Schools Report IB Scores

Seventy-eight percent of scores on the International Baccalaureate exams taken recently by county students were four or higher, officials said.

Tests are graded on a scale from one to seven; one is the lowest score and seven the highest. Students who score a four or higher may be eligible to receive college credit in that subject.

Of the 516 IB exams taken at Edison High School, 90.5 percent of scores were four or higher, up from 77.1 percent last year, according to a news release.

Of the 1,092 exams taken at Robinson Secondary School, 85.8 percent of scores were four or higher.

The 467 exams taken at South Lakes High School resulted in 82 percent of students receiving a score of four or higher. At Stuart High, where 495 exams were taken, 81.2 percent of scores were four or higher.

Fairfax County schools that offer the IB program include Annandale, Edison, Lee, Marshall, Mount Vernon, South Lakes, and Stuart high schools and Robinson Secondary School.

Four Join NVCC Board

Northern Virginia Community College has appointed four new members to its board of directors.

They are Diane R. Tuininga representing Fairfax City, David H. Miller of Fairfax County, Emma N. Violand-Sanchez of Arlington County and Franklin Margiotta of Prince William County.

The appointments are effective immediately with terms expiring June 30, 2009, according to a news release.

Tuininga operates a psychology practice and is a school psychologist with Manassas public schools. Miller is the founder and manager of Federal and Legislative Associates Inc., a lobbying and public affairs company.

The next board meeting will be at 4 p.m. Nov. 21 in the Brault Building, 4001 Wakefield Chapel Rd., Annandale.

Coat Collection for Needy

Terraset Elementary School in Reston will collect new and lightly used coats for families in need from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through tomorrow.

Any extra coats collected will be donated to the Embry Rucker Shelter or Reston Interfaith.

The school is at 11411 Ridge Heights Rd. For information, call 703-648-0318 or 703-390-5600.

Internet Class for Novices

The Reston Community Center at Hunters Woods will hold an introductory class on how to navigate the Internet on Nov. 7 and 9.

Both classes will be from 6 to 8 p.m. in the computer classroom. To participate, students must know how to use a keyboard and a mouse and have the ability to scroll through windows and drop-down menus.

The cost is $20 for those who live or work in Reston and $30 for others. The center is at 2310 Colts Neck Rd. For more information, call 703-476-4500 or visit www.restoncommunitycenter.org.

A School Readiness Effort

The county school system and county Office for Children have launched a school readiness collaborative involving Annandale Terrace, Freedom Hill, Hollin Meadows and Lake Anne elementary schools.

The state-funded collaborative brings together the schools, the Office for Children, a Head Start program, Northern Virginia Community College and the nonprofit education group Fairfax Futures in an effort to improve child care in the county so more children enter school with the skills they need to succeed.

The collaborative will seek to develop approaches to prepare children for academic success and to provide a common understanding of what children should know when they enter kindergarten, according to a news release.

The state grant will go toward expanding training options for child-care providers through a certificate training program.

In addition, the elementary schools will introduce activities in their neighborhoods designed to ease children's transitions into kindergarten.

For information, call 703-324-8042, 703-846-8714 or e-mail christine.scibetta@fcps.edu.

Promoting Family Fitness

Glen Forest Elementary School in the Falls Church area will hold a family fitness night from 6:30 to 8:30 tonight to promote healthful eating and physical fitness.

Representatives of INOVA Partnership for Healthier Kids, Brain Gym, the school system's food and nutrition services and the Annandale Boys and Girls Club will join school staff members at the event.

There will be mock vending machines showing sugar and fat contents, fitness activities for students and parents and a mobile lab featuring nutrition games and bookmarked Web sites.

INOVA Partnership for Healthier Kids and school staff members have been facilitating an after-school program two days a week during which students can participate in various activities while learning about healthful eating and exercise. The school is located at 5829 Glen Forest Dr.

-- Compiled by DIANE MATTINGLY and STEPHEN C. FEHR