Science School Admissions Open
Applications for the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology will be accepted until July 12 for students who have moved into participating jurisdictions (Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William counties and the cities of Falls Church, Manassas, and Manassas Park) since Nov. 30, 1984. Prospective students must be rising ninth or 12th graders and must be legal residents by July 15. Application forms may be obtained by contacting guidance directors at any Fairfax County high school or intermediate school, or by calling the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, 941-7954. Great Falls Teacher Wins Award
Dan Smith, first-grade teacher at Great Falls Elementary School, has been selected as one of 100 teachers nationwide to receive the Sallie Mae Teacher Award for first-year teachers under a new program administered by the American Association of School Administrators. Smith was nominated by the Fairfax County Public Schools, then was evaluated by a panel of experts assembled by the American Association of School Administrators to select the winners on the basis of academic performance, leadership abilities and teaching performance.
Teachers eligible for the competition were those who had borrowed under the Guaranteed Student Loan Program or the supplementary PLUS program to defray education costs. In addition to recognition of outstanding performance, the award provides $1,000 to winners. White Oaks Problem Solvers
Honored A team of young problem solvers from White Oaks Elementary School, competing with 500 students from the United States and Canada, has placed second in the nation in the 12th annual International Future Problem Solving Bowl in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The Fairfax County Public Schools team, having recently outperformed all other teams from Virginia, was representing the state in the national competition.
At the bowl the team, coached by teacher Sonia Weikel and consisting of Brett Bahnsen, Jake Jones, Kristi Kimball, and Alicia Allen, worked on problems associated with militarization and industrialization of space. They presented a 15-page team-researched booklet dealing with the theoretical problem of man's industrial and governmental pollution of space and their solution to the problem, which consisted of designing innovative recycling methods.
In the year-long educational Future Problem Solving Program, sponsored by Coe College in Iowa, students are challenged to solve problems related to five different topics each year. During the 1984-5 school year, the young people studied drunk driving, nuclear war, education, the "greenhouse effect," and the militarization and industrialization of space. Parenting Teachers Sought
Part-time job opportunities are available to teach daytime parenting education classes. Interested persons should contact Fairfax County Adult and Community Education, at 893-1090, to request an application. Applicants must have a college degree in child development, education, psychology, social work, or a related field. Artwork on Display
Ray Wilkins, South Lakes Fine Arts department chairperson, will have his works on display at the National Museum of American Art through Dec. 8.