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PR: City of Fairfax Schools

City of Fairfax Schools: PR Mission

Hope Katz Gibbs
Director of Communications
City of Fairfax Schools
November 2002 to present

Hope Katz Gibbs has been the Director of Communications for the City of Fairfax Schools since the fall of 2002. She is the editor of the City Schools Close-Up, an award-winning newsletter (see copies posted below) that circulates to 14,000 residents and business owners in the City of Fairfax. [To read more about the challenge, solution and outcome, click on View Entire Article.]

Listed below is the team that makes Close-Up possible:

Editor: Hope Katz Gibbs
Designer: Michael Gibbs Illustration & Design
Photograher: Steve Barrett
Printer: Goetz Printing

City Schools Superintendent: Ann Monday
Assistant to the Superintedent: Jan Mulvaney
City Schools Clerk: Lynda Pierce
City School Board Chairman: Janice Miller
City School Board: Allan Griffith, Jon Buttran, Amy Craig, Julie Knight
City Schools Principals: Joy Hanbury, Kathy Mullenix, Scott Poole, Scott Brabrand, Linda Thomson, and Peter Noonan.

Special thanks to: Superintendents George Stepp and Paula Johnson

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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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"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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