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August 12, 2015 Media Tips

More than 70 students from Kilmer Middle and 12 FCPS high schools (Langley, Madison, Marshall, McLean, South County, South Lakes, West Potomac, West Springfield, and Woodson; Robinson Secondary; and Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology) are attending a  week-long cybersecurity camp at Marshall Academy, a Governor’s STEM Academy.  Level one students are learning about cyber ethics, careers in cybersecurity, Windows security policies, vulnerabilities, firewalls, virtual machines, Server 2008, Linux, Ubuntu and Ubuntu security, command line security, and will compete in a mock CyberPatriot competition on Friday, August 14.  Advanced students are learning digital forensics, TCP/IP, rootkits, reconnaissance, NetBIOS, WPA, Wardriving, SQL Injection and exploit frameworks, protection of data, and building security layers.   MITRE instructors and cybersecurity experts Gregory Fulmer and Kevin Bowler are pictured teaching vulnerabilities to two FCPS students.  Students interested in continuing to learn more about cybersecurity are encouraged to join the Cybersecurity Club at Marshall Academy by contacting Kandi Brown at 703-714-5582 or

Langley High students Jack Lichtenstein and Morgan Poirier are hosting the second annual Bands for Bikes benefit concert on Saturday, August 22, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Old Firehouse Teen Center’s annual block party, 1440 Chain Bridge Road in McLean.  The rising sophomores organized the concert in support of Wheels to Africa and are seeking donations of used bikes for children who live in remote villages in Africa.   Numerous FCPS students are volunteering their time to perform in the concert, representing Langley, McLean High, Madison High, and South Lakes High, along with FCPS alumni currently attending college.  The bikes will be stored in donated storage containers from 1-800-PACKRAT, a co-sponsor of the benefit.  Local music school Bach to Rock is also co-sponsoring Bands for Bikes.  At their first benefit for Wheels to Africa, the students collected more than 250 bikes and $1,500 in donations; their goal for the August 22 event is to exceed those totals.  Used bikes can be dropped off any time at the Old Firehouse Teen Center between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.  Admission is free and a bike donation is not required to attend.    Contact

 Students from Lake Braddock Secondary, Lee High, Twain Middle, Franconia Elementary, and Ravensworth Elementary are fine tuning their bridge skills at Sunrise Bridge to compete in the second annual Teacher vs. Student Tournament, scheduled for Saturday, September 26, at the Elk's Lodge, 8421 Arlington Boulevard in Fairfax. The tournament is free to all players with under five masterpoints. Sunrise Bridge meets on Tuesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. No experience is necessary. Parents and teachers are invited to learn the game and can stop by any Tuesday session. Contact Laura Wells at or Yen DeAnda at

Students participating in Aldrin Elementary’s SELT (summer extended learning time) program explored the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed recently as part of the Young Scholars curriculum. Students participated in hands-on learning, experiments, and real-life connections in addition to classroom learning. They investigated the school campus to learn how run-off impacts the Chesapeake Bay.  Students then took part in a tabletop watershed demonstration, worked with a guest speaker from the Living Classroom to learn about oysters in the Chesapeake Bay, saw mounts and pelts from wildlife in the watershed with a naturalist from the Walker Nature Center, and took a field trip to River Bend Park.  Students discussed concepts they learned in the classroom and connected them with everyday life. The curriculum offered an enriching opportunity for students while remediating their reading and math skills.  Contact principal Shane Wolfe at 703-904-3800 or or news liaison Leslie Aschenbach at

Falls Church High 2015 graduate Jackie Valles attended First Lady Michelle Obama’s recent Beating the Odds summit at the White House, one of 130 students selected for the summit through a competitive process.  Valles participated in the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program while an FCPS student. The summit was designed to share tools and strategies to help the students successfully transition to college, and to encourage summit attendees to focus on expanding educational resources for people like them.  Some of the students faced hurdles in getting to college, including financial concerns, a lack of resources, or physical challenges.  Valles will enroll at the College of William and Mary this month.  Contact event liaison Derek Steele at


Students in Thoreau Middle’s summer Excellence in Action program were challenged to build a structure that would carry as much weight as possible, using only four pieces of paper and tape.  This student made a structure strong enough to hold four cases of juice pouches, ten textbooks, and a rock, a total of 65 pounds, that was her final project for a class nicknamed "shop.” She stopped adding weight because she ran out of space.  Contact the FCPS Office of Communication and Community Relations at 571-423-1200. 



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August 12, 2015