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Close-Up / Fairfax City Schools

Former Sec. Margaret Spellings talks about 21st Century Skills [City Schools Close-Up / The Parent Diaries]

By Hope Katz Gibbs
Director of Communications
City of Fairfax Schools
Editor, City Schools Close-Up
Winter 2009

Former U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings visited Fairfax High School on November 19 to view the AVID program and observe other cutting-edge initiatives it has embarked on with the goal of improving students’ 21st Century Skills.

As one of the principal authors of the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act, Spellings said throughout her four-year tenure, “We cannot prepare students for the global economy if we don’t get them to grade level first.” In 2005 she convened a Commission on the Future of Higher Education to recommend reform at the post-secondary level.

The reason for concern, she explained during her trip to FHS, is that students are not being adequately prepared to land jobs after they graduate from high school.

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Learning Chinese [Close-Up / City of Fairfax Schools]

by Hope Katz Gibbs
Editor / City School Close-Up
Cover Story, January-February 2008

First graders in Grace Yuan’s Chinese class at Providence Elementary aren’t shy about showing off what they’ve learned since the start of the year. The 6-year-olds are all eager to come to the front of the class to recite their names in Chinese, the days of the week, numbers from 1-31, months of the year, the four seasons, and some basic greetings.

“I couldn’t be more impressed,” beams Providence’s Principal Joy Hanbury. “To say these students are picking up Chinese with great ease and enthusiasm is an understatement. I can’t wait to see what they’ll know by the end of the year.”

She credits the 1st graders’ success to the high-energy and creativity of Yuan, who has also helped Fairfax County Public Schools develop the curriculum for the Foreign Language in the Elementary Schools (FLES) Chinese program that is being integrated into the 1st grade curriculum at Providence this year.

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Latin Lovers [Close-Up / City of Fairfax Schools]

by Hope Katz Gibbs
Editor / City School Close-Up
Cover Story, March-April 2004

Why should your children learn Latin? Pull up a chair and watch Marie Davis in action. Not only will she give you all the reasons you’ll need, she’ll teach you something in the process.

Marie Davis is in her glory. It’s a Tuesday morning in February, around 10:30 a.m., and Davis is moving from classroom to classroom at Daniels Run Elementary sharing her love for Latin with students. She seems to enjoy her job as much as the kids who are learning the language from her. After watching Davis in action, it isn’t hard to see why. “What’s the word for hands?” Davis asks Jane Dull’s third grade class. “Manus,” the kids shout back, waving their hands. “Optime,” Davis grins.

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Building Blocks: The Foundation Years—kindergarten, 1st, 2nd Grade [Close-Up / City of Fairfax Schools]

by Hope Katz Gibbs
Editor / City School Close-Up
Cover Story, November-December 2006

IN THIS ISSUE

COVER STORY:
INSIGHTS INTO EDUCATION: K-12—THE FORMATIVE YEARS
What students need to know by the end of kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd Grade [View entire article.]

INSIDE:
Page 4—COMMENDED SCHOLARS: Nine Fairfax students are semi-finalists in the National Achievement Scholarship Program
Page 5—FHS GRAD WINS NOBEL PRIZE: Class of 1978’s Craig Mello wins the Nobel Prize in Medicine
Pages 6-7—CONSTRUCTION UPDATE: Architect Bill Brown reports on progress of Fairfax; Lanier Principal Scott Poole gives Lanier update
Page 8—CONGRATUATIONS DIANA SCHMIESING: Veteran teacher is named to USAToday All-USA teacher team

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Building Blocks: The Formative Years—3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th Grade [Close-Up / City of Fairfax Schools]

by Hope Katz Gibbs
Editor / City School Close-Up
Cover Story, January-February 2007

IN THIS ISSUE

COVER STORY:

INSIGHTS INTO EDUCATION: K-12—THE FORMATIVE YEARS
What students need to know by the end of 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th Grade [View entire article.]

INSIDE:
Page 4-5—SMARTBOARDS: Making learning more interactive
Pages 6-7—CONSTRUCTION UPDATE: Lanier’s new wing takes shape; Foyer at Fairfax nears completion
Page 8—NUMBER 21: Fairfax ranks high in the Washington Post’s High School Challenge Index

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Building Blocks: The Middle School Years [Close-Up / City of Fairfax Schools]

by Hope Katz Gibbs
Editor / City School Close-Up
Cover Story, March-April 2007

IN THIS ISSUE

COVER STORY:

INSIGHTS INTO EDUCATION: K-12—THE MIDDLE SCHOOL YEARS
What students need to know by the end of 7th and 8th grade [View entire article.]

INSIDE:
Page 4—HAPPY BIRTHDAY DR. SEUSS: City Schools celebrate Read Across America Day
Page 5—MODEL UN: Young diplomats consider possibilities for the future
Pages 6-7—CONSTRUCTION UPDATE: Architecture, Inc.’s Rusty Shaw says project is on schedule; Façade and library complete at Fairfax High
Page 8—SPECIAL OLYMPICS SUPERSTAR: 11th grader is chosen to participate in 2008 games in China

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Building Blocks: The High School Years [Close-Up / City of Fairfax Schools]

by Hope Katz Gibbs
Editor / City School Close-Up
Cover Story, May-June 2007

IN THIS ISSUE

COVER STORY:
INSIGHTS INTO EDUCATION: K-12—THE HIGH SCHOOL YEARS
What students need to know by the end of 12th grade [View entire article.]

INSIDE:
Page 4—THANK YOU, MR. STEPP: Longtime Fairfax City Superintendent Retires
Page 5—CONSTRUCTION UPDATE: Students, staff moves into new wing at Lanier; Renovation is nearly complete at Fairfax
Page 8—WELCOME ANN MONDAY: Asst. Superintendent of Instruction for Fairfax County to become new City Schools Chief

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Fine Art [Close-Up / City of Fairfax Schools]

by Hope Katz Gibbs
Editor / City School Close-Up
Cover Story, May-June 2006

IN THIS ISSUE

COVER STORY:
FINE ART: Art, band, orchestra, dance, and theater are all great activities for school-age children. Right? But do your kids have the right stuff to make a career in the arts? [View entire article.]

INSIDE:
Page 4—WRITER TYPES: Fairfax High AP English teacher Mitch Sutterfield uses Shakespeare to get student to love language, literature
Page 5—CONSTRUCTION UPDATE: Crews break ground at Lanier; Big Spring break move a success at Fairfax High
Page 8—GEOGRAPHY BEES: Students make it through first two rounds of annual contest

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The Sound of Music [Close-Up / City of Fairfax Schools]

by Hope Katz Gibbs
Editor / City School Close-Up
Cover Story, May-June 2005

IN THIS ISSUE

COVER STORY:

COVER STORY—THE SOUND OF MUSIC: Research shows kids who play music are more likely to get better grades, steer clear of drugs, and have more self-discipline. The hundreds of students who participate in the City Schools music programs know something else: Playing music is a lot of fun. [View entire article.]

INSIDE:
Page 3—LET’S DANCE
Page 5—CONSTRUCTION UPDATE: Officials break ground at Fairfax High
Pages 6-7—CITY SCHOOL SUPERSTARS
Page 8—THE FAIRFAX STORY: Students walk through 200 years of history at new Fairfax Museum exhibit

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The Main Thing [Close-Up / City of Fairfax Schools]

by Hope Katz Gibbs
Editor / City School Close-Up
Cover Story, July-August 2006

IN THIS ISSUE

COVER STORY:
Cover story—THE MAIN THING: Wit and wisdom from Fairfax High’s 2006 Commencement Speaker Colin Powell [Read entire article]

INSIDE:
Page 3—VALEDICTORIAN SPEECH
Page 4—SUPERSTARS: Students are honored for academics, citizenship, and humanitarian efforts
Pages 6-7—CONSTRUCTION UPDATE: Officials break ground at Lanier Middle School; Old main wing is demolished at Fairfax High
Page 8—WHERE THE CLASS OF 2006 CAN BE FOUND NEXT FALL

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Smart Stuff [Close-Up / City of Fairfax Schools]

by Hope Katz Gibbs
Editor / City School Close-Up
Cover Story, January-February 2006

IN THIS ISSUE

COVER STORY:
Cover story—SMART STUFF: Is your child WordSmart, LogicSmart, MusicSmart, or PeopleSmart? Determine how students learn best may be the key to their success [Read entire article]

INSIDE:
Page 4—ROSA PARKS MUSEUM: Students learn about history by creating tribute to hero
Page 5—SUPERSTARS: Governor’s School Nominees, Straight A Honor Roll
Pages 6-7—OUTSTANDING TEACHERS OF THE YEAR: Two City School teachers earn National Board Certification; two more are nominated for the Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award
Page 8—METRO MATTERS: Two Fairfax High students win Metro’s student poster contest

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NCLB [City of Fairfax Schools]

by Hope Katz Gibbs
Editor / City School Close-Up
Cover Story, November-December 2003

IN THIS ISSUE

COVER STORY:
Cover story—NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND: What’s the truth behind the legislation? [Read entire article]

INSIDE:
Page 4-7—MATH MATTERS: From K-12, math is the key to success
Page 6—COURSE SELECTION
Page 8—CELEBRITY GRAD ASTRONAUT PIERRE THUOT: Class of 1973 graduate holds record for longest space walk in history

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Understanding the SOLs [Close-Up / City of Fairfax Schools]

COVER STORY:
Cover story—UNDERSTANDING THE SOLS: What do those scores really mean? [Read entire article]

INSIDE:
Page 3—UP-CLOSE WITH JAN MULVANEY: The new liaison between George Mason and the City Schools
Page 4—A WATERSHED EVENT: Lori Huberman lands a $30,000 grant to teach students to protect the environment
Page 5—ADVENTURES IN SUMMER SCHOOL: More than 600 students are scheduled to attend
Page 6—BOOKS AND BRAINS: Research shows that reading wires the brain for excellence
Page 7—UNDERSTANDING COGNITIVE TUTOR: The newest learning program uses technology to help students master math
Page 8—CELEBRITY GRAD: WILLIAM J. HOWELL: Class of 1964 graduate is the Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates

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City School Superstars [Close-Up / City of Fairfax Schools]

by Hope Katz Gibbs
Editor / City School Close-Up
City School Superstars, 2006

Hey all you geography whiz kids out there:

Q: Which continent, with 314 of its population living in urban areas, is the most densely populated? South America, Asia, or Europe?

Q: in the summer of 2001, a devastating earthquake hit Arequipa, a city founded during Spanish colonial times. It is the second largest city in what country? Argentina, Peru, or Columbia?

Q: What large geologic feature extends north to south under the Atlantic Ocean and is home to giant worms that depend on sulfur-digesting bacteria for food? The mid-Atlantic Ridge, or the Atlantic Plateau?

Look inside to see the answers …

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"I get by with a little help from my friends," says Hope, who gives special thanks to:

• MICHAEL GIBBS, website illustration and design: www.michaelgibbs.com
• MAX KUKOY, website development: www.maxwebworks.com
• STEVE BARRETT, portrait of Hope on Bio page: www.stevebarrettphotography.com

Contact HOPE KATZ GIBBS by phone [703-346-6975] or email.

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