April Reminders

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STARTALK

Fairfax Academy is proud to be offering STARTALK for the second summer in a row! STARTALK is a four-week summer course for rising 9th-12th graders who are interested in exploring Korean language and culture.

This special program is fully funded by the NSA, and will be offered this summer [July 6th - July 30th] at Fairfax High School. 

The classes offered [Korean levels 1, 2, & 3] will fill up quickly.  You will want to get your application it right away, because spots are limited!

For more information, visit the Academy website: https://fairfaxacademy.fcps.edu/student-services/career-experiences/startalk

Scholarship Opportunity

 

Fairfax Academy/Fairfax HS is pleased to announce the inaugural Spotlight on the Arts Scholarship for graduating seniors attending any university or college, majoring in music. This inaugural $1000 scholarship is offered in partnership with ArtsFairfax. If you have any questions, please contact Andrea Cook at amcook@fcps.edu. Applications are due by April 12.

 

  1. A video link of a 3 minute solo performance in which the individual is identified and feature or a 3 minute recording of an original composition
  2. A 400 to 500 word essay from the applicant stating why they are pursuing a music degree in college and why they are applying for the scholarship.
  3. Completed application form (which includes a link to students video and essay).

Recommendation from one music teacher with an emphasis on musical abilities and the applicant’s character emailed to amcook@fcps.edu.

Career Fair

Student sign-ups for our inaugural (VIRTUAL) Fairfax Academy “CAREER FAIR for Performing Arts & Communications” are open!! 

  • The Career Fair is on MONDAY, APRIL 12th from 12:30pm-2:00pm.
  • 90-minute virtual event.
  • Students will drop-by the 'virtual tables' to have conversations with the professionals regarding their job, career path, industry, etc.
  • Some professionals/companies may have information about opportunities such as: internships, after school or summer jobs, courses offered for career/college preparation and even specialty courses regarding soft skills, confidence building, etc. 
  • The list of professional participants on the flyer is not comprehensive, and more business/professionals will be confirming their attendance/signing-up this week.

** Closer to the event date, registered students will receive an email from Ms. Molek with the logistics and link(s) for this virtual event. 

PLEASE NOTE: At this time, the Career Fair event is for students CURRENTLY taking classes at Fairfax Academy. 

If you have any questions regarding the Career Fair, contact our Academy Career Experience Specialist, Erin Molek (ekmolek@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

Spring is here at the Academy!

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Fairfax Academy Families,

We understand that there are a lot of changes happening quickly and a lot of new information being released. For any student wishing to change their intent to either in-person or virtual, we need a final decision by March 26. We ask that a parent contact us directly by either calling or emailing us at the Academy. If your transportation needs have changed, please contact us as well so we can finalize our transportation lists.

We understand for those students who are in person, the updated guidance from CDC might spark an inquiry as to whether we will be expanding the number of days students may attend. As guidance is updated from FCPS’s senior leadership, we will make sure to implement and share as soon as we can.  

For students who are signed up to attend in-person, you may start seeing two new codes in SIS: SYC and SYV. These are used to notate that an in-person attended their class virtually on one of their assigned days. We ask that parents still contact us if their student plans to attend class virtually on an in-person day to avoid the SYV call outs.

I am excited to announce a brand new scholarship for seniors attending a college or university for music. Fairfax Academy and Spotlight on the Arts have partnered with ARTSFAIRFAX to offer this $1000 scholarship. Please see application information below.

Fairfax Academy has a number of events planned in April and May. First up is our inaugural performing arts and communications Career Fair that will be held on April 12. See details below. Contact our Career Experience Specialist, Ms. Molek (ekmolek@fcps.edu), with any questions.

We wish you a wonderful week and a restful Spring Break!

Andrea Cook

Academy Administrator

amcook@fcps.edu | 703-219-2387

Scholarship Opportunity

 

Fairfax Academy is pleased to announce the inaugural Spotlight on the Arts Scholarship for Fairfax Academy/FHS graduating seniors attending any university or college, majoring in music. This inaugural $1000 scholarship is offered in partnership with ArtsFairfax. If you have any questions, please contact Andrea Cook at amcook@fcps.edu. Applications are due by April 12.

  1. A video link of a 3 minute solo performance in which the individual is identified and feature or a 3 minute recording of an original composition
  2. A 400 to 500 word essay from the applicant stating why they are pursuing a music degree in college and why they are applying for the scholarship.
  3. Completed application form (which includes a link to students video and essay).
  4. Recommendation from one music teacher with an emphasis on musical abilities and the applicant’s character emailed to amcook@fcps.edu.
Career Fair

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

Marching towards spring at the Academy!

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Fairfax Academy Families,

We hope you had a terrific start to March and are enjoying the warmer weather and sunny days. It was wonderful to see some of our students join us this past week for in-person learning. We certainly have learned a few things and are ready to have our 10th and 11th graders join us this week! If you have questions about any of the logistics for returning to the building, please do not hesitate to reach out to your student's teacher or to the Academy office. Please remind your student to breathe and that we are here to help in any way we can.

We understand that returning to in-person instruction is a big decision. As the coming months progress we wanted to make sure you know that you can change your intent between in-person and virtual. We will do our best to accommodate those requests based upon space in each class. If you wish to change your student’s intent, please email Mrs. Martin (mlmartin2@fcps.edu). (We do need notification from the parent, not the student.)

If your student is returning to the building please remember that we must have a completed Parent/Guardian Health Screening Commitment form. If you need assistance, please contact us in the Academy office and we are happy to help.

Please see below for a information about registering for an Academy course for next year and the City of Fairfax Thank an Educator Campaign.

Wishing you a wonderful week,

Andrea Cook

Academy Administrator

amcook@fcps.edu | 703-219-2387

 

Thank an Educator Campaign

Thank an Educator!

We are looking to say thank you to the educators in our schools: Providence ES, Daniels Run ES, Lanier MS, Fairfax HS and Fairfax Academy for Communications and the Arts. If you or your child would like to say thank you to a current or former educator please go to our website and complete a short online form. Your thank you card can be for a specific good deed or as a way to tell an inspirational teacher, coach or administrator how much they mean to you or your child.  School staff, please feel free to thank a colleague who has been helpful or a mentor. 

All entries will be printed and delivered to the staff in our schools.

Thank you notes due March 30.

Academy Registration for 2021-2022

Friday, March 12th is the on-time deadline for academy registrations. All new and returning academy students are encouraged to get their academy registrations in by March 12th. Students will need to have their base school counselors submit their academy registrations for the 2021-22 school year if they are interested in taking an academy class next year. Note: Only base school counselors have access to the academy registration portal (students and parents do not have access) and can submit an academy registration for their students. For more information about academy registration, please go to our Fairfax Academy website.

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

Phasing In Info for Virtual and In-Person Students

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Fairfax Academy Families,

It is hard to believe it is almost March and we are able to once again begin welcoming students back to the building for in-person instruction. Whether your family has chosen in-person or virtual for the remainder of the school year, we are excited to support each of our students and wanted to send out a few reminders for all since there will be a lot going on over the next few weeks.

Schedule

The schedule beginning on March 2 for 9th and 12th graders and beginning March 9th for 10th and 11th graders is as follows:

  Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Students Last Name A-K In-Person In-Person Virtual Virtual Students Last Name L-Z Virtual Virtual In-Person In-Person Full Time Virtual Students Virtual Virtual Virtual Virtual

 

If you would like to switch your student's intent at any time, please email Maria Martin (mlmartin2@fcps.edu) and we will make changes as space permits.

Academy Forms and Student Drivers

A reminder that for all students returning to the building we are required to collect a couple of items including the Health Screening Commitment Form, Emergency Care Form, Health Information Form and Parking Application with supporting documentation for students who are driving and parking on school grounds. All forms can be found on our website and can be submitted via email to Mrs. Cate.

**It is important that parents of in-person students complete the  Parent/Guardian Health Screening Commitment form in ParentVue and conduct the health screening questions each day.  If students are ill, need to quarantine, or have any COVID-like symptoms, they should stay home.  In these instances, students can access the virtual class from home if they are able.  Parents should report any absences to the attendance line (703-219-4060).

School Catch-Up Days and Asynchronous Teacher Planning Days

We will have Academy wide catch-up days on February 23rd and February 24th.  The catch-up days will allow for students to log in to their class, learn what extra support is needed and assignments they might be missing, and complete missing assignments during each class period.  Teachers will be available during each period to assist students as well.  

To prepare for student return, February 25th and February 26th will be asynchronous days across FCPS for teacher planning.  This means students will be given assignments/learning opportunities to complete while their teachers finish setting up their classroom spaces for concurrent learning, participate in professional learning, and work with colleague teachers on lesson planning.  Teachers will not be available by class period the way they are scheduled to be on February 23rd and February 24th. 

Concurrent Instruction

Beginning March 2nd, the vast majority of our classes will be conducted using concurrent instruction in which in-person students receive two days of teacher-led instruction in the school building and two days of teacher-led instruction at home.   Virtual students and in-person students will be in the same class.  Concurrent instruction is necessary for several reasons, but perhaps most notable; is the ability to minimize student schedule changes.  Given that we will be well into the third quarter by March 2nd, we want to have as few schedule changes as possible. 

Please note that some teachers will remain virtual for the remainder of the year, so classroom monitors have been hired to assist students when they attend class in the building.  The teacher will continue to lead the class and handle all teaching responsibilities, including grading.  The monitor will assist the teacher and provide in-person guidance and supervision.  We will send letters to those students who will have a classroom monitor next week.

Below you will find additional information on our Career Experience Expo being held Monday, February 22, Bell Schedules, and Arrival Procedures for in-person students. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me via email (amcook@fcps.edu) or call the Academy office at 703-219-2226.

Sincerely,

Andrea Cook

Academy Administrator

Arrival for In-person Students

Shuttle riders will be dropped off at Door #10. Depending upon your class you will be directed to enter through Door #10 (MCT, MTAS, Social Media Marketing, Arabic), Door #13 (TV, Photo, Fashion, Dance), or the door to the trailer (ASL, Chinese, Korean). 

Student drivers need to park in the upper back parking lot, closest to Old Lee Highway in a spot numbered A1-A38 or a numbered student spot. They will then need to enter through door #10 and check in with Mrs. Cate to pick up their parking pass. (All paperwork should be submitted prior to a students’ return to the building.)

Academy staff will be outside for the first few weeks directing students to the appropriate doors and helping them find their classes.

Academy shuttle information will be sent out directly to parents and students by the end of next week.

Bell Schedule

Please note that every high school has a slightly different schedule. Our Academy classes follow the following schedule.

Career Experience Expo

Sign-ups for our 3rd annual Career Experience Expo are still open!  It will only take a couple of minutes for your student to complete this Google Form to sign-up and attend this amazing career experience on Monday, February 22nd. 

This fully virtual event for all current Fairfax Academy students will begin with keynote speaker David ‘DEZ’ Zambrano, a custom airbrush artist, muralist, and canvas artist.  He has garnered wide notoriety with his artwork on footwear, providing custom work for professional athletes. 

Zambrano’s presentation will be followed by three 45-minute workshop sessions led by a wide-variety of over 20+ industry professionals. During this full-day conference, students will select a workshop (of their personal preference) for each of the three designated 45-minute sessions throughout the day. 

Industry professionals include David Zobell and Matt Strote of Signature Theatre; City of Fairfax Cultural Arts manager Megan Dubois; iContact Coaching; Academy alumna and Oklahoma senior admissions counselor, Monica Brown; Academy alumna and textile designer for Jaipur Living Sarah Dowell; Longwood University associate professor in communications Dr. Ryan Stouffer; Academy alumni and owner of  Movoly Productions Brian Rose; music director, conductor, and pianist Jose Simbulan; Encore Ballroom Couture owner Julie Wilson; dance instructor Andrew Black; director and choreographer from J.A.M. the Revue Jeremy McShan; Xtended Reality Junkies co-owners Rob Sanchez and Marc Collier, Deliberately Designed College and Career owner and Marshall Academy Counselor, Niki Hauber; Academy alumna and Social Media Marketer in the U.S. Department of State, Bebe Tran; movie director, Hyung Tae Kim; and Rassi Borneo, professional photographer and owner of Timeline Media. 

Before the Expo, students will receive an email with directives and a link to the ‘Expo Google Site’ that will house everything they will need for the event.  All session and speaker information and resources will be included on that site for students to refer to during the event and review to select the workshops they plan to attend. 

Check out the Academy’s social media pages for more information and special sneak-peeks of our Keynote Speaker and our 20+ presenters! 

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

Return to buildings and Career Experience Expo

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Fairfax Academy Families,

We are excited that in a few short weeks we will see some of our students back in our school buildings.

  • 9th and 12th grade Academy students who selected in-person will be joining us for in-person instruction the week of March 2nd. (Virtual students and 10th and 11th grade students will remain virtual.)
  • 10th and 11th grade Academy students who selected in-person will begin reporting to the building beginning on March 9th.

If you have specific questions about days, times, or shuttles please connect with your base school counselor or our Academy Counselor, Maria Martin (mlmartin2@fcps.edu).

A reminder that all students are required to submit the Health Screen Commitment Form as soon as possible. The form can be found online on the FCPS website in multiple languages. In addition, please complete the return to school paperwork. More details found below.

Before our students return to the building, we are excited to have them join us for our 3rd Annual Career Experience Expo on February 22 from 9am-2:30pm. Ms. Molek, with the assistance of our faculty, has secured some incredible guest speakers for this event. Any student who wishes to participate in this virtual event should complete the linked google form by Friday, February 22. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Molek at ekmolek@fcps.edu.

We look forward to connecting with you over the next few weeks!

Andrea Cook

Academy Administrator

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

Return to School Paperwork

A reminder that all paperwork must be submitted for any student returning for in-person instruction. A list of those items can be found on our website here: Academy Forms. If possible, all forms should be submitted prior to students returning. The Health Screening Commitment form can be completed in ParentVue. All other forms can be emailed to Mrs. Cate in the Academy Office, or mailed to the school to her attention. Please note that student drivers must also submit the Parking Tag application form along with a copy of their Driver’s License or Permit. Parking fees have been waived at this time. Once all paperwork is complete, parking tags will be issued on the first day back. Questions, please contact Mrs. Cate in the Academy Office at 703-219-2226, or at vmcate@fcps.edu.

Career Experience Expo

As we quickly approach our 3rd annual Career Experience Expo slated for Monday, February 22nd, we are happy to announce that students can easily sign-up through a brief Google Form this year! 

Students have already begun signing-up, so please remind your student to submit their form as soon as possible. The deadline to sign-up is February 12th. 

This fully VIRTUAL event will begin at 9:30am with our Keynote Speaker, David Zambrano, followed by three 45-minute workshop sessions led by industry professionals. This year, we are offering 24 interactive workshops correlated to all 11 of our Academy programs, career preparation, and workplace readiness skills. 

During this conference format event, students will select the three workshops of their interest, and attend a different one during each of the designated 45-minute sessions.  

EXPO SCHEDULE:

9:15am - 9:30am          Students log-in & prepare for the day 

9:30am - 10:30am        Keynote Speaker 

10:30am - 10:45am      Break 

10:45am - 11:30am      Session 1

11:30am - 12:30pm      Lunch Break 

12:30pm - 1:15pm        Session 2

1:30pm - 2:15pm          Session 3

2:15pm - 2:30pm          Reflection

Registration Reminder for 2021-2022

It’s that time of year again where students get to select their academy classes! Please remind your student to let their counselors know if they are interested in taking a Fairfax Academy class next year. (Only a counselor can submit the academy registration).  The on time registration deadline is March 12th. A reminder that all current students still need to submit a registration to secure a seat for next year.

Academy Auditions

Only students new to a program are required to audition.

All academy auditions will be virtual this year. Please look for specific details regarding audition requirements on our website beginning February 12th.

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

Upcoming Events at Fairfax Academy

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Dear Fairfax Academy Families,

We hope our students are finding success as we end the 1st semester and look forward to continuing our partnership with each of you during the second half of the school year. If you have any concerns about your student's class, please remember to reach out to your student's teacher and/or the Academy Support Team

We are getting gearing up for our annual Academy Open House. This event is for new students, so please share with families you know would be interested in one of our classes. This is also a great time to explore additional Academy classes beyond what students are taking this year. BbCU guest links will be available on our Academy website. These links will go live at 6:15pm the day of the event. We will have breakout rooms for you to hear from our amazing Academy teachers about their unique classes and our support team will be available to answer questions.

Looking ahead to February we will be hosting our 3rd Annual Career Experience Expo. We are proud to announce that the 2021 Career Experience Expo Keynote Speaker is David Zambrano! See below for more information. More details about the Expo will be shared with students in their classes over the coming weeks.

If you have any questions about Fairfax Academy or our upcoming events, please feel free to contact me or the Academy office. 

Andrea Cook

Academy Administrator

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

Fairfax Academy Open House

Please save the date and join us for our 2021 Virtual Open House on Tuesday, February 2nd from 6:30-7:30pm (Snow date: Feb. 4th, same time).  

BbCU guest links will be available on our academy website on February 2nd, so please check back. These links will go live at 6:15pm on Feb. 2nd. 

We will have breakout rooms for you to hear from our amazing academy teachers about their unique classes and our support team will be there to answer questions.

We look forward to seeing you on February 2nd!!

Career Experience Expo: Keynote Speaker

David “DEZ” Zambrano was born in 1976 in Los Angeles, California. At a young age his family moved to avoid the prospect of a dangerous upbringing. He was raised in Northern Virginia on the outskirts of DC. 

DEZ draws influence from the experiences in his life. His first true love of art began with graffiti when he saw ‘Beat Street’ as a young kid.  The love affair was further flamed while riding the Red Line from Virginia to Maryland to visit his father. He was captivated by the incredible artwork he would see covering the walls as the train went by. 

With no proper schooling and no disciplined lessons in art, DEZ has been ‘self-schooled’ in his craft.  You can see a lot of the graffiti influence in his work.  DEZ is an accomplished custom airbrush artist, muralist, and canvas artist.  He utilizes mixed media to create a visual masterpiece.  He has garnered wide notoriety with his custom artwork on footwear, providing custom work for athletes like Julio Jones, Tom Brady, Steve Smith Sr. and Stephen Curry to name a few. 

DEZ is a multi-disciplinary artist that has developed a body of original artwork over the span of his career.  He often says ‘no piece is ever really finished, you just run out of time.’ Fortunately, there is always an opportunity to create something fresh and new.  Every new piece comes from an organic place, never driven by current fads or waves allowing him to stand out amongst other artists.

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

January Updates for Fairfax Academy

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Dear Fairfax Academy Families,

We hope you had a wonderful winter break and found new ways to celebrate with family. At this time, all of our Academy classes are paused for in-person learning. We will have updates in the coming weeks. There is a chance that our 6 lab based classes (Dance, Fashion Careers, MCT, Musical Theatre, Photography, and TV & Media) will be back prior to the full secondary phase in. We will be in touch as soon as we receive any updates.

We  have two exciting virtual events in the coming month. First up is our annual Academy Open House for perspective students. We will hold a virtual fair style event on February 2 from 6:30-7:30pm. If you know students who are interested in joining Fairfax Academy or you are interested in taking a different Academy class, please consider joining us. If you have any specific questions, please contact Mrs. Martin at mlmartin2@fcps.edu.

Our 3rd Annual Career Experience Expo will be held on Monday, February 22 virtually. Permission forms will be sent to all students in the coming weeks. See below for additional details.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Ms. Molek at ekmolek@fcps.edu.

We hope everyone is staying healthy and safe! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Andrea Cook

Academy Administrator

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

Fairfax Academy Open House

Please save the date and join us for our 2021 Virtual Open House!! 

When: Tuesday, February 2nd from 6:30-7:30pm (Snow date: Feb. 4th, same time).  

Where: BBCU GUEST LINK: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/b5ed0f4c75f24043ae64f395bc874fa1

What: We will have breakout rooms for you to hear from our amazing academy teachers about their unique classes and our support team will be there to answer questions.

Career Experience Expo

Our upcoming annual Career Experience Expo is Monday, February 22nd (snow date is Monday, March 1st). 

This fully VIRTUAL event will begin at 9:30am with a Keynote Speaker, followed by three 45-minute workshop sessions led by industry professionals. 

During this full-day conference format event, students will select workshops and attend a different one during each of the designated 45-minute sessions throughout the day.  

SCHEDULE:

9:15am - 9:30am          Students log-in & prepare for the day 

9:30am - 10:30am        Keynote Speaker 

10:30am - 10:45am      Break 

10:45am - 11:30am      Session 1

11:30am - 12:30pm      Lunch Break 

12:30pm - 1:15pm        Session 2

1:30pm - 2:15pm          Session 3

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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