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Official 20 USA Biology Olympiad National Finalists

From the Center for Excellence in Education:


The Center for Excellence in Education (CEE) is pleased to announce that 20 Finalists have been selected to attend the USA Biology Olympiad (USABO) National Finals at Purdue University.  The finalists were selected based on their high scores from two challenging exams, the USABO Open Exam and Semifinal Exam.  Nearly 10,500 students registered for the USABO open exam this year.

30th Annual Draper Track & Field Invitational

From Linda Stratton:


30th Annual Draper Track & Field Invitational

St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School


Middle School Tours Take Place on May 3 and 10

From Alexandria City Public Schools:

Tours for prospective middle school families will be held at George Washington and Francis C. Hammond Middle Schools at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 3, and Tuesday, May 10.

For more information, please contact George Washington Director of Counseling Dorothy McKenzie at 703-706-4538 or Hammond Director of Counseling Erica Daniels at 703-461-4122.

Stratford University, Falls Church Campus Hosts Spring Career Fair 2011

Stratford University, Falls Church Campus Hosts Spring Career Fair 2011

Stratford University, Falls Church Campus
Hosts Spring Career Fair 2011

Stratford University community; prospective and current students; graduates
Spring Career Fair 2011

Join Stratford University’s Falls Church campus for its annual Spring 2011 career fair. Attendees will be able to meet with local employers to learn about job opportunities, as well as learn about various programs the university offers including Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, Culinary Arts, and Hospitality Management.

Admission is free of charge and open to the public.

Some of the companies in attendance:

Spring Break This Week

From Alexandria City Public Schools:

Alexandria City Public Schools will be closed for spring break April 18 through 22. School will resume and offices will reopen on Monday, April 25. Have a safe and happy vacation!

Cutting Calories Just Got Easier with Fresh Healthy Vending

 Cutting Calories Just Got Easier with Fresh Healthy Vending

When it comes to maintaining a healthy weight, calories in versus calories burned is everything! Losing simply comes down to using more calories than you take in. But did you realize that taking in just 50 calories less per day can lead to an effortless five-pound weight loss per year? It’s true! A pound is equal to 3,500 calories, so if you use 50 calories less per day than you take in, you will drop a pound approximately every two months. And cutting calories on the go just got a lot easier!

“A lot of people are looking for ways to cut calories and get healthy, and now we have an option that will support them in doing so,” explains Jolly Backer, the chief executive officer of Fresh Healthy Vending (www.freshvending.com). “Our machines offer the healthy snack and drink options that people want but have had a difficult time finding on the go, up until now.”

How Handwriting can Improve Your Kid's IQ

How Handwriting can Improve Your Kid's IQ

??B 4 u rd any further grab ur kid’s cell & hide it. (LOL). You may not have to resort to such dire tactics but an October 6, 2010 article in The Week titled,” How Writing by Hand Makes Kids Smarter” indicated that handwriting can improve your child’s IQ.

The article notes a study by University of Wisconsin psychologist Virginia Berninger, who found that writing activated sequential finger movements, which engaged short-term memory, thought and language sectors of the brain.

On a superficial level, those with excellent penmanship were also deemed smarter than those with illegible handwriting, according to Steve Graham, a professor of education at Vanderbilt University. He also noted that neatly written essays on standardized tests like the SAT merited higher scores as well.

On the flipside, technology has made it all too easy to become lax in constructing a sentence and even spelling a simple word. Many cellphones and computers now do the work for us.