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Potomac Event Brought in Supplies for the New School Year

More than 1,000 Montgomery County school children began the school year with new backpacks and school supplies thanks to the generosity of some Potomac residents.

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Potomac: Animals Can Help Patients with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Animals can help patients with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders heal.

Wearing her long dark hair in pigtails and a backwards baseball cap, Leah Schuman peered curiously over a low fence into a pen of miniature llamas.

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Potomac: First Day of School

Montgomery County Public Schools welcomed more than 156,000 students for the first day of the 2015–2016 school year on Monday, Aug. 31, the largest enrollment in the district’s history.

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Arlington: Students at Gunston Middle Learn Life Skills

Elective wheel exposes students to variety of courses.

Handbooks are ready, supplies have been ordered and teachers have been getting acquainted with their new classrooms.

Citing Student Mental Health as a Priority

New student representative on School Board shares focus of his predecessor.

Dressed in a suit and tie to a casual meeting at Ted’s Bulletin, it’s not hard to tell that Ben Press, a rising senior at James Madison High School, is no ordinary teenager.

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McLean: Inspiring Students to Speak Up

McLean High students work with the Longfellow Middle School’s debate team and D.C.’s Stanton Elementary to improve students’ public speaking skills.

Public speaking: these two words strike fear in almost anyone, whether 6 years old or 60. McLean High School senior Michelle Ma tackles this fear one child at a time through “The Speak Up Initiative.”

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Alexandria: ‘Our Promise — That Every Student Succeeds’

Alexandria City Public Schools is quite literally on the move! Our students are showing clear growth based on our latest Standards of Learning (SOL) test data. The largest increases were seen in English and math, which were targeted focus areas during the past year.

Volunteer Literacy Tutors Still Needed

For 89 Alexandria kindergarteners and first graders.

Think about your favorite book as a child. Go ahead, close your eyes, and remember all of the feelings and memories that it evokes. Do you feel proud because it was the first book you read on your own? Was it the first time that you felt connected to someone? Did it make you laugh or giggle? My favorite book as a child was ”Stellaluna” by Janell Cannon. It was the first time I felt transported to another world, and ever since then, I've been hooked.

Alexandria Snapshot: Back-to-School Supply Drive

The local chapter of the National Forum of Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) participates yearly with Alexandria City Public Schools in collecting items for an annual back-to-school supply drive. James Hunt is the president of the Alexandria Metro Chapter of NFBPA.

Mount Vernon Brief: Providing Back-to-School Haircuts

Firefighters will sponsor back-to-school children’s haircuts on Wednesday, Sept. 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Gum Springs Community Center, 8100 Fordson Road.

Alexandria Snapshots: Early Start

Alexandria City Public Schools kicked off its week-long Kindergarten Prep (K-Prep) program and two-day Middle School Prep programs last week with the aim of having every child acclimated to their new environment and routines and ready for learning on the first day of school.

Chantilly Still Learning to Play Without its All-Star

Chargers finished 6A North region runner-up in 2014.

As Kyler Zampiello (class of 2015) prepares to play in her first field hockey game at James Madison University, the Chantilly Chargers are preparing to play their first game without her. A first-team all-region selection in 2013 and 2014, Zampiello led the Chargers from the goal.

Preparing for the Start of School in the Fall

Putting all of the puzzle pieces together.

Boxes filled with Swanson Middle School assignment books and textbooks are stacked high in the Main Office while the roar of the waxing machine is heard down the hall.

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New Principal at Rachel Carson Middle

School to hold first Panther Palooza, back-to-school nights.

The 2015-16 school year is almost here, and Rachel Carson Middle School has a big change for its students this year – a new principal.

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McLean Teacher Trained to Teach About the Holocaust

Cristian Manoatl doesn’t claim the most traditional approach to his own schooling when he was a McLean High School student.

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