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.

Art in the Schools and International Night is Thursday, March 13 at 6 p.m. at Hayfield Elementary School, 7633 Telegraph Road, Alexandria. 703-924-4500.

The West Springfield High School Senior Art Show and Pyramid Art Exhibit is Tuesday, March 25 from 7-8:30 p.m. at Orange Hunt Elementary School, 6820 Sydenstricker Road, Springfield. 703-913-6800.

Lynbrook Elementary school, Crestwood Elementary School and Garfield Elementary School sponsor a community blood drive Monday, March 31 from 2-7 p.m. at Lynbrook, 5801 Backlick Road, Springfield. Call the American Red Cross for an appointment at 1-800 GIVE LIFE (1-800-448-3543).

West Springfield High School Theatre Department presents Meredith Willson's “The Music Man” on Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 3 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the High School Auditorium, 6100 Rolling Road, Springfield. Tickets: $10.00/students, $15/adults at the door or online at 703-913-3800.

The Hayfield Secondary School It’s Academic Team, led by seniors Laura Murray, Sam Dodbele and Sandro Gvakharia and junior Greg Hyde, represented Hayfield at the district meet recently. The team came in third place overall and second place in total points.

Hayfield Secondary School business teacher Nancy Dolan and her students spent a day recently at the Fairfax County Circuit Court where they witnessed contract dispute cases that correlated with their curriculum.

Hayfield Secondary students won two awards at the Northern Virginia Regional Scholastic Arts Competition:

* Morgan Williams, Certificate of Merit, computer art

* Rachel Aarhus, Silver Key, digital imagery

Hayfield Secondary cosmetology department students Stephanie Cao and Giovanna Herbes won first place in the Nail Competition in the Patriot District championship.

The Hayfield Secondary School theater department performed Dan LaRoque's "Man Woman Flower" at the Patriot District One-Act Play Festival. They tied for second place with Lake Braddock Secondary. Cast members:

* Mark Rascati, voted to the All-Star cast

* Robert Shropshire, voted to the All-Star cast and nominated for Outstanding Actor Award

* Ariel Shine, nominated for Outstanding Actor Award

* Robbie Mack, nominated for Outstanding Actor Award

* Cole Eskridge

* Rachel Brisson

* ArDonna Hamilton

The Hayfield Science Olympiad team participated in the George Washington University Science Olympiad National Invitational:

* Sandro Gvakharia, Nikhil Khera, first place, Physics Lab

* Josh Trebach, Sandro Gvakharia, second place, Write It, Do It

* Cole Eskridge, Samantha Dodbele, third place, Food Science

* Kelsey O’Hara, Cole Eskridge, fourth place, Ecology

* Cole Eskridge, Kelsey O’Hara, fifth place, Protein Modeling

* Kelsey O’Hara, Connie Chee, fifth place, Oceanography

* Rachel Brisson, Joanna Pangilinan, fifth place, Health Science

* Cole Eskridge, Josh Trebach, sixth place, Forensics

Katie Barkley and Rachael Kester, Lee High School students and editors of yearbook The Shield, are finalists in the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) Pacemaker Awards. Adviser is Erinn Harris.

TOT Preschool, located at Sydenstricker UMC, 8308 Hooes Road, Springfield, is registering 3- and 4-year-olds for the 2008-09 school year. Half-day classes available two, three or five days per week. Pre-K program available five days a week from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Music/movement class weekly, foreign language classes for 4-year-old students. Student/teacher ratios: 3-year-olds 12:2, 4-year-olds 15:2. Call 703-644-6384 or e-mail

St. John’s Center for Early Childhood Education accepts registration for the 2008-09 school year. Located at 5312 Backlick Road, Springfield, the school offers preschool classes for ages 2, 3, 4, 5 and pre-k. Before and after-school program. Call 703-256-7748 or e-mail

Springfield Estates Elementary School is celebrating its 50th anniversary and seeks old yearbooks, photos/news clippings of the school and activities that took place at the school or anecdotes. Also collecting addresses and phone numbers of former students, teachers and staff members from 1958 to the present. Mail the organizing committee at Springfield Estates Elementary School, 6200 Charles Goff Drive, Springfield, VA 22150, call 703-921-2300 or e-mail

Robert E. Lee High School Library is accepting used book donations through March for its annual book sale. Fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, cookbooks, college textbooks and others are welcome; library located at 6450 Franconia Road, Springfield. Proceeds will help the library buy new books/materials. For more information call 703-924-8370.