COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 54
March 17, 2000

INFORMATIONAL

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: JoLynne DeMary
Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Public Hearings for Fine Arts and Foreign Language Standards of Learning


 The Virginia Board of Education will hold five hearings across the state on 
April 3, 2000, to solicit public comment on the proposed revised Standards of 
Learning (SOL) for Dance Arts, Theatre Arts, Visual Arts, Music, and Foreign 
Language.  The proposed SOL are available on the Internet at: 
http://www.pen.k12.va.us/VDOE/Instruction/tocontents.html

The hearings will begin at 7 p.m.  Registration of speakers will begin at 6:30 p.m. 
Speakers will have three minutes to speak and should bring copies of their comments 
for the Board. Comments may also be mailed by April 3, 2000, to the appropriate 
content specialist listed below.  The hearings will be at the following locations:

Hanover County 	 	Lee-Davis High School, 7052 Mechanicsville Pike, 
                        Mechanicsville, VA  23111
Fairfax County 	 	Edison High School, 5801 Franconia Rd., Alexandria, VA  22310
Virginia Beach City  	Princess Anne High School, 4400 Virginia Beach Blvd., 
                        Virginia Beach, VA  23462
Martinsville City 	Martinsville High School, 351 Commonwealth Blvd., 
                        Martinsville, VA  24112
Smyth County		Marion Senior High School, 848 Stage St., Marion, VA  24354

The SOL for the specified content areas identify the essential content, processes, 
and skills for each grade level and/or courses in these areas.  No statewide 
assessments are planned for these subject areas.  

Mailed public comments and other questions may be addressed to the content 
specialists listed below. The mailing address for all content specialists is:  
Virginia Department of Education, P.O. Box 2120, Richmond, VA 23218-2120.

Visual Arts, Dance Arts, and Theatre Arts

Mrs. Cheryle Gardner, principal specialist of fine arts, 
cgardner@pen.k12.va.us or 
(804) 225-2881

Music

Dr. Theresa Lee, associate specialist of music, 
tlee@pen.k12.va.us or (804) 786-8078

Foreign Language

Dr. Linda Wallinger, principal specialist of foreign language/ESL, 
lwalling@pen.k12.va.us or (804) 225-2593


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