Friday 5 for May 27, 2022

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1. Washington-Liberty Senior Maya Koenig Named U.S. Presidential Scholar
Congratulations to Washington-Liberty Senior Maya Koenig for being named a 2022 U.S. Presidential Scholar. Koenig joins 160 seniors from across the country recognized for their accomplishments in academics, the arts, and career and technical education fields. Created in 1964, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program has honored over 7,900 of the nation’s top-performing students.

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2. H-B Woodlawn Junior Places Fourth in Regeneron International Science & Engineering Fair
H-B Woodlawn junior Julia Brodsky placed 4th in the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair. Her project, “Anti-Biofilm Activity of Isolated Bacteriophages for the Treatment of Multidrug-Resistant Pulmonary Infections,” placed 4th in the microbiology category. Student winners in grades 9-12 earned the right to compete at the Regeneron ISEF 2022 by winning a top prize at a local, regional, state or national science fair where they compete against their peers from across the globe. Congratulations, Julia!

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3. COVID-19 Health and Safety Reminders
As of May 23, 2022, the Northern Virginia region – including Arlington – remains in the CDC’s Medium COVID-19 Community Level, with increases in COVID-19 cases overall, and increases in new COVID-19 hospital admissions, leading to more outbreaks in schools. Please take recommended steps to keep yourself and loved ones healthy, including wearing a mask indoors at school and on buses, staying current with COVID vaccines, getting tested when feeling ill, monitoring symptoms and staying home if not feeling well. View information on vaccine clinics and boosters (now available for students aged 5-11).

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4. Mark Your Calendar! Year-End Dates
In just a few weeks, APS looks forward to celebrating the graduating Class of 2022 and all students who are transitioning to their next chapter. You can view the High School Graduation and Middle School Promotion schedule online.  Mark your calendars for these upcoming dates:

  • May 30 – No school for students on Monday (Memorial Day holiday)
  • June 8 – Elementary Early Release for Students
  • June 15 – Last Day of High School / Early Release + Elementary Early Release
  • June 16 – Last Day of Middle School / Early Release
  • June 17 – Last Day of Elementary School / Early Release / Last Day for 10-Month Staff

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5. SEL (Social-Emotional Learning) Student Survey Results Available
Families of students in grades 3-12 now have access to individual student results of the Panorama Education student SEL Universal Screener, conducted this Spring for the first time as a tool to assess school climate and strengthen support for students in core areas such as social awareness, emotional regulation, sense of belonging and wellbeing. Families can access their student’s individual report in ParentVUE. Division-wide results will be presented on July 19 in a Monitoring Report to the School Board.   

Other News & Notes

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! Coming in June: LGBTQIA+ Pride Month