Tuesday, May 7, 2013
The Poetry Slam and Poetry Fest take place Wednesday.
Rocky Run Middle School students will show what they know about writing in a Poetry Slam Wednesday. The Poetry Slam, now in its sixth year, features work from eighth-grade students, said Rocky Run teacher Heather Hogue. In the first round, students voted on the best poem written by a student from each English class. Winners of that round have moved on to Wednesday’s poetry slam, which features one representative from each English class. The first place winner of that competition will win a $50 gift certificate. Student submitted either serious or humorous poems. “Topics include relationships… Several of them write advice poems like why not to procrastinate. Some have written poems about how much they hate writing poems,” Hogue said. In …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Of the 3,121 students who applied to Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, 76 percent of applicants were from Fairfax County.
For the second consecutive year, a large majority of students accepted to the incoming freshman class at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST or TJ) will come from a middle school in Chantilly. According to data from Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), Carson Middle School in Herndon had the most students accepted, a total of 64, for the class of 2017. Longfellow Middle School in Falls Church and Rocky Run Middle School in Chantilly each had 55 students accepted. Last year, 76 students were admitted from Carson and 72 from Longfellow. Read more: Which Middle School Sends the Most Students to TJHSST? A total of 3,121 students applied to TJ this year, according to statistics released by FCPS last week. Seventy-…
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
More than 120 regional competitions are taking place throughout the country.
Middle school students from throughout Northern Virginia, including some from Rocky Run Middle School in Chantilly, will be traveling next week to compete in the regional competition of the National Science Bowl. The US Department of Energy’s Office of Science organizes the competition. The Office of Science started the competition more than 20 years ago to get more students interested in careers in math and science. The regional competition will take place on March 2 at the Jefferson Lab of the CEBAF Center in Newport News, Va. It's one of more than 120 regional competitions taking place throughout the country. The winner of the regional competition will receive a trip to Washington, DC in April to compete in the Office of Science’s …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Chantilly school teacher Jamie Sawatzy teaches social studies.
Jamie Sawatzky, who teaches social studies at Rocky Run Middle School, will represent the school at the Spirit of ’45 National Leaders Conference in San Diego Friday through Monday. The interactive conference supports the "Spirit of ’45" national movement, which includes plans for a nationwide commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in August 2015. Sawatzky founded the World War II oral history project at Rocky Run in 2004, which, over the past nine years has included interviews by students with hundreds of eyewitnesses to World War II who have shared their personal accounts of the war. Many of these interviews have been videotaped and are now part of the Veterans’ History Project at the Library of Congress. …
Monday, June 25, 2012
Boy 14, and girl, 13, were injured in incident that took place last week at outdoor assembly.
Following a week-long investigation, Fairfax County police charged two 16-year-old males on Friday in connection with the pellet gun shooting at Rocky Run Middle School last week. The incident put the school in lock-down status on the last day of school. Both Fairfax County area teens were transported to the Fairfax County Juvenile Detention Center where they await hearings. One teen was charged with two counts of malicious wounding and shooting into an occupied building. The other teen was charged with one count of malicious wounding and shooting into an occupied building. Malicious wounding is a Class III felony, punishable by five to 20 years imprisonment and fines of up to $100,000. Shooting into an occupied building is a Class VI …
Friday, June 15, 2012
Two students were struck by pellet gun or BB gun after outdoor assembly on the last day of school; injuries not serious.
Charges are pending Friday against a group of juveniles who shot two students at Rocky Run Middle School with a pellet or BB gun. The two students, a boy, 14, and a girl, 13, were struck on their way back into the school from an outdoor assembly Friday morning. The shots were fired from the woods next to the school. The school went into “secure the building status” just before 10 a.m. Friday morning. The doors were then locked from the outside for under an hour and police secured a perimeter around the school. After about half an hour, police apprehended a group of suspects. Though they were not able to immediately release information on the number of people involved in the incident, police do not believe that any in the group of juveniles…
Friday, June 8, 2012
Rocky Run Middle School held its annual World War II Oral History Day on Thursday.
Eighty-eight-year-old Jerry Wolf remembers a lot of things from his time in a German prisoner of war camp. How he existed on a starvation diet and lost somewhere between 30 and 50 pounds. The diarrhea and dystentary that ran rampant throughout the camp. How for months, he wasn't sure if his family knew if he was dead or alive. "It's kind of hell to lay down in the cold, you're hungry, and you don't know if they know you're alive," Wolf, a Springfield resident, told a small group of seventh grade students listening with rapt attention Thursday. Wolf was one of the over 100 veterans and civilians who converged on Rocky Run Middle School in Chantilly on Thursday to share their memories of life during World War II. The eleventh annual World …
Thursday, June 7, 2012
The students at Rocky Run Middle School invited veterans and others with memories of the Second World War to share their stories.
On Thursday, Rocky Run Middle School held its annual World War II Oral History Day, which is unofficially nicknamed "The Latest Generation Meets the Greatest Generation." Over 100 veterans and civilians with memories of the war visit the school every year, and share their experiences with the students. The students document the veterans' experiences as part of a special history class project. Check back on Friday for more coverage of World War II Day.
Monday, April 23, 2012
Middle school students will preform the comedy-mystery musical this Thursday through Saturday.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Students from both Chantilly and Westfield high schools, as well as Rocky Run Middle School, will perform in Lynchburg on April 28.
The following students will join the 2012 Virgnia All-State Chorus at E.C. Glass High School in Lynchburg on Saturday, April 28: Chantilly High Westfield High Rocky Run Middle