School News & Notes

Best Buddies Program Welcomes Miss Universe, Miss USA

Best Buddies, a nonprofit organization focused on helping intellectually disabled individuals acclimate to mainstream society through one-on-one friendships and integrated employment, will host an event at Marshall High School at 3:15 p.m. on Oct. 17.

The event, focused on promoting friendship through group exercise, will feature the reigning Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA 2009. Miss USA 2008, 90210‘s Gabrielle Cateris, may also attend.

Students and Professionals Practice the Art of Opera at Bishop O’Connell’s Opera Night

Bishop O’Connell High School students will team up with professional opera singers from the Washington Vocal Arts Ensemble to showcase students’ talents as well as raise funds for Bishop O’Connell’s performing arts program. Over 40 students will be performing and additional students will help with the visual and logistical elements of the show.

The Washington Vocal Ensemble was founded by Artistic Director Russell Penney in 1995 and seeks to entertain, educate and further awareness of operatic music through the performances of locally trained professional operatic singers, many of whom are nationally and internationally renowned. The Ensemble performers donate their time and skills to students in Washington, D.C. area schools to raise funds and awareness for the schools’ music and performing arts programs. Performers will fly in from as far as Los Angeles to be a part of the first Bishop O’Connell Opera Night. To purchase tickets to this event, please call 703-237-1462 or visit

McLean Choral Concert Coming Soon

Students will perform in McLean High School’s Choral Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 16 in the MHS auditorium. For more information, please call 703-714-5700.

Open House at Trinity School

Trinity School at Meadow View will host an Open House from 1 – 3 p.m. on Oct. 19. The Open House is a chance for potential students and their parents to learn about Trinity’s academic curriculum and opportunities in sports and performing arts programs. For more information, please call 703-876-1920.

Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night Performed by Area Students

The 11th grade class of Trinity School at Meadow View will perform Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night at 7:30 p.m. on both Oct. 21 and Oct. 22 at the Jewish Community Center (8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax). Tickets are $5 at the door. For more information, please call 703-876-1920.

J.E.B. Stuart High School Sings the Night Away

The J.E.B. Stuart Fall Concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 16 at the school auditorium. For more information, please call 703-824-3900.

McLean HS Celebrates Homecoming

McLean High School will have its Homecoming Dance from 8:30 – 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18. Preceding the dance is a week’s worth of Homecoming festivities beginning on Oct. 14 and the Homecoming game on Oct. 17.

Thomas Jefferson HS Orchestra Concert

The orchestra of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology will perform at 7 p.m. on Oct. 22 at the school. The TJHSST orchestra has traveled in several southern states as well as England, Russia, Austria and the Czech Republic. They have won first place at the National Festival of Music in Washington, D.C., the Quebec International Festival and the Heritage Music Festival Competition in Chicago. For more information, please call 703-750-8300.

Fall Orchestra Concert at McLean HS

The McLean High School Orchestra will perform its Fall Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 23 in the school auditorium. Director Gretta Sandberg received the 2007 Orchestra Director of the Year Award from the Virginia Chapter of the American String Teachers Association, and the orchestra has won awards in competitions in New York City, Atlanta, Boston, Florida, South Carolina and the Washington, D.C. area. For more information, please call 703-714-5700.

Fairfax County Students Named to Virginia Honors Choir

Students from several Fairfax County High Schools have been awarded places in the 2008 Virginia Honors Choir. The students will perform as part of the 132-member choir at the Virginia Music Educators Association convention on Nov. 22.

From Falls Church High School, Scott Silvester and alternate Lani Stait, from Madison High School, Samantha MacReynolds, from McLean High School, Jeila Irdmusa, Emma Lord and Corbin Rugh, from Stuart High School, Shannon Hoff and from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Adrienne Arditti, Alex Pham and Ali Ruth.

Falls Church Students Complete FCPS Nursing Program

To combat the current nursing shortage, Fairfax County has joined with Reston Hospital Center and started Fairfax County School of Practical Nursing program, an FCPS program that is part of Falls Church High School Academy. Two recent graduates were students from Falls Church High School that completed the program in their senior year while also taking courses at Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC). The completion of the program, along with their coursework from NVCC enabled them to enter George Mason University’s prestigious Bachelor of Science nursing program with advanced status.