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

Michael 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

Michael 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 …

Teacher Pay: How Virginia Ranks

Elizabeth Janney Around Town, Education

Via The Patch VIRGINIA — School funding and teacher pay drove at least 177 teachers to run for election in recent midterm elections. At least 42 of them won, mostly in statehouse races. While more teachers lost their elections than won, teachers still tout the impact their activism had on voters. Nationally, teachers were paid an average annual salary $60,483 …

Helping Your Child Succeed: Is It Time to Experience the Montessori Difference?

Kathleen McDonough Education

With the rate of change in our world accelerating and all kinds of new opportunities being created by technological innovation, lifelong learning is now a necessity skill for keeping up-to-date, staying relevant and thriving. Yet despite a wide range of devices in the hands of students and educators, a recent global report by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) suggests …

Keeping the Love Alive

Kathleen McDonough Education, Staff Picks

How The Nysmith School Keeps Students Passionate About Learning Most children can’t wait to start school and approach the beginning of their academic careers with breathless anticipation. Kindergartners and first- and second-graders, in particular, are known for their giddy excitement about what they learn and do in school.  Alarmingly, recent studies have shown that from third grade on a child’s …