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Wednesday Morning Notes

Fairfax County School Board to Discuss  School Calendar — The board will review three options to change the school calendar for next year on Monday, Nov. 13. Changes include several options for the first day of school and the selection of the length of winter break and early release days. Proposed changes can be found on the school system’s website. For more information, contact the school system’s community relations and communication office at 571-423-1200. [Fairfax County Public Schools]

Federal Capital Partners To Sell Amazon Web Services Building in Herndon — The landlord has hired a firm to market the One Dulles Tower, a 400,000 square foot building for sale. The company purchased the building for $80 million in 2015. [Washington Business Journal]

Event to Highlight Crash Management Efforts in Northern Virginia — Virginia’s transportation department will show how multiple agencies and jurisdictions work together to clear incidents on the state’s roads on Nov. 11 at 10 a.m. The event, which will be held at the department’s Northern Virginia District Office (4975 Alliance Drive), is the first open house in Northern Virginia that will feature a simulated crash scene and indoor technology exposition. For more information, visit the department’s webpage. [Virginia Department of Transportation]

Herndon High School Theatre Presents ‘Twelfth Night’ —  William Shakespeare’s holiday comedy will be performed on Nov. 10, 11, 16 and 17  from 7:30 – 10 p.m. Timings for Nov. 12 and Nov. 18 are between 2 and 4:30 p.m. Parental guidance is recommended, as the performance is not suitable for audience members under the age of thirteen. Tickets, which are $12 for adults and $6 for students, can be purchased on the theatre’s website. Performances will take place in Herndon High School’s auditorium (700 Bennett St.). [Herndon High School Theatre]

Sobriety Check Set for Friday — Officers from the Reston District Station will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint in the area this Friday. A first-time DUI offense can result in fines ranging from $250 to $2,500 and a one-year license suspension. Individuals arrested with a blood-alcohol content of 0.15 or higher must spend at least five days in jail. [Fairfax County Police]

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Obituary: Adam Levine, Herndon High Graduate

Adam Levine/Family photoAdam Carlton Levine, 21, of Reston, died early Saturday in Miami following complications from a seizure, his family said.

Levine was a 2013 graduate of Herndon High School who was a junior Political Science major at the University of Miami.

At Miami, he was a member of Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity and was active in undergraduate student government.

Levine’s larger-than-life personality and witty sense of humor made him the life of the party, whether it was a gathering of two or a stadium full of fellow students.

“Truly beloved by all, Adam’s outgoing, caring personality and sense of humor was known to always make his friends smile,” Miami’s Vice President for Student Affairs Patricia Whitely said in a statement. “With a remarkably joyful disposition, he enjoyed helping his fellow students.”

Adam Levine/Family photoLevine spent a semester abroad in Sydney, Australia, last year and had plans to enroll in dental school after graduation.

He had a passion for leadership and helping others, working when he was a teen as a teacher at Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation’s (NVHC) religious school and as a counselor at its summer camp for preschoolers.

Robert Nosanchuk, a family friend and the former rabbi at NVHC, said Levine has always been “the kind of kid people gravitated toward.”

“I first met him when he was nine, and that was the same kid at 21 the students at University of Miami will miss,” said Nosanchuk. “He was so affectionate and open hearted. He defined loyalty and protection. I saw that time and again. If this [tragedy] had happened to someone else, he would care more than anyone else. He was such a loyal, consistent friend.”

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 22 at NVHC, 1441 Wiehle Ave. in Reston.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to the Camp Harlam Memorial Fund, c/o NVHC.

Photos courtesy Levine family

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2015’s Top Stories: Three Herndon High Grads Die in Crash

Memorial rock at Herndon High painted Saturday/Pride of Herndon Band via FacebookThis week, Reston Now will highlight some of the most read-stories of 2015. Here is the top-read story of the year.

The most-read story on Reston Now in 2015 is a tragic one.

The Herndon High community said goodbye to three members of the Class of 2014 who were killed in a car crash in Texas in August.

Read the original story on Reston Now.

Kyle Mathers, 19, Holly Novak, 18, and Dale Neibaur, 19, died in the crash near Greenville, Tex. Two others, Kevin DiCicco, 19, also a HHS grad, and Hannah Galbraith, 18, were badly injured.

The teens were heading to a video game conference near Austin when a wrong-way driver slammed into their car. The driver of that car also died.

The HHS grads were all former members of the HHS Marching Band. Many band members were among the community members who gathered at a memorial service at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Herndon in the days following the crash.

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College Board: Virginia Among Leaders In AP Tests

Herndon High School/File photoVirginia has the third-highest number of Advanced Placement test-takers in the nation, according to a new report from the College Board.

The College Board, which has one of its main offices in Reston, says 28.3 percent of Virginia students took an AP test and scored at least a 3 on it. Only Maryland (29.3 percent) and Connecticut (28.8) had more students taking AP tests, says the 10th Annual AP report to the Nation, released on Tuesday.

The United States average is 20.1 percent.

The College Board says that AP test takers, when compared to other students, earn higher GPAs in college; perform as well or better in subsequent college courses in the discipline than non-AP students who took the introductory class in college; take more—not less—college course work in the discipline; are more likely to graduate college within five years; and have higher graduation rates.

While Herndon High offers a full slate of AP classes and tests, South Lakes High School offers just one — AP U.S. Government. SLHS is mainly an International Baccalaureate school. IB is also a rigorous academic program, but the AP-vs.-IB school debate has been going on in Reston for years.

Other facts from the College Board report:

* In the Class of 2013, there were 1,003,430 AP test takers nationwide. That is an increase of more than a half-million seniors since 2003.

* The number of low-income senior examinees rose from 58,489 in 2003 to 217,375 in 2013.

“In other words, the expansion of AP has nearly doubled the number of students who have been given access to the opportunity of AP, more than quadrupled the number of low-income graduates who have been given this opportunity and the expansion has resulted in a larger increase in successful AP experiences than not, a tribute to the educators who have  worked hard to prepare many more students and to the students who have embraced the opportunity,” says the report.

Access the College Board’s full report here.

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