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School News & Notes: March 18 – 24, 2010

Disney-Mason‘Hope for Haiti’ Benefit Hosted by Marshall High

George C. Marshall High School is hosting a benefit for the victims of the January earthquake in Haiti. “Hope for Haiti: We Are the World” will start at 7:30 p.m. today, March 18, in the school auditorium (7731 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church). The benefit will include dinner, dessert and a variety show staged by students. All proceeds will be donated to Haiti relief causes. For more information, call 703-714-5400.

 

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Last week, 160 Mustangs represented George Mason High School in Festival Disney at Disneyworld in Orlando, Flor. The Mason Symphonic, Concert, Jazz and Percussion Ensembles competed in the festival from March 10 – 14. The groups performed at the Premier Theatre at Hollywood Studios, and at Pleasure Island and Saratoga Springs in Disneyworld. (Photo: Courtesy Mary Jo Webster)

‘Hope for Haiti’ Benefit Hosted by Marshall High

George C. Marshall High School is hosting a benefit for the victims of the January earthquake in Haiti. “Hope for Haiti: We Are the World” will start at 7:30 p.m. today, March 18, in the school auditorium (7731 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church). The benefit will include dinner, dessert and a variety show staged by students. All proceeds will be donated to Haiti relief causes. For more information, call 703-714-5400.

One More Week for Mason Mulch Sale

The George Mason Athletic Boosters Club is holding its 17th annual Mulch Sale until Friday, March 26. Sales of the high-quality shredded hardwood mulch will go toward the Athletics Boosters’ support of student-athletes in the form of scholarships, equipment purchases and more.

The mulch comes in 3-cubic-feet bags at $5 per bag, with free delivery within the City of Falls Church and surrounding neighborhoods. The delivery date is April 10. To order mulch, customers can download an order form from the GMHS Athletics Web site, www.masonathletics.org, and mail the form, with a check payable to GMABA, to Phil Duncan, 1069 W. Broad St., No. 776, Falls Church, VA 22046. Customers should include their physical address, phone number and e-mail address.

Paper copies of the order form are available at Mary Riley Styles Public Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church) and the Falls Church Community Center (223 Little Falls St., Falls Church).

For more information, customers can contact Phil Duncan at [email protected] or 703-209-2005.

McLean H.S. Celebrates Multicultural Community

The International Cultures United (ICU) club and the McLean Parent-Teacher-Student Association are staging the annual McLean High School Multicultural Night in the school cafeteria (1633 Davidson Rd., McLean) from 6 – 9 p.m. Friday, March 19. Attendees to Multicultural Night are asked to bring an ethnic dish to share with 6 – 8 people, and, if available, to wear traditional clothing. Those without dishes to share are also welcome, with tickets for $5 at the door. All proceeds will go to support victims of the Haiti earthquake. For more information, call Wafika Albani at 703-824-1923.

Marshall Orchestras Receive ‘Superior’ Ratings

The George C. Marshall High School Concert Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra received “Superior” ratings at the District XII Orchestra Festival held last Friday and Saturday at Madison High School. Superior is the highest grade an orchestra can earn in the competition.

Bailey’s Elementary Hosts Creative Arts Expo Day

The Bailey’s Elementary School for the Arts and Sciences is hosting a “Celebrate Learning Through the Arts Day” this Saturday, March 20.

The day’s activities are geared toward showing families how the Bailey’s program engages children in the Arts. Activities include Tiny Toy Tales, Music and Poetry, Tableau, Readers’ Theater, Art and Writing, and more.

The free activities take place at the elementary school (6111 Knollwood Dr., Falls Church), and begin at 10 a.m.

For more information, parents can contact Bailey’s Principal Jay McClain at 703-575-6800, or send him an e-mail at [email protected]

 

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McLean High’s Chamber Soloists (above) returned this week from a 10-day music exchange program in Detmold, Germany. The McLean students collaborated with the Detmold Youth Orchestra of a German school called the Grabbe Gymnasium. (Photo: Courtesy Alan Greilsamer)

Local McLean High Senior Named Scholar Candidate

Shefali Hegde, a graduating senior at McLean High School, has been named one of 3,000 candidates in the 2010 Presidential Scholars Program.

The candidates were selected from nearly 3.2 million students expected to graduate high school in 2010.

The United States Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 by a presidential executive order, recognizing the most distinguished graduating high school seniors nationwide.

Scholar semifinalists will be decided in April, with the finalists announced in May. For more details on the Presidential Scholarship program, visit www2.ed.gov/programs/psp/index.html.

TJ Elementary School Earns Title I Distinction

Falls Church City’s Thomas Jefferson Elementary School was one of 101 Virginia public schools, and the only City school, to earn national distinction this week as a Title I Distinguished School.

The Virginia Board of Education recognized public schools statewide for their commitment to raising the academic achievement of economically disadvantaged students.

To become a Title I Distinguished School under the federal No Child Left Behind education program, Thomas Jefferson was required to maintain full state accreditation under Virginia’s Standards of Learning program for the previous two academic years, and meet federal standards in reading and mathematics.

The elementary school will receive a certificate recognizing the distinction, in addition to federal funding for programs intended to raise at-risk student achievement.

Original Pancake House Raises $ for F.C. Education

The Original Pancake House (370 W. Broad St., Falls Church) will donate a portion of its sales on Thursday, March 25 to the Falls Church Education Foundation (FCEF) for the restaurant’s annual fundraiser.

Diners can participate between the hours of 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The FCEF is an advocate for Falls Church City Public Schools. For more information on the FCEF, visit www.fcedf.org.

George Mason High’s Music Department Heads to Disney

George Mason High School Music Director Mary Jo Webster, 160 Mustangs and a contingent of parent chaperones and chartered buses trekked to Disneyworld last week, from March 10 – 14, for Festival Disney.

Members of the Concert and Symphonic Bands and the Jazz and Percussion Ensembles attended the weekend music competition, which attracts hundreds of students nationwide to compete in several scheduled Festival Disney competitions.

Below are some photo submissions from parents and Band Director Webster. (Photos: Susan Earman and Mary Jo Webster)

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