Meetings on School Lines

County school officials have announced town meetings to discuss boundary studies that are to determine attendance areas for a new elementary school and three existing high schools.

The new elementary school, scheduled to open next year, is in the Fair Chase subdivision of Fair Oaks. Elementary schools involved in the boundary study include Brookfield, Colin Powell, Fairfax Villa, Greenbriar East, Greenbriar West, Poplar Tree and Willow Springs.

Town meetings for this study will be at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11 and Nov. 1 at Rocky Run Middle School, 4400 Stringfellow Rd., Chantilly, and on Dec. 8 at Liberty Middle School, 6801 Union Mill Rd., Clifton.

The second boundary study covers the West Springfield High School/Irving Middle School, Lee High School/Key Middle School and Lake Braddock Secondary School districts.

The town meetings for this study will be at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19 and Nov. 10 at West Springfield High School, 6100 Rolling Rd.

For information, contact the school system at 703-246-3608.

2 Events Focus on College

The county school system will hold two events to provide high school students with information about colleges.

* The annual college fair is 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at Fair Oaks Mall, 11750 Fair Oaks, Fairfax.

High school students and their families will be able to get information on more than 400 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, including two- and four-year colleges as well as business, technical and nursing schools.

* The college night program, which will offer workshops about college admissions, athletics, financial aid, writing application essays and more, will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 17 at Hayfield Secondary School, 7630 Telegraph Rd. in the Alexandria section of the county.

For information, call 703-246-2991 or visit www.fcps.edu/ss/collegefairnight.

At Fair Oaks, Civics 101

The Fair Oaks Academy will host a town-hall-style meeting for young people and their families Oct. 12 to encourage civic involvement.

The forum, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., is open to the public and will include community leaders and state and local lawmakers.

There will be panel discussions on such topics as teen driving laws, school violence, parental consent laws, personal responsibility and finances and college tuition costs.

The school is at 4601 West Ox Rd., Fairfax. For information, call 703-631-1112 or e-mail to tdowdy@fairoakschurch.org.

Gifted Program Nights Set

The school system has moved its gifted and talented information nights from January to October to give parents more time to consider options for their children.

Information nights will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on these dates and at these locations:

* Oct. 18, Langley High School, 6520 Georgetown Pike (Route 193), McLean.

* Oct. 24, Oakton High School, 2900 Sutton Rd.

* Oct. 26, West Potomac High School, 6500 Quander Rd. in the Alexandria section of the county.

Sessions will focus on providing parents of elementary school students with information about gifted and talented services available in the county.

For information, call the school system at 703-846-8767 or e-mail to carol.horn@fcps.edu.

Group Offers Scholarship

American Direct Mail Marketing is offering a $10,000 scholarship to a college-bound Fairfax County student.

The recipient will be chosen according to financial need, academic performance, extracurricular activities and completion of a 500-word essay on "The Importance of Good Character and Ethics in Your Life and Their Impact on Others and the World," according to a news release.

Applications are available in the career centers at county high schools and at www.inhopefreedomrings.org.

Applicants must be Fairfax County residents and U.S. citizens. Applications must be postmarked no later than Oct. 26 and mailed to American Direct Mail Marketing, 8136 Old Keene Mill Rd., Suite A-312, Springfield, VA 22152. The winner will be notified by Nov. 18.

For information, call 703-876-5248.

-- Compiled by DIANE MATTINGLY and STEPHEN C. FEHR