School Notes

Here’s a rundown of people and events making news at your Fairfax County Public Schools.

  • Faculty and staff members at Lanier Middle will hold a live teleconference with their colleague Bonnie Keller at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 30. Keller, who teaches science at Lanier, is currently serving as an Educator at Sea as part of the 2012 Nautilus Exploration Program. Keller is currently aboard the exploration vehicle Nautilus; she will be able to share her discoveries with fellow Lanier staff members and answer questions live during the teleconference. Lanier teachers will be able to gather first-hand information from Keller and engage in a live, interactive dialog that will connect science to real life. There are plans to share what Keller learns with Lanier students in the 2012-13 school year.
  • Three rising eighth grade students from Key Middle — Helen Sande, Arta Shala and Ashley May Maher — recently partnered with the Northern Virginia Bridge Association (NVBA) Bridge in Schools program to teach 52 FCPS students how to play bridge. In less than two hours the students learned the fundamentals of bridge. Bridge clubs at Key Middle, Langley High, and Louise Archer Elementary will have their first meetings in September. The bridge clubs at Crossfield Elementary, established last year, and Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, established in 1999, will also meet in September. Garfield Elementary’s bridge club, established in 1998, will meet in January 2013. Also this summer, Sande, Shala, and Maher spent more than 20 hours each at Sunrise Assisted Living in Springfield learning and playing bridge with the residents. While exceeding their community service requirements, these students were preparing (with two Sunrise residents and four parents) to compete in the NVBA September Sensations Sectional Tournament coming up next month.
  • Students from the Hotel Marketing program at Marshall Academy served as greeters, escorts, members of the film crew, tour guides, and set-up staff members for the National Archives annual Independence Day event. Alongside National Archives special event manager Quinn Bruster, the five students worked with political notables and celebrities from the entertainment industry. Each year the National Archives begins its Independence Day activities with a reading of the Declaration of Independence. This year’s activities included a facsimile of the document the public could sign; exhibits in the rotunda for the Charters of Freedom and public vaults; family activities; and the opportunity to meet Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Abigail and John Adams, Ned Hector, and John Hancock re-enactors. The Marshall Academy students helped the re-enactors mingle with the public; assisted the Declaration readers; helped with face painting; and helped C-SPAN and MTV crews film the event. All five students were members of the Hotel Marketing program during the past school year and will be part of the Level 2 class this fall. The opportunity arose by way of the Society of Government Meeting Professionals (SGMP) National Capital Chapter, in which Hotel Marketing students participate throughout the school year.