School Notes

School Notes

Jacob A. Hamm, son of Paula and Michael Hamm of Centreville, has enrolled for fall 2006 admission at Rochester Institute of Technology. Hamm will graduate from Westfield High in June and plans to major in fine art photography in RIT's School of Photographic Arts and Sciences.

Lindsey Beth Gross, a resident of the Highland Oaks subdivision in Fairfax, is a member of Sigma Alpha Lambda. This is a national leadership and honors organization dedicated to promoting and rewarding academic achievement and providing members with opportunities for community service, personal development and lifelong professional fulfillment. Lindsey is completing her sophomore year at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, where she maintains a 3.6 GPA.

Parents are invited to an educational program, Saturday Night in the Suburbs, on Thursday, March 16, at 7 p.m., in the Westfield High lecture hall. It's sponsored by the Westfield Community Coalition and the Westfield High School PTSA. The free event is an opportunity for parents to find out from local teens what's really going on in the teen social scene in the area. There'll be a dialogue with a panel of a dozen students to discuss drugs, alcohol, parties, driving and communication between teens and parents.

Poplar Tree Elementary is holding its annual spring carnival on Saturday, March 18, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. New carnival games this year will include the High Striker and the Jr. Survivor Obstacle Course. Also planned are a Matchbox Derby, football toss, cake walk, animal walk, face-painting, moonbounce and more. There will also be pizza, popcorn, cotton candy, baked goods, a 50/50 raffle and basket raffles. Tickets are four-for-$1 and may be purchased at the door.

“Broadway Lights the Night” is an annual, one-night-only Broadway Cabaret being performed at McLean High on Saturday, March 18, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20, tax-deductible donation. Last year’s event garnered $6,300 for the LLS. Visit

International Night at Chantilly High will be presented Tuesday, March 21, from 6-8:30 p.m. It includes performances by several cultural groups to recognize and pay tribute to the multi-national background of the community, as represented within the Chantilly High student body. Tickets are $5 per person and are on sale during lunch in the cafeteria.

Upcoming Events at Poplar Tree Elementary School

March 21 - FLE Video Viewing for fifth- and sixth- grade parents, 7 p.m.

March 29 - Science Night Exhibit, 7 p.m., cafeteria.

April 4 - Kindergarten Orientation, 9:30-10:30 a.m., cafeteria.

April 5 - PTA Board meeting, 7 p.m., LA room.

April 7 - Teacher workday- student holiday.

Clifton Elementary School will hold an Innovation and Invention Fair on Thursday, March 23, at 7:30 p.m. Students are asked to improve or create a new or existing product or process. It involves considering a problem from various perspectives and coming up with a creative solution or idea to address the problem, tracking their thinking along the way. Independent judges from the U.S. Patent Office and local businesses will judge the contestants and present awards to all entrants. Call 703-988-8000 or see

Elementary School Parenting Night: All five elementary schools in the Centreville High Pyramid are holding a parenting night for parents of elementary-school-age children. It will be Thursday, March 23, at 7 p.m. at Centreville Elementary, 14330 Green Trails Blvd., off Route 28. Topics to be covered are: Raising resilient children, Avoiding the homework blues, Pros and cons of peer pressure, Positive discipline, and When families get angry. Call the counselor at one of these elementary schools: Bull Run, Centre Ridge, Centreville, Colin Powell and Union Mill.

Chantilly High's "All Night Grad Party" Basket Bingo fund-raiser is set for Friday, March 24, from 6-9 p.m. in the school cafeteria. Loaded baskets, 50/50 raffle, door prizes and food will be available. Advance tickets, $12; $15 at the door. Call 703-362-8942 or e-mail