An education brief in the Oct. 13 Fairfax Extra gave an incorrect date for a session for students with disabilities and their parents on making the transition from high school. The event will be Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to noon at W.T. Woodson High School in Fairfax. (Published 10/20/2005)

It's Only Fireworks

Because of the recent reaction by some surprised District residents to a loud fireworks display near the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, officials at Langley High School in McLean are putting out word that the school has scheduled a homecoming celebration tomorrow evening that will include fireworks.

The fireworks, sponsored by the Langley Booster Club, will be set off during a football game against Lake Braddock Secondary School that is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. There also will be a grand finale of fireworks at about 9:30 p.m.

Denise Dubow, a parent volunteer and booster club member, said school officials have invited members of the community to come watch the show. She said they also are seeking to get the word out about the fireworks so people who hear the blasts do not become concerned.

Warner to Speak Oct. 25

Gov. Mark R. Warner (D) will deliver his final state of education address Oct. 25 to business and community leaders at a luncheon at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner.

The annual invitation-only luncheon is hosted by the Fairfax Education Foundation, which supports education initiatives in county schools.

This year's luncheon is sponsored by Northrup Grumman and Cox Communications.

For information, call 703-246-3656.

Center for Parents to Open

Annandale High School will open a parent resource center, the first of its kind in a county high school, at an open house Wednesday.

The walk-in center is in a trailer adjacent to the school building; signs in four languages will direct parents to the location, according to a news release.

Parents can find materials in multiple languages on parenting, support for parents, and school and community resources. Parent classes and support groups will be offered throughout the year by the school's four parent liaisons and other faculty members.

The center is partially funded through a grant from the Washington Area Partnership for Immigrants. Under the two-year grant, which began in October 2004, Annandale High has provided parenting classes and leadership training for immigrant parents in several languages. In addition, the news release said, the grant has supported teacher research projects by Annandale High faculty members that have explored ways to establish more effective partnerships with immigrant parents to improve student success.

The open house is at 7 p.m. The school is at 4700 Medford Dr. For more information, call principal John Ponton at 703-642-4105.

TJ Prep Class, Applications

County school officials have made two announcements regarding admission to Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in the Alexandria area.

* Preparation classes for the school's admissions test are scheduled to begin at locations throughout Fairfax County in the next two weeks.

Conducted over five weeks, the preparation classes will be held for two hours, two evenings a week, or for four-and-a-half hours once a week. Registration is open to students in eighth grade.

Instruction focuses on mathematics, verbal reasoning, essay writing and study strategies.

Tuition is $265 for Fairfax County residents and $365 for nonresidents. For more information, call 703-227-2254, 703-227-8446 or visit

* Applications for Thomas Jefferson are available in middle schools in Fairfax, Arlington, Fauquier, Loudoun and Prince William counties and the city of Falls Church along with many private schools. There will be an open house for prospective eighth-grade students and their parents from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Applications are due by Oct. 28 to the designated counselor or to the Thomas Jefferson admissions office, Holmes Annex, 6525 Montrose St., Alexandria, Va. 22312.

For more information, call 703-658-5823.

For Disabled Students

The county school system is offering information sessions on life after high school for students with disabilities and their parents.

* A program on the college admission process will be held from 7:10 to 8:10 p.m. Monday as part of college night at Hayfield Secondary School, 7630 Telegraph Rd. in the Alexandria area.

Topics will include the differences in the college search process for students with disabilities, including disclosure of a disability, accessing support services on campus, providing appropriate documentation and postsecondary college campus options.

For more information, call 703-876-5277 or send an e-mail to

* A session on making the transition to life in the community will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at W.T. Woodson High School, 9525 Main St., Fairfax.

The program will offer information about vocational training and employment service opportunities for students who need ongoing support to work after they graduate from high school.

A fair focusing on independent living skills and residential placements will be held in the spring.

For more information, call 703-503-4794 or send an e-mail to

-- Compiled by DIANE MATTINGLY