Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – October 27, 2016

Right education should help the student, not only to develop his capacities, but to understand his own highest interest.

– J. Krishnamurti

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Institute for Educational Leadership: Global Education Policy Fellowship Program

As some of you may be aware, I wanted to share the good news that I will be travelling to India as a fellow in the Institute for Educational Leadership’s Global Education Policy Fellowship Program.  I will be participating in A Field Study Focused on the Challenges of Managing Growth and Improving Quality in India’s education system. A lofty challenge indeed! 

In addition to my work here at Nottingham with the principalship, I have served on boards that focus on issues of access for women and girls. I have enjoyed the work of the past few months, planning and preparing for policy conversations, site visits to educational institutions from elementary through college in the states of Delhi and Bangalore.  Together with a small group of other Fellows from across the United States I have been participating in webinars, learning more about educational policy in India, the world’s largest education system.

Recent webinars included working with Vibha Sharma, Educational Consultant, and Delhi, India. She has been engaged in the field of international education for more than a decade.  Most recently, she served as Consultant to the University of Chicago to help them establish an academic center in Delhi, which is serving to benchmark the ways in which collaborative academic activity and global engagement can take shape.  Prior to that, she was Director, Office of US-India Higher Education Cooperation, established at the behest of the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs of the US government’s Department of State.  There, she developed and directed the Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative grant program, aimed at fostering institutional collaborations. Currently, she is developing, exploring and expanding a portfolio of independent consultancy assignments in the field of Indo-US academic engagement.

I’m excited to have the opportunity to broaden my knowledge of this part of the world. Should you need assistance with a matter concerning administration, please reach out to Mr. Koutsouftikis at

Teacher of Year (TOY)

It is that time of year again when we call for nominations to select Nottingham’s 2016 Teacher of the Year!  Nottingham’s nominee will then be placed in contention to be selected as Arlington’s Teacher of the Year. Attached to this APS Talk you will find a copy of the Nottingham Teacher of the Year Nomination Form.  If you wish to nominate a teacher for this honor, complete the form and return it to Nottingham via Sharon Bash no later than Friday, November 4.   She can be reached at 703-228-8339 or email:  Our instructional lead teachers serve as the nominating/selection committee.  Together they will review the nominations and select one candidate.  All qualifications listed in the Department of Education official document will be considered during the voting process.Our timeline calls for a quick turn-around to submit nominations for consideration.  The Nomination Committee will meet and vote to select our TOY at the November 10 Lead Teacher’s meeting. Cory Folliard, as the PTA President, will serve as the community member on the selection committee.  We look forward to making the announcement of Nottingham’s 2017 TOY before Thanksgiving Break.

Democracy Day

I wanted to extend my appreciation to Mrs. Meden, Nottingham’s Social Studies’ Lead Teacher. Her enthusiasm in planning a memorable learning activity for our Knights was catching! She   worked with me and our SCA advisors to plan yesterday’s Day of Democracy here at Nottingham. As part of this month’s Spirit Day, October 26 was designated Democracy Day.  Students were asked to dress in red, white, and/or blue.  Every grade level decided to vote on a topic unique to their grade level, i.e.:  every fourth grader chose to vote on which region in Virginia they would like to live in.  The results will be tallied and shared on Knights@9.

APS Go! Travel Survey

Please consider taking part in this APS Go! Travel Survey, A community-wide, school-driven process that raises awareness and provides incentives, information and encouragement related to walking, biking, transit, car/vanpooling and school busing.  APS Go! is a part of the APS efforts to proactively assess the needs of the community, respond to growth and demand, and develop forward-thinking transportation programs. The information collected as part of the survey will be used to update and measure progress on the APS Go! comprehensive, long-term Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Plan. The Parent Survey is intended for parents of APS students in grades Pre-K through 10. It includes 21 questions and should take less than 10 minutes to complete.  The online survey available here:  Please visit  APS Go for more information.

Cheeseburger in Paradise Fall Auction:

Mr. Koutsouftikis looks forward to seeing staff and parents at the Nottingham Fall Auction. Members of the Auction committee have been working hard to ensure a good time will be had by all. Please plan to join your friends and neighbors at this fun, community building event.

Thank you for being a partner in your child’s education.

Mary Beth Pelosky

@NTMPrincipal  @NTMKnightsAPS