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Know something that should be featured in School Notes? Awards? Special events? School fairs? Fax a brief write-up to 703-917-0991. Or call Jon Whiten at 703-917-6422.

Khalil B. Conteh of Lorton was recently placed on the Hargrave Military Academy's President's Commendation List. He is the son of Marie Fofanah-Conteh.

The Air Force Officers' Wives Club of Washington, D.C. has scholarships available for high school seniors, continuing education students and non-military spouses who are dependents of United States Air Force members (active duty, retired, POW/MIA or deceased, officer or enlisted) residing in the area. Applicants will be judged on both academic and citizenship achievements. Judges will not consider financial need in their selections. High school seniors may contact the counseling officer of their school for a copy of the application and eligibility requirements. The application is also available by sending a stamped, self-addressed business size envelope to: AFOWC Scholarship Committee, 50 Theisen St., Washington, D.C. 20032-5411. All applications must be received by Feb. 17, 2006.

Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. presents the Long & Foster Scholarship Program, which will award $1,000 to each of 200 recipients for the 2006-07 academic year. The deadline is March 1, 2006. The monetary scholarship award will be made payable directly to the college or university in the student's name. A selection committee made up of local members of academia will select the final scholarship winners by April 15, 2006. Eligible high school seniors must have at least a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale, demonstrate leadership and financial need, indicate positions of leadership, and list all school groups and/or community organizations in which they have served or been involved in, and any part-time jobs held while in school. A short essay will also be expected from each applicant so that the selection committee can obtain a better picture of each student. All of this information will be considered in choosing well-rounded applicants. Applications can be obtained from any Long & Foster branch, from high school guidance counselors, or at www.longandfoster.com/scholarship.

The Burke MOMS Club presents the annual Preschool Fair, Thursday, Jan. 19, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Burke Volunteer Fire Department, 9501 Old Burke Lake Road, Burke. Representatives from over 25 local preschools will be available to answer parents' questions.

Mainly Music, a weekly musical group for preschool children and their caregivers, begins Friday, Jan. 20, at 10:15 a.m., at Fairfax Community Church, 11451 Braddock Road, Fairfax. The cost for each Friday's group is $3. Call 703-745-1030 or visit www.fairfaxcommunity.net.

ACT's Visiting Teacher Program is looking for four outstanding secondary school teachers with experience teaching minority students to participate in a summer program that develops and evaluates ACT's test materials and classroom support materials. The program is at ACT headquarters in Iowa City, Iowa, and runs from June 19-July 28, 2006. Teachers receive a stipend of $5,500 and round-trip transportation between their home and Iowa City. ACT will secure and subsidize housing for the visiting teachers. To apply, visit www.act.org/path/secondary/visit.html, e-mail visiting.teachers@act.org, or call 319-337-1645.

The Virginia Business and Professional Women’s (VA BPW) Foundation offers a variety of scholarships, grants and fellowships to assist women to re-enter the job market or further their education and careers, as well as to support the study of women's issues. Visit www.bpwva.org.

Fairfax County Public Schools maintains a toll-free telephone hotline for emergency messages, with information in three languages. 1-800-839-FCPS (3277) is available 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.

Sign Up for Cub Scouts. Boy Scouting is available to boys who are 11 through 17 years old, or who have earned the Cub Scout Arrow of Light Award, or have completed the fifth grade. Boy Scouts camp, hike and fish in the great outdoors. They get together in troops and try out new experiences.

Venturing offers a program that is fun and full of challenge and adventure for young men and women who are 14 (and have completed the eighth grade) through 20 years of age. Learn more about Venturing's outdoor, sports, arts and hobbies, community service and Sea Scouting crews.

For more information about these programs, call Scott Romans at 703-455-2167.