School Notes are for awards and achievements, as well as special events. Send information via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail to 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean VA 22102. Deadline is Friday. Entries will run as space is available. Call 703-917-6449 with questions.
Reading Recovery is a short-term early intervention of one-on-one tutoring for low-achieving first grade students. Training is available for teachers with successful literacy experience at the primary level who can devote two and one-half hours each day to individual instruction. A principal’s recommendation is required. The application deadline is Friday, April 20. For information or to obtain an application, call 703-846-8635.
The Oakton High School Student Government Association is hosting Night on the Oaktown, Saturday April 21. The event will be held at the school, 2900 Sutton Road, Vienna, 6-10 p.m. with the dinner starting at 6:15.
Events this year include: battle of the bands, 3 on 3 basketball tournament, carnival food and games (for kids), video/ arcade games, DDR and Guitar Hero (for all ages), buffalo wing eating competition, cake walk and the popular raffles for student parking spaces and choosing a schedule. There will also be a silent auction. General Admission tickets are $10 at the door.
Career Day at Kilmer Middle School, 8100 Wolftrap Road, Vienna, is planned for Thursday, April 26, will offer seventh and eighth grade students the opportunity to hear about careers from more than 90 speakers, as well as a variety of sessions on resume building, how to dress for success, and internships. Eighth grade students will learn about the courses offered at Fairfax County Public Schools’ five high school academies as well as interviewing skills and the importance of communication. Seventh grade students will be given an interest inventory survey and will learn about the value of volunteering.
Grandparents and other relatives raising children will be able to take a day away from parenting on Saturday, April 28, as Fairfax County Public Schools — in cooperation with the Fairfax County Departments of Family Services, Community and Recreation Services, and Systems Management for Human Services and the Kinship Care Committee of Fairfax County — sponsors a day of supervised activities for children aged 3-12 who are Fairfax County residents. The event will be held 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Mott Community Center and is free of charge.
Activities will be offered for children aged 3 and older. Each participating child should bring a lunch. The same person must drop off and pick up a child. Identification will be required for pickup. Pre-registration is required, and attendance is limited. Call 703-324-3517 to register.
Mott Community Center is located at 12111 Braddock Road in Fairfax. Contact Robin Hamby at 703-277-2640 or email@example.com.
Linking Parents and Schools, a conference for families of students who receive special education services in Fairfax County Public Schools, will be held Saturday, April 28, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Marshall High School.ºThe conference will provide information on community resources and offer ideas to improve services for FCPS students with disabilities. Tables with information on secondary curriculum, elementary resources, the Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center, assistive technology, the Arc, and others will be available until 12:15 p.m.
Preregistration is requested, but not required; visit www.fcps.edu/ss/SpecialEducationForum/signup/request.htm. For information, visit www.fcps.edu/ss/SpecialEducation Forum or call 703-204-3941.
The Fairfax County Park Authority Rec-PAC program, running weekdays July 2-Aug. 9, will hold open hires in Suite 1050 of the Pennino Building, 12011 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, 12:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 10; and Thursday, May 17. Applicants must bring their original Social Security card and a DMV photo ID, and must be at least 18 years old. Contact the Rec-PAC office at 703-324-5514.
Oakton High School needs help in organizing the All Grad Night Celebration this year. The graduation will take place on Thursday, June 14. Any junior parents that would be interested in volunteering can contact Barbara Fielding at 703-391-0317.
The Paul Green School of Rock Music of Northern Virginia is releasing a call for entries for a mural design competition to create a rock mural for its Vienna location. The school is to be decorated with a hand-painted mural that evokes the mission of the school and the history of rock music. The School of Rock Music of Northern Virginia is sponsoring the competition and funding the $350 prize.
The mural design competition is open only to middle school and high school students (grades 7-12, as of spring 2007) living in Fairfax County. Themes to be represented in the design may come from a wide variety of sources, and may include but not be limited to musicians, musical instruments, album cover art, rock band logos, song lyrics, concerts, venues or other aspects of rock music. Any or all rock genres may be reflected in the design. Visit www.schoolofrock.com for additional thematic elements and school mission.
The winning mural design will be used to create a mural in the entry foyer/student lounge of the school in Vienna. Entries must be accompanied by either a short written description or key of any historical or symbolic elements. A panel of Paul Green School of Rock Music staff, teachers and students will jury the entries.
Artwork is due by Friday, June 15, and the winner will be announced Sunday, July 1. The winner will be commissioned separately to implement the design in the Vienna school location. Students planning to submit a design need to notify the school by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fairfax County Public Schools offers two-week foreign language camps for elementary school students at several area schools this summer, from July 9 to 20, 1-4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The school locations are: Centre Ridge, Colin Powell, Colvin Run, Great Falls, Mount Eagle, Ravensworth, Springfield Estates, Vienna, White Oaks, and Woodley Hills. Language offerings vary from school to school. For details, call 703-658-1293 or -1291. Visit www.fcps.edu/aceclasses in March for registration information.
Fairfax County Public Schools is introducing the Elementary Institute for the Arts, or E-IFTA, a sister program of Institute for the Arts, for students who were enrolled in grades K-5 during the 2006-2007 school year. Each day, students attend two 90 minute courses chosen from the various arts disciplines. The course runs July 9 to Aug. 3, weekdays only, at Forest Edge Elementary School in Reston. Tuition is $450 for Fairfax County residents; $650 for non-Fairfax County residents. Visit www.fcps.edu/DIS/OACE/prek12/eifta.htm or call the E-IFTA office at 703-227-8449.
Several Oakton and Vienna students at the University of Mary Washington have been named to the dean’s list for the fall 2006 semester. They are: Amber Moore, senior; Margaret Graybeal, freshman; Jessica Wrenn, senior; Leigh Kampman, junior; Carla Medina, freshman; Nicole Barrea, sophomore; Kimberly Miller, senior; Sarah Stephens, senior; Varin Zimmermann, senior; Jasmine Junk, senior; and William Swanson, senior. The dean’s list recognizes outstanding academic achievement at the university by full-time students who attain at least a 3.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.
Heather Mella of Oakton, a 2006 graduate from James Madison High School, has been named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Christopher Newport University.
Piper Edwards of Vienna was named to the fall 2006 dean’s list at Pacific University in Oregon. To qualify, a student must achieve a term GPA of 3.7 with 12 or more graded hours.
Cadet Mary Anne Kearney, daughter of Tom and Bi Bi Kearney of Vienna, has been named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at the U.S. Military Academy.
To earn this honor, a cadet must maintain a 3.0 average in all courses. Kearney graduated from James Madison High School in 2003, and plans to graduate from West Point in 2008 and be commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.
Marketing students from Marshall High School had more first place finishes than any school in the state at the DECA State Leadership Conference held in March in Richmond.
Two hundred forty-four Fairfax County Public Schools students were recognized in the top 10 at the state level, including 34 first place winners, 150 runners-up, and 60 finalists. First place winners and runners-up are eligible to attend DECA’s International Career Development Conference in Orlando in late April.
First place winners included: Kristine Reynolds (Langley), quick service restaurant marketing; Jorge Quinteros (McLean), e-commerce business plan event; Zeynup Uzun (McLean), e-commerce business plan event.
Marshall High School led all Fairfax County public schools with 40 finalists. Madison had 13, Oakton had 11, Langley had nine, McLean had seven.
Caitlin Klimavicz of Vienna was recently accepted into the Presidential Scholars Program at Millikin University and was offered a four-year full-tuition scholarship.
To be eligible for the program, Klimavicz needed an ACT score of 27 or higher and must have graduated in the top 10 percent of her high school class. Klimavicz attends James Madison High School.
Caitlin is the daughter of Joseph and Brenda Klimavicz. She was selected by the Honors Committee based on an application, essay, and on-campus interview with a team of Millikin faculty and current Honors Program students.