School News and Notes

GMHS IB Art Show

George Mason High School is holding its International Baccalaureate Art Show from until April 20. A reception is being held in honor of those showing works on April 19, on stage in the auditorium. Light refreshments will be provided. 7-9 p.m.


Support F.C. Public Schools

From April 19-25 the Falls Church Educational Foundation is hosting an online auction for F.C. city public schools. Items up for bid include: a four day/three night NYC weekend and getaway at the Grand Hyatt; Bono-signed U2 album and more. Money raised will go toward building the FCEF Endowment Fund to supplement financial support to F.C. city schools. Everyone is welcome to shop and show their support at  April 27 is the live auction event at the FCEF Annual Dinner Gala at the Westin Arlington Gateway. For more information, or for tickets to the Gala, contact Donna Englander at 703-538-3381.


GMHS Robotics Team Goes National

The George Mason Robotics Team was invited to compete at NASA’s FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) at Georgia tech in Atlanta from April 12-14. The team, in its fourth year, battled international competitors and over 300 individual robots in various tasks in what was dubbed “The Rack and Roll Challenge.” Robots were tested on their ability to hang colored tubes on rows of coded pegs on a 10-foot high rack, and they were expected to have been programmed with a “vision system” for navigation. The GMHS team came in number 22 out of 86 teams in their division, winning four of the seven preliminary matches.


19th Annual GMHS International Dinner

Join the George Mason International Club, GM ESOL and GMHS PTSA on April 25 for a benefit celebrating the many cultures represented within the Falls Church community. A diverse menu will be presented as well as international entertainment. Also on sale will be the first GMHS International Cookbook. Proceeds will aid Kokolopori. At the Mustang Café (7124 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church). 6:30-8:30 p.m.


Mary Ellen Henderson MS Odyssey of the Mind Team Takes First Place.

The “Sergeant Peppers Search and Tag Team” from MEHS earned first place in their division at the Odyssey of the Mind Regional Meet on March 17. They will be headed to Newport News on April 21 for the state competition. The team is composed of Coach Steven Briese, Nate Campagnoli, Kevin Schmidt, Austin Nooter, John Jacobs, Taylor Briese, Scott Connuck, and Coach Dave Jacobs.


St. James Celebrates Centennial

On April 30 Arlington Diocese will celebrate 100 years of Catholic education and tradition at St. James Catholic School with a tree dedication ceremony at 1 p.m. A Paperbark maple tree will be dedicated and blessed, and the winner of the student poetry contest will present his or her poem at the event. Bob Ryan, chief meteorologist at Channel 4 News, will also speak at the event. Contact Lori Koch at or 703-237-5145 for more information.


Marshall HS 4th Annual Golf Tournament

Plan ahead for the Marshall Football Program’s 4th Annual Golf Tournament fundraiser. The tournament will be held on Sunday, May 20, starting at 1 p.m. at Penderbrook Golf Club (3700 Golf Trail Ln., Fairfax). The previous three years have sold out, so early signup is encouraged. Registration is $150 for individuals and $500 for a foursome. The fee includes a cart, 18 holes and dinner immediately following. A raffle, silent auction and putting contest will also be held, along with several other giveaways and goodie bags.


April 23: Come and watch the Thomas Jefferson Elementary School Chorus display their vocal talents from 3:30-4:15 p.m. in the school auditorium (601 S. Oak St., Falls Chuch).


April 24: FCCPS School Board Meeting. City Hall (300 Park Ave., Falls Church). 7:30-9:30 p.m.


April 26: Spring JV Show. TJ Elementary, Mount Daniel Elementary, MEH Middle, GM High School. 7-10 p.m.