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Burton the New Nigerian Prince?

About 14.5 billion spam emails are sent globally every day, according to statistics gathered by Propeller Customer relationship management (CRM). The Information Security Office processed a total of 11,158,253 email messages in 2016 with 9,054,752 of the messages being spam in.

On March 1, a strange email was sent out to faculty. It was sent from someone claiming to be principal Clarence Burton. The email said he was in a meeting and he couldn’t talk because they weren’t allowed to have phones. The messenger wanted the recipient to buy a Google Play card and insisted they would give the money back.

“I could tell that it was not from Mr. Burton because it did not come from his email address,” said Instructional Technology Resource Teacher (ITRT) Michelle Green. She said there were typos and the way that he signed the email was weird.

“I got on the phone with Mr. Burton immediately then I sent a staff email letting them know not to open up that email,” said Green.

School Security Officer (SSO) Sal Torelli also received the email and, like Green, knew it was fake immediately: “Mr. Burton would always call me on the phone if he needed something,” he said.

Torelli said the school handled the situation very well. “The school put an email out immediately saying to disregard the email,” Torelli said. “I’ll tell you that our tech people are on stuff right away.”

Shortly after the scam email involving Burton, a similar email was sent out claiming to be Dr. David Jeck. Manager of Information Resources (MIR) Todd Hickling sent out and email to all Fauquier County Public Schools concerning the mail on March 12 saying to not open the email. He advised if someone did, they should get the system they opened it on scanned and checked.

Similar to the texts students received last year saying “someone complimented you,” this email shows how crazy spam emails can be; they can reach all audiences and even write personal information to make them seem real. Luckily, the school was able to notify everyone that it was a scam before anything bad happened.

“There’s a lot of spam going on right now, (…) it’s been going around for years,” said Torelli. He said he gets spam every day, whether it’s at school or at home. “I got one the other day saying my credit card was compromised. It was Suntrust Bank, I don’t have SunTrust Bank.”

The issue has only been getting worse as technology advances and it becomes easier to do. However, advancing technology also allows for spam filter programs to be created in order to fight the problem. While this is good news, it is unknown if spamming will ever be eliminated because no one can stop a scammer from pressing that send button.

By Rachel Singleton-News Editor

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Snow Days or Stress Days?

Ask any fifth grader, they would jump for joy at the whisper of the words snow day. But this isn’t fifth grade anymore and in high school, snow days have been less exciting and more stressful.

Snow days can be a time to rest, procrastinate or be productive. “I enjoy snow days because they let me relax,” said sophomore Abby Marino. “If I need to finish work or study, I have more time (…) Dr. Jeck is a blessing.”

Many know our superintendent Dr. David Jeck from his twitter account where he posts about school cancellations along with other things. “I think it’s informative and effective for people who have social media,” said sophomore McKenzie Hurley. “But it’s also really cool because kids can tweet him and he responds.” While many enjoy the excitement of receiving the no-school notification, some do not.

When you add creeping deadlines and tests on to the loads of work, stress becomes common among students. With constant snow days, some students feel like they need to spend more time in class to grasp the material.

“Snow days are great when they are really needed but when the superintendent calls off school for a little bit of snow that hasn’t affected the roads is kind of ridiculous,” said senior Hannah Johnson. “We could be using those days to go into school and save the built in snow days for a much larger storm.”

Teachers are also feeling the pressure from the lack of time in class. “They’re nice to have a day off and relax,” said math teacher Roseanna Lantz, “but it causes the instruction to fall behind….so it really hurts the students as far as having consistency in learning the material.”

With interrupted curriculum, teachers and classes  fall behind and have to re-learn the material after being out of class for several days because of snow days.

A question among students is whether spring break will be shortened because of constant snow days. The Fauquier County Public School (FCPS) Administration have not agreed to shorten our spring break up until now, although there are built in make up days, May 29 and May 30 along with banked hours.

“I am very thankful that the state allows us to ‘bank’ time,” said Dr. Jeck. “If they didn’t, we’d have real problems from year to year…especially in years like this wherein we have missed a lot of days.”

With unexpected events caused by snow days, we now know how to prepare. Is it time to tweet Dr. Jeck or sleep in?

By Amanda Arellano-Staff Reporter

DECA’s Hardwork Pays Off at States

DECA students accompanied by marketing teacher Tiffany Chappell participated in a trip to Virginia Beach, VA to attend a State championship. Starting on Friday, March 1, the students competed in a two-day competition and hoped to place for nationals.

Chappell could not have been more excited about it. “It’s very different from Districts. The students get to interact with over 3,000 DECA members from across the state of Virginia,” Chappell said. “They get a lot of experiences in networking with others as well as competing in their event.”

Junior Cynthia Cortes-Flores exhibited the same level of enthusiasm. “It was really exciting and nerve-racking because it was my first time going, so I didn’t really know what to expect (…) I had a lot of good memories made and it was just a lot of fun,” Cortes-Flores said. “It’s like a different experience because at districts it’s like not as competitive, but then when you go to states it’s like there are all these people going to do the same thing and it’s just really cool to see this happening.”

When they first arrived the members got straight to work. “We had a study session Friday night where we all got together and prepped for the competition,” junior Pooja Parbadia said. Competitions were on the second day where each student competes for a trophy in their category and a spot at states.

“We had five students that got on stage Saturday night in the mini-awards, they placed in either an exam or role-playing. Then on Sunday, we had one student, Pooja Parbadia, that placed at State for Personal Financial literacy, so she’ll be moving on to Orlando (Nationals),”  Chappell said. Parbadia was exhilarated by her win. “[Qualifying] was really cool because we weren’t there for the final ceremony because we had to go home because it was supposed to snow really bad, so I found out on the bus and it was such a weird feeling because I never thought I would actually go to ICDC [Nationals].”

DECA has daily homeroom practice sessions in preparation for the real thing. “We start in January preparing for the tests that they take in February (…) I’ll usually take them aside in class and work with them a little bit as well,” Chappell said.  “After the test in February, I still have them come as much as they can (…) and give them study materials (…) We do role-play together and the kids help each other and basically, it’s getting them in here during Advisory.” Chappell said.

Although DECA requires a lot of hard work and dedication, students find it well worth it. “After we finish doing our events we just get to relax and have fun and go to the beach and hang out and all that stuff so it was really fun,” Cortes-Flores said.

By Celeste Pollack-Copy Editor

Longtime Assistant Principal Kraig Kelican Selected to Be interim Principal

Assistant principal Kraig Kelican was announced to be the new interim principal of the 2019-20 year today. The news was shared at a faculty meeting in the cafeteria and met with a standing ovation.

“I was excited, I was humble, I was honored,” said Kelican. “It says a lot if you can represent a school like this. It’s just an outstanding school and to be chosen to lead it is very gratifying.”

Kelican knew about the decision before the announcement. Superintendent David Jeck notified him March 21 and wanted to call a faculty meeting. However, Kelican suggested to hold off till Monday so they could notify the staff members.

“I was surprised when the announcement was made because we had been told there was a committee being formed to go through a vetting process,” said English teacher Cynthia Pryor. “There was evidently a groundswell of support that Dr. Jeck wanted to respond to.”

Despite the staff’s surprise, they were very supportive. Kelican described their reaction as “overwhelmingly positive.” His family was very supportive as well. “They were happy for me and excited for the school. They knew that it was something I wanted for a long time,” Kelican said.

Jeck said he has no doubts Kelican will do an outstanding job. “He is an outstanding human being. He has earned the respect of students, teachers and parents over the years and deserves this opportunity.”

Kelican said he was ready to step up to the position. He has worked at the school for 33 years and believes his experiences will allow him to be well prepared. “I think getting to know the people sometimes takes a little bit of time. But when you’re familiar with the staff and the people that are here, there’s a lot more open communication sooner in the process.”  

Pryor agreed with Kelican, saying, “Mr. Kelican has the advantage of being liked by our students and faculty. He brings experience and history to the position which is something that teachers at Fauquier value. People feel reassured to move forward with somebody that they already know and appreciate.”

Pryor added that it can also be a challenge, as Kelican’s new role may require him to make different decisions. “I hope the faculty will give him latitude to grow and evolve as the principal for our school.”

Kelican will begin his new position effective July. He will hold this position until next spring when the school board selects a permanent principal.

The future is bright according to Kelican. He said one main thing he hopes for next year is growth. “I would like to see us move to the next level for success with kids and faculty as well to continue to make Fauquier High School an outstanding educational institution.”

He said, specifically, he’s looking for improvement in the education system as far as SOL requirements and state requirements. Kelican sees an importance in “trying to keep up with [education] and continuing to provide opportunities” in order to exceed the school’s expectations.

Kelican plans to uphold the school traditions, “Our kids are very well mannered and polite. We don’t have a lot of issues, I don’t think I could ask for better kids.”

Before he knew he would be taking the position, Kelican said he hoped the school would “get a quality candidate in.” Little did he know he would be that quality candidate.  

Assistant principal Kraig Kelican was announced to be the new interim principal of the 2019-20 year today. The news was shared at a faculty meeting in the cafeteria and met with a standing ovation.

“I was excited, I was humble, I was honored,” said Kelican. “It says a lot if you can represent a school like this. It’s just an outstanding school and to be chosen to lead it is very gratifying.”

Kelican knew about the decision before the announcement. Superintendent David Jeck notified him March 21 and wanted to call a faculty meeting. However, Kelican suggested to hold off till Monday so they could notify the staff members.

“I was surprised when the announcement was made because we had been told there was a committee being formed to go through a vetting process,” said English teacher Cynthia Pryor. “There was evidently a groundswell of support that Dr. Jeck wanted to respond to.”

Despite the staff’s surprise, they were very supportive. Kelican described their reaction as “overwhelmingly positive.” His family was very supportive as well. “They were happy for me and excited for the school. They knew that it was something I wanted for a long time,” Kelican said.

Kelican said he was ready to step up to the position. He has worked at the school for 33 years and believes his experiences will allow him to be well prepared. “I think getting to know the people sometimes takes a little bit of time. But when you’re familiar with the staff and the people that are here, there’s a lot more open communication sooner in the process.”  

Pryor agreed with Kelican, saying, “Mr. Kelican has the advantage of being liked by our students and faculty. He brings experience and history to the position which is something that teachers at Fauquier value. People feel reassured to move forward with somebody that they already know and appreciate.”

Pryor added that it can also be a challenge, as Kelican’s new role may require him to make different decisions. “I hope the faculty will give him latitude to grow and evolve as the principal for our school.”

Kelican will begin his new position effective July. He will hold this position until next spring when the school board selects a permanent principal.

The future is bright according to Kelican. He said one main thing he hopes for next year is growth. “I would like to see us move to the next level for success with kids and faculty as well to continue to make Fauquier High School an outstanding educational institution.”

He said, specifically, he’s looking for improvement in the education system as far as SOL requirements and state requirements. Kelican sees an importance in “trying to keep up with [education] and continuing to provide opportunities” in order to exceed the school’s expectations.

Kelican plans to uphold the school traditions, “Our kids are very well mannered and polite. We don’t have a lot of issues, I don’t think I could ask for better kids.”

Before he knew he would be taking the position, Kelican said he hoped the school would “get a quality candidate in.” Little did he know he would be that quality candidate.  

By Rachel Singleton- News Editor

In Loving Memory of Coach AZ

Sad news struck FHS and Southeastern on January 22 upon hearing the news that beloved teacher and coach Matt Anzivino, AZ to many, had passed away.  He coached baseball at FHS and taught at Southeastern. He touched the lives of many past and present students in his lifetime. Many were devastated by this upsetting news.  

Anzivino was born on July 24, 1981, in Chesterfield County, Virginia.  He grew up in Warrenton, where he graduated from FHS in 1999. He played baseball here coached by Mark Ott.  He continued playing baseball in college at Chowan University in Murfreesboro, North Carolina, where he graduated in 2003.  He was a teacher and head varsity coach in Richmond at Varina High School. After this, he taught at Southeastern for about six years.  He left an impact on many at Southeastern with his fun learning techniques. During this time he continued his passion for baseball by being both the JV and assistant varsity baseball coach at FHS, leading others to succeed at the same place he had.  

For a while, Anzivino was struggling with bladder cancer. This is when cells in the bladder start to grow too fast and as the cancer cells develop they can form a tumor that spreads to other areas of the body.  However, he defeated this challenge, unfortunately, cancer came back. A few years later he found himself struggling with the disease yet again, and on January 22 at Novant Health UVA Prince William Medical Center, he passed away at age 37 still fighting.  His memory will live on in the minds of family members, students, and teammates that will miss him and remember him for the great man he was.

Coach AZ’s team shared a story that really illustrated his unique personality. “After we knocked off Riverside last year, which we weren’t supposed to do, we had a big dog pile in the middle of the field.  Coach AZ ran in from the dugout and dove into the dog pile, which is not something coaches usually do,” said senior Carson McCusker. He was not the only who remembers Anzivino this way, senior Lane Pearson said, “Just his excitement and how he ran on the field and jumped on the dog pile.” This story truly shows you what type of person he was.

McCusker remembers, “just his spirit and he always brought high energy and positive attitude to the baseball field every day, [and] he really helped our team.” Anzivino was someone these boys looked up and was a role model for them.  Everyone who ever met him said he was always positive. Pearson commented that Coach AZ will be remembered for, “His positivity and how he went about his day and was never negative and loved all the kids.”

Any of the baseball players who played on Coach AZ team will portray someone who was just a great person. “He was super nice and caring for all the kids, and he was just a super positive guy,” said Pearson. McCusker added, “He was a great man and one of the kindest people I’ve ever met. He really inspired me to be a better person.”

“Outgoing,” was the one word Ott gave to describe Anzivino, “He was always happy and smiling.  He would do anything for you, and he truly cared about his athletes.” He was nicknamed “AZ” and that is what he went by for many.  Ott said, “he always had a smile and was always passionate towards people.” Coach Anzivino, Mr. Anzivino, “AZ” or whichever name you knew him by was always there to lend a helping hand and will be greatly missed by many.

By Catherine Smith – Staff Reporter

Liz Monseur: Teacher of the Year

History teacher Liz Monseur was recently chosen by the Fauquier High School staff and administration as this year’s Teacher of the Year. Monseur has been a teacher at FHS for 36 years. During those years, she has taught a multitude of subjects, amongst the longest she taught were Special Education (SPED) and history, which she has now been teaching for 16 years.

Monseur first realized she wanted to teach after having already acquired a different position. “I went to college for social work […] once I got into social work I wasn’t enthralled with it, so I thought about going into teaching, and that’s what I did,” Monseur said. She did not, however, come up with the idea of teaching as a profession by herself, but rather had the guidance of a childhood friend. “Growing up [she] had always volunteered with mentally handicapped kids,” said Monseur. “At one point she said, ‘why don’t you go into special ed. to teach and I thought ‘well that’s interesting!’”

To this day, Monseur is extremely enthused about her job. “I work with great colleagues, and also the [amount] of students I’ve met and gotten to know over the years and still talk to and that’s wonderful. You just don’t get that in other jobs.” Since having taught for almost four decades, Monseur has learned a lot not just about teaching, but about learning. More specifically, what students learn in high school which makes the experience invaluable. “I don’t really think it’s as much the information they learn in the classes per se, I think it’s what they learn about themselves. How they develop their work ethic, how they gain a sense of achievement,” said Monseur. “I think that the experience in school [is one in which] you really learn about yourself. You learn that you can push yourself and do better, you kind of learn what you’re made of. But mainly I think for students it’s learning what success means personally, to each of them.”

Monseur has learned a lot about the world of teaching, but she doesn’t believe she’s done yet. “I’m still trying to improve my teaching strategies,” she said. To any teachers looking to do the same, Monseur has one thing to say, “Evolve. Continue to evolve and create, and never get complacent with what you’re doing.”

Monseur, thank you for 36 years of service, and congratulations on being crowned Teacher of the Year! Fauquier High School knows you deserve it.

by Celeste Pollack–Copy Editor

Virginia Teachers Go Red for Ed in Richmond

Virginia teachers make an average $51,049, less than the national average of $59,660 according to the National Education Association. Yet, Virginia is among the wealthiest states in the U.S. Inspired by massive teacher protests around the country, hundreds of Virginia teachers decided to take professional leave on January 28 and march in Richmond.
Demands include; restoring funding for public education, increasing teacher pay and providing competitive wages, recruiting and retaining high quality and diverse teachers, help localities address school infrastructure needs and ensuring that all schools have adequate support staff, according to Virginia Educators United.

Superintendent David Jeck and school board Chairwoman Suzanne Sloane along with several Fauquier High School teachers attended. Fauquier county teachers who were at the march were given professional leave mostly thanks to superintendent Dr. Jeck. Jeck gave his full support and was given the opportunity to speak on the steps of the capital.
Among the teachers who attended was English teacher Julie Duggan. “I saw a regression when the recession began in 2008; things were going really well until that point, and I’ve just seen a gradual decline ever since,” said Duggan. “We need to get back to where we were before that point in putting education at the top of our priorities for funding in state.”

Librarian Mary Jo Sears commented on the issues in teacher pay that she personally has to face. “I have two master’s degrees, I have 25 years experience [and] if I were to go to any other county I would be making a lot more money than I am here.” She blames this on the compressed pay scale that Fauquier County Schools have to use. “The school board is doing a good job with increasing our first-year teacher pay and second-year teacher pay to be more competitive among our area and other counties, but the problem is the more experienced you are the pay scales compress [and] the percentage of increase[d] [pay] goes down.” She added, “In order to keep the best teachers in this area and in state we got to pay for that”
Duggan had the opportunity to speak to Delegate Webert who is local to Fauquier County and has a son in the Fauquier County school system. She explained to him, “the quality of the educational experience in part depends on the funding of it (…) and that families depend on quality professional staffing at schools and depend on quality buildings and those are worth the money.”

The annex has also been a topic of interest when it comes to funding. Several teachers have expressed concern over the building. “We need funding to fix up the annex; that is not an appropriate space for students,” said Duggan.

Sears also commented on the issue, “I feel like the conditions we deal with especially over in the annex are deplorable (…) Students should not have to go from one classroom to the next and have a 20 degree difference in temperature, and teachers should not have to work in classrooms that are causing allergy problems.” She added that she knows the school tries its best to maintain the issue but doesn’t like how we try to put up a good front, and as you walk towards the back of the school you start to see age and heating problems.


Jeck plans to include $8 million in a budget plan, aimed at teacher salaries, that he will present to the school board.

by Nayeli Arellano–Sports Editor