Friday 5 for Sept. 16, 2022

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1. APS Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month

It’s National Hispanic Heritage Month, and this month APS celebrates the contributions that Latino Americans have made to our nation, especially to Arlington and our schools. Watch this video of Superintendent Dr. Durán and APS leaders kicking off the month. You can share your voice and get involved by clicking here. Submit quotes, artwork, poetry, photos or other representation that captures your Latino identity. Join in the conversation online using #APSHHM and #APSHerenciaHispana.

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2. September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month – New Mental Health Resources

APS has a variety of resources available to support student mental health and wellbeing, as well as to help those who may be experiencing emotional distress or crisis. Our SOS Suicide Prevention program teaches students how to respond when someone around them says or does something that could be seen as a desire to hurt themselves. If you or someone you know is in crisis, you can call or text 988. Learn more about how APS responds to support students, as well as mental health resources available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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3. VIDEO: Congratulations to Northern Virginia Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Tuckahoe’s Ms. Ani Arzoomanian, Northern VA Teacher of the Year! View this video capturing the surprise assembly held in her honor. APS also congratulates Arlington Traditional School (ATS) teacher Anna Barba; Wakefield teacher Julianna Araujo; and Swanson teacher Melanie Stowell, all named finalists. You can pick up a copy of the article on newsstands now. Congratulations to all our outstanding teachers!

4. Seventeen Seniors Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists
The National Merit Scholarship Program announced that 17 Arlington students are semifinalists in the 68th annual National Merit Scholarship Competition. Semifinalists are the highest scoring entrants in each state and represent less than one percent of the nation’s seniors. Congratulations to the students selected for this recognition.

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5. Join Us for the College Fair: Beyond APS on October 11

Arlington Public Schools will host its annual Beyond APS: College Fair 2022 on Tue, Oct. 11 from 6-8 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson Community Center (3501 2nd St. S.). Families will have an opportunity to speak with representatives from over 100 colleges, universities, trade schools, military and other organizations. Families interested in learning about post-secondary options are encouraged to attend this FREE event. Learn more at

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