School Notes

School Notes

<lst>Know something that should be featured in School Notes? Awards? Special events? School fairs? Fax a brief write-up to 703-917-0991. Or call Michael O’Connell at 703-917-6440.

Contact information is needed for Lee High School Alumni - Class of 1993 for the 10-year reunion. Visit or e-mail

Focus In On College, sponsored by Jewish Vocational Services. This workshop will help students frame skills, interests and personality style and develop a college plan. Thursdays, through June 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Jewish Social Service Agency, 3016 Javier Road, second floor, Fairfax. Registration: 703-204-9100.

Summer Art Camp is now open for registration. Camps include: Art Camp for 8 years and up, 12:15-3 p.m.; Crafts and Drawing Fun for 5-8 years, 9:45-11:45 a.m.; Drawing Camp for 8 years and up, 9:30-11:45 a.m. Sessions are June 23-27, July 14-18, July 28-Aug. 1, Aug. 4-8, with an extra session of drawing camp, July 28-Aug. 1. Classes run five days a week, with the exception of a Tuesday through Thursday session of crafts and drawing camp the week of June 23. For more information or to register, call Carol Zeitlin, camp instructor, at 703-250-6930.

Planning for the Future: Exploring Post-Secondary Options. This presentation will provide students who receive education services and their parents an opportunity to hear about options for life after high school. These include community colleges, four-year colleges, and job and career training programs. Transition planning and specific program resources will be available. Thursday, May 14, 7:30 to 9 p.m., at the Fairfax County Government Center, Conference Rooms 2 and 3. For more information or to register, call Claire Leftwich at the Parent Resource Center, 703-204-3941 or e-mail

Great Reunions announces these confirmed dates for local high schools' 2003 reunions:

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Class of 1973, will reunite on July 17 at the Hyatt Fair Lakes Hotel, Fairfax.

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Class of 1983, will reunite on July 12 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Fairfax.

Lake Braddock Secondary School, Class of 1983, will reunite on June 21 at the Marriott Tysons Corner, Vienna.

Robinson Secondary School, Class of 83, will reunite in August 16 at the Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner, Vienna.

Robert E. Lee High School, Class of 1983, will reunite in August at the Hyatt Arlington.

For more information, visit

Oak View Elementary will host Camp Invention, a national summer day camp that encourages children to develop their creative abilities, Aug. 4-8, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Camp Invention is designed to promote creative learning by inviting children to participate in five inventive modules each day, such as disassembling old machinery and using the parts to make new inventions and making safety devices for skateboards, cars and eggs. Intended for children entering second through sixth grades in the 2002-2003 school year.

Camp Invention is a project of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, centered in Akron, Ohio, and is presented in partnership with the United States Patent and Trade Office. The $190 camp fee includes snack and a t-shirt. A 10 percent discount is offered for siblings. Registration is limited to 110 children. Call 703-764-7104 to register. For more information, visit

The Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center is presenting the following special programs at the PEATC office, 6320 August Drive, Suite 1200, Springfield:

On Wednesday, June 4, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., attend the Educational and Disabilities Fair sponsored by Exxon Mobile, Gallows Road.

E-mail or call Rashid at 703-923-0010 for more information and registration. For other programs, check If the building door is locked, use the speaker beside the door to call the 12th floor for assistance.

Phyllis Gron, a Hayfield Secondary School English as a Second Language (ESOL) teacher, presented a poster session entitled "A Fine Arts Boost for Secondary ESOL Students" on March 26, at the 37th Annual Convention of TESOL in Baltimore. She showcased Hayfield ESOL students' work inspired by the arts and the resources of the Kennedy Center Education Department's Professional Development Opportunities and ARTSEDGE.

Kelly Barr and Mindy Klein of Hayfield Secondary School have been named the Metro League's coaches of the year.

Carolyn Glidden of Robinson Secondary School won the Northrop Grumman merit scholarship, a corporate-sponsored scholarship awarded through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Glidden intends to use the scholarship to pursue a career in medicine.

Stephanie McKee of Lake Braddock Secondary School has been selected as a semi-finalist from the state of Virginia in the 2003 Presidential Scholars Program. Students are selected as semifinalists based in their leadership, academic and artistic achievement, and involvement in their schools and communities. The program recognizes the most distinguished high school seniors each year.

Robinson Secondary School's Class of 1973, the first graduating class, will host its 30-year high school reunion on Saturday, October 11, 7:30 p.m.-1 a.m., at the Hyatt Fair Lakes, 12777 Fair Lakes Circle, Fairfax. Reunion details can be viewed at For more information, contact Michelle "Shelley" Sala at

Deborah Garber and Vernelle Boykin of Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax, and Margaret Fink, a former Robinson Secondary School teacher, presented a session entitled "Problem Solving in a Perfect World" at the 81st annual meeting of the National Council for the Teachers of Mathematics. The meeting took place April 9-12 in San Antonio, Texas. The session investigated the visual and mathematical patterns of perfect squares. The meeting is the largest gathering of math educators in the world.

Phyllis Gron, an "English for speakers of other languages" (ESOL) teacher at Hayfield Secondary 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.

Jennifer White of Terra Centre Elementary School in Burke received a Teacher of the Year award on May 6, National Teacher's Day. The award, provided by Wal-Mart and SAM'S CLUB in conjunction with Phi Delta Kappa International, the professional education association, grants $1,000 to the school of every local winner. The teachers are presented with an honorary Wal-Mart greeter's vest and will have the opportunity to apply for the state and national Teacher of the Year honors. Members of the local community, including fellow teachers, principals, students and parents nominated local winners earlier this spring.

Priyanka R. Tandon of West Springfield High School has won a national Principal's Leadership Award scholarship, including a $1,000 college scholarship. The National Association of Secondary School Principals and Herff Jones, Inc. will present 150 Principal's Leadership awards. Tandon will attend the College of William and Mary this fall as a James Monroe Scholar.