The end of the year is coming!

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May 23, 2022

Fairfax Academy Community,

It is hard to imagine that this is our last week together as an Academy. One our favorite events of the year is our Academy Awards - tomorrow night at 7pm. This is a free event and we encourage all of our students and their families to attend as we highlight many students with performances, awards, and scholarship presentations. We also have a few surprises up our sleeves this year! We hope to see you there!

A quick reminder to return all materials that have been loaned this year including textbooks. We look forward to seeing all our students this week. A friendly reminder that Friday is the last day for shuttles. There is no school at FHS on May 31 due to graduation. Fairfax HS students are expected to attend June 1-10 and should follow the FHS schedule.

If you have any questions, please contact the Academy Office at 703-219-2226.

Mrs. Cook

Korean Honor Society Pictures

Enjoy a few pictures from our Korean Honor Society induction and End Of Year gathering.

Spring Events Calendar
  • May 24 @ 7pm: Annual Academy Awards at Fairfax HS

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Our fantastic seniors have completed their Senior Capstone Projects. We ask seniors in the upper levels classes to take the technical and transferable skills that they have developed over their time with the Academy to complete a project of their choosing connected to the Academy course(s) they have engaged in. It's always exciting to see what they have created!

Visit our website to see some highlights from each of our programs!

And don't forget that next week is our annual Academy Awards program at 7pm on May 24 where some of this work will be on display and in our show!

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

Academy Awards is coming!

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May 9, 2022

Fairfax Academy Community,

This has been a busy month already and we have loved seeing all our students’ performances and hearing about all the amazing plans our seniors have planned for next year.

We are gearing up for our culminating Academy event. Our annual Academy Awards will return to the stage on Tuesday, May 24 hosted by former Fairfax Academy Musical Theatre Director, Michael Replogle. We will have displays by many of our programs before the show and live performances by our Dance, Musical Theatre, Chinese and Korean programs in addition to a mini fashion show by our Fashion Careers students. There will be awards for each of the Academy’s 11 programs in addition to our Overall Academy Excellence Award and scholarships. It is an event that you do not want to miss and is free to the community! The event kicks off at 7pm in the Fairfax High School auditorium.

A quick reminder to return all materials that have been loaned this year including textbooks. We also ask that students complete pre-arranged absence forms for any days they need to miss for end of year testing and senior activities including internships. If you have any questions, please contact the Academy office and we will be happy to support you.

Mrs. Cook

Showcase Pictures

Enjoy a few pictures from our Dance Showcase and our Musical Theatre/Actor's Studio Senior Showcase.

End Of Year Reminders
  • Pre-arranged absence reminder: With upcoming testing at base schools, we ask that all students complete a pre-arranged absence form before they are absent. Please go to https://fairfaxacademy.fcps.edu/resources/forms for a link to that form. Copies are also available in each of our classrooms and the Academy office.
  • Last Day of Academy: The last day for Academy shuttles is May 27. All 9th-11th graders are expected to attend through that week. Seniors are expected to attend their Academy class until their final exams begin at their base school. Seniors should notify their teacher of their exam schedules.
Spring Events Calendar
  • May 24 @ 7pm: Annual Academy Awards at Fairfax HS

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

End of Year Information, Dance Showcase, and more!

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April 25, 2022

Fairfax Academy Community,

We hope many of you were able to attend this weekend’s MCTFest and see all the fantastic work our students and staff put together for the community. A huge shout out to our ASL teachers (Ms. Nesbitt and Ms. Egharevba), our support team (Mrs. Chase, Ms. Holman and Mr. Buckley) and all our parents who volunteered to chaperone the ASL trip to Gallaudet University last week! Next up for our on schedule is the inaugural senior annual dance showcase, EMERGE featuring a collaboration with our American Sign Language program. (Please note that the performance on May 7 will now begin at 1pm. See more details below.)

As we head towards May, we ask that all of our students begin looking for resources and textbooks that need to be returned to the Academy. If you are unsure what your student may need to return, please check with your student’s teacher. We also ask that students complete pre-arranged absence forms for any days they need to miss for end of year testing and that seniors communicate to both their teacher and the Academy office when their last day in attendance will be. If you have any questions about how the end of the year works, please contact the Academy office and we will be happy to support you.

We hope you all have a wonderful last week of April!

Mrs. Cook

Dance Showcase

May 6 at 7pm and May 7 at 1pm.

The Fairfax Academy Dance Program presents EMERGE. Dance students will perform dances from many genres for a variety of dances celebrating the return of dance to the stage. A special dance has been created by guest artist Bailey Vincent, a deaf dancer/choreographer. The piece was created with an emphasis on the use of sign language throughout the dance in collaboration with our ASL class. This was made possible through City of Fairfax Schools. This 90-minute performance will showcase the talent, creativity, and artistry of students performing ballet, modern, lyrical, and tap dance styles of dance.

Questions? Contact Meredith Barnes, [email protected]

ASL trip to Gallaudet

On April 20, 100 of our ASL students toured the campus of Gallaudet University and immersed themselves in the Deaf community. 

Fairfax Academy students on the steps at Gallaudet

Academy students on a tour at Gallaudet 

End Of Year Reminders
  • Pre-arranged absence reminder: With upcoming testing at base schools, we ask that all students complete a pre-arranged absence form before they are absent. Please go to https://fairfaxacademy.fcps.edu/resources/forms for a link to that form. Copies are also available in each of our classrooms and the Academy office.
  • Last Day of Academy: The last day for Academy shuttles is May 27. All 9th-11th graders are expected to attend through that week. Seniors are expected to attend their Academy class until their final exams begin at their base school. Seniors should notify their teacher of their exam schedules.
Spring Events Calendar
  • May 2: MTAS Senior Showcase at Signature Theatre
  • May 6 @ 7pm and May 7 @ 1pm: Annual Dance Showcase at Fairfax HS
  • May 24 @ 7pm: Annual Academy Awards at Fairfax HS

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

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Spring has Sprung at Fairfax Academy

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Fairfax Academy Community,

We hope you all enjoyed your spring break! In a few short weeks we will be finishing our school year. During that time we have lots of performances and celebrations. Please check out the calendar of events below and consider joining us as we celebrate our students.

A few reminders to support everything that is scheduled for students across the county. 

  • Pre-Arranged Absences: With upcoming testing at base schools, we ask that all students complete a pre-arranged absence form before they are absent. Please go to https://fairfaxacademy.fcps.edu/resources/forms for a link to that form. Copies are also available in each of our classrooms and the Academy office.
  • Last Day of Academy shuttles: The last day for Academy shuttles is May 27. All 9th-11th graders are expected to attend through that week.
  • Last Day of Academy classes for 12th graders: Seniors are expected to attend their Academy class until their final exams begin at their base school. Seniors should notify their teacher of their exam schedule and notify the Academy office of their last day.

If you have any questions, please call the Academy office or email us and we are happy to support in any way we can!

Mrs. Cook

Spring Academy Events
  • April 23 @ 6:30pm: MCTFest at the Sherwood Center
  • May 2: MTAS Senior Showcase at Signature Theatre
  • May 6 @ 7pm and May 7 @ 2pm: Annual Dance Showcase at Fairfax HS
  • May 24 @ 7pm: Annual Academy Awards at Fairfax HS
  • TBA: Fashion Showcase

Visit our events page for ticket information.

Scholarship Deadline (April 18)

Fairfax Academy is pleased to announce that Spotlight on the Arts in partnership with ARTSFairfax is offering two $1000 scholarships for two graduating seniors: one for a student majoring in music and one for a student majoring in dance who will attend any university or college for the 2022-2023 school year. All applications are due by April 18, 2022. If you have any questions, please contact Andrea Cook at [email protected]

Students interested in the music scholarship are required to submit:

  1. A video link of a 3 minute solo music performance 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 this scholarship.
  3. A completed application form (which includes a link to the student essay and video).
  4. Students will need to request two recommendation letters be emailed to [email protected] by the deadline:
    1. One from a music teacher with an emphasis on musical abilities.
    2. One from any teacher, counselor or community member who can speak to the applicant’s character.

Students interested in the dance scholarship are required to submit:

  1. A video link of a 3 minute solo or group performance in which the individual is identified and featured.
  2. A 400 to 500 word essay from the applicant stating why they are pursuing a dance degree in college and why they are applying for this scholarship.
  3. A completed application form (which includes a link to the student essay and video).
  4. Students will need to request two recommendation letters be emailed to [email protected] by the deadline:
    1. One from a dance teacher with an emphasis on technical abilities.
    2. One from any teacher, counselor or community member who can speak to the applicant’s character.

Email Mrs. Cook with any questions.

New Academy Staff Member

You might hear a new voice on the Academy phone lines very soon. We are excited to announce that Ms. Sarah Tarvid will be joining us as the new Academy Administrative Assistant.

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 is excited to join the Academy staff and to be part of helping students connect to opportunities to learn, grow, and become.

Please help us in welcoming Ms. Tarvid to our team! 

Spotlight on our Arts Staff

We are fortunate to have three industry professionals leading our arts courses at Fairfax Academy. Check out their full bios on our website.

 

Meredith Barnes has been the Dance Director at Fairfax Academy since 2017. She is also the Founder and Director of DanceArtTheater, a local modern dance company, whose mission is to inspire, encourage, and enlighten students and audiences through dance. Mrs. Barnes received her BFA in dance choreography and performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her teaching experience spans across the globe to include companies such as The Joffrey Ballet Summer Intensive and Hampton University. Mrs. Barnes is passionate about dancers exploring and finding their artistic voice, and also helping them achieve their dance and lifelong goals.

 

 

A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Mr. DiCenzo attended the Conservatory of Performing Arts at Point Park University, where he graduated Cum Laude, receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Musical Theatre. "Mr. D." has worked with RWS & Associates, regional theatres, including North Shore Music Theatre, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Pittsburgh Musical Theatre, and Prather Entertainment Group, and as a Featured Singer/Dancer aboard one of Regent’s luxury cruise liners. Mr. DiCenzo joined Fairfax Academy in 2020 as the director of the MTAS program.

 

Mr. Johnston is a native of the Washington, DC/Northern Virginia area where he has been a prominent figure in the DC-area music scene for over thirty years.  He holds a Bachelor of Music in Composition from Indiana University, and a Master of Arts degree in Conducting from George Mason University.  As a composer, he is author of numerous choral, orchestral, and jazz ensemble works, many of which received premiere performances in the Washington, DC/Northern Virginia area.  As Instructor of Music and Computer Technology, Mr. Johnston designed the Fairfax Academy’s music technology curriculum, and for the past twenty years, has been a pioneer in developing music technology programs nationwide. "Mr. J" was the recipient of the 2019 “Distinguished Educator” Award from Full Sail University. 

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

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City of Fairfax Schools Superintendent Search

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Input Requested

All Fairfax Academy stakeholders are encouraged to participate even if you do not live within the city limits.

 

The City of Fairfax School Board is looking for community input as they search for a new superintendent. There are three ways to provide your feedback:

  • Take a short, online survey here.
  • Attend a virtual meeting on Tuesday, March 22 at 2:00 or at 7:00. For the meeting link, please email [email protected]
  • Attend an in-person open house on Thursday, March 24 from 2:00-3:30 or 7:00-8:30 at the City Hall work session room (rm. 111) at 10455 Armstrong Street, Fairfax, VA 22030

For more information about the superintendent search and timeline, please visit the City of Fairfax School website.

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Attendance Phone: 703.219.4060 | Web | Facebook | InstagramTwitter

Springing Forward

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Fairfax Academy,

We want to start off this week's message with a huge shout out to our World Language students who participated in the Cultural Celebration at FHS on Friday. It was great to see the students back onstage and sharing their backgrounds with peers, staff and the community! Stay tuned for some photos being shared on our social media in the coming days.

We are excited to announce that Spotlight on the Arts and ArtsFairfax are offering two scholarships this year for our music and dance students pursuing a degree in those disciplines. Last year's music panel was blown away by the submissions that we are able to expand our offerings this year. Please see below for details and contact me with any questions.

Please note that you might hear a new voice when you call the office. Our beloved Mrs. Cate is joining the Fairfax High staff as the Principal's AA. We will miss her dearly, but are thrilled that she'll still be part of our community. 

We look forward to these last two weeks before Spring Break. A reminder that March 31 is an early release day (only AM block shuttles will be running).

All the best,

Mrs. Cook

 

Spotlight on the Arts/ArtsFairfax Scholarships

Fairfax Academy is pleased to announce that Spotlight on the Arts in partnership with ArtsFairfax is offering two $1000 scholarships for two graduating seniors: one for a student majoring in music and one for a student majoring in dance who will attend any university or college for the 2022-2023 school year. All applications are due by April 18, 2022. If you have any questions, please contact Andrea Cook at [email protected]

Music Scholarship Requirements

Students interested in the music scholarship are required to submit:

  1. A video link of a 3 minute solo music performance 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 this scholarship.
  3. A completed application form (which includes a link to the student essay and video).
  4. Students will need to request two recommendation letters be emailed to [email protected] by the deadline:
  • One from a music teacher with an emphasis on musical abilities.
  • One from any teacher, counselor or community member who can speak to the applicant’s character.
Dance Scholarship Requirements

Students interested in the dance scholarship are required to submit:

  1. A video link of a 3 minute solo or group performance in which the individual is identified and featured.
  2. A 400 to 500 word essay from the applicant stating why they are pursuing a dance degree in college and why they are applying for this scholarship.
  3. A completed application form (which includes a link to the student essay and video).
  4. Students will need to request two recommendation letters be emailed to [email protected] by the deadline:
  • One from a dance teacher with an emphasis on technical abilities.
  • One from any teacher, counselor or community member who can speak to the applicant’s character.
Spotlight on CTE

We are fortunate to offer four CTE classes at Fairfax Academy: Fashion Careers, Professional Photography, Social Media Marketing, and TV & Media Production. We will add a fifth CTE class next year: Game Design & Development.

Read below for information about our teachers amazing experiences. 

Full bios are available on our website.

 

Mr. Balthrop brings to the classroom twenty years of experience in the professional media production industry, producing award winning media for some of the biggest brands in the world.  His client list includes Audi of America, Marvel Comics, Intel, and the National Institutes of Health, to name a few.  He continues to produce work as the Chief Creative Director for G14Media, a full service agency in the DMV area.  

He encourages critical thinking and team work, in addition to pushing students to consider new ideas and techniques that will serve them not just within the production industry, but in any industry that they choose to go into. 

Ms. Chong has been working in the fashion industry for 30 years - in wide-ranging roles but with a singular focus of bringing successful products to market.  Her experience include 10 years working for leading fashion companies in NYC, eight years operating her own fashion consulting firm, two years teaching fashion at a university in Shanghai, and 12 years living abroad working with non-profit organizations that help fashion and craft sector entrepreneurs of post-conflict countries scale up through export growth.  Ms. Chong graduated from Parsons School of Design in Fashion Design, and holds a Masters in Public Policy degree from Tufts University. She considers New York to be her hometown.

Mr. Ruohoniemi is so pleased to have been a part of the Academy family since 2016! He received his Bachelor of Science in Marketing & Business Management and his Master of Science in Career & Technical Education from Virginia Tech. He is currently an instructor for courses such as Sports Marketing, Advanced Sports Management, Social Media Marketing, and Economics & Personal Finance. 

Mr. Smith is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, where he received a degree in Photographic Communication, and also obtained a minor in Business.  In addition to teaching photography at the Academy, he also coaches Jiu Jitsu, MMA (Mixed Martial Arts), and soccer.  While working in the photographic industry, he had the pleasure of photographing Hillary Clinton, The Prince of Jordan, several Washington Football team players, and many other household names.  He truly thrives working with his students and showing them the industry-side of the business.

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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