Wednesday, May 22, 2013
McLean beat the Jaguars 3-0 in the first round of the Northern Region Soccer Tournament.
Falls Church High fell short against McLean High School 3-0 in the first round of the Northern Region Soccer Tournament. The game was played at McLean. It’s the second time the two schools met this season. In their regular season March meeting, McLean (9-4 with three ties) beat the Jaguars (3-10 with two ties) 4-1.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
The magazine's 2013 rankings came out Monday, and several area high schools are on the list.
On mobile? You can see the interactive map here. Both Falls Church High School and George Mason High School are included on the list of the 2,000 best high schools from Newsweek based on how well those schools prepare students for college. In the national rankings, George Mason High School ranked No. 64 and Falls Church High School ranked No. 1,202. For its rankings, Newsweek sent out a survey to more than 5,000 high schools in the U.S., with about 2,500 schools responding in 2013. You can see the details about every other ranked high school by clicking on the markers in the interactive map above. James Madison High School in Vienna ranked 146th. Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Techonology ranked the highest of Virginia's high…
Monday, May 6, 2013
Police say most Falls Church area high school students students caught in possession of marijuana are users, not sellers.
Arrests for possession of marijuana at the four Falls Church-area high schools have gone down this academic year. During the 2011-2012 academic year, Falls Church, JEB Stuart, George Marshall and George Mason high schools had a combined total of 10 student arrests for possession of marijuana. Through the end of April this academic year, the schools only accounted for eight such arrests. “Teens get marijuana from numerous people,” said Lt. Jimmy Cox with the Fairfax County Police Office of Organized Crime and Narcotics. “Parents, friends of parents, older brothers or sisters, suppliers of older brothers and sisters, suppliers in the school, and people who drive to Washington, DC and purchase it on the street.” Here are the number of …
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
In ranking of top U.S. high schools, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology remains the top school in Virginia, but slips in national standing.
Fairfax County is home to the top five public high schools in Virginia, according to the U.S. News and World Report’s 2013 Best High Schools rankings. U.S. News generated the rankings through a partnership with American Institutes for Research, looking at students’ performance on standardized tests and how successfully schools educated black, Hispanic and low-income students. Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology was once again ranked the top school in Virginia. It was ranked No. 4 of all schools nationally, down from its No. 2 post in 2012. Replacing TJ at No. 2 was BASIS Tucson in Arizona, which jumped from sixth in 2012. Where Falls Church Schools Rank George C. Marshall High is ranked 16 in the state and 380 …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Robinson Secondary School counselor Kirsten Wiley threw out the game’s first pitch in honor of her cousin and Sandy Hook Elementary School teacher Lauren Rousseau.
The meeting between Falls Church and JEB Stuart high schools on the diamond Tuesday night was bigger than baseball. Before the two crosstown rivals battled it out on the field — Stuart (8-3) ultimately won the game 11-4 over Falls Church (2-9) — they took a minute to pay their respects for someone they’ve never met but the local community is rallying to remember. Long before the first strike was called, Kirsten Wiley, a counselor at Robinson Secondary School, threw out the game’s first pitch in honor of her cousin Lauren Rousseau, a teacher and one of the 26 people killed in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December. “It was extremely touching,” Wiley said. “It’s nice that it’s four months later and they’re doing this.” …
Friday, April 12, 2013
The “Striving for a Healthier Way” Prevention Conference focuses on deterring middle school-aged students from using drugs and teaches them to manage stress.
Fairfax County Police along with other community groups will join the Unified Prevention Coalition [UPC] of Fairfax County at Falls Church High School on Saturday for the “Striving for a Healthier Way” Prevention Conference. The conference will go from 8:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The conference focuses on middle school-aged students and their parents and will promote healthy ways for the students to manage stress and deter use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, according to a press release. “The Fairfax County Police Department is a vital partner with the Unified Prevention Coalition in working to prevent alcohol and other drug use during these transition years by supporting healthy teen growth,” UPC Executive Director Diane Eckert said in a …
Friday, February 22, 2013
Fairfax County's Ad Hoc Community Committee on Student Rights and Responsibilities hosts last listening session Saturday in month-long tour to get input on the system's disciplinary process.
A committee tasked with reviewing the system's student rights and responsibilities handbook will host its last community meeting Saturday seeking input from residents on what changes it should consider moving forward. The Fairfax County School Board appointed the Ad Hoc Community Committee on Student Rights and Responsibilities in September. The 40-member group has met regularly since October, and tthroughout February, it has traveled across the county seeking parent, student and community member feedback on how to improve Fairfax County Public Schools' disciplinary procedures. The group's final meeting is from 1 to 3 p.m Saturday in Falls Church High School's Little Theater. At one of the group's meetings earlier this month in McLean, …
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Committee hosts outreach meetings this month in an effort to reform the county's Student Rights and Responsibilities handbook.
Parents, community members, educators and others gathered Thursday to discuss Fairfax County Public Schools' disciplinary procedures, "second chance" programs and parental notification. Those are among the modifications the system could look to make as it continues its years-long process of reforming its Student Rights and Responsibilities handbook. But many of the few dozen people at the meeting, which was moderated by the Ad Hoc Community Committee on Student Rights and Responsibilities (SRR), said they couldn’t understand the SR&R guide itself, complaining it resembled a legal document. It is too long and too hard to understand, they said. Parents recommended the SR&R handbook be simplified or at least made more easily searchable …
Friday, February 1, 2013
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith was coached by Falls Church High School Football Coach Said Aziz in 2005.
Ask Falls Church High School Head Football Coach Said Aziz whom he thinks will win Super Bowl XLVII and he won’t hesitate to say it’s the San Francisco 49ers. Aziz, however, does want his former Stafford High School player and now Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith, to have a good game. In 2005 when Smith was quarterback at Stafford, Aziz was the offensive line coach and defensive coordinator. “He was a really good kid,” Aziz said Friday. “I do want Torrey to have a good game.” According to the Ravens website, before playing his college football at the University of Maryland, Smith earned honorable mention All-Northwest Region as a quarterback his senior year. Smith also earned All-District academic honors as a junior and senior. …
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Two of the Colonials’ three wins this season came at the hands of Falls Church High.
Fresh off of their first round tournament victory over the George Mason High Mustangs, the Falls Church High Jaguars had a great deal of confidence going up against the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology Colonials. The Colonials also had a lot of confidence going into the game and handed the Jaguars a 60-41 loss in the Joe Cascio Classic tournament. Jefferson will play JEB Stuart High in the tournament championship Saturday at 7 p.m. at Falls Church High. The familiar foes faced off earlier this season with the Colonials handing the Jaguars a 46-34 loss. This game became one both for a personal feat in being able to advance to the championship and one in which they would attempt to gain some redemption for the Jaguars…