Archive for 'Education'

Maury parents call for new playground

Maury parents call for new playground

By Susan Hale Thomas (Photo/Susan Hale Thomas) Maury Elementary School second grader Jack Estabrook, dressed in a suit and tie, hair combed neatly to the side, climbed onto a chair, placed behind the podium just for [...]

Hammond boat-building class draws national interest

Hammond boat-building class draws national interest

By Susan Hale Thomas (Photo/Susan Hale Thomas) Sixth graders in Matt Cupple’s Introduction to Technology class at Francis C. Hammond Middle School got a surprise visit from Aneesh Chopra, President Barack Obama’s chief technology officer last [...]

Attorney general, education secretary visit local juvenile offenders

Attorney general, education secretary visit local juvenile offenders

By Erich Wagner (Courtesy photo) Senior members of the Obama administration visited the Northern Virginia Juvenile Detention Center Monday to talk with students about the need for educational supports at facilities for young people in custody. [...]

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 [...]