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Week in Reston

SAIUC’s Leidos Moves To Reston Town Center

Tysons Corner-based SAIC announced Monday, Aug. 12, that Leidos, its national security, health and engineering solutions business, will be headquartered in Fairfax County. The company said it signed a lease with Boston Properties for office space located at 11951 and 11955 Freedom Drive, named One and Two Freedom Square respectively, within the Reston Town Center complex.

SAIC has long been one of Fairfax County’s largest employers, and in 2009 relocated its headquarters to the Tysons Corner area. It announced it would split into two independent, publicly traded companies. The separation is planned to occur through a spin-off of the company's technical, engineering and enterprise information technology services business, which will continue the SAIC name and remain headquartered at 1710 SAIC Drive in Tysons Corner. Leidos (pronounced LIE-dose) is the other part of the split.

Gerald L. Gordon, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, said SAIC has been a valued member of the business community for years. He said this is because they bring not just jobs, but because they are amongst the absolute best corporate citizens in America.

Area Teachers, Programs Honored

Six Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) teachers and two programs were recognized for excellence in technology and engineering education in Virginia by the Virginia Technology and Engineering Education Association (VTEEA) at its annual conference held last week.

The following teachers and programs were recognized by VTEEA:

  • Doug Kaltenbaugh and Oakton High School were recognized for the VTEEA High School Program of the Year.

  • Kara Fahy, Nancy Rowland, Rachael Domer and Fort Belvoir Elementary School were recognized for the VTEEA Elementary Program of the Year.

  • Timothy Threlkeld of Hughes Middle School was recognized as the Northern Regional Middle School Teacher of the Year.

  • John Alukonis of West Springfield High School was recognized as the Northern Regional High School Teacher of the Year.

Program of the Year recipients will also be recognized for program excellence at the national level by the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) at its annual conference in March 2014.

GRACE to Celebrate Four Decades

The 2013-2014 exhibition season begins with a celebration of GRACE's 40th anniversary—40 for 40: Celebrating Four Decades of GRACE will feature 40 artists who have exhibited at GRACE, or have been closely involved with the organization over the course of the past four decades. The exhibition will include works by respected area artists connected to the institution's founding, as well as artists with national resumes who have exhibited at GRACE. The opening reception will be held on Thursday, Sept. 12, 6-9 p.m. at GreaterRestonArtsCenter, 12001 Market Street, Suite 103, in Reston. Contact: 703-471-9242, info@restonarts.org or restonarts.org