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School News & Notes: February 4 – 10, 2010

Bishop O’Connell Raises $10,000 for Haiti Efforts

With a special collection supporting earthquake victims in Haiti held on Jan. 19, Bishop O’Connell High School was able to present a check for $10,000 to Medical Missionaries, a non-profit working in Haiti for the past 10 years. For more information about Medical Missionaries, visit them online at www.medmissionaries.org.

J.E.B Stuart High School Holds Chorus Auditions

J.E.B Stuart High School will be holding auditions for All-State Chorus on Feb. 11 at West Potomac High School (6500 Quander Rd., Alexandria). This audition is for all juniors and seniors who have made District Choir.

TJ Student Numbers Among 40 Nationwide Finalists

Temple Douglas, a senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, is among 40 students nationwide who have been named finalists in the 2010 Intel Science Talent Search. The competition challenges students to select and investigate scientific questions and develop the skills necessary to solve the problems of tomorrow. The finalists’ independent research projects include topics such as human-seeking robots, revitalizing ecosystems affected by wildfires, implications of gender on stem cell transplants, climate change, and potential cures for Parkinson’s disease and cancer.  Douglas’s project is “The Application of Hydrogel Nanoparticles for Early Lyme Disease Diagnosis.”

McLean High Students Perform One Act Plays

McLean High School (1633 Davidson Rd., McLean) is presenting the student-directed One Act Plays. Community members can come out and join the students as they showcase their original works. Directed by the students themselves, they are considered appropriate for 7th grade and up. There will be a different line-up each night. Productions will be held Thursday, Feb. 4 and Friday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 6 at 6 p.m. Tickets will be $5 at the door.

FCCPS Superintendent Recognizes Teachers

FCCPS Superintendent  Lois Berlin recognized seven teachers who were nominated from the school district for the Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award, sponsored by the Washington Post.

The award recognizes outstanding teachers in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area.

Berlin presented each of this year’s nominees with a flower bouquet and a packet containing their nominations and letters of praise from students, parents and colleagues.

This year’s FCCPS nominees are: Maryel Barry (6th grade) and Jeanne Seabridge (Career and Technical Education) from Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School; Nathan Greiner (Physical Education) from Thomas Jefferson Elementary School; and Tammy Chincheck (History), Marc Robarge (Photography and Art), Maria Shields (Art) and Alissa Stein (English) from George Mason High School.

The Agnes Award winner and nominees will be recognized at a reception in the spring. The winner will receive a cash award from the Post.

Bailey’s Magnet School Holds Information Night

Parents interested in enrolling their children in Bailey Elementary School’s Magnet School program are invited to attend an Information Night today, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m. at the school (6111 Knollwood Dr., Falls Church).

This is Bailey’s 17th year as a magnet school. The program integrates arts and technology across a range of curricular areas to enrich the learning experience. Application information and forms are available on the school’s Web site, www.fcps.edu/BaileyES.

In case of snow delay, the information night will be held next Thursday, Feb. 11. The school’s main office can be reached at 703-575-6800.

Stuart Class of 2010 Offers Spring Mulch

To support their All-Night Graduation Party later this year, J.E.B. Stuart High School’s Class of 2010 is holding a spring mulch sale.

The mulch sale offers three-cubic-foot bags of double-shredded hardwood mulch for $4.50 per bag. Deliver is free for orders of more than 30 bags, with a $25 delivery fee for orders of fewer than 30 bags. For more than 100 bags, there is a special handling fee of $50. Pick-up, however, is available at the school parking lot between 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. weekdays.

All orders must be placed by March 30, and pick-up and delivery options, within the Stuart District, are available starting April 10.

For an order form, visit www.stuartptsa.org.

McLean Choral Association Holds All-State Auditions

The McLean Choral Parents Association will be holding auditions for the Virginia All-State Chorus on Feb. 11 at Oakton High School (2900 Sutton Rd., Vienna).

This audition is for all juniors and seniors who make District Choir. It will be held during the first night of District Choir. Sheet music and audio files are available on the VCDA Web site, www.vcda.net.

Marshall Actors Take 2nd at Liberty District Tourney

The theater troupe from George C. Marshall High School repeated last year’s success at the annual Liberty District Virginia High School League One Act Play Competition, coming in second place.

The Marshall actors performed in “Tongues,” directed by Mera O’Malley and Marshall theater director, Trena Weiss-Null.

In all, eight schools competed in the Liberty District. Stone Bridge High School came in first with their rendition of “The Bald Soprano,” directed by Glen Hochkeppel. The district competition was hosted by Marshall.

Now the Marshall troupe advances with other winners to the Northern Regionals, to be held this Saturday, Feb. 6, weather permitting. The performances are free and open to the public, and will take place at Lake Braddock High School (9200 Burke Lake Rd., Burke).

CORRECTION: Bishop Ireton Holds Haiti Fundraisers

In the Jan. 21 issue of the Falls Church News-Press, Bishop Ireton Catholic High School’s efforts to raise funds for its sister school in Haiti, Louverture Cleary, were mistakenly attributed to Bishop O’Connell High School.


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