J.E.B Stuart HS

  
 The mission of the Parent, Teacher, and Student Association of J.E.B. Stuart  is to contribute to and enhance the academic and overall educational experience of Stuart students. 




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                                     SHS Resolution on Willston Site

Mason District Council has asked locals PTA’s for support regarding school over-crowding issues.
Mason District School Board Representative Sandy Evans together with the Fairfax County School Board and MDC have been seeking the return of the former Willston School site for several years.  Recently, Superintendent Dr. Karen Garza sent a formal written request to Ed Long, Fairfax County Executive and the Board of Supervisors requesting that this site be used as a school once again.

The PTSA elected board has reviewed the resolution provided by MDC and is asking for the Stuart PTSA membership to review the resolution specific to J.E.B. Stuart High School. We will discuss this resolution at the January 21 PTSA meeting and vote either for or against accepting the resolved items listed on page 2 of the SHS Resolution Document located in this post. Please review this document prior to the meeting on January 28 at 7 pm at Stuart High School.

SHSresolution2014-15.pdf
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The Mason District Council Board of Directors has a petition addressed to the Board of Supervisors to request they relinquish the Willston School site to FCPS. This petition can be accessed directly at: https://www.change.org/p/pat-herrity-put-the-children-first-return-the-former-willston-school-site-to-the-fairfax-county-school-board

Background information on this issue is available in the Annandale Blog posting from January 12. http://annandaleva.blogspot.com/2015/01/community-leaders-want-school-on.html



PTSA Meeting Details

The next meeting will be January 28 at 7 pm in the Stuart Library.
Please join us!

Regional Assistant Superintendent Fabio Zuluaga and School Board Representative Sandy Evans will be in attendance to discuss, mid-year benchmarking on school improvement plans, short and long-term expansion plans for facilities at Stuart, the Community Improvement Plan, follow-up on Jump Start and Academy alternate school options, process for August start date for Stuart. 

We will also discuss and vote upon the SHS Resolution on Willston Site addressed in the above posting.


Meetings are the 3rd Wednesday each month at 7pm in the Stuart Library.
Meeting Minutes, budgets and forms are available on the Documents and Forms page.



Mulch Sale Has Begun!


Mulch is now available for sale. Please visit our online store to order. Deliveries will take place on March 21 and are free for orders of 25 bags or more. Order less than 25 can be picked up between 9 am-2 pm.

Cost is again only $5.50 per 3 cubic foot bag or hardwood mulch.



Sign up for SAT preparation classes Now!


Visit the SAT Test Preparation page for session dates, cost and details.




Stuart School Improvements
Critical Documents related to school improvement were discussed with the PTSA at the November meeting with representatives from FCPS.
These are located on the Stuart website. Direct links are located below:

Stuart School Improvement Plan
Stuart Math Improvement Strategies
Frequently Asked Questions about Stuart;
including accreditation



FCPS Capital Improvement Plan
The FCPS Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) board meeting vote will take place on January 26th. This is the improvement plan for 2016-2020.

Contact the School Board and/or Sandy Evans by email to share impressions, ideas, concerns about the CIP.  Her address is:  ssevans@fcps.edu

A few facts to illustrate the urgency: Stuart is at maximum capacity right now!
Forecast for 2019 School Year:  (Numbers from the 2019-20 CIP - pages 27-31)
Stuart – at 110% of capacity
Glasgow- at 119% of capacity
Sleepy Hollow Elementary- at 112 % of capacity
Glen Forest Elementary- at 132% of capacity

In comparison:
Annandale High School – 92% of capacity
Falls Church High School – 102% of capacity
Poe Middle School- 86% of capacity
Baileys- 96% of capacity
Belvedere – 91% of capacity
Beech Tree – 81% of capacity
Maps can be viewed online at www.fcps.edu/fts/planning/maps.

A few suggestions that have been raised to Sandy Evans by community members are: Please note that these are suggestions that have been made by others and are being provided for your personal knowledge, they are not positions being taken by the PTSA.
1.    A new boundary study is needed to fix the unequal distribution of students at all 3 levels of schools. 3 years ago some parts of the Mason District area went through a boundary study for Poe and Annandale to provide relief for overcrowding. Based on the actual numbers now available, it appears that study missed the mark.
2.    Boundary flexibility on an annual basis is needed to equalize the distribution of students across schools to eliminate capacity issues.
3.    Busing of students to and from other areas of FCPS should be considered to equalize demographic distribution among schools and maximize school space utilization.
4.    Trailers are not a long-term solution but are a short-term band aid for which the community can advocate. Modular classrooms are not trailers and require more funding to put in place. Community members would rather see the funds put toward real construction.

Ginger Hayes
Stuart PTSA President 2014-15




FCPS Language Line


FCPS now has a web page that includes information on the FCPS phone line in various languages and types of information parents can access by calling.  Weblink is http://www.fcps.edu/cco/fam/parent_info_line.shtml. For those whose first language is not English, leave a message and receive a call back within 24 hours M-F. Language Options are: Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, Vietnamese


Welcome to the 2014-15 School Year!
We are all looking forward to an exciting year and the opportunity to see all our students grow. The purpose of the Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) is to support the faculty, staff, parents, and most especially our students. Parent and Community involvement is a critical element of for a great school. At JEB Stuart High School we strive for an active and successful PTSA and welcome every parent, student and teacher to join and be involved in supporting the school community.

 

Stuart’s PTSA accomplishes our goal of supporting students, parents and teacher by providing:

·       Teacher grants for student’s enrichment activities

·       Teacher/Staff Hospitality and Appreciation Events

·       Educational Classes for parents on college preparation

·       SAT and ACT Test preparation classes and practice tests

·       A fun and safe All Night Graduation Party for seniors


Join: Membership is $15.00 for the first person and $10 for the additional person in your family. Reduced cost is only $ 5 for students and staff.  Please register online or return the membership form to the office with a check to Stuart PTSA.

 

Volunteer: The membership form in the Raider Day packages and online in the documents and forms section of our website lists many volunteer opportunities. Or click here to go to the form directly.

 

Attend Meetings: We meet the third Wednesday of the month at 7 pm in the Library Conference Room. The first meeting will be on September 17. Principal Calhoun will be reporting school events, activities and plans for the year.

 

Follow our Communications: Stuart’s PTSA maintains this website which is continually updated with current information, news, links, and special events.  The PTSA will also use other options to communicate with as wide an audience as possible; such as the Keep In Touch (KIT) email system from FCPS, the Stuart Parents list serve, an opt-in community group using Yahoo for people in the Stuart community to connect with each other and share thoughts and ideas, and FCPS based text messages, Volunteer sign-up programs and other methods of communication as ways for the parent community to reach out to each other with information and questions on a variety of topics.

 

Donate or Shop Online: Contributions are always welcome. Please consider donating to Stuart PTSA and support our efforts by using our online store for donations, All Night Graduation Party tickets, SAT Test Preparation registration and to purchase mulch during our annual spring event. Our store is located at shop.stuartptsa.org.

 

We in the PTSA believe that it is of ultimate importance to do everything we can to enhance the learning environment of our students as they are our future. It will take all of us working together to ensure that this happens. I look forward to meeting and working with you. If you have any questions or ideas to share, please contact me at board@stuartptsa.org.

 

Thank you,

Ginger Hayes

2014-15 J.E.B. Stuart H.S. PTSA President

 
Join the StuartParents list serve


This yahoo group was created by parent volunteers to allow posts and conversations among members. This list serve is an opportunity for people in the Stuart community to connect with each other and share thoughts and ideas, as well as another way for the parent community to reach out to each other with information and questions on a variety of topics. 

 To join, search for "StuartParents" from your yahoo groups home page, or send an email to stuartparents-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.  If you need help getting started, please send an email to annanovak@cox.net for specific instructions.

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