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May 27, 2015 Media Tips

Fifth grade students from Franconia Elementary will present the musical Possibilities for employees of the school’s business partner CALIBRE on Monday, June 1, at 1 p.m. Under the direction of music teacher Linda Resek, students have learned a number of songs, including “Big Dreams,” “I'm Gonna Be,” and “Don't Ever Give Up.” Highlighting the performance is a dance set to “The Wind Beneath My Wings” as a tribute to the support CALIBRE has given Franconia over the past ten years. Contact principal Terri Edmunds-Heard at 703-822-2200 or or event liaison Linda Rezek at .

The fine, performing, and visual arts and Career and Technical Education programs at Herndon Middle will present an interactive performance event that features Portrait of a Graduate, the center of the FCPS Strategic Plan, on Friday, June 5, at 7 p.m.  This collaborative venture will showcase student work inspired by, reflecting on, and imagining about, the pillars of Portrait of a Graduate and the role that education and creativity will play in students’ lives. Audience members are encouraged to dress comfortably, as they will move with the production, and to bring an imaginative spirit, as they will be invited to collaborate with the students.  Contact principal Justine Klena at 703-904-4800 or or event liaison Matthew Lanoue-Chapman at


Glasgow Middle family and consumer sciences teacher Angela DeHart is pairing up with science teacher Jennifer Peterson to combine classes and explore the science of food. The first joint lesson included a science experiment that ended with a live, edible demonstration of a quick bread, a review of why it rises, and the possible careers associated with the activities. All students gained a better understanding of why recipes work and the tools necessary to create or modify their own formulas. Contact principal Shawn DeRose at 703-813-8700 or or event liaison Angela DeHart at

The Hayfield Secondary orchestra, band, and chorus earned four first place awards and a grand prize at the Orlando Music Festival at Disney World recently. The Hayfield Wind Ensemble finished in first place in the AAAA High School Band category, student Pat Hishta won a soloist award.  The Hayfield chorus finished first in the AAA High School Chorus category while the chorale finished first in the AAAA High School Chorus category.  The combined orchestras finished first and won the Grand Prize for High School Instrumental Groups. Contact principal Martin Grimm at 703-924-7400 or or news liaison Ken Halla at .

Teacher Kim Hudson at Key Center recently held a lesson for her students on money. Students identified the shape and amount of each coin and learned how money is used.   To incorporate a sensory exercise in this lesson, a parent volunteer made goop and embedded coins for the students to feel.  The students had a great time with this lesson while learning the value of money.  Contact principal Ann Smith at 703-313-4000 or or news liaison Dianne Hardbower at

The 18-member Longfellow Middle Science Olympiad team finished in seventh place at the National Science Olympiad, held recently.  The team, sponsored by Northrop Grumman, broke the school’s 2012 team record and state record, and posted the highest finish ever by a Longfellow team in 13 years at the Science Olympiad.  Team members won the eagle trophy, finishing in the top 10 for the third time in school history while competing in 26 different events.  National event medalists included:  first place: Hana Yu in Science Bowl; second place: Matthew Cox and Alexey Didenkov in SumoBots, and Matthew Cox and Jocelyn Liu in Simple Machines; third place:  Hana Yu and Kathryn Yang in GeoCaching and Alice Fontaine, Siona Prasad, and Kathy Wu in Experimental Design; fifth place, Siona Prasad and Kathy Wu in Anatomy and Physiology, Jocelyn Lu and Kathy Wu in Solar System, and James Chen and Shihao Cao in Can’t Judge a Powder; sixth place: Cathy Liang, Jules LeMenestrel, and Zain Mirza in Picture This. Longfellow’s team members finished higher than competitors from the first place team from Ohio in a total of eight events. Team members included Alex Kao-Sowa, Michael Kruppa, Jules LeMenestrel, Cathy Liang, Zain Mirza, Matt Moschella, Reva Siva, and  Vicky Yang.  Contact principal Carole Kihm at 703-533-2600 or or news liaison Matt Beall at

The Middle School History Bowl team from Robinson Secondary finished in eighth place overall at the National History Bowl.  Team members Kate Augelli, Lily Brintzinghoffer, Mason Cook, and Megan Sullivan were one of the top eight teams in the competition before being eliminated in the quarterfinals.  Three members of the team competed individually against 530 qualifying students; Cook finished in 25th place overall.  In the geography-specific U.S. Geography Olympiad Middle School National Championship, Cook finished in 26th place.  Contact principal Matt Eline at 703-426-2100 or or news liaison Adrienne Forte at

First grade students at Union Mill Elementary performed the Three Piggy Opera, a musical version of The Three Little Pigs. Each of the first grade classes held a performance for parents and family members during their music classes; the production featured every first grade student playing a part. The students served as narrators; brick, stick, and straw peddlers; the three little pigs, Mother Pig, and the Big Bad Wolf. The students have been learning and rehearsing the songs and lines in their music classes under the direction of music teachers Lee Larsen, Ryan Holland, and Sarah McGrath. First grade teachers Caitlin Booe, Katie Deneault, Haley Dials, Rebecca Duncan, Minnie Scrafford, and Elizabeth Turner also helped prepare the children for the play, and helped with the performances.  Contact principal Kathleen Case at 703-322-8500 or or news liaison Ann Timmins at

Greenspring has named 29 FCPS students as candidates for $10,000 college scholarships.  Candidates are recognized as exemplary students who have worked in various dining services capacities at the retirement community and have shown a commitment to serving the Greenspring community. Students who are eligible for the scholarship must have worked at least 1,000 hours at the community during their junior and senior years of high school, achieved satisfactory grades, and maintained a disciplinary record free of adverse actions at their high school.  Eligible students must be planning to attend college or professional school full time in the fall of 2015.  Additionally, seven students will receive donor-designated scholarships totaling $18,000, including West Potomac High senior Margaret O’Meara, who will receive the Steve and Renie Guback Scholarship, awarded annually to a student focusing on a major or minor in communications including, but not limited to, the fields of journalism and public relations;  the Kathryn Coleman Scholarship will be awarded to five students who intend to study accounting: Mei Ling Reynolds of Hayfield Secondary, Ali Barakat and Henry Munoz of Lee High, Monica Forero of South County High, and Menahil Rauf of West Springfield High.  Greenspring scholarship candidates for 2015 are: Pariya Ahmed, Trieu Le,  Mei Ling Reynolds, Makeda Tewodros, and Eman Yasin of Hayfield Secondary; Ali Barakat, Cobra Bayat, Ben Chieng, Melanie Esteban, Mahawish Khan, Kik Kim, Florence Marquez, Henry Munoz,  Blain Tariku, and  Bilien Woldetatios of Lee High; Sadaf Azizi of Robinson Secondary; Sidney Allen, Sakira Coleman, Monica Forero, and Omid Khan of South County High; and Emily Abell, Miriam Marquez, Menahil Rauf, Ali Tanveer, Nicole Tejares, Derek Torstenson, Trina Tranchi, Hannah Wondwossen, and Kibret Yohannes of West Springfield High.  Contact the FCPS Office of Communication and Community Relations at 571-423-1200.

The Fairfax Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa recently honored the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce as its 2015 Friend of Education for the chamber’s commitment to education.  The award recognizes an outstanding person or organization that improves the quality of the educational experience for students in the community. The chamber is a partner to six schools in western Fairfax:  Centreville High, Chantilly High, Herndon High, and Westfield High, Mountain View Alternative High, and Chantilly Academy, a Governor’s STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) academy.  The chamber has, over the years, staged student job fairs, ethics days, college fairs, and financial literacy training.  It provides STEM-H (STEM and health) scholarships to each of its partner schools, and involves the students in STEM-H related programs, such as cybersecurity and healthcare jobs of the future. Contact event liaison Jay Garant at 571-423-1225.


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May 28, 2015