Sunday, April 21, 2013
School counselor Tawney Desjardins plans to implement a running program in support of Sandy Hook victims with the help of faculty and students.
Since the Sandy Hook shootings in Newtown, Conn., in December, multiple runners nationwide have dedicated their participation in different marathons to the 26 lives lost in the small town tragedy. After Danielle Emhof — an eighth grader at Mark Twain Middle School — was inspired by two of her teachers to run in the National Marathon in March in honor of the 26 lives lost in the Sandy Hook shooting, school counselor Tawny Desjardins is now developing and planning a running program for Twain Middle School students that will start next school year. "Our goal is to work and do some research and get it started next year," Desjardins said. "We want to end the school year next year with a 5K and help support 26 for 26." Desjardins grew up near …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Fairfax County firefighters put out a brush fire Monday afternoon behind Mark Twain Middle School and Clermont Elementary School.
The case on Monday's brush fire behind Mark Twain Middle School and Clermont Elementary School is closed, according to the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Public Information Office. The start of the fire is still unknown. About 45 personnel from Fairfax County and the City of Alexandria fire departments responded to a 911 report of a brush fire behind the schools in the Rose Hill area. The call was made around 3:45 p.m. and firefighters arrived on the scene about three minutes later, PIO said Tuesday. Firefighters were able to get the fire out in about 10 minutes. The fire was creeping toward a residential area but Captain Kendall Thompson with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department told Patch that firefighters quickly contained the …
Monday, April 8, 2013
About 45 firefighters are on the scene in the Rose Hill area; some streets are blocked off.
Update (5:45 p.m. Monday): Firefighters on the scene on Kerrybrooke Drive said the fire department has managed to put out the fire. Firefighters are still on the scene to ensure the fire doesn't rekindle, and surrounding streets are currently still blocked off. Captain Kendall Thompson said the origin of the fire is still under investigation. --- About 45 firefighters are on the scene Monday afternoon of a brush fire near Mark Twain Middle School and Clermont Elementary School in the Rose Hill area of Fairfax County. Firefighters from both Fairfax County and the City of Alexandria are on the scene. The fire was creeping toward a residential area but Captain Kendall Thompson with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department tells Patch …
Monday, March 18, 2013
Mark Twain Middle School student Danielle Emhof organized and planned for a relay team of students to run in the National Marathon last Saturday.
Danielle Emhof — an eighth grade student at Mark Twain Middle School — came up with the idea to run 1 mile in honor of each victim from the December school shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., during this year's National Marathon in D.C. Following Danielle's plan for 13 students to run the first part of the race and for 13 more students to finish the race, Danielle and her team completed the marathon and ran 1 mile for each of the 26 victim's of December's tragic shooting. This year's National Marathon took place Saturday in D.C. Keep up with Kingstowne news and events by signing up for our newsletter. Learn more here! See also: Twain Middle Schooler to Run in National Marathon in Honor of Sandy Hook Victims
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Mark Twain Middle School held its 'Twain NIght' for current and prospective students and parents Thursday evening.
Mark Twain Middle School hosted 'Twain Night' 6-8 p.m. Thursday. The event was planned to showcase and celebrate the academics and various activities at the school. During the event, participants enjoyed food, games, a canned food drive, face painting, a cake walk, miniature golf and poetry slams. The school's mascot was also in attendance to greet parents and students. Follow Kingstowne Patch on Twitter and like us on Facebook!
Eighth grader Danielle Emhof, was inspired by her teachers to run 1 mile for each victim of the December school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
In early January, Danielle Emhof — an eighth grader at Mark Twain Middle School — was inspired by two of her teachers, Lauren Arthur and Eric Henderson, who are scheduled to run in the National Marathon in D.C. Saturday morning. Emhof's mother, Cathy said Danielle came up with the idea to run 1 mile in honor of each victim from the December school shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. "She emailed the race director of the National Rock 'n' Roll Marathon and they loved the idea," Cathy said in a recent email. "The race director and his operations team came up with a plan to help her execute her idea." From there, Danielle put together a relay team of 26 kids to participate in the marathon and planned out the entire …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
The Beginning, Concert and Symphonic bands performed a variety of selections during their winter concert.
Approximately 140 students in the Beginning, Concert and Symphonic bands at Mark Twain Middle School performed a variety of selections in front of a full audience Wednesday night. The students performed with Brian Balmages whose music has been performed by members of leading orchestras such as the St. Louis Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra and the National Symphony.
Monday, December 3, 2012
The Beginning, Concert and Symphonic Bands will perform a variety of holiday selections, Wednesday night.
The Mark Twain Middle School bands will present their winter concert at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the school cafeteria. Approximately 140 students in the Beginning, Concert and Symphonic bands will perform a variety of selections, including holiday tunes like “Jingle Bells” and “Hanukkah is Here” and the march “Falcons in Flight.” The bands will also perform the Virginia premiere of “A House Divided,” based on President Abraham Lincoln’s 1858 “House Divided” speech, created by composer Brian Balmages. Balmages will participate as a guest conductor during the event. Boston Brass tuba player Andrew Hitz will also complement the students' performance. Tiffany Hitz, director of bands for the school, said Balmages changed music for school bands, and …
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Twain Middle School is among the schools with the highest number of students accepted to Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.
Fairfax County's Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology is tough to get into. Ranked second in the nation this week by U.S. News, the school attracted 3,243 applicants this year for the 480 slots in its freshman class. Mark Twain Middle School is among the schools in Fairfax County that send the most students to the highly-selective school. This year, 10 students from Twain will attend TJHSST, an increase over last year. Which Fairfax County middle school sends the most students to the prestigious high school? Carson Middle School in Herndon, accounting for 76 students of the 480 total that were accepted. Kilmer Middle School in Vienna saw the largest jump this year over last year in the number of students it sends: From …
Monday, January 16, 2012
Lori Riddick passed away on Jan. 14 due to complications from surgery.
A technology teacher at Mark Twain Middle School died on Saturday, Jan. 14 due to complications from a surgery. School Principal Aimee Holleb informed the Mark Twain community in an email Sunday, Jan. 15, through the Fairfax County Public Schools' Keep in Touch (KIT) system. Dear Mark Twain MS Community, Our community mourns the loss of Technology Teacher Lori Riddick. She passed away yesterday due to complications from a surgery. Mrs. Riddick worked with 7th graders, 8th graders and many former Twain students. She taught Computer Solutions, Digital Input Technology, and Advanced Computer Solutions. Mrs. Riddick cared deeply about our students, her curriculum, and moving students forward with 21st Century Technology Skills as a dedicated …