Fauquier County School Board
Due to renovations at the Warren Green Building, School Board meetings will be held around the county on the following schedule: Oct. 15 meeting, Marshall Middle School; Oct. 28 work session, School Board office; Nov. 4 meeting, Cedar Lee Middle School; Nov. 18 work session, School Board office; Dec. 9 meeting, Taylor Middle School; December work session, School Board office (date TBA).
The phone number of the School Board office is (540) 351-1000.
The first grade will take a field trip to the Corn Maze in The Plains on Oct. 25.
Teachers want to thank the parents who helped complete third-grade testing: Charolette Robison, Cheryl Budd, Karen Chipman and Mrs. Tarasovich.
Thanks also go to Elaine Payne and Sharyn Hudson for helping out in the third grade this week.
The fifth grade is having a yearbook cover contest. Fifth-grade artists can design a cover and submit it to Mrs. Toth by next Friday, Oct. 11. Students will vote on the cover they think is best, then the winner will receive a yearbook for free.
Peer mediators completed their mediation training Sept. 21. Mediators are students who volunteer their time to help fellow students solve their problems peacefully.
This year's mediators are Billy Bassing, Amanda Bryson, Jacob Carter, Madeline Hooker, Angie Lange, Daven Penic, Lauren Sauerwald, Kelley Stewart, Trevor Taylor, Kaitlynne Walker, Alex Warzinski and Christina Zahm.
School counselor Mrs. Ward and resource teacher Mrs. Salanski sponsor the mediation program. Training was provided by staff from the Piedmont Dispute Resolution Center.
September cafeteria winners were Toby Shamblin, Anthony Hill, Katharine Young, Jordan Hinson and Drew Shirkey.
National School Lunch Week will be celebrated Oct. 14-18.
Mark the calendar: Doughnut Day is Friday, Oct. 11. Glazed donuts are 75 cents and chocolate ones are $1.
The technology fund-raiser is under-way. Henn candle products will be sold until Oct. 25.
School pictures will be taken Monday, Oct. 14.
Fall Family Fun Night will be Friday, Oct. 25, with a cake walk, 50/50 raffle, dancing, refreshments and costume judging.
From Oct. 1 news: The following kindergarten students were spotlighted in their classes: Eric Thorn and Kristin Chappell (Mrs. Todd); Macaulin Sanchez, Clarissa Thompson and A.J. Honeycutt (Mrs. Gatti); Mikayla Vance and Mandy Ingram (Ms. Estes); and Johnny Fahey, Kimberly Lloyd, Jordain Meadows, Shelby Mitchell, Meghan O'Sullivan, Tanisha Strother, Sarah Vance, Travis Whiting, Zachary Winkworth and William Fincham (Mrs. Handlin).
Mrs. Williams, assistant principal, was recently grateful for the help of fifth-grader Jose Reyes. Jose saved the day by translating for a Spanish-speaking family trying to enroll their child in school.
The following teachers have volunteered to serve as PTO representatives: Mrs. Braund, Mrs. Clemency and Mrs. Green.
During the week of Oct. 14-18, the cafeteria will be celebrating National School Lunch Week. The theme for this year's celebration is "Stars, stripes and school lunch." Children should be encouraged to participate by buying lunch, and by entering either the poster contest (grades three through five) or the coloring contest (kindergarten, first and second grades). Prizes will be awarded to the top three winners of each contest.
On Oct. 1 the Pizza Hut Book-It Program began. Second graders who read 10 books a month can earn coupon toward a free personal size pizza.
A copy of the Virginia syllabi for core curricula is available at http://www.fcps1.org; click on the link for "Academics." Click on each core area under the course descriptions.
From the Sept. 25 news: The PTO recently sponsored the Student Directory Cover Contest. A first runner-up was chosen for each grade level. They are kindergarten, Zachary Woodward; first grade, Kathy Schraf; second grade, Jackson Browett; third grade, Rachel Dorion; fourth grade, Kathleen Wood; and fifth grade, Samantha Harrover.
The winner is Kelci Riley, a fifth grader in Mrs. Weigel's class. She will be on the front cover of the directory and has won a $25 gift certificate.
Students in grades three through five are starting the Student Council election process. Students declare candidacy for the offices of president, vice president, secretary and treasurer in the fifth grade.
Fourth graders may run for the office of reporter. Third through fifth grades will be eligible to be candidates for the SCO representatives. Elections will be held in conjunction with national general elections.
Mark the calendar: PALS testing for grades one through three, through Oct. 11; Stanford 9 tests, fourth grade, through Oct. 14; STAR tests, grades four and five, through Oct. 25; Oct. 9, SCO and safety patrol induction ceremony, 1:45 p.m.; Oct. 10, Math and Science Night, 7-8 p.m.
On Oct. 12, Remington Fall Festival, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Oct. 15, PTO meeting, 6:45 p.m.; Oct. 21-25, CogAT test for grades one, three and five; Oct. 23, kindergarten field trip to Pumpkin Patch; Oct. 25, SCO Halloween Hop, 6:30-8 p.m.; Oct. 31, early dismissal for elementary schools at 12:30 p.m., TWD.
The pizza sale began Sept. 26. Orders are due on Oct. 18, with delivery to the school on Oct. 28.
The PTO is looking for volunteers to work at the Remington Fall Festival, to be held Oct. 12 on Main Street in Remington. Proceeds will benefit the fifth-grade Hemlock trip. Anyone interested in helping should call Linda at (540) 439-8977.
Donations of fabric and cardboard are needed for the Book Nook. These items may be brought to the PTO room.
The school family wishes to thank Paula and Ben Taylor and Ben's grandmother, Mrs. Grimes, who planted flowers around the school building.
Interested in part-time employment while the children are in school? If so, apply to be a substitute for the Fauquier County school nutrition program. Individuals who enjoy working with children in a fast-paced environment can earn $8.25 per hour.
Those interested can call Fauquier County Human Resources, (540) 428-8701.
Matthew Mullins of Mrs. Nary's fourth-grade class exhibited four Holstein dairy cows at the State Fair of Virginia. His calf Honda placed sixth in the Fall Calf class. His spring yearling heifer Hannah placed fifth and sixth in her contest. Matthew's senior 2-year-old cow placed third and fourth in her respective contests.
Also, Matthew was awarded first-place honors in the Novice Showing and Fitting contest with his 4-year-old cow, Eon. He and Eon also received first-place honors in the Pretty Cow contest. He dressed Eon as a lion and presented her as the King of the Wild Things at the fair.
This year's fair theme is "Eleven Days of Wild Things." Marshfield Holsteins, and Mr. and Mrs. Mullins, would like to thank Mrs. Putnam for stopping by and visiting with Matthew and the farm exhibit.
There were 654 Accelerated Reader quizzes passed this month. Individual winners were as follows: second grade, Charlotte Turner; third grade, Aurora Wolbarsht; fourth grade, Caroline Eckert; and fifth grade, Morgan Thomas. Grade level winners were second grade, Mrs. Warner; third grade, Miss Galow; fourth grade, Mrs. Melton; and fifth grade, Mrs. Norris.
Also, thanks to Mrs. Miller in the computer lab, a list of Accelerated Reader quiz titles is now available on the M.M. Pierce Web page, plus the reading level lists.
The Yearbook Club is asking for donations of 35-mm film or disposable cameras, so students and teachers can photograph events for the yearbook. Donations can be sent to the school labeled "Yearbook Club."
Kindergarten Artists of the Week were Claire Downey and Melanie Goodall. Claire turned geometric shapes into a jungle with lions and elephants; Melanie created a red kitty cat and a house.
Mrs. Smith's first grade students would like to thank Mrs. Baccus, Mrs. Olson, Mrs. Patterson, Mrs. Haymond, Mrs. Hoelscher and Mrs. Palmer for volunteering to read each week with the children.
First grade students from Mrs. Hoke and Mrs. Wilkinson's classes were treated to a presentation about the United States and Virginia state flags by fifth-grade flag attendants Shannon Orr, Lawrence Ayers, Chris Moon, and Katie Perzanoski.
Students receiving Principal's Pals for the week of Sept. 27 were pre-school, Jillian Foley; kindergarten, Melanie Goodall, Lucas Farmer, Claire Downey, Jake Daniel, Evan McNeil and Alexandra Haley; first grade, Adam Jackson, Mark Wunderlich, Mikey Von Tomaszewski, Thomas Walker, Kaeley Baccus and Kristen Olson; second grade, Stephan Mikulas and Michael Kerns; third grade, Jessica Kroskie, William Bates and Roni Umanzor; fourth grade, Eric Hughes and Anthony Waite; and fifth grade, Douglas Boyd, Matthew Smith, Stefanee Boothe, Danielle Guiffre, Elizabeth Rathbone and John Grable.
Destination Imagination's first meeting of the year will be Oct. 9, offering challenges of the mind for kindergartners through fifth grade.
National School Lunch Week will be celebrated the week of Oct. 14 with surprise guest servers on Monday and Friday. Prizes will be awarded each day. There will be a coloring contest and several drawings.
The Scholastic Book Fair continues through the week of Oct. 8 in the multi-purpose room.
Online orders will be accepted through Oct. 20 for orders of Sally Foster gift wrap and gifts, an annual PTO fund-raiser.
Oct. 9 is picture day. T-shirt and sweatshirt order forms have been sent home, and the deadline for those orders is Oct. 14.
Mrs. Abrell would like to thank parent volunteers Kim Ziegler and Chanel Krueger for copying and collating the first-grade reading materials.
Mrs. Sales' kindergartners will be going on a field trip to the pumpkin patch on Oct. 17. Activities will include a hayride and picking a pumpkin to take home. She would like to thank all the volunteers who help during learning center time.
An open house at MMS will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, in conjunction with the Book Fair in the library and the 7 p.m. School Board meeting in the cafeteria. Refreshments will be served by the MMS PTO.
News carried forward: Marshall Middle School recently raised money for the local Red Cross chapter by accepting donations in exchange for red, white and blue pencils. A new fund-raiser will be to accept used computer printer cartridges, which are turned in for cash for the school.
The Home and Family Studies class, in conjunction with the art department, is creating a quilt to be displayed next spring. Students are designing and sewing squares which have a special meaning for them. Many of these quilt blocks reflect events from 9/11.
An open house is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct.15 to show off the new addition. Refreshments will be served. For times and more information, parents may call (540) 364-1551.
Students of the Week are Ryan Kokoszka and Jillian Stickels.
Parent-teacher conferences will be held from 2:45-6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10.
A PTO and Booster meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16 in the library.
The Poetry Club has resumed this year, and once again Kelly Henry is the sponsor. The club meets twice a week, on Monday and Friday. Monday is reading poetry, and Friday is publicizing poetry.
Meetings take place in the computer lab on the ground floor. Those interested in joining may just show up.
Now's the time to join in the Battle of the Books. Signup sheets are in the library. The group will meet Wednesdays at 7:15 a.m., beginning on Wednesday, Oct. 16.
Parent-teacher conferences will be held from 3-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10.
The FBLA officers for 2002-03 are Sarah Egeland and Ricky May, co-presidents; James Studley and Steven Moody, co-vice presidents; Lindsey Chapman, treasurer, Patricia Godoy, secretary; Greg Smith, historian and photographer; and Samantha Dunlap, reporter.
The DECA officers for 2002-03 are Michael Koslwo, president; Jane Simpson, vice president; Breanna Hart, secretary; Kenny Shackelford, treasurer; Christopher Bernard, historian and photographer; and Katie Jarvis, parliamentarian.
FBLA and DECA are currently selling Virginia Diner products. Proceeds are split between both programs and used for competitions, trips, scholarships, etc. Those interested in supporting these organizations may learn what items are being sold, and place orders, by calling the business office at (540) 347-6110, Ext. 2292 or 2282.
On Oct. 1, DECA officers went to the State Fair in Richmond. On Oct. 9, members and advisers will be attending the Fall Rally on the Spirit of Washington. Also planned for this year are a Homecoming float and a trip to New York City.
Colleen Henry has been named a Commended Student in the 2003 National Merit Scholarship program.
Parent conferences will be held from 2:45-6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10.
From Oct. 2 news: Fall weekend begins Friday, Oct. 11, with noon dismissal for students in grades three through 12, and a 11:30 a.m. dismissal for grades pre-kindergarten through second. There will be no catered lunch that day and no after-school care.
Buses will leave at noon. Classes will resume on Tuesday, Oct. 15.
Parent-Teacher Conference Day is Monday, Oct. 21. A letter was sent to all families regarding times for the conferences.
Sixth-grade parents are invited to a casual cocktail party from 7-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at the home of Suzanne Miller in Haymarket.
The junior class is now taking orders for its annual sale of Indian River oranges and grapefruit. This year, customers may order small or large cartons of navel oranges or pink grapefruit, or mixed cartons of oranges and grapefruit.
All citrus orders should be turned in by Nov. 6. Delivery is scheduled for early December. Adviser Teri Hruska has details about the program and can be reached at (540) 347-1221, Ext 141.
Members of the Middle School National Junior Honor Society recently elected officers for 2002-03. Robert Scullin is president; Courtney Perkins, vice president; Donnie Hoover, secretary; and Chanel Figueroa, treasurer.
Twenty upper school students have been selected for the new peer mediation program. They have undergone 12 hours of training with Laurie Parker of the Piedmont Resolution Center to learn how to mediate disagreements between fellow students.
Freshmen peer mediators are Mary Featherstone, McClain Bell, Mark Criscuolo, Nick Halgren and Kyle Hendrick. Sophomores are Kate Pannozzo, Adrienne Rinella, Shannon Schalestock, Harrison Young and Melissa McPherson. Juniors are Jenn Siess, Mindy Keyser, Matt MacKimmie, Caroline Mello, Jillian Boelte and Mike Waggoner. Devin Leepson, Sal Russo, Simone Garreau and Georgina Heap represent the senior class.
From news carried forward: Students in the lower school recently participated in campaigns and elections for Student Council. Fifth grader Alyson Scullin was elected president; fourth grader Lilla Fletcher was elected vice president; fourth grader Savannah Morgan was elected secretary; and fifth grader Danny Barrett was elected treasurer.
Third grade class representatives are Cain Franklin, Sara Cooper, Miceile Barrett and Ryan Schmieder. Fourth grade representatives are Georgia Pearson, Chris Eaton, Tessa Schlichting and Emery Hanback. Fifth grade representatives are Margaret Murray, Ty Schmieder, Justin Ternois and Margot Laimbeer.
The Highland Chamber Singers, a new group of 16 voices, made their singing debut last week performing for two honors history classes.
As a wrap-up to a unit on the Renaissance, Mr. Sillin invited the a cappella group to sing a madrigal for the classes. Music director Mrs. Tammy Lanham explained the polyphonic musical style as it began in the 13th century and how secular music evolved into the madrigals still sung today.
The Chamber Singers then demonstrated the early 16th century madrigal by Thomas Morley, "Sing We and Chant It," in five parts.
Members of the group, who were selected by auditions, are Caroline Barham, Devon Hamilton, Brendan Hayes, Georgina Heap, Courtney Hill, Schuyler Knapp, Ashley Krewatch, Devin Leepson, Melissa McPherson, Kyle Pretsch, Salvatore Russo, John Vukmanic, Ryan Walker, Katie Watson, Sarah Watson and Harrison Young.
The Highland Upper School Choir recently received the Grand Sweepstakes Award presented by Music Showcase Festivals. This award was given to the highest scoring ensemble from all of the festivals held at last spring's choral competition near King's Dominion. The trophy is on display in the upper school office.
The middle school held Student Council elections last week, electing Hunter Schaaf, president; Alex Rice, vice president; Kita Dennis, secretary; and Chanel Figueroa, treasurer.
Eighth grade Student Council representatives are Meredith Gravatte, Parker Laimbeer, Jenn Reed and Charlotte Selbo. Seventh grade representatives are William Henry, Donnie Hoover, Grace Loba and Courtney Perkins. Will Mackie-Jenkins, Tyler King, Sarah Mello and Eryn Reece are sixth grade representatives.
Seventh-graders Courtney Perkins, Conor McDermott, Donnie Hoover, Jon William Henry, Chanel Figueroa and Alex McMahon have qualified for the 2002-03 Johns Hopkins University's Center for Talented Youth Program. They each scored in the 97th to 99th percentile on the Erb Tests, which they took last spring.
With a desire to help freshman girls adjust easily to upper school life, senior Simone Garreau founded the Highland Big Sister program. She organized several seniors girls to adopt "Little Sisters."
One of their first projects was to prepare goodie bags and "Welcome" posters for the freshmen lockers on the first day of school.
Laura Long, Stephanie Manaker and Carlo Cortese were nominated for the summer sessions of the National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C. They interacted with some of the country's most important leaders and explored many memorials and monuments.
The Parent-Staff Fellowship held its organizational meeting on Sept. 26. Co-chairs are Andrea Stalcup and Heather Harwell. The group plans to hold several social gatherings geared to enhancing parent fellowship.
Initial plans are being laid for the annual fruit sale, with delivery in late November, and for the art auction scheduled for mid-March.
Congratulations to the winners of the school directory contest. First place for the middle school was Jonathan Fox and first place for the elementary school was Ava Luley.
Second and third place for the middle school were Liz Kowalkski and Sarah Bonaffini. Second and third place for the elementary school were Peri Lowell and Amy Phillips.
The PTO will be sponsoring a High School Fair at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, in the multipurpose room. Representatives from three high schools will give a short presentation on their respective schools: Notre Dame in Middleburg, Paul the VI in Fairfax and Seton in Manassas.
Afterwards, students and parents will be able to ask questions. All interested middle school students and their parents are encouraged to attend.
Save the date: The next PTO general membership meeting will be 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6. The guest will be motivational speaker Frank Castelli, who will talk about communicating with children. All parents are encouraged to attend.
The money earned from recent Bulb and Nestle's fund-raisers will be used to repair and replace the playground equipment.
Parents are asked to sign up for Giant and Safeway cards so the school can earn bonuses. The school's number is 02142.
In addition to previously published Homecoming activities, the varsity volleyball team will play Randolph-Macon Academy at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11.
From Oct. 2 news: Middle school students will participate in an extracurricular outdoor adventure, canoeing and kayaking on the Shenandoah River, on Saturday, Oct. 19.
Dubbed "Saturday Adventure," this trip is the first in a series of events slated for students in grades six through eight. Other activities include a trip to play paintball on Saturday, Nov. 16, and an orienteering clinic and competition on Saturday, Dec. 7.