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May 28, 2010 Published in Schools

ACPS Daily Digest For May 28, 2010

As you observe Memorial Day, bear in mind these words of poet Maya Angelou: “How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!” However you choose to spend your long weekend, have a relaxing and safe time with family and friends. Don’t forget that all Alexandria City Public Schools and offices will be closed on Monday, May 31. The Daily Digest will return on Tuesday, June 1, to kick off the final stretch of the 2009-2010 school year.


Don’t forget that Friday, June 4, will be the final day of the snow make-up schedule. On Monday, June 7, all Alexandria schools will return to regular hours. For more information about the make-up plan, go to .


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Jefferson-Houston School will host the First Annual Jefferson-Houston Chess Invitational this Saturday, May 29, at 11:30 a.m. More than 20 students representing the chess clubs from Jefferson-Houston and Samuel W. Tucker Elementary School will test their thinking skills as they compete against one another. Read more at .


The award-winning George Washington Middle School Campus Jazz Ensemble will perform at First Thursday in Del Ray at the corner of Custis and Mount Vernon avenues on Thursday, June 3. The concert will start at about 5:30 p.m. and last approximately an hour. Read more at .


The 24th annual Harry Burke Awards Ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 10, in the cafeteria at the T.C. Williams High School Minnie Howard Campus, 3801 W. Braddock Road, Alexandria. Read more at .


T.C. Williams graduate Benjamin Cohen, a Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) student, has been awarded the National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Scholarship, a national scholarship that allows students to spend a year abroad studying the languages and cultures of a foreign country. Cohen, a senior majoring in mass communications, will use the scholarship to study in China during the upcoming academic year. He is in the Honors College at VCU. Cohen will use the Boren Scholarship to improve his reading, writing and speaking skills in Mandarin Chinese.

The NSEP David L. Boren Scholarships are funded by the U.S. Department of Defense and provide up to $20,000 of support for each student. The scholarships are intended to provide support to U.S. undergraduates who will pursue the study of languages and cultures critical to U.S. national security.