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Education Notebook - 08/21/02

Adult Education Graduation

<bt>Some 125 adult students participated in the biannual graduation ceremonies hosted by the Fairfax County Public Schools Adult and Community Education on Tuesday, Aug. 20. Belle Wheelan, the Virginia secretary of education, served as keynote speaker.

The graduates, ranging in age from 18-70, were participants in the county's Adult High School Completion Programs, which include Woodson Adult High School, the General Educational Development (GED) test and the External Diploma program. Three graduates along with Robert MacGilivary, the adult secondary administrator for the Virginia Department of Education, also spoke during the ceremonies.

<sh>Student Songs on 'Project X'

<bt>Students from South Lakes High School in Reston and Lake Braddock Secondary School in Burke are featured, along with high-school students from schools in Loudoun County and Washington, D.C., on a compact disc, "Project X," released by the Arts & Education In Concert (AEIC), a nonprofit organization.

The CD is a compilation of songs composed and performed by the students, who belong to the AEIC program, which educates and empowers youth in the fight against drug abuse and violence. Besides the music, which ranges from jazz to rap to pop, the disk contains candid discussions between the students and staff of AEIC on topics including drugs, violence, stress, depression and relationships with peers and parents.

Song clips and the CD are available at the AEIC Web site at www.aeconcert.org. All proceeds go to support programs offered by AEIC. For more information, call 703-988-9705.

<sh>Student Registration Sites

<bt>Seven Fairfax County Public Schools student registration centers for students in special categories are open now through Sept. 13. Those who need to register at these centers are students whose native language is not English, foreign students, students whose natural or legally adoptive parents do not reside in Fairfax County, tuition-paying students and students in foster care. All other students should register at their neighborhood school. English proficiency assessment services are available at each center. Call Student Registration, 703-876-5230 or 703-876-5240, for an appointment.

Now through Aug. 30, the following centers are open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.: South County Government Center, 8350 Richmond Highway, Alexandria; Fairfax Human Resources Center, 6245 Leesburg Pike, Suite 300, Falls Church; and Fairfax Education Association, 3917 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax.

Now through Aug. 30, the following centers will be open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.: Bryant Center, 2709 Popkins Lane, Alexandria; Devonshire Center, 2831 Graham Road, Falls Church; and Herndon Neighborhood Resource Center, 1086 Elden St., Suite 106, Herndon.

Now through Sept. 13, the following center will be open Wednesday, from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.: The Reading and Writing Center, 7004-I Little River Turnpike, Annandale.

From Sept. 3-13, the following centers will be open from Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.: Devonshire Administrative Center, Bryant Center, Herndon Neighborhood Center, South County Government Center, Fairfax Human Resources Center and Fairfax Education Association.

Additional information is available on the FCPS Web site at www.fcps.edu/DSSSE/StudentServices/StudentRegistration and on cable Channel 21.

<sh>Education Information Night

<bt>The University of Virginia's Northern Virginia Center in Falls Church will be holding an Education Information Night aimed at people interested in pursuing a career in the field of education, Wednesday, Aug. 21, from 4:30-6 p.m.

There will be two presentations as well as several information sessions throughout the event.

The 4:30 p.m. presentation, "Touch a Life — Become a Teacher," is a free workshop providing information on the rewards, qualifications and expectations of a K-12 classroom teacher. The 6 p.m. presentation, "Make it Happen — Become a Teacher," is also a free workshop, which provides information about meeting the requirements to become a teacher, as well as the resources available.

The information sessions run from 5-6 p.m., and the topics include information on master's and doctoral degrees, special education, speech pathology, kinesiology, social foundations of education, and reading.

Participation is free. To register, call 703-536-1108 or visit the Web site at www.uvace.virginia.edu/registration/northern/openhouse.htm.

The Northern Virginia Center is located at 7054 Haycock Road in Falls Church.

<sh>School Events Calendar

<bt>Saturday, Aug. 24

Woodson High School, Class of 1992, 10-year reunion, Holiday Inn Old Town, Alexandria. For more information, call First-Class Reunions at 888-327-1984 or visit the Web at www.fcreunions.com.

Wednesday, Aug. 28

Student holiday for modified elementary calendar Fairfax County Public Schools.