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Public Invited to Meet with Jefferson-Houston Principal Candidate Today

From Alexandria City Public Schools:


Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) Superintendent Morton Sherman has selected Rosalyn Rice-Harris, associate principal of George Washington 1 Middle School, as the top finalist to become the next principal of Jefferson-Houston School. The Jefferson-Houston community, including all teachers and students, is invited to meet Ms. Rice-Harris on Tuesday, July 12, from 1-3 p.m. in the school library, 1501 Cameron St., Alexandria.

Garden Volunteers Sought

From Alexandria City Public Schools:

Soon it will be summer time in the city, and that means thirsty plants!  Volunteers are needed to help keep Alexandria City Public Schools' children's gardens watered so plants remain happy until the return of school in September. Read more at http://www.acps.k12.va.us/news2011/nr2011053102.php .

Holiday Jazz Concert

From Alexandria City Public Schools:

The City of Alexandria will host the 34th Annual Memorial Day Jazz Festival on Monday, May 30, from 1 to 7 p.m. at Fort Ward Park 4301 W. Braddock Rd. Admission is free. In case of inclement weather, the festival will relocate to the Lee Center Kauffman Auditorium, 1108 Jefferson St. The event will start with a performance by The Tom Cunningham Orchestra, led by T.C. Williams alumnus Cunningham. For a complete schedule and more information, go to http://alexandriava.gov/recreation/info/default.aspx?id=47616 .

The Alexandria Film Festival is Soliciting Entries

From Alexandria City Public Schools:

The fifth annual Alexandria Film Festival is soliciting entries from U.S. and international filmmakers. At least three cash prizes will be awarded to top films at the festival: Best of Show ($500), Jury Prize ($300) and Audience Award ($200). All film genres are accepted in all categories, including narrative, documentary, short, animated and experimental. Deadlines for entries are Early Bird, May 31; Regular, June 30; Late, July 15. Regular fees are $35 for feature-length films and $25 for shorts. Discounts are available for early entries. Read more at http://www.acps.k12.va.us/news2011/nr2011052404.php .

Mr. Mitchell and Me

Mr. Mitchell and Me

If you’ve lived in the D.C. area for a while, you’ve probably heard of DeMatha, the Catholic boys’ school in Hyattsville, Maryland. And if you have heard of DeMatha, odds are that it’s because of the school’s nationally renowned athletics program, which has boasted such names as legendary basketball coach Morgan Wootten, basketball Hall of Famer Adrian Dantley, NFL Pro Bowler Brian Westbrook, and NFL broadcaster James Brown, to name just a few. To most with a passing familiarity with the school, DeMatha is synonymous with sports. When I told people that I attended DeMatha, I was frequently asked “What sport do you play?” My response of “I don’t play a sport,” was always met by befuddlement and a perfunctory “Then why do you go to DeMatha?”

Let me tell you.

Girls on the Run 5K: As Described by Leesburg 4th Grader, Logan Quinn

Story by Logan Quinn, Fourth Grader at Sycolin Creek Elementary School.


Today was a really big day for us girls in the Girls on the Run.  We had our 5K race at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, this morning.  Everyone was predicting that it would pour down rain, but I guess Mother Nature changed her mind because the sun was shining in the sky. 

When the race started, it made me want to jump up and down like crazy!  I started running and then since the weather was getting warmer, I was also getting warmer.  I was on my second mile and I thought in my head only one more mile!  Once I finished, I felt AMAZING! 

Charles Houston Recreation Presents the ACPS Secondary Schools Jazz Extravaganza

From Alexandria eNews:

The future of Jazz is presented at the Charles Houston Recreation Center, 901 Wythe St., on Friday, June 3 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Under the direction of Mr. Vaughn Ambrose, musician, teacher, and band director at Francis C. Hammond Middle School, enjoy a show stomping night of music and dance from budding young artists from the T. C. Williams High School, Minnie Howard Ninth Grade Center, George Washington Middle School and Francis C. Hammond Middle School Jazz Ensembles.  This concert is free and open to the public, but tickets are required for admission.

In addition, the Extravaganza features the Alexandria City Community Theatre (ACCT) and Deonna Ball, a national hand and swing dance champion. ACCT performers will enchant the audience with jazz dance routines aligning with the musical threads of the evening’s concert.