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APS Students Excel at State, National Science Fairs

From Arlington Public Schools:


Three Arlington Public Schools high school students earned recognition at the Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair at Old Dominion University April 1-2. These students were originally earned recognition as finalists at the Northern Virginia Science Fair held in March.

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! 

Claremont Honored as Immersion School of the Year

Claremont Honored as Immersion School of the Year

From Arlington Public Schools:

The Education Office of the Embassy of Spain in the United States and Canada recognized Claremont Immersion Elementary School as the “2010 Colegio Del Año – School of the Year” at an awards ceremony on May 6.

Claremont was one of seven schools across the United States recognized for excellence in language education programs, specifically Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) programs in English and Spanish. As part of the recognition, Claremont received $4,000 that will be used to support Spanish language instruction. 

The competition, open to all public, private and charter schools in the U.S., seeks to improve student foreign language competence. Schools must also fulfill additional requirements, including implementing Spanish CLIL programs and using Spanish as an instructional learning tool at least 50 percent of the time in elementary schools.

Three Arlington Students Win National Merit $2,500 Scholarships

From Arlington Public Schools:

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced that three Arlington seniors have earned $2,500 scholarships through the National Merit program. These students will join 2,500 other students from around the country who are receiving similar recognition.

The National Merit scholars are:


Samuel Passaglia


Thomas M. O'Duden

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology*

Peter Hansen

Education Secretary Thanks Teachers for Hard Work

Education Secretary Thanks Teachers for Hard Work

From Arlington Public Schools:


U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan kicked-off Teacher Appreciation Day by surprising teachers and staff at RandolphElementary School during the school’s PTA teacher appreciation breakfast. Duncan visited Randolph to congratulate the 2011 APS Teacher of the Year, Matt Tosiello and to thank teachers in his children’s home district.

During the visit, Duncan expressed his gratitude to the  teachers and staff for their hard work and dedication. He also congratulated Gifted Teacher of the Year Pamela Clark and American Association of University Women Educator of the Year Jeanette Anderson.

ONR to Award More Than $175,000 in Scholarships

From ONR Public Affairs:

Annual APS Multicultural Parent Conference Set for May 7

From Arlington Public Schools:


APS reminds parents that the sixth annual Multicultural Parent Conference is scheduled for Sat, May 7 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. atKenmore Middle School (200 S. Carlin Springs Rd.)

Workshops will focus on parent involvement and strengthening support for student success. Interpretation will be provided in English, Arabic, Amharic, Bengali, Mongolian, and Spanish for the opening session and some workshops.

The conference is free and open to the public. Lunch with selections representing multiple cultures will be provided. Childcare is also available.

For more on the conference, including the program, click here.