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Week in McLean

Community Dialogue on Student Discipline at McLean High

The Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) Ad Hoc Community Committee on Students Rights and Responsibilities will host five meetings in February to discuss student discipline. The purpose of the meetings will be to obtain input and feedback on current FCPS disciplinary practices and discuss the committee's preliminary recommendations to the FCPS School Board for changes to the Student Rights and Responsibilities handbook.

The following meeting is scheduled in the Dranesville District:

*Thursday, Feb. 7, 7 to 9 p.m.—McLean High School Cafeteria, 1633 Davidson Road, McLean

Anyone who is not able to attend a meeting is welcome to email comments to Community_Dialogues@fcps.edu or send by U.S. Mail to: FCPS Office of Intervention and Prevention Services, ATTN: SR&R, 3877 Fairfax Ridge Road, Fairfax, VA 22030.

Spanish and Korean interpreters will be available at each meeting. To register for this service and to indicate a preferred language, visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/CommunityDialogue.

For more information or for dates and times for other meetings in Fairfax County please visit www.fcps.edu/dss/ips/srr/committee/dialogue-meetings.shtml.

Discussing Health Care Legislation

The McLean Area Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Saturday, Feb. 16, meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. at the McLean Community Center. The invited guest speaker, Aryanna Abouzari, has been asked to speak on health care legislation. She serves as the Affordable Care Act outreach specialist for the United States Department of Health & Human Services in Region III.

Several issues will be discussed at the Branch business meeting, including the make-up and functions of the branch board, the formula for allocation of net book sale profits and proposed changes to the branch’s three governing documents: by-laws; policy statement; and, standing rules. An opportunity to help at a school project at Kent Gardens Elementary School will also be discussed. Contact Mary Ellen at 703-790-5550.

Sheriff's Office Announces Scholarship Opportunity

If you are currently enrolled in a Virginia college or university and are pursuing a degree in the field of criminal justice then you are eligible to apply for a college scholarship from the Virginia Sheriff's Institute (VSI) Scholarship program. Scholarships are available to both full and part-time students.

As part of the application process, Fairfax County Sheriff Stan Berry must submit a letter of recommendation on behalf of the applicant. A letter can be obtained by contacting Lieutenant Steve Elbert at shf-pio@fairfaxcounty.gov or by calling 703-246-3250.

Founded in 1981, the Virginia Sheriff's Institute is a non-profit professional and educational organization. In May 2012, the VSI Scholarship Committee awarded 63 scholarships for a total of more than $30,000. There are $500 scholarships available for full-time students and $250 scholarships available for part-time students. The number and amount of scholarships awarded each year varies depending on the number of eligible students and the amount of money that is raised.

For more information on the VSI Scholarship Program or to download an application, visit vasheriffsinstitute.org/scholarship/.