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Arlington Snapshot: Yorktown Theatre To Present One-Person Shows

Yorktown High School’s One-Person Shows are the culmination of four years of the Yorktown Theatre Program. Each Theatre IV student chooses a literary, fictional or historical character and then writes, choreographs, directs, and acts in a 30-minute show about that character. Shows take place in the Yorktown Black Box on: April 21, 7 – 9 p.m; April 22, 5 – 10 p.m.; April 23, 11:15 a.m. – 10 p.m.; and April 28, 7 – 7:40 p.m. For a schedule of individual show topics and times, go to: http://yhstheatre.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/2016-OPS-Marathon-Program.pdf.

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Arlington Snapshot: Art Show Open to the Public

IB art students at Washington-Lee High School will present their IB Studio Art Exhibition on April 5 after school (reception begins at 3 p.m.) and April 6, all day until 4 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

Arlington Snapshot: Teaching Award

Karen L. Bune, an adjunct professor at Marymount University in the Department of Forensic and Legal Psychology, received the outstanding adjunct teaching award on March 17. Bune has been teaching at Marymount for 14 years. Bune is an Arlington resident, and is e

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Arlington: Volunteers Assist REEP’s Mission To Educate

Organization helps immigrants to assimilate.

Arlington County’s English language program for immigrants and refugees will mark its 40th anniversary on April 29 with an all-American celebration — complete with cotton candy, balloon animals and a cake walk.

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Arlington: Wakefield High School Welcomes French Lycée Teacher

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Encouraging Language Study When Katy Wheelock began teaching at Wakefield, there were seven sections of French. By the time she received the Exemplary French Program award, there were nine. Wakefield also began offering two additional higher level classes, French 5 (a pre-AP class) and Advanced Studies of French (a post-AP class which APS is hoping to offer as a dually-enrolled class in the future). Under her leadership, Wakefield: * had an active chapter of the French Honor Society the “SHF”, or Societe’ Honoraire de Francais, and took part in the Grand Concours. * had two candidates who were wait-listed for Virginia’s Summer Governor’s Academy program, * students entered the Creative Writing Contest sponsored by SHF and wrote original poetry, in French, which they read aloud for World Languages Week at a countywide public event. * has gotten involved with Sister City Arlington-Reims committee for exchange opportunities (outbound to Reims 2013, inbound 2012, 2014); * had numerous guest speakers: David Biette, director, Canada Institute, Wilson Center (Jan 2015) and Idriss Fall, reporter, Voice of America (focus on Senegal, Africa) (Feb 2015) * established pen-pals for individuals; * Skyped with a Peace Corps volunteer about her life, usage of French etc. * welcomed five French high school students into their homes; * has set up a French Club; * students travelled to Reims for Spring Break 2014; * held a Declamation Contest, a juried contest in front of nearly 600 students. Miss Virginia International, Kristyn Admire, a linguist herself, came to encourage students to continue their foreign language studies in the future. * took part in a contest sponsored by the French Embassy in Washington D.C. called “Dis-moi dix mots qui te racontent” * allowed Wheelock to go on a French Embassy sponsored “Stage Pédagogique de Courte Durée” (short term teaching course) where she was one of 10 U.S. teachers in the country selected for an teacher immersion at CAVILAM in Vichy, France. Wheelock said she hopes to be able to visit middle school French teachers and students in level 1, at least once per year, to encourage more students to continue to level 2. She would like to see more students go on to language in high school and would like to see world languages become a core subject, as it is all throughout Europe. Wheelock also hopes to establish a stronger “college link” to show students the college opportunities for language study, how successful completion of advanced classes can earn college credits, how language can lead to studying abroad, internships, and and eventually, job opportunities.

Arlington Thrive Board Appoints Schneider as Executive Director

Arlington resident grew up here steeped in a tradition of community involvement.

Andrew Schneider said he grew up in a home in Arlington which was already very community oriented. His mother worked for Habitat for Humanity.

Arlington: Draft Childcare Regulations Withdrawn

Controversy forces County Board to reconsider regulations.

The Arlington County Board on Feb. 23 pulled draft revisions of Chapter 52 child care regulations from the public comment website after voluminous comments, "some quite pointed," had been received criticizing a number of the draft provisions.

Art of Driving Scholarship Expands Eligibility Outside Fairfax County

After the first few years being open only to Lake Braddock Secondary School Students, the Art of Driving college scholarship in honor of Lake Braddock student Ashley Thompson expanded to all Fairfax County High Schools.

Arlington: Screening of 'Princess Bride' Draws Full House

Annual “Princess Bride” Valentine’s Day screening at Arlington Drafthouse.

Love. Revenge. A clever hero. A beautiful princess. Sword fights. “The Princess Bride” has everything anyone could want in a Valentine’s Day movie, which is how the classic film became an annual tradition at the Arlington Drafthouse, which shows the movie, along with a magic show or stand up, every Feb. 14.

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Arlington Snapshot: Shared Goals

Arlington Public Library staff presented the The Reading Connection with a check for more than $2,400 — representing a $1 donation from the Friends of the Arlington Public Library for each person who completed 2015 Summer Reading.

Brief: Preserving Arlington’s Past

The county’s History Task Force has made its final recommendations to the county manager for how to preserve Arlington’s history online. Using an online survey, they garneted 450 responses, to determine how to make archival information available to residents online in the most effective way.

Arlington: College Applications Submitted — The Long Wait Begins

Navigating the process to admission.

The waiting begins for four Arlington high school seniors who have submitted their college applications due in early January. They discuss the college application process, the details, frustrations and strategies.

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Jefferson Site: From Rejection to Approval

County decision ends year-long fight over traffic congestion and park space.

At its first 2015 meeting in January, the Arlington County Board voted not to approve Arlington Public Schools’ (APS) plan to build a new elementary school adjacent to the Thomas Jefferson Middle School.

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Arlington Snapshot: Christmas Carols

Arlington House, the Lee-Custis residence General Robert E. Lee left behind when he agreed to lead the Confederate Army, once again resonated with the sounds of Christmas, with handbell ringing on Saturday, Dec. 12, and Yorktown’s Chamber Choir on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 13, from 2-4 p.m.

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Opera for Arlington Children

Nonprofit exposes students to opera.

From the children’s reaction, you’d think it was a cartoon show. Or a puppet show. Maybe a circus? But no, it was … an opera.

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