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School Notes April 30-May 6

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.

Fairfax County Public Schools' 2nd annual Call to Creativity Poetry Night will be held 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 27 at Westfield High School, 4700 Stonecroft Blvd., Chantilly. The event, which will be in the Lecture Hall, will feature poets from high schools throughout Fairfax County. Many styles of poetry will be performed. Poets are invited to attend and read school-appropriate works. For more information, contact co-sponsor Mary Ellen Webb at maryellen.webb@fcps.edu.

Over 100 Band and Choral students from Franklin Middle School traveled to Atlanta, Georgia to compete in a music competition sponsored by Fiestaval. The Symphonic Band, under the direction of Lawrence Walker, is Franklin’s top band with over 70 members. The Band received a superior rating and a trophy for first place for their performance. The Franklin Singers consists or a group of 30 singers, both male and female that sings 3 and 4 part music. They competed in the Mixed Chorus Division and came away with a superior rating and a trophy for first place. The group is under the direction of Lorraine Neill.

Pleasant Valley Preschool, a nonprofit coperative preschool located in the Greenbriar Community Center at 4615 Stringfellow Road in Chantilly, is now enrolling for the 2009-10 school year. Morning classes for 3 year olds are held on Tuesdays/Thursdays and for 4 year olds on Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays. For more information, call 703-378-6911 or e-mail info@pleasantvalleypreschool.com. Visit www.pleasantvalleypreschool.com.

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.

Kindergarten registration is open at Union Mill Elementary School. Packets are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the main office, 13611 Springstone Drive. 703-322-8504.

The Clifton Presbyterian Church Preschool is now enrolling for the 2009-2010 school year. The preschool offers classes for 3, 4, and 5 year olds. Questions, Gretchen Reamy at 703-830-3175 or Gretchen-cliftonpc@vacoxamil.com

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.

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.

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."

The following Chantilly High School students competed in Harrisonburg at the VHSL State Speech Forensics Tournament:

* Wes Rutherford & Taylor Jarrell – 3rd Place in the state for “Duo Interpretation of Literature” (2-person one-act play)

* Kenny Lau – 2nd Place in the state for “Original Oratory” (delivering a personally written speech)

* “Avi” Jasjot Jaggi – 4th Place in the state for “Original Oratory” (delivering a personally written speech)