School Notes

School Notes

School Notes are for awards and achievements, as well as special events. Send information via e-mail to, 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.

The Madison High School band and color guard will hold its annual tag day Saturday Sept. 8. Chaperoned students will go door to door throughout the school community of Vienna and Oakton soliciting contributions and thanking the community for its support. Tag day is an important fund-raiser that helps with equipment, travel, supplemental instruction and other costs for the group.

Back-to-school nights for the Madison High School pyramid schools:

Cunningham Park Elementary School: for all students, 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20.

Flint Hill Elementary School: for all students, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25.

Louise Archer Elementary School: for all students, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19.

Marshall Road Elementary School: for all students, 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17.

Vienna Elementary School: for all students, 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20.

Wolftrap Elementary School: for all students, 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20.

Cedar Lane School: open house for grades 9-12, 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18.

Madison High School: for all students, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18.

Back-to-school nights for the Oakton High School pyramid schools:

Mosby Woods Elementary School: for grades K-3, 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10; for grades 4-6, 7 p .m. Monday, Sept. 17.

Oakton Elementary School: for grades 1 and 2 Tuesday, Sept. 18; for kindergarten and 3-6, Wednesday, Sept. 19. Schedule both nights: 6:45-7:15 p.m., welcome for new families; 7:15-8 p.m., Session I; 8:15-9 p.m. Session II.

Waples Mill Elementary School: for morning preschool and kindergarten, grades 1-3 and Upper FLEX, 6:30-7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11; for afternoon preschool and kindergarten, grades 4-6 and primary FLEX, 7:45-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 11.

Carson Middle School: for grade 7, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20; for grade 8, 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27.

Oakton High School: for grades 9 and 10, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19; for grades 11 and 12, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26.

Back-to-school nights for the Marshall High School pyramid schools:

Freedom Hill Elementary School: for all students, 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 20.

Lemon Road Elementary School: for all students, 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10.

Stenwood Elementary School: for all students, 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20.

Westbriar Elementary School: for all students, 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20.

Kilmer Middle School: for all students, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6.

Kilmer Center: for all students, 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27.

Davis Career Center: for all students, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25.

Marshall High School: for all students, 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27.

Pimmit Hills High School: for all students, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4.

The Louise Archer Elementary School PTA announces four Safe Routes To School/Safety seminars. The seminars will be held in the Louise Archer Elementary School library, 324 Nutley St., Vienna, at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 10; Tuesday, Sept. 20; Thursday, Sept. 20; and Wednesday, Sept. 26. The seminars are open to the public. Safe Routes to School is a national and international movement to create safe and convenient opportunities for children to bicycle and walk to school. Safe Routes to School provides a variety of benefits to children and their communities, including improved health, reduced traffic congestion, better air quality, and enhanced neighborhood safety. Visit or e-mail John Sweeney at

Oakton native Julie Fox, a rising senior at Grove City College in Pennsylvania, was recently honored with induction into the Alpha Theta Mu chapter of Mortar Board. The award was presented at the conclusion of the 2006-2007 academic year at Grove City College at Recognition Convocation in May.

Two Vienna students were named to the Messiah College dean’s list for the spring semester: Brittany Hedges, a senior majoring in sport and exercise science, and Sarah Mosteller, a sophomore.

Keith Diggs of Vienna, son of David S. Diggs and Darcy Lewis Diggs, was named to the dean’s list of Emory College in Atlanta, Ga., for the spring semester.

Bridget Vaughn of Vienna, daughter of Mr. John F. Vaughn, was named to the dean’s list at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Conn., an independent secondary school.

The University of Mary Washington named 686 students to the dean’s list for the spring 2007 semester, including the following Vienna, Oakton and Dunn Loring residents: recent graduates Amber Moore and Jasmine Junk; seniors Ali Coyle, Sukriti Gujral, Leigh Kampman, Nicole Crerie, Karen Pegnato, William Swanson, Emily Ratzenberger, Kimberly Miller; juniors Katherine Malpeli, Nicole Barrea, Fenwick Gilroy, Carla Medina, Margaret Graybeal; and sophomores Mary Wagoner and Varin Zimmermann. Vienna resident Mary Burke, a sophomore, was named to the president’s list.

Bryan A. Kobick of Vienna has been named to first honors on the Clark University dean’s list for spring 2007. Kobick is a member of the Class of 2009, studying sociology, and he is a graduate of Madison High School.

Several local students were named to the spring 2007 dean’s list at Washington University in St. Louis. They are: Claire Kelly of McLean, a graduate of the Madeira School; Eric Reif of McLean, a graduate of Langley High School; Caroline Gutman of McLean; and Matthew Wong of Vienna, a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.

Colleen Fulco, daughter of Bruce and Judith Fulco of Vienna, was named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Lynchburg College. A graduate of James Madison High School, Colleen is a junior nursing major.

Robert Kyle McDaniel has been accepted by Hampden-Sydney College and will enroll with a President's Award in August 2007. Kyle is a graduate of Randolph-Macon Academy and is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert R. McDaniel of Oakton.

William Thomas Hillman Terzian, a rising senior at Hampden-Sydney College, was named to the dean’s list for the second semester of the 2006-2007 academic year. To earn this distinction, students must achieve at least a 3.3 semester grade point average out of a possible 4.0. Hillman is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Philip H. Terzian of Oakton and is a graduate of Oakton High School.

An Oakton student was among the 550 graduates awarded diplomas at Denison University's recent commencement. Blair Rachel Deckard, daughter of Susan and Cliff Deckard of Oakton, received a bachelor of arts degree with a Spanish and international studies double major. A graduate of James Madison High School and a dean's list student, Deckard was inducted into Phi Society, and Rho

Lambda (Greek honorary), and was awarded Denison's Dean's Award, and a Provost Scholarship. She studied abroad during her junior year in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Deckard also volunteered for Colleges Against Cancer, served on the Denison Lecture Series, and on the Senior Class Gift Committee 2007. She also was a member of Denison's varsity field hockey team and is a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority.

Loras College Provost Cheryl R. Jacobsen, announced the names of 425 students who achieved Dean’s List status for the 2007 Spring semester, which included John P. Podboy of Vienna. A student must earn a 3.5 grade point average and carry a minimum of 12 credit hours to be recognized.

Several Vienna and Oakton students were recently inducted to the National Honor Roll. From James Madison High School, Akanksha Arora, Ashley E. Best, Megan S. Soffer, Traci M. Tingle. From George C. Marshall High School, Samina Chhatwal, Maggie O’Brien, Caitlin M. Quinn, Taskeen Raza. From Oakton High School, Thomas H. Cusack and Yun J. Jang. From Flint Hill School, Manuel Dollwet and Arjun Gupta. Other inductees were Eric M. Kurtzke, from Bishop Denis J. O’Connel High School; John McCarthy from Gozaga College High School; William Q. Nguyen from McLean High School; Anita Sapre from Peddie School; Samira Sheikh from Word of Life Christian Academy.

Project Learning Tree announced recently that Wolftrap Elementary School will receive one of the organization’s $1000 GreenWorks! grants. The grant will fund a "Bird by Bird" habitat project, creating different garden areas to appeal to different bird species, as part of the school’s ongoing Growing Together Gardens effort. According to Wolftrap’s Growing Together Gardens Coordinator, Joanne Hardison, "the diminishing habitat for native songbirds is something that can be directly observed by students and easily incorporated into curricula at every grade level. Restoring native bird habitat is an achievable goal for the Green Works grant and sets an example for the community of what we can accomplish together." For more information about Project Learning Tree and its GreenWorks! program, visit

Donations to local groups: the Dyer-Gunnell Post (Post 180) of the American Legion, based in Vienna, and Louise Archer Elementary PTA can benefit from on-line shopping, especially during the holiday shopping season. Visit and click on any of the 410 participating stores, then complete an on-line purchase. The groups will receive a cash rebate or a percentage of the purchase, from 1 to 25 percent.