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.  


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

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Updates about students return to school

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Dear Fairfax Academy,

I hope you all were able to enjoy the sunshine this weekend as we prepare for some wet weather this week! As we begin our final week of classes before winter break I wanted to provide an update on our Academy classes returning to school in addition to celebrating some of the great work of our programs!

All Fairfax Academy in-person sessions are paused until further notice. We will be in touch after Winter Break with updates about our return to in-person instruction.

All Fairfax Academy parents should have received an email from Mrs. Martin, our Academy counselor, with a survey link regarding returning to in-person instruction when group 8 dials in. We do need all families to share their intent with us since we know that the July survey is outdated for many and that different decisions might need to be made by families when all classes return to face-to-face instruction. You may select a different response for Academy classes versus base school classes. Please complete that survey no later than this Wednesday. If you did not receive the return to school email, contact Mrs. Martin (mlmartin2@fcps.edu) directly. In addition, all students who are returning to the physical building need to complete all their "back to school" paperwork. Details are below in the return to school email. If you have any questions contact Mrs. Cate (vmcate@fcps.edu).

We are thrilled to see so many of our students engaging in our virtual classes. The work they are creating is incredible and the community they are building is inspiring. We have loved continuing our college visits this year, including SCAD, Berklee and Boston Conservatory. In addition, our Musical Theatre and MCT classes are planning guest speaker sessions during the advanced classes. 

If you have any questions about anything, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly. 

I wish you a happy and healthy holiday season!

Mrs. Cook


Andrea Cook (she/her/hers)

Academy Administrator

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

Return to School Survey

Fairfax County Public Schools is tentatively moving forward with plans to bring back high school students (Group 8) beginning as early as January 26, 2021. In preparation for students' return to in person learning, it is critical that all Fairfax Academy families complete this Return to Learn Survey by Wednesday, December 16th to confirm their child's learning format preference for their Fairfax Academy class only, as well as to indicate transportation needs.

Students are permitted to attend their Fairfax Academy class in person and remain virtual in all other classes. They may also choose to continue to attend their Fairfax Academy class virtually.

If students choose to attend their Fairfax Academy class in person, and they require FCPS transportation, students will be required to go to their base school to pick up their Fairfax Academy shuttle. Fairfax Academy transportation will pick up and drop off at student's base school only.

Note: This is a new survey and all parents need to complete this survey regardless if you completed one in the past for the Group 4 cohort.

All return to school paperwork is required to be on file for students returning to school in person. All forms can be completed at this link or you may download the paperwork from the academy website by clicking on this link - FORMS and have your child bring their paperwork on their first day of academy class. (If your student is driving, please complete the parking forms ahead of time.) You may also email all paperwork to Ginny Cate at vmcate@fcps.edu.  If you have questions or are having challenges completing paperwork, please email Ms. Cate at vmcate@fcps.edu. If your child was in Group 4 and has already submitted paperwork, it does not need to be resubmitted.

Parents/Guardians are required to complete the Health Screening Commitment Form that can be found here. This form asks parents/guardians to commit to not sending students to school that may have a fever, not feeling well or showing symptoms consistent with COVID-19. Please complete the linked form and have your student bring it to the Academy on their first day back for in person instruction. Please note that any students demonstrating symptoms consistent with COVID-19 will be taken to an isolation room and the parent/guardian will be contacted to pick up the student within one hour. We ask that all parents/guardians please help support the health and safety of our students and staff members by keeping students home that may be demonstrating symptoms.  *Students who have a temperature over 100.4 degrees or refuse to wear a mask will not be permitted to enter the building.

Thank you, we look forward to receiving your survey responses!

Wishing you and your family a safe and happy holiday!


Mrs. Maria L Martin, M.A., M.Ed (she/her/hers)

Academy Counselor

Fairfax Academy for Communications and the Arts


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

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Celebrating our students and staff

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Fairfax Academy,

Happy belated Veterans Day to those in our community who serve or have served in the military. We salute you and thank you for your service to our country.

We have had three successful weeks of some of our classes returning to the building for in-person sessions. While the numbers are small in each class, it is terrific to have the students' smiling faces back and see our teachers in action with our rising Academy stars. The Academy Team has enjoyed getting to know students more and match faces with names. Thank you to all of our students for following the health protocols while on school grounds.

A few in-person reminders:

  • A friendly reminder to complete the required "back to school" paperwork which can be found on our Academy website. You can email the forms Ms. Cate (vmcate@fcps.edu) or have your student submit the paperwork to a staff member when they are in the building. Most importantly, all students must  submit a completed Health Screening Commitment Form by their second in-person session. We have hard copies available at the Academy entrances and in all the Academy classrooms, in addition to the online form linked above.
  • If your student's bus is late or does not show up within 10 minutes of your scheduled pick up time, please call the Academy office at 703-219-2226 so we may assist you.
  • If your student arrives late for any reason, please remember to have them check in at the Academy entrance at Door #10.

Lastly, please consider nominating one or our faculty or staff for the annual Outstanding Employee Awards for FCPS. All the information is linked below.

Wishing all our Fairfax Academy families an enjoyable week of fall weather and a Happy Thanksgiving!

Mrs. Cook


Andrea Cook 

Academy Administrator


Fairfax Academy for Communications and the Arts

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

Outstanding Employee Awards

Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Employee Awards! To submit a nomination for a Fairfax HS Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete the nomination through this Google form link: HERE You may nominate one employee at our school or multiple employees.

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 the following:

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

The deadline to submit a nomination is November 20th. If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Melnick at NAMelnick@fcps.edu.  

A Glimpse into In-Person Learning

One of our advanced dance students stretching before class.

Fashion students getting ready for concurrent learning with Ms. Chang.

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

Dialing In and Celebrating Fairfax Academy

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Fairfax Academy Families,

We successfully had 45 students join us on Monday, October 26 for our first day of in-person learning sessions which allowed our students to access labs and equipment that is typically an integral part of their Academy experience. We thank everyone for following all the health and safety protocols. 

A few reminders as we continue to dial groups in:

  • Please bring your completed Health Screen Commitment Form signed by a parent to the first in-person session.
  • Please follow the map sent in the October 19 and 23 emails and enter the parking lot at the front of Fairfax High School. Drive around to the back of the building to access both the drop-off parking lots and student parking.
  • Please complete your "back to school" paperwork before your first day in the building and submit via the google form, email to Ms. Cate or bring a printed hard copy with you. Call the Academy office at 703-219-2226 with any questions.
  • If you need a parking pass, please electronically submit a copy of your driver's license or bring a copy with you to the school in addition to your parking application.
  • If you arrive late for your session, please check in at Door #10. We will complete your health screening and temperature check there before sending you to class.
  • If you need to miss one of your in-person sessions, notify the Academy office and your teacher.

In other news, we encourage you to check out our Academy website for updated staff biographies including our newest staff members: Mr. Dicenzo (Musical Theatre and Actor's Studio), Ms. Nesbitt (ASL) and Mr. Buckley (Academy Support Teacher).

Also, check out our social media (Instagram, Twitter and Facebook) to see and hear the latest on upcoming Academy events, student work, and more!

I hope you all enjoy the extra hour this weekend and that you find time to recharge with Monday and Tuesday being student holidays! We look forward to seeing more of our students over the coming weeks.

All the best,

Mrs. Cook


Andrea Cook

Academy Administrator


Fairfax Academy for Communications and the Arts

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

First Day Back Highlights

Our hip hop dancers each had their own personal stage during class! Mrs. Barnes, our Dance Director, had the students up and moving quickly learning a high intensity combination. Check out the dance instagram account (@faxcaddance) to see the class in action!

Mr. Smith, our photography instructor, shows a level 1 student how to use his camera. Our photography students were excited to use equipment beyond their cell phones.

New Staff Members

Mr. Buckley grew up in Fairfax City and Woodbridge, Virginia.  At Virginia Commonwealth University, he graduated with an Interdisciplinary Studies degree with concentrations in music and education.  He received his Master’s degree from Concordia University in 2013.  He has worked in both Prince William, where he was the assistant marching band director at Woodbridge High School, and Fairfax County.  Mr. Buckley has taught elementary, middle, and high school throughout both Prince William and Fairfax Counties. 

Mr. DiCenzo attended the Conservatory of Performing Arts at Point Park University receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Musical Theatre. Since arriving in Virginia after a successful professional career, Mr. DiCenzo has served as the Director of Theatre Arts and Technical Theatre at Fairfax High School, the Resident Director and Choreographer for the City of Fairfax Theatre Company as well as the Instructor of Musical Theatre at Fairfax County Public School's Institute for the Arts. Most recent on-stage regional credits include Dominion Stage's production of Snakebit, The Arlington Players' production of Pippin in the role of the Leading Player and Reston Community Players' productions of Rock of Ages (Mayor/JaKeith) and Gypsy (Tulsa).

Ms. Nesbitt just relocated to Virginia from Atlanta, Georgia. For the last seven years, she has taught students who are deaf and hard of hearing using American Sign Language as a means of instruction. During that time, she worked in public and state schools for the deaf with elementary, middle, and high school students in addition to working at Georgia State University as an ASL instructor.

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

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)

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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

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