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Camps and Schools Notes

School Notes are for awards and achievements, as well as special events. Send information to mclean@connectionnewspapers.com, or 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean VA 22102. Deadline is the Friday before publication. Call 703-917-6449 with questions.

<lst>Come and find out what Camp McLean is all about at free sessions, an opportunity to meet and talk with camp staff, see a presentation on camp activities and ask questions. Remaining sessions: Wednesday, Feb. 28, 7-8 p.m.; Saturday, March 3, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Thursday, March 22, 7-8 p.m.

McLean High School's Publications Staffs want to help members of the community clean their closets. Bring unwanted VHS movies, CD players, books and video games to the main office or the yearbook room (S105) by Thursday, March 1. The group is accepting all types of items except clothing, computers and furniture. Questions? See Ms. Percival in the Yearbook Room.

The McLean High School Choral Department presents the 55th Annual Boar’s Head Feast on Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March 3. The feast will take place at the McLean Baptist Church, 1367 Chain Bridge Road, beginning each night at 7 p.m., and will feature live performances by the McLean Madrigals, comprised of audition-only, advanced level choral students from the high school. The Renaissance-era banquet features food and entertainment that invoke the spirit of 17th-century Europe, as the Madrigals dress, act and sing in the style of that period.

The event will be catered by Doug Cook, former head chef at Sage restaurant. Tickets are $40 for adults and $25 for children, ages 12 and under, with proceeds benefiting scholarships for choral students. For information and reservations, contact Patrice Comey, at p.comey@mcleanchoral.org or call Carla Johnston at 703-628-8827.

Fun Fair at Lemon Road Elementary School, 7230 Idylwood Road, Falls Church, on Saturday, March 10, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Games, prizes, food, moonbounce, silent auction, with tickets sold at the door. Call the school at 703-714-6400.

The Capitol Steps will be performing at McLean High School on Sunday, March 11 at 4 p.m. Tickets are $30 and all proceeds will go to benefit the All Night Graduation Party. Tickets can be obtained by calling 703-790-0947 or mailing a check made out to the All

Night Graduation Party to Ilene Robeck, 1718 Chesterbrook Vale Court, McLean, VA 22101.

Segall Majestic photographers will be at McLean High School on Monday, March 12 to take cap and gown pictures for the Class of 2007. These photos do not appear in the yearbook but many families like to have them as a keepsake of their child‚ senior year. A cap and gown will be provided for the photo and proofs of the pictures will be sent to each senior's home so you may decide which pictures, if any, to purchase. There is an $8 sitting fee for these portraits. Seniors should bring payment with them to their appointment on March 12.

Appointment times will be mailed home to each senior and will be posted on the yearbook bulletin board in the Red Hallway. Seniors who need to change their appointment time because of conflicts or those who are new to McLean and do not receive an appointment card, should contact Ms. Percival in the Yearbook Room (S105) or e-mail at meghan.percival@fcps.edu prior to March 12 to make the change. There will be no makeup dates.

International Night at Cooper Middle School: food and performances from different countries, Thursday, March 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m. This event is organized by the Foreign Language Department and the PTA, and is open to the entire school. The planning committee is asking students and families to bring ethnic food to share that night. Those interested in participating in, attending or volunteering for the event, should contact Diane Duffy, dduffyfamily@yahoo.com, or Malou Rennert, malouren@msn.com, International Night Chairpersons; Susan Underhill, Susan.Underhill@fcps.edu, Foreign Language Dept. Chair.

Cooper Middle School band students were selected to participate in the District XII Band Festival at Chantilly High School in February. Jessica Rennert, clarinet; David Zandona, bass clarinet; Jeffrey Solomon, trumpet; David Kim, French horn; and Natalie Duncan, French horn.

Poets at Spring Hill Elementary had more of their poems published by Pine Tree Poetry than any other school in Virginia and, as a result, have won a $500 award for the school library. Eleven Spring Hill students in grades 3 to 5 were published; their poetry covers topics including the Civil War, frogs, hot dogs, dandelions, cake, pets, their mothers and fishing. The published poets are third grade students Brandon Arcari, Noushon Fatemi, Alex Lowry, Blake Mintz, Michaela Purdy, and Ananya Suri; fourth grade students Bianca Bowman, Katie Gurian, and Sarah Falls; and fifth grade students Stephanie Dubois and Sloane Tucker. Their poetry will be featured on the school’s morning television show in the next few weeks. Contact news liaison Ruth Donahue at ruth.donahue@fcps.edu.

Ohio Wesleyan University recently honored students who were named on the dean's list. Among them was John Riker Vermilye from McLean, the son of Amee F. Vermilye and Andrew R. Vermilye, who attended Potomac High School. To qualify for the dean's list, students must achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale in at least three unit courses.