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School News & Notes: January 21 – 27, 2010

George Mason High Holds Haiti Relief Fundraiser

Twenty percent of all sales revenue at Flippin’ Pizza in Falls Church (800 West Broad, in the “Flower


Seventh grader Evan Drake (left) won the Geography Bee held at McLean’s Langley School, and will advance to the state-level competition. The national competition is sponsored by the National Geographic Society. Here, Drake is standing next to Social Studies Department Chair Diane Charnov (center) and runner-up Danny Rodriguez (right). (Photo: Courtesy Sharon Ifft)

Building”) today, Jan. 21, between 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. will go toward the George Mason High School Haiti Relief Fund. Principal Tyrone Byrd will join staff behind the counter from 6 – 10 p.m.

Bishop O’Connell H.S. Raises Funds for Haiti

The students of Bishop O’Connell Catholic High School are raising funds for their sister school, Louverture Cleary School, in earthquake-ravaged Haiti. Proceeds from several functions at the school this weekend will go directly to the effort. Money will be collected at the varsity basketball game against Gonzaga High this Friday, Jan. 22, in Godley Gym. All proceeds from tickets for the Drama Club’s staged readings of A.R. Gurney’s “Love Letters” will be donated. The performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22; 4 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24. At last Friday’s basketball game, Bishop O’Connell managed to raise $1,600. For more information, visit

Congressional Va. Schools Hosts Open House

The Congressional Schools of Virginia is holding an open house for grades 1 – 8 on Monday, Feb. 1, from 8:30 – 10 a.m. The open house includes guided tours and a chance for parents to see day-to-day operations during a normal school day. Reservations are required, and parents are asked to RSVP to Karen Weinberger at 703-533-9711, ext. 307, or by e-mail at The Congressional Schools of Virginia is located at 3229 Sleepy Hollow Road, Falls Church.

St. Agnes Invites Parents To Open Houses

St. Agnes Catholic School, a 2009 Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, is holding an open house on Tuesday, Feb. 2, from 10 – 11 a.m. for parents of all prospective students. Another open house for parents interested in pre-K and kindergarten will be held on Sunday, Feb. 7, from 10:30 a.m. – noon. Both events offer guided tours of the school and a meeting with the principal, pastor and current parents. The open houses will take place in the school library, at 2024 N. Randolph St., Arlington. For more information, call the school office at 703-527-5423 or visit

Area Schools Recognized With Va. Governor Awards

Haycock Elementary and McLean High were among 36 Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) to receive the 2010 Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence from Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine. The honor is the highest that the Virginia Board of Education can bestow under the Virginia Index of Performance incentive program. For a complete list of schools awarded, visit or contact the FCPS at 571-423-1200.

St. James H.S. Teacher Wins Washington Portrait

Sixth grade teacher Pat Moran of St. James Catholic High School was one of three teachers to win a raffle held for members of the Mount Vernon Teachers Institute. Her prize: a full-size replica of the famous George Vincent Peale portrait of President George Washington. Moran receives her prize at 2 p.m. this Friday in the school’s Heller Hall, with representatives from Mount Vernon present, in addition to George Washington himself.

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