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Welcome toyour JEB Stuart Alumni Association web site!
STRIKES FOR STUART!
Come join your fellow Stuart alumni for a night of bowling, bocce ball, food and fun at the Pinstripes Restaurant in Georgetown! Reconnect with old friends; make new friends, all while helping the Stuart Educational Foundation. Please come and bring your friends!
We have a Facebook page for the reunion, and the tickets can be purchased via this site :
The event will happen on October 3rd at PJ Skidoos in Fairfax. Details are on the Facebook page and one the ticketing site.
The FB page is : J.E.B Stuart Class of '85 30th Reunion
Andrew Hoeffler is the contact person.
Class of '66 50th Reunion!!
May 20-22, 2016
Details to Follow
Help Us Plan It!
Nearly 70 of our class (names below) have already joined together to plan a reunion celebration worthy of this important milestone in our lives.
We would love for you to join us in planning this event. We want to have an inclusive reunion planning process that results in a meaningful and fun event next spring. Reply to our email below and we'll fill you in on how you can contribute.
There are less than 280 days until the Reunion ... we'll be counting the days ... and hope to reconnect with you next Spring!
May 20-22, 2016
Details to Follow
Help Us Plan It!
INTERIM Organizing Committee
Hazel Alexander Watson • Linda Andrist • Allison Antone Booker • Bill Atwater • Noel Augliere Marts • Barbara Barton • Brigitte Begue Hartke • Walter Blinebury • Betsy Blocker Munson • David Boone • Jane Borel O'Brien • Richard Braun • Bridget Breen Whitson • Wayne Brewer • Suzanne Burke Walters • Betty Casey Shippe • Cathy Cates Dietrich • Frank Chappell • Robert Coakley • Elissa Conger Armstrong • George-Ann DeVilbiss Gowan • Keith Ervin • Skip Ferguson • Willis Fisher • Candace Gibbin • Rod Green • Susan Green Chadwick • Steve Hansen • Russ Hereford • Jeffrey Hoeper • Denise Hooe • Lee Howland Hogan • Charlotte Keith Patterson • Barbara Kinter Kunkel • Gary Knight • Peter Larsen • Janet MacGregor Alford • Betsy Mason Fagan • Joyce McCarl Little • Roger Merrill • Michael Mills • Nancy Mills • John Muncks • Marjorie Ann Nerenberg Morris • Randell Norton • Dave O'Brien • Katy Palmer Tessieri • Joyce Peeks Watkins • Adrian Recinos • Barclay Resler • Jon Reynolds • Kathy Rice Recinos • Chris Rich • Caprice Richardson Rosato • Pamela Richardson Grover • Patricia Richardson Dewan • Bob Russell • Mark Schuweiler • Jean Spaulding • Joan Spaulding Coleman • Art Spector • Cynthia Strope Esher • Ann Sullivan Ragsdale • Scott Thybony • Andrew Uscher • Marty Vidnovic • Marti Walker • Ray Williamson • Jack Young
IN SEARCH OF VOLUNTEERS TO BE A CLASS CAPTAIN!
The Class Captain is a fellow alumni who serves as the liaison to their fellow classmates regarding reunions, happy hour get togethers, and other relevant JEB Stuart Alumni information.
We are seeking volunteers from each alumni class to become the designated liaison for their graduating year. (Note: Former Class Officers are great for these types of volunteer positions.)The JEB Stuart Alumni Association will assist you in this endeavor and look forward to greater engagement with all alumni.
If you're interested in supporting this effort, send an e-mail to
Susan Tull O'Reilly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Let's Go Raiders!!!
The mission of the JEB Stuart Alumni Association is to foster community among the alumni and to strengthen alumni connections to the school.
Corey Haynes, a Falls Church resident currently serving in the Peace Corps in Nicaragua, plans to shave her head this December as part of a fundraiser organized by St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which funds childhood cancer research. Haynes, who is nearing her one-year anniversary in Nicaragua, and her teammate and friend Thomas have raised $300, six percent of their $6,000 goal.
“We’re shaving our heads to raise money for childhood cancer research! Did you know that kids’ cancers are different from adult cancers? It’s true,” Corey and Thomas said on the page for their fundraising efforts. “And childhood cancer research is extremely underfunded. So we decided to do something about it by raising money for cures.”
For Haynes, this effort is a little more personal, though. “I hope that by shaving my head in the Peace Corps, I can show Nicaraguan citizens and US citizens (and everyone around the world) that we are not defined by our hair or our outer appearances. We are all beautiful, hair or not,” she said. “My father died from lymphoma on December 2, 2005. By shaving my head on December 2, 2015, exactly 10 years after my family lost him, I hope we can celebrate not only his life, but other amazing people we have lost in the battle against cancer.”
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
Inline Image Not Displayed Photo by Carol Donlan
JEB Stuart Education Foundation recipients and proud parents at Foundation reception.
STUART GETS NEW PRINCIPAL
Penny Gros has been named as the new principal of JEB Stuart High School, effective immediately.
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.”
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.
JEB STUART ARCHIVES
Take a walk back down memory lane and check out these historic publications of The Raiders Digest and Cadence - These are priceless treasures from JEB Stuart High School's past.
Our thanks go out to Arnie Reed '64 digitizing and posting them, and to Jim Warrick '61 and George Miller '64 for contributing them to the archives.
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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