Fairfax County Public Schools awarded six schools the 2021 Best of the Web awards for excellence in website content and use of web tools. The winners were recognized during a virtual meeting on March 11.
The annual awards, hosted by CFPS’ Office of Communications and Community Relations, celebrate schools that create excellent websites to inform and engage readers. The winners remind us of the substantial talent that exists within the FCPS Schools web curator community.
Educate Fairfax sponsored the awards, offering six $100 gift cards to winners, who also received framed trophies and certificates.
The Best of the Web award winners for 2021 are:
Shannon Hoff, School Technology Specialist, and Michael Astudillo, Director
Shannon Hoff and Michael Astudillo collaborate in weekly meetings to plan innovative content for the website. New web pages in 2021 include “What makes us special“, which includes a slideshow and a list of highlighted school programs, and”Why work at Columbiawhich explains why a future teacher or staff member would want to join the Columbia ES team. An upgrade Special Section brings to life subjects such as Art, Music, Physical Education, STEAM Lab (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math Integration) and Spanish Language Curriculum. In addition, each staff member is introduced in a short Biography.
Melinda Snyder, School Technology Specialist; Lisa Warden, Student Information Assistant; and Jessica Lewis, Director
Melinda Snyder and Lisa Warden are a powerful team. Together they produced 30 cool features this school year, including photo stories on School Spirit Days and Reading Week across America. They created a school events page with unique filters for spiritual days, PTA meetings and test dates, giving parents the ability to subscribe and receive notifications on their mobile devices. In depth grade level teams information is presented. For example, the sixth grade team web pageincludes a team photo, welcome video, contact information for each teacher, and links to the school supply list and FCPS program resources.
Grade 1 teacher Lisa David and Principal Lauren Badini
Although Lisa David has been teaching at Graham Road Elementary for several years, this is her first year managing the website. At the start of the school year, she began profiling staff members in a Staff Spotlight characteristic; she has published 12 to date. Additionally, every school staff member is represented on the school-level team pages. For example, the freshman team page visually portrays each teacher in a learning environment while establishing a connection with a staff projectorif available, and a teacher’s school Twitter feed. Monthly photo galleries provide a roundup of fun activities throughout the school.
Bonnie Wannett, Career Experience Specialist, Scott Settar, Chantilly Academy Administrator
Current and prospective students (and their parents) appreciate the detailed information that Bonnie Wannett includes on the web pages featuring the 29 skills-based courses. For example, the Academy dental careers The course webpage welcomes readers with an instructor video, course description, list of certifications offered, examples of student career paths, and a list of industry connections and program partnerships. What’s more registration page features a 5-minute virtual open house, as well as videos from current staff and students, who talk about the benefits of taking courses from the Academy.
Pam Galietta, School Technology Specialist, and Amy Goodloe, Principal
Pam Galietta posts many events on the website to keep the Rocky Run community engaged in school activities. News stories highlight the school’s unique offerings, such as Maker space and the World class program. A academic advice section provides valuable resources for current and future sixth graders and links to the educational advice pages of its pyramid high schools (Chantilly, Centerville and Westfield). A Student Services Department Page provides the name of each staff member, as well as details of the team and feeder schools each school counselor represents.
Angel Mason, Professor of Business and Information Technology, and Ben Nowak, Principal
For this school year, Angel Mason has created more than 100 events on the website, and they can be filtered by athletics, performing arts, student services, testing, and PTA meetings. School Features draw attention to the many awards and honors received by staff and students. An inviting and cohesive school administration page that identifies each team member with a photo and a brief description of their responsibilities and areas of supervision within the school. the Student Services Staff identifies each staff member with a picture, several ways to contact each person, and links to other pages in the Student Services Department.