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FUN REUNION FOR CLASS OF '75
from Lake Barcroft Newsletter July 2015 7 Ten Years of Stuart Scholarships
By Carol Donlan Barcroft News Staff
Ten years ago Sarah Khasawinah was an
outstanding senior at JEB Stuart High
School. With the money she received
from the Stuart Educational Foundation—
and other grants—Sarah attended
Bryn Mawr College to study math and
English. Then she went on to Johns
Hopkins University to study bio-statistics.
And in May, Sarah received her
Ph.D. in Mental Health.
“I was the first member of my family
to go away to college,” Sarah told a
full crowd in the Stuart library. “This is
where my journey began. The Stuart Educational
Foundation scholarship helped
me make my dreams a reality.”
In 2004, while Sarah was a junior, the former
Stuart PTSA President Kaye Kory of
Waterway Drive, and PSTA member and
Stuart counselor Kari Kelly of Lakeview
Drive were talking about why so many of
Stuart’s gifted students—often from low
income families—just didn’t have money
From their conversation sprung the Stuart
Educational Foundation, a 501(c)(3)
nonprofit, which has been giving scholarships
to deserving students for the last
decade. The Foundation has seen scores
of volunteers, an active board, hundreds
of applications and thousands of donors.
On June 16, at a reception for the
2015 recipients, Foundation President
Diane Kilbourne of Whispering
Lane announced that this year a record
$145,000 went to 66 Stuart grads. (Last
year $106,000 went to 48 recipients.)
Many of the 2015 scholarship winners
and their families were at the reception.
Diane thanked the cadre of volunteers
and the Rotary Club for its continual
support. She also recognized the Thurgood
Marshall Fund, part of our own
LBA Foundation, which also gives scholarships
to deserving Stuart graduates.
This year the Fund gave 10 additional
new scholarships totaling $33,000.
Diane said, “So many parents and alumni
have come together to make sure that
there are no limits on our students.”
New Stuart Principal Penny Gros was
impressed with the outpouring of support
for Stuart. “I have talked to other
principals,” she said, “and no other
school has a [scholarship] organization
as strong as this.”
Virginia Delegate Kaye Kory added,
“Tonight is an example of what is so
unique about Stuart.”
To contribute to the Stuart Educational
Foundation, go to http://stuartfund.com/
contribute.html. To contribute to the
Thurgood Marshall Foundation, go to
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JEB Stuart Education Foundation recipients and proud parents at Foundation reception.
Please join us in welcoming 100% of the FCPS Stuart Pyramid children back-to–school and ready to learn! The Stuart Pyramid Resource Fair is a community-based effort to provide some of our needies t students with school supplies, medical assessments, haircuts, and an introduction to community resources available to them.
The Stuart Pyramid includes more than 8,300 students, and greater than 66% of these children qualify for free or reduced special price school meals. Although the Stuart Pyramid schools enjoy support from several nonprofit and corporate partners, because of the growing need in our community these efforts fall short of covering all students. The Stuart Pyramid Resource Fair is intended to leverage existing resources and address the unmet demand of approximately $50,000. Our goal is to make this an annual event so all FCPS students arrive at school prepared to learn!
HOW CAN YOU HELP WITH THE FAIR?
STAY INFORMED/HELP SPREAD THE WORD:
Twitter = StuartFair
Facebook = Stuart Pyramid Resource Fair
ATTRACTIONS: We are looking for talented students (or community members!) to provide entertainment on fair day. Anything goes: jugglers, martial arts demonstrations, vocals or musical instruments, mimes … Please email StuartPyramidResourceFair@gmail.com if you have a talent to share!
VOLUNTEER: We need between 180-200 volunteers to run this event! Please check out our Sign-Up Genius for specific volunteer jobs. www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4eaaaf2ba6f58-20153 If you are not available on fair day, we still need help distributing information to our communities the three weeks prior to the event. There are many opportunities for kids to earn community service hours. Please consider sharing this volunteer opportunity with groups such as church youth groups, scout troops, or community service clubs to help get the word out.
DONATE: FCPS has negotiated with Kits for Kidz (www.KitsforKidz.org) to provide student supply kits for approximately $12 and backpacks for $10. The kits include essential supplies as defined by our eight participating schools. You can order kits direct or make a cash contribution. 100% of cash donations will be used to purchase kits and backpacks, and you will receive a receipt from the Baileys Crossroads Rotary Club Foundation, a 501c3 charitable organization.
CORPORATE SUPPORT: Please share information with local businesses potentially interested in funding the fair. A special thanks to the Bailey’s Crossroads Rotary Club and St. Mark Catholic Church (Vienna) for providing operating funds to make the 2015 fair possible!
The 2015 Stuart Pyramid Resource Fair is organized by the Bailey’s Crossroads Rotary Club, Our Daily Bread, FCPS/JEB Stuart HS, Fairfax County/Neighborhood and Community Services, and the JEB Stuart HS PTSA.
Fairfax County school’s list of woes includes its Confederate rebel name...
J.E.B. Stuart High School’s students admit that like its Confederate general namesake, the school is coming out on the losing end of things.
Truancy issues. Lagging graduation rates. An average SAT score that is the second-lowest in Fairfax County. Plummeting teacher morale amid a crisis of leadership. In the fall, the Raiders football team lost eight of 10 games, including three shutouts. ...to read this Washington Post article from 7/17/15 click here...
ISO CLASS OF '95 FOR 20TH REUNION!
Jeff Barham will be heading up the planning for this fall's reunion. Want to help with the planning, or want to attend? Contact Jeff Barham at JeffBarham@hotmail.com
Save the weekend of July 17, 2015 for our 40th class reunion celebration. We will have an informal happy hour on Friday evening, 7/17 at BJ’s Restaurant, a private buffet dinner on Saturday evening 7/18 at the Tysons Corner Marriott and wrap-up the weekend with a Barcroft Beach party on Sunday afternoon.
Ticket prices for the private buffet dinner will be $75.00 per person and a block of guest rooms at the Marriott (walking distance to BJ’s Restaurant) will be available at $75.00 per night. **All private buffet dinner reservations must be received by July 1, 2015. For more information please contact Lynn at LynnKorinkHall@aol.com and spread the word!
An Unsung Graduation Speech
by Theo Lebryk (Class of '15)
On the first day of the second semester, my teacher posed a question for the class: would you send your kids to Stuart?
Now if I asked the same question to all of you, I’d imagine that a fair share of you would shake your heads. At very least, you’d have to take some time to think about it.
And I think you might be right. Senior apathy is a natural occurring phenomena, but with our school, the arguments for why “Stuart sucks” run too deep to be ignored. We get random prank fire alarms. We have a truancy problem. We still haven’t won a Conference championship in any sport. We’re among the last in the county in average SAT scores, graduation rate and SOL scores.
Losing, it would seem, is embedded in the school’s DNA. Failure is our forte, tragedy our trademark.
But then I remember the student who lives in the basement of someone else’s home with his single mother, a mother who doesn’t know about things like Questbridge or Common App. However, this student goes to a school that does and more importantly, he goes to a school that cares. Through this school that cares, this student was identified as one of the most brilliant students in the school and was given the tools to obtain the Questbridge Scholarship and a full ride to one of the most prestigious schools in the country.
I remember the student who walks home 20 minutes after track practice and takes an ice shower to recover from practice and to toughen himself up. I remember how odd this thought is because this kid has no reason to make himself tougher: he’s endured the difficulties of moving into a new country without knowing the language or culture well. When he was a freshman, he stalwartly endured the loss of his father to cancer. He’s endured the pressure of being the fastest runner at the school when you can tell by nature he’d rather be out of the spotlight. He’s endured the social pressure of being the only black kid in his higher level math class. And while he’s endured all that, he still wants to get tougher, to become better at all costs because, as he says, he can’t let the sacrifices of his parents, teachers, and counselors be worthless.
I remember walking through the hallways after 9:00 pm and seeing the theatre kids working well into the night for “hell week.” While getting home from school after 9:00 would seem like a terrible task for some, there’s one among the theatre troupe that does just that nearly everyday, hell week or not, so she can pursue her passions as dancer, singer, or actor. And though she does all that, on the side she still has time to maintain A’s, every single quarter, in every single class. And despite the hectic, stressful nature of the life she lives, she doesn’t complain, pout or sleep in class. No, in fact, anyone who has ever interacted with her will tell you she is the most outgoing person around.
I remember the former administrator who worked thankless hours on weekends, holidays, and snow days to launch a math remediation program to boost SOL scores. I remember the math teachers who stay after school or come in on Saturday mornings to make sure their kids are as best prepared as possible for SOLs. And side by side with the kids studying for their Algebra I SOL are the dutiful souls from IB Math HL and IB World History, grueling through an optional Saturday morning study session.
And from the image of the math teacher who came to teach us on Saturday mornings, flows the memory of all the teachers: from the English teacher who took the time to write pages worth of comments on each and every student’s essays and attempted to inspire all of them to become better versions of themselves, to the government teacher who has done everything in his power to give an equal opportunity to those who need it. These men and women who were my personal heroes come rushing back to me.
And I know that these stories that I saw were a part of a larger whole and there are hundreds more just like mine.
These are the things we will remember when we look back at what Stuart was to us, not our average SAT score or graduation rate.
So, should we ever face the question of whether or not to send our children to our alma mater, hypothetically or otherwise, I implore you to remember the stories. I don’t know about you all, but I’m perfectly content with watching my kid walk out of my door and into the wonderful world of J.E.B. Stuart High School. Because only there can we see the meaning of the Shakespeare line, “We are such stuff as dreams are made on.”
Thanks to those who took time from their busy lives to take our survey. We were interested in letting people know about the name change issue and wanted to understand what people thought of it. Just to clarify - the intent of the survey was to "Take the Pulse" of the association. We will keep you informed about any new information as we know it. The JEB Stuart Alumni Association is also planning to meet with the JEB Stuart students in August with the exact date to be determined. Thanks go out to all participants for being respectful of your fellow JEB Stuart alumni. We are all in this together so it's heartwarming to hear the lively discussion carried out with consideration for each other's views.
Our organization is only a few years old; because of this we are not truly representative of the total alumni population of JEB Stuart. Many alumni who are part of the association hail from the 60's, 70's, and 80's but not as many from more recent graduation classes. We will continue reaching out to the more recent graduates to join, as well as all, JEB Stuart alumni. (Please help our efforts by asking friends to register at www.jebstuartalumni.com)
The JEB Stuart Alumni Association
Question 1 - Do you think the J.E.B. Stuart High School name should be changed? Y: 131 - N: 393 - U: 27 Question 2 - Do you like the name Stuart High School? Y: 222 - N: 280 - U: 35 Question 3 - Do you like the name Peace Valley High School? Y: 112 - N: 411 - U: 19
* Note that there is a margin of error of + or - 2%; which is due to a respondent skipping over a question(s).
General observations so far indicate an overwhelming amount of folks (393 respondents - 72%) who do not want the name of J.E.B. Stuart High School changed; approximately (131 respondents - 23%) do want it changed; approximately (23 respondents - 5%) are undecided. The sample size of this survey is 550 respondents.
Ruth Cornelsen is Retiring!
Hey Stuart Alum - Some of you may have heard, Mrs. Ruth Cornelsen is finally retiring in the fall. I would like to put something together to help her remember all the wonderful times and to remind her of her massive impact on so many students throughout the years. If you have a memory, or message, or even a picture you would like to contribute, please email me - email@example.com. Also, please pass this message along to anyone who knows Mrs. Cornelsen. She has touched many lives and I want to make sure she knows it! MK JENNINGS
JEB STUART EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION
celebrates 10 years of giving back to Stuart!
Pay it forward by giving back to the JEB Stuart Educational Foundation. The Foundation has been helping our students reach their goal of attending college for 10 years! Our students should be encouraged to go on to greater things and make us proud! All alumni are invited to GIVE BACK to our school through this worthy organization.
Patty Triplett West ('88) Finds Entrepreneurial Success
Congratulations go out to JEB Stuart High School alumna Patty Triplett West who will be featured on the CNN International show "From Passion to Portfolio" later this fall to talk about her company Good Karmal.
Stuart High School SRO Named FCPS 2015 Distinguished School Resource Officer
Police Officer First Class Mario Colorado, who serves as the School Resource Officer at Stuart High School, has been named the 2015 Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) Distinguished School Resource Officer Colorado will be recognized at the June 11 Fairfax County School Board business meeting.
“School Resource Officer Mario Colorado has consistently demonstrated distinguished performance in the area of school safety and security, showing fervent commitment to the school community at Stuart,” say principal Penny Gros and assistant principal Jeffrey Barham, who nominated him for the award. “Officer Colorado has worked diligently to ensure the safety of over 2,000 students on a daily basis, coordinating efforts with administrators, school staff, and Fairfax County resources to maintain a safe and secure environment.”
By working with faculty and staff at Stuart and the Fairfax County Police Department, Colorado has been instrumental in instituting improved safety measures in the school, resulting in a secure environment that facilitates learning.
Colorado has also helped educate the Stuart community about sex trafficking, “specifically issues facing our community at Stuart High,” say Gros and Barham. “He followed this program with an informative session about gang trends and warning signs, allowing our instructional staff to assist even more with matters of security and creating a safe and caring learning environment for our school.” They credit Colorado with a subsequent decrease in drug-related incidents and fighting, related to his “expertise and presence” as a driving factor toward a safer school environment.
Stuart security specialist Joe Gould says, “Officer Colorado’s dedication to Stuart, staff and students, has been obvious since he arrived. We have a population that includes students who are new to our country and frequently need guidance in their adjustment. His language skills and his knowledge of Spanish culture are invaluable.” Gould also credits Colorado with being able to prevent incidents in school because of his intricate knowledge of the community, and for stepping in to help with routine security matters.
Colorado helps with classroom presentations of the Partners for Safe Teen Drivers course and serves as a guest instructor in the Criminal Justice I class at Stuart. He is praised for being a natural problem solver, for being approachable and dependable, and for engendering trust among Stuart’s students.
Finalists for the 2015 Distinguished School Resource Officer were Master Police Officer Amy Gee, SRO at Hayfield Secondary School, and Police Officer First Class Brett Manthe, SRO at Madison High School.
Class of '85 30th Reunion is On!
Dates and venue are still TBD... BUT:
Like the 20th Anniversary, the plan (so far) is to attend the homecoming game and socialize afterward at a local establishment. The formal reunion will be on Saturday evening at a local venue still to be determined. Anyone else who would like to help with the planning is welcome!!
Contact Andy Hoeffler via message here.
STUART GETS NEW PRINCIPAL
Penny Gros has been named as the new principal of JEB Stuart High School, effective immediately.
Northern Virginia Patch article: http://patch.com/virginia/arlington-va/which-2015-oscar-winner-went-high-school-northern-virginia
English Teach and Forensics Coach
I taught at JEB Stuart from 1967 to the late 70's. I am retired in Williamsburg, VA. My book about diagramming sentences, REX BARKS, has a publisher and sells mostly to home schoolers. My volunteer work includes tutoring in our jail's GED program. I have happy memories of my students at JEB Stuart.
LET'S GROW THIS ORGANIZATION!
Now's a great time to reach out to a former classmate who has not yet registered on our website and invite them to join. It's free and it's run by us (Stuart Alumni not an outside firm!)
To invite them to join either send them our website address http://www.jebstuartalumni.com or on the website Home Page there is a box titled Missing Classmates. Enter any classmate's email address in there and they will be sent an invitation to join.
Thanks - let's make this young, but awesome association into a mighty mighty Raider nation!
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The mission of the JEB Stuart Alumni Association is to foster community among the alumni and to strengthen alumni connections to the school.