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<lst>Kelly Margaret Barrett of Clifton achieved Honor Roll at Mercersburg Academy for the fall term. The 10th grader is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard F. Barrett of Clifton.

Congratulations to The Patriot team at Rocky Run Middle School, which won the Rocky Run Reading Road by reading the most books during December. Rickie Arnold, Alex Kim, Adam Cho, Richard Le, and Melissa Hubbard are the five Patriot students who read the most books. They will help paint the new Reading Rock in front of Rocky Run Middle School.

The Rocky Run Reading Road is a program designed to encourage middle school students to read age- and grade-level appropriate books. The five students who read the most books school wide are Rickie Arnold, 10 books; Kathleen Gately, 8 books; Alex Kim, 8 books; Vardha Jamil, 7 books; Zakia Mahmoodi , 6 books and Paul Scarcella, 6 books. These students will have a special read poster made of them.

<lst>Colin L. Powell Elementary School will be holding a Winter Carnival on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2004 from 2-6 p.m. at the school which is located at 13340 Leland Road in Centreville. This will be an indoor carnival with activities for children and adults. There will be three large moonbounce/obstacle course inflatable activities for children from preschool to middle school age. There will be lots of games, a silent auction, live band, face painting and more. Among items already donated for the silent auction are tickets to The Kennedy Center, gifts from area businesses and theme baskets from each classroom. Contact Shirley Gastelle at sgastelle@cox.net or 703-968-4268 (home) or Rosalind Williams at 703-815-2737 or via email at rosalindwilliams@cox.net.

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Colin Powell will also host a Winter Choral, Band and Strings Concert on Thursday, Jan. 22 at 7:30 p.m.

The Chantilly Pyramid Minority Student Achievement Committee and the Centreville High School PTSA will host a Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Festival on Sunday, Jan. 18 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Centreville High School, 6001 Union Mill Road, Clifton. Contact Charles Ivey at 703-716-4154.

The Centreville High Wildcats Ice Hockey Club will be having a bake sale on Sunday, Feb. 1 at the Giant Food Store at the Union Mill Colonnade Shopping Center between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be plenty of homemade and store bought baked goods.

Westfield High School was recently accredited by the Secondary and Middle School Commission of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The school successfully completed a Peer Review Team Visit for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) in November 2003. SACS, founded in 1895, is a nonprofit, voluntary, and nongovernmental association dedicated to the continuous improvement of public and private schools. It upholds the concept that all schools can improve and that the individual school is the unit of improvement.

SACS' accreditation of Westfield High School signifies that the total school community is committed to quality education and excellence. Parents, students, community leaders, as well as school personnel, have made significant contributions to the school's improvement plan. The process of comprehensive evaluation, such as the in-depth self study completed by the school, is essential to school improvement. SACS member schools undergo the Peer Review Team Visit every five years.

Saint Timothy School in Chantilly has a few more openings for its Spring Craft Fair scheduled for Saturday, March 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you would like information about this event, contact Kelly Schmank at 703-222-3823 or Karen Yee at 703-803-0460.

Centreville Preschool Inc. (CPI) will host a registration open house for 2004-2005 classes on Saturday, Jan. 31, from 9 a.m. to noon. Established in 1969, CPI is a non-profit cooperative preschool located at 13916 Braddock Road in the historic district of Centreville. Morning and afternoon coop, semi-coop, and non-coop classes are available to children who turn 3 or 4 years of age by Sept. 30, 2004. A beginners non-coop class is offered to children who turn 2 1/2 by Sept. 30, 2004. Proof of age is required to pick up a registration packet for the 2004/2005 school year that will begin in September 2004. Bring your child's birth certificate. Contact CPI Co-Enrollment Directors Jackie Kakar at 703-266-8168 and email jackiekakar@hotmail.com or Linda Tenille at 703-502-8451 and email Ltenille@cox.net or call the school at 703-830-5656.

Registration for winter classes offered by the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) Office of Adult and Community Education (ACE) is now under way. Classes, Etc., the ACE course catalog, is in the mail to Fairfax County residents. Registration will be ongoing throughout the term, January through April. Class information is also available on the ACE web site at http://www.fcps.edu/adult.htm by clicking on “Classes, Etc.”

More than $80 billion worth of financial aid will be awarded to college students over this next year, but timing is critical. The bulk of scholarship money will be awarded over the next five months for the 2004-2005 school year. Currently there are over 650,000 independent and private scholarship and grant sources available to students, some of which pay 100 percent of a student's tuition. More than 80 percent of these scholarships do not depend on family need or exceptional grades but are awarded based on factors such as a student's interests, hobbies, academic focus, age, heritage, religion or parent's work or military experience. For information on how to receive scholarship money, send a double stamped #10 sized business envelope plus $2 to cover handling to NAFA, 188 Summer Street, Scholarship Dept. E04, Portsmouth, NH 03801.

NVTA, a non-profit organization of community theaters in the metropolitan area, announces its 8th 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. 9, 2004. For an application or more information, call Anne Ridgway at 703-330-2787, ext. 13.