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Education Notebook - 08/06/03

Registration Centers

<bt>For students in special categories, Fairfax County Public Schools will operate five student registration centers throughout the county, from Aug. 4 to Sept. 12. The students who should 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. The five centers will be open five days a week to register students in these categories for the 2003-04 school year. All other students should register at their neighborhood schools.

English proficiency assessment services will be available at all five centers. Call student registration at 703-876-5230 or 703-876-5240 to make an appointment.

Registration centers will be open at the following locations: Aug. 4-25, Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.:

* Fairfax Human Resources Center, 6245 Leesburg Pike, Suite 300, Falls Church.

* Fairfax Education Association, 3917 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax.

Aug. 4-25, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and Mondays, noon-8 p.m.:

* Devonshire Center, 2831 Graham Road, Falls Church.

* Herndon Neighborhood Resource Center, 1086 Elden St., Suite 106, Herndon.

* South County Government Center, 8350 Richmond Highway, Alexandria.

Between Sept. 2-12, all five centers will be open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Additional information concerning the registration sites will be available on the Web site at www.fcps.edu/DSSSE/StudentServices/StudentRegistration and on cable Channel 21. Parents of preschool children who wish to contact Preschool Child Find for an educational assessment must first complete the registration process.

For more information, contact Elsie Kirton, director of guidance and student registration services, at 703-208-6487.

<sh>Conference for Home Scholars

<bt>The Northern Virginia Home Education Conference will be held at the McLean Bible Church Aug. 15-16.

There will be workshops on teaching technique, choosing the right curriculum and how to get started in home schooling, among others. There will also be several guest speakers. The exhibit area includes videos, compact discs, games and musical instruments and used books.

Admission at the door to the full conference is $35 per couple and $25 for one day. A special "Shop 'Til You Drop" admission is available for $20. Registration will be accepted online until Aug. 10. Food will be available in the McLean Bible Church Cafe. The church is located at 8925 Leesburg Pike, Vienna. For more information including a list of events visit the Web site at www.novaconference.net.

<sh>Adult Graduations

<bt>More than 125 adult students participated in the spring graduation ceremony of Fairfax County Public Schools adult high-school completion programs on Monday, Aug. 4, at Woodson High School. The FCPS Office of Adult and Community Education played host to the ceremony honoring the students, aged 18 to 70 years, for their successful efforts to achieve high school diplomas or equivalency certificates.

Three student speakers, each representing one of the programs, will told stories of their accomplishments and the obstacles they overcame to earn their high-school diplomas. Some have worked full-time and cared for children while attending classes; others began their studies in the English for speakers of other languages program and progressed through the required credit classes to complete their graduation requirements.

FCPS adult high school completion programs include the Woodson Adult High School, where students earn the Carnegie units needed for graduation; the traditional General Educational Development (GED) test; and the External Diploma program. During the past fiscal year, more than 5,000 county residents participated in the adult high-school completion program.

<sh>FCPS Events Calendar

<bt>Saturday, Aug. 9

Lake Braddock Secondary School reunion, class of 1988. Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner, Vienna. For more information, call 800-655-7971 or on the Web, www.GreatReunions.com.

Saturday, Aug. 16

Robinson Secondary School reunion, class of 1983. Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner, Vienna. For more information, call 800-655-7971 or on the Web, www.GreatReunions.com.

Monday, Aug. 18

First day of School for modified-calendar secondary schools.

Saturday, Aug. 23

Chantilly High School reunion, class of 1993. Hilton Garden Inn, Fairfax For more information, call 800-655-7971 or on the Web, www.GreatReunions.com.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Student holiday, modified-calendar elementary schools.

Wednesday, Aug. 27, 7:30 p.m.

Adult and Community Education Advisory Committee meeting. Marshall High School, 7731 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church.