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Town Hall Update

This evening we sent you the following news:

Edison has been offered a great opportunity to host a town hall meeting led by our state representative--Virginia Delegate Mark Sickles on August 10, 2020, at 11:00 AM. Delegate Sickles is a lawmaker and wants to hear from you--his constituents that he represents. He would like to know how students have been affected, and most importantly as a lawmaker in Virginia what would students like to see in place to ensure social justice and equity for all. Delegate Sickles has invited Lee District Supervisor, Rodney Lusk, and Fairfax County Chief of Police, Edwin Roessler, Jr., to join him as well.

We noted in a later paragraph an error in the date of the event. The correct date for the Town Hall is Monday, August 10 at 11:00 AM. We apologize for the error.

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Delegate Mark Sickles to Host Town Hall with Edison Students

Edison has been offered a great opportunity to host a town hall meeting led by our state representative--Virginia Delegate Mark Sickles on August 10, 2020, at 11:00 AM. Delegate Sickles is a lawmaker and wants to hear from you--his constituents that he represents. He would like to know how students have been affected, and most importantly as a lawmaker in Virginia what would students like to see in place to ensure social justice and equity for all. Delegate Sickles has invited Lee District Supervisor, Rodney Lusk, and Fairfax County Chief of Police, Edwin Roessler, Jr., to join him as well.

This is an opportunity for the student voice to be heard beyond the school doors. You may not be able to vote yet, but you matter: your experiences, thoughts, and opinions matter as you are the future, and Delegate Sickles would like to hear from you--the student—young people soon to be leading our country.

Your student can join the town hall on Monday, August 11 at 11:00 AM by clicking this link on Facebook: Town Hall. One of the first posts at the top of the screen will be the Facebook Live Video; click the post with the live video and make sure to turn on the volume to watch. To submit a question, your student can type in the comment box underneath or next to the screen. This can be accessed from a mobile device or computer.

If you visit https://www.facebook.com/MarkSicklesVA/ ahead of 11:00 AM on Monday morning and "like" the page, you will automatically be notified by Facebook when the live video starts on Monday. You can then just click the notification and it will take you directly to the video.

Getting Ready for the First Day of School - September 8

Dr. Brabrand sent out a Return to School Update on August 4. For the next several weeks Dr. Brabrand will communicate updates to the whole FCPS community for clarity and consistency to reduce conflicting messages that might cause confusion. School adminstrators are to follow Dr. Brabrand’s lead and messaging, and then can follow up with their school communities with any additional details specific to their school. If you have not read Dr. Brabrand’s most recent update, please do so at this link: Message from the Superintendent

At Edison, work continues on the master schedule to place students in the courses that they have selected. We also continue to enroll new students over the summer. Sports conditioning with social distancing rules in effect occurs two days a week on the field, and we start our IB Bootcamp on Monday, August 10. Currently, we have 175 students signed up for the bootcamp. If you would still like for your student to participate, please contact Megan Garnett at megarnett@fcps.edu.

We will soon send dates and information about Freshmen Student and Parent Orientations, Class meetings, Back to School Night and general information about a great start to the school year at Edison. We are in the process of planning how to hold these activities in a virtual environment.

I am excited to share that students, parents, and teachers in our Thomas A. Edison school community will pilot Schoology (pronounced /SKOO-luh-jee/), FCPS’s new learning management system, to engage with learning materials and our school community during the 2020-21 school year.

Schoology is a learning space that enhances face-to-face and distance learning through communication, collaboration, and personalized learning. With Schoology, students can submit homework assignments online, review teacher feedback, participate in interactive discussions, read announcements, take tests, and more. As a parent, you will be able to view:

• your student’s class
• your student’s participation
• teacher comments, and
• feedback in Schoology

As a pilot school, we will be using Schoology for as many student assignments and communications as possible, including staff and classroom communication. Our teachers will be participating in professional development this summer so they can create an engaging, student-centered environment for your student. In late August, you and your student will be given login directions and information about how to use Schoology.

We look forward to using Schoology in our classrooms this fall to enhance connectivity and communication across our school.

If you have questions or feedback regarding Schoology, please visit Schoology or contact Mark Nocera, assistant principal, at menocera@fcps.edu.

Sincerely,

Pamela Ellison Brumfield, Principal

Computers for Freshmen and Students New to Edison High School

Freshman and New Student laptop and MiFi distribution will take place on Wednesday, August 19, Thursday, August 20, and Friday, August 21. (see schedule below) We will be using a drive-by system and only the student who is being assigned the laptop will exit their car and enter the building. Please bring your student ID if possible as this will speed up the process. In order to receive any new technology from Edison HS, all technology must be returned to the student’s previous school.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020
• 2:00 – 5:00 PM and 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Thursday, August 20, 2020
• 2:00 – 5:00 PM and 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Friday, August 21, 2020
• 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM and 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Frequently Asked Questions:

Do I have to use a school issued laptop?
• It is not mandatory for a student to use a school issued laptop.

What are the advantages for using my own laptop?
• It will save you a $50 technology fee.

What are the advantages for using a school laptop?
• We deliver software via Virtualized Applications (AppV). This can only be done on school issued computers.
• We use Lightspeed Internet Content Filtering (ICF). This software keep students out of inappropriate content. This software is customized for high school students.
• The school issued laptop comes with a no fault insurance policy. As long as the damage is accidental, FCPS/Dell will repair or replace that device at no charge.

If you have further questions, please email Mark Nocera at menocera@fcps.edu.

For Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors with FCPS Computers

In order to receive the appropriate updates to your school issued computer, we are asking that you turn on your computer for 30 consecutive minutes each week until school begins on September 8, 2020.

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Yearbook Distribution

The 2019-20 Yearbooks are set to ship next week -  the first week of August. Yearbooks will be distributed to Class of 2020 Seniors ONLY on Wednesday, August 12 from 3:00-6:00 PM and Thursday, August 13 from 9:00 AM-Noon, using Door 5. We’re going to use the same drive thru system for distribution that we used for the drive thru graduation, so no one has to leave their vehicle.

Senior Students (or parents) will be required to show proof of identity, or a copy of the receipt from the Yearbook Order Center emailed to the email address on file including the confirmation #. Senior students/parents will ONLY be able to pick up their own and their siblings’ yearbooks – NO picking up for neighbors/friends.

All yearbooks that are NOT picked up during this time will be stored and distributed once the 2020-2021 school year resumes in person.

Do you have a student in the Class of 2021, 2022 and 2023? We will be setting up a drive by pick up for non-graduates in mid-to-late September. Thank you for your patience as we get our books out to the class of 2020 first, and then take time to prepare our teachers for the return of virtual classes in the fall.

We know it is not an ideal solution, but this is the safest and best way to get the yearbooks to the students based on county and state guidelines.

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Advanced Academic Boot Camp

Reminder - The Advanced Academic Online Summer Boot Camp is back and this year we are moving online! Join us August 10-12, 2020 for some interactive online learning. Teachers from the following content areas/departments will give students a “taste” of the activities they will encounter in the upcoming school year:

• English
• Library
• Math
• Science
• Social Studies
• World Languages

Every content area led by Edison High School teachers will help your student get a “jump start” on the new school year! Sign up by completing this form: Boot Camp. The last day to sign up is Friday, July 31st.

Details will be sent to you the week before camp begins (week of August 3). Questions? Email Ms. Garnett, IB Diploma Coordinator, at Ms. Garnett.

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In the spirit of community, Edison administration will be hosting a parent meeting on Friday, July 10, 2020, from 9:30 – 10:30 AM.  Kelly Brown, FCPS IB Program Specialist, will also be available to answer questions.  Join us at this link: 

 

https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/d1959f0dd16b4067b5b55ee32828285d

Session dial-in: Call in anonymously. Attendees using this PIN appear as anonymous callers in the session.

• Dial-in:

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• PIN:

2490610145

 

If you are unable to join us on Friday morning, we will record the session and post it on our website.

Please feel free to submit questions for the meeting here:  Reopening of Schools Questions

 

SENT EARLIER in the WEEK

Dear Edison Families,

Dr. Brabrand will be sending out a reminder communication about the reopening of schools. There are many unknowns making the decision to go online versus in-person challenging.  Many of the details (Parent FAQ), both in design and delivery of either choice are much dependent on total course enrollment:  Reopening of Schools Plan.

If no response is given from a family, the default is in-person for the school year. 

Current answers and links to key questions you might have are as follows:  (Translations are available on links.)

  • Online students will be in online classes Tuesday-Friday for all periods of the regular school day.  The structure is not the same as it was in the spring as the classes will be full day and resemble that of the normal school day.  Attendance will be required, assignments will be graded, and online teachers will work with their colleagues to align pacing and learning expectations. 
  • In-person students will have asynchronous learning expectations on the other two days that they are not face to face in school.  These learning objectives and assignments will likely be equivalent to the class time they would have attended that day.  Should a temporary closure or quarantine need to occur, we would plan to fluidly move these students and their in-person teaching environment to an online environment for the same periods of time during the school closure/quarantine. 
  • Mondays are reserved for teacher planning, office hours and intervention (virtual), and collaborative team meetings.  This planning time will be critical as it will ensure that online teachers are able to meet and pace with their face-to-face colleagues. 
  • As much as possible, we will try to utilize our existing staff to meet the needs of our students.  This may not entirely work, but every effort will be made.
  • Not all electives may be available in an online or in-person environment based on course enrollment and student preferences. 
  • We are working out the details of sanitation, hallway changes, bathroom and lunchroom use.  We have a detailed building map that will be used as a guide once we have our course enrollment totals. 
  • We are unsure as to how transportation and scheduling of Academy courses will work to other Academy sites.  We plan to offer Edison Academy courses; however, we do not know which ones at this time. 

Most of the specific details of next year are based on student enrollment and student needs, the current health landscape and forecast at the time of reopening, and our ability to fulfill teacher and staff requests and accommodations. 

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Dear Edison Families,

Dr. Brabrand will be sending out a reminder communication about the reopening of schools. There are many unknowns making the decision to go online versus in-person challenging.  Many of the details (Parent FAQ), both in design and delivery of either choice are much dependent on total course enrollment:  Reopening of Schools Plan.

If no response is given from a family, the default is in-person for the school year. 

Current answers and links to key questions you might have are as follows: (Translations are available on links.)

  • Online students will be in online classes Tuesday-Friday for all periods of the regular school day.  The structure is not the same as it was in the spring as the classes will be full day and resemble that of the normal school day.  Attendance will be required, assignments will be graded, and online teachers will work with their colleagues to align pacing and learning expectations.
  • In-person students will have asynchronous learning expectations on the other two days that they are not face to face in school.  These learning objectives and assignments will likely be equivalent to the class time they would have attended that day.  Should a temporary closure or quarantine need to occur, we would plan to fluidly move these students and their in-person teaching environment to an online environment for the same periods of time during the school closure/quarantine. 
  • Mondays are reserved for teacher planning, office hours and intervention (virtual), and collaborative team meetings.  This planning time will be critical as it will ensure that online teachers are able to meet and pace with their face-to-face colleagues. 
  • As much as possible, we will try to utilize our existing staff to meet the needs of our students.  This may not entirely work, but every effort will be made.
  • Not all electives may be available in an online or in-person environment based on course enrollment and student preferences. 
  • We are working out the details of sanitation, hallway changes, bathroom and lunchroom use.  We have a detailed building map that will be used as a guide once we have our course enrollment totals. 
  • We are unsure as to how transportation and scheduling of Academy courses will work to other Academy sites.  We plan to offer Edison Academy courses; however, we do not know which ones at this time. 
  • Most of the specific details of next year are based on student enrollment and student needs, the current health landscape and forecast at the time of reopening, and our ability to fulfill teacher and staff requests and accommodations.

In the spirit of community, Edison administration will be hosting a parent meeting on Friday, July 10, 2020, from 9:30 – 10:30 AM.  Grab a cup of coffee and join us at this link: 

 

https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/d1959f0dd16b4067b5b55ee32828285d

Session dial-in: Call in anonymously. Attendees using this PIN appear as anonymous callers in the session.

• Dial-in:

+1-571-392-7650

• PIN:

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If you are unable to join us on Friday morning, we will record the session and post it on our website.

Please feel free to submit questions for the meeting here:  Reopening of Schools Questions

If you have already submitted your choice for next year, you can still join the meeting and should you so choose, an update/edit can be made by accessing the email generated after your previous submission.

All the best,

Pamela Brumfield

Principal

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Summer Learning Programs

Edison High School, along with all schools within FCPS, will remain closed through the end of July. Therefore, we will continue to provide optional, tuition free, virtual learning opportunities for students from June 29 to July 31.

Please see the below information about two different learning options available.

Credit Recovery/Intervention

Virtual credit recovery and intervention classes through an online program called Edmentum will be available for students who:

-- have failed a course and need to recover course credit.
-- have passed a course but who could use practice time to improve their skills. No grade will be received for these students.

The dates for the credit recovery/intervention program are July 6 - July 24 and students can register for up to two classes. The following classes will be offered:

-- English 9, English 10, and English 11
-- US/VA Government

If you are interested in enrolling in a Credit Recovery/Intervention course, please fill out this form. Counselors will also be contacting individual students who could benefit from these courses.

Continuity of Learning and ESOL Student Support

All students currently in grades 9-11 will have access to a Continuity of Learning Google Site that provides practice on essential skills to review over the summer. The Google Sites will be located on the Free Summer Offerings page and is now live. The Mathematics site will focus on practice of essential mathematics content. The Language Arts site will provide practice on grammar and mechanics and offer choice reading opportunities.

A supplemental English Language Development Summer Practice Book will be mailed to students enrolled in High School ESOL Newcomer Programming (ELP Level 1 & 2) in Grades 9 - 11. These books will provide English Language Development practice activities to support and enrich language development during the summer. High school English learners enrolled in Individual Math and Algebra 1 Part 1 in the spring of 2020 will be mailed an Algebra preparation math packet.

Virtual Office Hours
To support students learning in both Continuity of Learning and ESOL, from now to July 31, teachers will hold one hour per week of virtual office hours on Wednesday during the times posted below. Office hours are intended to support students with the digital practice resources and the English Language Development summer practice book. Attendance is optional and interested students will be sent a secure link to access the office hours.

Subjects:   Wednesday Office Hour Times

Mathematics: 10:00 - 11:00am
English: 11:00am - 12:00pm
Special Education: 12:00 - 1:00pm
ESOL: 1:00 - 2:00pm

Please fill out this form to register for access to weekly office hours.
You may reach out to your counselor or to the Summer Program Administrator, Michael Bodakowski (mjbodakowski@fcps.edu), with any questions you may have. 

Advanced Academic Boot Camp

The Advanced Academic Online Summer Boot Camp is back and this year we are moving online! Join us August 10-12, 2020 for some interactive online learning. Teachers from the following content areas/departments will give students a “taste” of the activities they will encounter in the upcoming school year:

• English
• Library
• Math
• Science
• Social Studies
• World Languages

Every content area led by Edison High School teachers will help your student get a “jump start” on the new school year! Sign up by completing this form: Boot Camp

Details will be sent to you the week before camp begins (week of August 3). Questions? Email Ms. Garnett, IB Diploma Coordinator, at Ms. Garnett.

IB Information for Next School Year

We will be offering the IB courses we would have offered without the pandemic and students do not need to select the face-to-face option in order to take IB courses. The central office and the schools have met to discuss different strategies that we can implement as a county to make the best of this difficult situation. This is an evolving process, but staff will work diligently to make sure we can accommodate the various needs of our students.

Reminder: Parents Must Choose Education Option for 2020-2021

An email was recently sent to all parents and guardians regarding education options for their students which included the information below. For the coming year, parents and caregivers have two learning options for their students:

• Full-time online instruction, OR
• In-person instruction with social distancing in our school buildings.

Responses are due by July 10, 2020. If no response is received, the student will automatically be enrolled for in-person instruction for the year.

Additional details on the two choices can be found at the links below:

• Full-time online learning: Online Learning.
• In-person learning in school buildings with health and social distancing: In-person learning.

This form is accessible through mobile devices. Translations of the form are available using the language selection option on the webpage.To select the option that works best for your child or children, please follow the steps below:

STEP 1: Access the online form at: Enrollment Form

STEP 2: Log in with your child’s Student ID and either the enrolling parent’s email address or phone number on file in the FCPS Student Information System (SIS).

STEP 3: Make your selection and finish by clicking the “Submit Form” button at the bottom of the form.

Thomas A. Edison High School Named Recognized by the Virginia Board of Education

We have been recognized for high student achievement or continuous improvement by the Virginia Board of Education. This award is based on performance and practice during 2018-19 and prior years. We were honored based on the following criteria:

• A 10-point increase in the combined rate in reading and math, and in the pass rate in science;
• A 10-point increase in the combined rate in reading and math for two or more student groups across three years;
• A decrease in the chronic absenteeism rate for three years; or
• For schools with a graduating class, an increase in the Graduation and Completion Index and a decrease in the dropout rate for three years.

We appreciate that the support of our Edison families to their children’s education is critically important in reaching this milestone.

Grab and Go Breakfast and Lunch to Continue through the Summer

Summer Reminder – the “grab and go” meal service has been approved to continue throughout the summer. Meal distribution information is kept current on the FCPS website – for further information: Grab and Go

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Congratulations Class of 2020!

Today, Wednesday, July 1 is the day to watch the streaming of Thomas A. Edison’s Class of 2020 Virtual Graduation & Celebration Video.  The video is set to stream at 6:00 PM today.  If you are unable to watch today, don’t worry—this link will stay active for at least 10 days.

The website link for the virtual ceremony is   taedison-hs.stageclip.com

 

Upcoming Virtual Graduation Ceremony - Viewing Locations and FAQs

Edison HS Stream: Wednesday, July 1 at 6:00 PM

There are three viewing options:

Option 1: The ceremony can be viewed by clicking on this link: https://taedison-hs.stageclip.com/

The ceremony viewing link will also be emailed by StageClip a few hours prior to the broadcast.

To turn on Closed Captioning, click the link to the video; see the “cc” in the bottom right hand corner. To turn on captions, click the “cc”; to turn them off, click “cc” again.

 

Option 2:

Cable TV: Channel 21, 25 or 99 - Edison – Channel 99

Additionally, depending on your cable provider, channel 21, 25, and 99 might be on another channel. To find which channel aligns to your cable provider, check this https://www.fcps.edu/tv/live

For closed captioning, please check with your cable provider.

 

Option 3:

Streaming Version of channel 21, 25 or 99; the links to the streams are:

Channel 21 - https://www.fcps.edu/tv

Channel 25 - https://www.fcps.edu/tv/ch25

Channel 99 - https://www.fcps.edu/tv/ch99

Individual School Graduation Schedule can be accessed at https://www.fcps.edu/graduation

To turn on Closed Captioning, click the link to the video; see the “cc” in the bottom right hand corner. To turn on captions, click the “cc”; to turn them off, click “cc” again.

Reminder:  Not every senior is included in the procession. We could only include seniors who chose to be in the video and communicated to the school before the deadline.  Students uploaded their graduation photo or gave us permission to upload their senior photo.

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Graduation Video Information

 

Upcoming Virtual Graduation Ceremony - Viewing Locations and FAQs

Edison HS Stream: Wednesday, July 1 at 6:00 PM

No

Ceremony Viewing FAQs

Location 1

Location 2

Location 3

1

What are my viewing options?

StageClip Link

Cable TV

Streaming Version of  Channel 21, 25, or 99:

2

Where do I watch the ceremony?

The ceremony can be viewed by clicking on this link: taedison-hs.stageclip.com

Ceremony viewing link will also be emailed by StageClip few hours prior to the broadcast time.

Channel 21, 25 or 99

Edison – Channel 99

Additionally, depending on your cable provider, channel 21, 25, and 99 might be on another channel. To find which channel aligns to your cable provider, check this https://www.fcps.edu/tv/live

 

The links to the streams are:

Channel 21 - https://www.fcps.edu/tv

Channel 25 - https://www.fcps.edu/tv/ch25

Channel 99 - https://www.fcps.edu/tv/ch99

Individual School Graduation Schedule can be accessed at https://www.fcps.edu/graduation

 

3

How can I turn on closed captioning?

Click the link to the video:

In the bottom right of the player the "cc"  option will be visible.

To turn on Captions, click "cc" .

To turn off captions, click "cc"  again.

Check with your cable provider

In the bottom right of the player the "cc"  option will be visible.

To turn on Captions, click "cc" .

To turn off captions, click "cc"  again.

 

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News from the Library

Your library team has created an interactive summer adventure BINGO card. Students can select the activities they want to complete to get a bingo. After the students have completed a BINGO, please have them fill out the google form telling us what they did for their BINGO. Students will need to login to their fcpsschools.net account to fill out the form. Students who complete the BINGO activities will be entered for a chance to win a prize. Have a great summer, and we hope you have a great time exploring.

FCPS Updates

It has been a challenging time for students, parents, teachers and staff to get to the finish line for 2020! We congratulate your students and you for working so hard to finish the year successfully.

At this time, we do not know how we will be returning to school. The School Board and FCPS Leadership members are meeting continuously to come up with a plan that is best for our students, families and staff members.

Please stay connected to FCPS over the summer, as you will be receiving updates and information on the process for opening school. Superintendent Brabrand is planning a virtual town hall for parents and families soon and will be reaching out to you for your input and instructions on how to attend.

Today is the last day of school for teachers, and most of our staff. During the summer months, a very small group of staff members are working; however, the schools are not open, and we continue to work “virtually”. We will, of course, continue to respond to emails in a timely manner.  Be sure to check the Edison web page (https://edisonhs.fcps.edu/) and the FCPS web page (https://www.fcps.edu/) frequently for updates.

We wish you and your family a safe, restful and good summer.

 

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Congratulations Class of 2020! ANGP Raffle for 2020 Seniors

Complete the form below for a chance at winning one $300 gift card or 2 $100 gift cards. The deadline to complete the form is June 12 (Friday) at noon. The drawing will take place later that same day, Friday, June 12th. The ANGP congratulates you on your graduation! 

Senior Raffle Here

Future Business Leaders of America News

FBLA is a career and technical student organization that is integral to the Business and Information Technology curriculum. Over the past few weeks, Virginia Future Business Leaders of America held its first Virtual Leadership Experience to provide its members virtual leadership development opportunities after the cancellation of the State Leadership Conference.

Here are just some of the awards and recognition Edison FBLA received:

  • Junior Jorge Mansilla was installed as the State Vice President Representing the Northern Virginia Region.
  • Imran Hussein, Jorge Mansilla, Christy-Judy Nohra, Leah Nohra, and Andres Sanchez completed the Virtual Leadership Experience.
  • Leah Nohra and Jorge Mansilla were recognized for completing the various requirements for the Business Achievement Awards, for student achievement in service, education, and progress:
  • Christy-Judy Nohra and Leah Nohra were recognized for completing the requirements for various levels of the Community Service Awards.
Last Day of Classes

The last day of classes for this school year is Thursday, June 12.

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Message From the Edison Pyramid Principals

Dear Edison Pyramid Families,

We are writing to you as your Pyramid Principals to let you know how disheartened we are in light of current events. Racism and hate have no place in the Edison Pyramid; rather our schools are places that strive towards inclusiveness and compassion for all while providing hope for the future.
Each school’s staff is here to support children to process information and to learn and speak about kindness, justice, equality and what it means to be a good citizen. We will continue to work together to identify ways to have these important conversations with our staff and students. Our schools are committed to continuing to engage in professional learning about equitable and culturally responsive practices, to challenge racism and injustice, while promoting inclusive school communities where diversity is valued.

Here are a few resources for families on these topics:

Teaching Tolerance - Beyond the Golden Rule: A Parent’s Guide to Preventing and Responding to Prejudice
Embrace Race - 10 Tips for Teaching & Talking to Kids about Race
National Museum of African American History - Talking About Race: Resources for Parents
Talking to Children After Racial Incidents

As always, we thank you for your trust. We thank you for your partnership. We are hopeful about our future because the students and staff of the Edison Pyramid will continue to lead the change.

Respectfully,

Pamela Brumfield, Edison High School
Chuck Miller, Twain Middle School
Mary Duffy, Bush Hill Elementary
Eric Johnson, Cameron Elementary
Roxanne Salata, Clermont Elementary
Andrew Smith, Franconia Elementary
Jean Consolla, Mount Eagle Elementary
Dawn Hendrick, Rose Hill Elementary

Additional Resources:

Books for parents teaching young children:

Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners: books for children and young adults

Books for teenagers and adults to read:

Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi
Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Dr. Brittney Cooper
Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon
How To Be An Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
Raising Our Hands by Jenna Arnold
Redefining Realness by Janet Mock
Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century by Grace Lee Boggs
The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America by Ira Katznelson
White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo, PhD

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Senior Survey

All Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) 12th grade students are asked to complete a brief senior survey at the end of their 12th grade year. Postsecondary plan information gathered in the Senior Survey provides valuable information for our school division as we work to support each student’s academic and career plan, and information from the survey is also annually reported to the Virginia Department of Education.

Parents, please help us collect this information. If your student has not completed the survey you will receive an email from Ms. Cottingham on Monday as a reminder. Thank you for your help in completing this task.
YouTube Instructions can be found here: Senior Survey Instructions

Written Instructions can be found here: Written Instructions

Grab and Go Breakfast and Lunch

Although Monday, May 25 is Memorial Day and a school holiday, all FCPS Grab-and-Go Breakfast and Lunch locations will be open and serving meals to our community. 

Updates from the State of Virginia Department of Education

Governor Ralph Northam and First Lady Pamela Northam, in partnership with Virginia Public Media, announce a Virginia-specific graduation celebration to recognize the Commonwealth's class of 2020. “Virginia Graduates Together” will premiere on May 29 at 5 pm on Virginia PBS stations and Facebook LIVE. During this 30-minute program broadcast we will feature the accomplishments and experiences of Virginia’s remarkable class.

Dr. Edward Lane, the State Superintendent for Education, has a message for our graduating seniors: Dr. Lane's Address

Governor's Task Force

Following the directive to close all schools in Virginia due to the pandemic, the Virginia Department of Education established the Continuity for Learning (C4L) Task Force to develop recommendations on key issues schools must address before reopening and help determine how to ensure continuity of learning for Virginia students from cradle to classroom to career. After this guidance is developed, the work group will transition to focus on long-term recovery plans to include addressing learning gaps and social emotional needs of students resulting from school closures.
For More Information:
Governor's Task Force

Temporary Food Assistance for FCPS Families in Need

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) families whose children are eligible for the federal free and reduced-price meal program can receive temporary food assistance from the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS). Families will receive a P-EBT (Pandemic Electronic Bank Transfer) for temporary food assistance to cover the cost of meals missed while schools are closed.

FCPS has submitted the names of families currently eligible for FRM to the VDSS; currently eligible families do not need to apply or fill out additional forms to receive the funds. Families are not required to be current SNAP recipients to qualify for P-EBT benefits.

Families that are not currently eligible for free and reduced-price meals can apply to that program by June 11. VDOE and VDSS ultimately approve eligibility and issue the benefit.

VDSS is working with the Virginia Department of Education to ensure that families currently receiving SNAP benefits will have funds loaded onto their EBT cards within the next two weeks. Families who do not receive SNAP benefits will receive an EBT card in the mail in the next 4-6 weeks.

Families are encouraged to visit the Virginia P-EBT site (VDSS P-EBT FAQs (English) – VA P-EBT (English), VDSS P-EBT FAQs (Español) - VA P-EBT (Spanish)) to learn more. FCPS families can also contact the Office of Food and Nutrition Services at 703-813-4800.

See this link for more information:
Free and Reduced Lunch Eligibility

      All Night Grad Party

Yard Sign Sale

Show your Eagle Pride and celebrate your graduate! Yard Signs are $10.00 each- click here to get yours today! 

 

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A Message from Student Services

As we continue with Distance Learning, the Student Services team is here to assist in any way to support our students and families.  Please alert us if you have any concerns and we’re happy to speak with you over the phone. We miss you and are only a mouse click or phone call away.

Counselor distance learning office hours are Wednesday & Friday from 12:00-1:30PM. Log into Blackboard for more information.

For resources on food and mental health support, please use the links below:

Food: https://www.fcps.edu/news/coronavirus-update-food-resources

Mental Health: For an immediate crisis, call 911

For mental health concerns:

Call: 703 573-5679 (Merrifield Center), or 703-289-7560 (INOVA emergency services).

Text: NEEDHELP to 85511 for the Crisis Link Hotline

 Academic support: please contact your counselor via email and check our Blackboard site: Here

Class of 2020

Senior Spotlight

Check out the Class of 2020 Senior Spotlight -- Rowan Cusano -- on the Edison High School website! Senior Spotlight.

Congratulations, Rowan!

Senior Awards

To recognize our seniors’ achievements we are preparing a video for students and families that will be sent out on Wednesday, May 27. We will highlight department award winners, IB Diploma candidates, and PTSA scholarship winners.

Show your Eagle Pride and celebrate your graduate! Yard Signs are $10.00 each- click here to get yours today! 

Questions? Contact Gretchen Regehr at Gretchen.

Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020

Save the date for Saturday, May 16 at 8:00 PM to watch a one-hour special on NBC, ABC, CBS, and Fox where stars such as LeBron James, Pharrell Williams, former President Barack Obama, and more will honor our nation’s graduates. This is the first of its kind and surely will be a meaningful tribute to our students who deserve recognition!

Important End of Year Dates

May 16 – National Graduation Tribute on TV – 8:00 p.m.

May 26 – Last day of Distance Learning for Seniors

May 27 – Senior Awards (virtual)

June 11 – Last day for Distance Learning for Underclassmen

More information about other Class of 2020 activities will be coming soon.

Library Hours

The library team is using Google Classroom and Google Meet to hold their virtual office hours for the rest of the school year.  Please join the library Google classroom using the code:  wcfihvj

Our librarians are here for extra support, so please let them know how they can help you.

Monday, Wednesday, Friday:

11:00 – 12:30 – Ms. Burdett;  2:00 – 3:30 – Ms. Mahon

Tuesday: 11:15 – 12:15 – Ms. Burdett

Thursday: 11:15 – 12:15 – Ms. Mahon

PTSA News

Our next PTSA meeting is on Tuesday, May 19 at 7:00 pm via webinar and conference call. Login instructions will be posted shortly at Meeting or contact VP Communications for more information.

Join Edison PTSA Executive Board

Edison PTSA is looking for a few good parents, teachers and students to serve on the Edison PTSA Board as an officer or committee chair for the 2020-21 school year. If interested, please send an email indicating your preferred role to Nominations.

Click HERE to view Officer and Committee Chair Roles

All talents, skill levels and levels of commitment are welcome. Currently President-Elect, VP Membership, VP Communication, Treasurer and Secretary are OPEN.

Training is also available at no cost to volunteers.

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Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 4th-8th this year. Although we have been away from school for a few weeks, we still want to show our teachers how much we appreciate all their hard work during the school year and during this time of distance learning. If you would like to thank or express your appreciation to an Edison High School teacher or instructional assistant, please click on the Edison’s directory link Staff Directory and email a teacher or instructional assistant directly.  Let’s show our teachers how much we appreciate them.

And we thank you for entrusting us to educate your children.

IB College Fair Has Gone "Virtual"

While we were not able to hold an in-person College Fair this year, several of the colleges and universities who were to attend the Fair have come together in a Virtual College Fair: IB Virtual College Fair

At this moment 17 international and 22 US colleges and universities have provided a short introductory video about their school and their IB policy. These videos, along with links to the school’s website and a contact person, are provided for each university or college. Additional schools may be adding their information in the next few days.

Students may also register for the Fair and their information will be sent to all schools.

We all hope to have an in-person Fair again next spring.

PTSA Updates

The EHS PTSA is pleased to offer four (4) $500 scholarships to graduating seniors from the Class of 2020.

The intent in awarding a PTSA scholarship is to recognize Thomas Edison High School students who have demonstrated good citizenship through volunteer service in the school and community, or academic achievement through individual determination.

The scholarship is intended to support continuation of their education at a two- or four-year college, university or trade school.

Application deadline is: May 17

Click HERE for more information and to apply

Questions? Contact us at scholarship@edisonhsptsa.org

Join The Edison High School PTSA Executive Board

Edison PTSA is looking for a few good parents, teachers and students to serve on the Edison PTSA Board as an officer or committee chair for the 2020-21 school year. If interested, please send an email indicating your preferred role to nominations@edisonhsptsa.org.

Click HERE to view Officer and Committee Chair Roles

All talents, skill levels and levels of commitment are welcome. Currently President-Elect, VP Membership, VP Communication, Treasurer and Secretary are OPEN.

Training is also available at no cost to volunteers.

All Night Grad Party

Yard Sign Sale

Show your Eagle Pride and celebrate your graduate! Yard Signs are $10.00 each- click here to get yours today! 

Questions? Contact Gretchen Regehr

Athletic Boosters

Senior Athletes are encouraged to apply for an Athletic Booster Scholarship. The 2020 Application is Available Online now. See the application for details. The deadline is Friday, May 15: Athletic Scholarship

Calendar item:

Virtual Athletic Booster Meeting: Monday, May 4th at 7 p.m.  Check for the Zoom meeting code (not yet posted as this goes to press) at Virtual Meeting

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Message from FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

Hello Edison community! My name is Consuela White and I hope all of you are staying healthy and well. I am providing some information about vaping and drugs that is relevant to what we are experiencing right now with COVID-19. The World Health Organization (WHO) recently updated their website to include information about smoking/vaping and COVID-19. The WHO states that “smokers are likely to be more vulnerable to COVID-19.” The full statement can be found here.  

Unfortunately, substance use and addiction don’t stop for a pandemic. If you need support with your child, please feel free to reach out to me at cmwhite@fcps.edu. Additionally, the Community Services Board (CSB) is still providing mental health and substance abuse services. Their information can be found here. If there are any parents trying to have conversations about addiction, drugs, and alcohol while your child is a captive audience and you need material please let me know.

PTSA Updates

Scholarship News

The EHS PTSA is pleased to offer four (4) $500 scholarships to graduating seniors from the Class of 2020.

The intent in awarding a PTSA scholarship is to recognize Thomas Edison High School students who have demonstrated good citizenship through volunteer service in the school and community, or academic achievement through individual determination.

The scholarship is intended to support continuation of their education at a two- or four-year college, university or trade school.

Application deadline is: May 17

Click HERE for more information and to apply

Questions? Contact us at scholarship@edisonhsptsa.org

Join Edison PTSA Executive Board

The Edison PTSA is looking for a few good parents, teachers and students to serve on the Edison PTSA Board as an officer or committee chair for the 2020-21 school year. If interested, please send an email indicating your preferred role to nominations@edisonhsptsa.org.

Click HERE to view Officer and Committee Chair Roles

All talents, skill levels and levels of commitment are welcome. Currently President-Elect, VP Membership, VP Communication, Treasurer and Secretary are OPEN.

Training is also available at no cost to volunteers.

All Night Grad Party Yard Sign Sale

Show your Eagle Pride and celebrate your graduate! Yard Signs are $10.00 each- click here to get yours today! 

Questions? Contact Gretchen Regehr   

Athletic Boosters

Senior Athletes are encouraged to apply for an Athletic Booster Scholarship. The 2020 Application is Available Online now. See the application for details. The deadline is Friday, May 15: Scholarship

Calendar item:

Virtual Athletic Booster Meeting: Monday, May 4th at 7 p.m.   Zoom meeting code to be shared soon!

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