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School News & Notes: January 7 – 13, 2010

George Mason Poets Vie to Qualify for State Contest

The English Department at George Mason High School is sponsoring the second annual Poetry Out Loud competition at 1:20 p.m. this Friday, Jan. 8.

The contest invites 12 students from grades 9 –12 to recite two poems each. The winner will represent Mason in Richmond for the state competition. Friday’s competition will take place in the Mason auditorium (7124 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church).

Meekins Preschool Invites Parents to Open House

Parents are invited to the F.B. Meekins Cooperative Preschool Open House. The open house a chance to tour the school, meet teachers and fellow parents and pick up applications for Fall 2010. Meekins welcomes children between 2 – 5 years old, with immediate openings for 3 – 5 year olds. The open house is from 10 a.m. – noon, this Saturday, Jan. 9 at the school (900 Maple Ave. E, Vienna). For more details, visit or call 703-938-3588.

Parents Invited to Explore Meadow View Possibilities

Trinity School at Meadow View, one of two Virginia high schools to win the national 2009 Blue Ribbon for academic excellence, invites the public to an information night to learn more about Meadow View’s focus on the sciences, humanities and fine arts for students between grades 7 – 12. The event is at 7:30 p.m. next Tuesday, Jan. 12 at the high school (2849 Meadow View Rd., Falls Church). For more details, visit or call 703-629-9932.

George Mason IB Program Hosts Information Meeting

Parents of students between grades 8 – 10 are invited to attend an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program information night at George Mason High School. The event, at 7 p.m. next Thursday, Jan. 14 in the school cafe (7124 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church), will inform parents about the IB program. The agenda includes talks by Mason IB Coordinator Asheesh Misra and the Director of Counseling Amy Kurjanowicz, as well as from current IB students, graduates and parents.

McLean’s Yearbook, Clan, Earns High Accolades

Clan, the yearbook of McLean High School, was named a Crown Finalist by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association late last month, becoming one of 33 yearbooks nationwide honored with the distinction. The Crown is the highest honor awarded by the association. The Clan staff will learn on March 19 whether they have been awarded a Gold or Silver Crown.

FCPS Board Member Will Appear at Local PTA Event

The Kilmer Middle School Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) has arranged for Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) School Board member Patty Reed to attend a joint Kilmer-Freedom Hill sponsored budget forum. The forum invites teachers, staff members and parents from the Kilmer and Freedom Hill area, as well members of the pyramid schools (like Marshall High), to attend. The budget forum will take place at 7 p.m. next Wednesday, Jan. 13 at Kilmer Middle School (8100 Wolftrap Rd., Vienna).

Stuart Singers Hold Annual ‘Broadway’ Fundraiser

J.E.B. Stuart High School (3301 Peace Valley Lane, Falls Church) is hosting the 6th annual “Broadway Desserts” fundraiser, showcasing various Broadway tunes with two shows this Saturday, Jan. 9. The first event begins at 2 p.m. with desserts, followed by a 3 p.m. show, and the later event begins at 6 p.m. with desserts followed by a 7 p.m. show will follow. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for students with ID. For more information, call Stuart High at 703-824-3900.

Mustangs Scholastic Bowl Team Remains Undefeated

The undefeated George Mason High School Scholastic Bowl Team won three games last month during the team’s single home meet this season. The Mustangs racked up on average 325 points per game, beating Manassas Park (370-60), Strasburg (355-80) and Rappahannock County (300-105). The Mason Scholastic Bowl team has two more regular season games next Monday, Jan. 11, at Manassas Park High, before travelling to Rappahannock to vie for the district title.

FCCPS Opens Day Care Registration Online

Day care registration for the upcoming Falls Church City Public Schools (FCCPS) Professional Development Days of Friday, Jan. 29 and Monday, Feb. 1 is now open online until Jan. 22. All FCCPS students in the city between grades K – 7 are eligible. To download the registration packet and more information, visit:

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