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G.M.H.S. Invites Parents for Discussion

George Mason High School invites parents of both 8th graders and freshmen to discuss upcoming events for the new school year. The event will take place at the high school’s Mustang Café (7124 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church) on Tuesday, Sept. 29 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. For more information, call 703-248-5500. SNjeb

G.M.H.S. Invites Parents for Discussion


George Mason High School
invites parents of both 8th graders and freshmen to discuss upcoming events for the new school year. The event will take place at the high school’s Mustang Café (7124 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church) on Tuesday, Sept. 29 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. For more information, call 703-248-5500.

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J.E.B. Stuart High School’s Eleanor Frances Robinson was named a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist. (Photo: Courtesy Shawn DeRose)

Marshall H.S. Hosts MUN Training Conference


George C. Marshall High School
is partnering with the University of Virginia’s International Relations Organization (IRO) and the United Nations Information Centre in Washington, D.C. to host a one-day training conference on Saturday, Sept. 26 for students interested in Model United Nations (MUN), an extracurricular activity designed to familiarize students with the skills required in international relations.

The conference will take place from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. and will focus on the topic of sea piracy. Registration for the conference is now open. For more information, visit www.fcps.edu/MarshallHS.

T.J. Hosts Band Leadership Seminar Tuesday

Thomas Jefferson Elementary School will host a workshop with Tim Lautzenheiser, founder and president of Attitude Concepts for Today, Inc., an organization created to meet the requests for student leadership workshops and several other related events.

Lautzenheiser will discuss the importance of young people recognizing their unlimited potential and putting it to use. The seminar will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 29 from 3:30 – 9 p.m at Oakton High School (2900 Sutton Rd., Vienna). Admission costs $35. For more information, call 703-750-8300.

Students Named National Merit Semifinalists

Principal Ty Byrd of George Mason High School announced this past Friday that students Kelley Frank, Hannah Gann and Noam Terman are semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship competition.

Back-to-School Nights Kick Off at Local Schools

McLean High School (MHS) will host a Back to School Night on Thursday, Sept. 24 to give parents and teachers the opportunity to meet and set a positive tone for the new school year. The event will be held at 6 p.m. at MHS (1633 Davidson Rd., McLean). For more information, call 703-714-5700.

Falls Church High School (FCHS) welcomes parents to its Back to School Night on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. This event will give parents the time to familiarize themselves with both the staff and the FCHS building (7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church). For more information, call 703-207-4000.

Mary Ellen Henderson (MEH) Middle School will hold a Back to School Night on Thursday, Sept. 24 from 7 – 9 p.m. Parents are encouraged to tour the building (7130 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church), get acquainted with the MEH staff and discuss upcoming events for the school year. For more information, call 703-720-5701.

Mustang Ambassadors and 8th Graders Hold Car Wash

The Mustang Ambassadors and the 8th grade class from George Mason High School are coming together to host a car wash to raise funds for the new school year. Dirty cars are welcome at the front of the high school near the trailers (7124 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church) on Saturday, Sept. 26 any time between 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Donations will be accepted. For more information, call 703-248-5500.

Correction: Trinity School at Meadow View, the only private high school in Virginia awarded the Blue Ribbon of Excellence, is a 7-12 grade school.

Fairfax County Schools Win Governor’s Award

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has been named the winner of the 2009 Governor’s Award for Innovative Use of Technology in K-12 Education for its electronic curriculum assessment resource tool (eCART).

eCART is an integrated technology solution available to all FCPS students, teachers and administrators that offers a single point of access to online curriculum, resources and formative assessment tools.  The goal of eCART is to help facilitate improved student learning and close the achievement gap.