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The Clifton Elementary School PTA is conducting a spring plant sale fund-raiser. Nursery quality annuals and perennials are being shipped straight from the grower on Saturday, April 13. Proceeds from this fund-raising event will be used to provide additional computers for classroom instruction. For information and to request an order form, e-mail: cliftonplantsale@aol.com.

Students at Westfield High can win cash awards and prizes by participating in the first annual Hero Essay Contest, sponsored by the school's English Department. Entrants must choose a local hero and write an essay about that person. Essays will be judged and prizes will be awarded by grade. Students can obtain entry forms from their English teachers, and all essays are due by April 15. Contact teacher Mona Moulton at 703-488-6300.

The winners of the Annual Writing Contest at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College will be honored at a program on April 25 at 12:30 p.m. in Colgan Theater. Eric J. Dunn of Centreville wins the $50 second prize for his piece entitled The Raft. The Manassas Campus Annual Writing Contest is held to encourage student writing and to honor those students whose writing has reached a high level of quality. Contact Robert Lesman at (703) 257-6696.

A Scholastic Book Fair will be held at Virginia Run Elementary from Monday, April 22 to Friday, April 26. The hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday; 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday through Thursday. On Friday, the fair will be open until noon. Family event nights are Tuesday and Thursday night from 6-8 p.m. The fair's theme is "Dive into Reading" and features books written by Dan Gutman that students have been requesting since his visit on April 2.

Dennis E. Stephens, a teacher at Bull Run Elementary in Centreville, attended the National Science Teachers Association's 50th National Convention held March 27-30 in San Diego. More than 16,000 teachers, science supervisors, principals, scientists and other science education leaders from across the U.S. attended the convention to exchange ideas about science education.

A Jump Rope for Heart will be held at Virginia Run Elementary on Monday, April 29 from 1:15 to 3 p.m. to raise money for the American Heart Association.

Dancing at Lughnasa will be staged by Westfield High School's drama department on Friday, May 3, Saturday, May 4 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 5 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5. Call 703-488-6430.

An informational AP/Honors Afternoon will be held at Centreville High School's media center and atrium area on Thursday, April 18 from 3-5 p.m. AP and Honors teachers will be on hand, along with student representatives from some of the classes. Students who are rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders, as well as their parents, are invited to attend. Also invited and encouraged to attend are rising 9th graders and their parents from Stone and Rocky Run Middle Schools.

Westfield Summer Stage will hold auditions for the musical comedy, "Snoopy!" on Monday, April 22 and Tuesday, April 23, at 6:30 p.m. at Westfield High School in Chantilly. "Snoopy!" is the sequel to the Tony-award-winning "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown." The show will feature a cast of 40-50 actors from middle and high schools in the metro area. Students auditioning for "Snoopy!" must present a one-minute monologue and be prepared to sing 16 measures of a favorite song, either a cappella or with his or her own tape accompaniment. Callbacks will be on Wednesday, April 24, at 6:30 p.m.

Sponsored by Westfield Theatre Boosters, the program is a theater arts performance workshop open to rising seventh to 12th grade students. Actors will attend weekday rehearsals June 20-July 10, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Performances of "Snoopy!" will be on July 11 at 7:30 p.m. and July 12 at 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Actors will pay a workshop fee of $175, which includes participation in the cast, instruction in improvisational skills, character development and scene study, as well as a show T-shirt and tickets to the production.

The staff includes Lori Knickerbocker, artistic director; Scott Pafumi, technical director; Yvonne Henry, choreographer; Leann Woolley and Barbara McDermott, producers; and Clare Morris, vocal director. Contact the Westfield High School Theatre Department at 703-488-6430 or director Lori Knickerbocker at Lorak36@aol.com.

The Deer Park PTA nominating committee is now accepting nominations for next school year's executive board. The following officer positions will be vacant for the 2002-2003 school year: President, Vice President (Activities), Vice President ( Membership), and Secretary. To make a nomination or for information about filling any of these positions, contact Courtney Rooney at (703) 817-9640.

The annual Deer Park Spring Fling will be held on Saturday, May 4 from noon to 4 p.m. This fun family event is open to everyone. There will be prizes, games, a rock climbing wall, karaoke, dunk tank and the adrenaline rush! Also planned is a theme basket raffle as well as a 50/50 raffle. Plan to come for lunch. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Contact Stephanie Redman at 703-818-8937.

The Westfield High School Athletic Booster Club is now accepting nominations for the executive board for next school year. The following positions are open for nomination: President, Vice President, Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary and Treasurer. Other committee positions are also available. Get involved and support the athletic programs at Westfield! To nominate someone, or yourself, contact Lory Sasek at 703-222-6080.

Mountain View High School's Guidance and Business departments are planning to hold a senior meeting in Digital Focus's conference room, at the Herndon office on Wednesday, April 24. Digital Focus, which specializes in designing and building technology-based business solutions for Global 1000 enterprises, began a relationship with Mountain View this past school year. Currently, Digital Focus employees volunteer as mentors for selected Mountain View students, and participate in the alternative high school's Learning for Transition career focus activities such as Ethics Day and Reality Store.

The Chantilly Pyramid Minority Student Achievement Committee (CPMSAC) is sponsoring its 2002 Teach-In (formerly Lock-In). The event will be held on Friday and Saturday, April 26-27 at Chantilly High School. The theme of this year's event is "A Call to Commitment: High Academic Achievement." Several workshops will be held to motivate and educate children with the skills and attitudes needed to move to the "mountain top" (academic excellence, self-motivation) at school and in their personal lives. The workshops are intended for students in grades 6-12 and their parents. The cost is $5 per student with a family cap of $15. Student participants and their parents must complete and return a registration form to CPMSAC by April 18. Call Berdia Foster at 703-803-8533, or Johnny L. Nelson at 703-968-2471 in the evening.

The Institute for the Arts summer program will be held July 8 through Aug. 1 at Fairfax High School. This summer enrichment program, which runs from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, offers more than 100 fine arts courses in dance, visual arts, music and theater arts. A student may participate in one or more disciplines by taking four classes daily in his or her areas of interest. The program is open to grades 7-12 and includes study in a variety of disciplines. Go online at www.fcps.edu/DIS/OACE/summer/IFTA-2002.pdf. Registrations must be received at the summer school office, 5775 Spindle Court, Centreville, Virginia 20121 on or before April 26. Tuition and transportation costs are $570 for Fairfax County residents and $770 for nonresidents.

The second annual Westfield High 5K Race and Bulldog Dash Committee is sponsoring a logo design contest for this year's race on Saturday, May 11 at 8 a.m. The winning designer will receive a $50 cash prize, and his or her work will be displayed on all print and Web site promotions for the 5K Run including fliers, posters, entry forms and T-shirts. The design must be camera-ready or created as a high-resolution image. Logos can be in black and white or in color. Submit entries to the Westfield Art Department by Feb. 20. Contact art teacher Diane Giaccone at 703-488-6300.

The Franklin Middle School Summer Band and Orchestra Camp will take place July 1-19 at Franklin Middle School. The schedule is Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $140/student, $150 after June 7. The final concert will be July 19 at 6 p.m. for the orchestra and 7:30 p.m. for the band. The camp is for grades 3 to high school. Students will experience the following classes: full band classes for all levels of band experience, sectionals with instrumental specialist, music theory sessions, classes for elementary through high school, orchestra classes for all levels of orchestra experience, special classes for beginning band and orchestra students. Students may study the following instruments: all woodwinds, all brass, all percussion and all strings instruments. For an application, call Lawrence Walker at 703-904-5145.

NVTA, formerly known as Northern Virginia Theatre Alliance, announces its sixth annual theater scholarships for high school seniors. NVTA is a non-profit organization comprised of community theaters throughout the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. Each year NVTA offers $1,000 scholarships to talented young people who intend to pursue the dramatic arts, musical theater or technical theater in college. The technical scholarship includes the areas of set design, costuming, lighting and make-up/hair design. The application deadline is Feb. 16, 2002. Call Anne Ridgway at (703) 330-ARTS.

Chantilly High School's Class of 1992 will hold its 10-Year Reunion on July 20 at the Waterford at Fair Oaks in Fairfax. Call First-Class Reunions at 888-327-1984 or visit the Web site at www.fcreunions.com to update information.

Robinson Secondary's Class of 1992 will hold its 10-Year Reunion on Oct. 19 at the Hilton Crystal City in Arlington. Call First-Class Reunions at 888-327-1984 or visit the Web site at www.fcreunions.com to update information.

STEP — Saturday Toward Excellence Program — is in need of tutors and mentors. The program offers nonprofit tutoring and mentoring at Chantilly High School for students in elementary, middle and high school. Tutoring sessions run from 9:30-11:15 a.m. The following subjects are in need of tutors: calculus, geometry, algebra, general math, chemistry, physics, biology, general science, social studies, Spanish, French, reading, elementary math, reading and language arts. Call Barbara Tyler, STEP coordinator, at 703-830-8039.