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A New Era at Local School

Matthew Gould tapped as head of Norwood School.

When the 2014-2015 school year opens in a few weeks, Norwood School will have a new leader at the helm. The Board of Trustees for the Bethesda school named Matthew A. Gould, Ph.D., as the new head of school earlier this month. Gould replaces Richard T. Ewing Jr., who retired from Norwood after 35 years. “Having grown up in the D.C. area and worked in various schools for the past 25 years, I was well aware of Norwood’s reputation as one of the largest and finest kindergarten-through-eighth grade schools in the country,” said Gould. “I was impressed with Norwood’s deep commitment and passion for educating the whole child in a joyful, nurturing and challenging learning environment. It was important for me to be in a school community that puts children at the center of everything.”

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Surfer Bethany Hamilton Shares Her Story

Fourth Presbyterian School welcomed professional surfer Bethany Hamilton to campus in April. Hamilton became well known after she lost her left arm to a shark attack while surfing at the age of 13. Just one month later, she was back in the water pursuing her passion of surfing, and just over a year later won her first national title. In 2007 she turned pro and has since competed in a number of Association of Surfing Professionals and World Tour Events. In March, she won the Surf N Sea Pipeline Women’s Pro held in Oahu, Hawaii.

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Ice Cream Social At Freeman House

Historic Vienna, Inc. hosts family summer fun with games and ice cream.

Historic Vienna, Inc. takes its mission to preserve and promote Vienna’s colorful history seriously.

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‘They’re Thinking Beyond Themselves’

They’re of Indian descent, so they’re helping Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA), which works mainly in India, Pakistan and Nepal.

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Sixth-graders Leave the Gift for School

On Friday, June 20, the sixth-grade graduation class of Chesterbrook Elementary School in McLean presented an historic plaque and a planted dogwood tree to their school.

From Great Falls to South Africa

Two local high school students, Julia Chirite from Langley High School and Arthur Tisseront from Thomas Jefferson, will travel to South Africa this September as participants in the World Youth Rhino Summit, an international anti-poaching and conservation initiative sponsored by the Kashmir World Foundation where the two students currently intern at.

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Workshop Promotes Science Education

On Tuesday, July 15, the Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Achievement (VISTA), in conjunction with the George Mason University College of Education and Human Development, held a day-long program that focused on advancing science education in Fairfax County schools.

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Behind the Scenes at ‘Shrek the Musical.’

When audiences enjoy The Alliance Theatre’s Summer Stars show, “Shrek the Musical,” it won’t just be because of the acting and storyline, but also because of all the work that goes on behind the scenes.

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Herndon High Band Students Participate in American Music Abroad Trip

The students were part of a 69-member honor band which performed in Austria, Germany, Italy, Croatia and Slovenia.

Grants to Support Animal Welfare

2014 Barkdull Memorial Fund winners announced.

On May 13, The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s Margery Barkdull Memorial Fund for Animal Welfare announced four winners for the 2014 grant process from a group of 12 applicants.

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Herndon High Presents ‘Hello Dolly!’

Musical performances set for Aug. 1, 2 and 3.

The first week of August the Grand Musical Theatre Experience returns to Herndon High School with a production of the musical “Hello Dolly!”

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Libraries Promote Summer Reading

Fairfax County program encourages students to read.

Every summer, the Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL) offers a summer reading program for children ages preschool-12th grade.

Briefs: Lander Elected School Board Chair

During its annual organizational meeting on July 1, the Arlington School Board unanimously elected James Lander as chair for the 2014-15 school year.

Josh Anderson Foundation Spotlighted on National Show

Deepak Chopra interviews Lauren Anderson.

A local foundation was catapulted to national status on Friday. Josh Anderson Foundation [JAF] Executive Director Lauren Anderson had a chance to talk to holistic health advocate Deepak Chopra for his show One World about JAF’s mission.

Helping Out and Giving Back

Paul VI grad tutors Hispanic children.

Born in Colombia, Laura Quiñones came to the U.S. with her parents at age 7. She knew English words, but needed practice talking conversationally.