School Notes

School Notes

Know something that should be featured in School Notes? Awards? Special events? School fairs? Fax a brief write-up to 703-917-0991. Or call Lea Mae Rice at 703-917-6459.

Sydenstricker United Methodist Church's TOT Preschool is registering for the 2007-08 school year. Half-day classes for 3- and 4-year-olds are offered two, three and five days a week. Music, German language and "In house" field trips supplement a developmental learning program. Children/teacher ratios are 12:2 in the 3-year-old class and 15:2 in the 4-year-old class. Located at 8508 Hooes Road, Springfield. call 703-644-6384 or e-mail for information and a school tour.

The Lancer Leaders are Lee High School seniors who offer mentoring services to freshman students. Freshmen who wish to be paired with a Lancer Leader senior mentor can e-mail

Christian Weekday Program, a NAEYC accredited preschool program of Springfield United Methodist Church, accepts registrations for the 2007-08 school year. Half-day classes for children ages 2-5 available for two, three and five days a week. Located at 7047 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield. Call 703-569-3479 or e-mail for more.

Little Explorers is 11 a.m. every Monday, features stories and songs. Every Friday, at 10:30 a.m., Kinderdance, features creative movement for children ages 6 and under. Borders, 6701 Frontier Drive, Springfield. Call 703-924-4894.

The Leslie Sherman Memorial Scholarship is being established at West Springfield High School in memory of Sherman, a graduate of West Springfield who died April 16 at Virginia Tech. To contribute to that Scholarship Fund, write a check to West Springfield High School, with "Leslie Sherman Memorial Scholarship" in the memo line or attached to a letter designating that purpose, and send to West Springfield High School, Finance Office, 6100 Rolling Road, Springfield, VA 22152. All checks will be acknowledged with a letter from the school and the family will be informed of the donation. For more call the school at 703-913-3800.

St. John’s Center for Early Childhood Education takes registration for the 2007-2008 school year. Located at 5312 Backlick Road, Springfield, the center offers classes for 2-, 3- and Pre-K 4-year-olds, with before- and after-school care for children in grades K-5. Call 703-256-7748 for more.

The Robert E. Lee High School in Springfield hosts a reunion for the class of 1987 Saturday, Aug. 4 at the Hilton, 1767 King St., Alexandria. For more information call Great Reunions 1-800-655-7971 or visit

Several local students have been recognized at the state level in the Virginia PTA Reflections program. The theme was "My Favorite Place." Winners are:

* Ryan Maher of Key Middle School, music composition, award of excellence

* Mary Monaco of Hayfield Elementary, Primary Division, film-video production, outstanding interpretation

Hayfield Secondary School’s U.S. History teacher Lynne Dubin was selected to attend the FCPS "Teaching American History" grant program. The program runs for a week during July and takes selected teachers to Washington, D.C., Petersburg and Richmond.

Michael Strausser and Ryan Hunt of the Hayfield Automotive Technology Club won the gold medal and silver medal, respectively, in "motorcycle service technology" at the Skills USA State Championship. Led by Gregory Payne, the pair won more than $6,000 in prizes and scholarships.

The Hayfield Secondary Student Council conducted its elections for the 2007-08 school year. The overall president will be Michael Broome, vice-president is Abebe Kebede, and secretary is Heidi Gaub. Amanda Godfrey was chosen as the senior president and the class officers will be Deztinie Carter, John-Michael Davis and Blake LeBlanc. The 2009 president will be Zach Dalton and the class officers are Hana Abate and Elizabeth Mulugeta. The class of 2010 will be represented by president Arit Barrow and class officers are Kristen Adams, Erika Dommes, Clarice Frye and Meghan Monroney.

Samantha Dodbele and Elena Tenore received the Hodgson Award for earning the top score on their Governor's School applications. Samantha will be attending the school for mathematics and Elena for the mentorship program.

Michael Cammarata was admitted to the Bill of Rights Institute summer program for rising high school juniors and seniors. The program, Leaders and Liberty Honors Symposium, is a course on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Key Middle school student Natalie Heintiz and her sister Michele Heintiz, a student at Springfield Estates Elementary school, sang the National Anthem for the Washington Nationals versus San Diego Padres game on Sunday June 3 at RFK stadium. The sisters also sang "God Bless America" during the seventh-inning stretch.

Ramino Dash, a health and physical education teacher at Key Middle, was awarded the Citizen Award from the Fairfax County Police Department on May 27 for performing the Heimlich maneuver on a student who was choking in the lunchroom.

West Springfield High School student Blake Settle has been awarded at College of Music scholarship to attend The Florida State University. Blake plays the trombone.

Michael Vu of Thomas Edison High School won one of six $3500 scholarships from Inova Fairfax Hospital Auxiliary. He will pursue academic studies in a health care field.

West Springfield High School thanks 2007 sponsors 7-Eleven; MADD of Northern Virginia; Aladdin's Eatery; Alban Tire; Asian Grill; Austin Grill; Barr & Associates; Baskin Robbins; Bowl America; Buffa's Dance Studio and Fitness; Burke United Methodist Church; Cardinal Plaza Shell; Carol Woddell, DDS; Catherine Belter; Celesta Fahey RE/MAX Choice; Chipotle; Coca Cola Enterprises; Collectable Treasures; Container Store;; Madison-Coles Antiques; Marlo Furniture; McDonalds; Medford Leas Homeowners Association; Milano's; Orange Hunt School PTA; Panera Bread; Paul Olenyn, D.D.S.; Popeye's Chicken; Potomac Mills; Potomac Nationals; Preferred Travel; Prosperity Bank & Trust Company; RE/MAX Allegiance; Red, White & Blue; Robert D. Argentieri, D.D.S.; Roger F. Vorcheimer, D.D.S.; Safeway; Sangster PTA; Scott A. Allegretti, D.D.S.; CVS; D.C. United; D2D Computer Services; Shoppers Food Warehouse; Silver Diner; Dandy Restaurant Cruise Ships; Sisterhood of Olam Tikvah; SolMaya Brands; Domino's; Drs. Wallert and Bagden; Southern Iron Works; Springfield Mall; Einstein Bagel; Fair Oaks Mall; Springfield Pediatric Associates; Springfield Toyota, Inc.; Springfield VA Youth Club; Fairfax City Auto Dealers Association; Fairfax County Park Authority; Five Guys Enterprises LLC; Staples; Giant, Cardinal Forest; Starbucks; Glory Days Grill; Sydenstricker United Methodist Women; Subway; Great American Restaurants; Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce; The Washington Redskins; The Woman's Club of Springfield, Inc.; Tippy's Taco House; Virginia Eyecare Center, P.C.; Kings Dominion; Keene Mill Elementary PTA; Joseph Gruberg, D.M.D.; James Gyuricza, D.D.S.; Hilltop Sand & Gravel Co., Inc.; Wal-Mart; Warden Associates; Washington Irving Middle School PTA; Krispy Kreme; L'Auberge Chez Francois; Washington Sports Clubs; Laurence J. Murphy, M.D. and Stacey Staats, M.D.; Wegmans; Lifetouch National School Studios; West Springfield Elementary School PTA; Lina Johnson, D.D.S. and Wit's End.