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Education Notebook - 05/07/03

Beyond High School

<bt>A presentation on post-secondary options will be presented Thursday, May 14, 7:30-9 p.m., at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, in conference rooms 2 and 3.

The purpose of the event is to provide students who receive education services and their parents an opportunity to hear about options for life after high school. These include community colleges, four-year colleges and job and career training programs. Transition planning and specific program resources will be available. It is never too early to start planning.

For more information or to register, call Claire Leftwich at the Parent Resource Center, 703-204-3941 or e-mail Claire.Leftwich@fcps.edu.

<sh>Students Honored

<bt>Two Fairfax County Public Schools students have been named winners in the Virginia Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Citizenship Essay Project, and two students are recipients of Virginia PTA scholarships.

Charlotte Seid, a ninth-grade student from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, is the second-place winner at the high-school level and Max Spokony, a sixth-grade student from Flint Hill Elementary School, is the second-place middle-school level winner. Both will receive a $500 U.S. savings bond. This year's theme, “I Hold My Flag High,” prompted 450 entries.

The Virginia PTA-PTSA also awarded 24 scholarships this year out of 125 applications. Winners of $1,000 scholarships are Jennifer Chapman from Westfield High School and Kristin L. Snyder from West Springfield High School.

<sh>Merit Scholarships

<bt>Thirty-one students from Fairfax County Public Schools have won $2,500 scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

The recipients for 2003, with their probable career fields, include: Timothy Abbott, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST), mathematics; Jeffrey Arnold, TJHSST, physics; Immanuel Buder, TJHSST, physics, education; Joseph Cackler, TJHSST, science; Geng Chen, TJHSST, chemistry; Edouard Coakley, TJHSST, physics; Ryan Cooper, Langley High School, mathematics; John Diamond, TJHSST, biology; Christine Elliott, Marshall High School, public service; Gaurav Gupta, TJHSST, medicine; Neal Gupta, TJHSST, medicine; Natalie Gwilliam, TJHSST, medicine; Thomas Holman, TJHSST, engineering; Steven Howard, TJHSST, computer science; Turan Kayagil, TJHSST, medicine, law, engineering; Samarth Keshava, TJHSST, undecided; So Kim, TJHSST, psychology; Catherine Lee, TJHSST, astrophysics, economics; Qiuyuan Li, TJHSST, engineering; Julia Lubsen, TJHSST, medicine; Alejandra McCord, TJHSST, microbiology; Austin Rachlin, TJHSST, computer science; Timothy Reichart, TJHSST, chemistry; Ian Shea, TJHSST, finance; Christina Son, TJHSST, undecided; Elizabeth Son, TJHSST, biochemistry; Laura Tallent, TJHSST, business; Emily Timberlake, TJHSST, research, science; Christine Tran, TJHSST, chemical engineering; Elizabeth White, TJHSST, writing; and Yan Zhang, TJHSST, mathematics.

The corporation supports approximately 90 percent of the single-payment scholarships with its own funds. The remainder of the awards are sponsored by corporations and business sponsors, including the scholarship to Li, sponsored by the Tenet Healthcare Corp.; Elliott, sponsored by the United Parcel Service Foundation; Rachlin, sponsored by the McKesson Foundation Inc.; and Abbott, sponsored by the Pepsico Foundation.

<sh>FCPS Events Calendar

<bt>Wednesday, May 7, 7 p.m.

* School Board special meeting, teacher leadership awards. Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church.

* Human Resources Advisory Committee meeting. City Square building, 10640 Page Ave., Fairfax.

Thursday, May 8, 7 p.m.

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

Thursday, May 8, 7:30 p.m.

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

Monday, May 12, 7 p.m.

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

Tuesday, May 13, 7 p.m.

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

Wednesday, May 14, 7 p.m.

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

Wednesday, May 14, 7:30 p.m.

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

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

Thursday, May 15, 7 p.m.

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