Schools April 8-14

Schools April 8-14

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The Wheat’s Landscape Student Volunteer Scholarship awards one student a grand total of $2,000 for their service involvement. Applicants must be senior high school students attending a high school in McLean, Great Falls, Vienna, Oakton, North Arlington or City of Falls Church. Application forms can be obtained online at or from Wheat’s main office, located at: 8620 Park Street, Vienna. To have an application form faxed call 703-641-4790.

Positions available as teen apprentices with the Levine School’s Summer Music and Arts Day Camp at Westover Baptist Church in Arlington. For those entering 7th grade and above. Apply at

The Columbia Pike Community Chorus and MusiKids are welcoming new and returning singers for their June 14 presentation of “Music from the Best of Broadway.” All are welcome; no auditions are required. Rehearsals for CPCC are Mondays from 7-9 p.m. starting April 13; and for the MusiKids Mondays 5:30-6:15 p.m. starting April 20. Both rehearsals and performance will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church, 2217 Columbia Pike. For more information, contact Barbara Stefan at 703-920-7077 or

Our Savior Lutheran School is now accepting applications for the 2009-2010 school year. There are openings in kindergarten through eighth grade. The school is located at 825 S. Taylor Street in Arlington. Call 703-892-4846 for further information or to schedule a tour. Visit

This spring the Arlington Community Foundation will award 65 scholarships totaling over $150,000 to Arlington college bound students. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $10,000 annually. Students are eligible for scholarships based on their connection to the Arlington community and different criteria related to their activities, achievements and career goals. The application deadline is March 6. Apply at

Arlington resident Nancy Aracely Flores was named to the fall 2008 dean’s list at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise.

Arlington Mill librarian Vera Stover was among the 125 singers who performed at the “We Are One” Pre-Inaugural Event at the Lincoln Memorial on Jan. 18. The back-up choir sang with Bruce Springsteen and Beyonce.

Kenmore’s Shauna Dyer was featured in the January issue of the Phillips Collection newsletter. Dyer along with colleague Jeff Wilson was selected to participate in the Phillips Collection’s mentor teacher program in September.

The Wakefield Orchestra, under the direction of Gene Pohl, has received grants from the Washington Performing Arts Society and the Wolf Trap Foundation. The Performing Arts Society grant will allow Pohl to provide a workshop for students with MarcOlivia, a professional string duo. The Wolf Trap grant will be used to bring in professional guest artists from local symphony orchestras to solo with the orchestra at the spring concert.

Yorktown High School placed first at the regional Virginia High School League (VHSL) One-Act Theatre Arts Festival on Jan. 31 with the student-performance of “The Imaginary Invalid.” In addition to receiving top honors, judges named nine members of the cast as All-Stars. They were Philip Baraoidan, Curt Gavin, Allison Ham, Avery Hitt, Paul Kenney, Muriel MacDonald, Elaine McCartin, Charlie Resnick, and Brooke Weber. MacDonald was named Best Actress for the entire competition. Weber and Kenney were runners-up for best overall actress and actor respectively.

The following students at Coastal Carolina University students from your coverage area who earned dean's list status: John W. Northington Jr., Arlington; Casey L. Rolla, Arlington; and Anna L. Tupy, Alexandria.

Molly Patrician, a music education major from Arlington, was named to the dean’s list at Westminster Choir College of Rider University.

The 2009 school winners that will compete in the state final of “Poetry Out Loud” are: Kenyanah Williams, The Teen Parenting Program, Jame’ Jackson, Wakefield High School, Will Farley, Washington-Lee High School and Lucas Newman, Yorktown High School.

Harry Blackwood of Arlington, a sophomore at Cornell College, was recently elected Student Life Chair of the Cornell Student Senate.

The Washington Post has awarded an education grant to Jefferson teacher Eleanor Dasenbrook for her “Pathways to Service” project. Students in the Pathways program make activity bags to welcome new children in residence at Arlington’s Sullivan House Shelter.

Karen Heathcock at Oakridge received two technology grants, totaling $3,446. Heathcock received a $3,000 Best Buy Teach Award to purchase technology for her classroom and the school. She also received an additional $446 through the Northern Virginia Technology Educational Consortium (NOVATEC) to purchase eight digital voice recorders for her classroom. These portable, pocket-sized recorders have a variety of applications, but will be used primarily to improve student fluency.

Three Williamsburg teachers attended the annual conference of the Virginia Society for Technology in Education (VSTE) in Virginia Beach and presented two workshops. Sixth grade English teacher Zell Rosenfelt demonstrated how Skype software can be utilized to connect with students and teachers in classrooms throughout the community and internationally. The software also makes “video visits” and lessons possible with students at home and abroad. Joan Empric shared her expertise on combining English and a variety of technology skills to create a sixth grade autobiography project. ITC Carolyn Griglione provided the technical support for both presentations.

Randolph teachers Carole Lockwood, Carolyn Fleming and Janette Mason presented at the annual Virginia State Reading Association conference in Crystal City on Feb 21. Their presentation was entitled “It’s a Wrap: How We Package Literacy At Randolph Elementary School.”

On March 8, the Northern Virginia Regional Science and Engineering Fair announced this year’s winners, which include students from both Arlington middle and high schools. Winners of the regional fair will move on to compete in the Virginia State Science Fair and the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair which is held in Reno, Nev.:

Alicia Hamar – H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program; Haley Sanner– H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program; Sarah Khatry – Swanson Middle School; Catherine Mitchell – H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program. The full list can be found at

Justin McNeilly, class of 2010, is studying with the Freiburg (language & area studies) program in Germany. McNeilly majors in economics at Denison University.

The following Arlington students have been inducted into Delta Epsilon Sigma National Scholastic Honor Society at Marymount University: Pauline Clark, Ariana Delgado, Jamesian Emmanuel, Alexandra Fitch; Allison Jordan, Karen McKeever, Charlotte Raich, Arshia Unk, Louine Wailes III, and Elizabeth Whitehill.

Several young artists from area high schools and middle schools were recognized by the Arlington Artist’s Academy. Kate Fleming, a junior from Washington-Lee High School and Noah King, an eighth grader from Swanson Middle School were awarded two-term scholarships for art classes in the Academy, and Catherine Pearson, a junior at Yorktown High School, was awarded a scholarship for one term. In addition to students awarded scholarships, several students received certificates of recognition for their artwork. They are:

Dane Fitzmaurice a junior at Washington-Lee High School who takes commercial art classes at the Arlington Career Center, received a Certificate of Highest Merit. Elena Laswick, a junior at Washington-Lee High School, Ming Wong, a commercial art student at the Arlington Career Center, Mary Jaeger from Swanson Middle School, and Tida Saenghanh, an eighth grader at Swanson Middle School, received Certificates of Special Artistic Achievement.

Wakefield senior Katherine Williams who is one of 12 students nationally (six males, six females) admitted to Julliard's freshman class. Katherine is an accomplished dancer. She is pictured competing in the Youth America Grand Prix.

Yorktown High School senior Melissa Vandenberg has been awarded the Girl Scouts' highest award, the Gold Award, for her project addressing the proper disposal and recycling of compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs).

Glebe music teacher Kevin Carr conducted the fifth grade All-City Colonial Chorus in Virginia Beach on March 21-22. The chorus was made up of fifth graders from across the state.

Outreach specialist Ernesto Campos and Randolph teacher Sara Mulrooney participated as accredited international observers in the March 16 presidential elections in El Salvador. Both were members of U.S. groups that met with government agencies, election officials and party leaders from both sides.

Tuckahoe fifth grade teacher Michelle Jaeckel and assistant principal Colin Brown presented at the fifth annual Teachers of Promise Institute at James Madison University. The institute encourages outstanding teacher candidates from the 37 teacher education programs to remain in Virginia. Their presentation provided tips and practical information for beginning teachers.