Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Lake Braddock, West Springfield, and Robinson were all ranked. 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 released Tuesday. 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 Burke Area Schools Rank Lake Braddock Secondary School is ranked 7th in …
Monday, April 15, 2013
Dan Meier, who retired on April 1 after 10 years as principal of Robinson, was a positive force in the community, says residents.
After 10 years as principal of Robinson Secondary School, Dan Meier said goodbye to his beloved Rams on April 1, three months after he announced his retirement plans to the Robinson community. Read more on Patch: Robinson Secondary School Names Acting Principal Those who met and knew Meier during his 35-year career as an educator say that he, whether it was in his role as a teacher, a guidance counselor, or a coach, always tried to positively influence the lives of the students, faculty, and families with whom he interacted. “I have so much respect for Dan and all he has done for Robinson,” said Diane Bond, parent to a recent Robinson graduate and a current senior at Robinson. “I appreciate how visible he has been in the school and how …
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Principal Dan Meier will retire on April 1. Acting principal will serve in interim, until June 30.
A former Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) principal, John Ponton, will be the new acting principal of Robinson Secondary School when retiring principal Dan Meier retires on April 1. According to a post on the Robinson PTSA website, Ponton will serve as acting principal from April 1 to June 30. Meier announced his decision to retire back in January after 10 years as principal of Robinson. Ponton worked as an FCPS educator for 31 years before retiring as principal of Annandale High School in 2011 after six years in the position. He has also worked at Marshall High School and JEB Stuart High School where he was the assistant principal. Ponton's wife, Sharon, is currently a Health and Physical Education teacher at Stuart and the Head Girls…
Friday, March 8, 2013
The students, who are from Lake Braddock Secondary School, Robinson Secondary School, and West Springfield High School, will perform with other students from across the state in the chorus next month.
Ten Fairfax County Public School students from Burke-area schools Lake Braddock Secondary School, Robinson Secondary School, and West Springfield High School have been selected to perform in the Virginia All-State Chorus for 2013. A total of 66 students were chosen from FCPS schools for the All-State Chorus, which is sponsored by the Virginia Choral Directors Association. An additional 42 FCPS students were also named as alternates to the chorus. Of those 42 alternates, four are from Burke-area schools. The Burke students selected for the chorus are: The alternates selected for the chorus are: According to a news release, the students will perform on Saturday, April 27 at Hanover High School in Mechanicsburg, Va.
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Several students from the Burke area participated in last month's inauguration.
Several military children from the Burke area were among the more than 3,000 youth and adults who participated in the 57th Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama. More specifically, girl and boy scouts from Burke were part of the “Kid’s Inaugural: Our Children Our Future” concert on Saturday, Jan. 19. The event, which was hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, was a time to come together and honor military families. Performers for the evening included musicians Usher, Katy Perry, Far East Movement, Mindless Behavior, members of the FOX TV show "Glee", actor Nick Cannon, America’s Got Talent act iLuminate, and the Soul Children of Chicago. Michelle Obama took time to thank the troops and…
Thursday, February 14, 2013
The annual competition recognizes students across the country and their creative talents.
Students from Lake Braddock Secondary School, Robinson Secondary School, and West Springfield High School received regional awards in the 2013 Scholastic Writing Awards competition. According to a news release from Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), of the 76 high school student winners in the county, seven are from Burke area schools. Five of the 39 Silver Key entries from FCPS were from a Burke area school. A total of 13 FCPS students won Gold Key awards and 61 FCPS students received honorable mentions. According to the Scholastic website, Gold Key regional winners are considered for national level competition. The annual competition, which is sponsored by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers and administered locally by Writopia…
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Lawyers for teen boys from West Springfield tell Washington Post their clients have pleaded not guilty.
The teenage boys from West Springfield High School charged with child pornography have pleaded not guilty to the charges, their lawyers tell The Washington Post. The boys, one age 15 and two age 16, were charged Jan. 11 by Fairfax County Police after a tip to a school security officer in November led to an investigation. The boys reportedly videotaped six girls from West Springfield High School as well as Robinson Secondary School and Lake Braddock Secondary School, according to the Post story. "It's an unfortunate mix of teenage libido, alcohol and video. It's nothing more than that," Rodney Leffler, one of the boy's attorneys, told the newspaper. On Monday, West Springfield's principal sent an email to parents: Letter sent to West …
Sunday, December 9, 2012
AP scores rise while those for IB dipped slightly, Fairfax County Public Schools says.
The number of Fairfax County Public Schools students taking higher-level courses is rising, the system said this week. Data released by the system shows a significant increase in the total number of students enrolled in classes as well as the number of exams given. It also shows a higher percentage of students are earning a passing score on Advanced Placement exams, though the percentage of International Baccalaureate students scoring 4 or higher on their exams dipped slightly. Robinson Secondary School is among eight county schools offering the IB diploma program (the others are Annandale, Edison, Lee, Marshall, Mount Vernon, South Lakes and Stuart high schools). Many FCPS students take multiple AP or IB exams. FCPS Superintendent Jack …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Fairfax County Public Schools and police are still investigating.
Update 10:20 a.m. According to John Torre, spokesman for Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), students at Robinson Secondary School were not in danger following the discovery of a gun at the school on Wednesday. "There was no disruption to the school day and no one was in any imminent danger although, as the KIT stated, we recognize the danger associated with any weapon in the school and a weapons violation will result in disciplinary action," said Torre. FCPS offered no further comment as they do not discuss student discipline issues. Lucy Caldwell, public information officer with the Fairfax County Police Department, also confirmed the information included in the KIT, but could not discuss the incident further because the investigation …
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
The writer will speak about wanting to live a life that matters Wednesday at the Fall for the Book Festival.
Note: Ken Budd will be on C-SPAN 2's book program on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. More info here. ------ Ken Budd faced a crisis of meaning when his father suddenly died of a heart attack. "It's not even dying that bothers me," Budd wrote in his memoir. "It's dying without making a difference in the world. Without doing a damn thing that matters." Budd faced his crisis in a series of volunteer trips around the world, and wrote about them in "The Voluntourist: A Six Country Tale of Love, Loss, Fatherhood, Fate, and Singing Bon Jovi in Bethlehem." On Wednesday, Budd will relive his adventures when he speaks as part of the Fall for the Book Festival. His presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. at Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Avenue in Arlington…