Lanier awarded USDOE 2018 Green Ribbon School

Lanier Middle School awarded 2018 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School

The U.S. Department of Education announced that Lanier Middle School in Fairfax, Virginia is among the 2018 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools award honorees.

Lanier Middle school was nominated by Virginia Department of Education This award acknowledges Lanier Middle School’s commitment to sustainable practices. We were commended for our leadership in facilities, health, and environmental education.  Our school is representative of promising practices to improve achievement and equity, not only for aspiring green schools, but for all schools.

Across the country, 46 schools, six districts, and six postsecondary institutions are being honored for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective sustainability education.

The honorees were named from a pool of candidates nominated by 25 states and the Department of Defense Department of Education Activity. The selectees include 40 public schools, including two magnet schools and two charter schools, as well as six nonpublic schools. Forty-five percent of the 2018 honorees serve a disadvantaged student body.

USDOE Announcement and Lanier’s Award

List of all this year’s honorees here, and read about each of them in the 2018 Highlights Report.

FCPS Press Release


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2018 Caring for Our Watershed Contest @ GMU

Two Lanier student teams were selected as the top 10 teams for 2018 Caring for Our Watershed Contest by Earth Force (organizers of the event). They proposal were on “Enhancing School’s Outdoor Living Classroom” and Growing Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV)” in science lab and planting in Potomac River at Mason Neck Park along with feeder elementary school students to help improve the health of Chesapeake Bay. Students presented to panel of judges at George Mason University. Lanier team placed 3rd and 4th place winners at the final round on the competition.


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2018 Student Environmental Action Showcase @ GMU

Lanier students participated in NoVA Student Environmental Action Showcase at George Mason University in April 2018. Students showcased various environmental projects and promoted awareness about environmental issues. Students also participated in the advocacy group on “Pains of Plastic” where they engaged in conversation on banning plastic bags from grocery stores and plastic bowls and utensils in school cafeteria.


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Sci2YC Science Youth Conference @ Lanier MS

Lanier MS hosted the ScI2YC – Science Youth Conference, a hands-on and inspirational conference for middle school students! Our team creates a unique opportunity for students to learn new skills and discover a sense of excitement in STEM concepts. This opens new doors to these children, initiating a lifelong passion and adventure in the STEM fields. More than 350 students attended this conference.

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Global Classroom – Lanier MS & Apeejay School, New Delhi, India

Life Science students at Lanier MS connect with their Global Classroom partner school, Apeejay School in New Delhi, India for a morning Skype conference. Students discuss topics such as school culture, air quality, watersheds, drinking water quality, and other environment concerns. Students at both schools had completed a research project/PBL on water pollution and its impact on their watershed. True “Portrait of a Graduate” as ethical global citizens being communicators, collaborator, creative and critical thinkers, and goal resilient individuals.





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Global Volunteers go to Dominican Republic during Spring Break!

Environmental Citizenship in the Dominican Republic – Global Volunteers!

Trekking into the central highlands of the Dominican Republic where mountainous landscapes, coffee plantations and alpine pastures stretch as far as the eye can see —students dive deeper into the country’s diverse ecological zones. Students investigate these micro climates, also be immersed in the rich local Caribbean culture, all while they work on a sustainable Service Learning project to help address challenges such as generational poverty, gender inequality, and deforestation. Service Learning projects includes promoting responsible tourism to help support the local economy and conservation efforts, planning community gardens to improve food security, and building trails for local community members. Participants earned 25 FCPS approved service hours.

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Eco Club in Action

Lanier students engaged in maintaining the Outdoor Living Classroom during Eco-Club. Students learn life skills along with applying content learned in class. Eco-Club also provides all students to earn service hours and be better ethical global citizens of their community. School wide recycle collection is done by students as well.


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