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The Centreville High School Guitar Department will present "Gumbo Unplugged" on Thursday evening, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. The concert will include a variety of musical performances by CVHS students. Tickets are $5 for students and adults and $10 per family, and will be available at the door.

Chantilly High School is sponsoring its annual Chantilly Palooza on Thursday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. Chantilly Palooza is a lip syncing/dance contest that students have to audition for. The students are judged based on their performance and win prizes.

School Based Technology Specialists from elementary schools in the Centreville/Chantilly area will be hosting an Internet Safety Seminar in conjunction with the Fairfax County Police Department and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Parents will be given information to help them work with their children to recognize dangers of the Internet, understand that people they first "meet" on the Internet should never be considered their friend, advise them not to give personal information online, and to report cyber bullying to a trusted adult.

Parents will have a choice of attending one of two sessions. The first will be held at Greenbriar West on Wednesday, Jan. 18 and the second session will be held at Stone Middle School on Thursday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. This seminar is hosted by London Towne, Virginia Run, Deer Park, Greenbriar East, Greenbriar West, Cub Run, Colin Powell, Brookfield, Bull Run, Poplar Tree, and Centre Ridge. The Internet safety seminar is intended for parents only. Contact Sue Spencer at susan.spencer@fcps.edu

Percussion Ensemble Performance. The Westfield High School percussion Ensemble, under the direction of John Kilkenny, will hold a performance on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. in the Westfield High auditorium. Admission is $10 for adults and $6 for students and seniors. Tickets are available from percussion students, and will be on sale on the night of the performance.

ACE offers Interior Design classes and workshops. All Classes are held at Chantilly High School, 4201 Stringfellow Road, Chantilly. Call 703-227-2261 or email elaine.hawes@fcps.edu to register.

* Color in Decorating. One three-hour session on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 7 p.m. $50.

* Principles of Interior Design. Four 2.5-hour sessions begin Tuesday Jan. 17, 7 p.m. $99.

Fairfax County Adult and Community Education Studio Art and Photography classes for beginning to advanced students January through April, 2006. Classes are taught by working artists. All Classes are held at Chantilly High School, 4201 Stringfellow Road, Chantilly. Call 703-227-2261 or elaine.hawes@fcps.edu to register.

* Beginner Drawing. Six 2.5 hour classes begin Wednesday, Jan. 18, 7 p.m. $127.

* Oil/Acrylic Painting for Beginners/Intermediate. Six 3 hour classes begin Tuesday, Jan. 17, 7 p.m. $159.

* Creative Watercolor for Beginners. Six 2.5 Hour classes begin Monday, Jan. 30, 7 p.m. $135.

* Pen and Ink With Watercolor Washes. Six 3 hour classes begin Monday, Feb. 6, 7 p.m. $149.

* Advanced Watercolor. Ten 2.5 hour sessions begin Wednesday, Feb. 15, 7 p.m. $209.

* Digital Camera Photography. Five 2 hour sessions begin Monday, Jan. 23, 7 p.m. $110.

The Boyd School, a Montessori Children's House, will have an open house on Saturday, Jan. 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at all its campus locations. The Westfields location is at 4550 Walney Road, Chantilly. Call 571-321-0364. The Fairfax location is at 3909 Oak St., Fairfax. Call 703-934-0920.

Open House. Clifton Children's Academy will be holding a registration open house for Kindergarten and Morning and Afternoon Preschool classes on Thursday, Jan. 19, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 22, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. This is for registration for Fall. There will also be limited registration available for this Spring. Bring your child and come tour the school. The school is located at 14315 Compton Road in Centreville. Call 703-734-2353. Information is available on the Web site at www.childrensacademy.com.

Centreville Preschool Inc., a nonprofit, cooperative preschool, is holding an Open House on Saturday, Jan. 21 from 9 a.m. to noon. Established in 1969 by parents wishing to provide a warm, caring, and enriching environment for their children, CPI continues to operate as a Virginia state licensed school owned and operated by the parents of the students. Bring a child’s original birth certificate to the open house. For more information, call the school at 703-830-5656. Leave a detailed message if calling after hours. Located at 13916 Braddock Road.

Parents are invited to attend a free educational program titled, "Teen Species: Up Close and Personal," sponsored by the Westfield Community Coalition and the Westfield High School PTSA, on Saturday, Jan. 21 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The event is free and is an opportunity for parents to learn how to more effectively deal with their teenager. This is the third year in a row that the coalition and PTSA have sponsored such an event. It will take place at the Westfield High School cafeteria. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and a light breakfast will be provided. Advance registration is strongly encouraged, so there will be enough take home materials for the audience. Contact Edie Walker at ediefwalker@cox.net, or via phone at 703-449-0603. WHS teens attending the conference will be awarded one hour of community service for each hour of attendance.

Fairfax County Public Schools has scheduled two teacher job fairs to recruit teachers for the 2006-07 school year and is searching for teachers and counselors with strong academic backgrounds and the passion to make a difference in the lives of their students. To meet the growing need for teachers, especially in the field of special education, separate job fairs for elementary-level and secondary-level teachers are planned. The job fair for secondary school teachers will be held on Saturday, Jan. 21 and the job fair for elementary school teachers will be held on Saturday, March 4. Both job fairs are scheduled from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at Oakton High School, 2900 Sutton Road, Vienna.

Registration for the secondary-level job fair runs from Jan. 3-17. Registration for the elementary-level job fair runs from Feb. 7-21. Call 703-750-8533 to schedule an interview. On-line preregistration is required; go to www.fcps.edu/DHR/careerquest to register.

Lauren Hartley of Clifton will attend the Presidential Classrooms Presidential Classroom Scholar Program from Feb. 18-25 in Washington D.C.

Students on the Patriot Team at Rocky Run Middle School are learning they can make a difference in their world at the age of 12 or 13. The students have established a community service project, called Communiteen, that supports the Northern Virginia community in several ways. The students are donating toiletries and assembling the donations into welcome kits that will be delivered to the Embry Rucker Shelter in Reston. Some of the students adopted needy children or families for the holidays, providing them with needed items. Others participated in park land or neighborhood cleanup projects.

Fairfax County Public Schools offers SAT preparation courses for secondary school students at several area schools this winter and spring. For more information, visit the Web site at www.aceclasses.org. Current FCPS students may submit registration and payment by phone, by mail, by fax, or walk-in at any Fairfax County adult education registration center. Call 703-227-2377 Monday through Friday during regular business hours to register.

Mountain View School in Centreville is planning a 10-year reunion/celebration. The school, located on Spindle Court, first opened its doors as FCPS’s third adult/alternative high school in January 1996 and graduated its first class in June 1996. Since that time, more than 1,000 students have graduated from Mountain View.

A committee comprised of staff and graduates has begun meeting to plan events. In the works are small monthly commemorations followed by a “family reunion” picnic event in June 2006.

The Reunion Committee is looking for contact information on all alumni and former staff. Any alumni, former staff member or person with contact information for either should e-mail reuattheview@yahoo.com or call Sharon DeBragga at the school at 703-227-2388.

Congratulations to these Westfield High School students who entered and placed at their local level of the PTA Reflections Contest. This is a National PTA art contest structured to recognize students at the local, council, district, state and national levels. There is a selected theme each year and there are four art categories to enter — Visual Arts, Photography, Literature and Musical Composition. This year's theme is "I Wonder Why..." The first-place winners advanced to the council level for judging.

* Visual Arts:

1st — Matt Chodoronek, senior;

2nd — Ruchi Agarwal, sophomore;

3rd — Melissa Munse, senior;

Honorable mention — Hyunsoo Chung, junior;

* Photography:

1st — Megha Trivedi, junior;

2nd — Ran Chu, senior;

3rd tie — Abby Sykes, senior;

3rd tie — Emily Rupert, senior;

Honorable Mention — Christina Gregory, senior;

* Literature:

1st — Megha Trivedi, junior;

2nd — Ilana Fernandez, sophomore;

3rd — Katherine Lodge, sophomore;

Honorable Mention- Travis Ford, freshman.