School News and Notes


The Congressional Schools of Virginia Graduates Eighth Grade Class

The Congressional Schools of Virginia graduated 30 students in its 69th commencement on June 7. Retiring eighth grade teachers Margaret Quadrino and Susan Lautenbacher gave the commencement address and students Rami Bedewi and Maham Sohrab were nominated by their peers to speak on behalf of the students. Of the 30 graduates, 13 were honored with the Gold President’s Education Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement, and two students received the Silver U.S. President’s Award for Academic Achievement.

Butterfly Garden Dedicated to GMHS Teacher

On June 2, George Mason High School Environmental Club President Erika Kleibrink unveiled the bench and plaque dedicating the new butterfly garden in honor of retired English teacher Cay Wiant. The garden was designed and planted by Environmental Club members with support from the Village Preservation and Improvement Society and the Falls Church Garden Club, under the supervision of Barbara Cram.

TJHSST Summer Application Deadline June 30

The application deadline for the summer round of admissions for Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) Class of 2012 is Friday June 30. Only public and private school eighth grade students that moved into a participating school division (counties of Fairfax, Fauquier, Arlington, Loudon, Prince William or the City of Falls Church) after September 30 may apply. Applications must be postmarked no later than June 30. If not a resident of Fairfax County, applicants should contact the THJSST admissions office to make sure his or her school division has not exceeded its limit for students in the class of 2012. Students interested in applying must already have completed Algebra 1 and must take the admissions test on July 8. Eligibility and Residency requirements are available at Applications are available at the TJHSST Office of Admission at the Devonshire Center, Suite 9 (2831 Graham Rd., Falls Church). For more information, contact 703-876-5265.

Falls Church Student Named to Dean’s List

Michael Hill of Falls Church was named to the dean’s list for the 2008 spring semester at Mount Union College. Hill completed a minimum of 12 credit hours and achieved a grade point average of at least 3.5, with no course graded below a B.

Vaccines Required for Incoming FCPS Sixth Graders

Every Fairfax County Public School (FCPS) student entering the sixth grade during the 2008-09 school year is required to receive a booster dose of the tatnus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine if at least five years have passed since the last dose of tetanus toxoid-containing vaccine (DTP, DTaP, DT or Td) was administered. This must be completed before reporting to school in the fall. Students who are 11 years old should get the Tdap vaccine, while students that are 10 years old should see if Boostrix is being used and otherwise may have to wait until he or she turns 11.

The Fairfax County Health Department will be administering the vaccine at no charge on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. — 3:30 p.m., on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. — 6 p.m. and on Fridays from 7:30 a.m. — noon at the following locations: Falls Church Clinic (6245 Leesburg Pke., Ste. 500, Falls Church), Herndon-Reston Clinic (1850 Cameron Glen Dr., Ste. 100, Reston), Mount Vernon Clinic (8350 Richmond Hwy., Ste. 233, Alexandria), Springfield Clinic, Cary Building (8136 Old Keene Mill Rd., Ste. A100, Springfield) and Joseph Willard Health Center (3750 Old Lee Hwy., Fairfax). For more information, visit or contact the public health nurse at any school or FCPS health-home instruction specialist Elizabeth Donaldson at 571-423-4402.

Four FCPS Schools to Add Language Program

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) announced that four elementary schools, including Pine Springs ES (7607 Willow Ln., Falls Church), will add the Foreign Language in the Elementary School (FLES) program in the 2008-09 school year. Pine Springs will add Spanish classes, along with Waples Mill ES in Oakton and Brookfield ES in Chantilly, and Mt. Vernon Woods ES in Alexandria will add Chinese classes. The FLES program is currently offered in 25 elementary schools.

Six Named to William and Mary Dean’s List

Falls Church residents James Evans, Joseph Goldfrank, Stacey McDermott, Paul Norland, Julie Riggs and Julia Schaumburg were named to the Dean’s List at the College of William and Mary for the spring 2008 semester. These students all took at least 12 credit hours and achieved at least a 3.6 grade point average for the semester.