School Notes

School Notes

This year's After-Grad Party for Centreville High School's graduating class of 2003 will be held on June 18. The After-Grad party has been successful in providing seniors with a safe, fun-filled, alcohol- and drug-free way for students to celebrate their accomplishments. The bagged mulch sale is the most important fund-raiser for the After-Grad party.

Each bag contains 3 cu.ft. of high-quality shredded hardwood mulch which will be delivered to homes on March 22. The cost is $4 per bag. Delivery orders and pickup orders must be placed by March 15 for delivery to homes on March 22.

To place orders, mail a check payable to CVHS Project Graduation, Centreville High School, Project Graduation '03, 6001 Union Mill Rd., Clifton, VA 20124. Orders may be placed online at Call Bud Gibson at 703-266-0639.

Westfield High School needs volunteers to assist with the annual bagged mulch sale in March benefiting the All-Night Grad Celebration 2003. The mulch sale will be held on Saturday, March 15. Volunteers are needed for the following: security overnight at the school to watch the mulch, trucks and forklifts; drivers for the trucks; volunteers to load trucks; students to follow trucks to assist with delivery; volunteers to cook and provide food for the workers. Contact Pat or Doug Bishop at 703-631-3463.

News from Centreville Elementary School:

* Each Tuesday the Homework Club will meet.

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

* On Monday, Jan. 27 the area band will meet from 2:30-4 p.m.

* 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.

Westfield High School presented its annual Science Fair on Jan. 22-23 at the school. Volunteer judges from local corporations and the community evaluated more than 190 projects in numerous areas, with a large representation in the physics and engineering categories. The community is invited to view Science Fair projects on Thursday, Jan. 23, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Following the exhibits, awards will be announced at 7:30 p.m. in the school’s auditorium.

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. The school is at 13916 Braddock Road in Centreville. Call 703-830-5656.

Clifton Children's Academy will be holding an open house for Kindergarten and Morning and Afternoon Preschool classes on Sunday, Jan. 26 and Feb. 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is for registration for Fall 2003. Bring your child and come to tour the school. The school is at 14315 Compton Rd. in Centreville. Call 703-968-8455. Visit the Web site at

Greenbriar West Elementary will be holding a Cave Art Workshop on Jan. 28 and 29. The workshop will be held in the gym and will be conducted throughout the school day with all grades (K-6) participating. The workshop is sponsored by the Art in the School program, an outreach of The Greater Reston Arts Center (

Rocky Run Middle School will hold a parent coffee to discuss SOLs and the benchmark requirements at the middle school level. The speaker is Carol Hardin, Standards of Learning coordinator. The meeting will be held Tuesday, Jan. 28 from 7-8 p.m. in the Rocky Run Little Theater. Call Debbie Worek at 703-802-7739.

The first-annual Westfield Percussion Festival will be held Tuesday, Jan. 28 from 7-9 p.m., at the Westfield High School auditorium. Tickets for the event are $5/adults, $3/students/children and will be sold at the door. A silent auction will also be held, and concessions will be available. The silent auction begins at 6 p.m., with Marshall High School's flute choir performing. Money raised from the event will help defray costs for the WHS Percussion Ensemble to attend the prestigious Bands of America National Percussion Festival in Indianapolis in March.

Pleasant Valley Preschool, a nonprofit, cooperative preschool, is having an open house for the 2003-2004 school year on Friday, Jan. 31 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The open house will be held at the school, which is located in the Greenbriar Community Center at 4615 Stringfellow Road. The school has been in operation for 24 years and offers parents a great opportunity to be involved in the nurturing development of their children. Class size is limited to 15 children. Call the membership chairman at 703-803-4960 or the school at 703-378-6911.

<lst>The Continuing Education Office at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College is offering SAT classes for high school students. Students can prepare for the Scholastic Aptitude Test with "SAT Preparation for English" and "SAT Preparation for Math." The math component will meet from 9 a.m. to noon on five Saturdays beginning Feb. 1. The English component, which also begins Feb. 1, will meet from 1 to 4 p.m. Both sections will review basic concepts, teach test-taking tips, and allow students to practice under timed conditions. Go online at or call 703-257-6630.

If you're the parent of a rising ninth-grader who will attend Centreville High School next fall, Parents' Night (Curriculum Night) is scheduled at Centreville High School on Thursday, Feb. 6 from 7-8:30 p.m. in the auditorium. This is also a time for parents and students to meet principals, teachers, staff, and counselors.

The sixth-grade classes at Centre Ridge Elementary are holding a science fair, A Robot Renaissance, as a culminating activity to a study of electricity. Fair dates are Thursday, Feb. 6 and Friday, Feb. 7. The parent tours are scheduled from 10-12:45 both days. Students have been researching information about robots of the past and present and creating possible beneficial robots for the future of mankind.

Fairfax County Public Schools is actively recruiting teachers, librarians, and counselors for the 2003-04 school year. Teacher job fairs will be held on Saturday, Feb. 8, and Saturday, March 8, at Oakton High School. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Oakton High, 2900 Sutton Road in Vienna. The Feb. 8 fair is for elementary school and special education teachers. Registration for the elementary school fair runs through Feb. 4. The March 8 job fair is for secondary school and special education teachers. Registration for this fair is from Feb. 12 through March 4. Call 703-750-8533 to schedule an interview. Preregistration is required. In the event of inclement weather, the Feb. 8 job fair will be held on Saturday, Feb. 22, and the March 8 job fair will be held on March 15.

Clifton Children's Academy will be holding an open house for Kindergarten and Morning and Afternoon Preschool classes on Sunday, Feb. 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is for registration for Fall 2003. Bring your child and come to tour the school. The school is located at 14315 Compton Rd. in Centreville. Call 703-968-8455. Visit the Web site at

Parents of rising seventh-graders are invited to Parents' Night at Liberty Middle School on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. If you know parents of sixth-graders, pass the word along. Parents of rising eighth-graders can look forward to their own Parents' Night on March 11 at 7 p.m. at Liberty. Contact Pam Cunningham, Director of Student Services at Liberty Middle School at 703-988-8200.

Fairfax County Public Schools will co-sponsor the 11th Annual Northern Virginia Regional Student Mediation Conference on March 11 and 12 at GMU for students, teachers, counselors, administrators, parents, and community volunteers from nearly 250 schools in conjunction with the George Mason University (GMU) Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR). The conference will focus on mediation in secondary schools on the first day, Tuesday, March 11, and on elementary schools on the second day, Wednesday, March 12. The theme of the 2003 conference is Conflict Resolution Skills: The Power to Make a Difference. Contact Marjorie Bleiweis, FCPS Safe and Drug-Free Youth Section, at 703-876-5247.

Lees Corner Elementary will sponsor a Fun Fair on Saturday, March 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The school is located at 13500 Hollinger Ave., Chantilly. What's new this year is a moonbounce, jump shot basketball, space ship obstacle course, spin art and more. Contact Pam Dockins at 703-471-1455.

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

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.

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.