School News & Notes

Falls Church High School Receives $500 Grant

Falls Church High School has received the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Grant of $500.

For seven years, ExxonMobil has awarded grants to about 4,000 K-12 institutions across the United States. The funds are used for both academic needs and special projects, based on the needs of the individual schools.

McLean High School Kicks Off Fruit Fundraiser for Band

In order to raise funds for the McLean High School band programs, band members are selling navel oranges and ruby red grapefruits from Florida, as well as pecans, throughout November and early December.

The fruit is available in full and half boxes, and pre-ordered fruit gift baskets can also be purchased. Pecans are sold by the pound. Buyers do not have to pay for their fruit until they pick it up at McLean High School on Dec. 13. To purchase fruit, call 703-821-4084 or email

Falls Church High School to Perform Shakespeare

Students at Falls Church High School will perform “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged” at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 6, 7 and 8. For more information, call 703-207-4000.

J.E.B. Stuart H.S. Offers ‘Touching Bases’ Program for Parents

Parents of J.E.B. Stuart High School students are invited to attend “Touching Bases,” a program in which parents can meet with each of their children’s teachers to discuss the student’s academic performance in the first quarter. Parents are invited to visit the teachers from 7:20 – 9:50 p.m. on Nov. 11 in the auxiliary gym and cafeteria of Stuart High School. On Nov. 11, the home of the Raiders will have a late start and begin the school day at 10:20 a.m.836SNedited.jpg

George Mason H.S. Students Speak On New Principal

George Mason High School students, staff and parents, along with community members vested in the school, have concluded through a survey that the next Mason principal should be focused on students and motivated to interact with all segments of the Mason community equally.

The survey also showed that the principal should be attuned to building academic programs, fostering student relations and crafting an effective team of staff.

Musical Highlanders to Rock Longfellow Middle School

The Highlander Marching Band of McLean High School will travel to Longfellow Middle School (LMS) at 7:30 a.m. on Nov. 6 to perform two recruiting shows for LMS students. The band is directed by Chris Weise. For more information, visit

Falls Church and Virginia School Officials Plan to Visit India

Falls Church City Public Schools Superintendent Lois Berlin, along with Virginia Secretary of Education Thomas Morris and 12 other Virginia school superintendents, will tour schools and businesses in India in December to learn how India’s economy is tied to Virginia. Those attending also hope to learn how they, as educational leaders, can make Virginia students more globally competitive.