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School News & Notes: March 4 – 10, 2010

schoolnews2It was more drama than Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School students bargained for with their lively production of “The Music Man, Jr.” last weekend. First, the heavy snows causing cancellation of school severely restricted the amount of rehearsal time to get ready, then on the eve of opening night, the lead of the play, the talented George de Mars, became ill and could not perform.

Mary Ellen Henderson Stages ‘The Music Man, Jr.’

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It was more drama than Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School students bargained for with their lively production of “The Music Man, Jr.” last weekend. First, the heavy snows causing cancellation of school severely restricted the amount of rehearsal time to get ready, then on the eve of opening night, the lead of the play, the talented George de Mars, became ill and could not perform. Sixth grader George Castillo was rushed into the part with no prior preparation, working diligently for six hours before curtain time. He did an amazing job, and de Mars was able to pick up the part for the Friday and Saturday shows. (Photo: News-Press)

GMHS’ Lasso Newspaper Recognized Nationally

The Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) of Columbia University recognized George Mason High School’s student-produced online newspaper, the Lasso, as a finalist for the 2010 CSPA Crown Award. The Awards Convocation for Scholastic Crown on March 19 will announce whether Mason, one of 27 online high school newspaper finalists, will receive a  silver or gold crown. Mason was selected out of 1,500 high school publications nationwide during the 2008-09 year. For more details, visit cspa.columbia.com.

F.C. Rotary Club Hosts H.S. Music Competition

The Falls Church Rotary Club will hold the Graham Green III Memorial Music Competition at 6:30 p.m. today at F.C. ArtSpace (410 S. Maple Ave., Falls Church). Four students representing local high schools will each perform a short musical selection. The first-place student will receive a $100 award and advance to the semifinals of the district competition being held in Fredericksburg on April 17. The student placing second will receive a $50 award.

Chesterbrook E.S. PTA Holds Auction Fundraiser

Chesterbrook Elementary School (1753 Kirby Rd., McLean)  is holding its fourth annual online auction, to support essential curriculum enhancements for the school. The auction includes opportunities for golf lessons, a private tour of the U.S. Capitol and more than 300 items. All proceeds will go toward the Chesterbook Elementary School PTA. To participate, visit www.biddingforgood.com/chesterbrook. The auction will remain open till March 7.

Stuart’s ‘Taste of the Town’ Offers Food  & Live Auction

J.E.B. Stuart High (3301 Peace Valley Lane, Falls Church) will host its Annual Taste of the Town fundraiser at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, March 8. This year there will be a food tasting from local restaurants and an auction. Tickets are $5 in advance for students and $10 at the door, and $15 in advance and $20 at the door for adults. For more details, contact Cindy Waters at [email protected]

Trinity School Hosts Information Night

Trinity School at Meadow View (2849 Meadow View Rd., Falls Church) is hosting an information night on Tuesday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m. for parents and students who are interested in the programs.

Trinity School won the 2009 National Blue Ribbon for academic excellence. For more information, call 703-629-9932.

‘The Envelope Please’ Comes to Langley Middle

Langley students grades 6 – 8 will present the spring play “The Envelope Please,” where everyone wants to win a chance to co-star in a movie with the famous Howard Hunk. The play runs from March 11 – 13 at Langley Middle School (1411 Balls Hill Rd., McLean) at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person and must be purchased by March 10. To purchase tickets, visit www.langleyschool.org.

March Madness Raises Funds for F.C. City Schools

The Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School (7130 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church)  PTA will host their second annual March Madness basketball game on Friday, March 5 at 5:30 p.m.

The game will pit teachers from Mary Ellen Henderson against Mount Daniel Elementary teachers. Proceeds from the game will go toward both schools’ needs. For more information, visit www.fccps.org/tj.

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