School Notes

School Notes

The Chantilly High School Music Department will be knocking on doors to offer an opportunity to participate in the Chantilly "Tag Day" on Saturday, Sept. 13. Band, chorus, color guard and orchestra members will be canvassing the Chantilly attendance area all day long.

In exchange for a donation to the Music Department, the students give a "TAG," or ticket, for free admission to one of several selected music performances at Chantilly High School. Community support is important to help defray the cost of instruments, equipment, music, trips and uniforms not covered by Fairfax County Public Schools.

Lindsey Bestebreurtje of Clifton and a student at Centreville High School has recently been selected for membership in The National Society of High School Scholars. The Society invites only those students who have superior academic achievement and are among the top scholars in the nation.

Lindsey currently maintains a 4.0 GPA at Centreville High and is a member of National Honor Society, Latin Honor Society and Social Studies Honor Society. She is a class officer, an active member of Key Club and co-dance captain of Centreville’s Show Choir, Front ‘n Centre.

Ryan Korby of Centreville, a sophomore majoring in broadcast journalism at Syracuse University, will serve as a resident advisor in Lawrinson Hall for the 2003-04 academic year. Resident advisors work to create a cooperative, supportive and well-balanced living and learning environment in all university residence halls. Resident advisors help students and provide counseling; plan and implement social, cultural and education programs; and introduce residents to the many resources and opportunities of the University. Lawrinson Hall is a coeducational hall housing 550 students, most of whom are first-year students.

The following area residents were among the approximately 2,800 new first-year and transfer students who have enrolled at Syracuse University for the 2003-04 academic year.

* Sean Greer of Wakley Court in Centreville is enrolled in SU's College of Human Services and Health Professions majoring in human services and health professions.

* Michael Fritz of Woodand Run Court in Clifton is enrolled in SU's Martin J. Whitman School of Management majoring in general studies in management.

* Stephanie Goldstein of Sandstone Way in Clifton is enrolled in SU's College of Arts and Sciences majoring in international relations.

* Caroline Cooper of Autumn Glory Way in Chantilly is enrolled in SU's College of Arts and Sciences majoring in communication sciences and disorders.

* Araina Tawari of Chantilly is enrolled in SU's Martin J. Whitman School of Management majoring in general studies in management.

Bishop Paul S. Loverde will celebrate Mass at the Dedication of the newly completed Paul VI Catholic High School Activity Center, 10675 Lee Highway, Fairfax on Sunday, Oct. 12, at 4 p.m. All are invited to the Mass, followed by a Silent Auction at 5 p.m. Bishop Loverde, Paul VI founding principal the Rev. Donald J. Heet, OSFS, and other supporters of Paul VI during its first 20 years will be honored at the DeSales Dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets for the dinner are $100 per person and may be purchased by calling the Development Office at 703-352-0925, ext. 318 or by email at

Herndon High School's Class of 1988 will hold its 15-year reunion, Oct. 3-4 during Homecoming weekend. There will be a trip to Cox Farms on Friday afternoon and the football game on Saturday. Check the FCPS reunion page for details and updates and to RSVP.

The Chantilly High School Orchestra will present its 4th Annual "Spooked on Classics" Halloween Concert on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Chantilly High auditorium. This evening of fun, music and drama is appropriate for Halloween fans of all ages. Included in the program will be the Alfred Hitchcock theme from "Funeral March of a Marionette," "Danse Macabre," "Rosin Eating Zombies from Outer Space" and theme from "Phantom of the Opera."

Student members of the orchestra will dress in Halloween costumes, and the audience is invited to do likewise. The Chantilly High School Drama Department will join with the orchestra to add to the excitement. Admission is $3 for those 12 and over. Tickets may be reserved by calling 703-222-7097. Concert proceeds will go to benefit the Orchestra's Spring competitive trip. Call 703-222-7097.

A newly expanded alumni Web site for graduates of Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is now available at, where alumni can find information about upcoming reunions and events. Nearly 50 reunions are listed on the site, with links to individual reunion Web sites for more information. An alumnus or alumna can also add his or her name to elementary, middle, and high school directories by filling out a form with his or her name and e-mail address.

Centreville Preschool Inc., a non-profit co-op preschool, has a limited number of slots available for 3- to 4-year-olds in its afternoon programs beginning in September. CPI is located at 13916 Braddock Road. Call CPI at 703-830-5656.

Pleasant Valley Preschool, a non-profit, cooperative preschool, has openings in the 4-year-old class for the 2003-2004 school year. The school has been in operation for 23 years and is located in the Greenbriar Community Center on Stringfellow Road. The school offers parents a great opportunity to be involved in the nurturing development of their children. There is a well-qualified teacher, assistant teacher and participating parent on hand for each class. Class size is limited to 15 children. Call the membership chairman at 703-378-6046 or the school at 703-378-6911.

The Clifton Presbyterian Church Preschool has openings in its 5-year-old program for the 2003-2004 school year. This class meets every afternoon from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Call the preschool office at 703-830-3175.

Robinson Secondary is holding its 10-year reunion for the class of 1993. The event will take place at the Hyatt Fair Lakes in Fairfax on Oct. 18. Call 800-655-7971 or visit Great Reunions' Web site at

The Chantilly High School Class of 1984 is in the process of planning its 20-year high school reunion for the fall of 2004. The Web site is Or e-mail or

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

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.