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Parents debate options to relieve Annandale school overcrowding

Parents debate options to relieve Annandale school overcrowding

More than 150 people packed the Annandale Terrace Elementary School cafeteria Monday evening for the final community dialogue on the Annandale Regional Planning Study.
 

Parent groups begin to coalesce over school boundary options

Parent groups begin to coalesce over school boundary options

Fairfax County School Board member Patricia Reed (Providence District) says she is advising parents who are concerned about having their children moved to different schools as a result of the Annandale Regional Study to look at the big picture.

At a meeting at Falls Church High School last night, where parents pored over maps to try to figure out which of the four options they favor, Reed said she has been urging parents to explain why they favor or oppose a particular solution. “The challenge is to look beyond the impact of your own community,” she said. “Don’t just say you don’t want your child to be moved.”

Bulova Asks for Consideration of New Voting Precinct, Polling Location for GMU Campus

From Fairfax County:

May 24, 2010 – Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova today asked County staff to consider creating a new voting precinct and polling location on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University. The move would give campus residents the most convenient option for voting and would accommodate the rapid growth of on-campus housing planned at Mason.

“An on-campus polling location and new campus precinct would ensure that Mason students, faculty, administration and staff would be fairly represented at the polls well into the future. The growth the campus is experiencing, with 7500 new on-campus residential units planned for the next five years, requires new services like on-campus voting,” Chairman Bulova said.

New Social Media and Restaurant Topics Course Offered at Stratford University

New Social Media and Restaurant Topics Course Offered at Stratford University

With millions of people signing up to use a variety of social media sites, restaurant managers are learning just what an important tool these outlets can be. Now, with a new course being offered through Stratford University, students can learn how to leverage the power of social media in the restaurant field.

“It is essential that every restaurant know how to tap into using social media in order to keep in contact with their customers and stay on their radar,” explains Patrick O’Rourke, an adjunct hospitality instructor at Stratford University (www.stratford.edu). “This course is exactly what is needed to learn everything a restaurant manager needs to know about using social media.”

FCPS Students Earn Honors at Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

From Fairfax County Public Schools:

Nine students from Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) won awards at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, held last week in Los Angeles.

Winners included:

Twenty-Eight FCPS Teachers Earn Certificates for Participation in Kennedy Center Arts Program

From Fairfax County Public Schools:

Twenty-eight Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) teachers have received certificates of study for their participation in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Changing Education Through the Arts (CETA) program.

Teachers in the CETA program participate in workshops led by artists and arts educators, learning how to integrate the arts in their teaching through programs designed to meet their needs, interests, and experience. 

The following FCPS teachers received 2011 certificates of study:

Proposed charter school would serve disadvantaged youths

Proposed charter school would serve disadvantaged youths

A group Fairfax County residents, several of them teachers, has put forth a proposal to create a charter school in eastern Fairfax County aimed at providing a college prep curriculum to students who might not otherwise consider going to college. The school would have grades 7-12.

Key elements of the proposal include a longer school day and year, wraparound social services, and programs to prepare disadvantaged youths for college, including the International Baccalaureate and AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) programs, says Eric Wolf Welch, a social studies teacher at JEB Stuart High School and one of the founders of the proposed Fairfax Leadership Academy.