School Notes

School Notes

Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax will hold its graduation ceremony for the 289 students in the Class of 2003 Sunday, June 8 at 2:30 p.m. in the George Mason University Patriot Center.

The Baccalaureate Mass will be celebrated Friday, June 6 at St. Timothy Church in Chantilly at 7:30 p.m.

Catholic University of America president, Vincentian Father David M. O’Connell, C.M. will be the commencement speaker.

Student speakers will be valedictorian Jessica Kennedy of Fairfax and salutatorian Carolyn Greene of Aldie.

Elizabeth Anne Richardson of Centreville graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from Wake Forest University on May 19. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg addressed the 1,478 students receiving undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees.

The winners of the Annual Student Poster Contest "Metro 2020: Vision of the Future Metrobus and Metrorail" were announced at a reception on May 16. Prizes were awarded in the District, Maryland, and Virginia in each level, primary (grades K-3), elementary (grades 4-6), junior high (grades 7-9) and senior high (grades 10-12) with one winning entry named poster of the year. The poster of the year will be showcased on Metrobuses, in Metrorail stations and on the Metro Web site. Jessica Y. Lee from Sidney Lanier Middle School and Young's Art Studio in Centreville was awarded poster of the year and third place in the junior high level. In the primary level, Yoonah H. Kim from Union Mill Elementary School and Young's Art Studio in Clifton was awarded second place and Ayoung Noh Lee from Centreville High School tied for second place in the Senior High level.

A children's play, "The Hobbit," by J.R. Tolkien, will be performed Friday-Sunday, May 30-June 1, by Chantilly High drama students. Show times are May 30 at 7 p.m., May 31 at 2 and 7 p.m., and June 1 at 2 p.m. in the school theater. Tickets are $4 at the door. Directed by Shannon Spicer, some 80 cast and crew members are participating.

The Westfield Pyramid Art Show will be held Wednesday, June 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the Westfield gymnasium. Each year, art teachers from Cub Run, Floris, London Town, Deer Park, Virginia Run, Stone Middle, and Westfield High exchange 10 pieces of artwork for Youth Art Month. The artwork is displayed at the schools for the month of March and then return to Westfield High for the Pyramid Art Show. The purpose of the show is to provide an opportunity for art students to display their work in a professional quality art show. The high school students submit entries for one-person, two-person, or general shows. Artwork includes media such as photography, ceramics, drawing, painting, printmaking, and computer graphics. All students who are included receive a personal invitation for the show, but it is open to the public. There will be a silent Art Auction to benefit an Art Department and a scholarship for a graduating art student.

All Westfield High School parents of the Class of 2004 are invited to attend an information meeting on next year's All-Night Graduation Party (ANGP). The meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 10, at 7 p.m. in the Lecture Hall at WHS. The meeting will cover basic information and sign ups for chairpersons to oversee the ANGP and also chairpersons and committee members for each committee. Call Trish Manghelli at 703-392-1270 or Debra Colman at 703-968-4352.

The first general meeting of the new Colin L. Powell Elementary School PTA will be held Tuesday, June 10 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Rocky Run Middle School. Meet the new Principal, Brian Hull and some of his team members. At the meeting, you'll be able to approve the PTA bylaws (available on the school's Web site at Click on Schools and Centers-Elementary-Powell); become a PTA member and vote in the PTA officers; and volunteer for the many committees that help the students throughout the year.

The following are the nominees for the Colin L. Powell Elementary School PTA Officers: President: Phyllis Villani; First Vice President: Jacque Green-Bridges; Second Vice President: Laura Zelenack; Treasurer: Robin Seabrook; Secretary: Lori Kravchick. The vote will be held at the general meeting on June 10. Others interested in the officer positions may run from the floor at the general meeting.

Centreville High School's After-Grad Committee needs volunteers. If you're a parent of a graduating senior at CVHS, volunteer to lend a hand at the After Grad Party on Wednesday, June 18, from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Junior parents are needed also. To volunteer, contact Pam Cain at or 703-802-3049.

Registration is in progress for Centreville Preschool's "themed" summer camp program. There is still a one day per week session being offered on Mondays, beginning on July 7 and ending on Aug. 13. The fee for this six-week program is $132. Call 703-830-5656.

The Chantilly High School Class of 1993 will hold its 10-year reunion on Saturday, Aug. 23 at the Hilton Garden Inn Fairfax Hotel. For details, call Great Reunions at 714-891-8100 or visit the Web site:

Stone Middle School's Theatre Arts Club — a.k.a. Stone Players — present their adaptation of John Wilson's "Be Smart, Don't Start!" The show features acting, singing, dancing and more! This is an updated multi-media version which delivers its crucial message with the added help of contemporary dance and pop music like "Best Years of Our Lives" and "Soak up the Sun". The show opens with a short video introduction by Congressman Bill Young, addressing the Stone and Centreville community, and closes with a rousing rap written just for Stone Middle School. Tickets are $3 in advance and $5 at the door. Advance tickets will be available during lunches at Stone from June 9-11, or by contacting Stone's theater director, Mrs. Walsh, at or 703-631-5500.

Show times are Thursday, June 12 at 3:15, and Friday, June 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the theater at Stone Middle School, 5500 Sully Road, Centreville.

A Summer Band and Orchestra Camp will be held June 30-July 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Franklin Middle School. Cost is $140/student or $150 after June 6. Students will study the following instruments: all brass, woodwinds, percussion and string instruments. The camp is offered to the following band and strings students: grades 3-10, beginning band/orchestra, cadet band/orchestra, concert band/orchestra and symphonic band/orchestra. A final concert will feature all performing ensembles July 23. For an application, go to or call Mr. Walker at 703-904-5145.

The Children's Friendship Project for Northern Ireland is seeking local families to help with the peace and reconciliation effort in Northern Ireland. Consider hosting a pair of Protestant and Roman Catholic teens (boys or girls ages 15 to 18) in your home for four weeks this summer.  To be eligible, families must provide a safe-neutral setting for the teens to get to know one another, a single bedroom for them to share, and day-long adult supervision. Contact Melinda Grochowski at 703-478-6291, or visit the Web site at

World Heritage is seeking local host families for high school boys and girls from Spain, France, Germany, Thailand, Great Britain, Japan, Mexico or Brazil through World Heritage International Student Exchange Program. Host families provide room, board, and guidance for a teenager living thousands of miles from home. Students are well screened and are selected based on academic performance, English proficiency, teacher recommendations and personal interviews. Couples, single parents and families with or without children in the home are encouraged to apply. The students arrive shortly before school begins in fall 2003. Call Wyndy Fredrick at 1-800-888-9040 or 703-435-8948 or visit the Web site at

Chantilly High School's class of 1993 is trying to locate alumni for its 10-year reunion. The date and location are still being decided. Contact First-Class Reunions at 888-327-1984 or visit the Web site at to update information.

A Chantilly High Alumni Club is being started by Debra Weeks Alexander and her husband Joe, co-presidents of the Chantilly Athletic Booster Club. They hope to reunite Chantilly grads, as well as their parents, and get them involved in school spirit to make Chantilly a real, hometown school. Call the Chantilly Booster Hotline at 703-912-4002 and leave a message. Or call the Alexanders at 703-620-3434.

Centreville Elementary is expanding its after-school, homework/activities club for grades three through six. It'll go from one to two evenings a week, from 3:45 to 5 or 5:30 p.m. The school provides a snack and transportation home, plus homework help and various leisure activities. Some 140 children are expected to participate, but community volunteers are needed to help staff it; call Principal Jim Latt at 703- 502-3500.

Fairfax County Public Schools will offer 14 high school courses online through its Online Campus for summer school 2003. The Online Campus offers regular education courses that are as challenging as in-class courses, with mandatory daily attendance, midterm and final exams, and Standards of Learning (SOL) testing. The classes are offered at no charge to FCPS students, but require the approval of the high school guidance counselor.

While it is not intended to replace the face-to-face classroom, the FCPS Online Campus offers choices for students who: are homebound or home schooled, need a class or two to graduate on time, need to catch up, or need to work but want to complete the requirements for a high school diploma. Information about the FCPS Online Campus can be found on its Web site at

News from Centreville Elementary School

* Thursday, May 29 — SOL Testing will begin for grades 3 and 5

* Thursday, May 29 — The sixth-grade will visit Liberty Middle School

* Friday, May 30 — SOL Testing will continue for grades 3 and 5

There will be no PTA Meeting held for the month of June.

* Monday, June 2 — SOL Make Ups

* Tuesday, June 3 — SOL testing for grades 3 and 5

* Homework Club meets

* Wednesday, June 4 — SOL testing for grades 3 and 5

* Thursday, June 5 — SOL Testing for grade 3

* There will be no PTA meeting this month

* Friday, June 6 — SOL Testing for grade 4

* Friday, June 6 — CES Family Night at the Potomac Cannons Baseball Game, starting at 7:05 p.m.

* Monday, June 9 — Field Day for grades 1 and 2

* Monday, June 9 — SOL Make ups

* Tuesday, June 10 — Field Day for grades 3 and 4

* SOL Make ups and the Homework Club Ends

* Wednesday, June 11 — Racing begins at 1:30 p.m.

* Band/Strings Concert at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

* 5th grade Motivational Speaker at 1:30 p.m.

* Thursday, June 12 — SCA Ice Cream Social

* Public Library Book Talks

* Friday, June 13 — SCA Election

* 6th grade — Staff Kickball Game

* 6th grade party 6 p.m.

* Monday, June 16 — Kindergarten Play Day begins at 9:30 a.m.

* Tuesday, June 17 — Patrol Party begins at 2:30 p.m.

* Choral Concerts 9:30, 10:30 and 7 p.m.

* Wednesday, June 18 — Field Day for grades 5 and 6

* Thursday, June 19 — Awards Program (Primary) begins at 9:30 a.m.

Awards Assembly begins at 2 p.m.

* Friday, June 20 — Last day of school.

* Awards Assembly begins at 9:30 a.m.

* Report Cards go home!

The Chantilly High School Class of 1984 is in the process of planning its 20-year high school reunion for the fall of 2004. The Web site is Or e-mail or