Media Tips

Media Tips are listed in chronological order. April 22, 2015

Kathy Amador and Jennifer Vu from Caithlin Allen's fifth grade class at Lynbrook Elementary are fine tuning their bridge skills before competing against their teachers on Saturday, April 25, at 9:30 a.m. at theFairfax Elks Lodge, sponsored by the Northern Virginia Bridge Association. The tournament is free and open to all players with less than five master points. Interested students can learn bridge and earn service hours with a friend atSunrise Bridgeon Tuesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. FCPS teachers are welcome to play as well. Contact Caithlin Allen atcmallen@fcps.eduor Laura Wells

Olde Creek Elementary will host a bike rodeo on Saturday, April 25, from 4 to 6 p.m. (rain date: Sunday, April 26).  Students are invited to bring their bikes and helmets to ride through an obstacle course and learn about the rules of safe biking. Olde Creek will be registering volunteers to lead bike trains on Bike to School Day, May 6, and accepting student registrations for Bike to School Day at the rodeo. Come and get answers to questions about the safest route to school, and how to bike more in the neighborhood. Contact principal Twila Mack at 703-426-3100 or or news liaison Patty Smalley at


Members of the StormWatch 7 team from ABC7 will take a break from delivering the latest weather conditions to host an assembly at Deer Park Elementary on Wednesday, April 29, from 10 to 11 a.m. Students will have the opportunity to learn about weather history and forecasting the weather from the station’s meteorologists.  In addition, they will see videos about what goes on behind the scenes at ABC7’s weather center and in the Storm Chaser mobile weather unit. The vehicle houses meteorological tools linked to an on-board computer and cell phone line which can transmit data from any location back to the station. Students will be able to get an up-close look at the Storm Chaser following the presentation. Contact principal Carol Larsen at 703-802-5000 or


Rocky Run Middle will host a presentation on bullying, cyberbullying, and youth depression on Wednesday, April 29, at 7 p.m. and Thursday, April 30, at 8 a.m. featuring John Halligan.  Halligan’s son, Ryan, committed suicide in 2003 after being bullied by classmates at school and online. He was 13 years old. Halligan’s presentation will cover the lessons learned too late for his family regarding how to deal with bullying, cyberbullying, and teen depression. Parents and guardians will learn strategies to take preventive actions with their own children. The April 29 evening event is open to all parents and guardians of students attending Chantilly Pyramid schools. The April 30 morning event is for all Rocky Run students and staff members.  Contact principal Anthony Terrell at 703-802-7700 or or event liaison Young Hong at


Herndon Elementary will host its annual career fair, Go For It 2015, on Thursday, April 30.  This is the 18th year that Herndon Elementary has hosted this event.  The fair is designed to help prepare students for the future and provide information about the world of work. Students dress according to their future career interest, hand out business cards, and interact with professionals from the community. Nearly 50 participants representing a wide variety of career areas, including culinary arts, photography, and rock climbing, will be on hand to share information about their education and careers. Contact principal Ann Gwynn at 703-326-3100 or or event liaison Tiffany Bryant at


Marshall High presents Young Frankenstein, Mel Brooks’ musical adaptation of his classic 1974 movie, on Thursday, April 30, and Friday, May 1, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 2, at 2 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, May 3, at 2 p.m.  Come and be transported back to Transylvania with Dr. Frederick Von Frankenstein and a zany cast of characters. Marshall High, its auditorium and stage have just been completely renovated with new seating, upgraded acoustic treatments, new lighting, and enhanced sound, and the school’s theater program has been widely recognized with many awards. Admission is $15 for general admission, $10 for students and senior citizens.  Contact principal Jeff Litz at 703-714-5400 or or event liaison Bill Hemmingson at


Rocky Run Middle’s theater department presents Oliver!, the iconic musical based on Charles Dickens’ classic book Oliver Twist, on Friday, May 1, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, May 2, at 2 and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, May 3, at 3 p.m.  Fifty-six Rocky Run students are in the cast and crew of the show that includes such popular songs as “Food, Glorious Food,” “Consider Yourself,” and “Who Will Buy?” The show is directed by Trena Weiss and Jake Null, who has received two Helen Hayes Award nominations, serves as musical director. This is the original production that includes some intense moments that may be a little scary to younger and more sensitive viewers. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door. Contact principal Anthony Terrell at 703-802-7700 or or event liaison Trena Weiss-Null at


Students from the FCPS academies will participate in the Tysons Chamber’s Chamber Stars program, hosted by the Tysons Chamber of Commerce, on Friday, May 1, at 10:30 a.m. at the Barnes and Noble store in Tysons Corner Center.  The event is designed to honor local K-12 students who are nominated by their schools to receive a Tysons Chamber Star honor. Nominees select a book for themselves and one to be displayed at their school. FCPS Superintendent Karen K. Garza will serve as the keynote speaker and will present the awards with Maureen Loftus, Chamber youth and education committee chair. Contact Marshall Academy administrator Jeff McFarland at 703-714-5582 or or news liaison Shelli Farquharson at


Spring is in the air and students and faculty at Deer Park Elementary are preparing for a spring cleanup effort on Saturday, May 2, beginning at 8 a.m.   With help from community members and Stone Middle students who will be earning service hours, the group plans to clean around the school and complete a variety of beautification projects, such as mulching, planting, and weeding. According to assistant principal Robin Mentzer, who oversees the event, “We have parents and a PTA board who embrace the concept that we are a community school and we all need to work to care for our school.” In the past, approximately 75 children and adults have given their time and energy to the cleanup.   Bucky the Deer, Deer Park’s mascot, plans to attend and work side by side with volunteers.  Contact principal Carol Larsen at 703-802-5000 or or event liaison Robin Mentzer at


Franconia Elementary will host a Defeat Diabetes Walk on Saturday, May 2, at 9 a.m. Activities will include Knock it Out of the Park, Seventh Inning Stretch, Caught!, and Throw Like a Pro.  Students, families, staff members, and community members will gather on the Edison High track for this annual event to raise awareness to support research for the growing number of children with juvenile diabetes. Families are invited to form teams to walk (or run) a mile then participate in fun activities linked to healthy living and show off what they learned in physical education classes. Physical education teachers Chris Aracich and Joanne Jose and Edison student volunteers will be on hand to lead the fun.  Contact principal Terri Edmunds-Heard at 703-822-2200 or or event liaison Theresa Doubleday at


Frost Middle is hosting the Falcons on the Run 5K and Fun Run on Saturday, May 2, at 8 a.m. The event is designed to reinforce the importance of physical activity and is part of the celebration of the school's 50th anniversary. Entry fees  will help support Frost’s environmental stewardship focus and other student programs. All former, current, and future Frost students are welcome to take part in this event. Online registration is available. Contact principal Eric McCann at 703-426-5700 or or news liaison Amy Smith at


Westfield High presents The Pajama Game at 7:30 p.m. on May 2, 8, and 9, and at 2 p.m. on May 3.   The play portrays the struggle between labor and management in a 1950s pajama factory with workers’ impassioned demand for a 7.5 cent raise.  The story serves as the backdrop for a romance between the head of the grievance committee, Babe Williams, and the new superintendent, Sid Sorokin. As Babe and Sid find themselves on opposing sides of the argument, their warring loyalties conflict with their hearts’ desires. What ensues is a heated contest of wills. With a supporting cast filled with feisty, outrageous characters, Sid and Babe have to learn to resolve their differences or risk losing their chance at love. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the student created and designed website or call 703-714-5581. Contact principal Tim Thomas at 703-488-6300 or or event liaison Susan Pike at


The Oakton Elementary PTA is sponsoring the third annual Family 5K and Fun Run on Sunday, May 3, at 8:30 a.m., a fun way for families to celebrate a healthy lifestyle and get active together. The one mile run starts at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K begins at 9 a.m. at Centennial Park in Vienna.  TheOakton PTA created the race to raise money to enhance the educational experience of Oakton students, promote healthy lifestyles,and build and strengthen the bonds of community in Oakton and Vienna where students and families live, learn, work, and play. This year, family newsletterRedTricycle included the Oakton Family 5K and Fun run as one of their favorite races in the area.  Families are encouraged to participate in the event together. In addition to the race, family-friendly activities including an obstacle course, face painting, and entertainment will be provided.  The race is open to all members of the community. Learn more and register at


Three Odyssey of the Mind (OM) teams from Carson Middle are headed to the OM world finals in Lansing, Mich., May 20-24.  Team Marko won first place in Division II—Pandora’s Box, scoring 348.64 out of a possible 350 points.  Team Kothari placed second in Division II—Lose Your Marbles.  Team Mani placed second in Division II—Experiencing Technical Difficulties.  Team member Neil Kothari earned the OMER’s Award for showing Odyssey spirit through words or actions, which can include artistic talent, good sportsmanship, teamwork, or going beyond expectations. Contact news liaison Tracy Bromberg at


Carson Middle had a strong showing at the Middle School Debate League’s National Championship, held last week.   Among the school awards were:  first place sweepstakes and first place team school award, second place championship team school award, and third place winning percentages.  Team awards included:  Chris Yang, Neel Mandapati, and Sumanth Patil, first place team; Kevin Wang, Yukta Chidanandan, and Kartik Chugh, third place team.  Kartik Chugh won the first place speaker award, and Sumanth Patil won the third place speaker award.  Contact principal Augie Frattali at 703-925-3600 or or news liaison Tracy Bromberg at


At Dogwood Elementary, students in the after school 21st Century Girls Club are looking for real world problems to solve through STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math). They became interested in the amount of plastic– especially plastic shopping bags– that end up in the oceans and waterways. Club members learned how the bags and other forms of plastic endanger animals, so they created a solution that would offer an alternative to using plastic bags by reusing and repurposing  old T-shirts, fashioning them into reusable shopping bags. After constructing the bags, the girls tested them for strength by putting two or three heavy books in them. The bags turned out to be sturdy and durable, and a viable alternative for plastic bags.  Contact principal Mie Devers at 703-262-3100 or or news liaison Linda Martin at


At Forest Edge Elementary, students are celebrating Poetry Month during April. Students are writing poems of their own, reading poems, and writing poems about Earth Day.  Librarian Lucy Cannon invites students from different grades to read their poems every day on the morning TV news show. Third grade students from Chandra Williams’ class chose to read funny poems from a collection, A Billy Sook by Shel Silverstein. Students had fun practicing and reading the poems with expression.  Contact principal Kim Price at 703-925-8000 or or news liaison Jaya Neelakantan at


Hayfield Secondary students Noah Mutterperl and Matt Stevenson won third place in dramatic duo at the Virginia High School League (VHSL) State Forensics Tournament, held recently. Additionally, at the Washington Arlington Catholic Forensic League (WACFL) MetroFinal championships, Mutterperl and Chad Vann earned the WACFL 2015 Duo Champion award. Along with teammate Jay Bruce, they now advance to the NCFL National Championship in Fort Lauderdale over Memorial Day weekend. Contact principal Martin Grimm at 703-924-7400 or or news liaison Ken Halla at


Career and Technical Education courses are changing the way students learn by providing hands-on experiences at South County High. Students in Vera Woodson’s marketing 1 class are being asked to develop a line of clothing for J. Crew by forecasting spring 2016 fashion trends.  The student teams were provided one pair of jeans and three silhouettes of a T-shirt, hat, and athletic shoes to design and create the image for the J. Crew brand. Students were introduced to factors impacting the downward trend at the fashion brand, and began researching and planning ideas to sustain the brand while improving the offerings and expanding the target market. Students were asked to embellish the items of clothing and inspirational pieces utilizing their own creativity. The standards of the project require students to connect their learning to historic relevance, color theory, design aesthetic, and create a professional presentation, while exceeding the Virginia standardized testing measurements. By analyzing trends and economic impact, students are learning about hiring and human resources management, reductions in workforce, distribution, and how to market products and services to the larger marketplace. Upon completion of the marketing 1 course, students can build a professional portfolio including analytical work samples, a professional resume, and an industry certification in workplace readiness. All of the elements of the student benchmarks are directly connected to the FCPS Portrait of a Graduate, providing a more engaging, rigorous, and authentic learning experience for students. Contact event liaison Vera Woodson at


Two FCPS students received awards for their submissions in the Northeastern Regional Art Contest sponsored by the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA). Sharon Park, a student at Stone Middle, was named the first place middle school winner, and Choi Chin Ae of McLean High was named the second place high school winner.  Winning artwork will be framed and displayed for one year in the offices of the VSBA in Charlottesville and the Richmond offices of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.  Student artwork from the elementary, middle, and high school levels was represented in the contest.  The VSBA Regional Art Contest was established in 1989 to recognize the artistic talents of public school students. Contact the FCPS Office of Communication and Community Relations at 571-423-1200.


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April 22, 2015