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Wakefield Groundbreaking Ceremony Scheduled for June 9

From Arlington City Public Schools:


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.

Veni, Vidi, Vici! Arlington Students Earn Latin Exam Gold Medals

From Arlington Public Schools:

Motorsport Charity Event Raises $100K for School Dropout Prevention


From Cindy Nixon:

Today, The Race to Win, a cross-country motorsport charity event benefiting school dropout prevention, will cross the “finish line” outside sponsor Plateau Systems’ headquarters in Arlington, Va. Over the last two weeks, the Porsche 911GT3 RS co-driven by Manoj Saxena, founder of The Race to Win, Avinash Saxena and professional driver Richard Zimmerman made educational and fundraising stops in San Diego, Calif., Phoenix, Az., Atlanta, Ga. and Richmond, Va., covering more than 7,000 miles from coast to coast, and raising more than $100,000 to benefit Communities In Schools, an Arlington-based nonprofit focused on school dropout prevention.

The event will be held this morning at 11:00 a.m. at the Plateau Systems HQ, 4401 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va. 22203 (In courtyard outside building)

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.