Braddock District Community Corner

Supervisor Cook in the Community

On January 23rd, Supervisor Cook held the Leadership Institute at the Woods Community Center in Burke. More about this event can be found in this issue of the Beacon.

On January 26th, the Supervisor addressed the Croftwood HOA meeting as well as the Ravensworth/Bristow Civic Association meeting. Supervisor Cook spoke to and answered questions on items that were pertinent to those communities.

On January 27th, Supervisor Cook held a town hall meeting at Kings Glen Elementary School. This event addressed concerns about the Danbury Forest Drive and the Wakefield Chapel Road intersections with Braddock Road.

On January 28th, Supervisor Cook was present at the Fire and Rescue Academy to welcome back our own Virginia Task Force 1 Urban Search and Rescue Team from Haiti. The 114 member crew had been in Haiti for two weeks assisting in the rescue effort after the devastating January 12th earthquake.

Supervisor Cook Recognizes Braddock District Residents

At Supervisor Cook’s request the Board of Supervisors honored both the Lake Braddock Secondary School Girls Cross Country Team and Brianna Hussein at its January 26 meeting. The Cross Country team won the 2009 Virginia AAA State Championship. It is the team’s third state title of the decade and ninth state title overall. Brianna, 7 years old, responded to her mother’s urgent medical need by calling 911, explaining the situation and providing accurate information to emergency responders that helped save her mother’s life.

Braddock Students Shine Academically and Athletically

As we continue the arduous task of working on the budgets for both the Board of Supervisors and School Board, I thought I would focus this column on nothing budget related!  There have been and will be enough conversations on that subject.

Instead, I want to focus on some very exciting and positive accomplishments that are happening in our schools - both in and out of the class room. These accomplishments highlight FCPS’ dedicated employees and our outstanding students in the Braddock District.

Frost Middle School and Cherry Run Elementary School earned the 2010 Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence, the highest honor possible under the Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) incentive program.  The VIP program was created by the Board of Education in 2007 to promote advanced learning and achievement. The criteria for the award go beyond test scores and measures student outcomes and best practices in areas supporting student learning. 

Seven Braddock District schools earned the 2010 Virginia State Board of Education Award for Educational Excellence, the VIP’s second-tier honor.  Bonnie Brae Elementary, Fairfax Villa Elementary, Lake Braddock Secondary, Laurel Ridge Elementary, Oak View Elementary, Wakefield Forest Elementary and Woodson High School met all state and federal accountability benchmarks for a minimum of two consecutive years. At the same time, these schools made significant progress toward  goals for increased student achievement and expanded educational opportunities established by the Governor and the Board of Education. 

Following closely were the recipients of the Board of Education Competence to Excellence Award. Canterbury Woods Elementary, Fairview Elementary, Kings Glen and Kings Park Elementary schools, and Olde Creek Elementary also met all state and federal benchmarks for a minimum of two consecutive years, and made progress toward the VIP objectives.

The Lake Braddock Secondary School Girls Cross Country Team coninuted their dominance and won the 2009 Virginia AAA State Championship.  This is the team’s third state title of the decade and ninth state title overall which set the state record for most championships.   Not surprisingly, the team’s Coach Mike Mangan was selected as The Washington Post’s Fairfax All-county Coach of the Year. 

The Bruins Varsity Football team was equally strong on the gridiron. They won the 2009 Northern Regional Championship with a record of 11-2 and advanced to the state playoffs for the first time in the school’s history.  

Finally the Canterbury Woods Elementary School Orchestra has been invited to present a string performance at the Kennedy Center on February 23, 2010.

There are many more examples of outstanding achievement in our schools.  These are just a few which, I hope, will help you realize the excellence of our school system and the caliber of our students. 

Tessie Wilson is the Braddock Representative and Vice Chairman of the Fairfax County School Board

Braddock District Council to Hold its Annual Information Forum on Tuesday, February 9th

The Braddock District Council meeting for February will be its annual Information Forum.  The topic for this year’s forum is “Do’s and Don’ts, Ins and Outs of Community Associations.”  

In keeping with Supervisor Cook’s Community Engagement Initiative, this meeting provides a one evening experience for those who are interested in finding out how their community associations function and how they can be a vehicle for solving problems. The evening begins at 6 PM with a light supper, and the Opening Session will begin at 6:30 PM at the Braddock Office.

Anyone interested in attending is welcome.  You need not be a current board member of an association.  If you even have a little bit of curiosity about how these organizations work, this will be a worthwhile evening.  There is no cost to attend other than your time, which will be well spent.  We hope we will see you there.

February Meeting of the NVCC/Braddock Forum

The second meeting of the NVCC-Braddock Forum will take place Wednesday, February 17, 7:30 PM at the Nancy Sprague Center.  The first meeting in November drew such a good response that Supervisor Cook would like to meet on a regular quarterly basis with the residents who live in the Wakefield Chapel Road corridor and around NVCC to discuss issues that are unique to that area of the Braddock District. Delegate Vivian Watts is planning on attending once again. Please pass this information along to your communities, and if there are any issues which you would like to see on the agenda, please call Ann Sharp at 703-425-9300.  We hope we’ll see you there.

Looking Back at Fairfax: Remembering Washington’s Birthday

Fairfax County’s most famous citizen was born on February 22, 1732. For those using the old style calendar, move back 11 days. (To switch from the Julian to Gregorian calendar, 11 days were dropped in September 1752. That is, people went to bed on Wednesday, September 2, 1752, and when they woke up the next morning it was Thursday, September 14th).

George Washington certainly made the most of the days not taken from his life by calendar realignments. He kept the army together during eight miserable years of the American Revolution despite unspeakable hardships, supply shortages and personal danger. The government had virtually no money with which to fight the war. Approximately 1/3 of the people were against the war, many so vehemently hostile as to have aided our enemy.

Political enemies schemed and plotted to discredit him. Washington could easily have walked away from it all and lived comfortably. But he didn’t. After becoming President of the United States, he kept our country together in those extremely critical first eight years. He could have stayed in power as President as long as he wanted. But he didn’t.

He voluntarily walked away from power in an era when it was completely unheard of to do so. Throughout his life, he demonstrated that he was motivated by what improved and strengthened America.

Perhaps the most apt characterization of Washington might have been from the eloquent words spoken at his eulogy by Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee: “First in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen, he was second to none in the humble and endearing scenes of private life...Correct throughout, vice shuddered in his presence and virtue always felt his fostering hand.” Fairfax County should be proud that its favorite son was the Father of our Country.

 This feature is brought to you by: Paul N. Herbert, President of the Historical Society of Fairfax County and the author of “God Knows All Your Names.”

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