One Division, One Mission, All Systems Grow!

Dear Falls Church Families,

Happy New Year!!! It is with great excitement and enthusiasm that our team begins the work to welcome your student(s) to the 2019-20 school year. This summer, FCCPS staff members will be very busy planning curriculum, discussing high-quality instruction, interviewing and hiring the best teachers we can find, and getting ready to start our best year yet! When your kids hit the school hallways for the first time, you will see an energized and supportive faculty and staff ready to meet the individual needs of each child. We are grateful for the incredible partnership the parent community enjoys with our schools. Together we will help each student make great strides.

Falls Church City Public Schools is a student-centered, innovative, and inclusive community of lifelong learners. We aspire to be the premier International Baccalaureate school division. We strive to create a personalized environment that supports each child's unique needs and prepares every student to be a responsible, caring, and internationally-minded citizen.

To that end, we will continuously improve as a learning organization. The Falls Church City Public Schools Triennial Plan for 2018-2020 focuses on the following five priorities:

  • Student-Centered Teaching and Learning
  • Excellent Staff
  • Optimal Facilities and Learning Environments
  • Fiscal Management
  • Community Engagement

To support the priorities of our strategic plan, FCCPS staff are grounded by our FCCPS “Placemat.” This graphic is designed to, at a glance, give the community, teachers, students, etc. a sense of what our priorities are over three years.

Last summer we (the FCCPS community) spent time reading and thinking about the book Mindset, by Carol Dweck. Collectively, we believe that to grow professionally to support our students we must adopt a “growth mindset” which indicates that we are continuously improving. In addition, the IB Learner Profile infuses into our professional work and with your students from the youngest age. IB says, and we strive to ensure that our students will be:

  • Inquirers
  • Knowledgeable
  • Thinkers
  • Communicators
  • Principled
  • Open-Minded
  • Caring
  • Risk-Takers
  • Balanced
  • Reflective

Our teachers will seek to incorporate these traits into every classroom in FCCPS. They serve as an anchor for our students throughout the elementary and secondary educations. When our graduates walk across the stage after completing their GMHS and FCCPS schooling we can be confident that colleges, communities, and workforces welcome our students who embody these IB Learner Profile traits.

Therefore, the organizing theme we will all be working diligently to achieve is:

“We aspire to be the premier International Baccalaureate school division.”

With this guidepost, FCCPS can further ensure that all of our students are successful in whatever their post-secondary desires may be.

I look forward to our educational journey and believe we are truly better together!

Signature of Peter Noonan
Peter J. Noonan, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools