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GMHS’ Joel Block Named ‘Super Teacher’

George Mason High School (GMHS) math teacher, Joel Block, has been selected as one of eight educators statewide to receive the Virginia Lottery Super Teacher Award.911olympiad

GMHS’ Joel Block Named ‘Super Teacher’

George Mason High School (GMHS) math teacher, Joel Block, has been selected as one of eight educators statewide to receive the Virginia Lottery Super Teacher Award. Block received the award in a surprise presentation at Mason High this past Monday, May 11. The award, sponsored by the Virginia Lottery, the Virginia PTA and Virginia-based The Supply Room Companies, consists of a cash prize of $2,000 and an additional $2,000 classroom credit from The Supply Room Companies. Block was selected from more than 1,200 nominations submitted by the public.


THE WINNING BLUE team from Haycock Elementary School at this year’s Science Olympiad were fifth graders Daniel Chae, Stephen Min, Ross Dempsey, Shivani Saboo, Greta Liebeler, Michael Harris, Ryan Golant, Eva Femia, Kunal Naik, Jake Barnett, Tajin Rogers and Hugh Collins. (Photo: Courtesy Lars Liebeler)

New All-Day Summer Camps Introduced

Registration for summer enrichment classes and camps is under way. Fairfax County Public Schools Adult and Community Education offers an assortment of noncredit programs in July and August for youth at a number of locations throughout Fairfax County.
“Kids’ Campus,” providing language, art, dance and fitness experiences, in addition to theater, culinary and video production experiences is for students in grades K-1, 2-3 and 4-6. A total of 39 camps run for five days, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., with an extended 15-day option offered at Hunters Woods Elementary School for the Arts and Sciences. “Get an Edge” focuses on skill-building in writing, foreign language study, creative self-expression and keyboarding for 6-8 graders at five locations. Students rotate through three two-hour classes for five days from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., with an extended 10-day option available at Fairfax High School.
In the “Like Magic!” camps, students learn sleight-of-hand techniques and stage a magic performance for family and friends. Grades 6-8 attend July 13 – 17 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., while children in grades 2-5 attend July 20-24 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Lake Braddock Secondary School.
Many other skill-focused, noncredit classes are also available. Visit www.fcps.edu/aceclasses/KidsandTeens.htm to register. For more information, contact Sheryl Granzow at 703-658-1228 or Sheryl.Granzow@fcps.edu.

Stuart Raiders Host ‘Zumbathon’ Fundraiser

J.E.B. Stuart High School (3301 Peace Valley Ln., Falls Church) is hosting a Zumbathon on Thursday, May 14 beginning at 6:30 p.m. This one and a half-hour marathon features Zumba, a high-energy cardiovascular workout that uses simple dance moves set to Latin and international music. It’s being held as a fundraiser to support Stuart’s athletic department. The cost is $7 for adults and $5 for students with valid IDs. For more information, call 703-824-3900.

Hayfield Elementary School Girls to Run 5K

The Girls on the Run 5K race will begin at 7:30 a.m. this Saturday, May 16, at Fair Oaks Mall (11750 Fair Oaks Dr., Fairfax). Girls in grades 3-6 from Hayfield Elementary School, and other Fairfax County Public Schools, will participate. The run is the culmination of the year-long program that educates and prepares girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthful living. Girls train for the race while learning life skills and building self-esteem. For more information, e-mail Sara Hawkins at sara.hawkins@fcps.edu.

Clay Café Readies H.S. Students for Workplace

Falls Church-based Clay Café sponsored an all-day business/marketing event for the J.E.B. Stuart High School marketing students last Tuesday, May 5. Business owner Helene Safford and the staff conducted a workplace readiness skills workshops, including interviewing techniques and visual merchandising displays.
The students participated in mock interviews and a seasonal display competition. They topped off the day with lunch and team-building pottery painting activities. The students comprise the Stuart DECA chapter, which is a an international association of high school and college students studying marketing, management and entrepreneurship in business, finance, hospitality and marketing sales and service. Safford also teaches  business, marketing, and technology at Stuart and is the school’s DECA chapter advisor.





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