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Herndon: Speaking Japanese at Fox Mill Elementary

The school showcases Japanese Immersion Program.

Two hundred forty-six first through sixth graders at the Herndon school are enrolled in the Japanese Immersion program at Fox Mill Elementary. That 246 represents an impressive 40 percent of the entire student population.

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McLean and Great Falls: Langley to Present ‘Chicago’

McLean’s Jamie Goodson has performed on a lot of stages.

McLean and Great Falls: Cooper Middle Students Learn Coding

As the use of technology rises across the globe, so does the use for computer programming. However, as evidenced by the lack of young programmers, this fundamental skill is not being taught to the people who need it the most: students.

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McLean: Three Potomac School Seniors Honored for Science Research

Spencer Perkins, Madeline Dubelier and Matt Spencer, seniors in The Potomac School's Science and Engineering Research Center program, were awarded first, third and fourth place respectively at the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium regional finals, held at Georgetown University in March.

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Great Falls: Local Children Meet Dairy Farming Past

Betty Nalls Swartz explains cow-milking to Forestville first graders.

Betty Swartz and Greg Haymans visited the Forestville Elementary School’s kindergarten last Wednesday, and first grade last Thursday to share how Great Falls used to be the most productive dairy farming community in Fairfax County.

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‘Share Your Hair’ at Westfield High School

Allie Bush, an 11th grader at Westfield High School, working with other Class of 2017 officers, will be holding a hair-cutting opportunity at school so that classmates and teachers can donate hair for Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths Program.

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Clifton Snapshot: Autism Awareness

Students at Union Mill Elementary School participate in the Autism Awareness Program. The program includes six stations in the gym that are designed to create awareness of some challenges children with autism may experience.

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Springfield: ‘STEAM’ Boat Olympic Event Held at Orange Hunt Elementary

“STEAM” Boat Express to Rio! was the theme of a community event held at Orange Hunt Elementary in Springfield on March 15.

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Fairfax: Songs, Dances and Fun for Everyone

Paul VI presents ‘Emma, a Pop Musical.’

With Director Katherine Miller likening it to a “Disney-Channel movie,” Paul VI High will present “Emma, a Pop Musical,” April 8-10.

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Students at William Halley and Newington Forest Elementary schools raise thousands during sports-based Boosterthon program.

Earlier in March, students at William Halley Elementary School in Lorton and Newington Forest Elementary School in Springfield participated in the nationwide fundraising program Boosterthon Fun Run by raising money and learning life skills through physical activity.

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Fairview Teachers Get New Lounge

Over spring break, volunteers from Home Depot’s Fairfax Store (#4601), Kohl’s in Burke, and a handful of volunteers from Fairview Elementary School came together and made big changes to the Teacher’s Lounge at the school.

Alexandria Snapshot: Memorial Table

Members of the Alexandria Police Foundation presented Chief Earl Cook with a table made from a sample piece of the glass from the Alexandria Police Fallen Officers Memorial.

Alexandria Column: Budget Seeks To Improve Preschool

Commentary–School Board

Preschool is the critical piece to serving Alexandria City’s student population. For our English Language Learners, it can provide a setting that they start to learn to speak, read and write in English. For our Special Education community, it can provide an opportunity for identification and early services. For our Free and Reduced Lunch populations, it can provide the resources for growth and health of our most in need population. For our typical learners, it provides a diverse environment that familiarizes them with the school setting.

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Chantilly Snapshot: Spelling Bee Winner

Nimal Muthukumar, winner of Brookfield Elementary’s Spelling Bee, is with (from left) Reading Teacher Jenna Campbell, Principal Mary Miller, and Reading Teacher Jamie Stratford. Nimal, a third grader, spelled “nationalism” to win the 15 round Bee and best 41 other third to sixth grade contestants.

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Arlington Snapshot: Art Show Open to the Public

IB art students at Washington-Lee High School will present their IB Studio Art Exhibition on April 5 after school (reception begins at 3 p.m.) and April 6, all day until 4 p.m. The public is invited to attend.