Schools April 24-30

Schools April 24-30

Send announcements to the Alexandria Gazette Packet, by e-mail to Deadline is Thursday at noon for the following week’s paper. Photos are encouraged. Call Rebecca Halik at 703-917-6407 with questions.

Bishop Ireton High School has greatly increased summer camp offerings at its Alexandria campus. The variety of camps includes basketball, soccer, football, wrestling and theater. For a brochure and a registration form visit, e-mail, or call 703-212-5190.

To help offset students' prom expenses, the T.C. Williams High School senior class sponsors will hold a Titan Prom Boutique and "Sponsor-a-Tux" program. The boutique needs donations of clean gowns and after-five dresses, which can be delivered to Eleanor Muse in the school library, Tracey Roberson in Academy 2 or Patty Moran in the main office no later than May 5. All sizes are welcome. Monetary donations made to the "Sponsor-a-Tux" program will help pay for tuxedo rentals for students in need. Donations can be sent care of Patty Moran to T.C. Williams High School, 3330 King St., Alexandria, Va. 22302. For more information about these programs, contact Muse at or Moran at or call the school at 703-824-6800.

Six Alexandria City Public School (ACPS) teachers and one Alexandria private school teacher will be honored on Wednesday, May 7. The 2008 recipients of the awards include Kathy Cullinan of George Mason Elementary School, Charlotte Dwyer of Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy, Tina Jobkar of Samuel W. Tucker Elementary School, Jennifer Lay of Minnie Howard School, Tiffany Lee-Clarke of Matthew Maury Elementary School, Marie Peaches of James K. Polk Elementary School and Patricia Dougherty of St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School.

Jefferson-Houston School will hold two after-school sports programs this spring. The Khary Stockton Soccer program will hold a Kicks for Kids class for students in kindergarten through fifth grade April 30 through June 6. In partnership with the Northern Virginia Urban League, the school will host a free six-week after-school golf program, open to all fifth-grade students. Interested students will learn the basic fundamentals of golf starting on May 15. For registration information, contact the school at 703-706-4400.

The public is invited to attend a series of community meetings to share ideas on the type of public art that will honor the memory and contributions of civil rights attorney Charles H. Houston at the Charles Houston Recreation Center, which is currently under construction. The meetings are at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 24 at the Durant Center, 1605 Cameron St. and at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29 at the Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St. For additional information on the community meetings, call the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities at 703-838-6348.

Two Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) staff members and a T.C. Williams High School senior received awards during the 28th annual Salute to Women Awards Banquet sponsored by the Alexandria Commission for Women on March 31 at the Westin Alexandria Hotel.

ACPS recipients include Patricia Moran, who received the Making a Difference Award; and Lucretia Jackson and Giselle Avalos, who received the Youth Community Services Award.

Registration for Northern Virginia Community College’s summer semester begins April 1 for all students. In addition, continuing students are encouraged to plan ahead by enrolling in the fall semester starting April 15. Students who have not taken classes during the past three years may enroll in the fall semester starting June 3. Students may register 24 hours a day, seven days a week at or by telephone at 703-330-3770 or 703-323-3770.

The Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) Special Education Parent Resource Center and Children Together are holding a workshop series on behavior. “Dr. Becky Bailey’s Conscious Discipline” will teach the basic skills of discipline. Sessions will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on the following Tuesdays: April 29. The location is Jefferson-Houston School for Arts and Academics, 1501 Cameron St., Alexandria. All parents, teachers and other school staff can benefit and are invited to this free series. Although the sessions are sequential, you need not attend all to benefit.

To register, call Anne Lipnick at 703-706-4552 or 571-274-2866 or e-mail

For the 22nd consecutive year, the Alexandria City Public Schools Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) will sponsor the Harry Burke Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Special Education. Nomination forms may be submitted to Lillian Fennell, Division of Student Services, Alexandria City Public Schools, 2000 North Beauregard Street, Suite 203, Alexandria, Virginia, 22311. The deadline is 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29. Nomination forms are available from school principals, or on line at .

There will be a Family Support Group meeting on April 22 at 7 p.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Sponsored by the Arc of Northern Virginia. Free. If interested in joining the support group or for questions, call Amber at 703-338-8890 or Sylvia 703-836-4819 or e-mail:

The Higher Achievement Program, in partnership with Alexandria City Public Schools, is recruiting fourth- and fifth-grade students for its Summer Academy 2008. The six-week academy will operate from 7:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. five days a week at George Washington Middle School, 1005 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Recruitment will continue through May 19. To apply on line, please visit Higher Achievement's Web site at For more information, call 202-544-3633.

Alexandria Archaeology will be hosting an archaeology camp for kids this summer, and registrations are being accepted now. Campers will learn professional excavating, recording, and artifact-processing methods as they help uncover Alexandria's buried past while protecting historical resources. The camp is open to children ages 12 through 15. There are two one-week sessions, which run from Monday, July 21 through Friday, July 25, and from Monday, July 28 through Friday, Aug. 1. The camp day starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m., and campers supply their own drinks, snacks and lunch. Camp costs $350 per session and some scholarships are available. Space is limited to just 15 campers per session and a non-refundable deposit of $100 is required to hold a slot. Each camper will receive a commemorative T-shirt. For more information or to register for camp, visit or call 703-838-4399.

Volunteer Fairfax and the ExxonMobil Foundation selected 60 Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C., nonprofit organizations as participants for the 2008 ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program (CSJP). The ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program provides full-time, undergraduate-level college students with an eight-week, paid internship to experience operations in a nonprofit community environment. College students interested in the ExxonMobil-funded internship may visit the Volunteer Fairfax Web site,, to obtain a list of participating local agencies, internship descriptions and agency contacts. Interested college students should apply directly to the selected agencies.

NOVA Kids War game Summer Camp makes Civil War history come alive. Through miniature war gaming the campers will learn about strategy, tactics and history of the Civil War. Each child will paint his or her own "squad" of soldiers and use them in a series of war games
 that they will learn based on actual conflicts in Virginia. Camp sessions run Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. for children ages 10-13. $250/child includes all materials. Need to bring own lunch or snack. Camp runs June 16-20; June 23-27; July 7-11; July 14-18; July 21-25; July 28-Aug. 1; Aug. 4-8; and Aug. 11-15. Located at Mount Vernon Unitarian Church, 1909 Windmill Lane. Registration is due by May 15. Contact James at 571-289-0981 or

Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) elementary schools are holding open houses and/or school tours designed primarily for parents of rising kindergartners and other new ACPS students. If you are not sure to which school your child is assigned, please call 703-824-6710 or refer to the on-line Attendance Zone Locator at Call the individual school if you have further questions about visiting or enrollment.

Here are the scheduled events, listed by school:

* Charles Barrett Elementary School, 1115 Martha Custis Drive, 703-824-6960 – Tours take place from 9-10 a.m. on Wednesdays.

* George Mason Elementary School, 2601 Cameron Mills Road, 703-706-4470 –1 p.m. on March 28. Tours are given at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesdays.

* William Ramsay Elementary School, 5700 Sanger Ave., 703-824-6950 – Tours take place at 9 a.m. on Wednesdays.

* Samuel W. Tucker Elementary School, 435 Ferdinand Day Drive, 703-933-6300 – Tours take place at 10 a.m. on Thursdays.

Because all Alexandria City Public Schools were closed Friday, Feb. 22, due to inclement weather, the day will be made up Monday, April 28. April 28 is built into the school calendar as Make-up Day #1 and would have been a day off for students and staff if it wasn't needed as a make-up day. ACPS calendars can be viewed online at .

Jay Matthews of Alexandria was among a team of students at Davis & Elkins College to be awarded a first place prize of $1,000 from the West Virginia High Technology Consortium (WVHTC) Foundation. Matthews is majoring in computer science and math and is the son of Herbert and Dawn Matthews.

* Anthony Arsta of Alexandria graduated with a Master of Business Administration from the College of Commerce at DePaul University.

Blake Learmonth, of Alexandria, (22305), recently graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Learmonth received a Master of Arts degree in Graphic Design.

Lauren Tesh of Alexandria was named to the fall 2007 dean’s list at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. She is a doctor of pharmacy student.

Macken Lindsay of Alexandria, was recently inducted into the Virginia Tech chapter of Chi Sigma Iota Honor Society.

Jessica Caolo of Alexandria, was recently inducted into the Virginia Tech chapter of Chi Sigma Iota Honor Society.

Christina Shiroma, a graduate of St. Stephen and St. Agnes School and a senior philosophy major at The College of Wooster, received the D. Ivan Dykstra Philosophy Roundtable Book Prize at Wooster’s 38th annual Recognition Banquet on Feb. 22.

Alexandria resident Jackson P. Fitzsimmons, seventh grade student at Browne Academy, has been notified by the National Geographic Society that he is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2008 Virginia Geographic Bee, sponsored by Plum Creek. The 2008 Virginia Geographic Bee will be held at Shenandoah University on Friday, April 4.

The following local students received honors at Emory College for the spring 2007 semester:

* Anne Patton of Alexandria, daughter of Oliver B Patton and Barbara A Van Gelder, was named to the dean's list of Emory College, the undergraduate, liberal arts college

* Cole Youngner of Alexandria, son of Mr Larry D Youngner, was named to the dean's list of Emory College, the undergraduate, liberal arts college

Three T.C. Williams High School seniors earned Gold Key Awards for their artworks in the 2008 Scholastic Art and Writing Award Competition. Abigail Dillingham earned two Gold Key Awards for a painting titled "Self Portrait" and a mixed media work titled "Found Landscape." Claire Ennslin received a Gold Key Award for her drawing "Still Life with Books," and Sarah Zuidema garnered a Gold Key Award for her drawing titled "Nude Study." The students received lapel pins and certificates.

Students can register for “Summer Music Camp” through May 2. Camps are June 30-July 25 from 9:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. at Douglas MacArthur Elementary School, 1101 Janneys Lane. Information and registration forms are available on line at .

Songserea Wood, a student at T.C. Williams High School, is a finalist in Safeway’s Lucerne® Art of Diary™ “Cows & History” Art Contest. Wood, a senior from Alexandria, is a student who takes art under the instruction of teacher Holly Langenfeld. The title of her submission is “Bovine Ends an Epidemic.”

T.C. Williams High School seniors Kierra L. Gambrell and Wasim Abdurahman Kabir, are among nine local students who received Northern Virginia Urban League scholarships during the organization’s 18th annual Community Service Scholarship Awards Dinner, held April 4.

George Mason Elementary School received a $1,000 grant from Washington Capitals Charities during the final installment of the hockey team’s Caps Care Click to Win promotion. The school won the award for boasting the highest attendance percentage rate among the Caps Care Click to Win schools attending the Capitals game against the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday, April 3.