggie Hicks, both photographed above. Great work, team TJ!!
GMHS students running the hydroponics and aquaponics programs were invited to present on a panel at the "Real Food for Kids" conference and to share their successes. Falls Church City is the US News & World Report's "Healthiest City" thanks in part to these students, Dr. Peter Mecca, GMHS teacher, and Richard Kane, FCCPS Director of Food Services. Congrats!
Learn about how music therapy supports our life skills students thanks to support from the Todd Hitt Fund for the Arts - http://www.gmhslasso.org/music-for-life/
We hope after-school programs funded by FCEF and supporting over 265 FCCPS learners helps close the opportunity gap for our "Little City".
!The Todd Hitt Fund for the Arts funded "Black Magic" camera is being put to great use by our GMHS Lasso TV students. Check out their YouTube video ... https://youtu.be/w9Tq2xR7i5U!
Arts Integration Consultant, Rob Levit, works with FCCPS K-12 Arts Faculty in one of four sessions of professional development. The FCEF Todd Hitt Grant for the Arts provided this unique enrichment opportunity to grateful staff.
From left to right: Christina Leigh (MEH ART) Lauren Carpel (MEH MUSIC), Jon Mills (MEH MUSIC), Sarah Gurgo (GMHS ART), Shawn Northrip (GMHS THEATER), Consultant Ron Levitt, Jamie Sample (GM CHORUS), Marc Robarge (GMHS ART), Ryan Holland (TJ MUSIC), Angela Wicklund (TJ ART). Photo by: Mary Jo West (GMHS MUSIC)
Read FCEF board student representative Jessie Beddow's article about the GMHS Makerspace.
George Mason Speaker Series * Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist * Amy Ellis Nutt
Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family
George Mason High School’s Speaker Series, in collaboration with the Cultural Heritage and Equity Team and the Gay-Straight Alliance, is excited to welcome guest speaker Amy Ellis Nutt, Pulitzer Prize winning Washington Post journalist! This guest speaker has been scheduled to address our students on Friday, December 8, 2017, thanks to generous funding by the Falls Church Education Foundation (FCEF), and the Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA). The GMHS Speaker Series started last year and featured Caitlin Acosta, a Red Ribbon Week Speaker, and Edwin Henderson, who shared The Tinner Hill Story.
Ms. Nutt will be presenting on her experience writing the book "Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family". See story here or NPR account here. The presentation will foster IB Learner Profile Traits including being knowledgeable, principled, open-minded, and caring, as well as Approaches to Learning skills such as communication, research, and critical thinking.
On November 7 there will be a bond referendum on the ballot for a new George Mason High School. FCCPS is inviting the public to come tour the current facility on October 25, 4pm-7pm, to get first hand knowledge of the state of the school. Tours start every 15 min and last about an hour.
Please visit this link for more information and to RSVP for a tour!