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Superintendent's Mid-Year Back Message

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Dear APS Students, Families, and Staff Members,

Happy New Year and welcome to the start of the second half of the school year! I hope you had a rejuvenating winter break and that you have returned with renewed enthusiasm and energy.

As we return and are almost at the mid-point of our school year, I would like to discuss with you three important points: Student Safety and Security, Academic Planning, and Academic Achievement.    


Randolph's Cool-the-Earth Kicks Off Eight Week Study of Climate Change

Cool the earth
Cool the Earth teaches students about real actions that they can do now to help solve the problem of climate change.
The Randolph Cool-the-Earth assembly held last week kicked-off an eight week program to help students learn about climate change. The mission of the program, coordinated by fifth grade teacher Robin Bogoshian, is to educate children and their families about climate change and motivate them to take simple, measurable conservation actions that reduce their carbon footprint at school, home, and in the community.

Bogoshian's motivation to start the program came from the idea that educators are always trying to touch on the idea of conservation and trying to bring an awareness about the idea of the earth's limited resources. "Until now, I did not have a comprehensive approach to teaching my kids about this topic. I needed a program that was going to get at behavior change," said Bogoshian.

2013 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Literary and Visual Arts Contest Winners

MLK Contest Winner
First Place – Elizabeth Ives: Grade 2, Nottingham Elementary School
Students were asked to describe in writing or create a visual image of a role model, celebrity, or current figure that they felt has taken a stand for an important issue in the world today.

Literary Arts Winners

Grades K – 2
First Place – Harini Ramaswamy: Grade 2, Tuckahoe Elementary School
Second Place – Riley England: Grade 2, Long Branch Elementary School
Third Place – Winston Gruver: Grade 2, Arlington Science Focus School

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McKinley first graders had the opportunity to partner with the Washington Architecture Foundations Architecture in the Schools (AIS) to learn about the processes, techniques and careers of working architects.
Aaron Schuetz's AP Physics students at Yorktown studied the "physics of pool" last month.
Barrett students were treated to special presentations by George Tahu from NASA headquarters during the months of October, November, and December.
Taylor was named a 2012 Speak Up 200 school, a collection of the top K-12 schools in the country that encourages and involves ideas from students, parents and educators in local education planning.
Students from ATS, Carlin Springs and Tuckahoe won the Virginia Society for Technology in Education’s (VSTE) Student Technology Integration Challenge (STIC).
More Kudos
Jan. 20 - 44th Annual Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 7 p.m. at Washington-Lee

Jan. 21 - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - No School

Jan. 22 - Grade Prep/Teacher Work Day - No School for Students
Jan. 22 - Budget Forum for Spanish speakers, 7 p.m. at the Career Center
Jan. 23 - Community Meeting on New Elementary School Boundary, 7 p.m. Williamsburg
Last Modified on January 18, 2013