Kenmore Career Day Kenmore sixth graders participated in a Career Exploration program coordinated by counselor Elliot Johnson on Nov. 16. Students were divided into groups and visited a variety of businesses and organizations in the community to learn about the various careers found at that site. Students visited Howard University, Arlington County Water Pollution Plant, the American Red Cross, Arlington District Court, Joint Base Fort Myer-Henderson Hall, APS Career Center, Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton Ballston, Embassy Suites Tysons Corner and the Hyatt Regency Crystal City. Peace Institute Field Trip Langston students visited the Global Peacebuilding Center at the United States Institute Of Peace earlier this week. The trip was part of their recent study of conflict, revolution, peacebuilding and social media. Students explored the various strategies for resolving conflict around the world and learned about numerous peacebuilding actions on the grassroots level.  Campbell students visited Westover In early November, 50 Campbell preschool students visited the Westover shops on a mission of discovery. Three learning teams of students, teachers and parents toured Westover taking a behind the scenes looks at how a Post Office Branch organizes and delivers the mail, how a bank protects and moves money, and how a public library collects and spreads information. By the time the students had climbed back onto the school bus they had discovered that a community is made up of specialized places and workers that depend on each other to get money, information and products to everyone to meet their needs.  


bullet point Art teachers Maria Burke and Allison Platz organized and accompanied Oakridge first graders on a tour of the Smithsonian American Art Museum “Picturing America” exhibit. Students viewed artworks, such as folk artist Malcah Zeldis’ Miss Liberty, which they had previously studied in art class, and Nam June Paik’s, Electronic Superhighway: Continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii. Students discussed the symbols of America in the artworks they explored. Students also attended an art workshop where they designed a sculpture for the atrium of the museum. Back in the classroom, students will write a reflection about their favorite artwork in their MOSAIC journal. MOSAIC is Oakridge’s exemplary project that focuses on teaching reading strategies through globally diverse literature and cross curricular activities. bullet point On Nov. 15 and 16, the McKinley community was treated to an original performance of Robin Hood. This performance marks the 18th partnership performance with Educational Theater Co. and McKinley Children’s Theater. The partnership is the cornerstone of the Kaleidoscope program for fine arts at McKinley. The cast of 35 students designed and painted the backdrop, wrote the script and lyrics, learned choreography and theater techniques and designed costumes. bullet point Arlington County firefighters visited Stratford to teach students about fire safety and demonstrated how a firefighter dons their gear.  bullet point Williamsburg students collected over 2,200 lbs of food for its annual food drive. Williamsburg will donate the food to AFAC to help many children and families who are afflicted by hunger this holiday season. bullet point Taylor students enjoyed a visit from local author Dorothy Fleming. She shared with them her book Max and the Robot, her writing process and inspirations for ideas. Taylor’s head custodian James McFail surprised students with his poetry writings and inspirations behind them. The event was organized by reading specialists Dr. Sharon Gaston and Lynne Stein, and librarian Richard Hamilton.bullet point Henry’s Extended Day students participated in an Internet safety presentation on Tuesday. Students learned the importance of online security and how to be safe while surfing the web. 

ASFS Prinicpal Mary Begley gets a ride in Tower 104's bucket During Outside the Box Day at ASFS, Prinicpal Mary Begley took a ride in the bucket of Tower 104. The truck was on hand to help fifth graders with their Outside the Box Day project. Claremont food collection Two recent initiatives by Claremont students, parents and staff demonstrate this community’s tremendous generosity. Before Thanksgiving, the World Wide Helpers Club partnered with DoubleTree Hotel of Crystal City to collect over 1,000 lbs. for the Arlington Food Assistance Center. The World Wide Helpers Club is a student group dedicated to helping others and is sponsored by teachers Marilyn Hanger, Katie Denisar and Sylvia Garcia. The Giving Tree is an project spearheaded by the Claremont staff and PTA to provide gifts for local families in need, including coats, toys, games, books, art supplies and grocery gift cards. Over 100 coats have been collected so far. This project will support over 80 families in Arlington. The staff members involved include Hispanic liaison Haydee Colon-Jennings, counselors Maggie White and Sandy Small, and teacher Kim Klaus.   Human Resources Name Change Celebration On Nov. 1, the Personnel Services  officially became the Department of Human Resources. The department had a small celebration to commemorate its new name.