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                           Issue VI – March/April 2008 - A publication of the J.E.B. Stuart PTSA -

President s Message                                            Principal s Message

Spring has arrived, at long last. I hope everyone enjoyed      Dear Parents, Staff and Students,
the break and came back invigorated for the remainder of
the school year. At the recent PTSA meeting, Bob               As the third quarter comes to an end, we begin moving toward
Thompson informed us that there were 46 District Medals        final exams and End of Course SOL testing. Spring has really
awarded to the winter sports athletes, a record for Stuart.    created a buzz at Stuart High School.
Likewise, the whole music department is to be
congratulated for their superior ratings across the board,     Our guidance counselors have met with each of our students,
and the band received the Virginia Honor Band                  including next year s freshmen, to complete their registration
designation for the third year. This makes Stuart a “Blue      materials. As you know, at press time for this edition of the
Ribbon” school in music, the highest honor possible. Our       newsletter, FCPS projects a $63 million deficit in the proposed
Raiders have much to be proud of! Please support our           budget. Included in the proposed budget is a .5 increase in
students by attending one of their games, music                class size at all three school levels. This increase will translate
performances, or the spring musical “Gypsy”.                   to as many as eight fewer classes being offered at Stuart. As a
                                                               result, we will carefully evaluate our course offerings for the
This year s Taste of the Town was a wonderful community        coming year while maintaining our commitment to offer a
event and successful fundraiser! Together, we raised over      rigorous academic program that maximizes the talents of our
$31,000! A HUGE THANK YOU to ALL who volunteered               faculty.
their time, donated and/or purchased items, or who were
involved in any way. The biggest applause of all goes to
Diane Weeks and Cindy Waters, our co-chairs. And very
importantly, please frequent those restaurants that
supported Stuart and make sure they know why you are
there. It means a lot to them and to us, as we want to
ensure their support for next year. I also wanted to thank
Pamela Jones and her staff for their support of TOT by
attending, and donating parking spaces and reserved
graduation seating.

The FY2009 County Budget continues to be a major focus
and concern. We are now entering the second round with
the public hearings before the Board of Supervisors, on
          st       st       nd
March 31 , April 1 and 2 . Please see George Waters
article on the budget in this newsletter and posted on the
PTSA website for more details.
The link to sign up for speaking at the BOS hearing is
or you can call 703-324-3151.

Thanks to Milissa Rowcliffe for organizing the PTSA
presentation on symptoms of drug and alcohol use, and to
Ann Lichens-Park and her committee for overseeing the
second round of grant applications.

Please note that there will be no newsletter published in
April. Our last newsletter of the year will be after May s
meeting. Our next PTSA meeting will be Tuesday April
15, at 7:30 p.m. in the library (IB Art Show will be in the
Little Theater).
Beth Santos, PTSA President
                                                              who took part in our event are: Athens Restaurant, Babylon
While our primary mission continues to be academic            Futbol Café, Baja Fresh Mexican Grill, Beanetics Coffee
excellence, spring always brings new opportunities for        Roasters, Bentley s Restaurant & Solutions Catering, Bread &
parents and faculty and staff of Stuart to work together to   Kabob, Chevy s Fresh Mex, Chicken Place, Chipotle, City Diner,
model responsibility for students as they celebrate at the    Coco Rico, Duangrat s, Elevation Burger, Four Sisters, German
prom and other end of year activities. Parents, please be     Gourmet, Harris Teeter, Jerusalem Restaurant, Lucky 3, Meaza
extra vigilant in talking with your son or daughter about     Restaurant, Moe s Southwest Grill, Moose Lodge, My Bakery &
making responsible decisions. The success our students        Café, Old Hickory Grill, Olive Garden, Papa John s, Peking
and school enjoy would not be possible without the            Gourmet Inn, Pistone s Italian Inn, Raaga Restaurant, Safeway,
continued support of our parents, faculty and staff, and      and TGI Friday.
community. Pamela A. Jones, Principal
                                                              We hope everyone enjoyed the evening. Thanks for coming!
TOT 2008 – Thanks to All                                      Diane Weeks and Cindy Waters – Co-Chairs

JEB Stuart High School s 16 Annual Taste of the Town          All-State Choir Winners
was a huge success for our school and for our community.
Everyone who bought a ticket, bid on an auction item,         Congratulations to the following Stuart Choir students who have
volunteered to make signs or serve drinks, donated an         been accepted into the 2008 All-State Choir. Delegate
item (or 2 or 3!) for the raffles or auctions, prepared or    representatives from Stuart are: Rachel Dady, Caren Lecos,
donated food for the “tastings” helped to make this event     Vicki Fowler, and Shannon Hoff. Alternates are: Jon DeHart and
so successful. We were able to raise significant funds for    Soham Banerjee. They will travel to Harrisonburg High School
the PTSA and for many of the clubs at Stuart and we           April 24-26 to participate in this prestigious event. Way To Go!!!
thank all of you who participated.

                                                              Winter Sports Awards winners
Dozens of parent volunteers worked for weeks in advance
of the day to ensure that everything ran as smoothly as       Music Department Trip to Boston
possible. Special thanks to Kristina Crane, Kathi Dutilh,
Jane Mattoon, Jody Wager, Peggy Veroneau, Melanie             The fourth installment of the trip to Boston is due, making the
Hoff, Beth Santos, Jo Herron, Joni Laurence, Debbie           total paid so far $400. The final cost of the trip is $550, and the
Rosse, Juli Chadsey, Nancy Moy, Gail Hayes, Andrea            fifth and final payment is due at the end of March. Students
Wessel, Bob and Elena Thompson, Amy Hammond,                  receiving fundraising credits and scholarships have been
Susan Solomon, Carrie Ahlborn, Donna Vasilakos, Harry         notified; please subtract this amount from your final payment.
and Tina Spanos and Ann Lichens-Park. And our emcees          Rooming lists and bus sign-ups are starting – make sure you
for the evening, Stuart parents George Hyder and George       are up to date on payments in order to sign up.
Waters, kept things on schedule with able assistance from
our guests Congressman (and former Stuart parent) Tom         Guidance News
Davis, State Delegate (and Stuart parent) Bob Hull and
Mason District Supervisor Penny Gross.                        Senior Parents
                                                              Please encourage your child to share college application results
Finally, we are most grateful to the restaurants that         with his/her Guidance Counselor or with Mrs. Kelley in the
participated and we encourage all of you to visit them and    Career Center – we want to share your joy and offer support! If
thank them for their support. The thirty area restaurants

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your family has questions about the financial aid       
package(s) your child has received please contact Mrs.            to learn more.
Kelley or Ms. Datu in the Career Center.                          Also check out
If your child has completed the FAFSA, there is still time to
apply for college scholarships. A listing of these                Please contact with questions.
scholarships is on the class of 2008 Blackboard site.
Currently we have about 50 active scholarships.                   Stuart Foundation Scholarships
                                                                  Scholarships are open to any graduating JEB Stuart senior who
Especially for Juniors                                            is continuing his or her education at a college or vocational
Juniors should try to visit colleges during the spring time if    school. The deadline is April 18, 2008. Applications are
possible, but if you can t – check out the calendar at the        available from the Career Center, the Guidance Office, and
back of this newsletter for some opportunities close to           ESOL teachers and can be downloaded from the Class of 2008
home.                                                             Blackboard site. All applications should be typed or printed
                                                                  neatly, and must be accompanied by official transcripts,
The Career Unit introduced our juniors to the Family              financial information, and essay. Questions – see Mrs. Kelley in
Connection program – a powerful search engine designed            the Career Center. Special help sessions will be held on April
to link you with colleges based on your interests and               th     th
                                                                  9 & 10 . Mail all application materials (postmarked 4/18/08)
goals. Juniors should plan on taking the SAT I and /or the        to:
ACT, this spring. Students in a terminal class may also
want to consider taking the SAT II, Most colleges in              Stuart Educational Foundation or     Bring to Room I-150
Virginia, with the exception of UVA, and William and Mary,        P.O. Box 4612                        Stuart High School
and the University of Richmond, do not require SAT II. It         Falls Church, VA 22044
                                                                                                       on April 18 ,
is up to the student to register and to take the SAT II if he                                          between 2:00-4:00PM
or she is in a terminal class, i.e. the final year of a foreign
language; based on the application requirements of the
schools he/she is interested. See
                                                                  PTSA Needs You for the SAT
                                                                  The JEB Stuart PTSA is currently seeking people to fill key
II requirements for common application schools.
                                                                  positions for the 2008-2009 school year. If you, or anyone you
                                                                  know, would be interested in any of the positions listed below
Students register for the SAT I and SAT II online at
                                                                  please contact Joni Laurence at, Students can register for the ACT
online at:;
                                                                  Executive Board Positions available:
                                                                  Vice President of Communications
If your child qualifies for free or reduced lunch they should
                                                                  Recording Secretary
contact their counselor to obtain a fee waiver for these
                                                                  Correspondence Secretary
tests. Students with fee waivers do not have to pay for
these tests. The spring 2008 test administration dates are
                                                                  Other Positions Available:
as follows:
                                                                  Taste of the Town Chair and/or Co-Chair
                                                                  Cluster Parent Advisory Rep
                                                                  County Council of PTAs Rep
May 3-Register by April 1 April 12 – Register by March 7
                                                                  Hispanic Parent Group Liaison
June 7-Register by May 6 June 14 – Register by May 9

Need to Improve your SAT Score?                                   Blue Ribbon
All Students who paid to take the test - including those
who paid via fee waiver- are entitled to access an                Stuart music groups delivered “Superior” performances at their
interactive and personalized study and college guide on           annual District Festivals earlier this month, making us a “Blue
the College Board website called My College Quick Start.          Ribbon School” for music for the third time in Stuart history. This
This is a great personalized resource for students. Your          rare honor is a testament to the outstanding work of our bands,
child s login code is located on the top right hand corner of     orchestral and choral groups. It s also a tribute to the talented
his/her score report which was returned to the students in        teachers who direct these students: Margaret Woods (choir),
December.                                                         Cassandra Strange (orchestra), and Doug Martin (bands) –
Summer Plans for ALL Students
One of the goals of FCPS is to create lifelong learners, so
the key to your child s summer is that whatever the activity,
it should be a learning experience. FCPS has put together a
new database for summer programs; go to

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Concert Band earns highest rating at District Festival (Avi
Schneider)                                                      Wind Ensemble wins highest ratings at District Festival( Avi Schneider)

For the third year, both the Concert Band and the Wind          Spring Trip 2009
Ensemble received a Superior rating - we were one of only
two schools in the entire district to have multiple bands       Have you ever wanted to stand before greatness…like at the
receive superior ratings – with both bands performing           foot of the Colosseum or the Parthenon? Two of Stuart s World
more difficult music than in years past. Stuart is the only     History teachers, Linda Lauderdale and Kim O Brien, can take
school in our district to have Virginia Honor Band status for   you there! They are organizing a student trip to Italy and Greece
the past three years and one of only a few in the state.        for next year s spring break. All students welcome! The tour will
                                                                include many great sites: Rome s Sistine Chapel and St. Peter s
See the calendar for our spring concerts and a                  Basilica, the Colosseum and Forum. From Pompeii, Italy, you
performance of the U.S. Navy Band.                              will sail to Greece to visit Olympia to see the site of the original
                                                                Olympics, tour Mycenae, Epidaurus, Athens and Delphi. The
                                                                cost of $2300 includes airfare, hotel, ground transportation and
Getting ready for Prom                                          ship travel, breakfasts and dinners, site admission tickets, and
                                                                the local tour guides. Extra expenses will be lunches and
We need your help in stocking our Classic Elegance              souvenirs. Registration is through EF Tours at
Boutique with prom dresses, tuxedos, appropriate men s'         and the tour number is 499001. Any questions email either
wear, costume jewelry, purses and shoes (please make   or or
sure all dresses/tuxedos are clean and ready for wear).         call either at (703) 824-3900. Register soon as space is limited!
The Boutique will be held in the Guidance Conference
Room from 4/21-5/16 and will be open to all students. All
donations can be dropped off at the Guidance Office. A tax      Athletic Booster News
donation receipt will be available upon request. Questions:
Call Susan Solomon at 703/824-3922                              Baseball, Softball, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Crew and Track
                                                                teams need your support so please come out to cheer them on.
                                                                Spring sports family season passes are still available through
In remembrance of a remarkable lady                             the Boosters for $75.00. These passes are a great bargain and
                                                                allow your immediate family entrance to all home Stuart spring
Many of us have been saddened by the passing of Lori            sports events at no extra charge.
O'Neill, who gave so much to Stuart's choral music and                  th
drama programs. To me, this is a reminder of the need to        The 11 Annual Raider Run 5K and One Mile Fun Run/Walk
live and love and care and give NOW, for who knows what         will be held on Saturday, April 26 at 8 a.m. Last year s race
the next moment will bring. Best wishes and condolences         registered 180 runners and we hope to beat that total this year.
to Lori's family and friends. May you take comfort in           The registration information can be found of
knowing how generously she gave to the people and      As our current Raider Run chairs are
programs she loved, and how very much she was                   graduating this year, we would love to have someone shadow
appreciated. ~ Gloria Pearlstein                                them in preparation for next year s race. Please let Bob
                                                                Thompson know if you are interested. We will also need
                                                                volunteers the morning of the race to help out with registration,
                                                                course monitoring and other details. Questions or to volunteer,
                                                                please contact Bob Thompson at

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Sports Physicals                                                Bigger, Stronger, Faster, Better

The J.E.B. Stuart High School Athletic Training Program         The Stuart football teams are hard at work preparing for an
will be offering sports physicals for the 2008-09 school        exciting 2008 season. A reminder to all potential high school
year on Wednesday, May 28, 2008. Additional information         football players for next season, weight training and conditioning
will be posted on the athletic training page of                 is every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday for all athletes not in the next few weeks. We need a lot of        currently competing in a spring sport. Weight training for rising
volunteers to make this happen every year. If you are           9th-graders will begin on Saturday, April 12th at 10:00 a.m. and
interested in donating a few hours of your time, contact        continue every Saturday thereafter. Contact Coach Roy Ferri
Head Athletic Trainer Korey Berg (          with questions "Those who fail to prepare,
for additional details. If you are a physician, nurse           prepare to fail."
practitioner, physical therapist, or registered nurse, your
expertise would be especially appreciated.

                                                                Stuart Tennis team won their first match against Yorktown. All the team
                                                                members won their matches and defeated Yorktown with a wide margin.

                                                                Varsity Girls Tennis
                                                                The 2008 Varsity Girls Tennis Team is hoping for a winning
                                                                season this year. With the majority of the team returning from
                                                                last year and several talented new recruits, the 14-member
                                                                squad is looking to move up in the District standings. We invite
                                                                tennis fans, teachers, fellow students, and parents to come on
                                                                down to Sleepy Hollow Bath & Racquet (our new venue) to
Join the Track Team!                                            cheer the team to victory. Home matches start at 4 p.m. Good
                                                                luck, girl s tennis!
The J.E.B. Stuart Track & Field Team prides itself on its
spirit and the recognition it has brought to Stuart. The        Volleyball Summer Camps
team has grown in the past two years – now more than 70!
Why join track?                                                 As summer approaches, the Lady Raider Volleyball team is
      •   Motivated athletes can improve drastically -- Sam     already thinking about next fall s season! With this in mind, two
          Carolus-Hager has cut more than two minutes           Stuart Volleyball camps are scheduled this summer. On June
                                                                          st      nd
          from his mile time in the past year!                  30, July 1 and 2 a Mini-Camp will be offered and is open to
      •   Exercise releases endorphins which helps you          girls ages 12-18. The camp hours are from 9AM-noon. A
                                                                                                           th  th
          deal with stress - Precious Layne says “I had a       second All-Skills Camp will be held July 7 -11 . This camp is
          horrible day at school, but it felt so good to run.   open to girls ages 14-18 and will be held from 5PM-8PM. Both
          Working out makes me feel better.”                    camps are scheduled to be held in the main gym.
      •   One of our captains, Johnetta Saygbe, recently
          stated “The track team is like a family.”             Girls interested in trying out for volleyball are reminded that they
So do yourself a favor and join our family. If you have any     must have a VHSL physical form completed on the first day.
questions contact                          Volleyball tryouts begin on August 5 . Our athletic web site:

Stuart Times PTSA 2007/08 Newsletter
Issue #6 March-April                                                                                                Page 5 has all necessary camp registration      Alternatives Resource Fair
forms and information. Contact
with questions.
                                                              Explore the endless career & training opportunities that are
                                                              available to students after high school graduation. The PTSAs
Crew Team Ready                                               of Lake Braddock Secondary School, Robinson Secondary
                                                              School and West Springfield High School invite you to join them:
The first regatta of the season will be on March 29. Crew     May 8, 2008 from 6-8:00 pm, West Springfield High School
Booster Meeting Reminder: Monday April 28 Crew Booster        Cafeteria, 6100 Rolling Road, Springfield, VA 22152. For
@ 7:30pm in Room I-150, Monday, May 19 @ 7:30pm in            additional information, download the flyer
Room I-150. Saturday, June 28 Alumni Row and Reunion.
Join us as we celebrate the 40 anniversary of Stuart s        or contact Margaret Fisher by email or
miracle rowing season. For information contact Regina         phone (703)968-2971.
Derzon ( or Shari Ritter
(                                      Future Problem Solvers
                                                              Once again the team of Sarah Blount, Anne Dutilh, and Chris
                                                              Goslin — all juniors at JEB Stuart High School — join a fellow
                                                              teammate from Thomas Jefferson High School to vie for the
                                                              state title in the senior division of Future Problem Solvers of
                                                              Virginia. After qualifying for the state bowl by considering
                                                              problems associated with the topic of Neurotechnology, the
                                                              problem solvers will tackle the issue of Debt in Developing
                                                              Countries for the state competition to be held on April 11-12 in
                                                              Norfolk, VA. Last year, this same team won the Senior Division
                                                              in the Virginia State Bowl and placed 8 overall in the
                                                              international competition. Good luck, Future Problem Solvers.
                                                              Make Stuart proud again this year!

                                                              Budget Problems Persist
                                                              In response to the reductions in revenue, the Fairfax County
                                                              School Board has adopted an “Advertised Budget” that already
                                                              includes $33 million in reductions from what had been
Appreciation Luncheon                                         anticipated for FY 09. The largest impact of this $33 million
                                                              reduction will be increased class sizes which will eliminate 158
The Hospitality Committee will host the Teacher and Staff     positions and reduce funding by $11 million. The Board of
Appreciation Luncheon on Wednesday, April 30. More            Supervisors is considering a tax assessment rate of 92 cents,
information will be sent out via email, as the event gets     which if implemented, could return much needed funds to our
closer. We will also be providing the staff with treats       schools. Please send the Board of Supervisors a message –
throughout the following week. If you have any questions,     by attending and speaking up for our priorities at the
please feel free to email Karen Horton @                      meetings scheduled March 31, April 1and 2 -- 7:00 pm at                                     the Government Center.

Explore the Gap Year                                          Access our PTSA website and read the full analysis of the
                                                              current budget situation prepared by our County and State
Gap years are traditionally programs for students just        Legislative representative, George Waters. It can be found at
graduating from high school who do not feel quite ready to    the first bullet under Spring 08 on the home page.
go straight into a two or four year college/university
situation. The Academic Forum is hosting a panel on           Start School Later
Thursday, April 3 to help you explore your options! Current
   th       th
11 and 12 grade students are invited to attend with a
                                                              The Transportation Task Force (TTF) recommendation to the
parent. Panelists will include representatives from Youth
                                                              School Board included a change in school start times. It
for Understanding, City Year, GWU Elliott School of
                                                              recommends that about 80% of all elementary schools would
International Affairs and Mrs. Kelley, Stuart s Career
                                                              start between 7:50 and 8:55 am; that high schools would start
Center Specialist. Please direct questions to Tammy
                                                              between 8:35-8:55 (so that they can end as close to 3:30 as
Wiles-Martin, Academic Forum Coordinator,
                                                              possible) -- and that middle schools would begin between 9:20-
                                                              9:40 – ending between 4:00-4:30.

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For More Information go to: and

 PTSA Officers
 President                                                Beth Santos     
 Treasurer                                                Ann Gallagher   
 Recording Secretary                                      Gail Hayes      
 Corresponding Secretary                                  Jose Santos     
 Vice President -- School Activities                      Jane Mattoon    
 Vice President – Communications                          Kathi Dutilh    
 Vice President—Fundraising                               Peggy Veroneau  
 Member at Large:                                         Mary Beth Slack 

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Dates to Remember - May
Thursday       May 1 Orchestra Concert
Friday         May 2 Stuart Jazz Band Concert
Saturday       May 3 SAT at Stuart
Wednesday      May 7 Stuart Wind Ensemble Concert
Thursday       May 8 Resource Fair – Alternatives to 4-year College, West Springfield High 6-8
Friday         May 16 Junior Trip to Hershey Park
Saturday       May 17 Stuart Junior-Senior Prom
Sunday         May 18 Crew Car Wash 11-2:00, Hess Service Station, near Circuit City
Tuesday        May 20 PTSA Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Library
Tuesday        May 20 Sophomore Parent Night, 7:00 p.m., Library
Tuesday        May 20 Colleges that Change Lives – Info Session, Sheraton Premier at Tysons 7pm
Thursday       May 22 Spring Sports Awards, 7:00 p.m., Auditorium
Wednesday      May 28 Sports Physicals – Stuart
Tuesday        June 3 Last Day of School
                        Graduation, 4:00 p.m.

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Dates to Remember – March/April
Monday       Mar 31 BOS meeting – County Government Center, 7 pm
Tuesday      April 1 BOS meeting – County Government Center, 7 pm
Wednesday    April 2 BOS meeting – County Government Center, 7 pm
Wednesday    April 2 Academy Night, Annandale High, 7:00-8:30
Thursday     April 3 Parent Education Meeting – Gap Year – Library, 7 pm
Thursday     April 3 Regional Parent Meeting 6-9 p.m. Robinson High School
Thursday     April 3 U.S. Navy Band Concert 7:30 Stuart High School (free!)
Saturday     April 5 Regional Parent Meeting 8:30 a.m. Chantilly High School
Wednesday    April 9 Ribbon cutting ceremony – Stuart Soft Ball Field
Thursday     April 10-12 Spring Musical – Gypsy – 7:30 pm
Saturday     April 12 Weight Training Begins – rising 9 grader potential football players
Sunday       April 13 Campus Open House - North Carolina School of the Arts
Tuesday      April 15 PTSA Meeting – Library – 7:30 pm
Wed-Sunday   April 16-20 Stuart Music Department trip to Boston
Thursday     April 17 Spring College Fair, George Mason Patriot Center, 6:00- 8:00pm
Mon-Friday   April 21-25 IB Art Show – Little Theater
Friday       April 25 May Day
Saturday     April 26 Raider Run, 8:00 a.m., Stuart High
Tuesday      April 29 Stuart Band Concert
Wednesday    April 30 Teacher Appreciation Luncheon
Wednesday    April 30 Choir Spring Concert

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