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Oakcrest School Presents Madeline’s Christmas

Oakcrest Middle School is showcasing “Madeline’s Christmas,” a musical based on the book by Ludwig Bemelmans.

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“Madeline’s Christmas” is directed by Brittney Sweeney, with musical direction by Anne Miller and choreography by Kathryn Kelly. Tickets for Friday and Saturday night are $10 for adults and $5 for students; the Saturday matinee is $5 per person and $20 per family, with a post-show talk with the cast and crew. The play will be at Oakcrest Middle School (850 Balls Hill Road, McLean) in the G. Lloyd Bunting Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 21 and 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 22. For more information, call 703-790-5450 or visit www.oakcrest.org.

Superintendent Proposes Plan of Budget Cuts

In separate presentations to the Fairfax County School Board and Board of Supervisors, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) Superintendent Jack D. Dale has proposed a three-tiered plan of budget cuts to enable the school system to address a budget shortfall for Fiscal Year 2010. For more information, visit www.fcps.edu/news/fy2010.htm.

IB Students Prepare for Group 4 Project

International Baccalaureate (IB) Science students at George C. Marshall High School are preparing for the IB Group 4 Project. The project is designed to have students work in cooperative, inter-disciplinary groups to solve a global problem. In all, 234 Marshall students are involved in one of the largest Group 4 Projects in the world. The problem the students have been tasked with solving is a population change issue as it relates to a country. Students were divided into 20 groups of 12-13 students. Each group was randomly assigned a country. They are to investigate an issue that is affected by that countries changing population. Project results will be presented Dec. 8 at Marshall High School for parents, administration and the public. For more information, email Kanwaljit Sachdeva at Kanwaljit.Sachdeva@fcps.edu.

McLean Crew Leaf Raking Fundraiser

The fall leaf raking, the first of the three major fundraisers run by the Crew Club, will be from Nov. 22 – 23. Rower participation is mandatory. Family members are also encouraged to participate, since these fundraisers are vitally important in order to hold down the cost of club dues, to fund equipment purchases and maintenance. Last year, the club was able to raise over $4,500 through this event. Ten points can be earned for each volunteer hour contributed. For more information on this fundraiser, contact Chris Wadle at cjwadle@aol.com or Laura Warren at meadowmac@aol.com.838schoolnews-copy.jpg

Marshall Model UN Travel to Montreal

Eight members of the George C. Marshall High School Model United Nations Club traveled to Montreal, Canada, earlier this month for the Secondary Schools United Nations Symposium (SSUNS) and returned gaining three major awards. The McGill University’s International Relations Students’ Association hosted and attracted 1,100 students from 53 high schools in the Americas, including Canada, the United States, Mexico, and Trinidad and Tobago. Marshall was the only school attending from Virginia.

Marshall senior Samantha Plotner also received an award, the Lester B. Pearson Award for Peacekeeping, for her representation of presidential advisor Clark B. Clifford in President Lyndon Johnson’s National Security Council.

Senior Jessica Levine won the Pearson Award for Peacekeeping representing the Republic of Georgia in the World Health Organization.

Marshall sophomore Olivia Baskerville won the Nellie McClung Award for Advocacy representing the Minister of Immigration in the conference’s French-speaking simulation of the Quebec Cabinet.

Also competing for Marshall in Montreal, were seniors Alex Blomme, Lauren Hahm, Emily Moonan, Matthew Martz and junior Hannah Goldberger. For more information on the competition, email Kanwaljit Sachdeva at Kanwaljit.Sachdeva@fcps.edu.

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