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March 3: Education Notebook

Eight Expelled

<bt>The School Board approved the expulsion of eight students last Thursday, Feb. 26.

The Board approved the expulsion of:

* A student for an assault on a school resource officer.

* A student for possession of a weapon at school and for vandalism of school property.

* Three students for assaults on other students.

* A student for participation in two assaults on other students.

* Two students for possession of illegal drugs on school grounds.

<sh>Science Fair

<bt>The Fairfax County Regional Science and Engineering Fair is scheduled March 12-14 at Robinson Secondary School, 5035 Sideburn Road, Fairfax.

Public high school students and students enrolled in private schools in Fairfax County can participate.

The public is invited to attend the fair on Sunday, March 14, from 1-3 p.m.

Category and grand prize judging takes place on Saturday, March 13.

See www.fcps.edu/DIS/sciengfair2004/index.htm.

<sh>Girls Only

<bt>Approximately 400 middle-school girls will attend The Future Professional Middle Schools Girls Conference this Saturday, March 6, at Jackson Middle School, 3200 Gallows Rd., Falls Church.

Each Fairfax County middle school will send 10 girls chosen by their principals and guidance counselors to attend the conference. Students from Fairfax County, City of Alexandria, Arlington and Falls Church public schools will participate in workshops on self-defense, team building, interviewing skills and preparing for college. More than 30 professional women are scheduled to talk about their careers, including Belle Wheelan, Virginia's secretary of education, who will deliver the closing speech and Isis Castro, former School Board chair, who will be a keynote speaker.

Students will hear about 30 different careers, presented by professionals in medicine, law enforcement, health care, accounting, civic leadership, athletic training, landscape design, food service environmental science, animal health, media, music, education and graphic design.

<sh>Honoring Nancy

<bt>In honor of Nancy F. Sprague, the chief academic officer of the school system who died in November 2003, the School Board officially renamed the Nancy F. Sprague Technology Center, 4414 Holborn Ave., Annandale. Sprague encouraged and supervised the integration of technology into the school system curriculum and instruction. The center houses much of the FCPS Department of Information Technology.

<sh>Kindergarten Registration

<bt>Registration has started for the graduating class of 2017. Children who will be five years old by Sept. 30, 2004 should be registered by their parents.

To register, call the local elementary school. For more information, call the Office of Early Childhood and Family Services at 703-846-8696.

<sh>Monthly Calendar

<cal1>March 10

<cal2>Advisory Committee for Students With Disabilities, 7:30 p.m., Belle Willard Center.

Minority Student Achievement Oversight Committee, 7:30 p.m., Leis Center.

<cal1>March 11

<cal2>School Board business meeting, 7:30 p.m., Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Rd., Falls Church.

<cal1>March 15

<cal2>School Board Work Session, Burkholder Center. 8:30 a.m. — Technology Committee and Human Resources Committee; 10 a.m. — superintendent search; 1 p.m. — Instruction and Student Services Committees); 2:30 p.m. —Human Resources Committee.

<cal1>March 16

<cal2>Gifted and Talented Advisory Committee, 7:30 p.m., Lacey Center.

<cal1>March 17

<cal2>Adult and Community Education Advisory Committee, 7:30 p.m., Marshall High School.

Human Relations Advisory Committee, 7 p.m., Burkholder Center

Student Health Advisory Committee, 7 p.m., Devonshire Center

Changes to the calendar can be viewed online at www.fcps.edu/mediapub/pressrel/cal.htm.