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Ad Fontes Academy will be having an Open House on Thursday, Aug. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Ad Fontes Academy is a Classical Christian School which has expanded to include a full Kindergarten - 12th grade curriculum. The Open House will be held at St. Andrew Lutheran Church (Ad Fontes Academy is not affiliated with St. Andrew Lutheran Church), 14640 Soucy Pl., Centreville. Visit the Web site at www.AdFontes.com or call 703-266-8300.

Colin Powell Elementary will hold an orientation for parents of kindergarten students, Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 7:30 p.m. It's also slated an open house and community picnic for Thursday, Aug. 28, from 2:30-4 p.m. Parents, staff and students are invited to help launch the school year at this new elementary school. There'll be a ribbon-cutting and flag-raising ceremony at 2:30 p.m., with students from all four of Powell's feeder schools participating. Parents and students may visit the classrooms and meet the teachers and specialists, and fun activities are planned for the kindergartners.

Westfield High is kicking off the new school year with a Bulldog Barbecue on Wednesday, Aug. 27, from 4-8 p.m. Students will have the opportunity to sign up for new clubs, check out the sports offerings and pick up their class schedules.

Outback Steakhouse will be donating steak and chicken dinners, and food and drink from Chik-Fil-A, Chipotle, Dominos, and Starbucks will also be available. Live bands will be performing, including Westfield's marching band. The school's "Its Academic" team will compete against a faculty-member team.There will also be a live and silent auction, dunk tank and moonbounce."It's a great opportunity to bring the community together," said co-chairman Lynn Terhar.

Bull Run Elementary has a full day of fun planned for Thursday, Aug. 28. A kindergarten orientation is planned for 11 a.m. Then from 3-5 p.m. is an open house for all parents, students, teachers and their families, staff, bus drivers, community members, etc. Students may meet their teachers and walk around the school with their parents. A picnic will be held behind the school from 4-6 p.m. Call 703-227-1400.

Clifton Elementary is also holding an open house. It will be on Friday, Aug. 29, from 2-3 p.m. Call 703-988-8000.

Area students earned honorable mention Dean's list for the 2003 spring semester at Lynchburg College.

* Heather Carver, daughter of Bob and Dot Carver of Chantilly, is a 2000 graduate of Chantilly High School and a junior English major.

* Jessica Nash, daughter of Steven and Carla Nash of Centreville, is a 1999 graduate of Notre Dame Academy and a 2003 graduate of Lynchburg College with a B.S. in sports management.

* William Cioffi, son of Michelle Cioffi of Centreville, is a 2002 graduate of Chantilly High School and a sophomore marketing major at Lynchburg College.

Brittany Burnham, of Oak Hill, has been selected to participate in the Junior National Student Leadership Conference (JNSLC), a leadership development program for outstanding middle school students. Brittany will have the opportuniy to study, experience, and develop the skills and traits that define and identify a leader. During the conference, students attend special workshops and classes where they study the "distinctions of leadership." Brittany is a Level 9 gymnast at Chantilly Academy and attends Nysmith School.

More than 125 adult students participated in the 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 hosted the ceremony honoring the students, aged 18 to 70 years, for their successful efforts to achieve high school diplomas or equivalency certificates.

A newly expanded alumni Web site for graduates of Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is now available at www.fcps.edu/alumhome.htm, where alumni can find information about upcoming reunions and events. Nearly 50 reunions are listed on the site, with links to individual reunion Web sites for more information. An alumnus can also add his or her name to elementary, middle, and high school directories by filling out a form with his or her name and e-mail address.

The Clifton Presbyterian Church Preschool has openings in its 5-year-old pre-kindergarten program for the 2003-2004 school year. This class meets every afternoon from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Call the office at 703-830-3175.

Centreville Preschool Inc., a non-profit co-op preschool, has a limited number of slots available for 3- to 4-year-olds in its afternoon programs beginning in September. CPI is located at 13916 Braddock Road. Call CPI at 703-830-5656.

Robinson Secondary is holding its 20-year reunion for the class of 1983. The event will take place in the Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner on Aug. 16. Call 800-655-7971 or visit the Great Reunions' Web site at greatreunions.com.

Robinson Secondary is holding its 10-year reunion for the class of 1993. The event will take place at the Hyatt Fair Lakes in Fairfax on Oct. 18. Call 800-655-7971 or visit Great Reunions' Web site at greatreunions.com.

Chantilly High School is holding its 10-year reunion for the class of 1993. The reunion will take place on Aug. 23 at the Hilton Garden Inn Fairfax. Call 800-655-7971, or visit the Great Reunions' Web site at greatreunions.com.

The Chantilly High School Class of 1984 is in the process of planning its 20-year high school reunion for the fall of 2004. The Web site is www.communityzero.com/chs84/. Or e-mail gdepalma2@nyc.rr.com or sjs8688@aol.com.

World Heritage is seeking local host families for high school boys and girls from Spain, France, Germany, Thailand, Great Britain, Japan, Mexico or Brazil through World Heritage International Student Exchange Program. Host families provide room, board and guidance for a teenager living thousands of miles from home. Students are well-screened and are selected based on academic performance, English proficiency, teacher recommendations and personal interviews. Couples, single parents and families with or without children in the home are encouraged to apply. The students arrive shortly before school begins in fall 2003. Call Wyndy Fredrick at 1-800-888-9040 or 703-435-8948 or visit the Web site at www.world-heritage.org.

A Chantilly High Alumni Club is being started by Debra Weeks Alexander and her husband Joe, co-presidents of the Chantilly Athletic Booster Club. They hope to reunite Chantilly grads, as well as their parents, and get them involved in school spirit to make Chantilly a real, hometown school. Call the Chantilly Booster Hotline at 703-912-4002 and leave a message, or call the Alexanders at 703-620-3434.