Thursday, February 24, 2011

Feedback requested on 2011-17 Strategic Plan priorities


Subject: Feedback requested on 2011-17 Strategic Plan priorities
Date: Wed, 23 Feb 2011 14:17:47 -0600

Dear School Talk Subscriber:
Arlington Public Schools (APS) is working on the strategic plan for 2011-17. The most critical part of this process is gathering input from the APS community. From November through January, APS conducted forums with the community, staff, and students, to discuss the priorities that should be reflected in the next strategic plan. 
We are now asking community members, staff, and students to tell us what you think are the most important of these priorities for our school district as we move forward. If you have not previously filled out a strategic plan survey, please click on the link below and complete this 10-minute survey at your convenience, but no later than Friday, March 18.
Complete the Survey in English 

Thank you for your time and attention to this very important request. For more information about the Strategic Plan, please visit:
Kevin Clark and Ron Fecso
Co-Chairs, Strategic Plan Steering Committee
Suzanne Raber
Staff Liaison, Strategic Plan Steering Committee
Director, Office of Planning and Evaluation
Estimado suscriptor de APS School Talk:
Las Escuelas Públicas de Arlington (APS) están trabajando en el plan estratégico para 2011-17. La parte más crítica de este proceso es coleccionar las aportaciones de la comunidad de APS. De noviembre a enero, APS llevó a cabo foros con la comunidad, el personal y los estudiantes, para discutir las prioridades que deben reflejarse en el próximo plan estratégico.
Ahora estamos pidiendo a los miembros de la comunidad, el personal y los estudiantes que nos digan cuales piensan son las prioridades más importantes para nuestro distrito escolar a medida que avanzamos. Si usted no ha completado la encuesta del plan estratégico, por favor haga clic en el enlace a continuación y completar la encuesta de 10 minutos a su conveniencia, pero no más tarde del viernes 18 de marzo.
Completar la encuesta en Inglés   

Completar la encuesta en español 

Gracias por su tiempo y atención a esta encuesta muy importante. Para obtener más información sobre el Plan Estratégico, por favor visite:
Kevin Clark y Ron Fecso
Co-Presidentes del Comité Directivo del Plan Estratégico
Suzanne Raber
Personal de Enlace, el Comité Directivo del Plan Estratégico
Director de la Oficina de Planificación y Evaluación

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Friday, February 18, 2011



>>Sponsored by Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
>>7:00 PM – 8:30 P.M.
>>(Metro Orange Line: Courthouse station. Free parking also available after 5:00
>>pm in the underground parking garage.)
>>1. Welcome and Introductions
>>Hon. Mary Hynes, COG Board Aviation Policy Liaison and Vice Chair Arlington
>>County Board
>>Carmine Gallo, Regional Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration
>>2. Follow-up to September 22nd Forum and November 30th Meeting with Elected
>>Hon. Mary Hynes
>>Hon. Penelope Gross, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
>>Bob Laser, FAA Operations Manager, Washington National Tower
>>3. Fly Neighborly Program
>>Harold L. Summers
>>Helicopter Association International
>>Director, Flight Operations and Technical Services
>>4. Proposed Community Input System
>>Hon. Mary Hynes
>>Robert Grotel, Eastern Region Helicopter Association
>>Carmine Gallo, Regional Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration
>>5. Open Discussion and Dialogue
>>6. Closing Remarks/Adjourn
>>Hon. Mary Hynes

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    Wednesday, February 16, 2011


    On Friday, February 25th, the community is invited to join students, staff and distinguished guests in celebrating African American literature.
    Special guests and students will read aloud in celebration of African American writing during the school's lunch periods.

    Thomas Jefferson Middle School
    125 Old Glebe Road
    Arlington, 22204
    703 228-5900


    Sunday, February 13, 2011


    A Celebration of African- 
    American Culture and History

    On Saturday, Feb. 26, Arlington County will celebrate it's 19th
    > Annual Feel the Heritage Festival, a celebration of African
    > American history and and culture. This is a great event for the
    > whole family that features a great lineup of entertainment and
    > education, including arts and crafts for kids, music and dance,
    > comedy, and great food! The goals of this exciting event are to
    > celebrate African American history, honor Arlington's African
    > American heritage, build community and help people connect and have
    > fun and promote Arlington's homegrown talent and generate business
    > for Arlington's small businesses.
    When: Saturday, February 26, 12-5pm
    > Where: Charles Drew Community Center, 3500 23rd Street S.,
    > Arlington, 22206
    > Admission: Free
    > Noteworthy Entertainment

    > • Musical and Dance Performances from Image Band and Soul in Motion

    > • Seven Step Hand Dance, a unique DC African-American art form and
    > the official dance of the District of Columbia

    > • Master of Ceremonies Horace Holmes, Emmy award-winning journalist
    > with ABC 7/WJLA-TV; Justine Love, Director of Community/Public
    > Affairs WIAD, WJFK, WHFS, WLZL, WPGC; and local talent.
    > Feel the Heritage is sponsored by Arlington
    > County Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources and
    > Arlington County Public Schools and is put together by a dedicated
    > group of community volunteers.


    Thursday, February 10, 2011


    Hi Neighbors,
    A local resident has started a blog about the happenings along Columbia Pike.  The Pike Wire can be accessed at  On the site there is also a link to another Arlington blog, ARLnow.  Both contain great information and news about Arlington.

    Wednesday, February 9, 2011


    Black History Month Gospel Concert and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at
    Walter Reed Community Center

    Celebrate Black History Month on Wednesday, February 9 at Walter 
    Reed Community Center with a Gospel concert from members of the 
    Macedonia Baptist Church!
    The concert starts at 11:00am, and will 
    give expression to the spiritual values of African American 
    culture. Performances will be enriched by Minister of Music David 
    Nelson who will lead a discussion on the historical significance of 
    each song.
    Come early for a ribbon cutting ceremony, hot chocolate, 
    and cookies in the Walter Reed café.
    Arlington County Board  Chairman Chris Zimmerman will introduce the Gospel choir and 
    commemorate the redesigned entrance features at Walter Reed, 
    including the installation of a solid steel picket fence and a new 
    entrance sign, will take place just before the concert.
    Black History Month Celebration

    Wednesday, February 16
    10:30 a.m. – Noon
    Walter Reed Center
    2909 16th St., S., Arlington, VA 22204

    The contribution of African Americans to Arlington's history is the theme of
    this year's celebration of Black History month. A short film on Freedman's
    Village, a discussion of the Black Heritage Museum and the report of a study
    of black businesses in Arlington and how they were affected by integration
    are just some of the highlights of this program.

    There is a small fee for lunch. If you want to stay for lunch, be sure to
    make your reservation by Monday, February 14,by calling 703-228-0951.