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October 7, 2015 Media Tips


Seventh grade science students at Rocky Run Middle will participate in the Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE) field trip next week, October 5, 6, 7, and 8, beginning at 9 a.m. Students will take an all-day field trip to Cub Run Recreation Center where they will attend six different sessions designed to teach them how scientists use a variety of methods to test the health of the environment. The students will be using scientific equipment to test the water quality, look at macro invertebrates, classify plants, and identify the best management practices of waste water management. They will be guided through these activities by Cub Run naturalists and their seventh grade science teachers. Contact principal Anthony Terrell at 703-802-7700 or or event liaison Megan Hudson at


Wakefield Forest Elementary students in grades 3-6 will participate in the Architecture in Schools program, a series of lessons developed by the Washington Architectural Foundation, beginning Tuesday, October 13. The project-based program matches architects with classroom teachers for one hour per week over an eight week period while promoting critical thinking skills across the curriculum. Students will learn the basic fundamentals of architecture including structure, floor plans, and scale models, and will work collaboratively on a culminating project around the theme Imaginary Places. Working with the architects, students will visualize an imaginary place as described in a book and build a scale model. Contact principal Sheri D’Amato at 703-503-2300 or or event liaison Tina Cannon at

Six FCPS art teachers and one substitute teacher will exhibit their work at a benefit for the American Cancer Society on October 16 and 17 at the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum.  Paintings, drawings, photographs, and fine art jewelry by Kris Killinger of Centreville High, Elaine Florimonte and Kim Basinger of Westfield High, Jayne Matricardi-Burke of Woodson High, Kate Patsch of Fort Hunt Elementary, Angelika (Ana) Schafer of Aldrin Elementary, and substitute teacher Debbie Glakas will be featured at the Recent Works Show and Benefit from 4 to 9:30 p.m. on October 16 and 2 to 7:30 p.m. on October 17.  Additional information is available on the event’s Facebook page.  The Fairfax Station Railroad Museum is located at 11200 Fairfax Station Road

For the fourth year, Rocky Run Middle eighth grade English teachers have invited Todd Troutner to help prepare students for the upcoming mock trial of the narrator in Edgar Allen Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart,” as they try to determine if he was criminally insane when he committed murder.  Troutner will visit and work with students beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, October 16. A former homicide detective in Prince William County, Troutner currently owns a private investigation firm licensed in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., where he is involved with a variety of cases from capital murder defense to personal injury investigations.  Contact principal Anthony Terrell at 703-802-7700 or or event liaison Nishi Langhorne at

Little Run Elementary students are getting ready for the school’s annual Fun Run, on Saturday, October 17, beginning at 8 a.m.  The Fun Run is a full 5K course through the neighborhood, and a separate Kids Color Fun Run Obstacle Course is also offered. Funds raised support enrichment activities for Little Run students, including field trips, cultural arts assemblies, community-building events, and classroom supplies. The PTA has set a goal of raising $13,000 at the 2015 Fun Run.  Contact principal Sharon Baumgarten at 703-503-3500 or or news liaison Anne Sumser at


Teachers and administrators from six different schools in New Taipei, Taiwan recently visited Centreville Elementary as part of a trip to learn more about education in the United States. The group spent the morning at Centreville, observing students and teachers at work in classrooms throughout the building. In the afternoon, they took some time to talk about what they had seen and asked questions of school employees. The group also visited Cub Run Elementary. Group members said they were energized by what they had seen and left with a new perspective on their own teaching. Contact principal Dwayne Young at 703-502-3500 or or event liaison Kelly Baugh at

Deer Park Elementary sixth grade students Alyssa and Sara spend their Tuesday study hall time participating in the school’s GEMS (Girls Exceeding in Math and Science) program.  Recently, they were tasked to create hands that move like prosthetic hands using only paper, straws, and ribbon.  The girls cut the straws to resemble the various bones in the hand and glued them to a paper hand shape.  They then attached the ribbon to each section, mimicking tendons.  When the loose ends of the ribbon are pulled, the fingers of the hand expand and contract, just like a real hand does.  This is one of many fun challenges these and other GEMS will face this coming year.  Contact principal Carol Larsen at 703-802-5000 or or news liaison Becky Hawryluk at

Diane Overton’s sixth grade class at Lake Anne Elementary recently held a classroom contest to figure out which group of students—split into mock companies—could  develop the best parachute using two criteria:  slowest drop speed and smallest canopy possible.  Parachutes needed a slow drop speed because they would be used on the thinner atmosphere of Mars, and a small canopy, since the rocket would not have a huge space for the parachute.  The sixth graders are currently learning about the solar system and the atmospheres of each planet.  Classroom discussions include drag (air resistance), gravity, and the effects of surface area on drag.  Students also simulated a thick vs. thin atmosphere using classroom centers.  Contact interim principal Karen Siple at 703-326-3500 or or event liaison Diane Overton at


Oakton High student Alexander Day has been accepted for a second year as a flutist in the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) Youth Fellowship Program. Acceptance to this program follows a selective audition and application process. The program is intended for students with a serious interest in music, particularly for those planning to pursue a musical career. Students take classes with NSO musicians, perform chamber music with their Youth Fellow Program colleagues, and attend NSO rehearsals throughout the year, culminating in monthly concerts on the Millennial Stage at the Kennedy Center throughout the year. Contact principal John Banbury at 703-319-2700 or or Carole Wysocki at

Sandy Rogers, seventh grade science teacher at Stone Middle, combines learning and technology to engage her students.   Using QR codes, Google forms and tablets, students completed a metric scavenger hunt around the school to learn that metrics can be used everywhere.  They used their knowledge of a metric ruler to measure different items around the school, working cooperatively to measure, find the items, and use the technology.  School-based technology specialist (shown) Meaghan Tracy helped the students use their knowledge to find the designated items.   Contact principal Amielia Mitchell at 703-631-5500 or  or Sandy Rogers at

Centre Ridge Elementary has opened a new literacy center to support students in grades 1-5 who need intense and targeted literacy skills intervention.  Students are selected to work with teachers and an instructional assistant in small groups.  They rotate to different stations focusing on reading, writing, comprehension, and independent practice. Shown are the teachers supporting the center:  Maureen Buckland, Deborah Little, Lisa Hossein, Sarah Sweetman, and Sara Asif.  Contact principal Margo Dias-Pareja at 703-227-2600 or or news liaison Tricia Kirkpatrick at

Author, photographer, and conservationist Michael Patrick O’Neill visited Kings Glen Elementary recently. O’Neill, author of Let’s Explore Sharks, Fishy Friends:  A Journey Through the Coral Kingdom, and Ocean Magic, shared his message about the power of reading leading to quality writing.  His presentation included a discussion of the importance of caring for animal habitats to preserve nature for generations to come, which resonated with both students and teachers.  O’Neill’s  books are now part of the Kings Glen library collection.  Contact principal Sam Elson at 703-239-4000 or or news liaison Erin Siwert at

Sixth grade students, teachers, and parents from Centreville Elementary recently participated in two and a half days of team building and outdoor education at Camp Highroad in Middleburg. The students learned to work with new friends and become a better collaborative team. Classes in animal science, shelter, art, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and music), and survival were offered, as were experiences on high ropes and zip lines. Some students even got to roast a marshmallow for the very first time. Contact principal Dwayne Young at 703-502-3500 or or news liaison Cindy Luck at











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October 7, 2015