APS News Briefs

School News Roundup Nov 16, 2018

Credit Union at DrewArlington Credit Union Opens at Drew
A ribbon cutting ceremony welcomed the return of Arlington Credit Union (ACU) at Drew. Students who orchestrated the ribbon cutting also serve as ACU student tellers. The junior tellers guided by Hannah Dannenfelser, Arlington Credit Union Community Involvement Ambassador, will practice customer service, community involvement, and money management. Every Thursday morning throughout the school year, the junior tellers will welcome and encourage students, staff, and family members to make deposits or open accounts. It’s never too early to teach financial education.

P.A.L.sFurry Four-Legged Friends Visit Nottingham
On Tuesday, Nov. 6, our friends from PAL (People.Animals.Love) visited Nottingham to provide some much needed animal assisted therapy! Teachers were greeted by the wagging tails and wet noses of Quincy, Blue, Lilly, Willey, and Chloe as well as by the smiles of their handlers. It was a heart-warming and exciting treat. It certainly made grade preparation day a little bit more fun!

Creative WritingJefferson Encourages Student-Writers
Reading teacher Katlyn Bennett is bringing out the creative writing community at Jefferson with an extension class celebrating National Novel Writing Month. Students in grades 6-8 gather four mornings a week to write towards their goals.

Pumpkin LaunchIncoming! Jamestown Students Build “Pumpkin” Launchers
On Nov. 1, there was a school-wide Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) activity at Jamestown to inspire creative problem solving skills and critical thinking at Jamestown. Recycled materials were used to create the catapults to launch “pumpkins” (reused painted Styrofoam balls) across the backfield. Jamestown’s Science and Nature Committee is working to share grade-appropriate STEAM projects quarterly with preK-5 teachers and to inspire interdisciplinary learner in STEAM subjects.

W-L Model UNW-L Debates Global Politics
Washington-Lee‘s Model UN delegates debated modern global politics and international relations at William and Mary’s Model UN conference Nov. 9-11. Washington-Lee students represented the country of Turkey while participating in exercises with 26 other high schools to build diplomacy and compromise on important global issues.

ACCofThePikeCommunity Service Instilled in Career Center Students
Community involvement continues to be a major theme at the Career Center. First, the Cosmetology and Barbering Team raised funds and awareness for Breast Cancer Research with their Spa fundraiser. Second, the Culinary Arts program provided a first class dining option for our local customers and a real world restaurant experience for culinary students with their Off the Pike dining program.

OakridgeOakridge Supports Veterans
intern April Price remembered what it was like to have a military husband overseas and how he felt when he receive packages from home. It was special, very special. So this Veterans Day, Price wanted to pay the kindness forward. Working with first grade teacher Shannon Madison, the two taught their class about Veteran’s Day through books and poetry. They also wrote letters to soldiers and collected small goodies like candy bars, protein snacks and magazines. Everything was placed into a shipping box which was signed with love by the students. This special box will be sent overseas to April’s nephew who is in the Army. He is planning on sharing the wealth with his troops.

YHS Power ClubYHS Power Club Talks Women in Leadership
On Nov. 1, the Yorktown Power Club, Yorktown’s forum for the discussion of women’s issues, hosted a professional panel called Women In Leadership. The panel was moderated by senior Fiona Flaherty, and the speakers included Dr. Heidi Hammel, a renowned planetary scientist, Suzanne Rexing, the CEO of Pathfinder International, and Joan Rohlfing, the president of the Nuclear Threat Initiative. The Yorktown Power Club is sponsored by Chemistry Teacher Laurie Vena.

WHS CohortStudent-Cohort Visit College Campuses
The Wakefield Cohort College Trip was a great success! On Nov. 6, 75 young men, juniors and seniors, were able to take a closer look at James Madison, Virginia Tech, the University of Richmond and VCU. The trip was chaperoned Ivan Lopez, Jasneen Sahni, Shaheed Patterson, Edgardo Santos, Muktaru Jalloh, Alvin Truesdale, Wendy Maitland and Alan Beitler.

Oakridge AnimalsAnimals of Madagascar Come to Life Through the Power of a Tweet!
What happens when a teacher like Jennifer Burgin of Oakridge tweets out that her students interest in the animals of Madagascar? Volunteers like Alison Zak respond! Zak is a primatologist and zoo educator who was thrilled to share her knowledge about lemurs with the children. The focus was on the lemur’s hands, which she compared to those of people as well to the paws of our own local version, the squirrel! Students explored classroom items using thumbs and no thumbs and made prints of their own hands with a final reflection.