School lNotes

School lNotes

A fun fair sponsored by the Centre Ridge Elementary School PTA will be held on Saturday, May 11. There will be pony rides, train rides, a spiral turbo slide, giant moon bounces, a 50/50 raffle and more.

About 100 students from Centreville High School will have the opportunity to experience Theatreworks/USA in its performance of "Romeo and Juliet" on Tuesday, April 23 at 10:30 a.m. at GMU. Centreville's business partner Cox Communications is partnering with Bravo to put on the production. The event is an extension of Bravo's national education arts campaign, "Bravo On With the Show," which brings Broadway artists into the community to hold free musical theater workshops.

Mohammed Islam of Centreville has been nominated for "Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges." He attends the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Nominations are based on excellence in scholarship, participation and leadership in academic and extracurricular activities, service to the college, and potential for future achievement.

Jessica Nash, daughter of Steven and Carla Nash of Centreville, earned honorable mention Dean's list at Lynchburg College, a private college in central Virginia, enrolling 2,100 students in the professional, liberal arts and sciences and graduate studies.

The Rocky Run Middle School PTA will sponsor Planet Splash and Play Day on Saturday, April 27 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Rocky Run students, family and friends can stop by anytime during these hours and receive special rates on admission, In-line skating, video arcade and food. It is recommended that guests bring their own skates, however rentals are available if needed. Planet Splash and Play is located at 4600 Brookfield Corporate Drive, Chantilly. Contact Maureen Nameroff at 703-378-2988.

A tree-planting ceremony to honor those killed on Sept. 11 will be held at Deer Park Elementary on Friday, April 26. The planting will show appreciation to the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department for their work at the Pentagon that day and afterwards and will celebrate the life of Karl Teepe who died at the Pentagon on Sept. 11. Teepe was a member of the Deer Park community.

Cyber Ethics is the topic of a discussion by Dr. Cherie Geide on Wednesday, May 29 from 7-9 p.m. in the cafeteria at Deer Park Elementary School. This professor at Marymount University's School of Education, and a Cyber Ethics Consultant, will speak about Cyber Safety and Ethics, specifically what parents can do to take a more active role in their child's Cyber Safety awareness.

Chantilly High students Caleb Bacon and Frederick Laurence III will attend the Junior Law Cadet of Virginia Program at the Virginia State Police Academy in Richmond the week of July 7-12. These students who will be entering their senior year in high school, will train with the Virginia State Police at the academy. Areas covered will be in police, undercover and tactical team operations and officer survival. They are sponsored by the American Legion Dyer-Gunnell Post 180 of Vienna.

Joseph Won, a Woodson High student taking Network Administration at Chantilly Academy, passed his seventh Microsoft certification exam to achieve Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) and Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) status. These are industry-recognized certifications that even adults find challenging to pass. He is the first student in the county to achieve these feats this year. In the history of Fairfax County Schools, there have been only 10 MCSEs from the Network Administration program. Eight of the 10 are from Chantilly Academy.

More than 700 sixth-grade students will participate in the 26th Annual Sixth Grade All-County Choral Festival on Saturday, May 4, at 3:30 p.m. at Fairfax High School. Fairfax County Public Schools Instructional Services Department and the Fairfax General Music Educators' Association are co-sponsoring the event.

The program will include traditional, folk, and classical choral music selections. It will take place in the fieldhouse at Fairfax High.

News From Centreville Elementary

* Saturday, April 20 — School Clean Up from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring your gardening gloves and a few tools. The PTA will provide refreshments!

* April 22-26 — National TV Turn Off TV Week! Go to for information and ideas.

* Monday, April 29 — Math Fun Night from 6:30-7:45 p.m.

Shenandoah University student Richard Zarou, son of Ricky and Hala Zarou of Centreville, had the Washington premiere of his work "Upon a Child," at The Kennedy Center on Sunday, Feb. 17. Richard was originally asked to write a piece with a different theme, but fell in love with the poem "Upon A Child" by Robert Herrick and created a work that was accepted by The Kennedy Center.

This talented composer was also accepted to the New Music Festival at Eastern Carolina University where his works were recorded.

Richard is a 1999 graduate of Centreville High School. He had compositional aspirations all of his life so he chose to attend Shenandoah University to follow his dream.

Richard's parents are long-time residents of the Chantilly, Centreville area. They are previous owners of Ricky's Pizza, formerly located in the Greenbriar Shopping Center. His father Ricky is a real estate agent in the Centreville Office of Long & Foster, Realtors.

A one-act adaptation of "Moby Dick" and the one-act comedy "Black Comedy" will be staged by Chantilly High School's Drama Department on May 1-4 at 7:30 p.m. at Chantilly High School. Under the direction of Ed Monk, "Black Comedy" is about what happens when the electricity goes out at a dinner party. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door. Call 703-222-8182.

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.

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.

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. 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.

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.

Contact the Westfield High School Theatre Department at 703-488-6430 or director Lori Knickerbocker at

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.

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.

Fairfax County Public Schools is sponsoring a Tech Adventure Camp July 8-19 at Chantilly and Edison High Schools from 9 a.m. to 1:50 p.m. Class selections include: Web Page Design, Digital Photography, Aviation, Robotics, Electronics, Visual Basic Programming, Culinary, and First Aid. Students currently in grades 6, 7, and 8 are eligible to register; transportation will be provided for Fairfax County residents. Tuition including transportation is $300 for Fairfax County residents and $400 for out-of-county residents. For more information, visit the Tech Adventure Camp web site at or call 703-208-7789.

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 Registrations must be received at the summer school office, 5775 Spindle Court, Centreville, VA 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 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 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.