School Notes 7/3/02

School Notes 7/3/02

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The Loudoun County Government has launched a high school summer intern program in which 12 interns have been placed in 12 county departments to assist with general administrative duties and special projects. These part-time positions are for nine weeks. Interns are serving in the following departments: Elizabeth Boomgard, Solid Waste Management; Brian Carnes, General Services; Trevor Caskey, Parks, Recreation & Community Services; Christopher Charette, Management Services; Elizabeth Colby, County Administration; Ashley Graham, Economic Development; Morgan Greene, Clerk of the Circuit Court; Sara Higgins, Housing Services; Allison Jarnagin, Mental Health/Mental Retardation/Substance Abuse Services; Albert Lee, Health Dept.; Laura Luhman, Financial Services and Jeff Ruud, Information Technology.

Paul Looyen, a physics teacher at Park View High School, was named Cultural Educator of Virginia by Visiting International Faculty during a ceremony on May 17 at the Omni Hotel, Richmond. This award recognizes a VIF teacher who embodies good teaching while showcasing his or her culture.

Loudoun High School biology teacher, John E. DeMary, a 29-year veteran teacher, has been declared the winner of the Subaru National Science Teaching Award.

Potomac Falls High School’s top policy debate team, Umair Javed and Thomas Young, placed in the top 40 teams in the nation at the National Forensic League’s national competition held June 16-21 in Charlotte, N.C.

St. John Bosco High School, a private college preparatory school in Leesburg started by Catholic parents, is accepting applications for the fall for grades 9 through 12. Two merit scholarships are available. Its future sister school, Our Lady Help of Christians Academy, is also accepting applications for consideration of students wishing to attend grades 6 through 8 this fall. Only 15 students will be accepted in each of the schools. Homeschooled children are invited to take individual courses in the classical program which stresses literature, fine art and music, science and math, to supplement their home studies. For immediate consideration, call 703-777-8590.

The Growing Stage's summer camp offerings for 2002, begins with Creative Drama Camps for rising kindergarten through third grade, two and three-week theater workshops for third through ninth grade. Third and fourth graders can participate in "The Emperor's New Clothes," fifth and sixth graders will be performing a musical version of "Alice in Wonderland", and seventh through ninth graders are eligible for "Schoolhouse Rock Live!" In addition, a tech theater camp and performance workshop for high school teens is offered. Call the office at 540-338-5367 for more information. Registration will continue until all camps are filled.

Park View High School Class of 1982 will have its 20-year reunion at the Hyatt Dulles on Saturday, Aug. 17. For additional information and tickets visit their web site at or call Lisa Scheffel Keesling at 540-955-1878.

High School seniors in Northern Virginia interested in pursuing college degrees and careers in education can apply for a new scholarship: Sallie Mae/Brandon Teacher Scholarship. Four scholarships for $1,000 each will be awarded. Eligible candidates must live in the 11th congressional district, and have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher. For rules and information go to

Franklin Park seeks experienced part-time instructors for spring and summer pre-school, elementary, intermediate, and high school children in the following categories: nature/outdoor activities, arts, crafts, horticulture/gardening, water gardens, softball, soccer, cheer-leading, volleyball, fishing, in-line hockey, kayaking, roller-blading and camping. Call 540-338-7603.

Introducing a progressive educational program for children 2-4 years old beginning September 2002 in Sterling. "A Classroom of Self Discovery" is a learning program for preschool children providing an appropriately free environment for a child to engage in imaginative play and uncover their creative genius The curriculum brings together artistic, academic and practical applications to learning, emphasizing the whole child. In this learning environment, the inner life of a child is explored through creative expression, imagination, storytelling and physical fitness. Limited enrollment available. Call for further inquiry or to schedule an informational interview at 703-406-6199 or 703-450-5456.

The Loudoun County School board has kicked off its LEF Knowledge Endowment Campaign, which raises funds to create exceptional learning opportunities for Loudoun's public school students. The program is designed to channel community resources to students and teachers and support projects that excite children's curiosity and enhance the quality of Loudoun County Public Schools. Contributions to a particular school or program can be made via the United Way or the Consolidated Federal Campaign using the designation "Agency No. 8491."

NASA astronauts Bill Readdy and Bob Kirby visited Eagle Middle School on Wednesday, June 12. Both men came to share their experiences in space flight from several missions to the International Space Station. Parent Sean O'Keefe arranged the visit. O'Keefe also is NASA's top administrator. Readdy now works for NASA's astronaut on the ground team. Kirby will begin another year of training for a mission in June 2003.