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Mrs. Amanda Fournier has worked at The Fairfax Christian School since February 2016. Prior to joining our staff, she earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, worked for the state of Delaware’s Department of Justice and started a family. Her three children attend The Fairfax Christian School: one in the Lower School, one in Middle School, and one in High School.
As an Academic Advisor, Mrs. Fournier works closely with students to ensure that they get the full benefits of their education. She makes sure students are placed in the right course for their skill level and keeps teachers, parents and guardians informed about any particular challenges that arise. She also works with our seniors on their college applications, coordinates standardized testing and emails monthly updates to overseas parents.
What Mrs. Fournier enjoys most about her job is being a positive influence on our young people. She enjoys giving our students counsel and encouragement, and strives to be a positive role model for them.
Mrs. Fournier’s favorite thing about FCS is that our Christian faith is an integral part of our curriculum. Every student takes a Bible class every year, and other subjects are taught from a Biblical worldview. “It’s great to be able to pray with colleagues,” Mrs. Fournier says. “I also appreciate the small class sizes and one-on-one attention the teachers are able to give students. The teachers here are really wonderful.”
The Fairfax Christian School will soon open a new state-of-the-art campus in Dulles, Virginia, just north of the Washington-Dulles International Airport.
The Dulles campus will feature:
- Space for over 400 students
- Large, light-filled classrooms
- Cutting-edge science labs
- Fully-equipped computer, art, and music rooms
- Spacious library for thousands of books and comfortable interactive learning
- Performance hall with flexible space which seats up to 400
- Sports facilities, including a gymnasium, locker rooms, playground, athletic fieldsand golf practice facilities
- Over five acres of undisturbed park-like land, including the serene Indian Creek and a tranquil brook
Our new campus will be at 22870 Pacific Boulevard in Dulles, Virginia. It is a ten-minute drive from our current location. From our Vienna campus, take the Dulles Toll Road West to Route 28 North, then take the second exit on Old Ox Road West. Make a right on Pacific Boulevard, and the campus will be on your right.
The Dulles campus is scheduled to open during the spring semester of 2018.
Mrs. Joyce Seto joined our staff at FCS in 2015, but she was no stranger to the school: her oldest child had been enrolled here since 2011. Now her oldest has graduated, and the rest of her children are thriving at FCS.
Before having children, she earned her bachelor’s degree in Production Management and worked in the fashion industry.
Mrs. Seto works chiefly with our Chinese students. She is responsible for sending monthly emails to students’ parents overseas, contacting guardians about their students and helping our seniors with the college application process. One of her most important tasks is helping parents and guardians to understand the unique challenges of international students and placing students at the appropriate academic level.
Working at a Christian school gives Mrs. Seto the chance to practice and share her faith in the workplace. She enjoys the opportunity to pray with coworkers in the morning. “We have the great opportunity to teach many international students about the Bible,” she says, “because many of them have never heard about it before.” Providing a top-tier education in a Christian setting gives students a solid foundation for the rest of their lives, in and out of school.
The Fairfax Christian School always strives to provide each student with the highest quality education and to give our students a competitive advantage which will last a lifetime. We are constantly finding new ways to improve and supplement our award-winning program to better prepare our students for top universities.
Beginning with the Class of 2018, FCS will launch a new Advanced Diploma program for high school students. We will offer our Advanced Diplomas in two areas: “Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics” and “Business and Economics.” Students are eligible to earn both of these Advanced Diplomas.
STEM Advanced Diploma
Coursework for the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Advanced Diploma will include:
- AP Physics
- AP Biology
- AP Chemistry
- AP Computer Science
- AP Calculus
- Linear Algebra
- AP Statistics
- Introduction to Engineering
Our students must take four lab sciences and three other STEM classes, as well as participate in the annual Science Fair, to receive the STEM Advanced Diploma.
Business and Economics Advanced Diploma
Coursework for the Business and Economics Advanced Diploma will include:
- Economic Freedom
- AP Microeconomics
- AP Macroeconomics
- AP Statistics
- Business Law
- Business Writing
- Speech and Debate
Students must complete at least five of these classes to earn the Business and Economics Advanced Diploma.
More detailed information on these programs will be available from our Academic Advisors.
We also offer educational consultations for prospective students. Please contact us atwith any questions.
Dr. Ted Baehr, chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission and founder of Movieguide, came to FCS to give a talk on entertainment media. His presentation touched on the influence of media, elements of successful films and how young people can be “media wise” in their entertainment choices.
The Influence of Media
By the time children reach the age of seventeen, they spend approximately 64,000 hours on entertainment media—over four times as much as they spend in school, with family and at church combined. The overwhelming majority of studies agree that entertainment media have an effect on children’s developing minds.
It’s no surprise that parents are concerned about the effects of media on their children. Many parents protect their children by using Movieguide.org to screen upcoming films. Movieguide provides an easy-to-read content rating, a short summary and a longer review. The guide is firmly based on a Christian worldview and covers any objectionable material the film may contain.
What Makes a Film Successful?
For thirty-five years, Dr. Baehr has advised professionals in the film industry. He knows that movie-making is more business than art. Hollywood trends are driven by money: filmmakers want to emulate successful films in order to make a profit.
The Christian Film & Television Commission, founded and chaired by Dr. Baehr, publishes an annual report on the year’s most profitable films. Every year the report finds that strong Christian-influenced movies outperform others at the box office. “It’s not too surprising,” says Dr. Baehr, “when you consider that 132 million Americans attend church every week, and only 25 million go to the movies.” Out of the top ten highest-grossing domestic films of 2015, nine had a Christian or otherwise positive worldview, and zero were R-rated. The box office returns send a clear message: moral movies make the most money.
Dr. Baehr emphasized to our students that they have power to influence Hollywood for good. Their choices in entertainment media send a message to the industry. Even the young can make informed decisions if they have the right resources and learn to be “media wise.”
“Media wisdom” is a critical understanding of the influence of media, the stages of human development, the grammar of entertainment media, and one’s own moral and spiritual values. Knowing the right questions to ask and where to find the answers is crucial.
For quality insights into today’s media and for more information about Movieguide’s internship opportunities, please visit Movieguide.org.
Dr. Margaret Bickers is in her seventh year as an FCS bus driver. Her experience with schools and driving goes back much further: she earned her Ph.D. in Child Psychology while driving Fairfax County Public School buses.
Being a bus driver was not her second choice. Dr. Bickers has always enjoyed driving, both professionally and for recreation. She likes interacting with students during her morning and afternoon routes as part of our To-Your-Door bus service.
With over forty years of experience as a bus driver, Dr. Bickers has seen many different types of students over the years. FCS students are extraordinarily well-behaved and polite. The staff and faculty at FCS are friendly and helpful.
“I love spending time with these great kids,” says Mrs. Bickers. “It’s wonderful to be part of a positive school experience for them. I tell the kids, ‘Have a good day and learn something new!’ every day.”
Dr. Leonidas Zelmanovitz, Ph.D., an FCS parent, visiting scholar at George Mason University and author of The Ontology and Function of Money, visited our AP Macroeconomics class to speak on how monetary policy affects market decisions.
Money principally functions as a generally accepted medium of exchange. Societies are made up of individuals in pursuit of their own goals; specialization of labor results in higher productivity, while demand creates the need for trade. Assigning monetary values to goods and services allows us to efficiently make exchanges, “cooperating” while simultaneously acting in our own best interest.
In his lecture, Dr. Zelmanovitz touched on the major theories about the nature of money. Keynesian economics holds that money is a charter, defined and given value by the state. A more critical theory, defended by distinguished economists such as Friedrich Hayek, observes that money derives value from society’s needs and resources; sound money cannot be assigned artificial value without severely damaging the economy.
Dr. Zelmanovitz outlined the history of money, from the raw metals of the Bronze Age through the origins of “modern money” in the invention of banknotes. Coinage, he explained, was invented by the Lydian government circa 600 B.C. to conveniently pay for official state expenditures. The original state-monopolized coinage was made from precious metals, which retain value beyond their use as currency. Banknotes were initially created to represent reserves of precious metals held by the banks; later, state-sponsored banks began printing money as a way to reduce the interest rate on loans to the government. Without a standard for paper money, the value of currency could be artificially manipulated, leading to short-term benefits for the government but long-reaching consequences for the country.
Our AP Macroeconomics students posed complex questions after the lecture. Areas of interest included the economics of Marxist states, the causes of failing economies in modern nations, how countries respond to the imposition of new systems, the value of non-scientific data and the viability of privately-produced currency.
We would like to thank Dr. Zelmanovitz for sharing his time and experience with this thought-provoking lecture. Our students will appreciate this foundational knowledge of monetary theory as they continue to prepare for the AP Macroeconomics exam.
Mrs. Sylvie Peev has joined the FCS faculty this year. Previously Mrs. Peev taught French classes
at Virginia Academy. She now teaches Lower School French, Third & Fourth Grade Art, and Middle/High School French 1.
For Lower School students, Mrs. Peev plans very “hands-on” lessons, with interactive activities and participation. Her goal in teaching French is to give students the “full package”: reading, writing, speaking and understanding.
What attracted Mrs. Peev to FCS was the school’s impressive level of academics. She also appreciates the small class size.
Mrs. Peev’s favorite aspect of teaching is interacting with our wonderful students. She enjoys contributing to their learning and development with warmth and authority. “I am very happy to teach French,” she says. “It is my calling. To see the joy in their eyes when they accomplish their goals or understand a new concept is very rewarding.”
On Wednesday, October 19th, Eleventh Grade students will take the PSAT. Most of our seniors are registering to take the SAT in November or December. Many students have questions about these tests. We would like to highlight critical information which will help students be confident and prepared.
The day before the PSAT is scheduled, we hold a short pre-administration session. This session allows students to fill in their personal information on the answer sheets. It’s important for students to attend the session so there is no delay or confusion when they take the PSAT.
The PSAT, like the SAT, has been redesigned as of 2015. The test now is better aligned with school learning and emphasizes more practical vocabulary.
Here is what students need to know about the PSAT:
- The score scale has been adjusted to 400-1600 points, reflecting two 800-point sections instead of three.
- There is no longer a negative point penalty for incorrect or “guessed” answers. Correct answers are worth one point; incorrect answers are worth zero points.
- The PSAT does not have an essay portion.
The changes to the SAT are nearly identical to those on the PSAT. The only major difference is that the SAT still has an essay portion. The essay itself has changed: it is now optional, and will be graded separately on a scale from two to eight points. The essay is crucial for students who want to get into top schools, so we highly recommend it.
SAT & PSAT Prep
We recommend that students take advantage of the resources available on the CollegeBoardwebsite at collegeboard.org and through Khan Academy at www.khanacademy.com/sat as they study for the PSAT or SAT.
Additionally, FCS will host an SAT Bootcamp by Best Academy from late October through November. Please turn to page 2 for more details.
Spring PSAT Testing
Students in the Ninth and Tenth Grades will take their version of the PSAT in March 2017.