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Stuart H.S. to Perform Custom Mackey Piece

On Friday, May 8, the J.E.B. Stuart High School (3301 Peace Valley Ln., Falls Church) Wind Ensemble will play the world premiere of a new composition at 7:30 p.m.910SN

Stuart H.S. to Perform Custom Mackey Piece

On Friday, May 8, the J.E.B. Stuart High School (3301 Peace Valley Ln., Falls Church) Wind Ensemble will play the world premiere of a new composition at 7:30 p.m. “Aurora Awakes” was compiled by one of the nation’s foremost young composers of symphonic wind music, John Mackey. Mackey, who has composed music for the Alvin Ailey Dance Company, the Cleveland Youth Orchestra and the New York City Ballet’s Choreographic Institute, will attend the performance. The school and its Band Boosters commissioned an original work from Mackey in honor of its 50th anniversary. Band director Doug Martin has invited previous Stuart band directors to participate in the program, and each will conduct a piece of music with the wind ensemble. For more information, call 703-824-3971.


THE TWO OVERALL winners of the J.E.B. Stuart Raider 5K, held April 25, are both student athletes at the school. Seen here are junior Nadia Thura (left) for the girls and freshman Ryan Mioduski for the boys. (PHoto: Courtesy Brian Garvey)

Benner & Falls Church H.S. Send Thanks to Safeway

Principal Cathy Benner and Falls Church High School’s (FCHS) faculty and staff would like to express their appreciation to Falls Church’s Safeway for their donation. During the school year 2008-09, Safeway donated $2,572.94 to FCHS, a contribution which has enhanced its academic program. FCHS would also like to thank Falls Church’s school community for continuing to register their Safeway Club cards to support their school.

Stuart H.S. Qualifies as ASCA Model

Two Fairfax County schools, J.E.B. Stuart High and West Springfield High, have met the criteria to become nationally recognized as ASCA (American School Counselor Association) model programs. J.E.B. Stuart will receive the Recognized ASCA Model Program designation during a special ceremony at the American School Counselor Association’s annual conference in Dallas, Texas.

Washington-Lee H.S.’s Farley Take the Win

Virginia’s Poetry Out Loud champion, Washington-Lee High School senior William Farley, has also won the national competition. Arlington’s Farley captivated both judges and audience with his poetry recitations to gain the title of 2009 Poetry Out Loud National Champion. Farley receives a $20,000 award for his high school and will receive a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books.

VA ‘Best Buddies’ Walk Starts at Oakton H.S.

The 2009 Virginia Best Buddies Walk will begin at Oakton High School (2900 Sutton Rd., Vienna) on Saturday, May 9 at 5 p.m. The one- or three-mile walk will wind through Nottoway Park (9601 Courthouse Rd., Vienna); walkers will return to the school for a barbecue dinner, games and activities, music and a Screen on the Green movie outdoors at the school. Eight Fairfax County schools have Best Buddies programs, including Centreville, Chantilly, Langley, Marshall, Oakton, Westfield and Woodson High Schools and Lake Braddock Secondary. For more information, call Debbie Alsado at 703-585-8830.

Registration for TJHSST Summer Courses Begins

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) will offer a 2009 Summer Technology Institute in July featuring enrichment courses that focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics, as well as on art, English, or other disciplines while integrating technology. Registration kicked off this week for the summer institute, which is for students completing the seventh or eighth grade during the 2008-09 school year (rising eighth and ninth grade students) regardless of where they are enrolled for the 2009-10 school year. Complete information and updated course lists regarding all course offerings, dates, and descriptions are available online at