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School Notes April 16-22

Hispanos Al Progreso, an initiative for uniting Hispanic families within Westfield High’s community, students and staff, will hold a special event, Friday April 17, from 7-9 p.m., in the school cafeteria. The focus is a dialogue between a Hispanic student panel and Hispanic parents in the audience who’ll explore the question, "What does it mean to be Hispanic in today's high school?" Afterward, Celebration of Fire, a native Bolivian dance group, will perform, and updated information about summer school and other topics of interest to Hispanic families and students will be presented.

St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic School is holding an Open House Session on the following dates:

* Sunday, April 26 from10 a.m. to noon.

* Tuesday, May 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

St. Andrew the Apostle School is now accepting new student registrations to fill student vacancies for the 2009-2010 school year for Preschool thru Grade 8. A non-refundable application fee of $100 will be required at the time of registration. Submit all applications and fees to St. Andrew the Apostle School, 6720B Union Mill Road, Clifton, VA 20124, or drop off applications at the school office.

All registration forms and additional information about St. Andrew the Apostle School may be found on the school’s web site, www.standrew-clifton.org.

Westfield High School Class of 2009 is selling shredded hardwood mulch in an effort to raise funds for this year's grad party at the ESPN Zone. $4.60/Bag (3 cu.ft.) which includes free delivery with a 15 bag minimum purchase. Spreading services will be available as well at $1 per bag. Order by April 18 for delivery on April 25. Visit www.WestfieldHS.Org/ANGP/MulchOrderForm.pdf or 703-402-3134.

Cub Run Elementary will conduct a kindergarten orientation/registration for parents and rising kindergarteners on Monday, April 27 in the school cafeteria. Parents will receive an overview of the curriculum and meet the teachers. Last names beginning with A-L are from 1-2 p.m. and M-Z are from 2-3 p.m. Kindergarten students will visit the classrooms while parents are registering. Bring an original birth certificate, proof of residency (lease or deed) and physical/immunization records. Call the school office at 703-633-7500 for registration forms.

Lees Corner Elementary School is gathering information on children who will be five years old by Sept. 30, 2009 and live within the school’s boundaries. Boundary information can be accessed at www.fcps.edu/boundary/. If you have a child who meets these requirements please call Mrs. Nolan at 703-227-3500. Enrollment information and forms will be mailed out prior to the Monday, April 27 Kindergarten Registration/Orientation. For more information about starting school in FCPS visit http://www.fcps.edu/start.htm

Greenbriar West Elementary School is now accepting information for next year’s Kindergarten classes. Those with a child who will turn five years of age by Sept. 30 should call the school office with the child’s information. The office will be sending out special invitations for the kindergarten orientation which will be held Monday, April 27 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 703-633-6700 for more information.

The 2009 Westfield High School Athletic Booster Club Scholarship is available at www.westfieldathletics.org through the Boosters link. Applications are also available at the WHS career center. Applications must be turned in to the WHS career center, Room G110, by 2:30 p.m. on May 4.

Poplar Tree Elementary will hold its Kindergarten orientation on Thursday, April 30 from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Call 703-633-7400 to add your child's name to the orientation list.

Centreville Elementary will hold its third annual Father Daughter Dance – for Centreville Elementary students – on Friday, May 15, from 6:30-9:30 p.m., at the school. Fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers, brothers, uncles or any other significant male figure are encouraged to take their special girl to this event. Cost is $10 per family and includes a souvenir photograph. Corsages will also be sold, and there’ll be lots of prizes, raffles and refreshments.

Center for Cultural Interchange (CCI), a nonprofit student exchange organization, gives foreign exchange students the opportunity of a lifetime through their Academic Year Program. CCI places 1,000 foreign exchange students from more than 40 countries around the world each year.

All of the students placed by are 15 to 18 years old and are proficient in English. CCI does require a stringent review process for all potential host families. Requirements to host include a separate bed and a quiet place to study, daily meals with the family, some local transportation and treatment of the student as a member of the family. Foreign exchange students are required to bring their own spending money and are insured during their stay. Potential host families can go to http://www.cci-exchange.com/host.htm, e-mail at ayp@cci-exchange.com or call CCI’s toll-free information number at 800-634-4771. To place students for the 2009-10 school year, CCI has a deadline of Aug. 28, 2009, but the process is ongoing in the months before the deadline.

Two local students were named to the Dean's List at Coastal Carolina University for the fall 2008 semester. They are: Tammy R. Banton of Centreville and Bryan J. Nelsen of Chantilly. To qualify for the Dean's List, freshmen must earn a 3.25 GPA and upper classmen must earn a 3.5 GPA.

Te'osha Baker-Bunch of Centreville was named to Hofstra University's Dean's List for the fall of 2008.

The Centreville High Wildcat Music Department presents the following concerts:

* Band /Jazz - May 7, May 14;

* Choir - June 4, June 5;

* Orchestra - May 21;

* Guitar - May 8.

Alexis Reyes of Centreville recently completed a training program at NOVA’s Manassas Campus. Working with Tire Kingdom, the Manassas Campus automotive program created a special, five-week course to teach basic automotive skills and provide employment opportunities.

Sigma Alpha Lambda announces that Caitlin Marie Meslar of Centreville is a member of Sigma Alpha Lambda, National Leadership and Honors Organization at the Montclair State University. Sigma Alpha Lambda is a national leadership and honors organization dedicated to promoting and rewarding academic achievement and providing members with opportunities for community service, personal development and lifelong professional fulfillment.

Meslar is a sophomore and a guard on the MSU women’s basketball team and recently selected to represent the University at the NCAA Leadership Conference in Pittsburgh.

Meslar graduated from Westfield High School and her parents Karen and Walter Meslar reside in Centreville.

The Alpha Iota Zeta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa recently held its fall induction at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. New inductees are, from Centreville: Rebecca Duncan and Philip Shapiro. From Chantilly: Tiffany Sanford.

Clifton Children's Academy is offering a new Accelerated Junior Kindergarten program. It is available to those children who may have just missed the cut-off date for public kindergarten, those children who may not have been quite ready to begin kindergarten this fall, or those children who are excelling on the academic front and are looking for even greater challenges. The program consists of language arts, early math, social studies and science, as well as foreign language and visual arts. The school is located on Compton Road in Centreville. Call the school at 703-968-8455 or visit its Web site at www.childrensacademy.com.

The following students were named to the dean’s list at Virginia Tech: Martin Anderson; Shannon Bell; Sujata Bhattarai; Caise Black; Laura Blue; Andrew Boulanger; Jennifer Boyd; Patricia Cave; Kristen Corey; Michelle Crowson; Gene Davis; Christine DeVito; Laura Dicker; Caroline Doernhoefer.

Two students recently enrolled at Commonwealth ChalleNGe. Jonathan Rocha, Thomas Edison High School, and Ronald Thomas, Centreville Christian.

Young actors in the Northern Virginia area can learn about theatre arts at the Young Actors’ Workshop June 22-26, from 9 a.m. to noon. This workshop is open to elementary school students in rising grades 3-6. Tuition is $100 and classes will be held at Westfield High School in Chantilly. This year’s theme "Steppin’ Out on Broadway!" will allow participants to explore the world of musical theatre with an original children’s production. Westfield Theatre Boosters is now accepting registrations for Young Actors’ Workshop. For enrollment information about camp, visit www.westfieldtheatreboosters.com, e-mail Patti Dezelick at john@dezelick.com, or 703-488-6439.

Eight Chantilly AP Economics students who make up two teams distinguished themselves in the State Economics Challenge in Richmond. The team of Sarah Germain, Matthew Litton, Suraj Malladi and Shawn Vo were first recognized for having the highest score for the on-line competition held state-wide to determine which schools and teams would go to Richmond. The team of David Harsh, Marisa Reed, David Sabo and Muhammed Shakeri won the championship.

Pleasant Valley Preschool is a non-profit cooperative preschool that holds its classes in the Greenbriar Community Center. It offers programs for 3-5 year olds and is enrolling for the 2009-10 school year. Call the school at 703-378-6911 or visit the Web site at www.pleasantvalleypreschool.com for more information. The Community Center is located at 4615 Stringfellow Rd. in Fairfax.

The Clifton Presbyterian Church Preschool is accepting applications for the 2009-2010 school year. It offers classes for the 3, 4, and 5 year olds. Call the preschool office at 703-830-3175 or email: gretchen-cliftonpc@vacoxmail.com.

Centreville Day School is accepting applications for the 2009-2010 school year. Classes are offered for ages 2 1/2 (Mother's Morning Out), 3's, 4's and Pre K. Information about the preschool can be found on the church Web site at www.centreville-umc.org with a link to the preschool. 571-522-1875 or email at dayschool@centreville-umc.org for additional information.

For the first time in the history of Virginia High School Mock Trial, a Northern Virginia team will represent the state at the National Mock Trial competition in Atlanta. Ad Fontes Academy of Centreville won the State Mock Trial tournament, March 28-29, in Williamsburg.

The following newspaper and literary magazine students were winners in the Columbia Scholastic Press Association's Gold Circle Awards. These national awards are the highest available for individual pieces.

* For Andromeda: Marisa Reed: Second Place in "Typography: Use of a designed or art headline" for the spread titled, "The IQ Equation;" The entire staff: Certificate of Merit in "Typography: General use of typography through the magazine;" Alex Ott: Certificate of Merit for "Page design: Literary portfolio" (three spreads by the same designer)

For The Purple Tide: Jessica Albert: First Place for "Op-Ed design: Tabloid format black and white;" Shevy Chaganti and Joe Skopowski: Third Place for "Photo layout: Full-page black and white;" Colleen Cook and Ben Kekoler: Certificate of Merit for "Informational graphics: Black and white/black and white with one color."