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June 21, 2016 Media Tips

Deer Park Elementary kindergarteners will blast off to first grade on Wednesday, June 22, by performing a variety of songs that showcase what they have learned this year. At the annual and aptly-named kindergarten blast off, the students will sing about the months of the year, friendship, the colors of the rainbow, and favorite fairy tales. To accompany the songs, the students have mastered hand motions and fun props. The show will be performed for family members and takes place in the gym from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Contact principal Carol Larsen at 703-802-5000 or or event liaison Jamie Morris at

Aldrin Elementary office assistant Julia Dowsett and volunteer Manal Megahed were recognized by the Herndon Optimist Club for going above and beyond for children in the community. Dowsett was recognized for her leadership on the Aldrin READS program that provides books for every student so they can build their library at home.  Megahed was recognized for her many years serving in the Aldrin PTA and as a volunteer, both at the school and in the Herndon-Reston community.    Dowsett and Megahed were recognized by Aldrin principal Shane Wolfe at a dinner sponsored by the members of the Herndon Optimist Club.  Contact principal Shane Wolfe at 703-904-3800 or

Carson Middle’s SARK team, consisting of Somasekhar Patil, Raunak Daga, Kunal Nakka, and Akshay Subramaniam, was one of 20 national finalists in the 14th annual eCYBERMISSION competition. The SARK team project focused on using alternate sources to create an edible water bottle with a goal of reducing the amount of waste created by plastics. Carson Middle’s Cyber Panthers, consisting of Siddarth Krishnakumar, Suryakumar Balamurugadass, and Shashank Kalluri, was named a second place state winner in the competition. The Cyber Panthers worked together with team advisor Adam Pawlowski to look at different solutions in the prevention of death to babies and toddlers left unattended in cars due to hypothermia and hyperthermia.  The web-based science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program—sponsored by the U.S. Army and administered by the National Science Teachers Association—is designed to cultivate student interest in STEM by encouraging students in grades six through nine to develop solutions to real-world problems in their local communities.  The SARK team is currently participating in eCYBERMISSION’s National Judging and Educational Event (NJ&EE), taking place in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. Contact principal Gordon Stokes at 703-925-3600 or news liaison Lisa Marik at

Students in Caroline Goldstrom’s class at Silverbrook Elementary performed the play “Alice’s Adventures with Idioms,” teaching all Silverbrook students about idioms. The play is a curriculum-packed introduction to figurative language, focusing on idioms and similes, with appearances by metaphors and alliteration. Over 150 common idioms and similes are included in the songs and dialogue of this show. In addition to exploring the meanings of specific expressions, students learned to understand the difference between literal and metaphorical language and that idioms have a historical basis. Contact principal Melaney Mackin at 703-690-5100 or or news liaison Mary Anne Haskins at

Silverbrook Elementary students in Norah Haje’s and Aron Tagert's sixth grade classes conducted the school’s second annual invention convention, where 25 different inventions or innovations were showcased. Students were challenged to independently problem solve, think creatively, experiment, and work collaboratively as they created a new product. They applied for a pseudo patent, wrote a proposal, created a prototype, rehearsed their sales pitch, created a commercial and display board presentation, and presented their product at the convention. The rest of Silverbrook's student population had the opportunity to cast a vote for their favorite idea or the item they would most likely buy. Contact principal Melaney Mackin at 703-690-5100 or or news liaison Mary Anne Haskins at


Students in special education at Lees Corner Elementary enjoyed an afternoon of fun at field day. The weather was perfect for teachers, students and parents to celebrate the home stretch of the school year. Outdoors, students created artwork with chalk, tossed bean bags at targets, and blew bubbles into the wind, while the gymnasium was filled with beach balls for playing catch and hoppers for sitting or bouncing. Camaraderie--not competition—was the name of the game for this version of field day. Contact principal Bob D’Amato at 703-227-3500 or or news liaison Janet Clark at

To showcase the reading skills learned by first graders in Natalie Payne’s class at Silverbrook Elementary this year, the class held a Reader's Theater performance. Students used “The Three Billy Goats Gruff,” “All Through the Year,” and “The Shark King’s Son” for their Reader’s Theater. Parents, siblings, and grandparents were invited to enjoy students’ performances of familiar stories. In reader's theater, students "perform" by reading scripts created from grade-level books or stories. Usually they do so without costumes or props. Its goal is to enhance students' reading skills and confidence by having them practice reading aloud with a purpose.  Contact principal Melaney Mackin at 703-690-5100 or or news liaison Mary Anne Haskins at




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June 21, 2016