West Potomac Pyramid Families

PTSA 1 month ago

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Dear West Potomac Pyramid Families,

As we continue to witness the deeply disturbing images of hate, racism, and violence that are unfolding across our country, the West Potomac Pyramid Principals, collectively, want to share our sadness and outrage.

We acknowledge that these events are painful—particularly for our Black and African American community members. We acknowledge that there are feelings of fear, anger, confusion, uncertainty, and desperation.  As members of the West Potomac Pyramid Community, we see you and stand with you. Racism and hate have no place in the world and no place in the West Potomac Pyramid.  Diversity makes us stronger, and we are proud to lead a diverse community. 

In response to these events, our teachers will support students as they have questions and concerns. We understand that conversations build relationships and relationships are essential to developing respect, understanding, and appreciation for one another’s unique and beautiful differences.   When we look to our students, we see hope in our future.  We know that every student is important and has great potential.  We as educators nurture and protect that potential so that it may be actualized in our students’ future selves.  Hope moves us forward. 

Our work will move beyond this school year, as our schools continue to receive professional learning on equitable and culturally responsive practices.  We are committed to furthering our learning in order to dissolve racism and injustice while promoting inclusive school communities where diversity is valued, appreciated and celebrated.

We hope that you and your children are OK.  If you’re looking for ways to help your child considering current events, we offer you these online resources:

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us during this time should you need additional support.  The West Potomac Pyramid will always be a safe place for students and staff to learn and grow.

 

Respectfully,

 

Tom Kuntz, Belle View Elementary

Chris Larrick, Bryant Alternative High School

LaRonda Peterson, Bucknell Elementary

Tim Slayter, Fort Hunt Elementary

Jim Swoger, Groveton Elementary

Jon Gates, Hollin Meadows Elementary

Lauren Sheehy, Hybla Valley Elementary

Lonnie Bickel, Pulley Center

Darwin Barker, Sandburg Middle School

Kevin Morris, Stratford Landing Elementary

Frank Tranfa, Quander Road School

Tangy Millard, West Potomac High School

Katie Cachine, Waynewood Elementary

 

 

Frank A. Tranfa, Jr.

Proud Principal

Quander Road School (currently working from Tranfa World Headquarters)

(703) 718-2400

Mr. Tranfa's Virtual Space

 

 

6400 Quander Rd, Alexandria, VA 22307  |  Phone: 703.718.2400 | Web | Twitter

NAVIGATING COLLEGE OPTIONS FOR YOUR HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE

PTSA 1 month 4 weeks ago

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NAVIGATING COLLEGE OPTIONS FOR YOUR HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE

Join Northern Virginia Community College’s president, Dr. Anne Kress, as she speaks about how you can help prepare your soon-to-be high school graduate for college. Learn about the options and resources available right in your back yard.

 

Chat with Dr. Kress about:

  • The new higher education landscape
  • Next steps after graduating from high school
  • Education options that can save you thousands of dollars
  • Financial aid and scholarship options available
  • Labor market demands and opportunities (what jobs are out there)
  • Transfer programs available at NOVA to get your student to the four-year university of their choice

 

When: May 12, 2020 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (US and Canada)

Audience: Fairfax parents/guardians

 

Register in advance for this webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

6400 Quander Rd, Alexandria, VA 22307  |  Phone: 703.718.2400 | Web | Twitter

800+ ebooks and audiobooks

PTSA 1 month 4 weeks ago

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800+ ebooks and audiobooks!

Library Information Services is pleased to announce a new collection of 800+ ebooks and audiobooks to support distance learning aimed at high school students available through the MackinVia platform. The overall high school collection now contains 3,419 titles curated with a focus on popular and appealing books accessible for a variety of reading levels that many students would find fun to read. Although not intended as instructional resources, these books could be accessed as choice reading or listening for learning activities

How to Access

MackinVIA is the FCPS ebook and audiobook platform. Users can download the MackinVIA app from the iOS and android app stores to read or listen on their mobile devices, or they can log in to fairfax.mackinvia.com using their FCPS network username and password. Also, users on a school-issued computer can search for the MackinVIA app shortcut. In all cases, be sure to log in to the FCPS blue bar with your network credential, NOT the Follett prompt. Here is a slide deck to walk you through the process with an embedded video link if you’d like to see a demo.

 

How to Navigate MackinVIA

Here is a four minute video demonstrating the features of MackinVia.

 

Digital Book Licenses

Unfortunately, central purchases are limited to single-user licenses by publishers. That means that if a copy of a book is checked out, other users can make a request to place it on hold, but only one person may engage with the book at a time. Users receive an email through their Google account when their hold is available. If a school has purchased ebooks through MackinVIA, users at that school will see those titles integrated with the centrally purchased titles.

 

Still have questions… Contact the librarian, Mrs. Spar, at kaspar@fcps.edu

6400 Quander Rd, Alexandria, VA 22307  |  Phone: 703.718.2400 | Web | Twitter

TUITION-FREE SUMMER ONLINE COURSES and GO PAPERLESS!

PTSA 2 months 1 week ago

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NOVA TO OFFER ‘JUMPSTART’ TUITION-FREE SUMMER ONLINE COURSES FOR REGION’S HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) is using institutional dollars from the Federal stimulus to launch a new summer schedule of tuition-free online classes for approximately 70,000 qualified Northern Virginia high school students. This is an opportunity for rising seniors through graduating seniors to JumpStart their summers and earn college credit by attending up to two online courses that will run from June 1 to July 15.

 

Go Paperless!

Save a tree and go paperless! Update your account options in your ParentVue account and select the paperless option for no report card to be generated and mailed. Just tick the box next to Go Paperless!! and receive report cards online.

6400 Quander Rd, Alexandria, VA 22307  |  Phone: 703.718.2400 | Web | Twitter

Career and Transition Events and Summer Career Academy

PTSA 3 months 1 week ago

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REGISTERED APPRENTICESHIPS AND CAREER FAIR

FAIRFAX COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND INDUSTRY

High School students, their parents and/or guardians and community members are invited to learn about exciting work-based learning opportunities through the Youth Registered and Registered Apprenticeship programs. Information will be provided about career related opportunities and employers will be on-site to help guide participants to promising careers.

Save the Date

Thursday, April 16, 2020

6-8 p.m. at Marshall High School

NOVA 2020 VISION CONFERENCE

FCPS and NVCC (NOVA) are offering an opportunity for students with disabilities to learn about available options.  The conference will include a presentation from Disability Services, a student panel and a Q&A session.

 

Date:  Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Time:  Sign-in starts at 3:30 pm

Program Duration:  4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Please RSVP through this web link:

https://forms.gle/KTmS1hNWB5d6rNPg7

 

Please contact Karen Rudert, ETR- Quander for more information.  klrudert@fcps.edu

703-718-2411 

CTE Summer Career Academy

The Career and Technical Education (CTE) office is excited to announce that we will be offering courses for credit this upcoming summer. Students currently in grades 10 and 11 can take the following courses for credit:

  • Information Systems 
  • Teachers for Tomorrow
  • Exploring Health Science
  • Electrical Construction and Engineering 1
  • Construction Tech 1

Courses are 4 weeks long and require 140 hours for credit. They are held at various locations within the county and transportation will be provided for some courses. Contact school counselor, Greta Thomas, for details.

gknicholstho@fcps.edu

703-718-2412

6400 Quander Rd, Alexandria, VA 22307  |  Phone: 703.718.2400 | Web | Twitter

Upcomming Career and Transition Events

PTSA 3 months 2 weeks ago

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REGISTERED APPRENTICESHIPS AND CAREER FAIR

High School students, their parents and/or guardians and community members are invited to learn about exciting work-based learning opportunities through the Youth Registered and Registered Apprenticeship programs. Information will be provided about career related opportunities and employers will be on-site to help guide participants to promising careers. Sponsored by Fairfax County Public Schools and the Department of Labor and Industry.

Save the Date
Thursday, April 16, 2020
6-8 p.m. at Marshall High School NOVA 2020 VISION CONFERENCE

FCPS and NVCC (NOVA) are offering an opportunity for students with disabilities to learn about available options.  The conference will include a presentation from Disability Services, a student panel and a Q&A session.

Date:  Wednesday, April 22, 2020 Time:  Sign-in starts at 3:30 pm Program Duration:  4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Please RSVP through this web link:

https://forms.gle/KTmS1hNWB5d6rNPg7

Please contact Karen Rudert, ETR- Quander for more information.  klrudert@fcps.edu

703-718-2411 

CTE Summer Career Academy

The Career and Technical Education (CTE) office is excited to announce that we will be offering courses for credit this upcoming summer. Students currently in grades 10 and 11 can take the following courses for credit:

  • Information Systems 
  • Teachers for Tomorrow
  • Exploring Health Science
  • Electrical Construction and Engineering 1
  • Construction Tech 1

Courses are 4 weeks long and require 140 hours for credit. They are held at various locations within the county and transportation will be provided for some courses. Contact school counselor, Greta Thomas, for details.

gknicholstho@fcps.edu

703-718-2412

6400 Quander Rd, Alexandria, VA 22307  |  Phone: 703.718.2400 | Web | Twitter

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