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‘An Awesome Experience’

Chantilly High student attends Governor’s German Immersion Academy.

Chantilly High senior Kate Meyer is such a fan of German culture and language that she spent three weeks of her summer immersed in it. She attended the Virginia Governor’s German Immersion Academy at Washington and Lee University in Lexington.

Cotman Honored as Middle School Counselor of Year

Liberty's Paula Cotman honored among 100 middle school counselors in the county.

Liberty Middle School counselor Paula Cotman of Fairfax was named Middle School Counselor of the Year for Fairfax County Public Schools on Aug. 20 — from a roster of about 15 counselors nominated for the award. There are roughly 580 counselors in the county; and about 100 or so work in middle schools.

Thirty-Six FCPS Students Named to Virginia Honors Choir

Vocal musicians from 14 Fairfax County public schools have been named to the Virginia Honors Choir for 2014. This select choir is open only to the top 125 singers from around the Commonwealth of Virginia, and is the highest honor a choir student can attain during his or her high school career.

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A Dream Come True

Alexandria Book Shelf Turns 1, dedicates MVCS location.

Summer school paid off for Mount Vernon Community School principal Peter Balas, who officially opened the newest Alexandria Book Shelf Oct. 6 as part of the DreamDog Foundation literacy program.

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A Medieval Book Fair at Polk

Hundreds of students and their families attended the annual book fair at Polk Elementary School on Monday evening, Oct. 20.

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Herndon High Pumps up SAT Average

Most improved among county schools.

Herndon High School did it. The school made the biggest gains in their Scholastic Assessment Test - more commonly known as SAT - scores among all other high schools in the county.

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Texting While Driving Examined at Langley

Langley High School students learn safety through simulator.

Hanna Hunt was behind the wheel, phone in hand. When a text popped up, she had a choice. Would she answer it? Hunt, a senior at Langley High School, was playing a simulated driving game during lunch, so when she “crashed” her car earlier that day, she walked away with zero consequences. The simulator was a part of the school’s theme of the year - road safety - in partnership with AT&T’s It Can Wait campaign to give students a reality check on Oct. 16 for how texting on their phone affects their driving.

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Homecoming Parade for Westfield

Westfield High’s Homecoming Parade was Friday, Oct. 17, in Centreville.

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Fractured Shaft Stops Colvin Run Mill

Tours and interpretations of the Great Falls historic site continue.

Grinding with the main stones at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site has come to a stop for the next few months. Miller Mason Maddox found a crack in the main axle of the site’s water wheel, which catches the water flowing through the millrace and powers the mill.

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Walking Dead

Clifton residents put on a bigger, scarier Haunted Trail on Saturday, Oct. 25.

Julie Thompson isn’t a voodoo priestess. But the stay-at-home mother, of Clifton plays, one, one night of the year, in a skit for Clifton’s Haunted Trail.

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Centreville Wildcats on Parade

Centreville High’s Homecoming Parade was Friday, Oct. 17, in Little Rocky Run.

Focus on Domestic Violence

Domestic violence shelters and awareness organizations are hoping to build on the response they’ve seen since the Ray Rice abuse case escalated in a very public way.

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Police Investigating Death of Robinson Sophomore

Family, friends, school community mourn Brooke Buesking.

The Robinson community is coping with the loss of sophomore Brooke Buesking. On Oct. 15 Fairfax County Police found her body close to train tracks by Sideburn and New Guinea Roads, the Burke area where they’d gotten a report of someone being hit by a train.

Afterschool Programs

Great for children, working parents and the community.

A timely report hit the streets last week that zeros in on the powerful impact of after-school hours on children, parents and communities.

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‘The President’s Own’ Perform in McLean

The President’s Own” United States Marine String Quartet performed to an enthusiastic audience of fourth through sixth graders and their teachers at Churchill Road Elementary School on Tuesday, Oct. 7.