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Schools, Feb. 11-17

Terraset Elementary will celebrate the 200th birthday of President Abraham Lincoln with a recitation of the Gettysburg Address during the week of Feb. 9-13. Two sixth grade students will dress as Lincoln for the recitation and there will be an interview with the students portraying the former president. Primary grade students will draw pictures of Lincoln that will be scanned into a computer for a slide show and shown on the in-house morning news show. Fifth grade students will compose poems and draw pictures of Lincoln that will be made into a collage to be hung in the school cafeteria. The entire school will sing songs about Lincoln Thursday, Feb. 12, during the morning television news show. Contact principal Ellen Cury at 703-390-5600 or ellen.cury@fcps.edu or event liaison Josie Stanmyre at josie.stanmyre@fcps.edu.

Learn about post-secondary education options at a workshop entitled "What Am I Going To Do After High School?" Wednesday, Feb. 25, 7-8:30 p.m. at South Lakes High School, 11400 South Lakes Drive, Reston. Free. E-mail Natashi.Anthony@fcps.edu or call 571-423-4150 to register.

The League of Reston Artists (LRA) announced the opening of their 2009 scholarship program. The scholarships are open to aspiring artists who are seniors at any Fairfax County high school. Applicants must be an art/photography student at his/her high school and must have applied to, or been accepted at, an art school or program at a college or university, for the summer or fall 2009 term. Completed applications must be received by the LRA at P.O. Box 2513, Reston, VA 20195-2513 by Feb. 28. Visit www.leagueofrestonartists.org for details.

Learn about secondary school options at a free seminar Wednesday, Feb. 25, 7-8:30 p.m. at South Lakes High School, 11400 South Lakes Drive, Reston.

Students from Carson, Herndon and Hughes Middle Schools and Herndon and South Lakes High Schools won regional awards in the Scholastic Art Awards competition sponsored by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. Their work will be on display at Northern Virginia Community College’s Ernst Community Cultural Center in Annandale Friday, Feb. 13-Thursday, Feb. 26. An awards ceremony for Gold and Silver Key winners is planned for Tuesday, Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m.

The Sunrise Valley Elementary Green Team has received a Johnnie Forte, Jr., Memorial Grant to support the school’s butterfly garden. The Green Team, a sixth grade leadership team, will use the funds to purchase a composter to recycle leaves and grass clippings gathered at the school. Once it is ready, the compost produced by the recycling will enrich the soil of the butterfly garden. The garden is available to all Sunrise Valley classes as they study science and stewardship of the environment. Contact principal Elizabeth English at 703-715-3800 or elizabeth.english@fcps.edu.

Students at Terraset Elementary are collaborating to create tutorials for other students to use. Working in pairs, the students select a topic, create a storyboard and a script, and use the SMART BoardTM recorder to capture their actions and their voices. Teachers post the tutorials on their FCPS 24-7 Learning sites to use for unit or Standards of Learning (SOL) test review. Students also work with teachers from other grade levels so that the older students make videos for the younger ones. Videos can be seen at www.fcps.edu/TerrasetES. Contact principal Ellen Cury at 703-390-5600 or ellen.cury@fcps.edu or news liaison Heather Dix at heather.dix@fcps.edu.