During its annual organizational meeting on July 1, the Arlington School Board unanimously elected James Lander as chair for the 2014-15 school year.
Harold Pellegreen has been named principal of Taylor Elementary School.
The Arlington School Board appointed Darryl Carlos Evans as the new principal of Drew Model School.
More than 100 Arlington County students participated in the first Operation Ready Rescue workshop on Thursday, June 26, at the Thomas Jefferson Community Center in South Arlington.
Cappies Awarded for High School Theater
The 15th Annual Cappies Awards Gala for high school theater was held Sunday, June 8 at The Kennedy Center.
Where are the region's highest poverty schools?
When Carla Castro-Claure was approaching the age when she would soon attend Kindergarten, her mother became increasingly concerned about Hybla Valley Elementary School.
School Board members restore one-time funding for autism program.
When parents of special-education students learned about Superintendent Patrick Murphy's proposal to cut a program for autistic students, they jumped into action. They organized a press conference and began lobbying School Board members to save the program, which allows middle and high school students with autism to learn in regular education classrooms. They wrote emails and spoke out at public hearings.
While a months-long summer vacation is a thing of the past for most adults, Arlington residents still enjoy all that their county has to offer between Memorial Day and Labor Day. From weekly farmers’ markets to makeshift movie theaters, Arlington hosts many summer activities. In addition to its popular smattering of rooftop bars and restaurants, there are many venues that make Arlington a hopping place to be in the summer.
Report ordered before next year’s budget.
Under a motion made by school board member Emma Violand-Sanchez, the board voted 4 to 1 on May 22, to use more than $271,000 of one-time funding to maintain the seven aide positions at the county’s secondary autism programs with about 60 students at the middle and high school grade levels. “We have different students with different needs and assistants can provide valuable services in the classroom,” said Sanchez.
The Wakefield High School Education Foundation has awarded $145,500 in scholarship money to the class of 2014. This brings the total awarded by the Foundation to $1,668,669 to help 321 scholars. The following students attending four-year schools, received scholarships that will be paid out each semester for four years:
Three of Arlington’s high schools earned 10 nominations from the Cappies of the National Capital Area. The Cappies (Critics and Awards Program) is an international program for recognizing, celebrating, and providing learning experiences for high school theater and journalism students and teenage playwrights. The winners will be announced at the 15th annual Cappies Gala on Sun, June 17 at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Book features stories of 21 African-American Wakefield students.
Today, there are more blacks than whites at Wakefield High School, but 60 years ago, Wakefield was a segregated high school without any black students. According to Arlington Public Schools’ statistics as of Oct. 30, 2013, white students make up only 16.6 percent of the total student body while black students account for 23.9 percent.
School board to vote on program's budget this Thursday.
Arlington public middle and high schools are facing possible budget cuts regarding the schools' autism programs.
What will they do if elected to tackle spike in enrollment?
The three candidates seeking the Democratic endorsement for School Board all say they are opposed to increasing class sizes, and all three say the School Board is probably going to have to consider boundary changes to handle the crush of new students. Beyond that, though, the candidates have a wide array of opinions about how the county schools should handle the enrollment spike.
Hundreds of students in Arlington elementary schools were enrolled in Dominion’s Project Plant It! program this spring.