Changes to Academy Schedule

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Academy Families,

We have continued our virtual learning and our teachers are working hard to bring the most meaningful and engaging lessons to life through a computer screen. We know that this is not a substitute for lab time for many of our specialized programs.

The Fairfax County School Board has approved six of our programs (Dance, Fashion Careers, Music Computer Technology, Musical Theatre & Actors' Studio, Professional Photography, Television & Media Production) to begin phasing in on an extremely limited basis beginning on October 26. We will use Mondays for our introductory level classes and will leverage class time Tuesday through Friday for our advanced classes. The FCPS transportation office is hard at work building student bus routes. Once that is received by the Academy office, families will be sent an email with specific information about transportation, schedules and a link to a town hall later this week for any phasing in questions.

For those who watched the Fairfax County School Board meeting last week, I understand that you may have questions about when our remaining programs will return, even part-time. As information and plans solidify, I will be in touch with information.

A few other items for your information:

  • We are still working to secure our final Digital Resource Consents.  Please follow the directions below to complete that form for your student. Should you have any questions, please contact your student's Academy teacher and/or the Academy office.
  • On October 29 the county will engage in PSAT day. All students will participate in learning asynchronously that day.
  • On October 30 the county has a 2 hour early release. Due to the number of high schools our Academy students attend, we will only host AM block/2nd period classes synchronously. All other classes will engage in asynchronous work.

We look forward to seeing many of our students face-to-face in the coming weeks! Until next time.

Mrs. Cook

 

Andrea Cook

Academy Administrator

 

Fairfax Academy for Communications and the Arts

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

Digital Resource Consent (Action Needed)

Please review the following website for information about the digital consent:

https://fairfaxacademy.fcps.edu/adopteddigitalresources

Please give your consent here:

https://isweb.fcps.edu/iscontacts/techpermform.cfm?secure=

 

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

Fall at Fairfax Academy

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Fairfax Academy Families,

It has been so wonderful connecting with many of our students in classes over the past few weeks and seeing their creativity shine, despite our virtual environment. Our teachers are planning incredible lessons and are striving to build the community that is such a big part of the Academy. The Support Team and faculty enjoyed connecting with some of you all at Back to School Night and look forward to continuing the conversations to best support your student during their time with us.

A few business items:

  • We still have a number of Korean and Arabic textbooks that have not been turned in. If you can check your house and return any books from last year that would be great. You can drop off books to the Academy office between 8am and 3pm, Monday through Friday. When you arrive at door #10 please call 703-219-2226 and someone will meet you outside.
  • If you are an ASL student who has not picked up your book, please call the Academy office (703-219-2226) or email Mrs. Cate (vmcate@fcps.edu) to schedule a time to stop by for your book.
  • All Fairfax Academy students are encouraged to submit back to school paperwork so we are prepared ahead of time for phasing in groups of students. Please go to this google form to access all documents and to find directions on how to submit paperwork.
  • Lastly, if you have not completed the Digital Resource Consent for your student, please do so as soon as possible. This gives teachers the ability to use a number of applications and software to support a variety of learning styles when teaching both virtually and face-to-face. If you have any questions, please contact your student's teacher of the Academy office. 

Below you will find details about our Academy Support Team, the phasing in of certain Academy programs, Digital Resource Consent directions, and a few other reminders about grades.

We look forward to seeing some of our students very soon. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly.

Wishing you a beautiful fall weekend!

Mrs. Cook

 

Andrea Cook

Academy Administrator

 

Fairfax Academy for Communications and the Arts

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

Fairfax Academy Support Team

Visit our ‘Return to School Page’ for important information & various resources.

Phasing in Academy Programs

The FCPS School Board approved certain Career and Technical Education (CTE)/Academy programs to hold class on Mondays and select days during the week at Fairfax Academy for those important hands-on learning activities. Fashion Careers, Musical Theatre and Actor’s Studio, Dance, Professional Photography, Music Computer Technology and Television & Media Production are approved to begin face-to-face instruction in the school building in small cohorts on a rotating schedule. Sessions will be on a rotation basis with each program allowing students in the building every 2-4 weeks. This is an optional opportunity available for all students. 

Families are encouraged to confirm their intent on the survey by Monday, October 5. Students who do not respond will be defaulted to their July Return to School submission. If you have any questions, please contact your student's teacher or the Academy office.

Digital Resource Consent

Consent for the use of Digital Resources

  • Our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration. Some of the digital resources your student may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. Please visit our Academy's list of resources that require parental consent
  • 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.
  • This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval and why we must request your consent before using specific tools. We encourage you to complete the parental consent for digital resources form as soon as possible, as your student will not be able to use certain digital resources until we have received your permission.

 

Grade Reports and Paperless Report Card Option

If you have registered for SIS ParentVUE and have a primary email address recorded in ParentVUE, you can receive your student’s Weekly Progress Report via email.  For the 2020-21 school year, Weekly Progress Reports are scheduled to begin on Monday, October 5, 2020.  This report provides a summary of your student’s grades for the current quarter.  To activate the Weekly Progress Reports via email, login to your SIS ParentVUE account and verify that you have a primary email address within the system.  It is listed under the “My Account” tab. 

If it is blank, enter the email address where you would like to receive the progress reports, and click on “Update account.”  Once your email is confirmed, return to the “My Account” tab to activate and select your preferences for receiving these reports.  Emails will be sent according to your selected preferences.  Weekly Progress Reports for all of your middle and high school students will be included in one email.  For additional help, refer to the quick reference guide for FCPS parents/guardians.

You can opt to “Go Paperless” in ParentVUE and receive only online report cards. This will not impact any other mailings from FCPS other than the report cards for secondary students and progress reports for ES students. To take advantage of the paperless options, parents and/or guardians will need to log into ParentVUE, then go to “My Account” and select "Go Paperless."  All parents who live with the student and share the same address must have a SIS ParentVUE account and must select the paperless option to prevent mailing of the printed report cards. The “Go Paperless” option will apply to all your associated students, no matter what school level.

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

Welcome Back

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Fairfax Academy,

What a wild few months we have had?!?! We are so happy to have our students back, even if it is virtually. Seeing their smiling faces and hearing their voices in class has definitely brightened everyone's spirits at the Academy this week.

A few important updates:

Our annual Back to School "Night" will be held this coming Monday, September 14 from 11am-12pm and Wednesday, September 16 from 5:30-6:30pm. (Please note that Musical Theatre will meet Monday and Tuesday.) Parents need their student's laptop and BbCU or Google Meet link to connect with our teachers during that time. If you would like to meet with a support team member, please use the following link:

https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/78d53a0d8049458aac9bc23f303f2c26

We have received a number of questions about Monday attendance and SEL/advisory block attendance. Students will not be required to attend their Academy classes on Mondays for attendance. For 3rd or 4th period advisory blocks, students from Fairfax High will be the only ones required to attend during Lion Time rotations. Students from other base schools may coordinate time during Monday morning and 4th period to meet with Academy teachers as needed.

ASL textbooks are available for pick up. If your base school is Fairfax High School, please follow the FHS textbook distribution schedule. If you attend another high school, please connect with Ms. Nesbitt for updated textbook distribution information. If you would prefer to come during the day to pick up your book, please contact the Academy office directly at 703-219-2226 to arrange a day and time.

We look forward to connecting with you each month through our News You Choose messages. Please consider following our social media accounts as well. If you need anything, please do not hesitate to reach out to our Academy Support Team. We have limited staff in the Academy office currently but are available most weekdays from 8am-3pm. All contact information is on our website.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

Mrs. Cook

 

Andrea Cook

Academy Administrator

 

Fairfax Academy for Communications and the Arts

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

Our new ASL teacher, Ms. Nesbitt, celebrating her 8th first day of school. We are thrilled to have her joining us to start our brand new ASL program!

Our dance teacher, Ms. Barnes, is excited to be back in the dance studio at Fairfax Academy as she celebrates her 4th year teaching!

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

Your Feedback Is Appreciated

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Your Feedback Is Appreciated

 

Good Afternoon Academy Families,

 

It is with great anticipation of the upcoming school year that I write to you and seek your partnership in ensuring the best for our students.  With our virtual opening on the horizon, I am looking forward to welcoming students back to Fairfax Academy.  

 

While this will be a unique year, I am confident that it will not only be a successful year, but one in which our school community will grow closer and stronger.  In fact, it is more important than ever that we strengthen and expand those communal bonds, so that our slogan, “Fairfax Is Family”, is something we not only say, but feel.  We are committed to keeping our students safe, fostering an inclusive community, and providing a challenging, yet rewarding academic experience.  

 

As we all engage in planning for the upcoming school year, I want to open a line of communication to families, to hear different family perspectives, understand individual challenges and gather feedback.  My hope is that this information will help me better serve families as we go through the planning process.  

 

Below is a link to a form where you are invited to share your thoughts, concerns, and ideas regarding the upcoming school year.  The form is anonymous, but you do have the option of identifying yourself or your child. In addition, please feel free to submit responses in any language, please just indicate the language used.  As always, I can be reached at amcook@fcps.edu  .

 

Feedback Form: 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfdiLGo1tLt_-ZacBjkLaaeexFRorTKTetsNEi_tvkWiZ7adQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

 

Thank you for your time and I hope you and your family are safe and happy!

 

Regards,

Andrea Cook

Academy Administrator

Fairfax Academy

Fairfax Academy for Communications & the Arts 
3501 Rebel Run, Fairfax, Virginia 22030 | Main phone: 703.219.2226
Attendance Phone: 703.219.4060 | Web | Facebook | InstagramTwitter

Textbook Collection Next Week!

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Textbook Collection Next Week!

 

Good Afternoon Fairfax Academy Families,

 

We hope you all have had a terrific summer despite things looking a little different. At this time, we need to collect all outstanding textbooks and class materials so we can prepare for the 2020-2021 school year.

 

Please stop by Fairfax Academy (3501 Lion Run, Fairfax, VA 22030) during one the following times to drop off any items.

  • Tuesday, August 18: 8:30am-11:30am
  • Wednesday, August 19: 3:00pm-5:00pm

 

Prior to arriving at Fairfax Academy, please make sure you can answer “NO” to all of the questions on the Health Questionnaire

Please enter the school parking lot from the back side of the building from Old Lee Highway and stop at door 10. Remain in your car while wearing your mask. A staff member will take the books and materials from you.

If you cannot return your materials during one of these times, please contact your teacher to make other arrangements.

 

 

Fairfax Academy for Communications & the Arts 
3501 Rebel Run, Fairfax, Virginia 22030 | Main phone: 703.219.2226
Attendance Phone: 703.219.4060 | Web | Facebook | InstagramTwitter

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