School Notes

School Notes

Liberty Middle School had four students make Junior District Orchestra this year. The event will be at West Springfield High School on Jan. 10-11. Congratulations to the following: Amber Seneca, Yurina Otsuka , Tae Hahn and Eunji Jung.


Congratulations to Liberty Middle School students Colby Puiia and Kelly Pierson for a job well done at the College of William and Mary Gymnastics Meet last weekend. Both girls competed as Level 7 in all four events. Also, Kelly took first place in the All-Around competition and brought home the gold medal.

Learn a new tongue or improve your skills in a familiar one with one of the new language courses offered at Northern Virginia Community College's (NVCC) Annandale Campus. This spring, NVCC is offering Beginning Spanish, Intermediate Spanish and Intermediate French with honors options. Call the Annandale Campus foreign language department at 703-323-2129. In-person registration has already started. Classes begin Jan. 13. Visit NVCC's Web site at for more information or call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site at

The Chantilly Theatre Department will be performing its winter children's play, "Dinosaur From Planet X," on Jan. 17, 18, and 19 in the Chantilly High School auditorium. It is a comedy suitable for the entire family about two children that help a dinosaur who comes back to life. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday; and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $4 and are available at the door. Call 703-222-8182.

Congratulations to the following Union Mill Elementary students who were named Patrols of the Month for December: Michael Clementi, Kevin Malachowski, Lauren Catalano and Amanda Michaels.

Centreville Preschool Inc. (CPI) is hosting an open house on Saturday, Jan. 25 from 9 a.m. to noon. Registration packets will be available for the 2003/2004 school year beginning in September. Morning and afternoon co-op and non co-op classes are available to children who turn 3 or 4 years of age by Sept. 30. A beginners non co-op morning class is offered to children who turn 2 1/2 by Sept. 30.

CPI is state licensed and its progressive curriculum encourages balanced growth by placing equal emphasis on each of the five skill areas in a child's development: physical, cognitive, communication, self-help and social-emotional skills. Class size is limited to 10-12 students with two adults in each of the three classrooms.

Established in 1969, CPI is a non-profit cooperative preschool located in a renovated Victorian house at 13916 Braddock Road in Centreville. Bring your child's birth certificate and meet the staff of professional teachers. Call 703-830-5656.

Russ Zumwalt of Little Rocky Run has been named to the Dean's List for the fall quarter at Rochester Institute of Technology. A third-year student at the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, Russ is studying software engineering. The son of Marv and Barb Zumwalt, Russ is a 2000 graduate of Centreville High School.

Sonja Bjork of Centreville won the Worcester Polytechnic Institute's President's IQP Award for project work on her Interactive Qualifying Project. Her team project was on the Feasibility of Micro-Hydroelectric Power to Improve Education in Kre Khi, Thailand. The project is one of three projects students must complete before graduation. It involves work from both the students' major fields of study as well as humanities. More than 60 percent of WPI students complete one of their projects abroad.

<lst>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. For more information, call Wyndy Fredrick at 1-800-888-9040 or visit the Web site at

News from Centreville Elementary School:

* Each Monday (Jan. 6, 13 and 27) the area band will meet from 2:30-4 p.m. There will be no band meeting on Jan. 20 due to the school holiday.

* Each Tuesday the Homework Club will meet. There will be no meeting on Jan. 7.

* Thursday, Jan. 9 — The monthly PTA Meeting will be held in the library at 7 p.m. This is a one-time only presentation concerning the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade SOL tests.

* Tuesday, Jan. 14 — The Reflections Reception will be held in the cafeteria.

* Wednesday, Jan. 15 — The Winter Choral Concert will be held.

* Thursday, Jan. 16 — Parent/Principal Coffee will be held in the library at 7 p.m. Come have a cup of coffee and enjoy interesting conversation with other CES parents and principal Jim Latt.

* Friday, Jan. 17 — The CES Square Dance!

* Monday, Jan. 20 — Dr. Martin Luther King Birthday. No school.

* Thursday, Jan. 23 — the 6th grade class pictures will be taken.

* Tuesday, Jan. 28 — The Science Fair will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Come on by and see all the great projects.

* Wednesday, Jan. 29 — The second grading period ends.

* Thursday and Friday, Jan. 30-31 — Teacher workdays. No school for students.

* The next PTA meeting will be on Thursday Feb. 6 at 7 p.m.

The Centreville High School After-Prom Committee is selling a "Four Season Wildcat Blanket" to raise money for the After-Prom Drug/Alcohol Free Event in May, 2003. It is 56 x 70-inches, black/charcoal w/blue imprint, water-resistant nylon on one side that reverses to a cozy, non-pilling poly fleece. The hooded blanket folds up into a handy carrying bag with two pouches and a snap closure. Price: $35 after Jan. 1. Questions and orders, contact Liz Birk at 202-216-8607 or at 703-830-3513.

Chantilly High School's class of 1993 is trying to locate alumni for its 10-year reunion. The date and location are still being decided. Contact First-Class Reunions at 888-327-1984 or visit the Web site at to update information.

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.

Centreville Elementary is expanding its after-school, homework/activities club for grades three through six. It'll go from one to two evenings a week, from 3:45 to 5 or 5:30 p.m. The school provides a snack and transportation home, plus homework help and various leisure activities. Some 140 children are expected to participate, but community volunteers are needed to help staff it; call Principal Jim Latt at 703- 502-3500.