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Students at The Boyd School, Westfields Campus, raised $3,943 during a recent Math-A-Thon to help St. Jude in its ongoing fight against childhood catastrophic diseases. The funds raised will help children stricken with diseases like cancer, AIDS and sickle cell disease. Other activities The Boyd School families have been involved in include the donation of 10 bags of winter coats to Reston Interfaith, a nonprofit organization that provides support to those in need and eight bags of blankets to Miriam's Kitchen, which serves homeless people in the District of Columbia.

The Chantilly High drama department will present "A Christmas Carol," Dec. 20-22, at 7 p.m. each night in the school auditorium. Tickets are $4 and may be purchased Dec. 16-17 and 20-21, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the cafeteria and from 2-3 p.m. in the lobby. This is Chantilly's Cappie entry, so it's sure to be extra-special. And the timeless story of Ebenezer Scrooge, the three ghosts, Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim is always perfect for the holidays.

Chantilly High Fine Arts Display: Students will display a couple hundred pieces of artwork at the school, Monday, Dec. 20, from 6-7 p.m., prior to Chantilly's presentation of "A Christmas Carol," and during intermission. The art will be in the main lobby of the theater, throughout the school's hallways and in the gallery under the main steps in the library. Displayed will be paintings, drawings, pastels, photographs, computer graphics and metal reliefs. Punch and cookies will be served, and a student string quartet will provide musical entertainment.

Westfield High's Children's Theatre presents holiday shows, Tuesday-Wednesday, Dec. 21-22, at 10 a.m. each day, in the school theater. Students will perform "The Grinch," "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and "Meet The Maccabees," an original play about Chanukah. Tickets are $3 at the door and $2 for groups of 20 or more. Call 703-488-6432.

The Centreville High Band began its annual sale of fresh H& S Florida Citrus on Wednesday, Dec. 15. Final orders are due on Jan. 7. Students will take orders throughout the community for fresh Florida navel oranges and pink grapefruit. Oranges are priced at $30/full case or $18/half case; grapefruit are priced at $26/full case or $16/half case. Fruit will be delivered on Jan. 21. To place a phone-in order, call the CVHS Band office at 703-802-5510. Call-in orders will be available for pickup at the CVHS Band room on Friday, Jan. 21, between 3-7 p.m. Proceeds from the sale will be used to pay for musical equipment and spring competition travel expenses.

A substance-abuse seminar for parents of Stone Middle and Westfield High students is held Mondays, at 6:30 p.m., in the Westfield High library. School Resource Specialist Leslie Churn, a substance-abuse counselor who works out of Westfield High, runs the free sessions and provides facts that every parent should know about teen-agers and drugs. Call her at 703-961-5474. The next dates are Dec. 20, Jan. 10 and 24 and Feb. 7. There are no seminars when schools are closed for holidays, breaks or snow days.

Chantilly High School will offer caroling groups to entertain at local holiday parties as a fund-raiser. Small groups of about eight carolers will be available to perform at your place of business or private party. Instead of a set fee, donations may be given to the Chantilly Music Boosters. The money will used to offset the cost of their music trips. To schedule a group to perform at your party, contact Carol Hrubik 703-222-1270 or e-mail mchrubik@aol.com

These residents were named Chancellor's Scholars at Syracuse University. Chancellor's Scholarships are awarded to entering first-year and transfer students and recognize outstanding academic achievement. Awards are valued up to $8,000 per year and are renewable.

* Daniel Germano of Clifton is enrolled in Syracuse University's College of Arts and Sciences majoring in arts and sciences.

* Mary Lindberg of Oak Hill is enrolled in Syracuse University's L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science majoring in bioengineering.

These residents were named Dean's Scholars at Syracuse University. Dean's Scholarships are awarded to entering first-year and transfer students and recognize outstanding academic achievement.

* Seamus O'Connor of Chantilly is enrolled in Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications majoring in broadcast journalism.

The Art of Communication in Special Education will be presented on Monday, Jan. 10 between 7:30-9 p.m. in Herndon. Beth Orloff, M.Ed. Educational Resources Services, will be the speaker. Learn how to go through the right channels and use the correct language to get services for which your child is entitled. Federal, state, and county laws as well as 504 and IEP guidelines will be addressed. Located at 12801 Worldgate Dr., Fifth Floor Conference Room, Herndon. RSVP by calling Ann Dolin at Educational Connections Inc. at 703-264-7400 or by sending an email to ann@educational-connections.com by Thursday, Jan. 6. The cost is $20 due on or before the RSVP date.

<lst>NVTA, a non-profit organization of community theaters in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, announces its annual scholarships for high school seniors interested in performance or technical theater. A $1,000 performance scholarship in drama or musical theater will be awarded as well as a $1,000 technical scholarship in either set design, costuming, lighting, or makeup/hair design.

The application deadline is Feb. 7, 2005. For an application or more information. call Anne Ridgway at 703-330-2787 ext. 13.

STEP CATS, a Saturday morning free tutoring program, operates from 9 to 11 a.m. Centreville High School needs tutors in the following five academic areas: math, science, social studies, English and foreign language. To volunteer or for additional information, contact Steve Komara at Centreville High School, 703-802-5419, ext. 2855.

Centreville Preschool Inc. (CPI), a non-profit coop preschool currently has a few openings remaining in its 3-year-old program for the 2004-2005 school year. CPI is a cooperative preschool with coop, semi-coop, and non-coop classes for ages 2 1/2 - 5. The school is located at 13916 Braddock Road in Centreville. Call the school at 703-830-5656 and leave a message.

The Clifton Presbyterian Church Preschool has openings in its 5-year-old Pre-K Program for the 2004-2005 school year. This class meets every afternoon from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Call the preschool office at 703-830-3175.

Alumni from Chantilly High School Class of 1999 are participating in an online community at http://classreport.com/usa/va/chantilly/chs/1999. There are no registration fees required to join in the fun. Each class member has full participation privileges. Stop in to view current class news. Exchange opinions and stay up to date with the message board. View the featured alumni biography of the day. Class member Geraldine Chi has volunteered to act as class administrator. She would like to invite all Class of 1999 alumni to stop in and fill out a profile so they can be reached regarding the next class reunion. This class-based alumni Web site is hosted by classreport.com. Other alumni classes from Chantilly High School can be accessed at http://classreport.com/usa/va/chantilly/chs/.

Aspect Foundation is looking for host families in the west Fairfax County and Loudoun County areas for the coming school year. Host families offer room, board and friendship while showing off the United States to these visiting students. Students from South America and Asia are still available for placement. If interested in hosting an exchange student, call Kathleen or Robert Rawls at 703-433-0362.