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home_news_postitT.C. Principal Survey Still Open
The deadline for participating in an online survey about the characteristics that you believe are most important for the next principal of T.C. Williams High School has been extended to March 6. Ironically, the survey appears to be blocked on the students’ Amplify tablets so they may have to participate on a different device.

 

Coming Up
There are two programs offered this month by the ACPS Parent Resource Center. Both will be held in the Media Center at the Minnie Howard Campus of T.C. Williams from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. To register, contact Janet Reese, ACPS Parent Support Specialist, at 703-824-0129 or janet.reese@acps.k12.va.
March 18: What About Me? Supporting Siblings of Children with Disabilities
This workshop will address the challenges faced by parents trying to make sure that the siblings of children with disabilities are not overlooked. The presenter, Avidan Milevsky, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Kutztown University, a psychotherapist and author of Sibling Relationships in Childhood and Adolescents.
March 25: The Social and Emotional Aspects of Executive Function Challenges (rescheduled from January)
Executive function challenges affect children beyond the classroom, posing problems in making friends, creating social awkwardness and undermining self-esteem. This workshop offers strategies to parents to help their children gain confidence. The speaker, Jodi Sleeper-Triplett, MCC, SCAC, is an internationally acclaimed expert in the field of ADHD coaching for youth and the author of Empowering Youth with ADHD: Your Guide to Coaching Adolescents and Young Adults.

 

Advance planning for AP
High school students across the country will be taking their AP exams on the same dates between May 4 and May 15. Parents may find it handy to have this schedule for 2015 AP exams while there is still time to reschedule medical appointments and other conflicts. Student who are sick on the day of the exam or have two exams scheduled for the same test period can take an alternate exam on a later date, though the alternate tests are perceived to be more difficult because the College Board wants to discourage late test-taking. Note that ACPS pays the test fees for all students taking AP classes.

 

Young Musicians on the Big Stage
On March 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Schlesinger Concert Hall, the NOVA Alexandria Band, the John Adams Elementary Orff Ensemble, and the George Mason and Jefferson-Houston Elementary Jazz Bands will perform a variety of family-friendly musical selections as part of an annual Children’s Concert that celebrates music education in our schools. The Grand Finale will include a combined performance by the NOVA Alexandria Band, the John Adams Orff Ensemble and area elementary and middle school students. The concert is free, and free parking is available in the Beauregard Street Garage.

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