School News and Notes

 JOANNA BORMAN, AN EIGHTH GRADER at St. James Catholic School recites her prize winning poem commemorating the planting of a tree in honor of the school’s 100-year anniversary last Monday, April 30. Current students and faculty turned out en masse for the event that also included and appearance by Channel 4 weatherman Bob Ryan. The proceedings also included the burying of a time capsule to be unearthed in 25-years time. (PHOTO: News-Press)

Marshall HS Presents .A Flea in Her Ear’

GCMHS award-winning theatre department presents Georges Feydeau’s classic French farce “A Flea in Her Ear,” translated by David Ives, May 3-6. Thurs.-Sat. beginning at 7:30 p.m. with a Sun. matinee at 3 p.m. At the George C. Marshall HS Theatre (7731 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church). Tickets are $5 for students and $8 for adults and may be purchased at the door.


MEH Odyssey of the Mind Team Wins State Title

Mary Ellen Henderson’s Odyssey of the Mind team received the Virginia OM State Title for their solution to the problem entitled “I’m Only Thinking of You.” Teacher sponsor Lisa Muller led the team of students in their unique skit solution, done entirely in poetic forms and devices, involving time travel, volcanic eruptions and the stock market crash. The team will move on to the OM World Championship in Lansing, Michigan later this month.


MEHMS Earns Over 5K in Stock Market Game

Students at Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School participated in the nationwide, online Stock Market Game—a simulation of international markets supported by the NYSE and NASDAQ. Students formed teams and worked with $100,000 in virtual cash to try and succeed at making a profit. One particular team at MEH risked buying more on word of the Asian market drop on March 5 and team members were noted for their attention to transaction and commission costs, which led to $5,000 in profit off of their initial investment. The stock market game is available online at


2nd Annual Jaguar 5K Run/Walk

Falls Church High School is still accepting applications for May 5th’s race to benefit FCHS athletics. Teams must have at least three runners and register individually, noting the team name on the registration materials. Registration is $25, and packets may be picked up in the FCHS Main Gym Lobby (7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church) on May 4 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and May 5 from 6:30-8 a.m. Race day registration will be held at the same time in the gym lobby. There will also be a one mile children’s “Fun Run” for $10. All participants receive a commemorative race t-shirt. The race course will wind through neighborhood streets and end on the FCHS stadium track. Email or call 703-207-4023 for more information.


‘Really Good Film Festival’ Really Popular at FCHS

Last fall, students at Falls Church HS launched a “Character Education” club, sponsored by ESOL teacher Marilyn McGivney, which aims to expose students to uplifting films from all over the world, including Iran and India. Students are encouraged to come to room 254 on late bus days from 2:20-3:45 to watch the films and discuss their themes and issues raised. Teachers at FCHS are in some cases giving extra credit for going to the program in lieu of spending time in study sessions or while waiting for other events to begin after school.


May 4: Rising 5th grade orientation for Thomas Jefferson Elementary School students moving to Mary Ellen Henderson Middle. 1-3 p.m.


May 8: Regular School Board Meeting covering Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, Mary Ellen Henderson, George Mason High School, Mt. Daniel Elementary School. 7:30 p.m. Contact Barbara Mitchell at for more information.


May 8: Mt. Daniel Elementary School Kindergarten Musical. 9-11 a.m. In the GMHS auditorium.