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MEH Summer Events Prep For New School Year


Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School
(MEH) (7130 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church) will be hosting an array of summer events to get its new students up and running for the 2009-10 school year. Tuesday, Sept. 1 will be Fifth-Grade Locker Day from 8 – 10 a.m. Students may drop in at any point during this time to receive their locker assignment and meet their fifth-grade homebase teacher.

MEH Summer Events Prep For New School Year


Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School
(MEH) (7130 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church) will be hosting an array of summer events to get its new students up and running for the 2009-10 school year. Tuesday, Sept. 1 will be Fifth-Grade Locker Day from 8 – 10 a.m. Students may drop in at any point during this time to receive their locker assignment and meet their fifth-grade homebase teacher.

Also on Sept. 1, an orientation will be held from 10 – 11 a.m. for all MEH students and parents who are new to Falls Church City Public Schools. An overview of the school will take place, as well as a tour of the facilities.

Finally, a Back-to-School Social will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 2 from 6 – 7 p.m. All MEH students and their parents are invited to obtain schedules, P.E. uniforms and meet MEH’s staff. For more information, call 703-720-5700.

Mustang Ambassadors to Show Newbies Around

George Mason High School (7124 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church) will hold its New Student Orientation on Wednesday, Sept. 2 from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. New students will be able to meet with Student Council Association (SCA) representatives to explore George Mason programs. A New Parent Orientation will be simultaneously hosted by the Parent-Teacher & Student Association (PTSA).

An Eighth-Grade Orientation, also taking place Sept. 2, will be a separate event sponsored by the Mustang Ambassadors from noon – 3 p.m. Students will receive their schedules and tour the building. For more information, call 703-248-5500.

Thomas Jefferson E.S. Gets Parents, Students Ready

New information for parents of Thomas Jefferson Elementary School students is now available online, including the school’s bus schedule, as well as the Student Handbook and Parent Handbook for the 2009-10 school year. For more information, visit www.fccps.org/tj.

Stuart H.S. to Host ‘Meet the Coaches’ Night

As summer comes to a close, J.E.B. Stuart High School will hold a “Meet the Coaches” evening on Thursday, Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. in the school’s auditorium (3301 Peace Valley Ln., Falls Church). It is the expectation that each athlete is represented at this meeting. He or she will have the opportunity to meet the staff from the Activities Office, coaches and members of Stuart’s Athletic Training Staff. They will also be able to ask any questions they may have regarding the program. For more information, call the school at 703-824-3900.

Sea Piracy Up for Debate at Marshall H.S.

The topic of sea piracy will be up for debate at George C. Marshall High School’s annual Model United Nations (MUN) training conference. Though the event does not take place until Saturday, Sept. 26, registration for the conference is now open.

Marshall High School will partner with the University of Virginia’s International Relations Organization (IRO) and the United Nations Information Centre in Washington, D.C., to present the one-day training conference for students interested in MUN, an extracurricular activity at many Washington metropolitan area high schools and middle schools.

The focus of the 2009 My First MUN Training Conference will be on sea piracy, which has been the subject of three UN resolutions and recent efforts by the navies of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization), the European Union nations, and Russia to protect shipping from pirates operating in the waters off the Horn of Africa. Conference registration information and a background guide on the sea piracy issue, authored by Marshall senior Hannah Goldberger and sophomores Ashton Garriott and Philip Grudier, will be posted later this month on the Marshall High School Web site for students to review before the conference. Those interested can visit www.fcps.edu/marshallhs/activities/clubs/mun.

For further information, e-mail Marshall High School MUN Club faculty sponsor Tom Brannan at joseph.brannan@fcps.edu.

Stuart H.S. PTSA Seeks Parent Volunteers

The J.E.B. Stuart High School Parent-Teach & Student Association (PTSA) Hospitality Committee is looking for parent volunteers for its Back-to-School Breakfast for Stuart staff members. The breakfast will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 1 at the school (3301 Peace Valley Ln., Falls Church). Set-up will begin at 6 a.m., with serving starting at 7:15 a.m.

Item(s) the school is seeking donations of are: egg casseroles (nine needed, preferably in 9×13 disposable pans), baked goods, such as muffins, coffee cakes and quick breads (seven needed); fruit salads (eight to nine needed); bagels (four dozen needed); cream cheese (enough for four dozen bagels); donuts (three dozen needed); whole fruits (bananas and grapes, two bunches each); and juice (two gallons orange, two half-gallons of V-8 Splash or Tropicana Twister).

Volunteers are especially urged to return to help clean up at 10:30 a.m. for an hour or two. Food donations need to be at Stuart, in the Little Theatre, by 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 1. Donors are asked to use disposable containers if possible. Those interested in making a donation should e-mail Debbie Rosse at dhrosseathome@yahoo.com. Those who are unable to have their food donations at Stuart by 6:30 a.m. should let the committee know so that other arrangements can be made. For more information, e-mail Rosse or call 703-532-6475.

(Correction: There was a mistake in last week’s edition of  Summertime News within the caption of a boy scouts photograph. The caption should have read: “Pictured are (from left to right) Daniel Drawbaugh, Peter Ballou, Gabe Boning, Karl Johnson, Fareez Chowdhury, Noam Terman, Will Doty, Matthew Baker, Brent Boning, Wade Ballou (in back), Kurt Johnson, with Kevin Drawbaugh taking the photograph.”)

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