Talk by French Ambassador

France's ambassador to the United States, Jean-David Levitte, is scheduled to speak to students studying French and globalization at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in the Alexandria area.

Levitte, who has been ambassador since 2002, will speak on Franco-American relations in English, with some parts of his discussion in French, according to a news release.

The school is at 6560 Braddock Rd. For more information, call 703-750-8300 or send an e-mail to genevieve.delfosse@fcps.edu.

Conference for Boys

A free leadership conference for boys called "The Power of Positive Choices" will be held Saturday at Dogwood Elementary School in Reston.

Designed for fifth- and sixth-graders, the conference will provide insight into possibilities for the future as students prepare to finish elementary school, enter middle school and plan for high school, college and careers, according to a news release.

Workshops in self-expression through art, music and physical fitness will be offered, as well as team-building challenges. Parents and male mentors can attend a workshop that will offer information to guide and nurture boys as they enter their teens.

Lockheed Martin is co-sponsoring the conference, which runs from 8:30 a.m. to noon. For more information, contact Principal Robyn Cochran at 703-262-3100 or robyn.cochran@fcps.edu or event liaison Linda Martin at linda.martin@fcps.edu.

Event on Violence, Drugs

A free drug abuse and violence prevention conference for people who live in the attendance boundaries of Cluster V schools will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Lee High School in Springfield.

Students ages 12-18 and parents can attend the conference, sponsored by the Safe Youth Coalition Inc., a substance abuse and violence prevention coalition. Cluster V schools serve the Edison, Hayfield, Lee and South County high school attendance areas.

Three concurrent programs will be held -- one in English for adults, one in English for students and one in Spanish. Topics include safe surfing on the Internet, anger management, bullying, discipline, drugs and alcohol, gangs, teen nutrition and self-defense for women. For more information, call Lisa Adler at 703-690-6808 or e-mail her at lkadler@cox.net.

Seminar on Behavior

The county school system will hold two half-day seminars on positive behavior support Wednesday at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale.

According to a news release, positive behavior support is a process for creating safer and more effective schools through a "proactive approach that enhances each school's capacity to educate all children."

The first seminar, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., is open to administrators, staff members and parents.

The second seminar, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., is intended for school-based teams now using the schoolwide positive behavior support approach. This part of the seminar will focus on maintaining the schools' effectiveness and strategies for success.

The seminars will provide information on best practices and research concerning early behavioral interventions in schools and will discuss how informed decisions based on data are made by school-based teams made up of administrators, staff members and parents.

The program will be at the Ernst Community Cultural Center. Individuals may register for the morning seminar by visiting www.fcps.edu/DIS/OSDT/StaffDevelopment/las.htm. For more information, call 703-246-8242.

Asian-Pacific Forum

The Coalition of Asian and Pacific Americans of Virginia will host a forum from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday at Woodson High School in Fairfax to talk about education issues that are important to the Asian-Pacific American community.

Ginny Gong, president of the Organization of Chinese Americans and a former human resources administrator with the Montgomery County schools, will give the keynote address.

A panel consisting of students, parents, teachers and other educators will answer questions and talk about education. Topics include English language acquisition, special education, transition services for employment and training for students not bound for college, curriculum and career advancement.

The organization will gather information to write a report outlining recommendations for action by local and state officials.

The school is at 9525 Main St. For more information, call Ting-Yi Oei at 703-444-8080.

New Credit Union Branch

Special-education students from the Pulley Career Center at West Potomac High School will staff the newest student-run branch of Apple Federal Credit Union beginning Tuesday.

The branch will be open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during lunch periods. There are 23 Apple FCU student-run branches in county schools. The Pulley branch will be the only one exclusively operated by special-education students. Teachers instruct students on how to run the branch, training them in such duties as accepting membership applications and processing deposits. The goal, officials said, is for students to become educated about finance and gain real-world work experience.

Pulley is one of two centers in county schools whose primary focus is career education. The center provides services to special-education students ages 16 to 21.

The student-run branches are fully functional financial institutions that handle deposits, withdrawals and new-member processing.

For more information, call 703-718-2703, send an e-mail to elent.castellano@fcps.edu or visit www.applefcu.org.

-- Compiled by DIANE MATTINGLY and STEPHEN C. FEHR