Alexandria Commentary: Improving Academic Achievement

Academic achievement is not accidental but rather the result of a sustained focus on rigor, relevance, engagement and coherence. At its best, academic achievement reflects a relentless determination to reach and teach all students.

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Fairfax County Facing More Budget Strain

County Executive and FCPS Superintendent present adverse forecasts.

Days before the traditional loosening of belts for Thanksgiving, Fairfax County officials discussed the need for tightening theirs.

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Eagle Scout Projects at Churchill Road Elementary School

Four Eagle Scout candidates from Troop 128 have recently completed their service projects at Churchill Road Elementary School. During October and November, Langley High School junior Jake Holzapfel created a gravel bed for the school’s four composters.

Area Students to be Featured in Sleepless in America

Students from Langley High School and Oakton High School, Superintendent Karen K. Garza, and Fairfax County School Board member Sandy Evans will be featured in Sleepless in America, a television show on sleep deprivation produced by the National Geographic Channel, premiering Sunday, Nov. 30, at 8 p.m.

Potomac: Pesticide use restrictions proposed

Montgomery County Council Vice President George Leventhal recently introduced legislation restricting the use of certain chemicals (pesticides and herbicides) that are dangerous to human health and are not necessary for a healthy, lush, green lawn.

Potomac: A Brilliant Success with One Exception

The Potomac Subregion Master Plan has for the most part been a brilliant success story.

Potomac: WMCCA

Next WMCCA Meeting

The next meeting of the West Montgomery County Citizens Association will be held at the Potomac Community Center, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 7:15 p.m.

Potomac: Schools Seek Increase in Construction Budget

The Board of Education unanimously approved amendments to the district’s six-year Capital Improvements Program in November, adding $221 million to help Montgomery County Public Schools manage its current and future enrollment growth.

Potomac: School Board Sets 2015-2016 Calendar

The Board of Education adopted the calendar for the 2015-2016 school year.

Arlington: A Read-Aloud with Delegate Lopez

The children gathered around on the floor of the community room at Columbia Grove for a Thanksgiving story on Monday, Nov. 24. State Del. Alfonso Lopez opened Eve Bunting’s book, “A Turkey for Thanksgiving,” and began the tale.

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St. Mary’s School in Alexandria Hosts Christmas Bazaar

St. Mary’s School held its annual Christmas Bazaar at the school on Green Street on Saturday, Nov. 22.

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Six-Billion Reasons To Persevere in Alexandria


“Can you read me the answer you came up with?” “Six-million …” “Wait … look again.” “Oh yeah! Six-billion…” “Did you ever think you would be able to do a math problem that would have an answer in the billions?”

Mount Vernon: Storck Sets Office Hours

Fairfax County School Board Member Dan Storck will host Saturday Community Office Hours in December and January:

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Glory Days in Alexandria

ASC celebrates Old Oaken Bucket rivalry.

From George Washington High School’s opening in 1935 until 1968, Thanksgiving mornings were synonymous with the pinnacle matchup of Virginia high school football. Residents and visitors braved plummeting temperatures and postponed culinary preparations to attend the grand spectacle of talent and grit known as the Old Oaken Bucket rivalry between GW and Arlington’s Washington-Lee High School.

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TC Hosts Holiday Craft Show in Alexandria

Girls from the TC varsity softball team greeted shoppers to the annual school craft fair on Saturday, Nov. 22. More than 40 artists and craftsmen set up booths in the school cafeteria offering a selection of home and gift ideas.