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Mt. Daniel Holds Its Fall Back-to-School Night

On Thursday, Sept. 25, Mt. Daniel Elementary School (2328 N. Oak St., Falls Church) will host its Back-to-School Night.

The event will be held at the school and begins at 7 p.m. For more information, call 703-248-5640.

School Board Votes to Acquire New Property

The Fairfax County Public School Board has passed a motion in favor of purchasing new property. During a meeting on Sept. 18, the Board voted 11-1 to acquire property at 8111 Gatehouse Road, Falls Church. The land and the building will be used for a central administration facility for the Fairfax County Public School system. The purchase is in the process of being finalized.

Potential New Database for Fairfax County Schools

Fairfax County Public Schools may be replacing its old student information system with an updated version. The Fairfax County Public School Board approved a motion to spend over $10.5 million dollars over the next five years for the provision of a new student information system. Edupoint Educational Systems would receive payment to create the database.

Interim Grades Mailed Out This Week

The first quarter Interim Grade report cards for Falls Church High School students will be mailed on Sept. 26. For more information, call the school office at 703-207-4000.830schoolnews.jpg

F.C. Schools to Host ‘Grown-ups’ Only Fall Social

Parents of Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School, Mt. Daniel Elementary School and George Mason High School are invited to the “grown-ups” only PTA BBQ Social on Sept. 27. Held at the historic Lawton House, parents will enjoy dinner, music and fun activities to kick off the 2008-2009 school year. Tickets are $20 per person, and the event lasts from 6 – 9 p.m. For more information, or to purchase tickets, e-mail Connie Keith at [email protected]

Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School Club to Visit Elderly

The Mary Ellen Henderson Grandparent Club will visit Sunrise Senior Living Community on Sept. 30. Founded by Maryel Barry, a 6th grade teacher at Mary Ellen Henderson, in the late 1990s, the Grandparent Club strives to foster relationships between fifth, sixth and seventh grade students and the elderly residents of Sunrise.

The Club travels to Sunrise once a month and meets twice a month in school, where the students make cards and crafts and send them to Sunrise residents. Currently, the club has 20-25 members.

South County Middle School Design Contract Awarded

The design contract for South County Middle School has been given to Ballou Justice Upton Architects. The Fairfax County Public School Board passed the motion in a 9-3 vote on Sept. 18. Fairfax County Public Schools will pay Ballou more than $2.5 million dollars for the engineering and architectural plans for the school.

Bishop O’Connell Student Named Merit Semi-Finalist

Brendan T. Neyland, a senior at Bishop O’Connell High School, has been named a National Merit Semi-Finalist for the Class of 2009.

J.E.B. Stuart HS Celebrates Homecoming Week

J.E.B. Stuart High School will kick off its Homecoming week on Monday, Sept. 29. Throughout the week students will participate in activities designed to boost school spirit in preparation for the Homecoming game on Friday, Oct. 3, such as a pep rally and a bonfire.

Marshall HS Hosts Model UN Conference

George C. Marshall High School’s Model United Nations (UN) Club will host the fifth annual My First Model UN Conference on Sept. 27. Marshall’s UN Club has invited 250 students from public, parochial and private schools in the Washington, D.C. area to take part in the conference, which will focus on global warming and climate change issues. Local schools participating in Marshall’s conference include: Lake Braddock Secondary School, Madison High School and McLean High School. For more information, contact Marshall High School Model UN Club co-sponsor Tom Brannan at 703-624-6791.