School Notes

School Notes

<lst>An all-star line-up of authors and performers at the seventh annual Fall for the Book Festival, which will be presented Sept. 14-21 at George Mason University's Fairfax, Virginia campus. For a complete schedule and updated information, visit

Highlights include:

*Wednesday, Sept. 14 - Holocaust survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazan, author of Four Perfect Pebbles, talk about her experiences; acclaimed poet Jack Gilbert samples his latest collection; best-selling economist Richard Florida discusses The Flight of the Creative Class: The New Global Competition for Talent.

*Thursday, Sept. 15 - Novelist Walter Mosley kicks off the national tour for his new Easy Rawlins mystery, Cinnamon Kiss, and best-selling mystery writer J.A. Jance celebrates the 20th anniversary of her J.P. Beaumont series.

*Friday, Sept. 16 - Mark Winegardner, author of The Godfather Returns, discusses the legacy of Mario Puzo's book; Francis Ford Coppola's Oscar-winning films are also screened.

*Saturday, Sept. 17 - The Northern Virginia Writing Project hosts writing workshops for children and welcomes an array of children's book authors for readings; Saturday evening, Mark Winegardner returns for a reading from The Godfather Returns.

*Sunday, Sept. 18 - National Book Award winner Tim O'Brien, author of Going After Cacciato, The Things They Carried and five other novels, delivers a reading from his work.

*Monday, Sept. 19 - Rick Moody, author of The Ice Storm, reads from his new novel, The Diviners, and best-selling novelist Sharyn McCrumb reads from her latest, St. Dale.

*Tuesday, Sept. 20 - Alexandra Robbins discusses Pledged: The Secret Life of Sororities, and Khaled Hosseini reads from The Kite Runner as part of the "All Fairfax Reads" program. [Note: Hosseini appears at Fairfax County Government Center; to reserve up to four free tickets for this event only, contact 703-324-8414 or after Sept. 6.)

*Wednesday, Sept. 21 - Novelist Pat Conroy accepts the Fall for the Book Prize.

Ryan Korby of Centreville was named to Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications dean's list for the spring 2005 semester. To qualify, students must achieve at least a 3.4 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Korby is majoring in broadcast journalism.

Stephanie Goldstein of Clifton was named to Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications dean's list for the spring 2005 semester. To qualify, students must achieve at least a 3.4 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Goldstein is majoring in public relations.

Seamus O'Connor of Chantilly was named to Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications dean's list for the spring 2005 semester. To qualify, students must achieve at least a 3.4 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. O'Connor is majoring in magazine journalism.

Centreville High School will have its 10-year reunion for the Class of 1995 on Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Doubletree Tysons Corner in Falls Church. For details, visit or call 1-800-655-7971.

Mountain View School in Centreville is planning a 10-year reunion/celebration. The school, located on Spindle Court, first opened its doors as FCPS’s third adult/alternative high school in January 1996 and graduated its first class in June 1996. Since that time, more than 1,000 students have graduated from Mountain View.

A committee comprised of staff and graduates has begun meeting to plan events. In the works are small monthly commemorations followed by a “family reunion” picnic event in June 2006.

The Reunion Committee is looking for contact information on all alumni and former staff. Any alumni, former staff member or person with contact information for either should e-mail or call Sharon DeBragga at the school at 703-227-2388.

The ESL and Immigrant Ministries needs volunteers to teach English-as-a-Second-Language to adult immigrants in 18 locations in Northern Virginia. Free training for volunteers is provided in August and September. Classes begin in September. Both daytime and evening classes are offered. Consult for information about the program, including class schedules, locations and a volunteer application form or call 703-271-8341 ext. 3 and leave a message for a return call.

South Lakes Class of 1985 is looking for classmates for its 20-year reunion in October 2005. Visit or contact Melanie Kirsch Colston at 703-476-0579.

STEP CATS, a Saturday morning free tutoring program that operates from 9 to 11 a.m. at Centreville High School, needs tutors in the following academic areas: math, science, social studies, English and foreign language. Contact Steve Komara at 703-802-5419, ext. 2855.

The Clifton Presbyterian Church Preschool has openings in its 5-year-old Pre-K Program for the 2004-2005 school year. This class meets every afternoon from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Call the preschool office at 703-830-3175.

The Stone Middle School PTA is looking for parent volunteers to fill PTA positions for the upcoming school year. They are looking for a president and vice president for their executive PTA Board, as well as a committee chair for the following positions: Building and Grounds, By-Laws, Volunteer Coordinator, Cluster 8 Representative, Community Outreach, School Directory, Legislative, Minority Achievement, Fund Raising, 3-on-3 Basketball, 8th Grade Graduation Party, Publicity, and Reflections. Contact Jennifer Campbell, PTA Secretary Elect, at 703-266-1742, or Kym Sunday, Membership Chair, at 703-266-0345. The PTA e-mail address is

The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce Foundation has awarded Rose Antwi of Centreville a $2,000 scholarship toward her studies at the Northern Virginia Community College's Medical Education Campus (MEC), located in Springfield. The scholarship rewards a student who has, among other criteria, maintained a 3.0 GPA. Antwi is entering her second year at the MEC and is a nursing major.

Cara M. Pearson of Clifton earned Honors for the spring term at Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, N.H. She is a tenth-grader and is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Pearson.

Evan G. Herr, the son of Greg and Carol Herr of Clifton, graduated from Randolph-Macon Academy on May 28. While at R-MA, Evan was consistently named to the dean’s list and president’s list for his high grade point averages each quarter. He played varsity baseball, winning the Coach’s Award in 2004, and was also a member of cadre, the cadet leaders in the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps at R-MA.

During the end-of-the-year ceremonies, Evan received the Cadet in the Arena Award for consistently showing strong leadership skills. He also received the American Veteran’s Award in recognition of his service and leadership. Evan plans to attend the University of Delaware this fall.

Nathan Eldridge, son of Gene and Patty Eldridge of Clifton, graduated from Randolph-Macon Academy on May 28. While at R-MA, Nathan was named to the dean’s list and was also named Most Valuable Player for the varsity lacrosse team this past spring. Nathan plans to attend Roanoke College, from where he received a $22,800 scholarship, this fall.

The National Archives celebrated the nation's birth with "Declaration Days!" a two-day event filled with activities and performances for children and their families. Highlights of the event included signing a replica of the Declaration of Independence, placing a seal on the Treaty of Alliance, hunting for National Treasure and attending performances by historical re-enactors of Revolutionary War heroes such as Deborah Sampson, Peter Salem and Gen. Bernardo de Galvez. Lacey Dickinson of Fairfax Station, Alyssa Dolny of Clifton, Jung-Ah Kim of Centreville, and Leslie Sherman of Springfield, all of Centreville High School, provided invaluable assistance with a variety of activities that help family audiences better understand and appreciate the holdings of the National Archives and the events that led up to the nation's fight for independence. The National Archives and Records Administration is an independent Federal agency that preserves and shares with the public records that trace the story of our nation, government, and the American people. The National Archives, located at 700 Constitution Ave., NW, is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Labor Day. Go to to schedule a visit.

Lisa Marrone of Centreville was chosen as one of 89 students to attend RSI held in Boston, Mass. this summer. The Research Science Institute (RSI) is the premiere U.S. research science internship program for academically talented high school students. Selection criteria include grades, SAT scores, teacher recommendations and participation in science competitions and activities which indicate leadership capability. Marrone plans to study and perform biology research with Dr. Susan Hagan while at MIT. In addition to RSI, Lisa has participated in numerous activities at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. They include being a member of her school's Science Bowl team, Ocean Science Bowl team, Math team and Biotechnology club. She has garnered accolades at the Intel Science and Engineering Fair, Virginia State ISEF and the National Biology Olympiad. Outside of her academic achievements, Lisa enjoys tutoring, playing violin, running and tennis.

Centreville Preschool, Inc. (CPI) currently has openings in their 4-year-old program from the 2005-2006 school year. CPI is a non-profit, cooperative preschool established in 1969 by a group of parents who wished to provide the best possible preschool experience for their children. Call the school at 703-830-5656 and leave a message after hours. The school is located at 13916 Braddock Road, Centreville.

Elizabeth Kay Dunning of Clifton was named to the Dean's Academic Honor List for the 2005 spring semester at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

The Clifton Presbyterian Church Preschool continues to enroll students for the 2005-2006 school year. The preschool has openings in it 4-year-old Monday/Tuesday/Thursday morning class and its 5-year-old Pre-K program, which meets every afternoon from 12:30-3:30 p.m. If interested, call the preschool office at 703-830-3175.