School Notes

School Notes

<lst>Local host families are sought for French high-school students studying in the United States this summer. The International Center for Language Studies in Washington, D.C., will have 15-20 students. Families will be expected to provide room and board, help facilitate the students’ use of public transportation, and include them in weekend activities that will enhance their American experience. Incidental costs will be paid. A stipend will be given to each host family. Call 202-639-8800 to apply.

Open House at The Town and Country School of Vienna, Saturday, May 10, 1-3 p.m., 9525 Leesburg Pike, Vienna. Preview CampZone programs and activities such as "World Tour 2003" and participate in a drawing for a free week of camp. Tour the campus and ask questions about fall enrollment, enjoy games and refreshments. Call 703-759-3000 for more information.

The James Madison High School varsity field hockey team will offer a field hockey clinic for any level of player on Saturday, May 10. From 9-11 a.m., grades three-six can learn basics or practice their skills. From 11 a.m.-2 p.m., grades seven and eight will also consider playing on the high-school level. The clinic will be held on the field next to the Madison High School baseball diamond. The fee is $20 per player. Checks should be made payable to James Madison High School. Call 703-319-2360 for more information.

The Cunningham Park Elementary School chorus will perform at the Vienna AARP meeting on Monday, May 19, beginning at 1 p.m. at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., Vienna. For more information, call Emilie Larson at 703-938-1379.

The McLean High School Boys Basketball Team will host two sessions of Highlander Basketball Camp this summer, at Longfellow Middle School, July 7-11 and July 14-18. Camp tuition is $110 per session. Camp times are 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, contact coach Drew Murphy at 703-714-5774 or

Graduating seniors residing in or near Great Falls are invited to apply for two Alexander DeFilippis scholarships being offered this Spring, sponsored by the Women's Association of St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Great Falls. The selection process places major emphasis on good character and demonstrated service to others through involvement in school, church or community projects. The students must also have a 2.5 or higher grade point average. Membership in St. Catherine of Siena Parish is not required.

Scholarship packages are available in the St. Catherine of Siena parish office at 1020 Springvale Road, Great Falls. Applications must be returned by May 15.

Great Reunions announces these confirmed dates for local high-school 2003 reunions:

McLean High School, Class of 1992, June 28 at the Doubletree Tysons Corner, Leesburg Pike;

Oakton High School, Class of 1983, July 26 at the Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner, Vienna.

The Flint Hill School Summer Programs, "Summer on the Hill," offers workshops, camps, trips and activities to both Flint Hill students and non-students, 5-18. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis, and Summer Programs run from June 23 to Aug. 1. Call 703-584-2392 to apply. Flint Hill School is located at 3320 Jermantown Road, Oakton.

Spring Hill Elementary's annual Kindergarten Roundup will take place on Tuesday, May 13, 9-10:15 a.m., starting in the Spring Hill Elementary cafeteria for registration and refreshments. From 9:15-10:15 a.m. parents can attend an information session as students visit classrooms. Those registering their children should bring a completed registration form, an original birth certificate and a lease or deed as proof of residency. The health form must be submitted before the child can enter school in September. These forms will be available at the Roundup.

The vocal faculty of Shenandoah Conservatory and New York vocal coach Jeanette LoVetri will host a graduate-level Music Theatre Vocal Pedagogy training program this summer, July 7-11, at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va. The class aims to bridge the gap between contemporary commercial music and more traditional classical vocal techniques for music teachers, students, coaches and choral directors. The intensive course is a part of the graduate degree curriculum at Shenandoah University. Highlights include LoVetri's Somatic Voicework, a body-based approach to voice training, vocal health techniques, diagnostic and corrective tools, practical applications, cross-training and problem-solving studies of the larynx.

Registration is required and space is limited to 20 participants and 30 observers. Program costs are $450 for participants with a Somatic Voicework certificate and two graduate academic credits; $350 for participants with a Somatic Voicework certificate; $300 for observers with one graduate academic credit and $250 for observers.

For more information, contact Kathryn Green at or call Shenandoah Conservatory at 540-665-4600 or view an online brochure at

Marshall High School will present its spring musical, "Sideshow," May 8-10, at 7:30 p.m. and May 11, at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $8. For more information, call 703-714-5400.

A four-student team from Kilmer Middle School has received a silver medal in the NASA Student Involvement Program competition. The students, Kristen Siebach, Andrew Struckmeyer, James Ross and Emily Prentice, were awarded second place in the Science and Technology Journalism category for the newsletter about the history of flight that they composed in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers' glider flight at Kitty Hawk, N.C. More than 3,500 students submitted over 1,300 entries in the overall competition.

Two Fairfax County Public Schools students have been named winners in the Virginia PTA Citizenship Essay Project. Charlotte Seid, a ninth grade students at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, is the second place winner at the high school level of the essay project and will receive a $500 U.S. savings bond. The second place winner at the middle school level is Max Spokony, a sixth grade student at Flint Hill Elementary School. He will also receive a $500 savings bond. This year's theme, "I Hold my Flag High," prompted 450 entries.

Christine Elliott of Marshall High School and Ryan Cooper of Langley High School are among 31 students from Fairfax County Public Schools who have won $2,500 scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

The Langley High School Women's Select Choir will join the New Dominion Chorale and Orchestra, the largest chorus in the Washington area, and the National Men's Chorus, in a performance of Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana" on Sunday, May 14, at 4 p.m., at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Center for the Arts, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria, on the campus of Northern Virginia Community College. "Carmina Burana" is Orff's most famous work, based upon 13th-century student poems of medieval love, drinking, gambling and gluttony, and is one of the best-known pieces of the 20th century.

Louise Garcia, arts coordinator at Churchill Road Elementary School, earned a certificate of study from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for her participation in the Kennedy Center's professional development opportunities for teachers program. The program teaches teachers to weave the arts through their lessons and helps them develop the skills to do so. The teachers will receive their awards at a special dinner on May 16 at the Watergate Hotel.

Actress Mary Ann Jung appeared as Clara Barton on May 6 at Spring Hill Elementary in a performance for fourth, fifth and sixth grade students. Jung recreates history's most fascinating women in authentic costume, accent and attitude. Jung's performance takes students on a journey back to the Civil War to dramatize how Barton overcame personal obstacles and society's prejudices to become a battlefield nurse and her role with the Red Cross. On Thursday, May 8, Billy B. Brennan will perform his show "Geology Rocks!" at Spring Hill Elementary for students in kindergarten through third grade, introducing concepts such as the rock cycle, volcanoes and earthquakes.