School Notes

School Notes

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Arlington Public Schools will accept applications for admission to the sixth-grade class of the H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program until Jan. 21, not Jan. 14 as originally noted in the Nov. 1 news release. Under the school system's admissions policy, slots in the sixth-grade class at H-B Woodlawn will be assigned based on the number of Arlington Public Schools fifth-grade students residing in each neighborhood attendance area. For this reason, when applying to H-B Woodlawn, any Arlington fifth graders enrolled in schools other than their neighborhood schools must indicate the attendance area in which they live. A countywide, random, double-blind lottery will be held to determine which of each attendance area's fifth graders receive slots. A total of 69 sixth-grade slots are available for the 2005-2006 school year. Visit for more information.

NVCC Presents 50 Books/50 Covers Exhibit. Northern Virginia Community College's Alexandria Campus will display the best book covers of 2003, Jan. 12-Feb. 8, in the Tyler Teaching Gallery, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. Exhibit selections are made annually by AIGA, the professional association for communication design. An opening reception will be held Jan. 12, from 7-9 p.m. Since 1923, the AIGA 50 Books/50 Covers competition has recognized excellence in book design and production. Call Gleeson at 703-845-6163 or e-mail

The Washington-Lee High School held a three-day fund-raiser to help the Tsunami relief effort in Southeast Asia. The fund-raiser, "Penny Wars," had each class competing to gain the most pennies in its jar while slipping coins and bills in other jars to negate points for other classes, the incentives being the aid in Asia as well as a free breakfast to the class who won provided by the WL PTA. The "Penny Wars" concluded Jan. 8, and raised $6,000 in three days.

Lauren E. Wood, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wood of Arlington, achieved dean's list for the fall term 2004 at Furman University. Furman's dean's list is composed of full-time undergraduate students who earn a GPA of 3.4 or higher on a 4-point system.

The Arlington School Board met on Thursday, Jan. 6, at 7:30 p.m. The meeting began with School Board Chair Libby Garvey reading a proclamation recognizing the Arlington Public Schools’ Extended Day program on its 35th anniversary. The meeting continued with a public hearing on the proposed boundary/enrollment adjustments for selected North Arlington elementary schools. Thirty citizens spoke during the meeting. The School Board held a work session Tuesday, Jan. 11, to discuss the superintendent’s proposal. They are scheduled to take action at its next regular meeting Thursday, Jan. 20.

Additionally, the Board considered one action before adjourning. They approved the proposed parking plan for the Thurgood Marshall Building.

The Office of Catholic Schools in Arlington will be hosting a Catholic Schools "Kindergarten Information Night," from 6:30-8 p.m., Monday, Jan. 24, at Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Seven Catholic schools from Arlington, Alexandria and Falls Church will be in attendance. The open house and information sessions will provide opportunities for parents to learn what to expect from the kindergarten experience in Catholic Schools including curriculum, before and after school programs and tuition assistance programs. Information will be available in Spanish and English. Contact Allis Hanley at 703-573-4570.

Artwork by Arlington middle- and high-school students will be featured in the annual Arlington Public Schools Regional Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition on display Jan. 14- Feb. 13, at the Arlington County Public Library, 1015 N. Quincy St.

Sponsored by Arlington Public Schools, the Ellipse Art Center, the Arlington County Library and Arlington Artists Alliance, the juried exhibition showcases work created by Arlington students in grades seven-12. More than 700 pieces were submitted and juried. Students whose work was selected will receive gold keys at the opening reception and have their work judged for the National Scholastic Art Awards in New York.

The awards ceremony and opening reception will be held from 6-8 p.m., Jan. 19, at the Central Library. Awards will be presented at 6:30 p.m. The exhibition is free and open to the public during normal library hours-Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1-9 p.m. Contact art education specialist Pam Farrell, at 703-228-6169.

A “Kindergarten Information Night” hosted by Arlington Public Schools will be held Jan. 31, at Washington-Lee High School, 1300 N. Quincy St., Arlington, from 7–8:30 p.m. Arlington parents with children entering kindergarten in September are invited to attend the countywide information night. The evening will begin with a general orientation session, at 7 p.m., in the Washington-Lee Auditorium. At the opening session, parents will receive information about the registration process, school options, extended day and other school-related services. Staff will also provide helpful tips on how parents can prepare their children, and themselves, for the kindergarten experience. Simultaneous Spanish interpretation service will be available for the general session. The snow date is Monday, Feb. 7. Call 703-228-7660 or 703-228-7667 or visit

Elsa Gaito, an Earlham College sophomore and daughter if Nancy Hart-Gaito and Vincent Gaito of Arlington, earned a second-year varsity letter in women's soccer.

Stephen Cragg of Arlington, has been nominated to the U.S. Military Academy. Cragg currently attends the Citidel and is a graduate of the Massanutten Academy. At Massanutten, Cragg served as the class valedictorian and National Honor Society President. Cragg is the son of Dr. Ed Cragg.