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New Year, Same Challenges

Local school leaders address obstacles.

The first day of school may represent a fresh start for students, parents and teachers, but there are a number of ongoing challenges facing schools in Mount Vernon. For School Board member Dan Storck, the new school year is a reminder that these haven’t gone away.

Twilight Rock-n-Run 5K Race at South County High

The South County High School Band has announced the Inaugural Twilight Rock-n-Run 5K Race that will take place on Saturday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m.

School Sights

First day at Lake Braddock Secondary School.

“I’m excited to see friends. And to have Mr. Waiss as a teacher. He’s supposed to be like me, so I’m excited to meet him. We’re waiting for friends, and tired.”

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Special Love Hosts Camp Fantastic

Ninety-nine campers (ages 7-17) with cancer just had an amazing week at Special Love’s Camp Fantastic. Children and teens with cancer from throughout the Mid-Atlantic region including D.C.

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Vienna Students Head Back to School

Fairfax County Public Schools students started the 2014-2015 school year on Sept. 2.

Lake Braddock Student Shines

Lake Braddock Secondary School’s Nathan Bender was selected to represent his school at an all expenses paid Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Conference on the campus of James Madison University in Harrisburg, Va.

New Principal At St. Mark

Darcie Girmus appointed principal of St. Mark Catholic School.

St. Mark Catholic School has announced the appointment of Darcie Girmus as principal for the 2014-2015 Academic Year. Girmus, one of the original founding faculty members of St. Mark Catholic School, has served the School community since its opening in August 2003.

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Eagle Scout Project to Benefit Herndon High Band

Ryan Jasmann, with Boy Scout Troop 157, based out of Herndon United Methodist Church, dedicated his Eagle Scout project to benefit the Herndon High School Band program.

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Herndon High Marching Band Holds Summer Camp

The Herndon High School Marching Band has been preparing and practicing their show, the Final Frontier, since the first week of August. The first two days of camp consisted of 33-member leadership team learning how to be effective leaders of this 147-member band.

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Herndon Elementary Holds Open House

Parents, teachers and students meet before school begins.

Herndon Elementary School (HES) held an open house on Aug. 29 as an opportunity for teachers, parents and students to meet and connect. Fairfax County Public Schools opened Sept. 2, so students could visit their classrooms and get oriented.

Opinion: School Jitters

Most children in our region experienced their first day of school this week. Back to school is an exciting time for students as they shop for new clothes and supplies, learn their schedules, play sports, and meet new teachers. It can also be a stressful time since a new school year means change.

New at Marshall, Oakton High

Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year! As the 10th largest school system in the nation, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) continues to evolve and focus. We reorganized, created a Portrait of a Graduate (, began to develop a strategic plan and multi-year budget.

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A Photo Tour of Springfield Landmarks

Local history in words and pictures.

There is history in our own backyard. While Washington, D.C. is only a few metro stops away, the Franconia Museum in Springfield, though small, offers a taste of local history that visitors are sure to remember.

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Lee High Welcomes New Principal, West Springfield Holds ‘Spartan Spree’

Springfield high schools get ready for a new school year.

Many believe that it is the job of the student to challenge and push themselves in the classroom, but for incoming Robert E. Lee High School Principal, Deirdre Lavery, success begins with the teachers.

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Marshall High Welcomes New Principal

The school looks forward to “utilizing new building to its full potential.”

This year, Marshall High School welcomes its new principal, Jeff Litz, along with new additions constructed in the school’s $55 million renovation.