School Notes

School Notes

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Paul VI Catholic High School, located at 10675 Lee Highway in Fairfax, will host an open house for prospective students and their parents on Sunday, Nov. 2. 1-4 p.m. Paul VI will host an open house for eighth grade students only Monday, Nov. 3, 9-10:30 a.m. For more information, call Eileen Hanley, director of admissions/student life, at 703-352-0925, Ext. 331.

Dance Camp. The West Springfield High School dance team, The Spartanettes, is conducting a fall dance camp for second through eighth graders on Nov. 3 and 4, Fairfax County Teacher Work Days. The camp will take place in the high school's gym, located at 6100 Rolling Road, Springfield, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sharpen technique, learn dance routines, and play games with The Spartanettes, coached by Tara Perez, a dance instructor, George Mason University dance student and a member of the GMU Masonettes dance team. All participants receive a camp T-shirt. Bring a bag lunch and a water bottle and wear comfortable clothing.

Cost of the two-day camp is $100. For information, or to register, call Tara Perez, 703-864-1070.

Robert E. Lee High School will be celebrating 45 years of serving the community this fall. To commemorate the event, the Lee Alumni and Friends Association (LAFA) is hosting an anniversary celebration Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Greenspring Village Conference Center in Springfield. All Lee High School alumni, faculty, staff and friends are invited to attend the event, which begins at 7:30 p.m. and requires the pre-purchase of a $75 ticket.

The evening will include light hors d’oeuvres, dancing and fund-raising to help the Lee Alumni and Friends Association’s mission of supporting the Lee High School community with scholarships to students, grants to school clubs and programs, books for the library and other worthy programs.

The registration form and more information can be found online at or by calling the LAFA Celebration Hotline at 703-648-6417.

In addition to the 45th anniversary celebration, a home football game has been designated “Alumni Appreciation Night” at Lee High School on Friday, Nov. 7. A free guided tour of the newly renovated Lee High School will be given on Saturday, Nov. 8, beginning inside the school’s front entrance promptly at 1 p.m.

Need the help of a reliable teenager? West Springfield High School maintains a job and volunteer opportunity board. Students come to the Career Center at school to obtain information about part-time jobs and volunteer needs. From babysitting to yard work to word processing, there is a student to help. Contact the Career Center at 703-913-3828 with a description of the job, hours and contact information.

Newington Forest Elementary School alumni are asked to contact the school to help with the "Where are they now?" section of the alumni book to be distributed at the school's 20th anniversary celebration on Nov. 16, 2-4 p.m., at the school. Alumni are asked to share their best memories, both of Newington Forest and since graduating, and give some information about their current lives. Alumni may mail the information to the school or complete an alumni information form online at Contact Patricia Portare by writing to her at Newington Forest Elementary School, 8001 Newington Forest Ave., Springfield, VA 22153; calling 703-923-2617; or e-mailing

MOMS Club of Burke sponsors its 3rd Annual Preschool Fair Thursday, Jan. 8, 2004 from 1-3:30 p.m. at the Burke Volunteer Fire Department Meeting Hall, 9501 Old Burke Lake Road in Burke. The fair is free and open to the public. Over 20 preschools from Burke and the surrounding area will attend. Parents are invited to gather information and talk with the attending preschool directors all in one location. Contact Elizabeth Rossini at or 703-278-8060 or Kathy Krug at or 703-503-3455.

The third annual MHz Shortz Student Film Festival is calling for entries. A part of the MHz Networks' division of EAT (Education Arts Technology), MHz Shortz features live action and animated films created by K - 12 students and teachers. All films for this year's entry must be submitted by March 19, 2004. Requirements and entry forms may be obtained directly from the MHz Networks Web site at

The MHz Shortz Student Film Festival is an opportunity to showcase student creativity and culminates in a public event featuring and awarding student films based on age appropriate entry categories. The festival also presents prizes for outstanding work and special awards for teachers who motivate, instruct, and advise student projects.

MHz Networks (MHz and MHz2) is an independent, noncommercial, television network delivering international, educational and arts programming. MHz provides diverse cultural perspectives for a globally minded audience. Serving the Washington, DC area's 4.3 million residents, MHz Networks features programs in more than 20 different languages from over 25 countries.

Halley Elementary recently received $500 grants from ExxonMobil and from CTR Investments and Consultants, Inc. The funds will be used to purchase equipment to support the special needs of Halley students.

James Hendricks was promoted from teacher at Westfield to assistant principal at Lake Braddock Secondary School.

Brendan Hill of Hayfield Secondary School, Jennifer Wright of Lake Braddock Secondary School, Jaqueline Mehlberg of Robinson Secondary School and Danya Atiyeh of Woodson High School have been named winners of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Achievement Awards in Writing. NCTE judged student entries for depth of thought in quality and presentation of ideas, skill in idea presentation, clarity about the subject and audience and demonstration of a command of vocabulary and sentence structure. Nominees submitted two pieces of writing — one sample in prose or verse and one sample on an impromptu theme designated by NCTE.

Students will be recognized with certificates of commendation, and their names will be included in a booklet and on the NCTE Web site.

Bush Hill Elementary received the Lee High Student Government Association's Halloween treatment on Monday, Oct. 27. SGA members and Bush Hill staff members planned haunted halls, craft areas and a cake walk for the event, all framed by frighteningly seasonal decorations. A canned food was the entrance fee.

Halley Elementary School received a $500 grant from ExxonMobil to be used for technology protection devices. Pervez and Sabrina Qureshi helped the school obtain the grant.

Lisa Gergins of Lake Braddock Secondary School sang the national anthem at the grand opening ceremony of the Burke Wal-Mart on Oct. 29 at its new location, 6000 Burke Commons Road, Burke. Boy Scout Troop #1930 presented the colors.

Long & Foster Real Estate is sponsoring a $150,000 Scholarship Program for well-rounded graduating high school seniors entering an accredited four-year college or university. The Long & Foster Scholarship Program will award $1,000 to each of 150 worthy recipients throughout the seven-state region for the 2004-2005 academic year. The deadline for applying is March 1, 2004 and the scholarships will be awarded beginning May 3, 2004. More than 1,200 applicants vied for the 125 scholarships in 2003. Scholarship candidates must have at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale; demonstrate community involvement; provide a photo and submit an essay. Applications for the Long & Foster Scholarship Program can be obtained from any of Long & Foster's residential sales offices located throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, from high school guidance counselors, or via Long & Foster's Web Site at A hard copy of the application and the required attachments must be mailed by March 1, 2004 to Long & Foster Corporate Headquarters 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.