Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Man, that was a close vote!
The student votes have been tallied, and the mascot for the South County Middle School is... The Mustangs. The Mustangs will carry the students to South County High School, where they will become South County Stallions. Nearly 800 rising seventh and eighth graders were asked to look at three choices. Here's the turnout: Mustangs: 375 votes Colts: 337 votes Broncos: 72 votes "I think it's great. It continues with our horse theme in South County and helps establish a unique identity for the middle school," said Middle School Assistant Principal Gordon Stokes. "I don't know about having a statue, but I can see kids making a choice with how we should represent the mascot." Incidentally, Patch recently conducted a poll on the naming of the …
Friday, May 25, 2012
The letter was received Friday.
Friday, May 25, 2012
Update: Today, South County Middle School English as a Second Language [ESOL] students received a response from their letter to President Obama. “One of the most important lessons you can learn about our Government is that every citizen has the responsibility to participate," Obama wrote. "Elected representatives listen carefully to citizens as they cast votes and make decisions. That is why your views are so important to me, and I want to hear your opinions and ideas as we work to build a brighter future for your generation. “I trust you will study hard in school, contribute in class, and involve yourself in community service projects so you will be prepared to help us lead this great Nation.” Sincerely, Barack Obama --- …
Thursday, May 10, 2012
It's hard to believe that the middle school opens in four months in Lorton.
Newly hired South County Middle School Assistant Principals Heather Bousman and Gordon Stokes have a lot on their plates—helping Principal Marsha Manning with all sorts of tasks, from ordering furniture and hiring 50-plus teachers to writing the school mission statement. The brand-new $21.95 million middle school opens in September, and the pair seemed cheerfully optimistic in a recent conversation with Patch. Meet Ms. Bousman "I love my job, my career," said Bousman, who, along with Stokes, started work last month. "Working with students every day always gives me a new adventure. It's never dull… They don't know it yet but I'm going to be the practical joker. I'm pretty outgoing and goofy." Bousmann, 37, lives in Centreville, and has a …
Friday, April 27, 2012
The School Board voted 11-1 on it Thursday night.
South County Middle School it is. Last night the Fairfax County School Board, swayed by overwhelming community opinion, voted 11-1 to name the middle school "South County Middle School." The name was chosen after two community surveys. Mount Vernon District School Board Member Dan Storck made the motion. "I couldn't be happier and prouder of the community an the people I represent," he told Patch after the vote. "That we were able to overcome almost insurmountable odds to bring the building and naming of this school to fruition, to provide a school that will be a home to generations of students is a testament that the Mount Vernon District doesn't mess around." Marsha Manning is the South County Middle School principal. "I think the name…
Thursday, December 22, 2011
You may already know her
The wait is over and Marsha Manning's office is full of balloons, congratulatory cards and food. Manning, the 7th-grade principal at South County Secondary School, has been named the principal of the yet-to-be-named South County Middle School. "I'm thrilled, excited and honored that Fairfax County Public Schools and Dr. Ivey have that much confidence to give me the opportunity as a leader to open a new middle school," Manning told Patch from her office. "I am humbled by the outpouring of tremendous support from the staff and the county. That's part of what inspires me to do this." There were 24 candidates for the position, and the decision was made by Frances Ivey, assistant superintendent for Cluster V. "[Manning] is a very strong …