Tuesday, May 7, 2013
The celebration will tie in with Memorial Day.
Waynewood Elementary School will have its annual Patriots' Day Celebration at 9:30 a.m. May 24 in the school's gym. The celebration will tie in with Memorial Day which is the following Monday, according to a recent news release from Lorrie Murphy, the school's news liaison. The purpose of the celebration is to recognize military and community patriots who defend, serve and protect the country. The school will recognize community leaders, military personnel, police officers, firemen and law enforcement officers from the Sheriff’s Office who will be present for the event. Waynewood students will recite the Pledge of Allegiance and sing patriotic songs during the celebration. Student writings and art projects about patriots, the military and …
Monday, May 6, 2013
Show your appreciation for teachers on Patch.
Most adults can credit their work ethic and career choices to teachers who inspired them. Tuesday marks National Teacher Day, which is sponsored by the National Education Association to encourage people to recognize and thank their favorite teachers, past and present. Nonprofit organiztion Kars4Kids recently surveyed 1,000 American adults to measure how teachers impacted adults and ways adults have expressed their appreciation. The survey found the following: In recognition of National Teacher Day, we want to know about your favorite educator. Whether it was your band teacher who encouraged you to continue studying the trombone, or a literature professor who fostered your love for Jane Austen, tell us about your favorite teacher in the …
Friday, May 3, 2013
The Governor's Challenge in Economics and Personal Finance took place last week.
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology students were awarded 2013 Governor’s Challenge Champions in Economics and Personal Finance last week. The winning students from Fairfax's Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology were Scott Gibson, Hamil Shah, Catherine Shi, and Robert Wang, who are coached by teacher Haywood Torrence. They won first place in their division. The Governor’s Challenge is meant to enhance economics and financial education for students in grades K-12, according to a press release from the Fairfax County Public School syste. The Fairfax County students went up against more than 2,100 high school students in Virginia competed in preliminary rounds of the competition. Students are either …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
More than 1,480 students nationwide participated in this year's contest.
Students at West Potomac High School were recently recognized in the Journalism Education Association (JEA) 2013 Write Off Contest, according to a recent Fairfax County Public Schools news release. The contest took place at the JEA-National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) spring convention in San Francisco. Only 108 of 1,480 students received a superior rating in this year's contest, 203 received an excellent rating and 305 earned an honorable mention. WestPo students who earned recognition include: Superior Rating Excellent Rating Honorable Mention For the full list of Fairfax County students who received recognition, click here. Keep up with Greater Alexandria news and events by signing up for daily newsletter. Learn more here!
Teacher layoffs, program reductions are not a budget issue, Fairfax County Public Schools says.
Fairfax County Public Schools says the decision to cut professional television production classes from four schools in the county - and three teachers along with them - is not due to budget cuts, but instead to declining enrollment. FCPS spokesperson John Torre told Patch that TV production programs at West Potomac High School in Alexandria, South County High School in Lorton and JEB Stuart High School in Falls Church will also be canceled. Patch reported last week that Dave Ruby, a professional TV production teacher at Fairfax Academy, who also leads the student-run production company, Digital Wave, will be laid off at the end of the school year. Students, alumni and supporters alike started an online petition soon after to try and help…
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Chemistry between lead actors takes center stage in this high school production.
Tuesday, April 30
Written by Mary Long of Langley High School --- A mad scientist, a goofy hunchback, an eccentric assistant, a creepy handmaid and a green monster — not your typical cast of characters. But the West Potomac High School theater department brings them all to life in their production of "Young Frankestein the Musical," a horror-story parody and rock-and-roll musical written by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan that follows a schmaltzy set of crazy characters attempting to recreate the infamous Frankenstein. Opening on Broadway in 2007, "Young Frankenstein" tells the tale of Frederick Frankenstein, the last living relative of the infamous Dr. Frankenstein, the creator of the world’s most notorious undead creature. Frederick, who wishes to dissociate…
The winner of America's Next Top Model and WPGC radio host slated to co-host
West Potomac Academy (WPA) Fashion Design students will host the seventh annual Runway Ready Concept to Catwalk fashion show on May 10 at West Potomac High School. Fashion Design students are involved in producing all of the garments for their collections as well as planning, producing and promoting the show. This professional-calibre fashion show will also include guest designs from Nam Nguyen, Speak Vintage, Walish Gooshe, and My Bougie Baby. Guy Lambert of WPGC-FM, 95.5 radio and America's Next Top Model cycle eight winner Jaslene Gonzalez will host the fashion show. From 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., guests can shop in the Pop Up! Shop, featuring vintage and contemporary fashions and accessories. Sponsors of the event are Fashion Fights Poverty, …
Monday, April 29, 2013
Top news of the week from our Patches around Virginia and DC.
Patch has 31 community sites in Virginia and D.C. Here are some of the top stories from around the region over the past week. 16. Mark Wahlberg Visits: Actor Mark Wahlberg visited T.C. Williams High School on Wednesday morning for an assembly presented by Get Schooled, a nonprofit that aims to engage high school students in an effort to improve graduation rates and empower more students to achieve in college. “I had to work really hard to get where I’m at,” Wahlberg said. “And I don’t mind working really hard to try and maintain it." 15. Runner Pledges 30 Races: Arlington resident Lauren Bailey is halfway through a personal challenge that has been daunting and exhilarating — running 30 races in one year, the year of her 30th birthday. …
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Fairfax County's pre-kindergarten program will likely go another year without the funding it needs to shorten a wait list with hundreds of kids.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is ready to adopt the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget package, but some officials are unsettled by the lack of funding for the expansion of Head Start program, which currently has hundreds of students on the waiting list. Through a mix of county, state and federal funding, Head Start provides free pre-kindergarten classes to students from low-income families, giving them the extra attention they need to be on par with their peers when they enter the Fairfax County Public School system. Roughly 1,500 kids are currently enrolled in the program — but more than 800 others are waiting. The program won’t receive any additional funding in this year’s budget because of worries that more funds will be lost in the …
Saturday, April 27, 2013
FHYAA Softball hosted its opening day ceremony in April.
Saturday, April 27
(Editor's Note: This article was submitted by Miriam Miller.) Fort Hunt Softball held their Opening Day Celebration on April 14 at the Walt Whitman softball complex. Approximately 600 people including players, family members and volunteers from our softball community were in attendance to celebrate. The party started off with a picnic, games and dancing. Cindy Jackson and Miriam Miller received the Commissioner’s Volunteer of the Year Award for 2012. Both Miriam and Cindy were recognized for consistently volunteering their time to oversee several important programs which will have a positive and direct impact on the overall success of the youth softball program. “Both Miriam and Cindy truly exemplify what a volunteer is all about” said …