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Pac Newsletter

The PAC Newsletter is now moving to a blog format.  
Mary Byrne is the PAC Newsletter Editor.  We welcome articles, calendar items, information and photos of interest to HB students, staff and parents.  Items can be sent to Mary at marybyrne1@mac.com.  

H-B PAC Blog

  • H-B Art Students to be honored at Carnegie Hall

    Posted by Mary Byrne at 3/23/2014
     Five H-B Art Students will be honored for their work at a June 6th ceremony at Carnegie Hall, NY.   On the same day, two giant screens at 1515 Broadway, Times Square, will display a 30-second Scholastic Art & Writing Awards feature. It will run every 2 minutes throughout the entire day.  The awards ceremony will be broadcast that night live from Carnegie Hall at 6:00 p.m. EST.
    The winners and their works:
    Maura Shapiro, gold medalist for drawing for Future Of Fruit

    Santiago Mallan, silver medalist in drawing for The Minotaur Condemned

    Juliana Walker, silver medalist in mixed media for Badgers Amongst the Ruins

    Goco, Colman Goco, silver medalist in comic art for Extreme Frog Hunting

    Jiang, Yiru Jian, American Visions Award winner for her painting A Girl Standing In The Bathtub

    The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards has an impressive legacy dating back to 1923. Over the years, the Awards have grown to become the longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in the U.S., and the nation’s largest source of scholarships for creative young artists and writers. A noteworthy roster of past winners includes Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford, Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen King, John Updike, and many more.
    Two students, gold Medalist Maura Shapiro and American Visions Medalist, Yiru Jiang will have their art work on display in New York  at the Sheila C. Johnson design Center, Parsons The New School for design.
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  • H-B Students win National Society of Arts Award

    Posted by Mary Byrne at 2/25/2014

     Winner Bernie Tuson
     Above, H-B art student Bernie Tuson at work.
    The Fine Arts Department of H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program is proud to announce  that four HBW students will be recognized at this year’s Award for Excellence in the Arts ceremony sponsored by the Washington DC Chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters (NSAL
    This year’s recipients are:  Ella Tuson – Award of Excellence, Olivia Taylor – Music, Erin Lammie – Theater and Kristen Heaton – Visual Art.
    The eleventh annual Awards ceremony is supported by the Education Department of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.  It is scheduled for Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. in the Terrace Theater of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
    The Awards program recognizes the most promising junior-level talent from 37 different Washington DC area high schools.  This award documents the hard work and dedication of are art students and serves as a point of distinction for their future endeavors.
    Faylinda Kodis
    Visual Arts Teacher
    H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program
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  • Today: Weekend PAC meeting: Enrollment Growth in Arlington and how HB might be affected.

    Posted by Mary Byrne at 1/19/2014
    This week, PAC leadership became aware of a survey being circulated by the APS group More Seats for Students, which is tasked with studying the issue of expanding enrollment in Arlington public schools.  The survey, which was sent earlier this month to a limited group of potential respondents, contained a provocative question about HB:  “Do you think APS should reconsider the size and scope of the HB-Woodlawn program?  If so, should its middle and high school programs be decoupled?”  The survey was shared by the group with our PAC yesterday.   The deadline for response is Monday. 

    Because of the short deadline, a group of parents will meet today, Sunday to discuss the survey and draft a response on behalf of the HB PAC.   Anyone who is interested on the potential impact of APS's growth-management planning on HB is welcome to join us.

    Location:  Glenn Mai and Mary Byrne's house
                1530 N. Stafford Street

    Time:  5:00 p.m.

    Date:  Sunday, January 19.
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    Posted by Melissa Cabocel at 1/19/2014
    Dates: March 31-April 10, 2014
    The fifth annual Arlington-Reims sister city Middle School visit is scheduled for spring 2014. Eighth grade students from the Robert Schuman Middle School in Reims, France will be arriving in  Arlington March 31st and departing April 10th.  They will attend Arlington Middle Schools for three days with their host sibling and spend the remainder of the time sightseeing the Washington, DC metropolitan area with their chaperons.  All six Arlington Middle Schools will be participating, with 4-5 students attending each school.   Please contact Melissa Cabocel mcabocel@cbanet.org for more information and an application form.  Deadline for applications is February 15th.
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  • Les Mis at HB!

    Posted by Bill Podolski at 1/15/2014
    H-B Woodlawn proudly presents the musical Les Miserables! Tickets now on sale atwww.hbwoodlawn.tix.com, or see Eleanor during lunch or H block. The show is January 30, 31, and February 1 at 7:30pm, plus a matinee on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 2:00. Get your tickets quickly as these shows are likely to sell out!!

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  • New at HB Woodlawn: Indoor Track Team

    Posted by Mary Byrne at 1/12/2014
    Ultimate Frisbee isn’t the only game in town anymore.
    HB is starting an indoor track team, and runners of all levels (from newbies to speedsters) are welcome, and encouraged.
    As with most things HB, the team will be pretty casual.  The Potomac Valley Track Club holds three winter meets at Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Arlington (TJ).  HB will send a group of runners to participate in these meets at TJ.  So that’s the extent of the commitment.  Races include the 55M, 400M, 800M, Mile, 3K, and 5K, and runners can participate in as many, or as few, as they would like.  Details below:
    Meets at TJ Indoor Track:
    January 12th (Sunday) – 8 AM to 11:30 AM
    January 26th (Sunday) – 8 AM to 11:30 AM
    February 9th (Sunday) – 8 AM to 11:30 AM
    The meets are FREE for 8th grade and below, and $3 for high school students.  Runners run in sneakers on an 8-laps per mile track.  Two HB parents Paul Cachion and Sylvie Mortimer will coach the team (Paul and Sylvie have run for years, and have coached before).  Parents are welcome to come and watch (or participate!), or just drop their students off.
    To join or get more details, please contact Paul Cachion at cachion@yahoo.com or at 703-528-2507.
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  • Notes from November PAC meeting

    Posted by Sheila McGlynn at 11/23/2013

    Abridged PAC Meeting Minutes – 19 Nov, 2013

    H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program

    Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) Meeting

    Nov 19, 2013 7:30 PM


    Summary: HB science departmentpresentation, PAC business/introductions, Treasurer’s Report and Principal’sReport.

    Attendees/Introductions: Mary McBride, Laura McCarty, MelissaMcCracken, Joyce Kyle, Jim Alpi, Donna Alpi, Erik Maskelony, Sylvia Whitman,Mohamed Ben Jemana, Pamela Stedman-Edwards, Julie Rosenberg, Jan Gronemeyer,Patty Healy, Anne Hammer, Meryl Corshew, Shawn Teter, Kelly Kabiri, CeliaBoddington, Cynthia Hoftiezer, Christina Rogers, Paul Fergusen, KarolinaWalkin, Lori Klein Schachter, Ann-Marie Bolton, Fran Wolfson, Sheila McGlynn,Laura Saul Edwards, Betsy Cody Cindi Charles, Frank Myers, and DebbieSpiliotopoulos

    Science DepartmentPresentation: The meeting began with apresentation by HB’s science department. They provided an overview of the department’s goals, curriculum, as wellas high school science course options and science graduation requirements.  The presentation concluded with aninteractive discussion about how the science department could best spark aninterest within our students, and prepare them for the 21st centuryissues they’d face over their lifetimes. 

    Principal’s Report: (1) Mary mentioned the Turkey, Chicken and Pigeon Bowls will beheld next Tues, 11/26 at HB.  Thefall formal will be held that evening. Administrators are reminding students to make smart choices.  There will be lots of adult and police presenceduring the formal.  (2) The HBlottery season is underway, with both the 6th and 9thgrade lotteries occurring in January. (3) As part of the staff management plan, teachers and administrators areworking on the collaborative culture of teaching and learning this year.  Staff members continue to meet anddiscuss how to most successfully accomplish this collaboration. (4)ParentVUE/StudentVUE-parents were issued logins over the summer.  Students are now being issued passwordsas well.  (5) HB administrators aretrying to organize interventions for students struggling academically (thoseearning Ds or Es).  The idea is tohelp them turn the boat around mid-stream before it’s too late. Administratorshave talked to parents, resource teachers, and students, and especially for certainmath classes (Algebra I, II, and to a lesser extent pre-calculus), strugglingstudents will be offered help either during a free block or otherwise.  (6)  On-line language courses—the county continues to work veryhard to make this teaching method work, and is trying to increase the face toface time offered in this scenario. (7) HB’s Fall Ultimate Frisbee season just wrapped up.  (8) The MS Halloween dance went verywell.  Tenth graders helped host itas a fund raiser, and ensured it was a big success.  (9) Practices for Les  Miserables are underway, with over 60 students participating. (10) Don’t forget to check out thebasement mural designed by HB students to honor our custodians.  (11) New teachers welcomed into the HBcommunity this year are adjusting well. (12) Upcoming events:

    12/16 --Holiday Instrumental Concert

    12/19 –Holiday Choral Concert

    To get information about PAC business and the Treasurer’s Report, go toHBs Website, click the Parents tab, then click on PAC Meeting Minutes and checkout the unabridged minutes!
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  • Arlington Black Parents' Assoc. to meet again in January

    Posted by Mary Byrne at 11/20/2013 8:30:00 PM
    The Arlington Black Parents' Association's next meeting will be January 15th, 2014 at Jefferson Middle School. Topic for discussion: how to effectively talk to your child's teacher.  6:30-8pm.
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  • HB's Big Draw

    Posted by Faylinda Kodis at 11/20/2013
     Big Draw
    During TA on Tuesday, November 19 more than 100 students and staff participated in H-B Woodlawn's  Big Draw event.  The international event was  started in England with the idea to promote visual arts as both a past time and a passion. At H-B high school students  worked with art teacher Faylinda Kodis to plan and advertise the event. Middle school students enrolled in art learned how to draw "Zentangles" and received a badge denoting them as "Zentangle Masters."  Participants in the event gathered in the cafeteria to listen to music and draw Zentangle designs on squares of paper.  MIddle School Zentangle Masters offered guidance and modeled techniques.  Turning in your completed Zentangle earned participants a bag of freshly popped popcorn.
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  • Join us on Facebook!

    Posted by Teri Doxsee at 11/19/2013 2:05:00 PM
    Did you know H-B has an official Facebook page?  H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program is the name.  We use the page to post information, photos and videos of interest to the H-B Community.  Like us and the posts will come to your Newsfeed.  
    H-B Facebook page  
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