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FCPS Yearbook, Newspaper Staffs Earn Top Honors From CSPA

From Fairfax County Public Schools:

Student journalists from seven Fairfax County public schools have been recognized as finalists for the Scholastic Crown Award, the highest honor bestowed on student publications by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA).  Each of the publications will receive either a Gold or Silver Crown Award during the CSPA convention in March 2012.

FCPS is home to four of the 66 high school yearbooks from across the nation to be named Crown Award finalists.

Crown Award finalists are:

Congressman Connolly Recognizes Achievement of West Springfield High School Dance Team

Congressman Connolly Recognizes Achievement of West Springfield High School Dance Team

From the Office of Gerald E. Connolly:

Congressman Gerry Connolly joined the members of the West Springfield High School Dance Team Wednesday morning at a joint meeting of the Springfield Rotary Club and the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce to congratulate the students’ on their dance successes. Connolly presented the students with a statement he entered into the Congressional Record recognizing the “exceptional” dance team as two-time National Dance Team Champions and as finalists on the NBC variety program America’s Got Talent.  Connolly is a strong and longtime supporter of the arts, both as a congressman and during his tenure as Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.  Among his arts-related activities is the annual Congressional Arts Competition he sponsors for Northern Virginia high school students.

Tips for Focusing on Fabulous Holiday Drinks

Tips for Focusing on Fabulous Holiday Drinks

Tips for Focusing on Fabulous Holiday Drinks

With the holiday season upon us, many people will be focusing on the food that takes center stage at family meals, parties, and office gatherings. Often, however, it is the holiday drinks that can steal the show or help to put the finishing touches on the festivities. Choosing the right holiday drinks to provide to your guests can be easy, with a little advance planning.

 

West Potomac Academy, Alexandria Community Dance Present The Nutcracker

West Potomac Academy, Alexandria Community Dance Present The Nutcracker

From Fairfax County Public Schools:

West Potomac Academy and Alexandria Community Dance are teaming up to present their third joint performance of The Nutcracker, the traditional holiday story with a modern twist, on December 1, 2, and 3, at West Potomac High School.  Four shows will be performed: Thursday, December 1, at 5 p.m.; Friday, December 2, at 6:30 p.m.; and Saturday, December 3, at 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. West Potomac Academy is one of six high school academies in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).

West Potomac Academy Fashion Design Instructor

From Fairfax County Public Schools:

Maggy François, West Potomac Academy Fashion Design instructor, is one of 15 individuals from nonprofit organizations to be featured in Shoot for Change’s black and white photo exhibition on Wednesday, November 16, at the L2 Lounge in Washington, D.C. West Potomac Academy is one of six high school academies in Fairfax County Public Schools.

Featuring photographs by Walter Grio—who has been working with West Potomac Academy Fashion Design students for the past few years to build their professional portfolios—the show features nonprofit leaders who have been transformed to look like classic movie stars. Each of the participants has also written an essay on what inspires him or her to do what he or she does and to keep doing it.

Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the West Potomac Academy Fashion Design program and other nonprofit organizations that were invited to participate.

Greenspring Residents to Perform with Local Students in Kid Pan Alley

Kid Pan Alley’s intergenerational residency entitled “Across the Ages” will feature students from Forestdale Elementary School and seniors from Greenspring retirement community.  The two groups will collaborate leading up to a November 4 performance, where stories told by both the students and the seniors will be translated into song for the public.

FCPS Artist Teacher Exhibition Begins October 31

From Fairfax County Public Schools:

The fourth annual Artist Teacher Exhibition, featuring works by art teachers in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), will be on display at the Annandale Campus of Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) from Monday, October 31, through Saturday, December 3.   A reception is planned for Thursday, November 10, for 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center on the NVCC campus.

For many years, FCPS has sought candidates who are not only great art teachers but also excellent artists. Today there are more than 350 art teachers in FCPS, many of whom continue to create art while sharing their expertise with students. Thirty artist-teachers, represented by 46 artworks, will be featured in the exhibition. The works were selected from over 200 submissions by juror Joanne Bauer, curator at Greater Reston Arts Center.