Learn About 'Traditional' School

Prince William County Public Schools have scheduled three informational meetings on a new "traditional" school program designed to focus on rigorous academic instruction, strong performance expectations, uniforms and behavioral contracts for students and their parents.

The program, which will be housed at Pennington School in Manassas, will open in the fall. It initially will accept students in grades 1 to 5 on a lottery basis. It will include sixth grade in 2001, seventh grade in 2002 and eighth grade in 2003. Any elementary school student in kindergarten through fourth grade living in the county may apply.

For more information, contact Principal Joyce Boyd via e-mail at boydjt@pwcs.edu, or call her at 703-494-3181. The informational sessions will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 25 at Marsteller Middle School and 7 p.m. Jan. 27 and Feb. 8 at Woodbridge Middle School.

King Day Observance

The Prince William County Schools Education Foundation and the local alumni chapter of Delta Sigma Theta sorority are holding the county's 10th annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration.

Students from Prince William, Manassas and Manassas Park compete to be selected as one of six students to speak during the event. This year's theme is "Dr. King's Message for the Millennium."

Last year, more than 2,500 people attended, according to organizers. Other performers include the Hylton High School Jazz Band and the 300-member Martin Luther King Community Choir.

The celebration will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Hylton Memorial Chapel, 14640 Potomac Mills Rd.

The event is free; an offering will be taken to help defray the cost for the use of the facility. For more information, call Lillie Jessie, event chairwoman, at 703-494-3220.