Ashburn teen wins US Women’s Chess Championship

Mike Dranove Education

On March 30th, 17-year-old Jennifer Yu became the first teenager in 18 years to win the US Women’s Chess Championship, marking another milestone in Yu’s ascendant career. A junior at Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn, Yu began playing chess at the age of 7 after joining a club at her elementary school in California. As The Washington Post reports, …

70,000 sq.ft Children’s Science Center coming to Dulles

Mike Dranove Education, Real Estate, Tysons Update

The Virginia General Assembly approved a first round of funding last month for construction of a regional science center in Dulles. Working in partnership with the Fairfax-based Children’s Science Center at Fair Oaks Mall, legislators approved $2.3 million for the initial phases of construction. According to a press release, the project will cost around $70 million in total, with Loudon …

Herndon High School presents, “The Sound of Music”

Herndon High School presents, “The Sound of Music”

Tysons Today Education, Theatre & Dance

Source: The Patch By: Renee Maxwell Herndon High School presents The Sound of MusicMusic by Richard RodgersLyrics by Oscar Hammerstein IIBook by Howard Lindsay and Russel CrouseSuggested by “The Trapp Family Singers” by Maria Augusta Trapp Spring is alive with the sound of Herndon!  Join Herndon High School students as they present “The Sound of Music.”  Set in Austria just prior …

Reston 5th grader becomes elementary school winner in statewide Thank a Teacher Art Contest

Reston 5th grader becomes elementary school winner in statewide Thank a Teacher Art Contest

Mike Dranove Art & Culture, Education

Reston Now reports that on March 21st, Elizaveta (Liza) Godlevskaia became Virginia’s elementary school winner of its Thank a Teacher Art Contest, sponsored by the Virginia lottery.  Secretary of Education Atif Qarni joined representatives from the Virginia Lottery, FCPS Fine Arts Office, Aldrin school administrators, students, and Godlevskaia’s parents in surprising the 5th grader at a school assembly last Thursday …

All Virginia schools can now start two weeks before Labor Day

Tysons Today Education

Governor Ralph Northam signed a law today permitting all Virginia schools to open two weeks before Labor Day on the condition that the schools give students a four day weekend over Labor Day.  The signing puts an end to years of debate over the “Kings Dominion Law,” which was put in place in the 1980s to allow tourist-related businesses like …

McLean students make top 5 at national science competition

Mike Dranove Education

At a black tie gala on March 12th, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals announced that two McLean teens, Adam Ardeishar and Carolyn Beaumont, placed 3rd and 5th respectively at its science and math competition for high school seniors. Ardeishar, a McLean native who attends Thomas Jefferson High School, was awarded the third place prize of $150,000 for his project which provided new insight …

Special Needs and Adaptive Camps, Playgrounds, & Programs in Northern Virginia

Patricia Lee Hall Education

Summer camps, recreational activities, special events… For most parents seeking fun programs for their children, opportunities abound in Northern Virginia. Hundreds of camps, enrichment programs, indoor playgrounds, sports teams, leadership organizations, and more are available to them. Some other parents are not so lucky, especially when it comes to summer camps. For these families, finding a program that properly serves …

Extreme school overcrowding in Virginia pushes parents to action

Peggy Fox - WUSA9 Education

Via WUSA 9 Ten high schools in the Fairfax County Public Schools system are over capacity and overcrowded. Oakton High School, the most crowded school at 131 percent capacity, is under renovation. Centreville, at 120 percent capacity is in the que to be renovated in 2025. West Potomac, at 117 percent capacity, is set to gain an addition in 2022. …

Top 125 Schools In Virginia For 2019: New List

Deb Belt - The Patch Education

Via The Patch By Deb Belt  How’s this for thorough: You can find out if your district or city has the best schools of any grade level, public and private, in Virginia. Niche.com, which specializes in all different types of rankings, released a new 2019 list slightly different than its usual rankings. This time around, Niche ranked what it says are the …

Summer Camps

Patricia Lee Hall Education

Editor’s Picks for Best Schools and Camps It’s winter, it’s cold, and the kids still have many months left in the school year. But as many parents know, this is the time of year when many families look ahead to summer months and how the kids will spend it. It may seem like it’s far in advance, but since some …