2/15/24 Happening at Hutchison

February 15, 2024

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Message from the Principal

February marks Black History Month, a time to celebrate the diverse contributions of Black Americans to our nation's history and present!  

Sarah C. Aiello 


Sarah Aiello


Community Calendar

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No School Monday, February 19–President’s Day


Maureen Griffin



Picture Perfect Paint Night!


Black History Month Showcase


Community Connection: Thursday, 2/22 9:30 AM & 7:00 PM

Healthy, Happy, and Safe Students!  Come meet our Wellness team and learn about their roles and our programs to support all of our students!



 Andrea Kessler 



Reminders for Arrival for Walkers and Kiss & Ride

School starts at 8:50 AM.           

At 8:30 AM, Door 7 opens for walkers and Kiss & Ride begins for students to enter through Door 1.   This will allow students enough time to get breakfast and arrive in class by 8:50 AM.

Kiss & Ride: To arrive on time for school, Kiss & Ride cars should enter the car line no later than 8:45 AM.

Walkers: Please use caution and use the crosswalk at the corner of Parcher Av and 2nd entrance to Springer Dr.  At all times, please follow the direction of the crossing guard who is stationed at the crosswalk.


Mikaela Antonio


Reading is Fundamental

During the week of February 27, your children will be able to choose a new book at the library!  The book may be brought home to share with families!


Marci Hoyt



Spring Photos & Class Photos–March 4, 2023

Look for two separate envelopes in the February 20 Tuesday Packet for two envelopes: individual & classroom.

To pay online, go to www.strawbridge.net.  Click order pictures and enter the following code:  FM424049

All students will have their photo taken.  Orders placed before picture day will be delivered to school and you will avoid $7 shipping fee.  Photos ordered from proofs available after picture day will include an additional $7 for delivery to your home.


Maureen Griffin




Please be on the lookout for information about our spring enrichment program beginning in March!  Stay tuned!


Sarah Aiello


Upcoming WIDA Testing Dates

This is only for ELL students level 1-4.

The WIDA testing window will close on March 15, 2024.


Wendy West



NNAT3 Ability Testing for Some 2nd - 6th Grade Students

Letters will go home next Tuesday, February 20th to parents whose child needs to take the NNAT3 Abilities test this spring window.  The testing will happen on March 7, 2024.


Wendy West



6th Grade Advanced IAAT Testing

All 6th grade students currently enrolled in advanced math will be taking their Iowa algebra aptitude test on February 28, 2024 in the morning. Please make sure your child is in school on time that day.  If you have any questions please contact Demetria Scott at @email


Wendy West


Demi Scott

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Kindergarten Registration for 2024-25 School Year

Will your child turn 5 years old by September 30, 2024?  If so, It is time to register your child to start kindergarten on August 19, 2024.  Please contact Hutchison’s registrar, Magda Calancha Vargas at [email protected] or 703-925-8305.

Save the date for Kindergarten Orientation:  May 2, 2024 4:30 -5:30 PM


Magda Calancha Vargas



Spelling Bee:  Thursday, 2/22 @ 4:15 Cafe

Participants of our before school “Spelling Bee” club will compete in a competition.  The winner will move on to the next round!


Mikaela Antonio

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Updates from the County


Eating Disorder

In 2013, Virginia passed a law requiring every school system to provide information to parents annually about eating disorders with parents/guardians of students in the fifth through twelfth grades. 

According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA 2023):

Eating disorders are serious but treatable mental and physical illnesses that can affect people of all genders, ages, races, religions, ethnicities, sexual orientations, body shapes, and weights. In the United States, 28.8 million Americans will suffer from an eating disorder at some point in their lives.

There is no single cause of an eating disorder. Rather, it is a complex combination of biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors that converge and set off an individual’s predisposed genetic vulnerability.

In collaboration with the Fairfax County Health Department, FCPS has developed a web page with detailed information and resources about eating disorders.  To find out more, please visit the FCPS Eating Disorders website.

In addition to the information on the FCPS website, the National Eating Disorders Association has a toll free, confidential Helpline, 1-800-931-2237.

Tutor.com Teacher-Referred Tutoring

Through Schoology®, all FCPS students have 24/7 access to no-cost, year-round, on-demand, 1-to-1 tutoring services through Tutor.com.

A new Teacher-Referred Tutoring program feature provides targeted support and extends student learning. Teachers can now refer students for tutoring, with their specific needs already identified. Students can get extra support — on their own schedule — and reinforce their in-class learning.

Caregivers can guide students to access expert tutoring, homework help, and writing support by clicking on the Tutor.com icon in their Schoology portal—anytime, anywhere.

Plus, look for teachers’ tutoring session referrals on the Tutor.com homepage.

Magnet Schools–Learn About Science, Technology, and Arts Magnet Schools

Three FCPS elementary magnet schools provide programs that enhance learning in science, technology, and performing arts. 

If you are interested in sending your student to an elementary magnet school program, consider attending a school-based information night at Hunters Woods Elementary SchoolBailey’s Primary Elementary School, or Bailey’s Upper Elementary School

Information nights will provide an opportunity to learn about individual school programs, student eligibility, the lottery process, and transportation.

Registration for the 2024-25 elementary magnet lottery is open Tuesday, March 5, through Friday, April 12. Get more information about the schools, their programs, and locations.

Spring Break Camp at Herndon Community Center

Sign Up for FCPS Summer Camps

Registration is now open for several summer camps and learning opportunities offered by Fairfax County Public Schools for all students.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) camps and Institute for the Arts camps will be held in July at Lake Braddock Secondary School from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bus transportation will be available from select FCPS middle and high schools. 

Tech Adventure Camp is available for current grade K-5 students to explore STEAM, culinary, health, trades, and business and marketing areas. E-IFTA is a weekly arts camp for elementary students who love to sing, dance, act, perform, make, and create. Visit the E-IFTA webpage to register.

Fiscal Year 2025 Proposed Budget Focused on Educational Excellence and Competitive Compensation

At the last School Board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid proposed a budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 that focuses on excellence and providing students an equitable education in an inclusive and respectful environment, where access, opportunity, and achievement are available to all. 

The budget also prioritizes competitive compensation to attract and retain a world-class workforce. 

The FY 2025 Proposed Budget totals $3.8 billion, an increase of $301.8 million, or 8.6%, over the FY 2024 Approved Budget. Nearly 86% of the budget is focused on instruction. Key highlights include:

  •  Supporting students academically by maintaining existing class size formulas and providing necessary support to all students. 
  • Retaining and attracting world-class educators with a 6% market scale adjustment.
  • Strengthening student well-being outside of the classroom with expanded athletics offerings, additional athletic trainers, and enhanced stipends for fine and performing arts.
  • Continuing initiatives including expansion of inclusive preschool, adoption of green initiatives, and funding assistant director of student activities positions previously funded with ESSER III.

Special education daily contract extensions, funding for the safety and security screening program, and late buses to support academics and activities at middle schools are several of the priorities to be addressed at the end of FY 2024. 

The School Board is scheduled to adopt the Advertised Budget on Thursday, February 22. Read more about the proposed budget. Keep up with FCPS’ budget development process

Our Schools, Our Future: Community Conversations Continue

Join Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid for Our Schools, Our Future – A Community Conversation. Your voice matters! Share your thoughts about FCPS and bring your questions to a conversation on:
Tuesday, April 16, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at Graham Road Elementary School.

Pre-registration for a Community Conversation is not required but will help FCPS plan. Childcare and interpretation services will be provided for all events based on staff availability. Events are open to all. Learn about other opportunities to connect with Dr. Reid.

Help Students Achieve their Dreams.  Teach for FCPS

Save the date! Attend FCPS’ instructional job fair on Saturday, February 24, 9 a.m.-noon, at Lake Braddock Secondary School. Network and take advantage of interview opportunities with representatives from various FCPS schools. Employment offers may be extended during the fair. Register today

Real Food for Kids Culinary Challenge

The Real Food for Kids Culinary Challenge will be held on Saturday, March 2, at 10:45 a.m., at Hayfield Secondary School. The event features a public tasting of student dishes and demonstrations from two local celebrated chefs. 

The student challenge at the heart of this event is to create healthy, delicious, and culturally diverse school menu items that meet USDA guidelines. Entries will be judged by a panel including celebrity chefs, school food professionals, and local food producers. The public is invited to vote for their favorite dish. 

Chefs Najmieh Batmanglij and Chris Morgan of Joon will offer a demonstration at 11:15 a.m. Public tasting of student dishes will get underway at noon. 

Student-created dishes from this annual event have been featured on school menus throughout the Greater Washington Region. It is free to attend, but registration is required.