Merrily Meandering Through May!!

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Merrily Meandering Through May!!

It is astounding that our Academy seniors have less than two weeks left with us this school year! 

Seniors, we would love to 'celebrate your plan'!!  Please be on the lookout for the two-question survey link from your Academy teacher so that you can share advice to underclassmen and/or your favorite Academy memory. Ask your teacher if you did not receive the link.

We will be sharing your responses on the Fairfax Academy social media, website, and within these newsletters as we end this school year. (#celebrateyourplan)



  • Seniors' last day for Academy is May 26th.
  • Underclassmen's last day is June 5th.
  • All students should speak directly with their Academy teacher regarding the last day to submit assignments for their Academy classes. 


Mrs. Chae, our Academy ESOL Support Teacher, snapped a quick picture of her children all giving a 'thumbs up' as they attend virtual classes and complete their distance learning assignments at their family work station. 

These three hard workers represent an elementary, a middle, AND a high school within FCPS!!

Shout out to Providence Elementary, Lanier Middle School, and our very own Fairfax High School. 


Not only was our beloved dance instructor, Mrs. Barnes featured by FCPS Dance Arts, but our Academy alumna, Moira Ragen was as well! 

We are so proud to have them as part of our Academy family! 

And, just look how adorable they both were as children and how beautiful they are now. :)



Lars Rosen, a Fashion Careers level-2 student and McLean High School senior, was featured by FCPS in their 'Senior Spotlights'.

Lars has excelled in Mrs. Chang's Fashion class, and has always been dedicated to the craft since first entering the program!

When asked about his time at the Academy, he said, "I am so excited to see how all of my fellow designers in Fashion Careers II's collection videos come out! In my time at the Academy, Mrs. Chang has provided us each of us with great support, and I am so proud of all of the hard work we all have put into this, regardless of the circumstances. I can't wait to be able to share the final outcome of everything we have learned over the last two years in Fashion Careers with everyone!"

(Pictured below is Lars, along with the entire Fashion II class, whose virtual 'Fashion In Motion' show will premier the first week of June during our week-long Academy Virtual Showcase.)


Academy Alumni Update!!

Skylar Watkins graduated from the Fairfax Academy for Communications & the Arts in 2017.  During her time with us, she took both Professional Photography and Professional Television Production.

Skylar just finished her junior year at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, studying film with two minors in photography and business. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of Sad Punk Press, a print magazine focusing on music and art, which she has been running for over a year.

In addition, Skylar currently works freelance as a photographer and videographer for different concert venues around Philadelphia. In her short career, she has has already worked on the media teams (both photo and video) for various music festivals in the 2019 season including Made in America, Warped Tour, Hijinx, Roots Picnic, Camp Bisco, Mountain Jam, and The Peach Music Festival.

Take a look at just some of Skylar's amazing work below. 


Fairfax Academy AM Block of Musical Theatre Actor’s Studio students posed for a cute virtual class picture WITH THEIR PETS!!

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

Making it a Marvelous May!

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Making it a Marvelous May!


As the 3rd quarter is ending, we continue into May with distance learning.

During your time at home, please be sure to tag us on social media while wearing your Fairfax Academy swag or doing your distance learning.            We miss you all, and would love to see your smiles and Academy pride!!

Just use #FairfaxAcademy and tag us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Also, feel free to 'direct message' or email Ms. Molek ( your pictures if you are willing to allow us to use them on our social media, website, and/or newsletters.  Please add a caption for each picture you send.




Unfortunately, NSA STARTALK Central has canceled STARTALK programs through the summer of 2020 due to how COVID-19 is affecting our educational systems.  

Stay tuned for more information next school year about Korean STARTALK 2021.




  • New: The quarter has been extended to May 1st based on last week’s “pause” in teaching & learning.
  • SIS ParentVue and StudentVue will be turned off County-wide on May 1st at 4pm to allow teachers to enter and export grades; it will be turned on again May 9th.
  • If you have questions about your grades, please reach out directly to your Academy teacher.



Nothing makes us happier than seeing our beloved alumni showing the world their Academy pride on social media!

Josie Morgan, a 2018 graduate of Fairfax Academy, spent three years in our dance program and a year in our musical theatre program.

You can see she is all smiles in the midst of distance learning at University of Buffalo, as she continues to work toward her BFA in Music Theatre. 


Another alumna, Emily, takes a break from her distance learning at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD).

Emily was a student in our Academy dance program, and is graduating in 2020 from SCAD in Film and Television. Post grad she will be moving to LA to persue a career in the film industry! Throughout college she has kept close ties with all of her former classmates, teachers, and staff at the Fairfax Academy (which she says has been a rock for her during and well beyond high school). 


Our School Counselor, Mrs. Martin, snapped a sweet picture of her son and husband as they diligently work on some 8th grade Pre-Algebra.

As you can see, Mr. Martin has no shame in pulling out his phone to assist him with some algebraic equations!  :)

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

Adapting to a Unique April

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Adapting to a Unique April


This week marked an ALL-TIME record for Academy enrollment!!

We are proud to announce that we had 1140 students from 25 schools/centers enroll for Academy classes for the 2020-21 school year! 

Reminder: Even returning Academy students must register for our classes.

Students will receive a class confirmation letter in late spring, and a welcome letter in late summer about their Academy class(es) and general  information regarding Fairfax Academy.


We are also very excited to announce that our spring Academy events will be virtual this year!

Stay tuned for more information about how you  (and your family and friends) can watch our annual MCT Fest, Fashion In Motion show, spring dance showcase, and more!! 



Ms. Molek, Mrs. Martin, Mrs. Cook, and Mrs. Cate could NOT contain their excitement for the all-time record enrollment!!!

They are literally all smiles for the 1140 students coming to Fairfax Academy in August!!! 



Academy Dance instructor, Meredith Barnes was quite excited for the first day of distance learning!

She said, "I loved seeing my students! I can't wait to see what creative things will happen in the next few weeks."


Our Academy dance program raised over $1800 for the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation during their Dance Benefit Concert. 

Photo credit: Jordyn Salow, Fairfax Academy Professional Photography class.



Two prospective students visited and received a very special behind-the-scenes tour of our professional television production studio!!

A current student stepped-up and volunteered to help out while our instructor was finishing other tasks.

What GREAT example of Fairfax Academy pride!!



Fairfax High School's annual "Cultural Celebration" was spearheaded by our very own Academy ESOL Resource Teacher, Mrs. Sara Chae.

Check out some of our Academy students below performing as part of the Korean Honor Society and the Chinese Honor Society.


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

A Fantastic Finale to February!

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A Fantastic Finale to February!


To say that February flew by is an understatement! It's hard to believe it is time for class registration and auditions for next school year already.

This month we had our annual Career Experience Expo which was an all-day event that included a keynote speaker, as well as more than 20 industry professionals.

A very special congratulations to our Academy Dance instructor, Meredith Barnes, and her students who hosted a dance benefit concert for Multiple Sclerosis. Their hard work raised $1700 for The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation!



Academy Student Wins National Film Award:

The "Lights, Camera, Save!" video contest, organized by the American Bankers Association Foundation, is a national competition that encourages teens to use video to communicate the value of saving money and inspire their peers to become lifelong savers. 

Burke & Herbert Bank hosted the first round of judging for Northern Virginia students. Students (ages 13-18) had to create a video, 90-seconds or less, on saving and using money wisely and submit it to the bank. Videos were judged on their quality, message, content and overall appeal. This year, 142 banks hosted 163 contests in 46 states as a part of "Lights, Camera, Save!"

The first place regional finalist included both Fairfax Academy students Sujay Khona (1st place) and Josabeth Hailu (3rd place).

Sujay advanced and represented Burke & Herbert Bank on the national level, and this week he was celebrated in class as he won 2nd place in the national competition! Sujay was awarded a video camera as part of his regional prize, and also $2,500 for his 2nd place national win. 

Sujay’s film is scheduled to be shown at the AMC Hoffman theatres in November 2021 as part of the Alexandria Film Festival. 


Registration & Auditions:

Keep in mind that you need to register for Academy classes even if you are a returning student and the deadline for on-time registration is February 28th. See your base school counselor to register. 

If you are auditioning for a class, be sure you read over all of the information pertinent to March 7th (our audition day). 


*March 3rd - School Planning

There is no school for students on Tuesday, March 3rd, as it is an county-wide school planning day. 


College Decisions

Academy seniors, please take a few moments and complete this short survey about your college decision and plans after graduation!



The STARTALK program is a four-week intensive summer language program for high school students to learn Korean. STARTALK is open to rising 9th -12 graders. 

In lively, task-based classes, students will be led by experienced instructors with a passion for teaching critical languages. Students will acquire both practical and situational language skills, learn about cultural traditions, and benefit from authentic materials in the language. At the completion of STARTALK, students will be prepared to enter the next level of language instruction. This summer, Korean levels 1, 2, or 3 is available. 

STARTALK is a project funded by the National Security Agency and administered by the National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland. STARTALK seeks to increase the number of Americans learning critical need languages.


Sujay was surprised with many guests that came to join in the recognition of his award. Even his mom, dad, and sister came to celebrate!


At the Career Experience Expo, keynote speaker, Rob Sanchez, and his colleague Jess Hoptiak (Mix Master Pro Records Studio/MMP Academy) work alongside Megan DuBois from the City of Fairfax Cultural Management to create a workshop about "soft skills" which included impromptu mock interviews.

Below a student learns the proper standing handshake and eye contact tactics needed  when meeting a professional at a job interview. 


At the Expo this year, Julie Wilson, an award-winning Professional Ballroom Dancer/Choreographer spoke to students about how she forged her own path, and changed her industry through fashion forever.

From dancing with the touring company of Dancing with the Stars, to founding two companies, two charities, and creating the fashion editorial “Hairpins to Hemlines,” Julie truly dances to her own beat in life. 


Students had the opportunity to select from dance workshops which included hip-hop, jazz, and musical theatre dance taught by two local professional dancers. 


Alumna, Serena, spoke with our students about her time at the Academy in Mrs. Johnston's Korean class, studying abroad, and her current job within the State Department. Serena stayed to translate for Korean Filmography and Director Hyung Tae Kim.

Mr. Kim discussed interesting career opportunities in the Korean movie and entertainment industry. He will also share his thoughts and have in depth discussion about the recent success of the Korean film,  “Parasite” that just won two Oscars!

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

Flying through a fabulous February

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Flying through a fabulous February


We hope you got a chance to see at least one of the Academy performances of "A Chorus Line" over the last two weeks. 

We are so proud of ALL of the students, faculty, and staff involved with the production that helped make it such a phenomenal show!



Be sure to watch News7 tonight around 4pm/5pm to see a special spotlight on our Dance instructor, Mrs. Barnes, and her students!!

Then, tune in Friday at 5pm to News4 to see our Musical Theatre instructor, Michael Replogle, featured on Harris' Heroes!! 




Wednesday, February 19th will mark our annual Career Experience Expo. This event is an all-day conference format event for students that will include numerous hands-on workshops by industry professionals.

After our motivational keynote speaker that morning, students will get to select three workshops of their choice to attend that day. The day will end with a culminating workshop (for ALL Expo attendees) that will include multiple guest speakers!

Field trip packets to attend this all-day event were due February 7th - but will still be accepted through Wednesday the 12th!!  Hurry and turn those packets in to your Academy teacher or the Academy office (E-119).  You will NOT want to miss this!!

If you are only able to attend during your Academy class block on Expo day, please report directly to the Library!


We are proud to announce our keynote speaker for the Career Experience Expo this year is Mr. Rob Sanchez!

Rob is a 2005 Fairfax HS graduate who has been a professional in the audio industry for 20+ years. During his career, he has worked hand-in-hand with Whitney Houston, The Spice Girls, Gorilla Zoe, and the list goes on and on!!

Rob truly loves giving back to the local community!  He sits on the Board of Directors for Soul Surchers, a non-profit organization providing free mentorship & academic programs to local youth. In addition, Rob also teaches audio, information technology, and business management classes to the community.

Mix Master Pro Record Studios & Academy is located in Burke and owned and operated by Rob, himself. MMP was recently voted Best Recording Studio by the Washington City Paper and nominated for 2 WAMMY Awards this year!!



Our annual Career Experience Expo will begin with a motivational keynote speaker and include a day full of workshops by industry professionals that will give our students THE career experience of a lifetime!


Fairfax Academy welcomed the "McNair Elementary Boys and Girls Mentoring Group" for a day of touring, participating in interactive and hands-on experiences in classes, and hearing directly from instructors and academy students.

The 15 students and three teachers/admin from McNair visited five academy classes, which they selected themselves, and learned what current students do in those classes. They danced, used autotune, created a beat, took photos in the studio, and browsed an professional fashion/photo magazine created by the Academy students. McNair students also saw Academy students performing and using professional equipment.


Mark your calendar for our upcoming Dance Benefit Concert on Sunday, February 23rd at 6pm!

Our dance students, along with other community dance programs, will hold a concert to benefit The Multiple Sclerosis Society in the Fairfax HS auditorium.

Tickets are not required, but donations are greatly appreciated. 


It truly was One Singular Sensation!

"A Chorus Line" is in the books...And, we are incredibly proud of each Academy student, faculty, & staff involved in the production!!

For even more "A Chorus Line" pictures - check out the Academy social media (Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram). Be sure to follow us and/or like us so you can always stay up-to-date on current Academy events, student achievements, and information. 


Open House 2020 was, yet, another great Academy success!

Each year, we always look forward to meeting prospective students and their families!

Pictured (L-R) is Mrs. Cook, Mrs. Cate, Mrs. Chae, Mrs. Martin, & Ms. Molek as they happily twinned in their "A Chorus Line" shirts while greeting the Open House crowd that evening. 

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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