Education Notebook - 06/05/02

Education Notebook - 06/05/02

Students Awarded Merit Scholarships

<bt>Nine Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) students have been named winners of scholarship awards sponsored by colleges and universities through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).

The winners are Sevan Abashian from Madison High School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill merit scholarship; Marilyn Duncan from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST), Virginia Tech merit scholarship; Christopher Hannemann from TJHSST, Georgia Tech merit scholarship; Daniel Jackson from TJHSST, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill merit scholarship; Kathleen Locher from TJHSST, Wheaton College merit scholarship; Brian Myhre from TJHSST, Rice University merit scholarship; James Pascaleff from TJHSST, University of Chicago merit scholarship; Laura Phillip from TJHSST, University of Florida merit scholarship; and Leah Pike from TJHSST, Washington University in St. Louis merit scholarship.

Officials of each sponsor college selected its scholarship winners from among National Merit finalists who plan to attend the institution. College-sponsored awards range from $500 to $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship.

<sh>Expected Actions

<bt>The Fairfax County School Board is expected to act on the following items at its next regular School Board meeting, Thursday, June 6, 7:30 p.m., at Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church:

* Approve a telecommunications leasing master agreement with Smartpole Inc. According to the terms of the contract, Smartpole assumes the responsibility for the construction and management of monopoles at Fairfax County Public Schools sites. In exchange for the exclusive right, Smartpole will pay a $25,000 site fee per site and return 40 percent of the rent paid by each carrier on the monopole to the school system. The agreement has an initial two-year term and an option to be extended an additional two years;

* Approve the 2002-03 annual special education plan, Part B funding application and Section 619 Preschool Grant application. The plan provides the Virginia Department of Education each local education agency's plan for providing and implementing career and technical education for both pubic schools and adult education, including the activities available as a result of local, state and federal funds;

* Award the contract for network infrastructure upgrades at Robinson Secondary in Fairfax; and

* Award the contract for power distribution upgrades at Key Middle in Springfield and Sandburg Middle in Mount Vernon, and Edison High in Alexandria and South Lakes High in Reston. The lowest bid was WACO, Inc. in the amount of $995,000.

Anyone wishing to address the School Board during the Citizen Participation portion of the meeting should call 703-246-3646 to be placed on the list. Limit 10 speakers.

<sh>Schools Events Calendar

<bt>Wednesday, June 5, 7:30 p.m.

School of Practical Nursing Graduation. Gradation ceremony for the 45 nurses who completed the two-year program at the Fairfax County School of Practical Nursing. For more information, call 703-207-4011. Falls Church High School auditorium, 7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church.

Thursday, June 6, 7:30 p.m.

Fairfax County School Board regular meeting. Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church.

Friday, June 7

Mount Vernon High School prom, Springfield Hilton; South Lakes High School prom, Westfield Marriott; and Westfield High School prom, Fair Oaks Waterford.

Saturday, June 8

Madison High School prom, Galleria at Lafayette Square; and Marshall High School prom, Torpedo Factory.

Sunday, June 9

Cappies Gala 2002. The Cappies Gala 2002 will honor 39 high schools from Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William and Arlington counties and the private sector for their student theater accomplishments. Students will perform musical numbers and sketches between awards presentations. An all-student orchestra, as well as student singers and dancers, will also be featured. For more information, visit or call, 703-208-7719. Admission is $20. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall.

Monday, June 10, 9 a.m.

Fairfax County School Board work session, administrative and general services; legislation; policy review. Burkholder Center, 10700 Page Ave., Fairfax.

Monday, June 10, 1 p.m.

Fairfax County School Board work session, instruction; instruction/strategic planning and evaluation. Burkholder Center, 10700 Page Ave., Fairfax.

Monday, June 10

Nurturing Parenting Program. Department of Family Services, Prevention, of Fairfax County is holding a Nurturing Parenting Program for Hispanic Families, for parents and their children up to 4-years-old, to teach nurturing skills and to reinforce strengths, values and culture. No cost, but registration is required. For more information, call 703-324-7405 or 703-324-7723. St. Anthony's Catholic Church.

Wednesday, June 12, 7 p.m.

Fairfax County School Board special meeting, student awards. Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church.

Wednesday, June 12, 7:30 p.m.

Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities meeting. Belle Willard Center, 10310 Layton Hall Drive, Fairfax.

Wednesday, June 12, 7:30 p.m.

Minority Student Achievement Oversight Committee. Walnut Hill Center, 7423 Camp Alger Ave., Falls Church.

Wednesday, June 12

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology prom. Tysons Sheraton Premiere.

Thursday, June 13-Tuesday, June 18

Fairfax County Public Schools high school graduations.

Friday, June 14

Fairfax County Public Schools, last day of school except modified calendar schools. Date subject to change if more than three school days are lost because of inclement weather.

Friday, June 14

Centreville High School prom, Westfield Marriott; Lake Braddock Secondary prom, Reston Hyatt; Robinson Secondary prom, Fairview Marriott; West Springfield High School prom, Tyson's Marriott; and Woodson High School prom, Fair Oaks Waterford.