School Notes

School Notes

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 Lea Mae Rice at 703-917-6459.

The Campbell Wealth South County Golf Classic will be at Laurel Hill Golf Course on June 8. This fund-raiser golf tournament is open to the public and is jointly sponsored by the South County Secondary School PTSA, Athletic and Arts Boosters. The format will be a 4-person shotgun scramble. Players will receive gift bags, carts, drinks, lunch, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres and will compete for cash and prizes. The tournament will also feature putting contests and three hole-in-one opportunities to win three different cars donated as prizes by Jack Taylor's Alexandria Toyota, Fairfax Hyundai and Lindsay Cadillac. Visit

The Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital is holding a Camp Fiesta from June 21-23 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. for all girls entering grades 1-6 in the fall. Held at the 60-acre Girl Scout campsite in Fairfax County, bus transportation is offered from eight locations in Burke and Springfield. Lunch, afternoon snacks, a t-shirt and all program activities, ranging from games to science and arts and crafts to drama and outdoor skills, are included. $10 per girl, financial assistance included for those in need. Contact Betsy Kiger at or 571-642-0253 x105 to receive a registration form. Registration deadline is June 16.

Northern Virginia Community College offers summer camps in the areas of academics, cartooning, computers, dance, jazz, modeling and theatre. For a complete schedule of summer camps and enrollment information, call 703-323-3102 or go to To register in person, go to room 202 in the Ernst Community Center building, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale.

* Cyber Experience. June 26-July 7, July 10-21 and July 24-Aug. 4. Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Ages 10-17. PC construction, Web page design, computer gaming and Legos Mind Storm and Robotics.

* Academic Enrichment. June 26-July 28, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Ages 11-14. Prepares middle school students to pass the SOL exam through solid reinforcement of English, science, math and history.

* Soccer. July 31-Aug. 4 and Aug. 7-11. Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Ages 7-13. In conjunction with Tamir Linhart’s Golden Boot Soccer, this camp focuses on technical skills and soccer intelligence. Register through Golden Boot: 703-287-0088 or

* Jazz. July 10-21 and July 24-Aug.4, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Ages 12-18. For all instrumentalists and vocalists interested in learning more about jazz.

Teens can be volunteers during a summer 4-H camp from June 25-29, at the Northern Virginia 4-H Center in Front Royal. Fairfax Cooperative Extension, the sponsor of the camp, is looking for counselors who are enthusiastic and enjoy working with youths. This volunteer position provides an opportunity for older teens to gain valuable skills in leadership and organizing projects and groups. Counselors will be responsible for teaching and/or assisting with classes, overseeing activities in a dorm room at the camp, facilitating group activities with and for youth ages 9-13 and creating a fun and energizing atmosphere for the campers. Sixty teens from the Fairfax/Arlington/Alexandria area will be selected; selected counselors will receive training and assistance with preparing for the experience. Training is local and is scheduled for June 3. To becoming a camp counselor or learn about 4-H camp, call Tameka Logan at 703-324-5353 or e-mail or call Clyde Jackson at 703-324-5357 or e-mail

The Fairfax County Park Authority is responding to community changes with additional programming to meet the needs of youngsters who are educated at home. New daytime classes, ideal for homeschoolers, will be offered this fall at Providence and South Run RECenters. Some classes for the approaching school year include: Outdoor Science, which explores flight, weather, geology and space in an outdoor setting; Explorations in Chemistry; Explorations in Astronomy; and Explorations in Botany. Register at any time until the day the class begins. Classes will be canceled due to low registration. For more, call 703-324-8548.

Girl Scouts. Two groups open to girls between 5 and 11, and 11 and 17 years old, all year round. Activities include high-adventure outings such as rock climbing, white water rafting and back packing, international and national travel, internship opportunities on capitol hill, theater, art, science, technology and making friends. For more information call Betsy Kiger at 1-800-523-7898, ext. 578, Sharon Fontanella at 703-451-4680 or Dale Hook at 703-866-1840. Visit or

The Virginia Business and Professional Women’s (VA BPW) Foundation offers a variety of scholarships, grants and fellowships to assist women to re-enter the job market or further their education and careers, as well as to support the study of women's issues. Visit

Fairfax County Public Schools maintains a toll-free telephone hotline for emergency messages, with information in three languages. 1-800-839-FCPS (3277) is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In the event of school closings or delays or other emergency situations, information can be obtained by dialing the toll-free number from anywhere in the region. Messages are available in English, Korean and Spanish.

Volunteer Fairfax and the ExxonMobil Foundation announced the selection of 60 Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C., nonprofit organizations as participants for the 2006 ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program (CSJP). ExxonMobil Foundation sponsors paid internships for college students. The ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program provides full-time, undergraduate-level college students with an eight-week, paid internship to experience operations in a nonprofit community environment. ExxonMobil Foundation funds the interns' salaries and Volunteer Fairfax’s administrative expenses for the program. The program also trains participating organizations in how to recruit and select interns, and how to design their summer internships. College students interested in the ExxonMobil-funded internship may visit the Volunteer Fairfax Web site,, to obtain a list of participating local agencies, internship descriptions and agency contacts. Interested college students should apply directly to the selected agencies.

Several Fairfax County Public School received awards in the Northern Virginia regional competition of National History Day at George Mason University. Winners in the Senior category include Lindsey McGuiness of West Springfield High School; David Bae, Horatio Nguyen, and Homin Kim of West Springfield High School, second place for group exhibit; Jordan Serwin and Daniel Streicher of West Springfield High School, third place in group documentary; and Rebecca Koenig of West Springfield High School, second place for an individual paper.

Winners in the Junior category include Brian Hong of Lorton Station Elementary School, second place in an individual exhibit; Thomas Deanda of Springfield Estates Elementary School, honorable mentions in individual documentary; Colleen Garrott and Liana Epstein of Lake Braddock Secondary School, second place in group exhibit; Matt Krause and Rishav Adhikari of Springfield Estates Elementary School, second place in a group performance; Ryan Ledwith, Jeffrey Thompson, and Adam Bloom of Lorton Station Elementary School, third place in a group performance; Madeleine Stokowski and Elizabeth Yim of Lake Braddock Secondary School, first place in a group documentary; and Nick Grippin of Lake Braddock Secondary School, third place in an individual paper.

To compete in National History Day, students chose historical topics and conducted research using libraries, archives, museums, interviews, and historical sites. For more, visit

Life Through Art is taking registration for the Summer 2006 Art Camp for ages 5-13. Explore architecture by making a fort, Graphic Art by designing a T- shirt, cartooning and animation, drawing and painting and sculpture. Camp takes place July 10-14 and July 19-23 in Springfield. Cost is $150 per week. Call Maureen at 703-455-4473 or visit www.

Dance Camp. Mrs. P hosts a three-day dance camp from Tuesday, June 27 through Thursday, June 29 from 2-6 p.m. at Paul VI High School. For students in first grade and up. The camp is taught by nationally-ranked varsity drill team seniors. $115/girl or $125 at the door. Call Mrs. P at 703-250-5711.

Interested in hosting a child from Colombia this summer? Through its Summer Miracles Program, the nonprofit organization, Kidsave International, brings older children from orphanages around the world to the Washington, D.C. community to experience 6 weeks of summer camp, family life, and the chance to be adopted. Now in its eighth year, Summer Miracles has placed 95 percent of these children in adoptive families. Kidsave is currently seeking host families in the D.C. Metro area for this summer. Host families need not be interested in adoption; just provide room and board and a commitment to becoming that child's partner in helping them find a family. To learn more information, please come to the next orientation session on Monday, March 27 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the George Mason Regional Library, 7001 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. If you have any questions, please visit or email Alla Kamins at

Mainly Music, a weekly musical group for preschool children and their caregivers, every Friday, at 10:15 a.m., at Fairfax Community Church, 11451 Braddock Road, Fairfax. The cost for each Friday's group is $3. Call 703-745-1030 or visit