School News and Notes

This week’s School News and Notes.

Agnes Meyer Ceremony

On May 10, Falls Church City Public Schools will hold the annual Agnes Meyer Ceremony to deliver the Support Staff Award and the Outstanding Teacher Award. This year’s recipients are Barbara Mitchell, a 23-year employee of the school system and secretary to the Superintendent and school board, and Denise O’Neil, a veteran teacher at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School specializing in speech and language. “I’ve seen a lot of changes over the years, but they’ve all been for the best,” said Mitchell of her time in the school system. “It was quite a surprise to receive the award,” she added.

The ceremony will take place in Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School’s cafetorium, with a reception beginning at 5:30 p.m. and the ceremony at 6 p.m.

LJMS Student Wins StudentCam Competition

Congratulations to Ian Scott Wilson at Luther Jackson Middle School for winning the middle school first prize in C-SPAN television’s StudentCam competition. Students from around the country were invited to explore a political issue of local or national interest and report on it through their own video. Winners were announced May 8 on C-Span’s “Washington Journal” program. Ian’s video focused on the “Controversy at Walter Reed,” and was awarded a cash prize. The top 25 videos will air on C-SPAN, one each weekday, beginning with third prize winners, on May 14.

3rd Annual Auto Show Revs Up

Falls Church High School’s Automotive Technology program is holding its 3rd Annual Auto Show on the grounds of FCHS (7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church) on May 12 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The show will be comprised of cars of all types, including trucks, motorcycles and off-road vehicles. All makes and models are welcome to attend. The fee for can entry is $10, and admission without at car is $5. Children under 5 are free. For more information, contact

Episcopal High School’s High List

Congratulations to Caroline Calloway Gotschall, a freshman at Episcopal High School in Alexandria and daughter of Mrs. Catherine Gotschall and Mr. William Gotschall of Falls Church, for being placed on the High List. This honor denotes an average of 90 or above in five or more academic courses during the school year.

Beaux Arts Ball Features Student Art

Congratulations to George Mason High School sophomore Leidy Baldwin and Bishop O’Connell High School sophomore Sophia Urban for being featured in the annual exhibit at the Beaux Arts Ball on April 27 at the Belle Haven Country Club. The two exhibited various drawings and paintings at the event.

GMHS Alumnus Chairs Conference

2004 George Mason High School graduate Evan Cunningham, a third-year at the University of Virginia majoring in Political Theory and Media Studies, was chosen to present a paper at the annual Cultural Studies Conference held April 19-21 in Portland, Oregon. At the last minute, the junior was chosen to serve as chair due to a scheduling conflict. Cunningham has also received a fellowship to study “The New Politics of Globalization” this summer.

Family Bingo Night at FCHS

The Falls Church High School PTSA is holding its first Family Bingo Night in the FCHS Cafeteria (7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church) on May 18 from 7 – 9 p.m. The cost is 25 cents and up per game, and numbers will be called in English and Spanish. Winners will pick from an assortment of prizes, and pizza and snacks will be for sale. Donations of prizes are also needed for the event, as well as volunteers. To make a donation or volunteer, bring items to the school office with name and address included if a receipt for tax records is desired or contact Marie Reinsdorf at 703-909-7101 or at

Fine Arts Night at Oakcrest School

Oakcrest School, an independent school for girls in grades 6 – 12, is hosting Fine Arts Night on May 19 at 5 p.m. The night will showcase a choral and instrumental concert followed by a reception and showing of student art. Over 100 students from the school are participating. There will also be individual students displaying solo vocal talents, ballet performance and monologue. The Oakcrest “Artwork of the Year” will also be unveiled. This award is voted on by the faculty and staff and has been given out for he past 30 years. The event is free and open to the public, and will be held at 850 Balls Hill Rd. in McLean. Contact Christine White at 703-790-5450 ext. 131 for more information.

Yorktown Seniors Exhibit Local Photography

Yorktown High School seniors Sarah Molinari and Molly Harman will be presenting a photo exhibit covering their four years in the study of photography under Mr. Allen Beland at the Barnes & Noble (6260 Seven Corners Center, Falls Church) in Seven Corners on May 11 from 6:30 – 10 p.m. The show is a senior project, and covers local subjects.

TJ To Host Art Show

Thomas Jefferson Elementary will be hosting a student art show on May 15 and 16 at 6:30 p.m. The TJ Chorus will perform on the 15 as well.


In the May 3 – 9 edition of the News-Press, the following information was reported inaccurately: The winning Odyssey of the Mind Team is from George Mason High School, not Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School. The coach of the team in Lynn Fletcher, and the finals this year will be held in East Lansing, Michigan. Below is the fully corrected information.

George Mason High School’s 8th grade Odyssey of the Mind team, composed of members Katie Breen, Molly Breen, Daniel Fletcher, Rachel Hassan, Victoria Pender and Clark Williamson and coached by Lynn Fletcher, won the Virginia State Championship for their skit entitled “I’m Only Thinking of You.” The performance is done almost entirely in poetic forms and devices. The team has been together for 5 years and this is the second year in a row winning the Virginia State Championship.