School Notes

School Notes

To have school news listed in Centre View, mail to 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102, e-mail to or fax to 703-917-0991. Photos, especially color, are encouraged. Deadline is one week before publication. Call Steve Hibbard at 703-917-6434 with any questions.

Mountain View School's Mentor Program, in conjunction with Starbucks Coffee, is sponsoring a school grounds beautification program on March 31 from 2 to 5 p.m. (clean up) and April 23 and 24 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (planting). Over one-third of Mountain View's students currently have mentors from among school staff, business partners including Digital Focus and AOL, and community members. All have been invited, along with Starbucks employees from the Burke, Stone Road, Union Mill and Greenbriar stores. Members of the community that are interested in helping are welcome. Contact Susan Houde, Guidance Counselor at 703-227-2311.

News from Poplar Tree Elementary School.

All events are in the cafeteria unless otherwise noted.

* April 1: PTA Family Fun Night, 7 p.m.

* April 6: Cultural Art Assembly: "Mad Science Marvels of Motion," Grades 4-6, 2 p.m.

* April 11: PTA Art Fund-raiser PICKUP, 3 - 8 p.m.

* April 12: Kindergarten Orientation, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

* April 13: PTA General Membership Meeting, Square Dancing Exhibition. 7 p.m.

* April 14: Third grading period ends

* April 15: Teacher workday, no school for students!

* April 20: Just Say No Club meeting, 3:45 - 5 p.m.

* April 26: Fifth Grade Math League Contest, 9:15 a.m.

* April 26: PTA Parenting Program - "Bullying," Office for Safe and Drug Free Youth. 7 p.m.

* May 25: Sixth grade choral production, 7:30 p.m.

* May 26: Sixth grade choral production, 9:30 a.m.

Capitol Steps, a professional comedy troop, will perform at Westfield High School on Sunday, April 3 at 5 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the WHS Orchestra Program (all Levels). The cost per ticket is $27 and doors open at 4:30 p.m. for general seating. For tickets call 703-488-6363, ext. 7181. Or visit

The Boyd School Westfields Campus is hosting a seminar on "Positive Pushing, How to Raise a Successful Child," presented by Dr. Jim Taylor, on Wednesday, April 6 at 7 p.m. Dr. Taylor received his Bachelor's degree from Middlebury College and earned his Master's degree and Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Colorado. This seminar is open to the community at no cost; however, a ticket is required for seating. The Boyd School is located at 4550 Walney Road, Chantilly. Call 571-321-0364 or email at Visit the Web site at

Rocky Run Middle School presents the musical, "Guys and Dolls," Thursday-Sunday, April 7-10, in the school theater. Performances April 7, 8 and 9 are at 7:30 p.m., and April 10 will be a 3 p.m. matinee. Tickets are $6 and may be ordered in advance by e-mailing

The application for the Westfield Athletic Booster Club Scholarship is available on the Booster club Web site at or in the career center. Each year the board awards at least one senior boy athlete and one senior girl athlete with a scholarship that can be applied toward their first year tuition. To qualify, applicants or someone in their immediate family must be a current member of the WABC, must be a current school year graduating senior, must have played any sport, for any one season, as a student at Westfield High School, and must submit the application on time. Applications must be turned in to the career center no later than 4 p.m., Monday April 11. Late applications will not be considered. Award of the scholarship is not based on athletic ability.

Deer Park Elementary Annual Golf Tournament. The 9th annual SSI / Deer Park PTA golf tournament is being held at Chantilly National Country Club, April 11 at 11 a.m. Registration begins at 9 a.m. The cost per golfer is $85, including lunch and raffle prizes, including a new car. Contact Matt Cervarich at or at 703-266-5626.

Substance-abuse seminars for parents of Stone Middle and Westfield High students will be held April 11 and 25, May 9 and 23 and June 6. They're all at 6:30 p.m. in the Westfield High library.

School Resource Specialist Leslie Churn, a substance-abuse counselor who works out of Westfield High, runs the free sessions and provides facts that every parent should know about teen-agers and drugs. Call her at 703-961-5474.

With summer camp planning a springtime priority, the Fairfax County Park Authority is attempting to make it easier for parents and fun for children by creating camp programs perfect for youngsters that are too young to stay alone, and too old for day care. At the five-day Junior Naturalist camp, children 9 to 11 years of age, can participate in a variety of outdoor activities designed to stimulate their interest in the natural world and breathe life into history. The camp is offered for $85 per child and one five-day session at Walney Visitor Center with an overnight for $95 per child. Phone or walk-in registration begins on Wednesday, April 13 at 9 a.m.

Junior Naturalist camp will take place at Walney Visitor Center in Ellanor C. Lawrence Park in Chantilly, July 18-22, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Call 703-631-0013. Visit the Fairfax County Park Authority at

Oak Hill Elementary and Lees Corner Elementary sixth-graders will square off in a basketball game on Thursday, April 14 from 6-8 p.m. at Chantilly High School. There will be a half-time three-point shootout for 60 eligible students of all grades. The event is held before an audience that includes families, students, alumni and faculty of both schools. For tickets, call Oak Hill Elementary, 703-467-3500 or Lees Corner Elementary, 703-227-3500.

Liberty Middle School presents "Kilroy Was Here!" — a musical salute to the G.I. Joes and Jills of the 1940s — Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 21, 22 and 23, at 7 p.m. each night, in the school lecture hall. Tickets are $5 each and will go on sale Monday, April 11, during lunchtime, in the school cafeteria. Shows usually sell out before opening night, so theater-goers are advised to purchase their tickets soon.

Centreville High presents its spring play, "Up the Down Staircase," Thursday-Friday, April 28-29, at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, April 30, at 2 and 7:30 p.m., in the school theater. Tickets are $6, and the community is invited to attend. Centreville High School's production will include a cast of over 30 students.

The Union Mill PTA will be hosting its annual 3K/5K Fun Run and Walk on Sunday, May 1. The focus is to encourage students to participate in a physical fitness activity and to develop community spirit. The race will begin at 4:30 p.m. with award ceremonies at 6:30 p.m. T-shirts will be given to the first 200 registered participants so register early! Information is available at Union Mill Elementary School and e-mail to obtain more information at

The Paladin Program at Chesterbrook Academy is now accepting registration for the Paladin Academic Summer Camp at 3753 Centerview Drive, Chantilly. This is a program for students in need of educational intervention, enrichment, and/or retention of previously learned concepts. It is a highly structured program with a very small student to teacher ratio. The camp will run from June 20 through Aug. 12 and students can sign up for two-week increments. Contact Katie McGahan, Paladin Program Director, at 703-397-0555 or 703-404-0202 or email

Centreville Preschool Inc. (CPI) has a new Summer Camp program. Planned are six full weeks of camp, each with its own theme. Camps run Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Children age 3 (prior to Sept. 30) through this June's kindergarten graduates are eligible to enroll. Call Joyce Ghobashi at the school Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m. at 703-830-5656 or log on to the school Web site at:

Centreville Preschool, Inc. (CPI) a non-profit coop preschool currently has openings in their 4-year-old program for the 2005-2006 school year. CPI is a cooperative preschool with coop, semi-coop, and non-coop classes for ages 2 1/2 - 5. The school is located at 13916 Braddock Rd. in Centreville. Call the school at 703-830-5656.

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 for more information or to volunteer.

Centreville High School PTSA meetings throughout the spring will feature special speakers on topics that parents care about:

On April 19, Dr. Michael Filak will discuss health issues for college students and what parents can do to help their kids prepare for new germs and new living conditions.

On May 17, Michele Turead, an alcohol and drug specialist with FCPS, will talk about trends in alcohol and drug use among teens and how parents can step up awareness and vigilance, both in general and especially for the prom/graduation/beach week season.

PTSA meetings are held regularly on the third Tuesday of the month. Meetings begin at 7:30 p.m. in the CVHS Media Center. Speakers will appear first on the agenda at 7:30, and the regular PTSA meeting will begin after the special presentations.

PTSA meetings are always open to all and the whole CVHS community is welcome.

STEP CATS, a Saturday morning free tutoring program, operates from 9 to 11 a.m. Centreville High School needs tutors in the following five academic areas: math, science, social studies, English and foreign language. To volunteer or for additional information, contact Steve Komara at Centreville High School, 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.

Chantilly High School will have its 20-year reunion for the Class of 1985 on July 30 at the Doubletree Tysons Corner in Falls Church. For details, visit or call 1-800-655-7971.

Sarah Cummins of Centreville is spending the Spring 2005 semester studying in Florence through Syracuse University's Division of International Programs Abroad. Cummins is a junior in the School of Architecture. In the Florence program, students may study art history, studio art, architecture and Italian language and culture, or take a wide range of courses in the liberal arts. Many students live with local families and visit historic sites in Rome, Venice, Assisi and other destinations.

Justin Mosser of Centreville has been selected as a VFIC/Philip Morris USA Scholar. Mosser, a sophomore business administration major at Shenandoah University, will receive a $5,000 scholarship for his junior year; a paid internship at Philip Morris USA national headquarters in Richmond, during the summer after his junior year; and a $5,000 scholarship for his senior year at Shenandoah University. Mosser, a 2003 graduate of Westfield High School, is a member of the Shenandoah University Hornets football team, which earned USA South conference co-champion titles in 2003 and 2004.

Amrit Singh, a student in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech, received an honorable mention award in the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA)/Steel Tube Institute Charrette at the ACSA 2005 Annual Meeting in Chicago. Held on March 4 and 5, the 24-hour charrette was a competition to design a restaurant in Chicago’s Millennium Park that featured innovative and attractive use of steel hollow structural sections as a major building material. Amrit is a fifth-year senior majoring in architecture in the college’s School of Architecture + Design.