School Notes

School Notes

<lst>Send your organization's announcement to The Loudoun Connection, 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102, e-mail to or fax to 703-917-0991. Deadline is two weeks before publication. Photos/artwork encouraged. Questions? Call Michael O'Connell at 703-917-6449.

The Growing Stage's summer camp offerings for 2002, begins with Creative Drama Camps for rising kindergartners through third grade, two and three-week theater workshops for grades 3 through 9. 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. Call the office at 540-338-5367 for more information. Registration will continue until all camps are filled.

Danielle Gillotte of Ashburn received a Master of Science degree from East Carolina University at the spring commencement held May 11.

Alexander M. Marra, a first year student at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, has been inducted into the Phi Eta Sigma National Freshman Honor Society based on his outstanding scholastic average. Marra graduated from Potomac Falls High School in June 2001 and is attending the university on a Dean's Scholarship, with a dual major in business and history.

Spanish 1 summer remediation course at Stone Bridge High School. June 24-July 16. 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $136 tuition fee. $60 tuition for students who qualify for reduced-price lunch program . Deadline for application forms is June 3. For information, call your local school.

At Lowes Island Elementary School in Potomac Falls, the father of one student has created a program to help kids prepare for the Standard of Learning (SOL) tests. The tests, required by state law, measure progress in a variety of academic subjects.

Jack Weber, president of the Creative Learning Company, a corporate training company, is donating the time and equipment to put on a game show where fourth-grade students can show off their knowledge.

The program will feature professional game show equipment, including microphones, flashing lights and automated scoring displays.

Weber hopes to expand the program next year if the program has a "positive impact" on students' test performance.

The program took place Thursday, May 16 at 1 p.m. For more information, call Jack Weber at 703-406-7678.

Registration forms for the LCPS Summer in the Arts program will be available at school offices and art, music and drama departments throughout the school system. These programs are available to students currently in grades five through 12.

Summer in the Arts will run from Monday, June 24, through Friday, July 12. Workshops in the performing, literary and visual arts will take place at Harper Park Middle School with the exception of programs for current fifth-graders, a new feature this year.

Workshops for current fifth-graders in drawing, painting, sculpture, band, stringed instruments and chorus will take place at John W. Tolbert Jr. Elementary School.

Transportation to Summer in the Arts will be provided by LCPS.

registration forms are also available under the Fine Arts button on the LCPS Web Page,

The cost for the Summer in the Arts is $200 per student with $100 due at registration. A family discount of $50 is available--check the registration form for details. Registration for Summer in the Arts ends June 1 and space is limited.

For the first time, LCPS is offering tuition reductions. Those wishing to apply for them should do so a soon as possible.

Another new feature this year is the splitting of some workshops into advanced and beginner sections. New workshops being offered this year include band, calligraphy, choir, creative writing, journalism, mural painting, music theory and world music drumming.

Other courses being offered include ceramics, class voice, class piano, computer graphic arts, culinary arts, dance, drama, drawing, guitar, jazz band, music theater, photography, sculpture, show choir, video production and watercolor painting.

For more information about the Summer in the Arts program, call LCPS art supervisor Melissa Pagano or music supervisor Jim Harmon at 703-669-1427.

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.

J. Lupton Simpson Middle School has initiated a new program called STAMP. The program takes place twice a week after school and will give each student the opportunity to get more individual help. The program will offer help with homework and studying before tests. Call 703-771-6640

High School seniors in Northern Virginia interested in pursuing college degrees in education and careers in teaching 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 is seeking 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.