Thankful for our students

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Fairfax Academy Community,

What a terrific first half of November we have had! It was so special to spend the day with nearly 200 of our students at our 4th Annual Career Experience Expo on November 5th. Our Fashion students have been busy visiting various schools, the hip hop dance students had a guest artist and we have been lucky to continue to have a number of colleges and universities visit our programs both virtually and in-person. 

In the coming weeks we will begin talking about courses for next year. The biggest compliment is when our students recommend our programs to their friends. If you know a student who is interested in one of our programs, please keep them posted on all of our updates including our February Open House. Stay tuned for a few exciting announcements and for student visitor information. 

Lastly, we are collecting nominations for the annual FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards. Please acknowledge any Fairfax Academy faculty or staff who you think goes above and beyond using the form linked below so we may celebrate them this winter. Nominations are due by November 23.

We hope you enjoy the changing of the season!

Mrs. Cook

FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards

Nominations are now open for the FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards! To submit a nomination for a Fairfax Academy Outstanding Employee, please complete the nomination through the google link HERE.  You may nominate an employee in one or more categories. All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. The google form link has more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards and the eligibility requirements. The deadline to submit a nomination is November 23, 2021.

Career Experience Expo

You can't stop the excitement students had in their theatre dance class, with Fairfax Academy alum Heidi Stafford!

Fairfax Academy staff showing off their American Sign Language skills!

Staff (left to right): Youngju Lee (Korean), Laura Egharevba (ASL), Cassie Nesbitt (ASL), Sara Chae (ESOL Support)

Fairfax Academy Ignite Business Partner iContact Coaching leading the final session of the day. 

"People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou

Guest Hip Hop Teacher

Dancer and actress, Eryn Barnes visited our dance program in October to and choreographed a new work on our hip hop dancers!

Fairfax Academy for Communications & the Arts 
3501 Lion Run, Fairfax, Virginia 22030 | Main phone: 703.219.2226

Attendance Phone: 703.219.4060 | Web | Facebook | InstagramTwitter

Reminders, Updates and Performances Returning

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Fairfax Academy,

Wow! It's amazing that this is already the end of the 1st quarter. As a reminder, each of the quarters ends with an early release day. Due to each high school arranging their own bell schedule and transportation across the county, there are no Midday (periods 5/6) or PM (periods 7/8) block classes or Academy shuttles on any early release days. All AM (periods 1/2) classes will be held and shuttles will run. (The first one of these days is October 29th. There is also another one on November 11th.)

Below you will find details about a number of things:

  • A reminder that Expo packets are due Wednesday.
  • We are collecting Ambassador Applications currently.
  • Our first MTAS showcase in two years is tomorrow evening at 7pm.
  • We have the final round of our college visits for the year over the next few weeks.

I hope all our students enjoy the upcoming long weekend and look forward to seeing many of our students on November 5th for the Career Experience Expo!

Mrs. Cook

Expo Reminder

Field trip packets to participate in the Career Experience Expo for the full day are due by this Wednesday, October 27th. Packets can be picked up and turned in to any Academy classroom or the Academy office.

For any questions about the Career Experience Expo, please contact Academy Administrator, Andrea Cook (amcook@fcps.edu).

Ambassador Applications

Our Academy Ambassador Program applications for this school year are still being accepted. Do you like helping others - teachers, your school, your community? Are you a born leader and if not, do you want to build your leadership experiences? Do you like speaking in public or would you like to gain more experience in this area? Do you need service learning opportunities or volunteer hours? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you have what it takes to become an Academy Ambassador! Complete your application today and help represent Fairfax Academy!

For any questions about being an Academy Ambassador, please contact Academy Counselor, Maria Martin (mlmartin2@fcps.edu).

Just Duet (tomorrow night, Oct. 26)

Just Duet is a cabaret featuring students from our Musical Theatre & Actor’ Studio, along with a few special guest teacher visitors. Join us for an evening of musical duets and short scenes. Tickets are free; there will be a $5 suggested donation at the door.

For any questions about Just Duet or the Musical Theatre & Actor's Studio, please contact MTAS Director, Erich DiCenzo (erdicenzo@fcps.edu).

College Visits

We have some awesome colleges visiting our students this year both in person and virtually!  We will wrap up our college visits this school year with SCAD, University of Hartford and Longwood University. And since VCUarts Fashion Design could not come to us this year, we will be visiting them instead with a field trip for our level 2 Fashion students to see firsthand what the VCUarts Fashion Design program is all about!

October 28 - SCAD - AM & MD blocks (Fashion - In person)

October 28 - Longwood University - MD block (Social Media - Virtual)

November 12 - University of Hartford, The Hart School - AM & MD block  (MTAS - In person)

November 18 - Longwood University - MD block (Social Media Marketing)

For any questions about college visits or suggestions of schools to add in the future, please contact Academy Counselor, Maria Martin (mlmartin2@fcps.edu).

Fairfax Academy for Communications & the Arts 
3501 Lion Run, Fairfax, Virginia 22030 | Main phone: 703.219.2226

Attendance Phone: 703.219.4060 | Web | Facebook | InstagramTwitter

Career Experience Expo

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4th Annual Career Experience Expo

All Fairfax Academy students have received paperwork to attend the 4th Annual Career Experience Expo on Friday, November 5th.

See below for details. If you have any questions, please contact the Academy office at 703-219-2226 or email Mrs. Cook at amcook@fcps.edu.

Field trip forms are due by October 27th.

Our dynamic keynote speaker for this year’s Expo, Charles “CB” Murray, is a producer, artist, composer, writer, choreographer, and performer. CB resides in New York City and is currently working with The Classical Theatre of Harlem. He is also currently in development of a Broadway musical based on the life of his aunt, the legendary Pearl Bailey.

This all-day in-person event for current Fairfax Academy students will begin with keynote speaker Mr. Charles “CB” Murray, a producer, artist, composer, writer, choreographer, and performer who currently resides in New York City.

Murray’s presentation will be followed by four 45-minute workshop sessions led by a wide-variety of over 20+ industry professionals. During this conference style event, students will select workshops (of their personal preference) for each of the sessions. The day will end with a special culminating activity for participants. 

The following list is just a glimpse of the industry professionals include Fairfax Academy alum and fashion industry professional Kendall Berry; Matt Strote of Signature Theatre; City of Fairfax Cultural Arts manager Megan Dubois; movie director, Hyung Tae Kim; Fairfax Academy business partners, XRJ Foundation and iContact Coaching; Sardari Group President and professional photographer, Kaveh Sardari; Fairfax Academy alumni and professional photographer, Zoe Varacalli; Impresario and music non-profit consultant, Ron Goad; audio engineer and social media marketer, Cole Eubanks; JMU Dance professor Suzanne Miller-Corso and various other industry professionals. 

Students can use the QR code below to see the most current list of presenters.

Field trip packets are available in all Academy classrooms and in the Fairfax Academy office.

Fairfax Academy for Communications & the Arts 
3501 Lion Run, Fairfax, Virginia 22030 | Main phone: 703.219.2226

Attendance Phone: 703.219.4060 | Web | Facebook | InstagramTwitter

Falling for Fall

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Fairfax Academy,

It was wonderful to see so many of you last week at our Back to School Night! If you were unable to join us, consider logging into Schoology to check out videos created by each of our faculty members.

This week students will begin receiving information for our 4th annual Career Experience Expo. Students are encouraged to join us for the entire day where they will have the opportunity to hear from our fantastic Keynote Speaker, CB Murray. As well as, to select from 4 additional workshops to attend where they will learn from current industry professionals. If you have any questions, please contact me or the Academy office at 703-219-2226.

A reminder that there are no Academy classes on October 13th due to the PSAT/SAT being administered throughout the county. There will also be no Midday (5th period) or PM (7th period) Academy classes on Friday, October 29th due to the end of the quarter.

We are looking forward to hosting our first Musical Theatre and Actor's Studio Showcase in two years on October 26. Please join us here at Fairfax High School to see our fabulous students!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Cook

Career Experience Expo (Nov. 5th)

 

Mr. Charles “CB” Murray, a producer, artist, composer, writer, choreographer, and performer who is currently living in New York City who will be our Keynote Speaker at this year's Career Experience Expo.

CB has a BA in Theatre for Creative Writing with a Concentration in Social Justice from SUNY Empire State College.  While in high school CB got a job at the Haymarket Dinner Theater, in Richmond Virginia, performing in Purlie and Don’t Bother Me I Can’t Cope during his junior and senior years.  He started my professional career in New York City at age nineteen working with the A.M.A.S. Repertory Company under Rosette LeNoire.

Within six months of arriving in New York City, he got his first Actors Equity union job singing and dancing in Storyville, directed by Arthur Faria. In 1981, Michael Bennett hired CB for the Workshop of Dreamgirls, which became his Broadway Debut. He has performed in numerous ‘off Broadway’ shows and twice on Broadway, and has made a living for over two decades composing and producing contemporary music. CB is currently writing, directing and producing original theater works.  His original musical Children of God received six nominations from the Midtown International Theatre Festival. CB’s original musical PEARL, based on the life of Pearl Bailey, received five ADULCO nominations while still in development.

CB has directed and choreographed the ‘off Broadway’ hit Film Noir Musical “Wicked City Blues” currently running at The Actors Temple. Additionally, he directed numerous shows around New York City in theaters including CAP 21, Roy Arias Theater, The Producer’s Club, National Black Theater, the Shabazz Center, The Broadway Comedy Club and HERE. He also ran the arts program for the Abundant Water’s Afterschool Program at PS111 in Manhattan for over ten years.  CB directed the Arts Department, producing countless productions and CD’s, for the Unbroken Chain Arts Ministry in NYC from 1985 till 2005.  He received awards as a teaching artist from the SMPS (Society of Marketing Professionals Services) in 2003 and the US Army Corps of Engineers in 2005, and was ordained through the Apostolic Denomination, by Kingdom Churches Worldwide in 2007. CB received the Union City, New Jersey, Artist of the Year Award from the mayor Bryan Stack and the Board of Commissioners in 2015.   In February 2020, CB won The Players Theatre Short Play Festival, his short “Lift Every Voice and Sing” was honored in the 2020 Teaneck International Film Festival, and his screenplay “Ambassador of Love '' won the 2020 Harlem Film Festival for best screenplay.

CB says that he has always found his greatest joy of expression through the arts, and it is his personal goal to continue to create and help produce meaningful works of artistic expression that not only entertain but cause the audience to ponder the idea of doing whatever they can to make this world a better place. 

If you have any questions about the Career Experience Expo, please contact Andrea Cook (amcook@fcps.edu) or call the Academy office at 703-219-2226.

Just Duet (MTAS Showcase)

 

If you have any questions about the MTAS Showcase, please contact MTAS Director, Erich DiCenzo (erdicenzo@fcps.edu/703-219-2345).

Fairfax Academy for Communications & the Arts 
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Academy Fall Updates and Events

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Fairfax Academy,

As we begin the sixth week of school, we look forward to a number of Academy events including the return of our in-person Back to School Night, our fall Musical Theatre Showcase, and the 4th Annual Career Experience Expo. (Details are below.) We kicked off our "college tour" with Roosevelt University last week and will have a number of college visits throughout October and November!

Last week, all Academy students participated in a virtual "Academy Kick-off" where they got to hear about all the Academy programs and staff in addition to the ins and outs of Fairfax Academy. During the 7-minute video presentation, academy students received valuable information regarding attendance, paperwork, parking, the Academy Ambassador program and much more! If your student missed the video, please have them let their teacher know. 

Speaking of, it is important that all students submit their back to school paperwork by Friday, October 1st. Hard copies can be picked up in the Academy office (E119) and found on the Academy website. Parking enforcement has also begun and all students need a parking tag for this school year. 

We look forward to seeing many of you at our Back to School Night on October 6th. A quick note that there will be no Academy classes on October 13th for the county-wide PSAT Day.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us!

Back to School Night

We will be welcoming all our parents to visit Academy classes/lab spaces and meet the teachers on Wednesday, October 6th. Due to the current state of the pandemic, we are minimizing visits to specific times based upon your student’s Academy class period. We also ask that no students or siblings attend so we can follow social distancing guidelines and keep everyone safe. 

All parents should park in the front of the building and enter door #1. (The Academy entrance at door #10 will not be open during this event.) If your student is in a double blocked class, please arrive during the first class period so teachers can make introductions once.

If you have any questions, please contact the Academy office directly.

6:30-6:45pm 1st period

6:50-7:05pm 2nd period

7:10-7:25pm 5th period

7:30-7:45pm 7th period

7:50-8:05pm 6th period

8:10-8:25pm 8th period

**The Academy Support Team will be available in the commons, just inside door #1, from 6:30-8:30pm to answer any general questions and for parents to purchase Academy spirit wear for their student(s).**

If you have any questions about Back to School Night, please contact Andrea Cook (703-219-2387/amcook@fcps.edu).

College Visits

Pictured is Roosevelt University, Chicago College of Performing Arts who visited in-person on September 21st and 22nd. 

Next up is a virtual visit with Columbia College of Chicago on September 29th.

We have more college visits scheduled for October and November, so stay tuned…

If you have any questions about college visits, please contact Maria Martin (mlmartin2@fcps.edu).

Career Experience Expo (Nov. 5)

Sign-ups for our 4th annual Career Experience Expo are starting soon!  

This all-day in-person event for current Fairfax Academy students will begin with keynote speaker Mr. Charles “CB” Murray, a producer, artist, composer, writer, choreographer, and performer who currently resides in New York City.

Murray’s presentation will be followed by four 45-minute workshop sessions led by a wide-variety of over 20+ industry professionals. During this conference style event, students will select workshops (of their personal preference) for each of the sessions. 

The following list is a glimpse of the industry professionals presenting at this year's Expo: David Zobell and Matt Strote of Signature Theatre; City of Fairfax Cultural Arts manager Megan Dubois; movie director, Hyung Tae Kim; Fairfax Academy business partners, XRJ Foundation and iContact Coaching; Sardari Group President and professional photographer, Kaveh Sardari; Fairfax Academy alumni and professional photographer, Zoe Varacalli; Impresario and music non-profit consultant, Ron Goad; professional dancer and studio owner/manager, Jane Franklin; audio engineer and social media marketer, Cole Eubanks; and various other industry professionals and Academy alumni. 

Check out the Academy’s social media pages for more information leading up the event - and for special sneak-peeks of our Keynote Speaker and our amazing presenters!

If you have any questions about the Expo, please contact Erin Molek (ekmolek@fcps.edu).

Musical Theatre & Actors Studio Fall Showcase

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Skipping through September

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Academy Families,

We are enjoying seeing our students find their groove at the Academy and are excited to see the restart of some of our traditional events and activities, in addition to new ones. We have a host of college visits planned for the coming weeks and we look forward to seeing the return of guest artists to our classes, both virtually and in person.

Please take a look at our Academy staff directory to get to know some of the names and faces of the support personnel we are lucky to have here.

A quick reminder to turn in back to school paperwork if you have not already done so. A reminder that all students from schools other than Fairfax High must have a Fairfax Academy parking tag to park on school grounds.

Check out our first in-person event of the season below!

Mrs. Cook

Academy Administrator

National Dance Day 2021

Fairfax Academy Dance and Musical Theatre programs are participating in the National Dance Day Celebration hosted by Fairfax City. Both programs will be performing in Old Town Square, Fairfax City September 18th at 10:00am. Come out and show your support while celebrating dance! Many other local dance groups will be participating, and we will be learning the National Dance Day Dance together. Fun, outdoor fun for all ages!

Back to School Paperwork

Back to school packets can be found on the Fairfax Academy website or in the Academy office (E119).

Digital Resource Consent

At Fairfax Academy, our teachers use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here: https://fairfaxacademy.fcps.edu/adopteddigitalresources Additionally, you can find more information about approved digital resources in FCPS here: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/technology/digital-resources.

Included on this page is also a link to a form where the enrolling parent or guardian will need to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. We encourage you to complete the parental consent for digital resources form as soon as possible, as your child will not be able to use the digital resources until we have received your permission. Please reach out to me or your student’s teacher if you have questions or concerns about the digital resources we’ve chosen to use this year.

Academy Support Teachers

Fairfax Academy Support Teachers

Mr. Buckley and Mrs. Chae

Fairfax Academy for Communications & the Arts 
3501 Lion Run, Fairfax, Virginia 22030 | Main phone: 703.219.2226

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Welcome to Fairfax Academy

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Fairfax Academy,

What a wonderful week seeing so many of our students face-to-face and welcome to the biweekly News You Choose. We send this out throughout the year with event information, reminders, and program updates. 

A gentle reminder to turn in completed back to school forms (we do need a copy in addition to what is submitted to base schools) and complete the Digital Resource Consent. (More details below.)

Please enjoy some photos from our first week of school and check out our staff on our website.

We hope all of our students are enjoying their classes and have figured out transportation and lunches. If your student has any questions, have them stop by the Academy office in E119 and we will help them out.

Looking forward to an incredible school year! 

Mrs. Cook

 

Academy Administrator

Fairfax Academy for Communications and the Arts

703.219.2387 (office) | amcook@fcps.edu (email)

 

https://fairfaxacademy.fcps.edu/

Check us out on Instagram, follow us on Twitter @Fairfax_Academy and visit us on Facebook.

 

 

Digital Resource Consent

At Fairfax Academy, our teachers use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here.  Additionally, you can find more information about approved digital resources in FCPS here.

Included on this page is also a link to a form where the enrolling parent or guardian will need to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. We encourage you to complete the parental consent for digital resources form as soon as possible, as your child will not be able to use the digital resources until we have received your permission. Please reach out to me or your student’s teacher if you have questions or concerns about the digital resources we’ve chosen to use this year.

First Week Photos

 

First Day of Mrs. Johnston's Korean program. (Photo credit Erin Molek)

 

 

First Day of Mrs. Barnes' dance program. (Photo credit Erin Molek)

 

 

Students boarding the Academy shuttle. (Photo credit Erin Molek)

 

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3501 Lion Run, Fairfax, Virginia 22030 | Main phone: 703.219.2226

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WELCOME TO FAIRFAX ACADEMY!!

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Welcome Back to Fairfax Academy!!

 

Dear Academy Parents/Guardians and Students,

A big welcome to all of our new and returning students/families to Fairfax Academy!  We hope you have enjoyed your summer and are feeling rested and rejuvenated. It’s hard to believe that the 2021-22 SY is already upon us! We had a very productive summer here at the Academy and are anticipating a sensational school year.

Please help us in welcoming two instructors that are *new* to our Academy family this year!  We are excited to share that Stacy Chong is our new Fashion Careers teacher, and Dawn Welters is an additional instructor for our growing American Sign Language program. 

 

'Back to School' dates, information, and forms have been updated and posted on the Fairfax Academy websitePlease take time to review and complete all necessary forms.

 

Some important upcoming events to note are:

 

PARKING TAG DISTRIBUTION:

  • Wednesday August 11th from 3pm - 6pm.
  • Please enter at Door 10 (Academy entrance off Old Lee Hwy.)

If your student will be driving to/from class at Fairfax Academy, they will need an Academy parking tag to park on school grounds. Our Academy office will be distributing parking tags on Wednesday, Aug. 11th, from 3-6pm. Please complete the following before arriving:

  • Fill out this Parking Tag Google form, or see our website for a PDF form.
  • Bring the signed copy of the parking tag agreement or the completed PDF form.
  • Bring a copy of the student’s valid driver’s license or permit.
  • Bring all completed Academy back to school paperwork with you. All back-to-school forms can be found on our website: https://fairfaxacademy.fcps.edu/resources/forms

Paper copies of all forms will be available at our office as well and can be filled out upon your arrival. If you have purchased a parking tag at the base school, please bring that with you, or your proof of purchase.  If you will not be purchasing a tag at the base school, our cost is $67 for the year, payable by cash (exact change only), or check made out to Fairfax High School.

Fairfax High School student drivers should apply for parking privileges directly with Fairfax HS, and not Fairfax Academy.

If you are not able to come to this event, parking tags will also be sold at Orientation on August 19th, and throughout the year during normal school hours. Student parking is limited, and availability is on a first-come basis. We cannot reserve tags/spaces. Questions, call the Academy office at 703-219-2226.

 

FAIRFAX ACADEMY ORIENTATION:

  • Thursday, August 19th from 1:30pm- 6pm.
  • Please enter at Door 10 (Academy entrance off Old Lee Hwy.)

The Fairfax Academy Orientation will be hosted on the same date and time as the Fairfax High School Open House. This will be a social opportunity for students and families to meet teachers, build community, and explore our instructional spaces.

Academy students and parents should park outside of and enter door 10.  The Academy orientation table and office will be available to families starting at 12:30 pm. Please drop- off forms prior to visiting classrooms.

Teachers will be available in their rooms from 1:30pm – 3pm and from 4:30pm - 6pm.  Food trucks will be available in front of the building from 2:30pm - 4:30pm.

NOTE: All Fairfax Academy students must submit required forms every school year. Any forms submitted to the base schools are not shared with our office, therefore, we need our own copies. Please review our forms page here:https://fairfaxacademy.fcps.edu/resources/forms. Families can submit paperwork through our Google form, or bring hard copies to Orientation. Copies of all forms are available in our office. Please note that pictures of forms will not be accepted. Questions, please contact Mrs. Cate in the Academy office at 703-219-2226.   

 

* If you are a Fairfax HS student/ parent, be sure to check the Fairfax High School website or newsletters for more information regarding events.

 

PLEASE SAVE THESE DATES: (More information coming soon...)

-- Fairfax Academy BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT: Wednesday, October 6th  

-- CAREER EXPERIENCE EXPO: Friday, November 5th.  (The Expo is an all-day event for current Fairfax Academy students).

 

If you have questions regarding this information, please review and reference the Fairfax Academy website or contact our Administrative Assistant, Mrs. Cate, in the Academy office at (703) 219-2226. 

 

We truly look forward to having our students back in our classrooms and hallways and to a rewarding school year.

Here's to a great 2021-22 school year with you!!

 

 

We are so happy to share that we have a BRAND NEW Academy sign outside of our Door 10 entrance (off of Old Lee Highway, around the back of Fairfax High School building).

Look for this sign so you know where to enter for our Academy events!

Fairfax Academy for Communications & the Arts 
3501 Lion Run, Fairfax, Virginia 22030 | Main phone: 703.219.2226

Attendance Phone: 703.219.4060 | Web | Facebook | InstagramTwitter

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