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School News: May 6 – 12, 2010

GMHS Music Department Named Blue Ribbon Winner

PimmitHillspoetryreading2George Mason High School’s (GMHS) music department was recently named a Blue Ribbon Award winner by the Virginia Music Educators Association (VMEA), which recognizes state schools with top-notch performing ensembles. The Mustang chorus, concert, percussion and symphonic bands all received straight superior ratings from four judges at the annual VMEA competition this year.

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PIMMIT HILLS HIGH SCHOOL recently held its Second Annual “Open Mic” for Poetry reading, where more than 30 students read their own poems or famous poems in celebration of National Poetry Month. (Photo: Courtesy Yvon Jensen)
GMHS Music Department Named Blue Ribbon Winner

George Mason High School’s (GMHS) music department was recently named a Blue Ribbon Award winner by the Virginia Music Educators Association (VMEA), which recognizes state schools with top-notch performing ensembles. The Mustang chorus, concert, percussion and symphonic bands all received straight superior ratings from four judges at the annual VMEA competition this year.

 

F.C. City Schools Take On ‘Green Schools’ Challenge

 

Falls Church City Public Schools will participate in the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) Green Schools Challenge, it was announced this week. The competition encourages schools divisions to institute specific changes to their carbon footprint. George Mason High School already has rooftop solar panels that contribute electricity back to its grid.

The goal of the challenge is to become a certified “Green School Division.” Recognition will be given at the VSBA Annual Conference in November to the top three school divisions in each of three student population brackets.

 

Raider Run 5K to Benefit Stuart H.S. Sports

 

J.E.B. Stuart High School’s annual Raider Run 5K will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 8 at the school (3301 Peace Valley Ln., Falls Church). The course includes rolling hills on neighborhood streets from the school to Lake Barcroft and back. The race is open to students and members of the community. Registration is $10 for students and $25 for everyone else.

A Fun Run-Walk will also be held; registration for that event is $5. Packet pickup and race-day registration will be held from 6:45 – 7:45 a.m. at the school. Awards will be given to the top 5K finishers in each age category.

Fun Run-Walk participants ages 10 and under will receive ribbons. Several Girls on the Run groups from local elementary schools plan to compete. All proceeds benefit the Stuart High’s athletic programs. For more information, e-mail [email protected]

 

FCHS’ Hummel Wins Pamplin Scholarship

 

Karl Hummel of Falls Church High School (FCHS) received the 2010 Pamplin Leader Award, a one-year $1000 tuition scholarship to Virginia Tech (V.T.). It is presented annually to a top student from each public high school in Virginia. It was established by Robert B. Pamplin, Sr. (V.T. Class of ‘33) and Robert B. Pamplin, Jr. to acknowledge students with a record of outstanding academic achievement that is balanced with commitment to community service and leadership experience.

 

‘As You Like It’ Plays at Annandale H.S. Tonight

Theater Without Borders, a comprehensive theater arts program in Fairfax County Public Schools for students who are learning English, will present “As You Like It” at Annandale High School (4700 Medford Dr., Annandale) tonight, Thursday, May 6, at 7:30 p.m.

This production of the popular Shakespearian comedy is the result of a partnership between the Washington, D.C. Shakespeare Theater Company and its Shakespearience program. For more information, call 703 642-4100.