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School News & Notes: December 10 – 16, 2009

Mason H.S. Chorus Chimes for Concert

The George Mason High School Chorus has been rehearsing classic season favorites to perform during its annual winter concert.


THE NXT SQUAD, made up of members Jack Lindquist, Nick Garzione, Jason Wang, Max Van Buskirk, Jasper Barnett, Marcus Hill and Lane Burgess, won first-place in the “Robot” category at the First LEGO League (FLL) Competition on Dec. 5. The boys represented fourth and fifth graders from Chesterbrook, Churchill Road and Haycock Elementary Schools. (Photo: Courtesy Rachel Deutsch)

The choral event is scheduled Thursday, December 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mason auditorium (7124 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church). It is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 703-248-5500.

Marshall High Band Drums Up Musical Performance

George C. Marshall High School Band invites the community to join it for a free wintertide concert.

The recital will be held Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. in the Marshall auditorium (7731 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church). For more information, call 703-714-5400.

Marshall H.S. Rallies for Alumni Bone Marrow Drive

Jordan Culbreath, a former Marshall High School student-athlete, was recently diagnosed with aplastic anemia.

Aplastic anemia is a life-threatening condition in which bone marrow does not produce enough blood cells. A bone marrow transplant represents the best chance of fighting this condition.

In an effort to support Culbreath, Marshall High School will be hosting a bone marrow donor drive on Friday, Dec. 18 from 4 – 8 p.m. at the school (7731 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church).

The cost for one member to join the official donation outfit, Be The Match Registry, is $100. However, there is no charge to participate as the proceeds from that evening’s boys basketball game will also be donated. For more information, call 703-714-5409.


George Mason High Band Performs Winter Concert

The George Mason High School Concert Band will be performing a winter concert of “Kronos,” “Christmas Interlude” and “Great Locomotive Chase” for the public.

The free concert will be held in the Mason High School auditorium (7124 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church) on Thursday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m.

For more information, call 703-248-5500.

Stuart Counselors Hold Meeting With Parents

The J.E.B. Stuart Student Services Department will be holding a “Meet Your Counselor and Career Specialist Day” for parents and counselors to meet and exchange information regarding the present and future situation of students.

Meetings will be in 20 minute intervals from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 10 at Stuart High School (3301 Peace Valley Lane, Falls Church).

Parents are asked to contact their student’s counselor or Career Center Specialist to set up an appointment. For more information, call Kari Kelley at 703-824-8971.

Falls Church H.S. Stages Winter Play Production

Drama director Valerie Karasek and the members of the Falls Church H.S. Theatre Department will reveal their recent work to the public in three performances of “Lend Me a Tenor.”

The Tony award-winning comedy by Ken Ludwig will show in the Falls Church H.S. auditorium (7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church) at 7:30 p.m. from Dec. 10 – 12. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students.

For more information, call 703-207-4059.

McLean H.S. Students Place at Competition

Of McLean High School’s yearbook, newspaper and broadcast student staffs, 59 students attended workshops and participated in national competitions at The National Scholastic Press Association and Journalism Education Association Fall Convention in November.

The scholastic yearbook earned second-place in the Best in Show contest. In write-off competitions, Nikki Kaul in News-writing and David Berk in News-Editing/Headline Writing earned scores high enough to place in the “Excellent” category. Bryan Kress in Review Writing, Shefali Hegde in Commentary Writing, Marissa Gitler in Yearbook Layout: Theme, Chase Dubose and Drew Sanders in In-Camera Feature and Cassidy Kelty and Caitlin Kirby in Broadcast Package earned scores to place in the “Honorable Mention” category.

Over 6,300 students attended from around the U.S.


McLean High School Hosts Holiday Bazaar

With over 50 artisans and vendors, bag pipers, a string quartet and singers, attendees at the McLean H.S. Holiday Bazaar will be surrounded by holiday music, exotic flavors and a wide array of gift items.

A portion of all vendors’ profits will be donated directly to the McLean Boosters. Food bank donations will be collected at the door. The boosters will also be holding a raffle.

The bazaar will be held Saturday, Dec. 12 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. in McLean High’s cafeteria (1633 Davidson Rd., McLean). Parking and admission are free

For more information, call 703-790-9684.

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