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To have school information listed in The Arlington Connection, mail to 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102 or write an e-mail to arlington@connectionnewspapers.com or fax to 703-917-0991. Deadline is 2 p.m. the Thursday before publication. Call Matthew Razak at 703-917-6457.

Oakridge Elementary School, 1414 24th Street South, Arlington, needs after-school tutors on Tuesday and/or Thursday afternoons. Call Malcolm Tronic at 703-228-8820.

Attention parents of children ages 3-5 years old, children may qualify to receive free quality child care through CDI Head Start at Arlington. Head Start is a national child development program which has standards that specifically meet the needs of each child. Call 703-465-1116.

Miriam B. Girgis graduated from Lousiana Tech. with a masters of science.

Benjamin Bradley and Ana Sandoval of Arlington were named to the Dean's list at the Syracus University College of Human Services and Health Professions. Bradley is a freshman majoring in social work and Sandoval is a sophmore majoring in child and family studies.

Alexander George Knolt has been accepted by Hampden-Sydney College and will enroll as a Patrick Henry Scholar. Alex is a graduate of Potomac Middle School in McLean and is the son of Mrs. George Knolt of Arlington.

Kristin T. Reiland has entered first year studies at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, located in Lewisburg, WV. Reiland, daughter, of Peter M. Reiland of Venice, Fla., and Marilyn M. Lenart of Syracuse, N.Y. received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biotechnology from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, N.Y. While at RIT, Reiland was a regular on the Dean’s List. She calls Arlington home and attended Liverpool High School in Liverpool, N.Y.

The National Merit Scholarship Program has recognized 14 Arlington students as semifinalists in the 52nd annual National Merit Scholarship Competition. Semifinalists are the highest scoring entrants in each state and represent less than one percent of the nation's seniors. The 14 students attend the system's high schools and Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. The 12 National Merit semifinalists at Washington-Lee High School are: Patricia Sever, Sarah R. Weber, David G. Willard, Yorktown High School, Abbey Chung, Lauren A. Kuhlik, Anne K. Minoff, Jonathan O. Nardolilli, Elizabeth O’Neill, Chase R. Raines, Chelsea B. Sklar, Anna M. Sosdian and Chao Yin. The two students attending Thomas Jefferson High for Science and Technology are: Christian P. McGurik and Arjun Sreekumar

On Thursday, Sept. 21, the Arlington School Board adopted new high school space guidelines. The School Board requested an evaluation of the space guidelines for high schools and recommendations for revision in July. The evaluation and revisions address changes in educational programs and technology, and ensure that APS space guidelines are efficient, while supporting programs and student-centered environment. The new guidelines will reduce the square footage of a high school by five to seven percent and are likely to result in a savings of $1 million or more.

Twenty-nine out of 30 Arlington schools are projected to be fully accredited by the state based on the Virginia Standards of Learning tests (SOLs) administered during the 2005- 06 school year.

World-renowned violinist Midori recently presented a master class for orchestra students from T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria and the H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program in Arlington. The participating students were Louis McCracken, a 16 year-old junior at T.C. Williams High School, and Thomas Moran, a 16 year-old junior in the H.B. Woodlawn program in the Arlington Public Schools district. They each received a private lesson in front of the audience. Each presented a movement of a concerto, prepared over the course of several months with their private teachers. McCracken, who pursues private violin studies with Michael Faulkner, is a member of the Washington Metropolitan Youth Orchestra and recently was selected, through competitive audition, to perform in the Northern Virginia Senior Regional Orchestra. During the Master Class, he performed the first movement of Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5 with T.C. Williams Choral Director Patricia Jarvis as his accompanist. Moran, the son of professional violinist Risa Browder, the Orchestra Director of H.B. Woodlawn, and John Moran, a professional cellist, performed the first movement of Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 3, with Andrew Horowitz as his accompanist. Moran pursues private violin studies with Mary Ann Tortolano.