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Chantilly: ‘Only Excellence Is Good Enough’

CPMSAC celebrates its 30th anniversary.

The Chantilly Pyramid Minority Student Achievement Committee (CPMSAC) has come a long way in 30 years — and there’s more work to be done. But Sunday night, it took time out to celebrate three decades of dedication to area youth.

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Fairfax Station, Springfield and Burke students at Sangster Honor Veterans

When Rachel Heyne sang “Let Freedom Ring” on Veterans Day with her classmates in the Sangster chorus, the message touched her.

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Scouting for Food in Centreville

The annual Boy Scouts Scouting for Food drive was Saturday, Nov. 8. More than 900 Boy Scouts plus more than 800 other volunteers collected, packed and delivered nearly 59,000 pounds of food to Western Fairfax Christian Ministries for its food pantry for local families in need.

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Alexandria: Hopkins House Celebrates 75 Years

Learning center helps shape youngsters’ futures.

With a mission to “Build the foundation for the future,” Hopkins House in Alexandria celebrated 75 years of success on Nov.1.

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Chantilly: ‘And Then There Were None’

Westfield High presents Agatha Christie mystery.

Something is definitely amiss after 10 people are invited to a party on an isolated island in Maine and are killed off, one by one. That’s the premise of the classic mystery by Agatha Christie, and it’s Westfield High’s upcoming play.

Brief: Storytelling Night at SLES

Stratford landing Elementary School is hosting a Storytelling Night on Thursday, Nov. 13. Reading will start at 7 p.m.

Buzz Aldrin Elementary Named a National PTA School of Excellence

National PTA has recognized Buzz Aldrin Elementary School and the Buzz Aldrin Elementary School PTA as a National PTA School of Excellence for their achievement in building effective family-school partnerships.

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Saluting Veterans

The Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Color Guard and a number of veterans attended the annual Patriotic Music Program at Primary Day School in Bethesda this year.

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‘Little Shop of Horrors’ at Churchill

Churchill High School will present “Little Shop of Horrors,” Nov. 14, 15, 21 and 22 from 7-9 p.m. in the school’s auditorium. Tickets, available at door, are $10 for students with ID and $15 for adults.

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Author Inspires Potomac Students To Write

Laura Krauss Melmed describes journey from idea to publication.

Students at Beverly Farms Elementary School learned about the writing process and how a book gets published from children’s book author Laura Krauss Melmed on Nov. 5 and 6. Melmed, who came to the school to read from her first picture book called “The Rainbabies,” is an award-winning author of 20 picture books including lyrical bedtime stories, original tales of magic, holiday books, and nonfiction books about cities and states.

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Halloween Party at Carderock Springs

Julie Stevens' kindergarten class dressed up for the Halloween parade and party at the Carderock Springs Elementary School.

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Haunted House and Carnival in Chantilly

Screams and laughter were both part of Westfield High’s Haunted House and Carnival

Screams and laughter were both part of Westfield High’s Haunted House and Carnival, Oct. 29-30.

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Homecoming 2014

T.C. Williams High School celebrated homecoming on Saturday, Nov. 1.

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Wicked Fun

ACPS students make Halloween visit to the White House.

Forget South Lee Street in Old Town. For 44 fifth-graders from Patrick Henry Elementary School, the White House was the place to be on Halloween.

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Langley’s ‘25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’

Six of Langley High School’s thespians will participate in the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. This is no ordinary bee, though: it is an improvisation musical with hilarious hijinks that will be shown by Saxon Stage at 7 p.m. Nov. 13 to 15 at Mclean Bible Church, and audience members will not be expected to sit in their seats for this one.