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BASIS Independent McLean Welcomes New, Local Teachers; Renowned Fairfax Co. Math Instructor, Vern W

BASIS Independent McLean Welcomes New, Local Teachers;  Renowned Fairfax Co. Math Instructor, Vern W

BASIS Independent McLean is grateful for all its new teachers this Teacher Appreciation Month. Veteran Fairfax County math teacher of 40 years, Vern S. Williams, is joining BASIS Independent McLean faculty in Aug. 2016, teaching middle school students. Renowned by parents, students and colleagues for his mastery as a math teacher, most recently at H.W. Longfellow Middle School in Falls Church, Va.; Williams passion and dedication to engage, teach and challenge students in mathematical reasoning and problem-solving has earned him nationwide recognition in his field. Williams is just one of many exceptional teachers joining BASIS Independent McLean, including Lisa Bliss of McLean, Va.

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USA Today Names Haymarket, VA's 'Cook in Tuscany' Top Foodie Destination

USA Today Names Haymarket, VA's 'Cook in Tuscany' Top Foodie Destination

Cook in Tuscany, a Tuscan culinary tour, was recently named one of the top 15 Foodie Destinations by USA Today. Haymarket, Va.-based owners, George and Linda Meyers spend six months of the year in Tuscany, where they host their worldwide guests on cooking tours in authentic Tuscan kitchens, and guide guests on personalized Tuscan historic tours and truffle hunts. For more information, go to www.cookintuscany.com.

LEARNINGRX OF NO. VA. DONATES 20,000 LEGOS TO AUTISM SOCIETY OF NO. VA.

LEARNINGRX OF NO. VA. DONATES 20,000 LEGOS TO AUTISM SOCIETY OF NO. VA.

More than 20,000 Legos were donated to the Autism Society of Northern Virginia by local LearningRx brain training centers in Leesburg, Fairfax, Reston and Vienna, Va., and LearningRx directors committed to trekking a 10-foot “LEGO® Walk of Fire” in bare feet upon meeting their 20K Lego goal. For more information, go to www.learningrx.com

“We’re grateful to the community to help us support autism awareness and surpassed our Lego goal,” said Maureen Loftus, executive director of LearningRx of Reston and Vienna, Va. “Our Lego Walk of Fire was everything you’d expect…it was painful, but fun…the key is to walk quickly,” said Loftus.

ASNV provides LEGO®- based activities at various campaigns, but currently have to rent LEGO®s for these events. With enough LEGO®s, ASNV could have their own set of LEGO®s to be used for all of their autism outreach programs.

MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH at CARMELLO’s, SUN., MAY 8; Kids 10 Yrs. Old and Younger Eat FREE

MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH at CARMELLO’s, SUN., MAY 8; Kids 10 Yrs. Old and Younger Eat FREE

Carmello’s of Old Town Manassas, Va. is featuring a family-style Mother’s Day Brunch on Sun., May 8 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The brunch is $30 per person (not inclusive), while kids 10 years old and younger eat free. The brunch will include a variety of eggs, waffles, paella, salads, meats, seafood, potatoes, pizza, biscuits, breads, fruits, desserts, as well as featured entrees. For reservations, go to www.carmellos.com.

Carmello’s Mother’s Day Brunch menu includes:  an omelet station, waffle station, pizza station, paella pan, Portuguese salad, Bruschetta, cheese and meat platter, risotto fritters, crab fritters, calamari, home fries, scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, tortellini crema rosa, penne Italiano, chicken marsala, assorted fruit platter, ham, bacon, sausage, croissants, bagels and assorted desserts.

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BASIS.ed Tops School Rankings in US News & World Report and Washington Post

BASIS.ed Tops School Rankings in US News & World Report and Washington Post

In rankings released yesterday by U.S. News & World Report, BASIS.ed schools were named the #2, #3, and #6 best high schools in the nation.

The rankings, which highlight top-performing public schools on a state and national level, had BASIS Scottsdale as #2 in the nation for the second consecutive year, as well as the #1 charter school in the nation and the #1 high school in Arizona. BASIS Tucson North was #3 nationally, the #2 charter school nationally, and the #2 high school in Arizona. BASIS Oro Valley is the #6 high school in the nation, the #3 charter in the U.S. and #3 high school in Arizona.  

A Question of Substance

MICHELLE XU

Usually it’s the Supreme Court justices who get to ask the tough questions. But every so often, prominent public figures come to Georgetown, and undergraduates glean the rare opportunity to ask questions in return.

Last Wednesday, those who attended Associate Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s lecture received an index card where they could write one question for Sotomayor to answer during the standard post-lecture question-and-answer session — a Gaston Hall standard that usually fosters a candid discussion and enriches university programming. In Wednesday’s case, however, the questions were screened and posed by a university official, rather than the student or event attendee who originally wanted an answer.

Hooray For Books! Donates To Metropolitan School Of The Arts

Hooray For Books! Donates To Metropolitan School Of The Arts

HOORAY for Books! of Old Town Alexandria, Va. is giving back to Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA), an Alexandria, Va. –based performing arts academy, by donating 20 percent of all book proceeds to MSA performing arts education from Tues, Apr. 19 to Thurs., April 21, located at 1555 King St., Alexandria, Va. Purchases and donations can be made via phone or online at 703-548-4092 or www.hooray4books.com.

“We are so grateful for this support and celebrate the importance of bringing together literature and the performing arts to our Alexandria community,” said Melissa Dobbs, founder and president of Metropolitan School of the Arts of Alexandria, Va.