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          Insights into Education K-12 — 4th in a Series of Four Cover Stories

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               High School Years: What students need to know by the end of 12th grade

                                                                                                           FHS principal Scott Brabrand
                                                                                                           (center) talks with students,
                                                                                                           Socratic style.

                      HIS COVER STORY MARKS THE LAST IN OUR             least three Advanced Placement classes in their four years at

T                      four-part series to help parents prepare for
                       their child’s future by having them “Begin at
                       the End: 12th grade.”
                          That is the advice of Superintendent
                       George Stepp, who retires June 30 (see page 5
  for details). His outgoing wish is for students to work as hard as
  possible and take the most challenging classes.
     “My hope for every City School student is that they take at
                                                                        Fairfax High,” he explains. “To do that, they need to have worked
                                                                        hard in elementary and middle school, and developed excellent
                                                                        study skills. I promise, though, that their hard work will pay off.”
                                                                           Fairfax High Principal Scott Brabrand says students also need to
                                                                        be highly motivated. “Many students think of high school as an
                                                                        ending, but it is truly the beginning of independent inquiry and
                                                                        thought. In reality, high school is the end of learning for school's
                                                                        sake and the beginning of learning for life's sake.”

                                                    by Hope Katz Gibbs, editor
CLOSE UP: B U I L D I N G                                            B L O C K S : G O A L S                                   T O           H I T
 cover story

                       ALL STUDENTS SHOULD TAKE FOUR YEARS                                    BELOVED SCIENCE DEPARTMENT CHAIRMAN
          MATH            of math in high school, says Fairfax High’s         SCIENCE          Malcolm Leinwohl will leave Fairfax High at
                          Math Department Chair Karen Hatchl.                                  the end of the 2007 school year. And when
                          The reason: “Not every freshman who                                  he does he’ll pass the baton to his colleague,
  comes into high school knows what they want to be when they             science teacher Chris Bird. “Chris is going to do a great job,”
  grow up,” Hatchl says. “So taking four years of math is impor-          says Leinwohl, who has been a science teacher at FHS since
  tant—just in case they do decide                                        1996 and the department chair
  to pursue a career that requires                                        since 2001.
  them to have taken advanced                                                 What departing message
  classes.”                                                               does the science guru have for
       Even if a student doesn’t                                          students?
  want to go into a profession that                                           “Take four years of science,
  requires a strong math back-                                            and enjoy every moment of it,”
  ground, taking math helps them                                          says Leinwohl, who recom-
  understand logic—a critical skill                                       mends freshmen start with
  no matter what career they pur-                                         Biology in 9th grade, then move
  sue.                                                                    on to Chemistry in 10th grade.
       Jean E. Taylor, a math profes-                                     From there, he advises students
                                                                                                                  Malcolm Leinwohl and new
  sor at Rutgers, the State Univ-                                         to pick the science classes that Science Dept. head Chris Bird
                                         Karen Hatchl
  ersity of New Jersey, confirms                                          match their skills and their long-
  Hatchl’s theory.                                                        term goals.
       “For decades, our industrial society has been based on fossil          “Students who think they’d like to become engineers should
  fuels,” writes Taylor in a report entitled, The Importance of           take Physics in 11th grade and AP Physics C in 12th grade. If
  Workplace and Everyday Mathematics. “In today’s knowledge-              they want to be a nurse, they should take Anatomy/Physiology
  based society, mathematics is the energy that drives the system.        in 11th grade and AP Biology as seniors.”
  It is more than a fixed tool applied in known ways.”                         And if they want to go into, say, restaurant management,
       She goes on to say that virtually all levels of management,        students should sign up for Geosystems or Physics in 11th grade
  and many support positions in business and industry, require            and another academically challenging science class in 12th
  some understanding of mathematics.                                      grade. “The most important thing is for students and parents to
       “Professionals need to be able to read graphs and interpret        talk about possible scenarios with science teachers and school
  information presented visually, they need to be able to use esti-       counselors,” Leinwohl shares. “There are typical sequences of
  mation effectively, and they need to apply mathematical reason-         classes, but that sequence should fit a student’s long-term goals.
  ing,” Taylor explains.                                                  The point of all of these classes is for students to challenge them-
       Which class best prepares students for the challenging high        selves so they can learn to think scientifically.”
  school math curriculum?                                                     For Leinwohl, that means getting students into a classroom
       Algebra I, insists Hatchl.                                         and playing with all the cool toys.
       “All students should come to high school having at least tried         “Science in high school is all about the labs—just getting your
  Algebra I in 8th grade. This is a fundamental building block. And       hands in there to explore and dissect everything from a flower to
  if they don’t do well, they can repeat the class in the summer.”        a fetal pig. We also talk about the legal and ethical aspects of sci-
       But if they do well, students should take Geometry in 9th          ence, genetics and how blood flows through the heart. Scientists
  grade and Algebra II in 10th. Thereafter, pre-calculus is a good        don’t just wear white lab coats and chart data of their findings.
  class for almost every math student.                                    On the contrary, science is the stuff that life is made of.”
       “And those who do well should go on to take AP Calculus —              Leinwohl believes parents can help their children excel.
  especially if they aspire to become engineers,” Hatchl says.                “The number one thing I advise parents to do is know what
       For students planning a career as a psychologist, political sci-   courses their kids are taking,” he says. “It sounds obvious, but
  entist, biologist, or economist — AP Statistics is a good option.       sometimes parents back off a little too much when their children
       “There are lots of choices,” she offers. “The key is to con-       get into high school. I encourage them to talk to their children
  stantly challenge yourself. I’m always pleased when students            about what they did in science when they cook dinner. There’s a
  come to me after taking four years of math, and even though it          lot of science going on in the kitchen.”
  was sometimes a struggle, they tell me how proud of themselves              Leinwohl also suggests students “teach” their parents what
  they are for trying. I always say the most important thing is to        they are learning so everyone in the family can start to think
  keep pushing, because success is right around the corner.”              about the world in a more scientific way. “Science really is the
                                                                          greatest subject,” he says.

9 T H        T H R U                  1 2 T H                 G R A D E

                    WHEN IT COMES TO MASTERING THE TOPICS                                    WRITING WELL IS THE GOAL OF THE
         SOCIAL       taught in social studies class, Department
                                                                             ENGLISH          English program at Fairfax High, explains
        STUDIES       Chairperson Maureen Keck says the key is for                            English Department chair Aileen Scharl.
                      students to have great study skills.                                       “When students enter college, and then
       “This is not unique to social studies, but because so much of     the real world, one of the most important skills they’ll need is to
   the curriculum is based on being able to read about historical        be able to write clearly and concisely,” she says. “Although the
   events and comprehend the information, students need to be            ability to be a great writer is somewhat of a gift, I truly believe
   able to read and write independently, have good analytical skills,    that everyone can learn to write well. It just takes time, patience,
   and be able to focus in on the key concepts,” she says. “If they      and determination.”
   can hone those skills, and have the                                       Scharl says another goal of the English program is to help stu-
   desire to learn the material, they can                                dents become critical readers.
   be successful at anything.”                                               “The more well-written works students read, the more they’ll
       Doing homework well is another                                    learn how language is used to enhance content. I want them to
   critical skill. “No matter what class                                 hear the music in the words—and this doesn’t just happen in fic-
   they are taking, I encourage my stu-                                  tion. Well-written documents and non-fiction books also provide
   dents to go through their text books                                  students with insight.”
   and make outlines of the information                                      To be prepared to master the English program, Scharl expects
   they are reading. If they develop an                                  students to come into 9th grade with a basic knowledge of how
   outline for each chapter, they will                                   to construct a sentence and a para-
   have a simple guide to follow when it Maureen Keck                    graph, and have an understanding of
   comes time to prepare for a test.”                                    subject and verb agreement. Plus, she
       Which social studies classes should kids take?                    doesn’t just want them to be able to
       In 9th grade, students have the option of World History and       comprehend the meaning of an article,
   Geography I, or a class that is new this year: Pre-Advanced           story, research paper, or a book.
   Placement World History, Keck says.                                       “Students must be able to infer
       “Although the basic World History class provides an excellent     meaning from what they read,” she
   review of pre-history to 1500, I highly recommend the pre-AP          insists. “They’ll then be able to draw
   class for freshman because it gives them a taste of an advanced       conclusions, and use the same tech-
   placement course will be like, and more importantly it gives them     niques to write their own research Aileen Scharl
   the opportunity to learn how to analyze information. This is          papers, stories, and articles in a way
   essential for success in the classes they’ll take in the coming       that others can not only comprehend, but enjoy.”
   years.”                                                                   So that students are well prepared by the end of the senior
       In 10th grade, Keck says students can choose between the          year, Scharl recommends they begin high school taking English
   highly-challenging AP World History class, or World History           9, English 9 Team (for students who need to boost their reading
   (which covers 1500 AD to today) and Geography II. The follow-         or writing skills, as well as ESL and LD students), or Pre-AP
   ing year, options include AP U.S. History or U.S. History, and in     English 9.
   12th grade students can take AP Government (which focuses on              In 10th grade, the options include English 10, English 10
   foreign policy), or the general Government class. Other options       Team, and Pre-AP English 10.
   include Psychology, Sociology, and AP Psychology.                         By the time they get to their junior year, class choices include
       The big question Keck is often asked is which class to take:      English 11, English 11 Team, and AP English—where the focus is
   the AP version, or the “regular” one.                                 on non-fiction. All students must write a research paper, which is
       “I know parents want a definitive answer, but the truth is that    certainly something they’ll be expected to do in college.
   it depends on the student,” she shares. “Those with good study            Senior year, the options include English 12, English 12 Team,
   skills who are excited about learning the material will do beauti-    and AP Literature—where the focus is on plays and poetry.
   fully in an AP class. The other courses are chock full of informa-        To get as much out of the high school English program as
   tion, too, but we work a little harder on teaching them to study      possible, Scharl encourages all students to read outside of school,
   well. Either way I recommend students take a social studies class     then sit with their parents to talk about what they’ve learned.
   all four years of high school.”                                           “Students should pick up the classics: Hawthorne, Steinbeck,
       What else can parents do to help? “Structure your child’s life,   and Faulkner,” Scharl notes. “And every day they should read at
   make sure they know school is a priority, and help them organize      least one article in the newspaper. Even editorial cartoons pro-
   their time. I have children and know how tough it can be—but if       vide students with ideas. Just read as much, and as often, as pos-
   you do this, the benefits will pay off for the rest of their lives.”   sible.”

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                                                                                        “BEING BILINGUAL BOOSTS BRAIN POWER,” SAYS
         map it out                                                       Foreign          Michele Campbell, Chairman of the FHS Foreign
                                                                         Language          Language Department. “Research shows the bi-
                              ENGLISH                                                      lingual brain develops more densely, giving it an
               Grade 9: Pre-AP English 9, English 9,
                                                                    advantage with various cognitive abilities.”
                        or English 9 Team                               Campbell points to research conducted by neuroscientists in Lon-
             Grade 10: Pre-AP English 10, English 10,
                                                                    don and Rome who looked at brain densities of bilingual people. They
                       or English 10 Team                           found that bilingual speakers had denser
      Grade 11: AP Language & Composition, or English 11,
                                                                    gray matter—a portion of the brain that
                      or English 11 Team                            is associated with intellect, especially in
            Grade 12: AP English Literature, English 12,
                                                                    areas of language, memory and atten-
                       or English 12 Team                           tion.
                                                                        “The effect is strongest for children
                                                                    who learn a foreign language before age
         Grade 9: Algebra I, Geometry, Geometry Honors,
                   Algebra 2, Algebra 2 Honors
                                                                    5,” says Campbell, but notes that even if
                                                                    students don’t take a foreign language
        Grade 10: Geometry, Geometry Honors, Algebra 2,
             Algebra 2 Honors, Trig/Math Analysis,
                                                                    until middle school, the benefits are sig-
                      Pre-Calculus Honors                           nificant.
             Grade 11: Algebra 2, Algebra 2 Honors,
                                                                        “So long as students start taking a
               Discrete Math/Probability Statistics,                language in 8th grade, they’ll come into Michelle Campbell
                       Trig/Math Analysis,                          high school with some knowledge under
          Pre-Calculus Honors, AP Calculus, AP Calc BC
                                                                    their belt,” she explains. “The fact is that students who studied a for-
         Grade 12: Discrete Math/Probability Statistics,            eign language for four or more years outscored other students on the
          Trig/Math Analysis, AP Computer Science A,
       Pre-Calculus Honors, AP Statistics, AP Calculus AB,
                                                                    verbal and math portions of the SAT. Starting in 8th grade is just fine.”
         AP Calc BC, Multivariable Calc/Matrix Algebra                  Is one language easier to learn than another?
                                                                        “No,” Campbell insists. “That is a myth.”
                                                                        But what is important, she says, is that the student chooses which
                 Grade 9: Biology Honors, Biology
                                                                    language to take—not the parent.
        Grade 10: Chemistry Honors, Chemistry (Algebra 1                “If the student doesn’t have the power to choose, they aren’t going
                   prerequisite), Active Physics
                                                                    to be as engaged. And wanting to learn a language is key to how suc-
         Grade 11: Physics Honors, Physics, Geosystems              cessful the student will be.”
      Grade 12: AP Biology, AP Chemistry, or AP Physics B,              The best way to learn any language is for students to immerse
              AP Physics C, Physics, Geosystems                     themselves not just in the language, but also in the culture.
                          SOCIAL STUDIES                                “Knowing a second language gives students the ability to commu-
                  Grade 9: PRE-AP World History,
                                                                    nicate with more people, and provides them with a better understand-
                    World History/Geography I                       ing of other cultures, geography, and history. It not only helps them
        Grade 10: AP World History, World History/Geo II
                                                                    become more tolerant, it will likely land them better jobs—especially as
                                                                    the world gets more global and companies look for people who can be
         Grade 11: AP U.S. History, U.S. Virginia History
                                                                    successful in a variety of settings and with a diversity of people.”
              Grade 12: AP Government, Government                       Seven languages are taught at FHS: Spanish, Spanish for fluent
                       FOREIGN LANGUAGE                             speakers, French, German, Latin, Korean, and Chinese.
      Grade 9: Latin I, French I, German I, Spanish I, Korean I
                                                                        How should a student decide which language to take?
           (*unless a language was taken in 8th grade)                  Campbell offers the following assessment:
        Grade 10: Latin 2, French 2, German 2, Spanish 2,
                                                                        Latin — Study of this ancient language helps students do well on
                             Korean 2                               their SATs, for the Latin vocabulary provides insight into the roots of
        Grade 11: Latin 3, French 3, German 3, Spanish 3,
                                                                    most English words.
                             Korean 3                                   German — This language is similar to English, so it is familiar and
        Grade 12: Latin 4, French 4, German 4, Spanish 4,
                                                                    not as difficult for most students to learn. Of 6.5 billion people on
                             Korean 4                               earth, about 109 million speak German.
       Advanced options: French AP Language or French 5,
                                                                        Spanish and French — These romance languages are the most pop-
      French AP Literature Online, German AP Language or            ular, and have their origins in Latin. Approximately 265 million people
               German 5, Spanish AP Language                        speak French, and 320 million speak Spanish.
         About the Roadmap for Academic Success:                        Korean and Chinese — For upperclassmen only, these languages
      Although the Roadmap is an internal tool used by guidance     have a different alphabet and are best suited to students who have an
      counselors at all four City Schools, parents are encouraged
       to ask for more information. To set up a meeting, contact
                                                                    affinity for learning languages. However, about 1/6 of the world’s pop-
                   your student’s school counselor.                 ulation (1.12 billion people) speak Mandarin Chinese. ■

F A R E W E L L                       G E O R G E                     S T E P P

                                         Thank You, Mr. Stepp!
            Educator George Stepp retires after 11 years as City Schools Superintendent

               NE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT GOALS IN LIFE IS                sions that would guide the County for decades to come.
               to leave things better than you found them,” said            In 1996, Stepp retired from FCPS, and for the next 11 years
               City of Fairfax School Board Chairman Janice Miller      held the top job as City Schools Superintendent.
               on Wed., June 6 when she took the podium at the
               retirement reception for Superintendent George           IMPACT ON THE CITY
               Stepp. “My dear friend and mentor George Stepp           Throughout his career, Stepp has touched thousands of fami-
  has done just that.”                                                  lies, educators, and communities, said Fairfax High Principal
      Miller went on to describe Stepp’s accomplishments as the         Scott Brabrand, who also took to the podium at Stepp’s retire-
  leader of the City of Fairfax Schools. Topping the list was the       ment party.
  role he played in re-                                                                                           “I feel every day that I
  building Providence,                                                                                         am the luckiest principal in
  Daniels Run, Lanier,                                                                                         Fairfax County and among
  and Fairfax High.                                                                                            the luckiest in the country
      She also spoke                                                                                           due to having Mr. Stepp as
  about Stepp’s keen                                                                                           a supervisor and mentor,”
  insight into the City                                                                                        he said. “He has been like a
  Schools instructional                                                                                        father figure to me but
  program, and his deter-                                                                                      more importantly he has
  mination to ensure                                                                                           never let me forget that it is
  every student get the                                                                                        the teacher in the classroom
  most challenging edu-                                                                                        and the academic achieve-
  cation possible.                                                                                             ment of each and every stu-
      This was best illus-                                                                                     dent that are the ‘main
  trated, she said, in the                                                                                     thing’ for a principal to
  program he master-                                                                                           focus on every day. I will
  minded last year: The At his retirement party on June 30, City School Board members unveiled never forget that and I will
  City’s Roadmap to the George E. Stepp Library at the nearly renovated Fairfax High.                          never forget him.”
  Academic Success.                                                                                               Cluster VII Assistant
      “In 2005, George spearheaded the effort to establish a K-12       Superintendent Peter Noonan also said Stepp made a big
  Task Force, which brought together parents, teachers, and             impact on his career.
  administrators who were willing to learn about what students              “In the life of educational leaders there are those who have
  need to master by the time they finish 12th grade, and also           pushed, mentored, and supported me throughout the journey
  offer guidance in their specific area of expertise,” Miller said.      to leadership. George Stepp has been a major influence and
  “The counselors at all four City Schools began using the              mentor for me since I arrived in FCPS seven years ago. His posi-
  Roadmap this year, and we hope to make it an integral part of         tive influence has enabled me to be the best principal possible
  our academic planning for years to come.”                             and achieve at a high level. In turn, the students in the schools I
                                                                        have worked in, and now as assistant superintendent, continue
  STEPP’S IMPACT ON SCHOOLS                                             to be influenced by him in a powerful way.”
  Stepp began making an impact on students when he landed his               Local dignitaries, too, are quick to praise Stepp.
  first teaching position in 1969 as a social studies teacher in            “George worked tirelessly to completely renovate our school
  Fairfax County after graduating with an MA from Morehead              buildings quickly and perfectly,” says City of Fairfax Mayor Rob
  State University in his home state of Kentucky. Less than four        Lederer. “He will be missed.”
  years later, he became assistant principal at Falls Church High           But perhaps it is the parents who will miss him most.
  School, in 1972. Soon after, he was promoted to the position of           “What I appreciate most about George Stepp is the fact that
  principal at West Springfield High. He headed up that school for       he brought the City Schools zooming into the 21st century,”
  six years before moving to lead Lake Braddock Secondary               says longtime City resident Marbea Tomarro, who has known
  School for the next three years.                                      Stepp since her daughter started kindergarten in the City
      Then in 1989 Stepp became the Superintendent of Area IV           Schools in 1999. “He has high standards for all students, and
  when Fairfax County was divided into four geographic areas (it        never lets up on pushing them—or their parents—to be the
  currently is divided into eight clusters). He served in that role for best students they can be. He has made a big impact on this
  seven years, and was responsible for making some major deci-          community, one that will last long after he retires.” ■

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       UPDATE: R E B U I L D I N G                                                  T H E             C I T Y                S C H O O L S

703.934.2400                                                             LANIER MIDDLE SCHOOL
PRINCIPAL: SCOTT POOLE                                                    MADE “THE BIG MOVE”


    An update from
     Scott Poole
       anier's completely reno-
    L vated auditorium made
its public debut during the
week of May 14, just in time
for the spring concert season.
    Students, teachers and par-
ents in attendance were treat-
ed to new sound and lighting
systems, improved acoustics
due to the addition of a drop-
down ceiling, new curtains, a
much larger stage area, new
carpet, and new paint.
    Retiring band teacher Jeff
Seffens bid a fond farewell in
his last (and only) concert in
the new and improved audito-
rium on May 17th. The band
room (see photo, right) has
been named for him.                        Jeff Seffens, who retires on June 30 after three decades as a teacher, leads one of his final rehearsals in the
    Progress on the new main               new band room at Lanier Middle School that now bears his name.
gym and auxiliary gym contin-
ues, and we are currently on
track for their opening some-
time in October. In the mean-
                                                                     Update on Academics
time, our physical education
department wrote a proposal
to the FCPS that enabled them
to acquire $1,400 in funds to
help provide engaging physical             “ALTHOUGH                                                                             adoption of a
education activities until our             the construction                                                                      new technologi-
gyms reopen. Among other                   project is very                                                                       cal infrastructure
activities, this money will be             important to                                                                          and a 470% in-
used to allow Lanier students              the entire Lanier                                                                     crease in the use
to visit a nearby bowling alley            family, the most                                                                      of online tests at
during PE classes.                         critical aspect of                                                                    Lanier.
    Renovated classrooms in
                                           school is stu-                                                                             My thanks go
the old science hall are quickly
                                           dent achieve-                                                                         out to our tech
taking shape and will be ready
                                           ment,” says Lanier’s principal Scott Poole, sit-        staff for their time and effort! I’d also like to
by the fall—as will our new TV
studio. We’re all looking for-             ting in his newly renovated office. “On that            applaud our students for a job well done. We’ll
ward to these renovations.                 front, I am happy to report that the renovation         see you all in the fall.” ■
     — Scott Poole, principal              process had no impact on testing despite the

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                                                                                                            FAIRFAX HIGH
                                                                                                            3500 OLD LEE HIGHWAY
                       FAIRFAX HIGH SCHOOL                                                                  703.219.2200
                  RENOVATION IS NEARLY COMPLETE                                                             PRINCIPAL: SCOTT BRABRAND

                                                                                                                    [ TESTIMONIAL ]

                                                                                                                  A tribute to
                                                                                                                  George Stepp
                                                                                                                    architect of the Fairfax
                                                                                                                A sHigh School reconstruc-
                                                                                                            tion project, it has been my priv-
                                                                                                            ilege to work closely with
                                                                                                            Superintendent Stepp, who
                                                                                                            retires this month. Therefore, I
                                                                                                            would like to relay a note that
                                                                                                            was forwarded to me about the
                                                                                                            renovation project:
                                                                                                                “My oldest daughter gradu-
                                                                                                            ated from Fairfax in 2004 at the
                                                                                                            start of the construction project.
                                                                                                            My son was a freshman at the
                                                                                                            time, and although I knew that
                                                                                                            the renovations to the school
                                                                                                            were desperately needed I
                                                                                                            dreaded the fact that his entire
                                                                                                            high school experience would
                                                                                                            be in the midst of the renova-
                                                                                                            tion project.
                                                                                                                He graduates next month
                                                                                                            and recently I asked him if the
            UPDATE FROM: BILL BROWN, ARCHITECT                                                              renovations had made a differ-
                                                                                                            ence in his experience. He said
ON BEHALF OF THE ENTIRE FAIRFAX HIGH                   When school starts, the construction project         he was thrilled with the way the
construction team, I am proud to announce that      should be mostly done. The contractor will wrap         school looks now and is glad
the new front addition of                                                     up the building project,      that he will remember Fairfax
Fairfax High is complet-                                                      and finish converting         High School with its new look
ed, and students, staff                                                       the staging area back to      and feel.
and the community are                                                         a practice field.                  As a parent I would also like
enjoying the spaces.                                                              It is hard to believe     to add that I was very impressed
    The administration,                                                       we are actually at this       with all aspects of the construc-
counselors, and commu-                                                        point in the construc-        tion. It was clear that great
nity activities offices have                                                  tion cycle. I credit our      measures had been taken to
moved into their new                                                          construction team for         assure the safety of the students
homes, and the second                                                         getting the project fin-       and staff.”
floor media center is now                                                      ished on time, and on             This is a great testament to
open. By the fall, it will                                                    budget. My thanks go          the efforts of a very large team
serve the school with a new TV studio, media        out to Superintendent George Stepp, Courtney            that has been championed by
classroom, and of course a new library. This sum-   Robinson, Fairfax High’s Patty Chatman, Rod             the leadership of George Stepp.
mer the back parking lots and driveway will be      Spelman, and my team from BeeryRio: Ted Deane           We will miss you George, but
closed off as new utilities and site lighting are   and Rick Rutledge (pictured above). This has truly      your hard work will live on for
installed.                                          been a group effort. — Bill Brown, BeeryRio             decades to come. — Bill Brown

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                                                               Welcome Ann Monday
                         The City of Fairfax School Board looks forward to working with its new Superintendent

                    ducational leader and City of Fairfax                                                   In 1984 she was appointed the assis-
                    resident Ann Monday will take over                                                  tant principal at Fairfax High until 1987,
                    as Superintendent of the City Schools                                               when she became associate principal at
             on July 1, 2007.                                                                           Robinson Secondary School. After a stint
                “We are pleased and excited that Mrs.                                                   as the principal at Longfellow Middle
             Monday has agreed to become our new                                                        School from 1990-1992, she became the
             Superintendent,” says City School Board                                                    principal at Robinson where she was
             Chairman Janice Miller. “Her background                                                    responsible for managing more than 4,000
             and experience are unparalleled, and we                                                    students and 300 staff members.
             know she will be a wonderful leader of our                                                     In 2003, Monday was tapped to
             four schools and will continue to work with                                                become Cluster VI Superintendent, and
             Fairfax County Public Schools to enrich aca-                                               was responsible for 24 elementary and sec-
             demic programs for our students."                                                          ondary schools. The following year, she
                Monday retires on June 30 as the Assistant                             took on a division-wide leadership position as the FCPS
             Superintendent of Instructional Services for Fairfax County               Assistant Superintendent of Instruction, responsible for all
             Public Schools (FCPS), a district she has worked in since                 instructional programs from pre-K through adult education.
             1973 when she became a teacher at Kilmer Intermediate                         “I am thrilled and honored to become the Superinten-
             School in Vienna. She then served as chairperson of the                   dent of the City of Fairfax Schools,” Monday says. “I will
             English department at Chantilly High School from 1976-                    be an active and energetic advocate, and will continue the
             1980, when she became an administrative aide at Marshall                  work Mr. Stepp has done to make the facilities safe, mod-
             High and subsequently a subschool principal at Lake                       ern, technologically-rich, attractive and welcoming.” ■
             Braddock Secondary School.

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