School Notes

School Notes

<lst>Know something that should be featured in School Notes? Awards? Special events? School fairs? Fax a brief write-up to 703-917-0991. Or call Michael O’Connell at 703-917-6440.

Contact information is needed for Lee High School Alumni - Class of 1993 for the 10-year reunion. Visit or e-mail

Paul VI Catholic High School will host an Open House for seventh graders and their families on Tuesday, May 6 at 7 p.m. This is an opportunity not only to tour the school but also to meet the principal, administration, faculty and students. The school is located at 10675 Lee Highway in Fairfax. RSVP to Mrs. Eileen Hanley at or call 703-352-0925 ext. 331.

Focus In On College, sponsored by Jewish Vocational Services. This workshop will help students frame skills, interests and personality style and develop a college plan. Thursdays, May 8-June 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Jewish Social Service Agency, 3016 Javier Road, second floor, Fairfax. Registration: 703-204-9100.

Planning for the Future: Exploring Post-Secondary Options. This presentation will provide students who receive education services and their parents an opportunity to hear about options for life after high school. These include community colleges, four-year colleges, and job and career training programs. Transition planning and specific program resources will be available. Thursday, May 14, 7:30 to 9 p.m., at the Fairfax County Government Center, Conference Rooms 2 and 3. For more information or to register, call Claire Leftwich at the Parent Resource Center, 703-204-3941 or e-mail

Terra Centre Elementary School Kindergarten orientation/registration for the 2003-2004 school year will take place on Monday, May 12 at 2 p.m. Those with a child who will be five years old on or before Sept. 30, 2003 and will be attending Terra Centre should call the office at 703-249-1400 or stop in the school office to pick up a registration packet.

Great Reunions announces these confirmed dates for local high schools' 2003 reunions:

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Class of 1973, will reunite on July 17 at the Hyatt Fair Lakes Hotel, Fairfax.

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Class of 1983, will reunite on July 12 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Fairfax.

Lake Braddock Secondary School, Class of 1983, will reunite on June 21 at the Marriott Tysons Corner, Vienna.

Robinson Secondary School, Class of 83, will reunite in August 16 at the Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner, Vienna.

Robert E. Lee High School, Class of 1983, will reunite in August at the Hyatt Arlington.

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Oak View Elementary will host Camp Invention, a national summer day camp that encourages children to develop their creative abilities, Aug. 4-8, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Camp Invention is designed to promote creative learning by inviting children to participate in five inventive modules each day, such as disassembling old machinery and using the parts to make new inventions and making safety devices for skateboards, cars and eggs. Intended for children entering second through sixth grades in the 2002-2003 school year.

Camp Invention is a project of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, centered in Akron, Ohio, and is presented in partnership with the United States Patent and Trade Office. The $190 camp fee includes snack and a t-shirt. A 10 percent discount is offered for siblings. Registration is limited to 110 children. Call 703-764-7104 to register. For more information, visit

The Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center is presenting the following special programs at the PEATC office, 6320 August Drive, Suite 1200, Springfield:

On May 3, Linda McLaine, LCSW, will present "What Military Families Should Know" over coffee, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

On May 7, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., bring any child's IEP to an IEP clinic and get help understanding the essentials of an appropriate educational plan. Gary L. Conover and Hilary Malawer, Esquires, Virginia Office for Protection and Advocacy, will present "Drafting an Effective IEP- What's Appropriate."

On Wednesday, June 4, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., attend the Educational and Disabilities Fair sponsored by Exxon Mobile, Gallows Road.

E-mail or call Rashid at 703-923-0010 for more information and registration. For other programs, check If the building door is locked, use the speaker beside the door to call the 12th floor for assistance.

Three students from area schools — Yohannes Abraham and Ezra Kidane, both students at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, and Mahino Talib, a student at the Islamic Saudi Academy — have been named recipients of a 2003 National Achievement Scholarship.

The scholarship is awarded to Black American high school students who requested consideration when they took the 2001 PSAT/NMSQT. The students must qualify as National Merit semifinalists who fulfill the requirements for finalist standing, including a record of high academic performance; endorsement by their high school principals; and the submission of an essay about their personal interests, achievements and goals. The scholarship is a one-time $2,500 grant to be used toward college tuition.

The Hayfield Secondary School improvisational theater sports team won first place at the most recent district theater sports competition which took place on March 7 at Robinson Secondary School. The team includes seniors Yasir Latifi and David Pijor; sophomores Danny Yoerges and Brian Gartland; and freshman Dale Placek. Gartland received a certificate of recognition for his creativity in one of the challenges.

Hayfield Secondary School received second place overall in the Northern Virginia Theatre Festival, and Hayfield students Brian Braunlich and Megan McIntosh came in third place in the dramatic duet competition. The improvisational theater team, consisting of Yasir Latifi, David Pijor, Erica Smith, Sean McCormally, Danny Yoerges, Brian Gartland and Dale Placek, received second place in the theater sports competition. Eric Zitz took first place and Stephen Quinn took third place in the cold reading competition. The Advanced Reader's theater team consisting of Stephen Quinn, Brendan Hill, J. T. Thomas, Eric Zitz, Lindsey Kraftschik, James Messenger, Chris Shelton and Megan Carey took third place in their category. The mime team, consisting of Kristi Moody, Jessica Johnson, Alex Bergerson, Todd Hovey and Nathan Shropshire, received second place. Dale Placek won second place in the musical theater sing-off.

In technical theater, Julia Miller won second place in

makeup design; David Pijorwon won first place in poster design and Danielle Reid won third in property design.

Hayfield members of the All-Star Team, as nominated by the events' judges, were seniors Yasir Latifi, Paul Coleman, and Gavin Gulley; juniors Brian Braunlich, Megan McIntosh, Joe Anderson, J. T. Thomas, Stephen Quinn and Eric Zitz; sophomores Apalonia Davalos and Megan Carey; and freshman Michael Telecki.