Thursday, May 23, 2013
Project Infusion founder and Osbourn High School faculty member Tina Murray sings National Anthem.
Tina Murray, a Manassas resident and founder of Project Infusion, a nonprofit for at risk youths, sings the National Anthem during senior night at an Osbourn High School basketball game. We are highlighting her peformance in honor of Memorial Day, a federal holiday purposed to remember those who have died in service to the nation. Read more about Project Infusion: Candlelight Vigil Held in Manassas for Sandy Hook Elementary Victims.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
A Stonewall Jackson High graduate is among those named to a dean's list.
Three Manassas residents were named to the dean's list at their respective universities this academic year. Kristen Chuvala, a sophomore in Creighton University's College of Arts and Sciences and Stephanie DeRosa, a fourth-year student in the Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, both were named to the dean's list for the fall semester. Full-time students who earn a 3.5 grade point average or better on a 4.0 scale are eligible for the Creighton's dean's honor roll. Samantha Jordan, a Stonewall Jackson Senior High School graduate, made the fall semester dean's list at Lafayette College. A student must achieve at least a 3.60 semester grade point average out of a possible 4.0. to qualify for the Lafayette dean's …
Monday, May 20, 2013
Manassas eighth grader Christopher Shoemaker will compete in the famed Scripps Spelling Bee in Washington DC this month.
Manassas middle school student Christopher Shoemaker will be among the spelling elite when he travels up the road to Washington D.C. for the Scripps Spelling Bee next week. Christopher, an eighth grader at Grace E. Metz Middle School, competed in the Prince William Spelling Bee on March 8 and defeated 23 other top spellers for first place. He spelled the word "Arcane" correctly for the win, landing him a spot at Scripps. City officials said Christopher lasted through 24 rounds of spelling over a two-hour period. He was recognized by Manassas City Council and the Manassas City Public School Board for his accomplishments. "It is an individual accomplishment, as well as the accomplishment of our school system," Manassas Mayor Hal J. …
The small college in Lynchburg held its commencement this month.
Two Manassas residents earned degrees from Randolph College in Lynchburg, Va. this month. The college held its commencement on May 12 in the Mabel K. Whiteside Greek Theatre, a place known as "The Dell" among alumni, students and staff. The Manassas graduates are: Justin DeSmith who earned a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies. Luisa Poveda Bautista who earned a Bachelor of Arts Environmental Studies. Randolph College is a private, liberal arts and sciences institution. It was founded 1891 as Randolph-Macon Woman's College, Randolph is known its academic program, diverse close-knit community, faculty and growing NCAA D III athletics program. Got a graduate you want recognized? Publish it for free in the Patch announcements section.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Graduation commencement ceremonies were held on May 10 and May 11 in Fredericksburg.
Twenty-three Manassas residents were among the 1,273 graduates who received degrees this month from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg. Dr. William "Bill" Cleveland Bosher Jr., public policy expert and former Virginia superintendent of education, delivered the commencement address for master's candidates on May 10 and Steve Pemberton, business executive and noted author, delivered the undergraduate commencement address on May 11. These are Manassas residents who earned degrees: Minji Ahn graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology. Amy L. Allshouse graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration. Ryan T. Baldwin graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in business …
Friday, May 17, 2013
What's a better way to thank Ellen Degeneres for 50 grand for Weems Elementary School than with the Harlem Shake dance?
What's a better way to thank Ellen Degeneres, the queen of daytime dance, than with a dance of your own? Weems Elementary School students along with Manassas residents got together and filmed the city's take on the Harlem Shake, a dance craze that has taken over YouTube and other social media sites. The dance, filmed during the Manassas Big Day of Service on May 4, was one of gratitude for the Ellen Degeneres Show and Shutterfly for contirbuting $50,000 to Weems for school uniforms. See video of the Harlem Shake, Manassas style here or to the right of this story. Plans are in the works to send a copy of the Manassas Harlem Shake video to Ellen in California, city officials said. The show flew Weems Principal Angela Burnett out to Los …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Manassas Park High Coach Dexter Haskins has more than 20 years experience in the game.
Registration is now open for the Manassas Park summer basketball camp in june. The camp is open to boys and girls ages 7 to 16 and is $90 per child that's registered by June 7. After that it's $110. The application can be found on the right. The camp is June 17-21 from 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. For more information, email Manassas Park High Coach Dexter Haskins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
City council adopted the budget in a 4-2 vote on Monday.
Real Estate taxes in Manassas will be a little higher when July rolls around, with city council set to finalize the adoption of its Fiscal Year 2014 budget. Manassas City Council voted 4-2 on Monday to adopt the $328,392,966 budget. A second reading of that adoption is on Wednesday. Councilmen Marc Avent and Ian Lovejoy both voted against the budget and tax increases, the Washington Post reported. The budget calls for a total real estate tax rate of $1.393 per hundred dollars of a property's accessed value—2.7 cents more than the current rate of $1.366. The general property tax rate, which is part of the total real estate tax rate, did not increase, but will remain at $1.192. Part of the 2.7 cent tax increase will go toward funding the …
Friday, May 10, 2013
The elementary school day will last 30 minutes longer and the middle school day will increase by 15 minutes, division administrators said.
Elementary and middle school children in Manassas will receive more learning time next school year, thanks to adjustments in the Manassas City Public Schools division calendar. The school board approved new start and dismissal times for all of the division's schools, effective in September and lasting the entire 2013-2014 school year. Administrators said the new schedule saves money and increases student achievement, especially for the younger ones because more time is spent learning. The schedule changes were prompted by decreased funding from the state. Less money meant school administrations had to execute a cost reduction in the division's transportation, prompting a change in school and bus schedules. New school bus schedules will be…
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
The magazine's 2013 report out this week recognizes several Northern Virginia schools.
On mobile? You can see interactive map here. Newsweek has ranked Osbourn Park High School at No. 1,224 among high school in the country. For its rankings, Newsweek sent out a survey to more than 5,000 high schools in the U.S., with about 2,500 schools responding in 2013. You can see the details about Woodbridge High's ranking, and every other ranked high school by clicking on the markers in the interactive map above. The survey scores were then weighted and calculated using several criteria including on-time graduation and college acceptance rates. In addition, instead of averaging the number of courses offered, this year Newsweek considered the percentage of students enrolled in AP, IB or Advance International Certificate courses. The …