Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Third-grade students read their favorite poems, plus original works.
Alexandria Country Day School third-graders took over St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub on Tuesday for a poetry reading. Students read their favorite poem along with two original works that they crafted during their study of poetry this year. Students offered many different styles of poetry, from limericks and haikus to color poems. “We were very proud of how well our students showcased their knowledge of different poetry forms and the creativity displayed in their original works,” ACDS teachers Mimi Worrell and Liz Holland said in a press release. Located at 2400 Russell Road, Alexandria Country Day School is an independent day school for girls and boys from kindergarten through eighth grade. For the quickest updates, "like" Del Ray Patch on Facebook…
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
T.C. Williams High School conducted the performance.
Tuesday, April 30
By Brenna Carroll, Bishop Ireton High School student All that could be heard coming from T.C. Williams High School’s auditorium on a recent Friday night was laughter and applause as members of "The Wiz" cast delighted audience members with musical numbers from the upbeat redo of a classic tale based on L. Frank Baum's "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." Decorated with a script full of wit and a libretto filled with endlessly catchy melodies, by Charlie Small and William F. Brown, "The Wiz" was sure to be a night of fun on all sides of the stage lights. The story follows Dorothy on her journey from Kansas to Oz as she encounters creatures unimaginable in the real world. Dorothy, played by senior Samantha Rose Williams, showed off her range of …
Monday, April 29, 2013
Top news of the week from our Patches around Virginia and DC.
Patch has 31 community sites in Virginia and D.C. Here are some of the top stories from around the region over the past week. 16. Mark Wahlberg Visits: Actor Mark Wahlberg visited T.C. Williams High School on Wednesday morning for an assembly presented by Get Schooled, a nonprofit that aims to engage high school students in an effort to improve graduation rates and empower more students to achieve in college. “I had to work really hard to get where I’m at,” Wahlberg said. “And I don’t mind working really hard to try and maintain it." 15. Runner Pledges 30 Races: Arlington resident Lauren Bailey is halfway through a personal challenge that has been daunting and exhilarating — running 30 races in one year, the year of her 30th birthday. …
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Alexandria and Arlington police investigate apparent break-in at Del Ray school.
Alexandria and Arlington police responded to a call of an apparent break-in at Mount Vernon Community School Saturday morning. MVCS Principal Peter Balas sent out the following message to parents: On Saturday, at approximately 9:30am, Alexandria Police were on MVCS campus in response to a call of an apparent break-in. Police from both Alexandria and Arlington were on site and searched the building with K-9 support. I walked the building after the official search with the police. All is clear. No further information at this time. Patch will have more information on this story as it is available. For the quickest updates, "like" Del Ray Patch on Facebook and follow @delraypatch on Twitter. Interested in getting Del Ray Patch directly into …
Event will be held May 3 at the Old Dominion Boat Club.
Mark your calendars! T.C. Williams Crew will hold its annual barbecue and bluegrass fundraiser this Friday. The event will take place at 7 p.m. at the Old Dominion Boat Club, 1 King St. The food will be provided by Pork Barrel BBQ. Music will be provided by City Farm—and it’s not your grandfather’s bluegrass, according to PTSA announcement. There will also be a silent auction featuring trips, services, merchandise, restaurant certificates, music events, movies, theater and sporting events. Tickets are $40 or two for $75. The price includes the silent auction, food, drinks and music. Tickets must be purchased in advance online through Paypal. Visit the event website for more information.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Plus, Iguana models, cell towers in disguise, a Ladybug exodus and two birds ask, "Who cooks for you?"
Editor's Note: Patch has 31 sites in Virginia and D.C., and not a day goes by that something weird isn't happening somewhere in the area. Here's a look back at some weird goings on over the past week. Drivers at the Lake Ridge commuter lot near Interstate 95 saw more than the road crews and heavy machinery that have become standard commute scenery. Prince William County Police arrested a man April 19 when they found him dancing naked on the hood of his car. Without question, you should surrender to authorities when police have identified you as the suspect in a grand-larceny case. But we feel compelled to caution suspects about checking their pockets after a 27-year-old Annandale man turned himself in. Police in Falls Church say they …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Actor Mark Wahlberg visited Alexandria on Wednesday.
Academy Award-nominated actor Mark Wahlberg visited Alexandria's T.C. Williams High School Wednesday morning for an assembly presented by nonprofit Get Schooled aimed at encouraging students to graduate. • See: Mark Wahlberg Visits T.C. Williams High School The 41-year-old Boston native answered questions from moderator Sway Calloway from MTV News and several students during the event. The video above includes a few of his responses, including what he considers his favorite movie. Wahlberg was scheduled to visit the White House with a student and college counselor later Wednesday to speak with a presidential adviser about the importance of improving graduation rates, according to The Washington Post. For the quickest updates, "like" Del …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Actor Mark Wahlberg talks to T.C. Williams students about the importance of hard work and finding a passion in life.
Actor Mark Wahlberg visited T.C. Williams High School on Wednesday morning for an assembly presented by Get Schooled, a nonprofit that aims to engage high school students in an effort to improve graduation rates and empower more students to achieve in college. Slouched in a chair wearing a Los Angeles Clippers T-shirt and blue jeans, Wahlberg, whose new film “Pain and Gain” hits theaters on Friday, talked to students about how he turned his life around, the importance of working hard in school and pursuing passions. “I had to work really hard to get where I’m at,” Wahlberg said. “And I don’t mind working really hard to try and maintain it. It’s through hard work that I’ve been able to achieve this kind of success.” A high school dropout, …
Monday, April 22, 2013
The event is part of a cultural exchange program with Yew Chung International School.
Alexandria City Public Schools is hosting 32 7th-grade students from across China. The students are visiting from three of the Yew Chung International School campuses as part of a 10-day visit in the Washington, DC area. On Monday, the students will visit Francis Hammond Middle School and George Washington Middle School. • For the quickest updates, "like" Del Ray Patch on Facebook and follow @delraypatch on Twitter. During the visit, ACPS and YCIS students will take part in a language exchange, create art and eat lunch together. Middle school students who are currently studying Mandarin Chinese will have the opportunity to test their language skills. Alexandria nonprofit Get Out and Give Back arranged the event through a partnership with …
Sunday, April 21, 2013
A revised policy would allow gay members but continue to prohibit adult LGBTQ leaders. Should Boy Scouts of America lift its ban for youth? Has the policy affected your family's experience with scouting? Tell us in the comments.
For years, the Boy Scouts of America has struggled with whether to lift its ban on gay scouts and leaders. But it may be an issue the organization will soon put, at least partially, to rest. In response to the flood of feedback the group has recieved since last summer, when it voted to uphold policy banning gay members and LGBTQ leaders, the Boy Scouts of America announced Friday it was proposing an end to the ban for youth scouts. The organization would still ban adults "who are open or avowed homosexuals or who engage in behavior that would become a distraction to the mission of the BSA," according to the draft policy. The issue will come before 1,400 voting BSA members at a June meeting in Texas. The National Capital Area Council, …