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TOT Preschool at Sydenstricter United Methodist Church sponsors program registration. Open to children 3 to 4 years old. Morning classes are from 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., two or three times a week. Afternoon classes are from 12:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m., three times a week. Spaces are limited. For more information, call 703-644-6384. Sydenstricker United Methodist Church is located at 8508 Hooes Road, 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 www.greatreunions.com.

Sarah Chadbourn's fourth-grade class at Ravensworth Elementary School is learning about the five regions of Virginia, and ask that people in these areas send them postcards. If interested in participating, send postcards to Ravensworth Elementary School, c/o Ms. Chadbourn, 5411 Nutting Drive, Springfield, VA 22151.

Ten Lee High School students, who recently completed the ESOL program, took the English 11 Writing SOL in October and passed. One student passed advanced.

Members of the freshman class at Lee High School recently met Virginia Attorney General Jerry Kilgore and heard from former Washington Redskins defensive end Tony McGee as part of the first Lee High School Freshman Ethics Day. The students then heard from Detective Matt Sharron of the Fairfax County Police Department, who talked about gang activity in the county; Brian Zwit of America Online (AOL) talked about cyberethics; Sgt. James O'Farrell of the Army National Guard talked about avoiding drug use; and Janet Dougherty, guidance counselor at Garfield Elementary School, talked about bullying.

The Lee High School A2/A3 ESOL students recently attended a poetry program sponsored by the National Museum of American History (NMAH), the Smithsonian African American Association and the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies (SCEMS). A second program was a writing session led by a Smithsonian educator. Students have also been invited to attend a final program on Feb. 5 called "Hip Hop and Slam: A Celebration of the Verbal Arts," which takes place 1-5 p.m., in the Auditorium at NMAH.

The following are members of Lee High School's All-District Band 2005:

Wind Ensemble — Sam Golter, Vernisha Sellers, Kerri Coon, Brendan Mahoney, Sherilyn Johnson, Lauren Hetland and Carl Raezer

Symphonic Band — Hunter Cook, Phantippa Chutchainon, Stephanie Dunstan, Kely Gifford, Kirsten Caulfield, Kathy Russell and Denis Logie

Alternates — Nathaniel Dominy, Alison Jordan, Mike Matthews, Ansa Edim and Neil Steinburg

Lee High School's Marketing DECA won districts and a place in the state competition. Winners include:

* Michael Bertha, first place overall in Food Marketing Associate Level (going to States)

* Ryan Paxton second place overall in Food Marketing Associate Level (going to States)

* Kamal Whala second place Event 1 Retail Merchandising Associate Level

* Areizo Said second place Event 1 Retail Merchandising Management Level

Lee High School's Jason Rios has been offered a full scholarship to the summer 2005, United States High School Diplomats, Program to Japan from July 11 to Aug. 3.

The Lee High School Madrigal Choir was invited to sing at a Martin Luther King Memorial Choral Festival at Good Shepherd Catholic Church recently. The choir sang a choral arrangement of "Abraham, Martin and John," for which they received a standing ovation. They also participated in the Combined Choir songs for the program finale (along with members of 20 other choirs).