The ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Assessment Starts on March 5th for all K-12 LIEP Students

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The Virginia Department of Education has adopted the ACCESS for ELLs® 2.0 test and requires that it be administered annually to EL students K-12 to monitor their progress in acquiring English proficiency. The WIDA ACCESS for ELLs assessment will be administered to students beginning on March 5, 2018. Scores will be sent home for parents in June.

Students who achieve a Composite Score of a 4.4 or above will Exit the LIEP Program and be monitored by FCCPS staff for 4 years to ensure that they receive academic and/or language supports if necessary. Students who Exit the program will no longer be required to take the ACCESS for ELLs assessment.

Purpose and Use of ACCESS for ELLs 2.0

  • Helps students and families understand students’ current level of English language proficiency along the developmental continuum.
  • Serves as one of the multiple measures used to determine whether students are prepared to exit English language support programs. (Composite score of 4.4 or higher)
  • Generates information that assists in determining whether ELLs have attained the language proficiency needed to participate meaningfully in content area classrooms without program support.
  • Provides teachers with information they can subsequently use to enhance instruction and learning in programs for their English language learners.
  • Provides districts with information that will help them evaluate the effectiveness of their ESL/bilingual programs.
  • Meets, and exceeds, federal requirements for the monitoring and reporting of ELLs’ progress toward English language proficiency.


MDES Eat, Greet & Meet

Are you a parent of a Mount Daniel Elementary School student? Do you have a lot of questions about your child’s education but don’t know who to talk to? This is your chance. Join us on March 1, 2018, at 6:00-7:30 for a LIEP Parent Meeting. Ms. Truesdell, Principal of MDES and other staff members will be there to answer your questions.

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You are Invited to the Mount Daniel Elementary School LIEP Parent EAT-GREET & MEET on March 1, 2018 from 6:00 -7:30

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Thank you for choosing Falls Church City Schools for your child’s education!

Invitations for the EAT-GREET & MEET will be sent home with your child. Please return it to your child’s teacher by February 27th so we can make sure we have enough food and childcare coverage.

You may also access and print the form in English and/or Spanish by clicking on the image below.

We hope to see you at the EAT- GREET & MEET!


Estimados padres / tutores,

¡Gracias por elegir Falls Church City Schools para la educación de su hijo!

Las invitaciones para EAT-GREET & MEET se enviarán a casa con su hijo. Por favor, devuélvala a la maestra de su hijo antes del 27 de febrero para que podamos asegurarnos de tener suficiente comida y cobertura de cuidado de niños.

También puede acceder e imprimir el formulario en inglés y / o español haciendo clic en la imagen a continuación.

Esperamos verte en el EAT- GREET & MEET!

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Calendar Updates: There is no school on Monday, February 19th due to President’s Day.


Dear Parents, Please remember that this Monday, Feb. 19th all FCCPS schools are closed for “President’s Day”.

Spanish: Estimados Padres, Recordarles que este Lunes, Feb. 19. Las escuelas están cerradas por el feriado del “Dia del Presidente”.


Please click on the calendar below to see the holiday and Early Release Wednesday schedules for the rest of the school year.

English Version:

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Spanish Version:

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Click on the FCCPS calendar below to see the dates for the 2018-2019 school year.

English version:

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Spanish Version:


No School for Students on Monday or Tuesday February 5-6, 2018


No School Monday and Tuesday

FCCPS logoAll Falls Church City public schools will be closed on Monday and Tuesday for Professional Days for teachers and staff. Schools will resume at the regular times on Wednesday, February 7. Only Jessie Thackrey Preschool has an early release that day.


No hay clases los lunes y martes Todas las escuelas públicas de Falls Church City cerrarán los lunes y martes para los días profesionales para los maestros y el personal. Las escuelas se reanudarán a las horas regulares el miércoles, 7 de febrero. Solamente Jessie Thackrey Preschool tiene un lanzamiento temprano ese día.


Meet Erika Zeballos: Our FCCPS Spanish Speaking Parent Liaison

Erika Zeballos, Parent Liaison

My name is Erika Zeballos. I was born and raised in Bolivia. I moved to the U.S with my family at the age of fourteen. The beginning years of High School, I have spent it in an English as a second language program where it helped me become fluent in English. I graduated from Falls Church High School. I have earned a bachelor’s degree from George Mason University. My background is in Business and I got interested in the Education field after I had the opportunity to substitute a teacher in my country Bolivia where later I got an offer to teach Business to High School where I ended up working for over 2 years. I got back this summer and I have been blessed to get an opportunity to work as a Parent Liaison at FCCPS. I am passionate about helping connect families, students, and staff with the school system.

(Spanish) Mi nombre es Erika Zeballos. Nací y crecí en Bolivia. Mi mude a los Estados Unidos junto a mi familia a los catorce años. Mis primeros años de escuela la pase en el programa de inglés como segunda lengua donde me ayudo a nivelarme con el inglés. Obtuve mi diploma de la escuela Falls Church High School y mi Licenciatura de la Universidad de George Mason. Mi experiencia profesional es en el área de Administración de Empresas y me interesé en el rubro de Educación después que obtuve la oportunidad de reemplazar a una profesora en mi país Bolivia. Luego, obtuve la oportunidad de enseñar Administración de Empresas en una escuela secundaria donde trabajé por más de 2 años. Retorné a los EEUU en el verano de este año y tuve la bendición de comenzar a trabajar como Enlace de Padres para FCCPS. Estoy muy apasionada en ayudar a conectar a todas las familias, alumnos y personal de la escuela con el sistema educativo.


Please contact Erika if you are Spanish speaking and would like more information about how she can support you with navigating the Falls Church City Public School System. She can assist with connecting you with the right people to answer your questions about your child’s education as well as other support for your family through our Student Services or LIEP Department.

Erika’s work hours are on Tuesday & Thursday from 8am-4pm and on Friday from 8-12pm. Contact Erika at or (571)921-2653

Who Do You Contact?


Do you have questions about your child’s education? Do you know who to contact? Your LIEP Teacher would be able to help. Please see their contact information below.

Mount Daniel Elementary School:

Ann Beckman:
Robin Dickerson:

Thomas Jefferson Elementary School

Holly Shaffie:
Kristine Miller:
Saundra Deltac:

Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School

Gwen Villarreal:

George Mason High School

Linda Saleh:
Shana King:

Falls Church City Public Schools Central Office

Jeanne Seabridge:
Director of Teaching, Learning, & Achievement

Lisa High:
Chief Academic Officer



Tigers OPeration Success begins on January 9th and runs every Tuesday and Thursday from 4:00 to 5:00 at TJES until April 26th

TOPS is designed to support your child with language development, mathematics, reading, and writing. Snacks will be provided along with free books for your child to take home. Watch for upcoming newsletter posts about the TOPS field trip and celebration.

Your child must be in grades 2-5 and have a signed parent permission slip to be able to attend. If you did not receive a form please email Kristine Miller at She will send one home in your child’s backpack.

Is Your Child in Grades K-8 Using Imagine Learning at Home Yet?

FCCPS along with support from the FCEF purchased an online language and literacy program called Imagine Learning for all English Learners in the LIEP program K-8 to use in school and at home. If your child is in grades K-8 they should already have an account and login for the program which can be accessed at this web address. using the site code 5101290.

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If your child does not remember their login information please contact your child’s teacher or email Jeanne Seabridge at We recommend that your child uses the program for 20 minutes daily in order to show adequate growth in language and literacy by the end of the school year.

Welcome to the FCCPS LIEP Spotlight

Dear Parents and/or Guardians,

At Falls Church City Public Schools we aim to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

Our English Language Learners are tasked with acquiring a new language and adjusting to their new school environment. Please know that we are here to support them and are amazed at how much they grow in academic and language proficiency each year!

This LIEP Spotlight will provide information about our Language Instruction Educational Program (LIEP) at FCCPS. We will also share some general tips for parents which can help your child develop English language proficiency more rapidly.

We believe in forming a strong partnership with parents, families, educators, and our Falls Church community. There’s no better way to assure that all students pre-K to high school have the support and resources they need to succeed in school and in life.

Please feel free to contact your child’s teacher or building principal at any time. They are here to support you and your child. If you want additional information about the LIEP Program at FCCPS please contact the Curriculum Innovation Office 

Did You Know?

If you want to talk to someone on the phone or in person in a language other than English please ask for LANGUAGE LINE and let us know the language you need. We can quickly get an interpreter on the phone to assist you. Please click on the video below for more information.

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Help Your Child Learn to READ

There are lots of ways that you can help your children learn to read!  From the time that they are babies to the time that they are in high school, there are many little steps you can take along the way — rhyming and singing songs, reading out loud, sounding out letters, going to the library, and reading books together in your home language.  Helping your children learn to read might also mean finding support if they are having difficulty, which can affect their future success. Read more at

Imagine Learning at Home!

FCCPS along with support from the FCEF purchased an online language and literacy program called Imagine Learning for all English Learners in the LIEP program K-8 to use in school and at home. If your child is in grades K-8 they should already have an account and login for the program which can be accessed at this web address. using the site code 5101290.

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If your child does not remember their login information please contact your child’s teacher or email Jeanne Seabridge at We recommend that your child uses the program for 20 minutes daily in order to show adequate growth in language and literacy by the end of the school year.

With Imagine Language & Literacy, every child receives explicit, targeted instruction within an individualized learning path that continually adjusts to their needs. Over 4,100 engaging activities teach critical language and literacy concepts such as reading and listening comprehension, basic vocabulary, academic language, grammar, phonological awareness, phonics, and fluency. Kids love the program because it’s fun and challenging. And educators trust the program because it’s differentiated, standards-aligned, rigorous, and effective.

Is Your Child Attending HUGS, TOPS, HERO or MAX?

FCCPS offers after-school programs for all English Learners in the LIEP program at each school K-12. Each program is designed to support English Learners with language development, literacy, numeracy, enrichment, academic and social-emotional support.

  • HUGS: Hippos United in Great Success! (MDES) Oct-Dec
  • TOPS: Tiger OPeration Success! (TJES) Jan-April
  • HERO: Huskies, Excelling, Responsible and Outstanding! (MEH) Nov-June
  • MAX: Mustangs Achieving Excellence! (GMHS) Oct-June

HUGS requires parents to attend with their children. Parents are provided information concerning community and school services as well as ways to support their children at home. The children are paired with high school mentors who read and do activities with them in order to build their speaking, reading, writing, and listening skills. Please contact Ann Beckman, for more information concerning HUGS.

TOPS meets twice a week and provides literacy support one day and numeracy on the other. Parents are invited to attend the annual TOPS field trip with their child and are invited to celebrate with us during our final session for the year. Please contact Kristine Miller, for more information concerning TOPS.

HERO meets twice a week with one day for enrichment focused on a STEAM activity which incorporates in language, literacy and math skills. The other day is for academic support based on individual student needs. Please contact Gwen Villarreal, for more information concerning HERO.

MAX meets twice a week for the majority of the school year. Students receive academic support from teachers and student peer mentors. An annual field trip is planned to visit local universities to explore degree options, financial aid, and on-campus life. Please contact Linda Saleh, for more information concerning MAX.