Monday, May 20, 2013
Ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday behind current school building.
Alexandria is breaking ground on its new Jefferson-Houston School at 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 21 at 1501 Cameron Street and the public is invited to attend the event. City Council approved a $44-million proposal to rebuild Jefferson-Houston School in December 2012. Alexandria City Public Schools cited rising maintenance costs, student population growth and a need for modern learning facilities as reasons to rebuild the struggling school, which serves pre-K through 8th grade and has been marked as one of six chronically failing schools in Virginia. Governor Bob McDonnell plans to create a body in July that would have the ability to intervene in the state’s lowest performing schools. Neighborhoods including Old Town, Del Ray and the new Potomac …
Thursday, May 16, 2013
T.C. Williams tops Lee 9-2 in Patriot District playoff game.
The T.C. Williams High School baseball team topped Robert E. Lee 9-2 Wednesday night at Simpson Stadium in a second-round game of the Patriot District tournament, according to The Washington Post. “Far from perfect, but it was a memorable last game at home,” tweeted T.C. Williams ace Alec Grosser, who emerged as a major league pitching prospect this season. “Thanks to everyone that came out.” With the victory, the Titans advance to the district semifinals and also clinched a berth into the 16-team Northern Region tournament. T.C. Williams will travel to Burke to face Lake Braddock at 5 p.m. Friday, May 17, in a Patriot District semifinal game. The winner will play Monday, May 20 at Lake Braddock in the district final.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Iesha Kenney, a 15-year-old at Minnie Howard, earned victory in international boxing tournament in Finland on May 4.
Minnie Howard student Iesha Kenney was recognized at City Hall Tuesday night for her victory in an international boxing tournament earlier this month in Finland with the USA Junior World Team. Kenney, who is a straight-A student at Minnie Howard and also plays violin in the orchestra, won a unanimous decision over Elizabeth Dillion of England on May 4 in Pirkka, Finland, while representing the United States. “I was in Finland for three days,” the 15-year-old said. “The competition was two days. Prior to that, I was in training camp [in Colorado Spring, Colo.] for a few weeks. ... In the tournament, I was in one bout and won 5-0.” Kenney, who boxes in the 132-pound weight class, got involved at the boxing program at Charles Houston …
Friday, May 10, 2013
T.C. Williams High School band is one of 15 from around the country selected to perform at halftime of 2014 bowl game in New Orleans.
The T.C. Williams High School marching band is heading to The Big Easy. The Marching Titans will represent Alexandria and Virginia at the 2014 Sugar Bowl, to be held Jan. 2, 2014, at the Superdome in New Orleans. Directed by Carlos Gonzales, the T.C. Williams band is one of 15 high school units from across the country selected to perform at halftime of the BCS bowl game. The 80-member band will spend five days in New Orleans, rehearse with the other invited high school bands, learn from nationally renowned adjudicators and explore the city that gave birth to jazz. “I am thrilled to see that the Marching Titans will be representing Alexandria at the 2014 Sugar Bowl Game, bringing prestige and honor to our historic city,” Alexandria Mayor …
Democratic gubernatorial candidate lays out platform at George Mason's Arlington campus.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe said Thursday he would push to reform the state's Standards of Learning, or SOL, tests if he is elected in November. "The current, once-a-year, high-stakes, multiple-choice testing isn't working for students, parents or teachers," he told a crowd of more than 300 people at George Mason University's Arlington campus, to rousing applause. Under the current system, a fifth-grade teacher who raises a child from a first-grade reading level to a fourth-grade reading level is considered a failure, he said. Teachers who want to break up the test into smaller portions, or test at different levels based on student achievement should be encouraged, he said. McAuliffe also said he would establish a "…
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
The City of Alexandria's Department of Transportation and Environmental Services sends Robbie the Recycling squirrel and friends out to local elementary schools.
Robbie the Recycling squirrel from the city's Transportation and Environmental Services Department visits Alexandria's Charles Barrett Elementary to educate students about the importance of recycling.
Be on the lookout Wednesday for students ditching four wheels for two.
Thousands of kids across the country will ditch the bus and carpool in favor of their bikes Wednesday in the second annual National Bike to School Day. More than a dozen schools in Alexandria have signed up to participate, according to the National Center for Safe Routes to School, which is organizing the event. See the full list of schools participating here. (Note: Mount Vernon Community School has postponed the event due to Wednesday's rainy forecast.) NCSRS also sponsors International Walk to School Day each October. Virginia is again among the states with the most participation in National Bike to School Day: More than 80 schools or groups across the state are planning organized bike rides. Wednesday’s weather is a little bit iffy…
Monday, May 6, 2013
Money raised will benefit education enrichment activities and help teachers purchase classroom supplies.
Following Saturday’s blowout sale, the MV Big Flea raised more than $35,000 for Mount Vernon Community School—a record for the event. The total far exceeded the $25,000 goal organizers set when shop ‘n’ drop events to collect and sell donated merchandise began in November. All the money raised will fund education enrichment activities for students and help teachers purchase classroom supplies. Last year, the MV Big Flea raised $25,111, down from $30,619 in 2011. For the quickest updates on Del Ray and Alexandria, "like" Del Ray Patch on Facebook and follow @delraypatch on Twitter. Interested in getting Del Ray Patch directly into your inbox each morning? Learn more about our daily newsletter.
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Public art will be displayed outside the Russell Road elementary school through May 15.
Maury Elementary School fifth-graders painted more than 50 panels now on display along Russell Road and W. Masonic View Avenue inspired by the quilts of the Underground Railroad. The public art display is timed to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. The work honors the courage of slaves who risked their lives to escape to freedom. Students studied the Underground Railroad quilt codes in Bettye Stroud’s “The Patchwork Path: A Quilt Map to Freedom.” Students learned the meaning of different patterns—which offered warnings and hints along the way—before selecting a pattern that was meaningful to them. The paintings will hang through May 15. The paint used was purchased through a grant from the Maury PTA.
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Fundraising event benefits Mount Vernon Community School in Del Ray.
The MV Big Flea, a huge fundraiser for the Mount Vernon Community School PTA, is almost here. On Saturday, May 4, at the Mount Vernon Recreation Center, the gymnasium will be filled with used goods collected over the last several months for a huge flea market. All the money raised will fund education enrichment activities for students and help teachers purchase classroom supplies. The Big Flea begins at 7 a.m. Saturday, when shoppers can pay a $10 early admission fee to get first crack at the merchandise. No entrance fee is needed after 8 a.m. The market will close briefly at 10:30 a.m. when organizers announce the winner of the Flea Car donated by Jack Taylor's Alexandria Toyota, which will be raffled off. Tickets for the car cost $10 …