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Winnie-the-Pooh Preschool is accepting applications for the 2004-05 school year. Applications are available by contacting 703-724-0496 or visiting www.wtpp.org. Winnie-the-Pooh is a nondenominational cooperative preschool that offers morning and afternoon classes for 3- to 5-year-olds, located at Mount Hope Baptist Church on Belmont Ridge Road in Ashburn.

The Boyd School, a Montessori Children's House in Broadlands, will begin a new language program that will add a diagnostic and prescriptive Montessori reading specialist position to the faculty.

The Minority Student Achievement Advisory Committee will hold its first meeting of the 2004-05 school year Thursday, Sept. 16, at 7:15 p.m., at Stone Bridge High School, 43100 Hay Road, Ashburn. The commission's mission is to work in partnership with Loudoun County Public school, parents and the community to further the academic, social and cultural development of every student, and to ensure that the needs of all minority students are met. The committee meets the third Thursday of each month, at Stone Bridge High, at 7:15 p.m. Agendas and meeting notes are available on the LCPS Web site www.loudounn.k12.va.us or by calling any of the following, Sharon Ackerman, assistant superintendent for instruction, 703-771-6407; Herb Bryan, MSAA co-chairman, 703-723-4113; Charles Robinson, MSAA co-chairman, 703-450-7150; or Delbert White, MSAAC steering committee, 703-404-8232.

Loudoun County Public Schools will administer the alternate version of the PSAT Saturday, Oct. 16, at Heritage High School, 520 Evergreen Mill Road SE, Leesburg. This test will be for LCPS students that missed PSAT testing Wednesday, Oct. 13, and for Loudoun County residents that are home schooled or attend private school. The test center will open at 8 a.m. with testing beginning at 8:30 and ending at approximately 11:30 a.m. To register for the PSAT, home school and private school students should contact the director of guidance at the high school or intermediate school closest to their home. Registration must be returned by Oct. 1.

For the 2004-05 school year, Loudoun County Public Schools has hired 655 new teachers, bringing the total number of teachers to 3,578. Forty-one teachers will join the staff from the Visiting International Faculty program, coming from the United Kingdom, Australia, the Philippines, Colombia, Japan, Ecuador, Argentina, Mexico, Costa Rica, Chile, and New Zealand.

New principals include Joyce Hardcastle, Aldie Elementary; Ed Starzenski, Briar Woods High (planning stages); Julie McKay, Catoctin Elementary; Christine Forester, Freedom High (planning stages); David Michener, Hillsboro Elementary; Kristen Fields-Reedy, Little River Elementary; Bill Oblas, Loudoun County High; Jerry Black Loudoun Valley High; Laura Seck, Meadowland Elementary; Dave Spage, Potomac Falls High; Mark McDermott, Seneca Ridge Middle; Clark Bowers, Sully Elementary; and Elaine Layman, Tolbert Elementary.

The Loudoun County School Board meets monthly in open session at the LCPS Administrative Offices, 102 North St., N.W., Leesburg. Meetings are on the second and fourth Tuesdays with the exception of December, July and August, when there is no fourth Tuesday meeting. The second November meeting has been changed to Tuesday, Nov. 30. Residents are encouraged to attend and participate, agendas are available in all school offices, from the public information office, 703-771-6440 or on the Web, www.loudoun.k12.va.us. Those who wish to speak at a meeting can have their name placed on the speakers list by calling 703-771-6410.