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Very interesting school speech case heard at the Supreme Court this week:

- https://www.c-span.org/video/?510036-1/mahanoy-area-schools-district-v-bl-oral-argument

Can a school punish a student for speech made off-campus?

Does the "material disruption" standard under Tinker allow schools to punish political or religious speech on or off-campus if it is controversial? (E.g. criticism or praise of BLM, CRT, LGBTQ or Proud Boys)

Are there different rules for students involved in teams/clubs as opposed to regular students simply seeking an education?
LEAP 2019 School Board Candidate Forum Recording - Oct 16, 2019

Thank you again to Andrew Hoyler for School Board, Mike Neely for School Board, Sterling District, Kenya A. Savage Committed to Growing Our Children for a Greater Loudoun and @Sisson for Schools for attending the LEAP candidate forum tonight. Lots of substantive answers on how they will serve if elected to the board. Please find the discussion at the link below.

- https://zoom.us/recording/play/ENj3aC5LnrCfgCDE7ViYdm3aCeDznkMjkgum4Y9TXQNgz2QxhUew-7zK-9C_00vT?autoplay=true

A couple of notes:

1. We tried to advance the screen to the speaker's picture when they were speaking but were not always successful. We assume you can quickly discern the speaker by their voice.

2. All questions were provided in advance to the speakers. You can see them here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1gThbKZtO92jmp8oxQ04I38KkpNg1-twl/view?fbclid=IwAR24rRB2QQNBMI32Co-GKhbxPH49dmKYvd2yo0gOLhNsGjahGKTuihMpvzw

We understand several candidates had conflicts this evening and couldn't attend. As a parent educational organization, we encourage all residents and voters in Loudoun County to become informed on the issues discussed tonight and continue to engage with your educational representative on a variety of topics.
Join us Wednesday night (Oct 16) from 7-9pm to learn about the LCPS school board candidates' platforms.

Substantive questions, not talking points!

You can join us online via Zoom at https://zoom.us/j/985556199 or watch the recorded video later BEFORE YOU VOTE on Nov 5.

For more information see the event invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/716612695522201/

Zoom call-in via phone: (646) 558-8656
Meeting ID: 985 556 199
Saw some great chalk artists today in Reston, both pro and student.
Trump administration considers banning flavored e-cigarettes. Come learn more about va**ng at tonight's LEAP meeting.

CNBC: Trump administration readies ban on flavored e-cigarettes amid outbreak of va**ng-related deaths.
https://www.cnbc.com/2019/09/11/trump-to-consider-e-cigarette-policy-amid-outbreak-of-lung-disease.html
Join LEAP this Wednesday - September 11 at 7pm - for our first meeting of the year. The topic: Va**ng.

You can join us in person at the Ashburn Sheriff's Station or online via a Zoom conference call:

Topic: Sep LEAP Meeting - Va**ng
Time: Sep 11, 2019 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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This past spring (2019), LEAP hosted leadership from DC Public Schools to discuss their merit-based pay initiatives. The Washington Post notes that DC schools have seen consistent increases in scores over the past decade. The Editorial Board contributed this to better teaching in part because of that program.

This might be of interest to candidates running for LCPS school board and to parents in general. As I recall, teachers achieving the best results could get up to $25K more per year.

- https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/dcs-test-scores-are-up-the-credit-should-go-to-better-teaching/2019/08/21/6081f27e-c376-11e9-b5e4-54aa56d5b7ce_story.html
Describes why teachers have to investigate the gaps in primary sources to teach history: “If you’re interested in the history of women, or the lower class, or anyone who’s not white, you have to ask these questions. You can’t just not teach it.”
Some things you need to know. Hope to see you at our September 11 meeting - 7pm at the Ashburn Police Station community room.
Hoping to see more and more inclusivity
And here are pics from Loudoun Valley

LEAP is an independent, all-volunteer, non-partisan parent network promoting interaction between parents, teachers, local leaders & LCPS administration.

Rules of the Forum

The Loudoun Education Alliance of Parents encourages discourse on the articles and other information that it posts on its page. The opinions and comments are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views of LEAP or have any association with LEAP. While we understand that people sometimes have strong opinions and will not always agree on issues, we insist

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Mahanoy Area Schools District v. B.L. Oral Argument 05/01/2021

Mahanoy Area Schools District v. B.L. Oral Argument

Very interesting school speech case heard at the Supreme Court this week:

- https://www.c-span.org/video/?510036-1/mahanoy-area-schools-district-v-bl-oral-argument

Can a school punish a student for speech made off-campus?

Does the "material disruption" standard under Tinker allow schools to punish political or religious speech on or off-campus if it is controversial? (E.g. criticism or praise of BLM, CRT, LGBTQ or Proud Boys)

Are there different rules for students involved in teams/clubs as opposed to regular students simply seeking an education?

Mahanoy Area Schools District v. B.L. Oral Argument The Supreme Court heard oral argument in [Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L.], a case on whether public schools officials can discipline students' off-campus social media content.

Video Conferencing, Web Conferencing, Webinars, Screen Sharing 10/17/2019

Video Conferencing, Web Conferencing, Webinars, Screen Sharing

LEAP 2019 School Board Candidate Forum Recording - Oct 16, 2019

Thank you again to Andrew Hoyler for School Board, Mike Neely for School Board, Sterling District, Kenya A. Savage Committed to Growing Our Children for a Greater Loudoun and @Sisson for Schools for attending the LEAP candidate forum tonight. Lots of substantive answers on how they will serve if elected to the board. Please find the discussion at the link below.

- https://zoom.us/recording/play/ENj3aC5LnrCfgCDE7ViYdm3aCeDznkMjkgum4Y9TXQNgz2QxhUew-7zK-9C_00vT?autoplay=true

A couple of notes:

1. We tried to advance the screen to the speaker's picture when they were speaking but were not always successful. We assume you can quickly discern the speaker by their voice.

2. All questions were provided in advance to the speakers. You can see them here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1gThbKZtO92jmp8oxQ04I38KkpNg1-twl/view?fbclid=IwAR24rRB2QQNBMI32Co-GKhbxPH49dmKYvd2yo0gOLhNsGjahGKTuihMpvzw

We understand several candidates had conflicts this evening and couldn't attend. As a parent educational organization, we encourage all residents and voters in Loudoun County to become informed on the issues discussed tonight and continue to engage with your educational representative on a variety of topics.

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10/14/2019

Join us Wednesday night (Oct 16) from 7-9pm to learn about the LCPS school board candidates' platforms.

Substantive questions, not talking points!

You can join us online via Zoom at https://zoom.us/j/985556199 or watch the recorded video later BEFORE YOU VOTE on Nov 5.

For more information see the event invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/716612695522201/

Zoom call-in via phone: (646) 558-8656
Meeting ID: 985 556 199

Photos from LEAP - Loudoun Education Alliance of Parents's post 09/14/2019

Saw some great chalk artists today in Reston, both pro and student.

Trump administration readies ban on flavored e-cigarettes amid outbreak of va**ng-related deaths 09/11/2019

Trump administration readies ban on flavored e-cigarettes amid outbreak of va**ng-related deaths

Trump administration considers banning flavored e-cigarettes. Come learn more about va**ng at tonight's LEAP meeting.

CNBC: Trump administration readies ban on flavored e-cigarettes amid outbreak of va**ng-related deaths.
https://www.cnbc.com/2019/09/11/trump-to-consider-e-cigarette-policy-amid-outbreak-of-lung-disease.html

Trump administration readies ban on flavored e-cigarettes amid outbreak of va**ng-related deaths An outbreak of a mysterious va**ng-linked lung disease has sickened hundreds and killed at least six people.

Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting now 09/09/2019

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Join LEAP this Wednesday - September 11 at 7pm - for our first meeting of the year. The topic: Va**ng.

You can join us in person at the Ashburn Sheriff's Station or online via a Zoom conference call:

Topic: Sep LEAP Meeting - Va**ng
Time: Sep 11, 2019 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
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Ashburn Sheriff Station
20272 Savin Hill Dr
Ashburn, VA 20147
https://goo.gl/maps/WJ5TDLeF35yKwp67A

Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting now Zoom is the leader in modern enterprise video communications, with an easy, reliable cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, chat, and webinars across mobile, desktop, and room systems. Zoom Rooms is the original software-based conference room solution used around the world in board, confer...

Opinion | D.C.’s test scores are up. The credit should go to better teaching. 08/23/2019

Opinion | D.C.’s test scores are up. The credit should go to better teaching.

This past spring (2019), LEAP hosted leadership from DC Public Schools to discuss their merit-based pay initiatives. The Washington Post notes that DC schools have seen consistent increases in scores over the past decade. The Editorial Board contributed this to better teaching in part because of that program.

This might be of interest to candidates running for LCPS school board and to parents in general. As I recall, teachers achieving the best results could get up to $25K more per year.

- https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/dcs-test-scores-are-up-the-credit-should-go-to-better-teaching/2019/08/21/6081f27e-c376-11e9-b5e4-54aa56d5b7ce_story.html

Opinion | D.C.’s test scores are up. The credit should go to better teaching. The public school system must be sure to not abandon the principles and policies that have resulted in steady improvement.

How Do We Teach With Primary Sources When So Many Voices Are Missing? 08/19/2019

How Do We Teach With Primary Sources When So Many Voices Are Missing?

Describes why teachers have to investigate the gaps in primary sources to teach history: “If you’re interested in the history of women, or the lower class, or anyone who’s not white, you have to ask these questions. You can’t just not teach it.”

How Do We Teach With Primary Sources When So Many Voices Are Missing? Teachers have been encouraged to bring more primary sources into the classroom, but doing so presents a challenge when the voices of Native Americans and other historically marginalized groups are so often missing from these documents.

In the ‘Juul room’: E-cigarettes spawn a form of teen addiction that worries doctors, parents and schools 08/18/2019

In the ‘Juul room’: E-cigarettes spawn a form of teen addiction that worries doctors, parents and schools

Some things you need to know. Hope to see you at our September 11 meeting - 7pm at the Ashburn Police Station community room.

In the ‘Juul room’: E-cigarettes spawn a form of teen addiction that worries doctors, parents and schools Teen va**ng skyrockets as effective interventions remain elusive.

Ad Featuring Woman in Wheelchair Captures Young Girl's Gaze 08/17/2019

Ad Featuring Woman in Wheelchair Captures Young Girl's Gaze

Hoping to see more and more inclusivity

Ad Featuring Woman in Wheelchair Captures Young Girl's Gaze A picture of a 4-year-old Virginia girl who uses a wheelchair gazing at a beauty advertisement featuring a woman in a wheelchair went viral on Facebook.

Loudoun Valley students bring creativity to commodes 08/15/2019

Loudoun Valley students bring creativity to commodes

And here are pics from Loudoun Valley

Loudoun Valley students bring creativity to commodes Members of a specialized class at Loudoun Valley High School, Positive Experiences in Educational Relationships (PEER), took an artistic approach to their goal of supporting fellow students emotionally, socially and

FDA investigating 127 reports of seizures after va**ng 08/14/2019

FDA investigating 127 reports of seizures after va**ng

Did you know that in April the FDA began investigating cases of people suffering from seizures after va**ng? Have your kids mentioned it to you? How is it handled in our schools? To learn more, join us on September 11 at 7 pm in the Ashurn Police Station Community room.

FDA investigating 127 reports of seizures after va**ng The FDA cautions it's unclear whether e-cigarettes caused the seizures.

Photos from LEAP - Loudoun Education Alliance of Parents's post 08/09/2019

Our June meeting was about school safety, and we learned from the Sheriff's office that juuling is a topic parents need to know about NOW. What better way to spread the word than at our first meeting of the year on September 11? What questions do you want answered?

Photos from Loudoun County School Nutrition Services's post 08/07/2019

As of last year, unlimited portions of locally sourced fruits and vegetables are available at all schools. Please spread the word

08/07/2019

Loudoun Literacy Council seeks gently used books for kids

We are looking for gently-used children’s books for all reading levels! Thanks to an increase in our community partnerships, we’ve been very busy this summer taking books to children who may not have books in their homes. One of our goals is to increase book-ownership in low-income housing so that EVERY child has books to share with their family members. If you have books you’d like to donate, please call our office at 703-777-2205 to arrange a drop-off time or email [email protected]. Access to books is the single biggest barrier to literacy development in the United States.

08/06/2019

Ready to lead? Elections for the board are Wednesday, Sept. 11. Save the date - details to follow. Position descriptions available at http://bit.ly/2KsLuhA

08/05/2019

Application for free and reduced lunch is here

Our online free and reduced meal benefit applications are now available online!

Help us spread the word and encourage families to save time and apply online. It only takes a few minutes and the application is available in 8 languages to make the process easier.

Visit www.lcps.schoollunchapp.com to apply today!

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4 Powerful Ways to Manage Back-to-School Anxiety in Kids 08/03/2019

4 Powerful Ways to Manage Back-to-School Anxiety in Kids

Some great tips

4 Powerful Ways to Manage Back-to-School Anxiety in Kids Returning to school after summer break creates a wide range of feelings in even the most easygoing child. Worries about homework, whether new classmates will be nice, or how strict the teacher is means most kids experience some level of anxiety about the upcoming year. As with any fear, facing anxie...

07/28/2019

It's that time of year again! Are you ready to collaborate and connect to enhance education for all students in LoCo? It's easy and fun to represent your school or become an officer. Sign up forms: http://bit.ly/33fL076

Untitled album 07/28/2019

Untitled album

Financial Literacy Workshops 07/25/2019

Financial Literacy Workshops

Valuable life skills courses are free

Financial Literacy Workshops These financial literacy workshops will teach middle & high school students valuable life skills that are not typically taught in the classroom! Being financial literate is vital for being successful in the real world. Students must learn these financial skills before entering college, living on the...

Free summer meals program for students kicks off in Sterling 06/15/2019

Free summer meals program for students kicks off in Sterling

Free summer meal sites

Free summer meals program for students kicks off in Sterling The first day of summer vacation kicked off with an initiative to promote Loudoun's free Summer Food Service Program at Sterling Public Library.

Video Conferencing, Web Conferencing, Webinars, Screen Sharing 06/13/2019

Video Conferencing, Web Conferencing, Webinars, Screen Sharing

School Safety Meeting Posted

Thanks for everyone who came out to listen to multiple speakers on school safety last night. You can watch/listen to the presentations and questions below.

Unfortunately, nobody from The Official Loudoun County Public Schools showed up so attendees didn't get answers on critical policy questions like these below. We hope that future school boards and administrations will send representatives so parents and citizens can better understand how schools operate.

1. Do schools need to get parents permission before they can conduct an unlimited search of your kids' cell phones including for selfies in the n**e? Current policy is schools need not ask parents or students' permission.

2. Can LCPS school security officers (SSO) interrogate students about criminal actions (with SROs being present) without getting the consent of parents or without the SSO providing the student Miranda rights. Current policy is SSO need not get parents' permission or provide Miranda rights (a law enforcement officer would need to provide such rights if they conducted the questioning)

The school resource officers (SROs) from the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office also explained the great work they do in the schools getting to know kids and helping to divert them from dangerous behavior (va**ng, sexting, etc.). They also discuss a new app to be roled out where kids can anonymously report incidents - potential threats or kids who might be in danger of hurting themselves.

We encourage all to watch. There may be a follow-up discussion next year in LEAP.

- https://zoom.us/recording/play/s0yZy5TmbCvF4gWKD530rAOXafr2P8mgJFPpmT44PNHaHG1G_o2blPi8YldJRBsL?autoplay=true&startTime=1560378504000

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Loudoun County Sheriff’s Department - Ashburn Station 06/11/2019

Loudoun County Sheriff’s Department - Ashburn Station

Come out and join us on Wed, Jun 12 at 7pm for a discussion of safety in our schools.

The location has changed to the Ashburn Station of the LCSO (see map link below) just off Russell Branch Pkwy. If you can't make it in person, join us online via our Zoom web conference (details below). LEAP will also be holding elections for the 2019-2020 school year. Look forward to seeing you there.

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Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting now 06/08/2019

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Can't join us in person for the June 12 LEAP meeting at 7pm on school safety? Join us online via our Zoom conference call.

Worried about school safety? Wondering what you can do and what’s happening behind the scenes to keep students safe? School safety will be the topic of the last meeting of the year - June 12 at 7pm at the LoCo Sheriff's office Ashburn station community room.

Topic: Admin LEAP's Zoom Meeting
Time: Jun 12, 2019 7:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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LEAP_Postion_Descriptions.pdf 06/07/2019

LEAP_Postion_Descriptions.pdf

Are you ready to make 2019-20 a great school year? Elections for the LEAP executive committee are next Wednesday. Here are position descriptions and bylaws for those who haven't read them yet: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9dkdgKHAu2rMWQ2QWQ2a3ctMXM/view?usp=sharing and https://drive.google.com/file/d/1FK0okwu8tUF66Y574k8-jWuTv6gnJwfZ/view?usp=sharing

LEAP_Postion_Descriptions.pdf

LEAP_Postion_Descriptions.pdf 06/07/2019

LEAP_Postion_Descriptions.pdf

Elections for officers for the 2019-20 school year are next Wednesday after the school safety forum! LEAP strives to have officers from different areas of the county. Here are the position descriptions. We are here to answer any questions you have. Let us know of your interest here or by email to [email protected]
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B9dkdgKHAu2rMWQ2QWQ2a3ctMXM

LEAP_Postion_Descriptions.pdf

06/04/2019

Worried about school safety? Wondering what you can do and what’s happening behind the scenes to keep students safe? School safety will be the topic of the last meeting of the year - June 12 at 7pm at the LoCo Sheriff's office Ashburn station community room.

One meeting can’t provide all the information needed, but this meeting can help set the foundation for ongoing discussions and a shared understanding of challenges and resources. The Virginia Center for School and Campus safety will provide an overview of school safety audits and threat assessments. The Sheriff’s office will present on school resource officers. Fairfax County Public Schools and Kognito will share information about bullying prevention and mental health resources that have been implemented nationwide and in neighboring counties. The presentations will be recorded and posted online with supporting resources.

Elections will be held after the program. Anyone with interest in enhancing education is invited to run. Working together, we can achieve a lot for our kids.

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While we understand that people sometimes have strong opinions and will not always agree on issues, we encourage and insist on respectful dialogue. LEAP will delete comments that go way off-topic, are clearly intended to fulfill a personal agenda (business or otherwise), contain profanity or lewd comments/images, are deliberately hurtful or threatening, or are potentially libelous. If it happens repeatedly, the poster will be banned from accessing our page. Please alert us (via private message) to any posts that violate the forum rules so that we can address immediately. Thank you for your cooperation.

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