School News and Notes

May 17 – 23, 2007

Local Teams Head to Science Olympiad Nationals

Students from Longfellow Middle School in Falls Church and James Madison High School in Vienna will be attending this year’s National Science Olympiad competition being held May 17 – 19 in Wichita, Kansas at Wichita State University. 120 teams from 45 states will compete in the 23rd annual competition in several different categories, including building their own musical instruments and analyzing crime scene evidence. This years theme is “Soaring into Science” and will focus on themes related to aerospace science. Over 4,000 spectators are expected at the event.


National Merit Scholars

George Mason High School seniors Brian Glover and Elena Martinez were selected from over 1.4 million student applicants to receive the prestigious National Merit Scholarship. The two were awarded $2,500 scholarships to attend Duke University and Princeton University respectively. The scholarship is awarded by the Illinois-based National Merit Scholarship Corporation.


St. James Rocketeers Soar to World’s Largest Rocket Contest

Six students from St. James’ Catholic School in Falls Church have qualified to compete in the finals of the prestigious “Team America Rocketry Challenge,” the world’s largest model rocketry contest. The contest requires that students design, build and test a model rocket that can fly as close to 45 seconds as possible to a maximum of 850 feet with a payload of one raw egg, and successfully parachute the unbroken egg back to earth. The top 10 teams will share over $60,000 in savings bonds and cash. The Rocketeers are team members Charlie Fidler, Victor Bieniek, Magdalina Moses, Dale Mullane, Patrick Onesty and Thomas Vaughn with team advisors Dr. Katrina Waljeski-Moses and Dr. Dan Moses and team supervisor Marianne Barrick, a St. James science teacher. “The most remarkable thing about this, says Barrick, “is that this is the youngest team to ever compete for the school, and the most successful.” The team is looking for sponsors to defray the cost of launch materials. Those interested in contributing may contact Marianne Barrick at 703-533-1182 ext. 124.


McLean High School Chorus Brings Home Gold Medal

The McLean High School Chorus brought home a gold medal last week from the Music Festivals in Nashville, Tenn., an international competition of high school chorus groups. McLean High School’s Women’s, Armonia, and Madrigal singers took first place while the McLean High School Men’s chorus took second place. They also received the award for Best Overall Choral Department.


May 21

Mary Ellen Henderson String Ensemble from 7 – 8 p.m. in the cafeteria.

Mary Ellen Henderson PTSA Meeting featuring the MEH Jazz Band from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. in the cafeteria.


May 22

Falls Church City Public Schools School Board Meeting. 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. at City Hall (300 Park Ave., Falls Church).


May 23

Mt. Daniel and Thomas Jefferson Elementary Schools Art Show. 5 p.m.