Camps & Schools Notes

Camps & Schools Notes

Students at Francis Scott Key Middle School in Springfield will participate in the Witness to History Pearl Harbor Interview series on April 7, 8 and 12. This project was developed by the Arizona Memorial Museum Association, the National Park Service and the Navy. Approximately 200 seventh graders will video teleconference with survivors of the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Oahu. Several survivors will also visit the school to meet with the students directly.

TOT Preschool, a ministry of Sydenstricker United Methodist Church, is accepting registrations for three- and four-year-old children. For more, call 703-644-6384 or send an e-mail to The Sydenstricker United Methodist Church is located at 8508 Hooes Road, Springfield.

Springfield’s Hidden Pond Nature Center offers various summer camps for youngsters. Registration opens on April 13, at 9 a.m. For more, call 703-451-9588.

* Pond Pals, open to ages 4-5; children explore Hidden Pond Park’s forest and wetlands through hands-on activities, nature crafts and games. The session takes place from July 6 to July 8, from 10 a.m. to noon. Cost is $60 per child.

* Pohick Peepers Camp, open to ages 5-6; children take part in field study, crafts, games and stories. Session takes place Aug. 1 to Aug. 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost per child is $60 for the three-day session.

* At the five-day Junior Naturalist camp, open to ages 9 to 11, children can participate in a variety of outdoor activities designed to stimulate their interest in the natural world and breathe life into history. The camp takes place July 11 to July 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost is $85 per child.

* Pohick Ranger camp allows children ages 9 -12 to explore the park’s wetlands and forests in search of all that lives there. This will be an active, hands-on program, with the emphasis on outdoor field study. This camp takes place from July 25 to July 29, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost is $85 per child.

Students in the band programs at Robert E. Lee High School sponsor a car wash on Saturday, April 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Brookfield Plaza Shell gas station on Backlick Road across from Outback Steak House in Springfield.

West Springfield High School’s Class of 1980 celebrates its 25-year reunion on June 25, at the Hyatt Arlington. For more information, visit

St. John's Center for Early Childhood Education is taking registrations for the 2005-06 school year. St. John's offers classes for 2,3 and Pre-K 4 year olds, and before and after school care for K-5. St. John's is located at 5312 Backlick Road, Springfield. Call 703-256-7748.

Lee High School's FBLA won first place in 11 events, second place in four events and third place in four events to bring home the regional title.

Ten students from Lee High School presented science workshops at Dogwood Elementary School. Minh Nguyen and Taara Bhat helped more than 30 students separate out DNA from strawberries. Christine Luong and Neyling Fajardo worked with about 20 girls who did experiments with plane and curved mirrors. Ashley Schultejann helped more than 15 girls determine the density of various metals using chemistry equipment and methods. Kimberly Johnson, Kim Nguyen, Hannah Wenthold, Jesie Opoien and Kristie Miglin worked with other presenters from Lockheed Martin, our corporate sponsor, on other workshops.

Herff Jones Publishing wants to include excerpts from Lee High School's 2004 yearbook edition in their annual "Ideas That Fly" publication. This book is a compilation of yearbook spreads, photographs and other ideas that the company's experts feel represent the best of all of their publications from across the country.

The following Lee students have been chosen to compete for the National Council of Teachers of English Writing Award this year: Allison Burkhalter, Michael Hadjiosif, Nidhi Tewari and Chloe Yingst.

Lee High School students Lindsey Gera and Berhana Ibrahim have been chosen to sponsor Lee in the Fairfax County Youth Leadership Program. This program allows students from the county's high schools to learn more about all levels of their local government. Recently, Lindsey and Berhana met with and interviewed County Supervisor Dana Kauffman to discuss his job and the current plans for the Lee District.

The Hayfield Secondary Model United Nations team recently took part in the Virginia Model United Nations competition where Jack Keefe and Jessica Johnson won Honorable Mention for their performances.

The Hayfield DECA members attended the DECA State Leadership Conference with 2,000 other marketing students from across Virginia. Many students qualified for the International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, Calif. The following students placed in the top five in their event categories: Lucy Twimasi and Suzanne Gao for Ecommerce Business Plan, Tricia Sangalang and Ashley Boney for International Business Plan and JP McKenna, Steven Courtney, and Ryan Kopasz for Advertising Campaign. The following students placed in the top 10 in their event categories: Ronald Barba, Courtney Laster, and Candace Greene for Creative Marketing Plan and Thalia Tirado for Food Marketing Associate Level.

Hayfield Secondary civics teacher Rob Paine was nominated to Who’s Who Among American Teachers for the second year in a row.