Media Tips are listed in chronological order. March 5, 2014
Providence Elementary will hold its third annual STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) night on Monday, March 10, beginning at 6 p.m. Hands-on activities for the entire family will be featured, including building towers, creating parachutes, designing insect traps, and participating in relay races through lights. Contact principal Jesse Kraft at 703-460-4400 or firstname.lastname@example.org or news liaison Gina Shelton at email@example.com.
Students at Timber Lane Elementary will enjoy hands-on activities, courtesy of the Mobile Labs Family Science Night Program, a service of the Children’s Science Center Museum Without Walls, on Wednesday, March 12, at 6 p.m. The experiments are designed to encourage students to participate in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) activities and to develop curiosity in everyday life situations. Activities will include balloon rocket cars: demonstrating Newton’s laws of motion; aviation: engineering and flight; and sink or swim: investigating density. Contact principal Kimberly Cook at 703-206-5300 or firstname.lastname@example.org or event liaison Ellen Reisman at email@example.com.
Students at Bailey’s Elementary will take part in two days of schoolwide voting on a name for Bailey’s new campus, slated to open next fall, on Thursday, March 13, and Friday, March 14, beginning at 9 a.m. The voting will take place using a voting booth style, and classes of students will proceed to the Bailey’s polling place to cast their votes electronically. The three names receiving the greatest number of student votes will be included in the name selection process, which includes making a recommendation to the Fairfax County School Board, which will make the final decision. Contact principal Marie Lemmon at 703-575-6800 or firstname.lastname@example.org or news liaison Kathleen Fugle at email@example.com.
Marshall Road Elementary is holding its third annual Readathon through Thursday,March 13.All students who submit a signed reading log will receive a $5 certificate to the spring book fair. Money raised will help support cultural arts programs such as ArtSmart, assemblies, and field trips at the school. During the Readathon, Marshall Road students are encouraged to read as many minutes as possible. Roadrunners can read and raise money for cultural arts by getting pledges, or they can just read for fun and keep track of their minutes. Contact principal Jennifer Heiges at 703-937-1500 or firstname.lastname@example.org or news liaison Yunian Zhang at email@example.com.
Spring Hill Elementary orchestra musicians are busily rosining up their bows for an upcoming concert at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 13, in preparation for the District XII assessment. The students will perform “String Explosion;” “Jamaican Holiday;” Mozart’s “Contradans en Rondeau;” “A Tribute to the Three Bs,” honoring Bach, Brahms, and Beethoven; “Antagonist;” and “The Square Dance.” Soloists will also be featured. This free concert is open to the public. On March 14 and 15, the students will play for three adjudicators at the District XII Orchestra Assessment at Madison High. Virginia is divided musically into 12 districts and Fairfax County, plus Arlington, comprise District XII. The Spring Hill students will perform the last three pieces mentioned above at 11 a.m., then will go to a separate room for a sight reading with a fourth adjudicator. The goal is to try to get the highest possible rating within each group. Contact principal Roger Vanderhye at 703-506-3400 or firstname.lastname@example.org or news liaison Ruth Donahue at email@example.com.
Sunrise Valley Elementary students will showcase their knowledge and learning during the school’s 10th annual Show What You Know on Thursday, March 13, beginning at 6 p.m. Students will choose their own topics and will be on hand to explain their projects; typically, hundreds of participants attend. Contact principal Tim Stanley at 703-715-3800 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cameron Elementary is hosting March Madness, a way for the sixth grade to fund its end-of-year events and field trip, on Friday, March 14, at 6 p.m. March Madness will feature sports-themed activities, including teachers vs. students and parents vs. students basketball games, a free throw competition, a moon bounce, Wii Sports, dancing, a tot room, and face painting. Contact principal Jeannie McCurry at 703-329-2100 or email@example.com or event liaison Viola Richardson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frost Middle presents Saving Mr. A, an evening of short skits, on Friday, March 14, at 7:30 p.m. Students chose the title--a variation on Saving Mr. Banks--to honor the school's long-time drama teacher, James Andrukonis, in his last production at Frost. Six skits will be presented: Superman: Back to Crypton; Perfect Parents; The Great Apple Pie Contest; Troubled Couplet; Dressed to Thrill; and As a Friend. All of the skits were written by Andrukonis. Tickets will be available at the door. Contact principal Marti Jo Jackson at 703-426-5700 or email@example.com or news liaison Amy Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A schoolwide celebration of Pi Day on Friday, March 14, will feature fun events based on Pi, the symbol used in math to represent a constant—the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter—for fifth grade students at Sunrise Valley Elementary. In recent years, Sunrise Valley has established a tradition of celebrating math and math-related careers on Pi Day. Students will participate in a spacecraft building simulation, compete in a Digits of Pi recitation game, and eat lots of pizza and dessert pie. Contact principal Tim Stanley at 703-715-3800 or email@example.com or event liaison Allison Leonard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elle Cosimano, author of the soon-to-be-released Nearly Gone, will be at West Potomac High beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, March 14, to discuss her book and her inspiration with students. Nearly Gone is set in the Mount Vernon area and includes a fictionalized version of West Potomac High. Her specialty is young adult thrillers; a sequel to Nearly Gone, titled Nearly Lost, will be published in 2015. Nearly Gone has received a starred review in School Library Journal and a mention in its What’s Hot in YA Literature feature. Cosimano’s visit and book discussion, which will focus on its themes of science, murder, math, and mystery, are sponsored by the school library. Contact principal Alex Case at 703-718-2500 or email@example.com or event liaison Carolyn Hilyard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Artwork by students from 11 FCPS elementary schools will be featured at Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) in celebration of Youth Art Month through Friday, March 15. The exhibition features selected works from students who participate in the center’s signature art education program. Participating schools include Aldrin Elementary, Flint Hill Elementary, Forestville Elementary, Fox Mill Elementary, Lake Anne Elementary, Navy Elementary, North Springfield Elementary, Oakton Elementary, Terraset Elementary, Vienna Elementary, and Waples Mill Elementary. Contact the FCPS Department of Communications and Community Outreach at 571-423-1200.
Peter Ter, one of the Lost Boys of Sudan, recently shared his story of surviving Sudan’s civil war at the ninth annual Just World Festival at Annandale High. Ter was born to illiterate parents in Unity State, South Sudan. When he was about four years old, he was separated from his parents during Sudan’s civil war. He spent years wandering the country with the Lost Boys, learning the alphabet with his fingers in the sand before UNICEF provided him with stationery. Eventually, he became a refugee in Kenya and was then resettled in Florida in August 2001. Former U.S. ambassador Dennis Jett mentored him and was also his professor during his undergraduate years at the University of Florida. After graduation, Ter spent three years in the Peace Corps in Azerbaijan in an effort to return the kindness shown him by his adoptive friends in Florida. He is currently pursuing dual master’s degrees in sustainable international development and coexistence conflict resolution at Brandeis University. Annandale’s Just World Interact Club is sponsored by the Annandale Rotary Club. Contact event liaisons Jan Kamide or Kate Mounteer at 703-642-4100.
Two authors recently visited students at Colin Powell Elementary to share information about their inspiration. Bentley Boyd, who writes the Chester Comix Historical comic book series for upper grade students, visited with students in grades 3-6. He shared how his love of history and drawing have joined to create the non-fiction comic book series related to U.S. and world history. Students learned how he decides what to write about and how his creative process develops. Jackie Urbanovic, author of the Duck series, including Duck at the Door and Ducks in a Row, visited with students in grades K-2. She shared how she develops stories, then gave students an opportunity to do a choral reading with her. Contact principal Linda Clifford at 571-522-6000 or email@example.com or event liaison Patty Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Entrepreneurship students from Falls Church High recently visited the E*TRADE headquarters in Arlington, where they pitched their ideas for businesses to E*TRADE employees and received feedback on their proposals. Students explained their product offerings and how they calculated the economics of their products. Two students recounted their visit in an article that was published in the NFTE (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship) February newsletter. Contact principal Mike Yohe at 703-207-4000 or email@example.com or news liaison Colleen Lally at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seara Mainor, a sophomore at Herndon High, recently attended the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Washington, D.C. This honors-only program is designed for exceptional high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research, and is sponsored by the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists. Mainor represented Virginia at the conference, and was nominated based on her academic achievement, leadership potential, and determination to serve humanity in the field of medicine. She joined students from more than 40 states to hear Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science winners talk about leading medical research, hear advice from top medical school deans, witness stories told by patients who are living medical miracles, be inspired by fellow teen medical science prodigies, and learn about cutting-edge advances in medicine and medical technology. Attendees also talked to a surgeon as he performed robotic surgery to remove a tumor, streamed live from Chicago. More information on the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists is available online. Contact principal William Bates at 703-810-2200 or email@example.com or news liaison Laura Waterman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elizabeth Shaw, a student at Hughes Middle, has been named winner of the 2014 Marine Debris Art Contest, sponsored by NOAA. Shaw’s drawing of marine debris was selected from over 400 entries across the U.S. and will appear on NOAA’s 2015 Marine Debris Planner, an annual planner used for marine debris education and outreach. Shaw serves as a mentor for the 21st Century Girls Club at Dogwood Elementary. Contact event liaison Linda Martin at email@example.com.
Team Sensitive Solutions from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) has been chosen as a finalist in the Health and Nutrition category to compete at the 2014 Innovation Summit in Houston. Team Sensitive Solutions, comprised of Ramya Radhakrishnan, Heather Lukas, and Pooja Chandrashekar, is one of 20 international high school finalists in the Spirit of Innovation Challenge chosen from a group of 133 semifinalists. The TJHSST team developed OmniSENSE, a wireless glucose biosensor that would transmit information to a mobile application. OmniSENSE was developed with the goal of improving how individuals with diabetes manage their blood glucose levels while reducing health complications resulting from mismanagement. Presented by Lockheed Martin, the Spirit of Innovation Challenge asks teams of students (ages 13 to 18) to combine innovation and entrepreneurship, along with STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), to create commercially-viable products to benefit humanity and support global sustainability. Finalist teams will present their product concepts April 7 and 8 before a panel of industry experts, leading entrepreneurs, government officials, and world-renowned scientists at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston for an opportunity to win a $10,000 start-up grant. Products will be evaluated for technical content and marketplace viability. Presentations will be available for public viewing via live stream. Contact the FCPS Department of Communications and Community Outreach at 571-423-1200.
The following students have successfully auditioned into American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Southern Division Honors Choruses: Lindsey Jacobson, Megan James, Meghal Penta, Sophia Song, and Madison Sprague of Carson Middle; Allie Lylte and Ginny Threlkeld of Herndon Middle; and John Ferri of Oakton High. These students will attend the ACDA Southern Division conference in Jacksonville and work with renowned conductors to prepare for a performance at the close of the conference. The mission of the American Choral Directors Association is to inspire excellence in choral music through education, performance, composition, and advocacy. Contact the FCPS Department of Communications and Community Outreach at 571-423-1200.
The FCPS Department of Communications and Community Outreach has announced the January Webstar winners. This recognition is awarded quarterly to three elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school that best demonstrate usefulness of content and adherence to FCPS web policies. Winners are Edison High, Scott Evans, curator, and Pamela Brumfield, principal; South County Middle, Lyndsie Galizio, curator, and Marsha Manning, principal; Bailey’s Elementary, Kathleen Fugle, curator, and Marie Lemmon, principal; Fort Hunt Elementary, Tabitha Reber, curator, and Janet LeBel, principal; and Pine Spring Elementary, Kendra Murphy, curator, and Armando Peri, principal. Contact Meredith Lydon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 7, 2014