Drawn from the 15 weekly community newspapers published by Connection Newspapers.


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Overcoming Obstacles while Striving for Education

Two Mountain View students share their stories.

Students at Mountain View High have to overcome significant obstacles in their lives en route to graduation. So the speeches given by the grad speakers are always the highlights of each ceremony. And the ones given last week by Giovanni Pineda-Maradiaga and Sofia Canizalez Duran were no exception.

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All Aboard!

Tall Ship Providence launches regional school program.

If you’ve strolled along the waterfront in Old Town this past year, you can’t help but have noticed the beautiful new pier adorned with American flag bunting leading to Tall Ship Providence and its elegant, permanent home, the Senator John Warner Maritime Heritage Center.

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‘Peace and Childhood Innocence’

Mural unveiled at Bradlee Center.

Students in the Alexandria City High School arts program teamed up with professional artists Nicole Bourgea and Roberto “Sef” Seminario to create a mural that was unveiled May 30 at Bradlee Shopping Center.

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Hats Off to Fairfax High School’s Class of 2024

‘Try something new and savor every moment.’


School Board Adopts FY 2025 Budget

Can’t win ‘em all.

Community News at a Glance

Westfield Pyramid Art Show Highlights Students’ Work

Westfield High’s Pyramid Art Show was April 18.

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Pay Increase Goes from 6% to 3% for All FCPS Staff

Last-ditch attempt for 5% raises for teachers, support staff.

On Thursday, May 23, Mateo Dunne, the Mount Vernon District Representative on the Fairfax County School Board, launched an effort to amend the superintendent’s proposed FY 2025 Approved Budget.

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2024 Vision Zero for Youth U.S. Leadership Award

Arlington County was recognized Friday, May 10 by the National Center for Safe Routes to School as the 2024 recipient of the Vision Zero for Youth U.S. Leadership Award.

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Centreville Preschoolers Release Ladybugs for Earth Day

Students at Chesterbrook Academy Preschool in Centreville celebrated Earth Day, April 22, by releasing more than 10,000 ladybugs throughout their schoolyard.

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Honoring Fairfax County Retiree Charles Smith

In January of 2024, Charles Smith retired as Watershed Project Implementation Branch Chief. In this role, he led a team responsible for designing, constructing, and monitoring water quality improvement projects.

Help Restock Frost Middle School Pantry

Frost Middle School seeks the community’s help to fill its pantry shelves for students in need. Especially welcome are Amazon gift cards or nonperishable food items so the school may continue to provide weekend food to students who might otherwise go hungry.

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Week of the Young Child at Christ Presbyterian Preschool

Christ Presbyterian Preschool in Fairfax hosted Family Friday on April 12 to cap off the Week of the Young Child, an annual celebration hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

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America’s Founding Fathers as Ordinary Humans

Woodson High presents its Cappies musical, ‘1776.’

Featuring a cast and crew of 90, plus a 25-person pit orchestra, Woodson High’s upcoming musical, “1776,” is also its Cappies entry.