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“What is best for our students?”
As an International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (IBMYP) school, we will use the question,“What is best for our students?” as our guiding point so that we can agree to decisions and implement processes that promote the best possible learning for our students. We’ll know we’ve got it when our collaborative practices and processes demonstrate our commitment to meeting the needs of all students above our individual preferences.
Using the IBMYP framework as our lens, we agree that these practices are what is best for student growth:
- Ensure students, staff and families feel safe and have a sense of belonging by having the elements of positive culture in place throughout the school building
- Use multiple sources of data to monitor student progress and plan instruction that is tailored to students’ needs
- Collaborate in CTs to design rigorous, engaging, and differentiated instruction to meet the developmental and academic needs of all students
- Engage all students in meaningful learning experiences by continuing to build our toolbox of strategies for high-quality classroom instruction, such as the workshop model, blended learning, disciplinary literacy, AVID WICOR (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organisation, Reading) strategies, and academic choice.
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Submit an absence, late arrival, or early dismissal using our online attendance form.
Procedures and policies regarding student attendance including information about prearranged absences, excused and unexcused absences, later arrivals, early dismissals, and more.
View our regular, two-hour delay, early dismissal bell schedules, and Blue/White calendar.
2021-2022 ESSER III / School Innovation and Improvement Plan
The Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER III) is a federal grant which requires that spending be used in specific areas. Part of the Fairfax County Public Schools spending plan identifies funding to be used for Unfinished Learning and Student Academic and Social, Emotional, Mental Health (Wellness) Needs. Schools have been given funding allocations to support the academic and wellness needs of students.
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