School Notes

School Notes

Send announcements to The Loudoun Connection, 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102, e-mail to or fax to 703-917-0991. Deadline is two weeks before the event. Photos/artwork encouraged. For more information, call Jennifer Lesinski at 703-917-6454.

This free listing is reserved for activities and events that are open to the public at no or minimal cost.

The annual Stone Bridge High School “Jazz Coffeehouse” takes place Wednesday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m., in the school cafeteria. This evening will feature a wide array of performances by the Stone Bridge Jazz Bands in a coffeehouse setting. Bring your appetite because there will also be a selection of desserts to accompany the hot java and cool jazz.

Tickets will be sold at the door, admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students and free for children five and under.

Stone Bridge High School is located at 43100 Hay Road in Ashburn. For more information about the Stone Bridge High School music program and upcoming events, visit and click on the Music Boosters link. For more information about the Jazz Coffeehouse, please contact Paula Thiewes at 703-858-0704.

Potomac Falls High School presents the classic "A Midsummer Night's Dream" with a new twist, a setting in the '60s. This 400-year-old romantic comedy centers on love, dreams and rebellion, values strikingly similar to those of 40 years ago. Performance dates are Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 24, 25 and 26, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 27, at 2 p.m., at Potomac Falls High School, 46400 Algonkian Parkway, Sterling. Ticket prices are $5. Call 703-444-7542, Ext. 37.

Join Hillside Elementary for its Family Bingo Night Friday, Feb. 25, at 7:15 p.m., in the Hillside Elementary Activity Room. Adult bingo cards are $5 and child bingo cards are $3. The PTO will be hosting a bake sale where all proceeds will go to the tsunami relief effort. Also there will be a Wishing Well to accept voluntary donations. Call Robin VanderVoort 703-723-8026.

The Lowes Island PTO presents “Broadway Bound,” its 8th annual variety show, Friday, Feb. 25, at Dominion High School, 21326 Augusta Drive, Sterling. This music-filled show will begin at 7 p.m. and showcase the talented students and staff of Lowes Island Elementary School. Admission is $1 per person. Contact Susan Arthur at 703-404-2362.

The Seneca Ridge Middle School PTO and the Multi-Cultural Club present the First Annual International Festival: A Celebration of Cultures on Saturday, Feb. 26, at 98 Seneca Ridge Drive in Sterling. The potluck dinner will be from 4:30-6 p.m. At 6 p.m., a program celebrating the diversity of our community will begin. There is no charge for admission, just bring a family-style dish for the potluck.   For more information please call Sara Roeper at 703-450-1157.

Montessori Children's House of Loudoun located in Sterling is having an open house Sunday, Feb. 27, from 1-3 p.m. Talk to teachers, tour the school and learn about educational opportunities. The school accepts children ages 18 months-6 years old. Visit or call 703-421-1112.

The deadline for the Long & Foster $200,000 Scholarship Program is March 1. All applications must be received by the deadline date in order for the selection committee, comprised of local members of academia, to select the final scholarship winners by spring 2005.

The program will award $1,000 to each of 200 recipients throughout the seven-state Mid-Atlantic region and Washington, D.C. The monetary scholarship award will be made payable directly to the college or university in the student's name. Long & Foster will begin notifying chosen applicants in May 2005.

Applications for the program can be obtained from any of Long & Foster's 214 residential sales offices, from high-school guidance counselors, via Long & Foster's Web Site at or by calling 703-359-1750, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

A hard copy of the application and the required attachments must be mailed to Long & Foster corporate headquarters by March 1 at the following address: Long & Foster Scholarship Program, c/o Corporate Marketing Department, Long & Foster Real Estate Inc., 11351 Random Hills Road, Fairfax, VA 22030-6082, Attn: Erin Wendel.

Potomac Falls High School will hold A Night at the Falls Saturday, March 12, 6-11 p.m. This family-oriented fund-raiser will highlight the many dimensions of PFHS and support academic programs that directly benefit its students.

The evening will feature dinner from Outback Steakhouse and a silent auction for items ranging from restaurant dinners to resort stays and ski passes. Activities will include drama, band, string and choral performances by PFHS students, three-on-three basketball, Texas Hold 'em tournament, children’s chemistry show, planetarium, Mr. Potomac Falls H.S. pageant and much more.

Admission to the dinner and all evening activities is $25 for adults and $20 for students, seniors and children 4 and older. General admission, which does not include dinner, is $10 for adults and $5 for students, seniors and children 4 and older. Children under 4 are free.

For tickets, call Potomac Falls High School at 703-444-7542. To contribute or make a donation to the silent auction, contact Cheryl Marin at or Debra Koenig at

Shenandoah University’s Northern Virginia Campus in Leesburg is seeking nominations for its Teacher of the Year award. The award was created six years ago to recognize quality teaching in Loudoun County. The nomination process concludes on April 12. All finalists will be recognized at a reception and the winner will be announced at a Loudoun County School Board meeting in May 2005.

To be eligible, nominees must be full-time teachers in Loudoun County in a specialized area, such as special education, art, music, physical education, drama, English as a Second Language or gifted and talented. Nominees may work at any grade level — elementary, middle or high school — but must have at least five years of teaching experience in Loudoun County.

A screening committee from Shenandoah will select the winner based on his or her commitment to students and teaching, subject knowledge and teaching philosophy, ability to manage and monitor student learning as well as service to the community. The screening committee is looking for nominations that demonstrate the teacher’s impact on students. Letters of recommendation from peers, parents and students will be of particular importance in the selection process.

For information or application forms, contact RT Good, dean of the School of Continuing Education, at 540-665-1290 or Kelly Burk, chair of the Northern Virginia Advisory Council, at 703-779-0037.

Jessica Ivy O'Connor of Sterling has been named to the fall 2004 Honor's List at Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, Va. Students named to the Honor's List earned a grade point averages of 3.75-4.0.

Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn has been active in promoting safe driving in light of the recent tragic events involving teenage drivers. In 2005, Stone Bridge's safe driving education efforts will continue. In January, the Driver's Education program invited Tammy Bane, Allstate exclusive agent in Ashburn, to speak in front of all current driver education students. Bane spent two full days addressing the students on a variety of topics related to safe driving and insurance. The students were active in the sessions and left with information that will help them be safe drivers. Students also received hints and tips on insurance that they can use now and in the future.

Parents should know that many insurance companies offer a discount program to teen driver's who complete a teen safe driving curriculum.

Last year, DECA, the marketing club at Stone Bridge High School, sponsored a week long event entitled "Use Your Head: Drive to Save Lives." The week-long event raised awareness on issues like aggressive driving, driving distractions, drinking and driving, speeding, the importance of wearing safety belts, the positive benefits safe driving has on an insurance policy, and the financial consequences of a poor driving record.

The following students enrolled at Virginia Tech were named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2004 semester. To qualify for the Dean’s List, students must attempt at least 12 credit hours graded on the A-F option and earn a 3.4 grade point average on a 4.0 scale during the semester.

Robert R. Apuzzo, Ashburn, sophomore majoring in finance in the Pamplin College of Business; Andrew N. Archut, Ashburn, sophomore majoring in history in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences; Alicia M. Baranowski, Ashburn, senior majoring in human development in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences; Elizabeth K. Bubb, Ashburn, sophomore majoring in foreign languages (Spanish) in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences; John C. Clark, Ashburn, junior majoring in biology in the College of Science; Brian M. Colleran, Ashburn, freshman majoring in business in the Pamplin College of Business; Christopher D. Edens, Ashburn, junior majoring in biochemistry in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; Theresa M. Hawkins, Ashburn, senior majoring in wildlife science in the College of Natural Resources; Garrett S. Hols, Ashburn, senior majoring in international studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences; Sarah K. Larkins, Ashburn, sophomore majoring in communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences; Andrew R. Lewis, Ashburn, sophomore majoring in international studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences; Lauren M. Matz, Ashburn, senior majoring in marketing management in the Pamplin College of Business; Michelle N. Meyer, Ashburn, junior majoring in architecture in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies; Spurgeon T. Norman, Ashburn, senior majoring in computer engineering in the College of Engineering; David J. Rariden, Ashburn, senior majoring in architecture in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies; Christine M. Ryan, Ashburn, senior majoring in communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences; Stephen A. Schumacher, Ashburn, junior majoring in finance in the Pamplin College of Business; Heather A. Tydings, Ashburn, freshman majoring in biology in the College of Science; Colleen E. Webster, Ashburn, freshman majoring in communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences; Christine P. Yerks, Ashburn, junior majoring in management in the Pamplin College of Business; Kristin E. Lamir, Ashburn, junior majoring in human development in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences; Christopher A. Plass, Ashburn, senior majoring in architecture in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies; and Christina Y. Vu, Ashburn, sophomore majoring in management in the Pamplin College of Business.

Aldie Elementary School PTA holds a basket bingo fund-raiser featuring Longaberger products, Friday, March 11, 7 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m. All baskets filled with items such as gift certificates, Bath & Body Works products, Lancome makeup and more. Admission $20 in advance, $25 at the door, includes 20 regular games. Also raffles, two special games, door prizes. Call Pam Hamrick, 703-327-2617. Aldie Elementary is located at 23269 Meetinghouse Lane, Aldie.

Stone Bridge High School's graduating seniors will be celebrating again this year with an all-night, substance-free party on graduation night. To raise money for this event, the SBHS Project Graduation committee is sponsoring The 2nd annual "SBHS Car or Cash Sweepstakes."

Tickets are available, with the last ticket expected to be sold by March 31. Only 600 tickets will be sold. Tickets cost $30 and the winner can choose between a brand new 2005 Nissan Sentra from Brown's Sterling Nissan or $10,000 cash. The winner does not need to be present to win.

All proceeds go toward the all-night, substance-free party for Stone Bridge High School's graduation seniors on graduation night, June 17.

To purchase tickets, call 703-729-5717 or download a ticket form from links on the Web site at www.Loudoun.K12.Va.Us/schools/sbhs. All mailed entries will receive a receipt and ticket stub by mail within two weeks of receipt.