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School Notes, April 1-7

Students at Dogwood Elementary School will be able to examine moon rocks and samples of meteorites as part of a partnership with Marymount University education students Thursday, April 2 beginning at 8:30 a.m. The hands-on activity comes at the end of an inter-session class on the solar system and the moon. Students will also participate in

activities that demonstrate the relationship of the sun, Earth, and moon, including the phases of the moon and will perform experiments to see how meteorites form craters.

Kevin L. Moore, Michael Chirila, Tracy L. Tato and Zeb Barcus of Reston were named to Marymount University’s Delta Epsilon Sigma National Honor Society. To be eligible, undergraduates must have completed 75 percent of their requirements with at least a 3.5 grade point average.

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.