Fairfax Academy News 1/30: Academy Registration & Upcoming Events

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In this email...
  • From Your Academy Admin
  • Program Highlight: Dance
  • Staff Highlight: Meredith Barnes, Dance
  • Legally Blonde: The Musical!
  • Upcoming Events
A Reminder about Lanyards

A reminder that students traveling to Fairfax Academy from other schools are required to wear their lanyards when arriving to and leaving from Fairfax Academy. See Ms. Tarvid in E119 for a temporary pass or to obtain a replacement lanyard (cost: $5).

From Your Academy Admin

Fairfax Academy Community,

Today marks the second semester of the year! We have so many incredible events planned for the spring including our annual winter Academy Musical “Legally Blonde,” our Open House and Dance Benefit Concert. Check out details below.

We also know this is an exciting time for our seniors as college acceptances start coming in. Please don’t forget to stop by the Academy office and share the news with us! We love to celebrate with our students.

Please continue to encourage your students to attend their Academy class regularly and take advantage of seeing what their peers are up to at our various events. A friendly reminder that we need a phone call in addition to base schools for any day a student needs to miss. As college visits and testing becoming a priority in the spring, please fill out a pre-arranged absence form for any days you know your student will be out. The form can be found here, and also in all classrooms and the Academy office. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to reach out to our office!

Warmly,
Mrs. Cook

Academy Registration, Auditions, Portfolio Review

Current 8th through 11th graders - don’t forget to sign up for your Academy course for next year by March 7. Check in with your base school counselor to do so.

A reminder that details for auditions and portfolio reviews for Dance, MCT, Fashion Careers and Musical Theatre and Actor’s Studio can be found here: https://fairfaxacademy.fcps.edu/registration-auditions

Program Highlight: Dance

The Dance Program at Fairfax Academy is in-depth instruction designed to explore all dance styles, helping dancers find their artistic voice and providing them with the tools needed to pursue a dance-related career after high school. We offer Dance 1 through 4, Broadway Dance, and Hip Hop. These skills develop characteristics such as strength, discipline, flexibility, teamwork, and individual growth, enabling students to communicate their thoughts, ideas, and emotions through the performing arts, preparing them for success in any career path.

Staff Highlight: Meredith Barnes (Dance)

Meredith Barnes has performed for many years throughout the United States and abroad. She received her dance training from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she received a BFA in dance choreography and performance. Meredith Barnes’ choreography has been showcased in numerous venues.

Besides being the main choreographer for DanceArtTheater, a modern dance company that she founded and still directs, Barnes has choreographed over 20 works for companies like Joffrey Ballet Workshop, Terpsichorean Dance Company, Auburn University "Daunce", Yes Virginia Dance, Black College Dance Exchange, Cora de Vicenza, Co- Motion Dance Company, Lawton City Ballet, Mid-America Dance Network showcase, and many other choreography concerts. Her works “Through the Wall” and “Fractals” received great reviews from DC Metro Theater Arts and The Washington Post for their runs in the Capital Fringe Festival.

​Meredith Barnes is also the director of Fairfax Academy's dance program for Fairfax County Public Schools, teaching and making dancers for the next generation. Her mission is to enlighten, encourage, and inspire audiences and dancers through the power of dance.

Academy News Feature: College Visits

Fairfax Academy recently hosted visits from several colleges, including Rochester Institute of Technology/National Technical Institute for the Deaf; Radford University; VCUArts; James Madison University; George Washington University; Berklee College of Music; SCAD; Pace University; Marymount University, and more!

Panelists shared information about admissions, programs, scholarships, and career pathways - providing valuable information to our students to consider for their futures!

Read more by checking our recent feature: https://fairfaxacademy.fcps.edu/features/2022-college-visits

Rotary Club of Fairfax Youth Music Contest

Object: To help promising musicians gain notice in their communities and beyond, and to introduce young people to the mission of Rotary and its youth-based equivalents, Interact and Rotaract. 

Applicants: High school musicians who either attend Fairfax High School as their primary school, OR live in the City of Fairfax. If a student does not fall under these categories, please contact our POC below.

Categories: Composition and Solo performances of vocal, keyboard and instrumental, are invited. 

District Level Contest Awards: (Note: Winners announced no later than April 15, 2023)

First place ($1000) 

Second place ($500) 

Third place ($250)

See the entire announcement here.

For questions, please contact Matt Edgar at 703-213-4168 or [email protected]

Fairfax Academy Open House - February 7


February 7, 2023 | 6:30pm-7:30 pm

Meet our teachers, learn about our classes, ask questions! 

For questions, please call the Academy office at 703-219-2226 or email [email protected] 

Musical Theatre & Actors' Studio Presents
Legally Blonde - The Musical


February 3, 4 | 7 p.m.
February 5 | 2 p.m. 
February 9, 10 | 7 p.m.
February 11 | 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. 

Tickets: https://mtasacademy.weebly.com or use the QR code above.

For questions, please contact MTAS Director Mr. DiCenzo ([email protected]).

Fairfax Academy Dance Presents: True Reflections, a Benefit Concert supporting NEDA


Thursday, 2/16 | 8 p.m. | FHS Auditorium

Scan the QR code above for more information.

For questions, please contact MTAS Director Mr. DiCenzo ([email protected]).

Upcoming Events
  • February 7 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Academy Open House
  • February 3, 4, 5; 9, 10, 11 | Musical Theatre & Actors' Studio Presents Legally Blonde
  • February 16 | 8 p.m. | Dance Benefit Concert 
  • March 7 | On-Time Registration Deadline: all new and current students must register through their base school counselor.
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Fairfax Academy News 1/17/23: Early Release Schedule and MORE!

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In this email...
  • Schedule Reminders for Next Week
  • From Your Academy Admin
  • Legally Blonde: The Musical!
  • Open House
  • Rotary Club Youth Music Contest
  • Program Highlights: Game Design / Arabic
  • Staff Highlights: Mrs. Murphy / Mr. Ford
  • Upcoming Events
A Reminder about Lanyards

A reminder that students traveling to Fairfax Academy from other schools are required to wear their lanyards when arriving to and leaving from Fairfax Academy. See Ms. Tarvid in E119 for a temporary pass or to obtain a replacement lanyard (cost: $5).

From Your Academy Admin

Fairfax Academy Community,

We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy and were able to find some time to reflect during our three day weekend. We are quickly ending the end of 1st semester and wanted to remind all our students that Academy gradebooks close earlier than base school grade books. We also wanted to remind all students that many of our courses are dependent upon the hands-on learning that can only happen in our labs. Attendance is an important part of ensuring all students find success in their coursework at the Academy. Please make sure you are reviewing our attendance reminders found in our welcome packet. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to help.

We are gearing up for next year and all our classes are open for student visitors. Please encourage your friends who may be interested to talk to their counselor about visiting before March 1. A reminder that all current students will need to complete a registration with their counselor by March 7 to guarantee a seat for next year.

Check out information below about a music contest sponsored by the Rotary Club of Fairfax, information about the Game Design and Arabic programs, and our upcoming Open House and production of Legally Blonde. We have an early release on January 25. Only AM shuttles will be running. Student drivers can attend and FHS students should follow the FHS bell schedule. 

Warmly,

Mrs. Cook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Program Highlight: Game Design & Development

The Game Design and Development course is brand new this year to Fairfax Academy. This course teaches all facets of game design and development. Students gain substantial knowledge of industry standard software, specifically the Unity 3D game engine. However, they explore more than just a game engine and how to program a game, although that is a big part of it.

Students learn game theory, history, and mechanics. They learn how to tell stories to create player engagement. They look at the many different roles in the game design industry, such as level designers, riggers, and game writers. Students learn about the different related career opportunities outside of the game industry, too. These include architecture, graphic design, and visualization, just to name a few. Students explore aspects of design such as modeling and layout.

Students complete the course with a capstone group project where they design a playable game from start to finish with their team.  Through projects, critiques, and group assignments, students gain an in-depth understanding of the game industry. 

New for the 2023-2024 school year, will be an Advanced Game Development and Design section.

Program Highlight: Arabic

Fairfax Academy offers Arabic 1 through 4. Mr. Ford’s passion is to help his students build strong literacy and communication skills.  This quarter, students are working on several projects.   Some are writing and presenting skits which incorporate high frequency phrases.  While others are both writing paragraphs and capturing flipgrid videos in which they present information about themselves and their families. Upper-level students are drafting descriptions of their favorite cities in the Arab World. Mr. Ford truly enjoys working with his students and feels that he learns just as much from them as they do from him.

Staff Highlight: Suzette Murphy (Game Design)

Mrs. Murphy spent the majority of her younger years moving along the east coast for her father’s work. During that time, she attended five elementary schools, three middle schools, and two high schools. Mrs. Murphy graduated high school in Central Florida and spent most of her adult life there. She left briefly for College in Sarasota Florida where she received her BFA in Graphic and Interactive Communications from Ringling College of Art and Design.

Mrs. Murphy worked at several design firms as well as freelancing around the Central Florida area before moving to Fairfax, Virginia for the first time in 2013, where she continued to freelance. Mrs. Murphy and her family fell in love with Fairfax at that time, but when her father fell ill, they made the tough decision to move back to Central Florida to be close to family.

During that time Mrs. Murphy took a job in San Jose California as Design Patent Examiner. She would super commute between Northern California and Central Florida. Eventually the situation proved too difficult, and Mrs. Murphy resigned to take a position at a local boarding school, Montverde Academy, as a Media Arts teacher, where she taught game design, VFX, computer animation, and 3D Design for grades 9 through 12. There is where she fell in love with teaching. While at Montverde Academy she began grad school for Computer Animation at Savannah College of Art and Design.

In 2021 an opportunity to return to Fairfax presented itself and Mrs. Murphy and her family moved back to Fairfax so she may teach Game Design at Fairfax Academy while continuing to pursue her MFA. Mrs. Murphy, her husband, their daughter and their red husky, Charlie, are loving their new home. She is excited for the opportunity to bring her knowledge and experience to the young people of Fairfax and to grow with them through the unique experience that Fairfax Academy affords its students.

Mrs. Murphy comes to Fairfax, Virginia with her husband, two daughters, and their two-year-old red husky, Charlie. She is excited to experience all four seasons, and to have a break from the relentless hot weather of Florida.

Staff Highlight: Mitchell Ford (Arabic)

Mr. Ford grew up in Worcester, MA. Prior to joining the Academy in 2019, he spent six years supporting Arabic language instruction for the Middle East Studies M.A. program in the Elliott School of International Affairs. His journey began in 2007, when he enrolled, as an undergrad, at George Washington University. Here, he decided to major in the Arabic language.

Since that time, he has received several scholarships and fellowships that have afforded him opportunities to study abroad in the Arab World and be immersed in the language for extensive periods. In 2013, he completed a year-long fellowship program, known as Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA). This opportunity was funded by the US Department of Education.

Mr. Ford views his participation in this experience as instrumental in solidifying his passion for Arabic language and culture.

 

 

Musical Theatre & Actors' Studio Presents
Legally Blonde - The Musical


February 3, 4 | 7 p.m.
February 5 | 2 p.m. 
February 9, 10 | 7 p.m.
February 11 | 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. 

Tickets: https://mtasacademy.weebly.com or use the QR code above.

For questions, please contact MTAS Director Mr. DiCenzo ([email protected]).

Fairfax Academy Open House - February 7


February 7, 2023 | 6:30pm-7:30 pm

Meet our teachers, learn about our classes, ask questions! 

For questions, please call the Academy office at 703-219-2226 or email [email protected] 

 

Rotary Club of Fairfax Youth Music Contest

Object: To help promising musicians gain notice in their communities and beyond, and to introduce young people to the mission of Rotary and its youth-based equivalents, Interact and Rotaract. 

Applicants: High school musicians who either attend Fairfax High School as their primary school, OR live in the City of Fairfax. If a student does not fall under these categories, please contact our POC below.

Categories: Composition and Solo performances of vocal, keyboard and instrumental, are invited. 

District Level Contest Awards: (Note: Winners announced no later than April 15, 2023)

First place ($1000) 

Second place ($500) 

Third place ($250)

See the entire announcement here.

For questions, please contact Matt Edgar at 703-213-4168 or [email protected]

Upcoming Events
  • Early Dismissal (January 25, 2023)
  • Open House (February 7, 2023 6:30-7:30pm)
  • Legally Blonde (February 3, 4, 5, 9, 10 and 11, 2023)
  • On Time Registration (March 7, 2023): all new and current students must register through their base school counselor.

Check out our events page for more information.

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Welcome 2023!

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January 3, 2023

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  • Welcome back - registration opens soon!
  • Reminder about inclement weather schedule
  • Open House
  • Staff Highlight - Mrs. Renee Sterrett
  • Upcoming Events

 

 

Fairfax Academy Community,

Welcome back! We are excited to kick off 2023 with our students! This is always an exciting time of year as we begin preparing for all the amazing end of year events and for next school year.  For our seniors, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our support team as you are exploring your post-secondary options. For our underclassmen, don’t forget to register for next year’s courses at the Academy when you meet with your counselor. We will be hosting student visits for prospective students throughout the month of January and  February. We also encourage all prospective students to visit our Open House on February 7. 

We know that the two hour delayed start was a shock in December. Below is a reminder about what classes meet when. A reminder that only AM block classes will meet on January 25 due to the early release.

Looking forward to a successful end of 2nd quarter for all our students!

Mrs. Cook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inclement Weather

2 Hour Delay

  • FairfaxHS students follow the FHS 2 hour delay schedule
  • Other (Feeder Schools) students 
    • AM Block - Class is canceled. No shuttles will run.  
    • Mid-day Block  - Class is canceled. No shuttles will run.
    • PM Block - Follow regular bell schedule. Shuttles operate on a normal schedule.  
    • Doubleblock - Students can take the PM shuttle over (if there is one from their base school). Drivers should arrive after their 3rd/4th period class is over at their base school.

If there is a 2 hour early closing, all MD and PM Academy shuttles will be canceled. Students should remain at their base schools for the day.

 

 

Open House

Open House - February 7, 2023 6:30pm-7:30pm (Snow Date February 14) 
Meet our staff & learn about our classes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For questions, please contact the Academy Office at 703-219-2226 or email Mrs. Cook ([email protected]) or Ms. Tarvid ([email protected]).

 

Staff Highlight: Renee Sterrett 

 Mrs. Renee Sterrett was born in Michigan, but she spent most of her childhood and young adulthood in New Mexico. She met her husband, Lawrence, in college at New Mexico State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Master’s of Counseling Education. While she started her professional career as a School Counselor, she found her way to the classroom as a Special Education Teacher. Mrs. Sterrett worked as a Special Educator for 15 years at both the middle school and high school level before coming to Fairfax as an Academy Resource Teacher. Outside of the classroom, Mrs. Sterrett is a hurdle and sprint coach at one of the other FCPS high schools. Whether she is working with students in the classroom or coaching athletes on the track, Mrs. Sterrett strives to be a positive role model and source of support to students and athletes.

Mrs. Sterrett loves being with her husband, Lawrence, of 29 years and their three children: Lanae (21), Kylee (17), and Caden (14). When she can, she drags her family out to play pickleball. When that doesn’t work, she plays pickleball several days a week with people in her Kingstowne community. Mrs. Sterrett also enjoys running, riding her Peloton, and lifting weights. While Mrs. Sterrett enjoys being outside and active, she enjoys quiet moments with her family baking, watching movies, and playing games.

Mrs. Sterrett has found a home at Fairfax Academy. Working as an Academy Resource Teacher, Mrs. Sterrett is able to work with a diverse population of students across the county and learn from a variety of experts in their field. There’s nothing better than coming to a place of work where you are surrounded by people who inspire the younger generation to explore, learn, and achieve. The Academy at Fairfax is a great place to be!

Upcoming Events

  • Early Dismissal (January 25, 2023)
  • Open House (February 7, 2023 6:30-7:30pm)
  • Legally Blonde (February 3, 4, 5, 9, 10 and 11, 2023)
  • On Time Registration (March 7, 2023): all new and current students must register through their base school counselor.

Check out our events page for more information.

 

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Closing out 2022

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Fairfax Academy Community,

This is our final message of 2022 and we want to say thank you for being part of our community. We are so lucky to have such incredible students in each of our programs and look forward to watching them continue to shine in the new year!

A quick note! Fairfax High School will be hosting the annual Winter Wrestling Classic this Friday, December 9. Parking can be tight during the event. Student drivers can park in any spot if their usual parking spot is taken. To ensure student do not get towed, all drivers should have their Fairfax Academy parking tag clearly displayed and park in a designated parking spot. If any student runs into any concerns that day, they should pull over in a safe place and call the Academy office at 703-219-2226 and someone will help them out.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out.

All the best,

Mrs. Cook

MTAS Dis-ember Cabaret

Join our Musical Theater & Actor's Studio students this Thursday to celebrate the season with performances from some of your favorite Disney productions! 

Please contact Erich DiCenzo ([email protected]) with any questions.

Save the Date

Join us for our annual Open House on Tuesday, February 7th. This event is for potential new students to explore Fairfax Academy and learn about our courses.

Please contact the Academy Office at 703-219-2226 with any questions.

Staff Spotlight: Academy Resource Teacher

Mrs. St. Germain grew up in Fairfax and attended Fairfax County Public Schools since elementary school.  In fact, both she and her husband, Mark, graduated from Robinson Secondary!  After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from James Madison University and a Master of Education degree from Marymount University, Mrs. St. Germain began her career with FCPS.  

Mrs. St. Germain worked at the elementary and middle school levels for more than twenty years before joining Fairfax Academy this year.  She is part of the Academy Resource team, and she states that the favorite part of her job is getting to know all our Academy students and ensuring that they have the supports in place to help them achieve their goals.  Mrs. St. Germain loves the opportunities and experiences that Fairfax Academy offers our students. 

In her free time, Mrs. St. Germain enjoys seeing family and friends.  Since her two boys, Ben and Luke, are in college, she especially loves traveling to the New England area to visit them!

Calendar
  • MTAS Dis-ember Showcase (12/8)
  • Winter Break (12/19-12/30)
  • Academy Open House (2/7)
  • MTAS Winter Musical: Legally Blonde (2/3, 4, 5, 9, 10 and 11)

Check out our events page for more information.

 

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

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Thankful for the Academy!

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Fairfax Academy Community!

What an incredible November we have had. The 5th annual Career Experience Expo has a huge success, one of our students performed at NY City Center, we had numerous counselors visit us during our new event: Take your Counselor to Academy Week, and are gearing up for some incredible winter performances! Check out some of the photos below of these amazing events!

We hope you all have a wonderful long weekend!

Mrs. Cook

Student in the Spotlight

 

Sophia Manicone, a senior in the Musical Theatre and Actor's Studio program, performed in New York City Center's production of Parade this month.

Sophia beat out over 500 other performers vying for the role of Iola Stover with a video submission and was called up to New York to audition in person. Congratulations Sophia! 

Sophia will be appearing next in the MTAS production of Legally Blond as Elle Woods!

Check out the full story here: https://www.cityoffairfaxschools.org/apps/news/article/1685989.

Take your counselor to Academy Week!

 

During the week of November 14th – 18th, Fairfax Academy students invited their counselors and/or other caring adults at their high schools to come and visit them in their academy class. This experience was aimed at giving our visitors a true feeling for what students experience when they take academy classes. Some counselors even rode the academy shuttle over with their students!

 

 

Staff Spotlight: ESOL Resource Teacher

Ms. Chae is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana. She received her Bachelor of Science from Loyola University, New Orleans and her Master of Arts from The George Washington University. This is her 26th year of teaching and her 4th year with Fairfax Academy as the ESOL Resource Support Teacher. She is the co-sponsor for the Korean Club and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She is also the co-lead mentor for the school and coordinates Fairfax High School’s Cultural Celebration show every year. That is her favorite event in the school!

When she's not at school, she loves to cook, bake and host gatherings for friends and family.

Stop by E125 to say hi to Ms. Chae!

Calendar

Upcoming Important Dates:

  • Thanksgiving (11/23-11/25)
  • MTAS Dis-ember Showcase (12/8)
  • Winter Break (12/19-12/30)
  • Legally Blond (2/3-5, 2/9-11)

Check out our events page for more information.

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

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Career Experiences Kicking Off

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Fairfax Academy Community,

We are excited to host our annual Career Experience Expo this Wednesday. We know that there can be a lot of questions. Please do not hesitate to call us at 703-219-2226 or email myself ([email protected]), Ms. Orr ([email protected]), or Ms. Tarvid ([email protected]) with any questions or concerns.

We are lucky to have some amazing faculty and staff members at Fairfax Academy. Please consider showing your appreciation for their hard work by nominating a Fairfax Academy team member for the FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards!

Don't forget to follow us on social media and sneak a peek at all the wonderful things our incredible students do each day!

Mrs. Cook

Reminders for Wednesday's Expo

A reminder that the 5th annual Career Experience Expo will be all day, this Wednesday, November 9th.

Students who are attending all day should enter through Door #10, dress in professional dress, and are encouraged to bring a bag lunch. Students must attend the sessions they signed up for. Attendance will be taken throughout the day!

Students who are only attending during their regular class should check Schoology for the location their class is meeting that day. Drivers and shuttle riders from feeder schools should enter through Door #10.

Staff Spotlight: Administrative Asst.

Ms. Tarvid grew up in Southwest Virginia. She has a varied background in customer service and program management, most recently serving in early childhood education administration at a preschool in Fairfax. She has an undergraduate degree in social sciences from Radford University and a Master’s in Library Science from San Jose State University. 

Ms. Tarvid's passion is to support her team and help them to be successful. She joined the Academy in April and is excited to be part of helping students connect to opportunities to learn, grow, and become!

Nominate an Outstanding Employee

Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Employee Awards! To submit a nomination for a Fairfax High School Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete the nomination through this Google form.

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 and eligibility requirements for each of these awards. The categories are: 

  • Outstanding Teacher  
  • Outstanding New Teacher
  • Outstanding Leader  
  • Outstanding Professional Employee  
  • Outstanding Operational Employee

All information and descriptions are in the Google form. The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, November 18, 2022. If you have any questions, please contact Administrative Asst., Mrs. Cate, at 703-219-2223 or [email protected].

Calendar Upcoming important dates:

Nov 8: Election Day - Student Holiday

Nov 9: Career Experience Expo

Nov 11: Student Holiday; School Planning Day

Nov 23-25: Thanksgiving Holiday

Dec 8: MTAS Dis-ember Showcase

Dec 19-30: Winter Break

Check out our events page for more information.

 

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

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Career Experience Expo Reminder

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Reminder for our upcoming Career Experience Expo

The 5th annual Career Experience Expo is coming up on Wednesday, November 9th, 2022.  This is such an exciting day with over 30 presenters representing their organizations and speaking to our students about their work.   Field trip forms were distributed the week of October 14 in all classes, and we have officially closed accepting field trip forms. 

On Friday, October 28th, students joining us for the full day were emailed to pick their breakout sessions and share their transportation plans. We are asking for students to complete this by October 31st.  Please remind them!

Full Day Students are encouraged to bring a bag lunch the on the day of expo.

SCHEDULE:

8:10 Students check in

8:30-9:30am Keynote Speaker - Ms. Selma Patillo-Simms - Freelancing

9:40am-10:25am Session 1:  A Representative from each Organization

The Kennedy Center: Arts Administration

Team People: It all Began with a love of Skateboarding

Fairfax City Arts::  Interviewing

Fairfax City channel 12:  From Concept to Creation in Life and Work

Meta:  Mindsets of careers in social media marketing and technology

Marymount University:  Fashion Forecasting and Trend Analysis

Professional Dancer:  The Life of a Professional Dancer

10:35am-11:20am Session 2:  A Representative from each Organization

Professional Dancer: Auditioning

Fairfax City Arts: Resume Writing

Easy Dynamics Corp:  Arabic Language as a Career Enhancer

FCPS Specialist:  Social Media Reel-ity: A Day in the Life as a Social Media Specialist

GMU Korean Studies:  Global K-Media and the Career Path of Korean Studies

Local Lawyer:  Copyright and the Arts

11:30-12:00pm                   LUNCH

12:10-12:55pm Session 3:  A Representative from each Organization

NBC/Washington Nationals: Camera Operation and Video Production – How did I get here from Fairfax Academy?

FCPS Manager: Social Media Marketing for FCPS is your full time job.  What does that mean?

FCPS Psychologist:  ASL use in School Psychology – Where and How is ASL used at work?

Quatar American Cultural Center:  Olfactory Language workshop and Arabic Use in Society and Work

MMR Productions:  Mixing and Producing

Embassy of Japan:  Professional Photography for Events and Embassy

Wolf Trap Filene Center:  Stage Production and How that translates to all industries

Zenimax Media:  Use of Unity in Game Design

Body Dynamics:  Pilates Conditioning for Dancers

Embassy of Korea:  K-Pop – All of it. Influence on Korean culture and the world

1:05-1:50pm: Session 4:  A Representative from each Organization

FCPS Psychologist:  Gallaudet University Experience as a Hearing Student

Cookie Wear Fashion:  Fusing Urban Retro Fashion Design with Art and Music

Next Stop Theatre:  Casting and Artistic Direction

MMR Productions:  Virtual Reality

The Washington Ballet:  Ballet is Important for all Dancers, Ballet Training: What can It do for me?

Mason Community of Arts:  Summer Work Experience and Internship Options with Mason Community Arts

Sweet Spot Studios:  It is not just a studio, it’s a network

2pm-2:505pm: Sweet Spot Studios – Networking

How exciting!  As shared, this is a full day field trip for students to engage in collaborative career conversations on topics focused on expanding their experiences for their dream job or profession. Let’s Dream! We have incredible industry professionals joining us, representing all areas taught at Fairfax Academy. 

For Fairfax Academy students who are not participating in Career Experience Expo and have class on November 9, they will still attend class at their regular time and will be invited to a specific session selected for their class.

If you have any questions about the Expo, please email Ms. Orr at [email protected] or call the Academy office at 703-219-2226.

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

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October Updates and Reminders

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Fairfax Academy Community,

We hope you all are enjoying the beautiful fall weather and found some extra family time with the long weekend.

The Fairfax Academy faculty and staff was fortunate to engage in a professional development session this week from a guest presenter. We are excited to engage in more collaborative work around the Portrait of a Graduate Skills as an Academy and find unique opportunities for our students to collaborate on cross disciplinary opportunities.

The first one of these opportunities is the annual Career Experience Expo on November.

We have  extended the deadline for the Career Experience Expo paperwork to Wednesday, October 26. Please make sure your student submits all paperwork (acknowledgement form, emergency care form, and pre-arranged absence form) to the Academy office or their teacher by 3pm. Information about scheduling rides and selecting breakout sessions is below.

In this week's staff feature we get to know more about Ms. Orr, our brand new Career Experience Specialist and sponsor of the Career Experience Expo.

A reminder that Friday is an early release which means some of our classes will not be meeting for feeder students.

  • AM block will meet as usual and all shuttles will be running at the regular times.
  • MD, PM and double blocked shuttles are canceled for all feeder school students. Students should connect with their base school about where to report during their Academy class periods.
  • Fairfax HS students should follow the FHS altered bell schedule.

If you have any questions about the modified schedule or the Career Experience Expo, please do not hesitate to reach out to us directly at 703-219-2226.

Looking forward to a fantastic week!

Mrs. Cook

Career Experience Expo (Nov. 9)

The 5th annual Career Experience Expo is an exciting day for your student to gain exposure to industries connected to the career pathways represented at Fairfax Academy.  Students joining us for the full day will experience a Keynote Speaker, 4 breakout sessions of their choosing and a closing networking session.

Field trip forms were distributed the week of October 14 in all classes. The final deadline for field trip forms to be returned has been extended to Wednesday, October 26th at 3pm.  Students who will be joining us for the day will receive, by email, a google form from Ms. Orr, to select their breakout sessions and share how they will be transported to and from Fairfax Academy. (Students will have the opportunity to leverage the current Academy shuttles from select schools. Information will be shared with students after they sign up for the event, no later than October 28.)

As shared, this is a full day field trip for students to engage in collaborative career conversations on topics focused on expanding their experiences for their dream job or profession. 

We have incredible industry professionals joining us, representing all areas of Fairfax Academy.  There are over 30 breakout presentations that will be broken up into four, 45-minute sessions in addition to our Keynote Speaker, Ms.Selma Patillo Simms, Professional Certified American Sign Language Interpreter and ASL Coordinator for Montgomery County Public Schools. She will begin our day presenting to all Fairfax Academy students on Freelancing. Our Closing session will be given by Sweet Spot Studios, a local professional music studio in Annandale, Virginia.

For any questions about the Career Experience Expo, please email Ms. Orr at [email protected] 

Staff Spotlight: Career Experience Specialist

Ms. Orr relocated to Northern Virginia from Seguin, Texas with her husband Scott and daughter Theora in 2013.  Since this time, their family has grown to include Keenan, their son, born in 2016.  Ms. Orr is also the mommy of two 13-year-old litter mate kitties, Nala and Hermes.  Nala is super fluffy, and Hermes is super orange.  Ms. Orr is originally from upstate NY (Valatie), but has lived and worked in: Upstate NY; New Orleans, Louisiana; South Florida; Dubai, UAE; Vancouver, British Columbia; Central Texas; and now here in Northern Virginia.

Ms. Orr began working for FCPS in 2019 for Mount Vernon High School as the College and Career Specialist.  This past July 2022, Ms. Orr was hired and transitioned to Career Experience Specialist with Fairfax Academy.  Ms. Orr has over 15 years of experience in career services within higher education, the federal job Corp, international career guidance, state workforce, and now, K-12.   Ms. Orr received a Bachelor of Arts degree from SUNY (State University of New York) College at Potsdam, and was a double major in both Communication Studies and Employment Relations. 

After her first job after college in a human resources department for an engineering firm in Albany, NY, she decided to go back to school for her master’s degree to become a career counselor, which spoke to her heart.  Ms. Orr has a Master's of Education in Counselor Education from the University of New Orleans, with a specialization in college and career counseling.  During that time, Ms. Orr was a counselor intern for Loyola University New Orleans’ Department of Counseling and Career Development.  Since that time, she has served as a specialist and counselor in career services for many work environments, including Dubai Women’s College where she lived and worked in Dubai, UAE for 6 months serving national women with career guidance and job training.   

Ms. Orr’s favorite part of her job at Fairfax Academy is educating students on career options, and exposing students to new areas of work they may become passionate about.  Ms. Orr would love to see more professionals in our surrounding community visit Fairfax Academy to share their career paths with our students, to match topics and lessons that students are learning in class.  As a new employee at Fairfax Academy, she is hosting her first Career Experience Expo in a few short weeks! 

Stop by E125 (around the corner from the Academy Office) to meet Ms. Orr in person!

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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

5th Annual Career Experience Expo

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Career Experience Expo Reminder

All Fairfax Academy students have received paperwork to attend the 5th Annual Career Experience Expo on Wednesday, November 9th.

See below for details. If you have any questions, please contact the Academy office at 703-219-2226 or email Ms. Orr at [email protected]

Field trip forms are due by October 19th.

This all-day in-person event for current Fairfax Academy students will begin with a keynote speaker presenter. Our dynamic keynote speaker for this year’s Expo, Selma Patillo Simms, is certified ASL interpreter and will be discussing freelancing across communication and arts career fields.

The presentation will be followed by four 45-minute workshop sessions led by a wide-variety of over 30+ industry professionals. During this conference style event, students will select workshops for each of the sessions. The day will end with a special culminating activity for participants. 

The following is just a glimpse of the industry topics represented at this year's Expo: Copyright and the Arts, interviewing, Arabic Language as a Career Enhancer, Resume Writing, Mindsets for careers in social media marketing, Stage Production and How that Translates to All Industries, Gallaudet University as a Hearing Students, A Career In Television Production, Auditioning, Language Flagship opportunities, Virtual Reality and more. 

Students can access the Expo google site through Schoology to see a complete list of presenters and topics.

Field trip packets were distributed in all classes and extras 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

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