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Thursday, April 7, 2005; Page VA07

IB Prep Program Expands

International Baccalaureate officials have approved Holmes and Poe middle schools and Annandale High School to offer the IB Middle Years program, county school officials said.

Holmes and Poe students go on to attend Annandale. This team of schools joins three existing teams -- Whitman Middle and Mount Vernon High, Hughes Middle and South Lakes High, and Glasgow Middle and Stuart High -- that were approved in 2003 for participation in the program.

Emily Buckingham, left, Sarah Buckingham and Maggie Millar attend Lake Anne Nursery Kindergarten, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary. (Lisa Hering Groves)

IB Middle Years provides a challenging framework for grades 6-10 in English, a modern language, history, science, math, the arts, physical education and technology. It prepares students for the IB diploma program offered at Annandale, Edison, Lee, Marshall, Mount Vernon, South Lakes and Stuart high schools and Robinson Secondary School.

The South County Stallions

South County Secondary School, which is scheduled to open this fall, has selected the stallion as its mascot, following community suggestions.

The school colors will be dark green, navy blue and silver.

Seminars for Special Needs

County school officials have scheduled free evening seminars for parents of students with special needs, at the Dunn Loring Center in the Falls Church area.

The Career and Transition Services unit of the school system's Office of Special Education helps prepare students for the transition from high school to the world of adulthood.

On April 14 from 7 to 9 p.m., specialists will provide information on transition plans and how they are related to individual education programs, the services available to help a child make the transition and how parents can ensure that the child is involved in the process.

On May 19 from 7 to 8:30, a seminar will be held on preparing special-needs students to be effective advocates for themselves. Topics will include how parents can encourage such skills at home, and strategies and resources to promote the development of skills that can help children prepare for life after high school.

The seminars require advance registration. The center is at 2334 Gallows Rd.

For information, call 703-204-3941 or send an e-mail to tia.marsili@fcps.edu.

Gala Marks 40 Years

Lake Anne Nursery Kinder- garten, or LANK, the first public nursery and kindergarten in Reston, will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a gala and auction from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Hyatt Regency Reston, at the Town Center.

More than 240 children at LANK have created mixed-media artwork this past year that will be auctioned at the gala. The event will also include a dramatic presentation of visual arts, including current and vintage photography of LANK and Reston.

The children's work will be displayed at the hotel until the auction.

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