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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.

Alexandria's McKinley Marketing Partners Donates Office Supplies to At-Risk Pre-Schoolers

Alexandria's McKinley Marketing Partners Donates Office Supplies to At-Risk Pre-Schoolers

McKinley Marketing Partners, headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia with offices in Dallas, Texas and the New York Metro area, recently embarked on a new era of operation by rebranding with a fresh logo and an updated, user-friendly website. The new circular design of its logo underscores McKinley’s mission – to provide complete, well-rounded marketing solutions for its clients’ interim or direct-hire needs.

By rebranding, McKinley is moving forward with new ways to assist its diverse Fortune 1000 clientele and to recruit new marketing talent. McKinley also wants to remain a vital community leader in Old Town Alexandria, with office headquarters in a remodeled warehouse that originally operated as an arms dealership. Since the rebranding, McKinley had found itself with reams of logo paper products and other office supplies it can no longer use due to the introduction of its new round logo.

T.C. Williams National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

From Alexandria City Public Schools:


Five T.C. Williams High School Seniors are among approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 57th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Paloma M. Alcala, Kathryn G. Aplin, Andrew K. Dewhurst, Phillip Espinoza and Joseph J. Powers have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,300 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $34 million that will be offered next spring. Officials of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names today.

“We congratulate these students for their exceptional achievement and commend them for them for setting a new standard for Alexandria City Public Schools,” said Superintendent Morton Sherman. “We wish them all the best as they continue their hard work and attempt to become Finalists in this prestigious competition.”