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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.”

6th annual SERVPRO Invitational High School Golf Tournament

6th annual SERVPRO Invitational	High School Golf Tournament

From Woodbridge Senior High School:


The 6th annual SERVPRO Invitational High School Golf Tournament will take place this year on August 10th and August 11th at Twin Lakes Golf Club in Clifton, VA.  SERVPRO of Loudoun County is the tournament sponsor and on their behalf we are extending our invitation to you to cover this event for the area high school golf teams of Alexandria, City of Manassas, Arlington County, Fairfax County, Prince William County,  and Stafford County. Over 120 area high school golfers will be participating in this two-day event.

500 DC Area Students Compete in Summer Academic Competition

From Higher Achievement:


Combating Childhood Obesity on School Campuses

Combating Childhood Obesity on School Campuses

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), roughly 17 percent of all children are now considered obese, triple the percentage of a generation ago. Meanwhile, schools across the country have implemented vending machines, in an effort to raise funds. Unfortunately, those machines have traditionally been stocked with unhealthy items. Today, however, vending machines are available that are stocked with all-natural and healthy foods, which could be an important step in helping to combat childhood obesity on campus.

“The ability to put a healthy vending machine on campus is essential,” explains Jolly Backer, the chief executive officer of Fresh Healthy Vending (www.freshvending.com), a company specializing in vending machines that are stocked with all-healthy options. “It gives kids and college students access to quick, convenient foods that are also packed with the nutrition they need.”