Schools Notes

The Orange Hunt Elementary School PTA invites alumni, families and friends to a community–wide celebration to honor Janet Trout Barbee. Barbee is retiring after 14 years as the Principal of Orange Hunt Elementary School and 34 years with the Fairfax County Public School System. The reception is on Wednesday, June 9, at 6 p.m., at Orange Hunt Elementary School, 6820 Sydenstricker Road, Springfield. Must RSVP by Saturday, June 5. To RSVP or for more information, send an e-mail to retirementparty@att.net.

Wyatt Chandler, a freshman at Randolph-Macon Academy in Front Royal, Va. has been awarded the Tuskegee Airman Award. Wyatt is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Chandler of Fairfax. Wyatt received the award during the recent Family Weekend parade ceremonies. Sponsored by Tuskegee Airmen Incorporated, this award recognizes a cadet who has demonstrated a strong work ethic, patriotism, consistent and aggressive support of the Air Force JROTC (Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps) program, leadership, and military bearing and appearance. The cadet must rank in the top 25 percent of both his or her aerospace and high school class. This award is presented in honor of the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II fame.

Youkeun Chang was awarded Metro's student Poster of the Year honors and third-place honors in the Virginia Senior Division for her entry in the 2004 Metro Student Poster Contest. Winners were honored at a May 14 reception at Metro headquarters. Youkeun is a student at Fairfax High School and the Young Art Studio, Fairfax.

Angela Oh, a West Springfield High School student, recently received the Metro Employee Choice Award for her entry in the 2004 Metro Student Poster Contest.

Stephanie Holmes of Lake Braddock Secondary School is a recipient of a 2003 Wolf Trap Scholarship award. She teaches orchestral music.

Girl Scouts, families, and troop leaders of Association 54, Central Fairfax Girl Scout Council of the Nations Capital attended the inaugural 2004 Precious Metals Recognition Ceremony on Saturday, May 22, at the Fairfax County Government Center. The event recognized the girls who have earned Gold, Silver, and Bronze Awards. Keynote Speakers included Supervisor Sharon Bulova (D-Braddock) and Debbie Pearce, second vice president, GSCNC. Eight Gold awards, 23 Silver awards and 12 Bronze awards were awarded.

Art created by W.T. Woodson High School seniors Caroline Bickley, Anna Czaplicki, Izi Eljaiek, Mackenzie Fawcett, Jessica Honan, Clare MacPherson, Dina Mazina, Whitney Lyle, Whitney Stanton, Sarah Stollar, Charis Tuazon, Miri Yim, JuYoung Yoo and juniors Laura Adams, Grant Cobb, Alina Efford, Kim Feeney, Kiyomi Hall, Meredith Hertel, Lindsay Hixson, Mindy Koo, Rachael Long, Nicole Louie, SeLieh Park, Ashley Peck, Alison Smith, Jessie Thurston, Megan Wagner, Sara Wassel was recently featured at the Atrium Gallery, Inova Fairfax Hospital, Women and Children’s Center.

Katherine Moore Philpott of Fairfax has received an Effective Leader Scholarship from Cedarville University (Ohio). Cedarville University awards Effective Leader Scholarships to first-year students who have high ACT/SAT scores, a cumulative high school grade point average of 3.0 or higher, outstanding character and extensive leadership and service involvements. This one-time scholarship ranges from $1,000-$1,500. Philpott, a senior at Robinson Secondary School, plans to major in nursing. She is the daughter of Jay and Linda Philpott of Fairfax.

Eva Jeannette Stark of Burke has received an Effective Leader Scholarship and a Faculty Scholarship from Cedarville University (Ohio). Effective Leader Scholarships are awarded to first-year students who have high ACT/SAT scores, a cumulative high school grade point average of 3.0 or higher, outstanding character and extensive leadership and service involvements. This one-time scholarship ranges from $1,000-$1,500. Faculty Scholarships are awarded to first-year students who have high ACT/SAT scores and a cumulative high school grade point average of 3.0 or higher. This renewable scholarship ranges from $1,000 to $2,200. Stark, a senior at Lake Braddock Secondary School, is a member of the National Honor Society. The daughter of Jeffrey and Lisa Stark of Burke, she plans to major in nursing.

Girl Scouts. Two groups open to girls between 5 and 11, and 11 and 17 years old, all year round. Activities include high-adventure outings such as rock climbing, white water rafting and back packing, international and national travel, internship opportunities on capitol hill, theater, art, science, technology and making friends. For more information call Betsy Kiger at 1-800-523-7898, ext. 578, Sharon Fontanella at 703-451-4680 or Dale Hook at 703-866-1840. Visit www.studio2B.org or www.gscnc.org.

Fairfax County Public Schools has established a new, toll-free telephone hotline for emergency messages, with information in three languages. The new number allows more people to use the hotline at the same time, reducing delays and busy signals.

The new number, 1-800-839-FCPS (3277) is effective immediately, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In the event of school closings or delays or other emergency situations, information can be obtained by dialing the toll-free number from anywhere in the region. Messages are available in English, Korean and Spanish.

Fairfax County Public Schools has expanded support services for families of students with disabilities. Parents can now access the services of a special education ombudsman for guidance and support. The eight ombudsmen are part of a network that provides assistance to parents who are navigating the special education process and feel they could benefit from the advice and knowledge of a more experienced and specially trained parent. Parent ombudsmen can provide information about the special education process and services provided by Fairfax County Public Schools, as well as information about special education regulations, procedures, and policies. They may collaborate with parents to assist them in resolving problems. They may also attend Individualized Education Program (IEP) or school-based meetings to help parents and staff members reach consensus regarding the special education process. For more information, contact the Parent Resource Center at 703-204-3941. For a listing of the eight ombudsmen

visit www.fcps.edu/DSSSE/ombudsmen/index.htm.

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 baby-sitting 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.

For her project, Divya Nettimi of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology received a $3,000 U.S. Savings Bond from the U.S. Army; $300 from the Association of the U.S. Army; an all-expense paid trip to Operation Cherry Blossom in Tokyo, Japan; and a gold medallion at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair which took place May 8-15 in Portland, Ore. Nettimi's project was "Macro-Scale to Nano-Scale: Kinetics of the Myosin-Active Molecular Biomotor System." The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair is the world's largest precollege celebration of science. More than 1,200 students from 40 nations compete.