School Notes

School Notes

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Robert. E. Lee High School will be offering a dance clinic on Saturday, Jan. 11 and Saturday, Jan. 18, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Key Middle School for $45 (2 days) per dancer. For more information, contact Michelle Watson at 703-973-1685.

Come out and cheer for local high school students as they compete in the Springfield American Legion Post 176 annual oratorical contest on Jan. 18, at 1 p.m. Students from, Edison, Lake Braddock, Lee, Thomas Jefferson and West Springfield High Schools and Temple Baptist Academy will speak about their understanding of the U.S. Constitution in a competition, which is the first step leading to the American Legion’s 65th annual National High School Oratorical Contest that awards a combined $48,000 in college scholarship money to first, second and third place winners. Post 176 is located at 6520 Amherst Ave., Springfield. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Bob Beauregard at 703-971-6061, or Tim Cary at 703-569-9569.

Focus in on College workshop, sponsored by Jewish Vocational Services. Thursdays, Feb. 6-March 6; 5:30-7:30 p.m., at 3018 Javier Road, second floor, Fairfax. 703-204-9100. $50.

The MOMS Club of Burke is sponsoring a Pre-school Fair as a service to parents in the community. It is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 9, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Burke Volunteer Fire Department Meeting Hall, 9501 Old Burke Lake Road in Burke. The fair is free and is open to the public. Over 20 Burke and surrounding area preschools are planning to attend. Parents are invited to come and gather information about preschools in the area and talk with all of the attending preschool directors all in one location. For more information, send an e-mail to or call 866-841-9139, ext.1581.

Virginia PTA's Health Committee has selected the Terra Centre Elementary School PTA in Burke as one of the recipients of the Family Fitness Mini-Grants for 2002-2003. The Terra Centre PTA will receive $300 to be used to plan a family fitness program or project and implement it during the 2002-2003 school year.

The following area Fairfax County Public School teachers recently earned their certification from the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards: Dena Free of Braddock Elementary; Clara Harris of Irving Middle School; Jocelyn Kendall of Lake Braddock Secondary; Allyn Anderson of Lanier Middle School; Kay Mallory and Melissa Park of Little Run Elementary; Kathryn Dahms of Newington Forest Elementary; Sherry Joiner of Robinson Secondary; and Christine Bowers, Joanne Edwards, Margaret Hanscom and Laurie Hartt of Springfield Estates Elementary.

Meghan Newell, a senior at Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax, was chosen out of 75 eligible participants to be one of 12 finalists for the fifth annual Eastern Dance Association/Kaepa U.S.A. Best All Around Dancer (BAD) Education Scholarship Awards. She has been invited to attend EDA’s Finals Dance Team Championship to compete against other finalists for the $1,000 educational scholarship.

Long & Foster Real Estate is offering a $125,000 Scholarship Program for well-rounded graduating high school seniors entering an accredited four-year college or university. All applications must be received by the deadline date of March 3, 2003, in order for the selection committee, comprised of local members of academia, to select the final scholarship winners by Spring 2003.

The Long & Foster Scholarship Program will award $1,000 to each of 125 worthy recipients throughout the region for the 2003-2004 academic year. The monetary scholarship award will be made payable directly to the college or university in the student's name. Once the winners have been selected the scholarships will be awarded beginning May 1, 2003. Applications for the Long & Foster Scholarship Program can be obtained from any of Long & Foster's 200 residential sales offices located throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, from high school guidance counselors, via Long & Foster's Web Site at or by calling 1-703-359-1750 (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.).

A hard copy of the application and the required attachments must be mailed to Long & Foster Corporate Headquarters by March 3, 2003 at the following address: Long & Foster Scholarship Program, c/o Corporate Marketing Department, Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., 11351 Random Hills Road, Fairfax, VA 22030-6082, Attn.:  Colleen Park.

The children and families of the Boyd School in Fairfax helped the children of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) celebrate the holidays. Boyd School children gave toys and food to help these neglected children share in the joy of the season.

The City of Fairfax Band is offering a $2,000 scholarship to the winner of its 2003 Young Artists Competition. All Northern Virgnia high school juniors and seniors are eligible. The recipient also will make a special guest appearance with the City of Fairfax Band featuring guest conductor David Holsinger on Saturday, March 22, 2003. This year’s scholarship is underwritten by Mr. and Mrs. Newt Gingrich. Rules and applications can be obtained at: City of Fairfax Band, Young Artists Competition, P.O. Box 1306, Fairfax, VA 22030-1306. Telephone 703-757-0220.