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Today is International Walk to School Day

Today is International Walk to School Day

From Alexandria City Public Schools:

On Wednesday, Oct. 5, ACPS students and families will join nearly 4 million people in approximately 40 countries to celebrate International Walk to School Day. Established in 1997 to highlight the simple pleasures and health benefits of walking and bicycling to school and to call attention to the need for safe routes to school, the observance takes place at more than 5,000 U.S. schools. Find participating ACPS schools at http://www.walktoschool.org/who/seecity.cfm?st=VA&city=Alexandria#srts-explanation.

Registration Open for 'The Space Race' Planetarium Show

From Alexandria City Public Schools:

Because Oct. 4 marks the 54th anniversary of the "space race" with the launching of Sputnik, this month's Planetarium show will document "space race" highlights. As usual, the main program will be followed with a walk across the late October sky. Registration opens at noon on Monday, Oct. 3. The show starts at 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at the Planetarium at T.C. Williams High School.

Each month, Bob Nicholson leads an exciting and educational presentation for the community. Upcoming dates and topics, subject to change, are as follows:

Schools to Participate in Annual Del Ray Festival this Weekend

Schools to Participate in Annual Del Ray Festival this Weekend

From Alexandria City Public Schools:

 

John Adams Elementary School students will perform in concert and George Washington Middle School Campus students will lead an art project at Art on the Avenue, the annual Del Ray festival taking place this Saturday, Oct. 1, along Mount Vernon Avenue in Alexandria.

The John Adams Orff Ensemble will perform on the Children's Stage from 12:50 to 1:20 p.m. The group will play pieces composed by Carl Orff as well as African and American folk music. The students use percussion instruments that have pitch, such as the xylophone, and percussion that has no pitch, such as drums.

T.C. Williams Band Earns 2nd Place

From Alexandria City Public Schools:

 

The T.C. Williams High School Marching Titans finished in second place for their class (AAA) in the Music category at the 29th Annual North Stafford Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 24. Because of the rain and dampness, the event was a “stand still” competition in which all bands played from a stationary formation, with no marching. The Marching Titans finished behind the South County Marching Stallions, who were named Grand Champion of the competition from among the 15 bands competing in four different classes. 

Marching Titans Open Competition Season on Sept. 24 in Stafford

From Alexandria City Public Schools:

 

The T.C. Williams High School Marching Titans open their marching band competition season this Saturday, Sept. 24, in the 29th Annual North Stafford Invitational at North Stafford High School, 839 Garrisonville Road, Stafford, Va. The Marching Titans, under the direction of Drum Major Kate Aplin, step off at 1:15 p.m. with this season's show, "As We Grow." The program, arranged by T.C. Williams Director of Bands Brian Thomas, features four movements evoking the human experience: innocence, anger, healing and joy.

Up to 30 bands will perform for the judging panel of Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association judges, Drum Corps International World Class Corps staff and university music educators.

FCPS to Host College Fair, College Night October 16 and 17

FCPS to Host College Fair, College Night October 16 and 17

From Fairfax County Public Schools:

 

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) will host its 2011 College Fair on Sunday, October 16, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Fair Oaks Mall and College Night on Monday, October 17, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hayfield Secondary School. High school students and their families are encouraged to attend these two events to explore postsecondary educational opportunities.

Representatives from approximately 400 colleges and universities, including two-year and four-year colleges as well as military academies and business and technical schools, will be on hand at both events to talk to prospective students.

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     Although it will not be voted on for several months, FCPS's proposal to place surveillance cameras in the cafeterias and common areas of its high schools is already generating controversy. Too Big Brother "gotcha;" too much emphasis on after the fact punishment rather than prevention in the first place; and those pesky privacy concerns. Principals somehow believe that the installation of such devices will have a deterrent effect, but that is the thinking of THEIR generation, not that of their young charges. These kids have grown up in and are acclimated to a reality show culture and post 9/11 environment, and they are used to being watched, by their helicopter parents and otherwise, and living their lives in public and online.