2024-06-19 12:09 AM

School News: March 9th – 15th

OSE Learns Healthy Habits from Challenges

Oak Street is learning about heart-healthy habits such as: being active, staying hydrated and avoiding tobacco. In addition to physical activities in PE class this week, the students could dedicate hearts to family members or themselves. In the 14 years since being in this program, the school has raised over 120,000 dollars. The money raised goes to the American Heart Association. Oak Street families can sign their students up at ww2.heart.org to create a fundraising site and collect donations (through next week).

The hard work of FCCPS students has inspired the founders, Ida Puliwa and Ted Mwango of I Demand Access, to start a girls soccer program for several schools in Malawi. . (Photo: Dave Decoste)

Meridian Rock Bands Thrive at N38 Studios

The Meridian Guitar and Contemporary Band class had an extraordinary opportunity to record at N38 Studios in Falls Church and work with professional musicians and owners Buddy Speir and Sarah Marks.  

While recording three performances, the MHS rock band musicians learned about engineering and production. They will be shared shortly. It was a great day as the musicians learned about the music industry. 

FCCPS Jazz and Rock Ensembles to Play

Join the MEH & MHS jazz and rock band ensembles on Sunday, March 19 from 3-5 p.m. for LIVE at the MEH Cafe: Swing Time. Guests will be treated to an afternoon of live swing and rock music along with tasty mocktails and nibbles. Special for the performance is swing dancing instruction for all ages. Join in the Mary Ellen Henderson School Cafe for this special springtime concert. Admission is free. Donations accepted to help fund music at the schools.

Join MHS for International Night 

Back for the first time since 2019, International Night allows students to experience the rich cultural diversity of the school community by offering an educational experience, cultural performances, and a “tasting table” with dishes from around the world. The event will take place on Saturday, March 18 at Meridian High School from 5:00 p.m. — 7:00 p.m.  

The Meridian Guitar and Contemporary Band class had an extraordinary opportunity to record at N38 Studios in Falls Church. (Photo: Mary Jo West)

Visitors Thank Students for Donations

In addition to making power packs, fifth-grade ambassadors formed smaller groups to support various causes. One such group collected “Sports Gear for Africa.” The hard work of seven Oak Street students (Larissa Bouldin, Sofia Davis, Gwen DeCoste, Addie Estes, Eli Kulman, Hunter Marlin, and Isla Pagliai) and three Meridian senior mentors (Jack Ettinger, Delaney Flanagan, and Morgan Knight) is making a positive impact halfway across the globe. The generous donations made by the FCCPS community have inspired the founders, Ida Puliwa and Ted Mwango of I Demand Access, to start a girls soccer program for several schools in Mulanje, Malawi. On a recent US visit, Ida and Ted from Malawi stopped by Oak Street Elementary to thank the students who are helping positively impact hundreds of students’ lives.

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