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Education Notebook - 12/03/03

TJ Test Sites

<bt>The admissions test for students applying to Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology will be given at 15 middle schools on Saturday, Dec. 6. The test begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends by 12:30 p.m.; students should arrive by 8:15 a.m. The test is only for eighth-grade students who submitted an application by the Nov. 3 deadline.

The test will be given at 12 middle-school sites in Fairfax County: Carson, 13618 McLearen Road in Herndon; Frost, 4101 Pickett Road in Fairfax; Hughes, 11401 Ridge Heights Road in Reston; Irving, 8100 Old Keene Mill Road in Springfield; Jackson, 3020 Gallows Road in Falls Church; Kilmer, 8100 Wolftrap Road in Vienna; Liberty, 6801 Union Mill Road in Clifton; Longfellow, 2000 Westmoreland St. in Falls Church; Poe, 7000 Cindy Lane in Annandale; Rocky Run, 4400 Stringfellow Road in Chantilly; Sandburg, 8428 Fort Hunt Road in Alexandria and Twain, 4700 Franconia Road in Alexandria; as well as at three out-of-county schools.

In the event of inclement weather, students should check Cable Channel 21 or the Fairfax County Public Schools Web site at www.fcps.edu for cancellation information. A snow date has been scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 13, if needed.

For more information, contact the Jefferson admissions office at 703-750-8335.

<sh>Workshop Added

<bt>The Parent Resource Center of Fairfax County Public Schools has added an evening session of the workshop, "The Alternate Assessment," about the alternate assessment for those parents who cannot attend during the day.

The Virginia Department of Education has developed a performance assessment for students who are following a life-skills curriculum, are not pursuing a standard or advanced diploma, and will probably not be participating in the Standards of Learning (SOL) assessment. If the alternate assessment may be appropriate for your child, attend one of these sessions to learn how classroom teachers will gather information about students‚ performance based on their IEP goals.

The workshop is Thursday, Dec. 11, from 7:30-9 p.m., at the

Parent Resource Center, Dunn Loring Center, 2334 Gallows Road, Dunn Loring. To registration e-mail claire.leftwich@fcps.edu or call the PRC at 703-204-3941

<sh>Last in a Series

<bt>The Fairfax County Public Schools Department of Special Services is presenting the fourth and last in a four-part series, Behavioral Strategies for Helping Your Child at Home. This training is intended for family members of preschool or elementary age children with autism.

The presentation is Tuesday, Dec. 9, from 7-9 p.m., at the Belle Willard Administrative Center, Haramis Hall, 10310 Layton Hall Drive, Fairfax. The presenter is Ron Leaf, Autism Partnership. To register, please download the form from the Web site of the Parent Resource Center, and send or fax it to Rosy McGuinness at Belle Willard.

For more information and registration form: www.fcps.edu/DSSSE/linkedfiles/Dec9ParentTraining.pdf

<sh>FCPS Events Calendar

<bt>Wednesday, Dec. 3, 6 p.m.

Fairfax County School Board/Fairfax City School Board dinner meeting. Il Lupo Restaurant.

Thursday, Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m.

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

Monday, Dec. 8:30 a.m.

School Board work session, student services; human resources; strategic planning & evaluation; finance & budget; instruction. Burkholder Center, 10700 Page Ave., Fairfax.

Wednesday, Dec. 10, 7 p.m.

School Board special meeting, principal of the year. Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church.

Wednesday, Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m.

* Advisory committee for Students with Disabilities. Belle Willard Center, 10310 Layton Hall Drive, Fairfax.

* Minority Student Achievement Oversight Committee. Leis Center, 7423 Camp Alger Ave., Falls Church.

Thursday, Dec. 11, 9 a.m.

Speakers list opens for the School Board public hearing on the capital improvement program. Call 703-246-3646 to be put on the list.

Tuesday, Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m.

Gifted and Talented Advisory Committee meeting. Lacey Center, 3705 Crest Drive, Annandale.

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 6 p.m.

Oath of Office for new School Board members. Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church.

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 7 p.m.

Human Relations Advisory Committee meeting. Burkholder Center, 10700 Page Ave., Fairfax.

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 7:30 p.m.

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

Thursday, Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m.

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

Monday, Dec. 22-Wednesday, Dec. 31

Winter vacation for all students and teachers.

Wednesday, Dec. 24-Friday, Dec. 26

Christmas holiday for all employees.

Thursday, Jan. 1-Friday, Jan. 2, 2004

Winter vacation for students and teachers.

Thursday, Jan. 1

New Year's Day holiday for all employees.

Monday, Jan. 5, 9 a.m.

Speakers list opens for FY 2005 budget public hearing. Call 703-246-3646 to be placed on the list.

Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church.

Thursday, Jan. 8, 7 p.m.

School Board regular meeting, budget presentation. Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church.

Monday, Jan. 12, 8:30 a.m.

School Board work session, technology; human resources; instruction; strategic planning & evaluation; facilities. Burkholder Center, 10700 Page Ave., Fairfax.

Monday, Jan. 12, 9 a.m.

Speakers list opens for boundaries public hearing. Call 703-246-3646 to be placed on the list.

Thursday, Jan. 15, 7 p.m.

School Board public hearing, capital improvement program. Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church.

Monday, Jan. 19

Martin Luther King Jr. birthday holiday.

Tuesday, Jan. 20, 7 p.m.

School Board work session, finance & budget. Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church.

Thursday, Jan. 22, 7:30 p.m.

School Board regular meeting, capital improvement program. Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road.

Monday, Jan. 26, 7 p.m.

School Board public hearing, budget. Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church.

Tuesday, Jan. 27, 7 p.m.

School Board public hearing, budget (if needed). Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls