Archive for 'Education'

Despite indictments, officials downplay gang activity

Despite indictments, officials downplay gang activity

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Despite the indictment of at least two Alexandria MS-13 members on murder charges earlier this month, city officials have said gang-related activity in Alexandria is infrequent. Alexandria police and federal officials [...]

State pays for school security upgrades

State pays for school security upgrades

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Security systems at local public schools are about to get beefed up. The Virginia Department of Education recently awarded Alexandria City Public Schools with more than $41,000 in grants to help [...]

Dominion benefits schools as it weighs transmission line project

Dominion benefits schools as it weighs transmission line project

By Erich Wagner (Photo/Erich Wagner) As Dominion Virginia Power officials consider tearing up local neighborhoods for a 230-kilovolt transmission line, the utility gave back to the community Tuesday, building an outdoor classroom for public school students. [...]

School board moves forward on T.C. lights

School board moves forward on T.C. lights

By Erich Wagner (Photo/Erich Wagner) The Alexandria School Board voted last week to move forward with a controversial proposal to light T.C. Williams’ football stadium. Neighbors decried the decision as reneging on a decades-old promise and [...]

ACPS: total cost of T.C. lights could reach $3.5 million

ACPS: total cost of T.C. lights could reach $3.5 million

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Officials with Alexandria City Public Schools sought last week to reassure residents that lights at T.C. Williams’ football stadium would not cause year-round nighttime use of the field. But Seminary Hill [...]

ACPS schools ‘locked in’ following report of man with gun

ACPS schools ‘locked in’ following report of man with gun

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Updated at 2:50 p.m. UPDATE: ACPS schools all are dismissing students normally, with the exception of Maury Elementary School, officials said. At Maury, students who take the bus are being dismissed normally, [...]

ACPS: Lights feasible at T.C.

ACPS: Lights feasible at T.C.

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Lighting up T.C. Williams’ football field is doable, Alexandria City Public Schools officals announced last week. At a September 4 school board meeting, district director of educational facilities William Holley said [...]

Private school celebrates largest ever donation

Private school celebrates largest ever donation

By Erich Wagner (Courtesy photo) Alexandria Country Day School officials announced Tuesday that an anonymous donor has presented the school with a $3 million gift, the largest in the school’s 31-year history. The financial windfall will [...]

T.C. Williams student to perform in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

T.C. Williams student to perform in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

By Katie Callahan (Photo/ACPS) T.C. Williams student Maddy Dooley is preparing for the performance of a lifetime. The sousaphone player has performed on a big stage before, but this one comes with an audience of about [...]

New Jefferson-Houston principal stresses individual academic growth

New Jefferson-Houston principal stresses individual academic growth

By Erich Wagner (Photo/Erich Wagner) Christopher Phillips, the incoming principal of Jefferson-Houston School, believes there is more to education than preparing for standardized tests. “If you teach them to the master the material, they can take [...]