School Notes

School Notes

Northern Virginia Community College has developed earlier registration timelines for the upcoming summer and fall semesters. Summer registration for all students began March 28, approximately three weeks earlier than previous years. Fall registration begins April 11 for continuing students, defined as any student who has taken classes at NVCC during the past three years. New students may register for fall starting May 23.

The Schedule of Classes is available online at, where students may also register 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call 703-323-3000.

Centreville Elementary is hosting a two-day science conference March 29-30 at the Smithsonian Udvar Hazy Museum at Dulles Airport. More than 100 student scientists will present research findings in a peer-reviewed conference format. Students expand their research over the school year, with the aid of mentors, and prepare sophisticated presentations for their audience.

The programs on each day are scheduled from 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. The students begin each day of the conference with a convocation and welcome in the IMAX theatre, followed by an IMAX movie.

Liberty Middle School presents "All Aboard for Broadway," music and lyrics by George M. Cohan, on March 30, 31 and April 1. Curtain is 7 p.m. Tickets cost $5 each and go on sale Monday, March 27, during lunches in the cafeteria. Come hear favorite Cohan songs such as “Give My Regards to Broadway,” “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” “Harrigan” and many more. This musical has a cast and crew of more than 60 students. Call 703-988-8100.

Chantilly High School presents “You Hold the Key,” a driver-safety program for adults and teens on Thursday, March 30 from 7-9 p.m. Speakers include reps from MADD, Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Judge Gayl Carr and Phil Berardelli, author of “Safe Young Drivers: A Guide for Parents and Teens.” Drunk driving and seat-belt simulators available before the program. E-mail:

Clifton Elementary will have an outdoor workday, Saturday, April 1, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Volunteers are needed to spread mulch and tend to general grounds-keeping duties.

Westfield High's "Back to Broadway Cabaret" will be held Saturday, April 1, at 8 p.m. in the school theater. The cabaret will feature scenes and songs from theatre, television and film, showcasing actors and singers from Westfield's Theatre Department. All tickets are $5. Student directors Barry Armbruster and Kevin Manship lead a cast of 50 student and faculty performers.

The Capitol Steps, D.C.’s political musical comedy troupe, will perform at Westfield High School in Chantilly, Sunday, April 2, at 5 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the WHS Orchestra Program. The cost is $27, and doors open at 4:45 p.m. for general seating. Call 703-488-6363 x7181. Visit

Students enrolled in the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) Fair Oaks Classroom on the Mall will be collecting gently used prom dresses for distribution to needy students through Saturday, April 22. The students, who study marketing with an emphasis on the retail industry, will turn the classroom into a temporary prom dress shop using the visual merchandising and store design skills they have learned. Dresses are also being collected at some high schools located near the mall. Accessories such as bags, shoes, and jewelry are also being accepted.

Students who are in financial need of a prom dress can come to the mall classroom and select a dress free of charge at the following times:

* Monday, April 3, 3 to 5 p.m.

* Wednesday, April 5, 5-7 p.m.

* Friday, April 7, 3-5 p.m.

* Monday, April 17, 3-5 p.m.

* Wednesday, April 19, 5-7 p.m.

* Friday, April 21, 3-5 p.m.

* Saturday, April 22, 1-4 p.m.

* Tuesday, April 25, 3-5 p.m.

* Thursday, April 27, 5-7 p.m.

Rocky Run Middle School's Spring Book Fair is April 3-6, in the media center. It is featuring many new Scholastic titles for teen readers as well as books for all ages and reading levels. Posters, journals, bookmarks, pencils, erasers, craft, science and other gift packages are available, too. For every two books purchased by a student, that student will receive a free chocolate bar. Also there will be daily drawings for free $5 gift certificates and posters too. Family buying night will be, Wednesday from 5-8 p.m.

Upcoming Events at Poplar Tree Elementary School

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.

Chantilly High School's WGI Regional Champion Drumline and Winter Guard will be having a special performance on Wednesday, April 5 at 7 p.m. at the Chantilly High School gym. They will be joined by the two Jazz bands of Chantilly High School for an hour of music. Donations for this performance would be greatly appreciated.

Training and auditions for the Chantilly High School Choir will be held in the school auditorium April 19 and 21 and are open to all rising freshmen and current CHS students. Call 703-222-8181 or visit

The Centreville Community Foundation is establishing a scholarship program to recognize local students who participate in community service in the Centreville area. A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to one student at each of the three high schools: Centreville High School, Mountain View Alternative High School and Westfield High School. The goal is to encourage students to become involved in the local community and contribute volunteer hours that support CCF's mission in the areas of arts, youth, education, economic development and community improvement. The scholarship award may be used to pursue any type of post-secondary education and/or related expenses during the '06-'07 academic school year. Contact Marvin Powell, chair of the Centreville Community Foundation,

The second annual Leadership Conference for Middle School Boys is at Hayfield Secondary School Saturday, April 22, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. The boys selected are in need of extra support and encouragement, motivation and recognition — to understand that finishing school, earning a high school diploma and going onto college can and should be goals that they set for their future. There will be Career and Leadership sessions that the boys will attend. A few of the speakers will be FCPS Superintendent Dr. Dale; Edward Cunningham, Keynote Speaker; and Willie Jolley, closing speaker.

Greenbriar West will be hosting the annual Spring Carnival on Saturday, April 22 from 12-4 p.m. at Rocky Run Middle School, Chantilly, due to the current renovation. With the theme, "GBW Olympics," there will be moon bounces, games, food, a bake sale, pie and cake-decorating contests, a cakewalk/bakewalk, 50/50 raffle and more. Contact or

The Fairfax County School Board has scheduled a series of community meetings, called District Dialogues to discuss academic goals for Fairfax County Public Schools. These meetings will take place in March, April and May and are open to all members of the community. All of the meetings begin at 7 p.m. The Sully District meeting will be on Tuesday, April 25 at Westfield High School, 4700 Stonecroft Blvd., Chantilly.

What better way for students to learn leadership and community service than to attend The Points of Light Youth Leadership Institute sponsored by Volunteer Fairfax, scheduled from June 26-30, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. The Points of Light Youth Leadership Institute can play a significant role in the lives of the youth who participate by igniting their desire and ability to make a difference in their community.

Students entering grades 10-12 in fall 2006 are eligible to apply for this free leadership institute held at the Mason District Government Center. For an application, visit or contact Emily Swenson at Volunteer Fairfax at 703-246-3460. The deadline for applications is May 1.

The 10th annual Deer Park Elementary School PTA golf tournament is scheduled for Monday, May 1 at South Riding Country Club. Register before April 1 and pay $85. After April 1, registration is $100. Registration fee includes green fees, cart, lunch and door prizes. Registration on May 1 begins at 11 a.m., shotgun start at 1 p.m. Go to

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.

Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC), in cooperation with the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education, announces the launch of the Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship Program. This program, offered as part of the celebration marking the 40th anniversary of the creation of the Virginia Community College System (VCCS), will offer up-$3,000 for a full year of tuition, books and fees to 40 first-year students in the 23 community colleges in the VCCS.

To be eligible for this scholarship opportunity, students must be enrolled full-time in an associate’s degree program and attending college for the first time. The scholars must have plans-graduate from NVCC and agree-be part of a program that will promote community college education and become mentors-future Legacy scholars. Final selection of the merit-based scholarships will be determined by academic excellence and leadership during high school.

Centreville Preschool Inc. is a nonprofit, cooperative preschool established in 1969 by a group of parents wishing-provide the best possible preschool experience for their children. Licensed by the state of Virginia and owned and operated by the parents of students. There are a few openings available for the 2006–2007 school year.-schedule a tour, call the school at 703-830-5656. Located at 13916 Braddock Road.

Clifton Elementary School PTA has received a $300 grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts. This grant will help support the Cultural Arts Program which hosts various artistic assemblies for the students at Clifton.