COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 234

October 27, 2006

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Virginia Middle School Association Visual Arts and Writing Contests

 

The Virginia Middle School Association (VMSA) has requested that school divisions provide sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade classes with the opportunity to participate in the Making History Come Alive in the Middle Schools Visual Arts and Writing Contests. The Virginia Middle School Association plans to showcase the final entries during the Virginia Middle School Association conference to be held at the Waterside Marriott Hotel in Norfolk from March 15-17, 2007.

 

The Virginia Middle School Association would like to invite each middle school to submit entries for both contests. A school may send two entries per grade level per contest. Additional entry requirements for each contest and the cover letter to be completed and affixed to each submitted entry can be found on the VMSA website at http://vmsa.org/ann.htm. A regional committee will select two works of visual arts and writing from each grade level (6-8) to compete at the Virginia State Middle School Association Conference.

 

Entries must be postmarked by January 5, 2007. Please mail or deliver the entries to your designated Virginia Middle School Association Regional Director. A list of directors can be found at http://vmsa.org/contact.htm. Students should keep a copy of their submitted artwork or writing. Artworks and writings will be returned if a self-addressed label, appropriate postage, and a container suitable for mailing are included with the submission.

The first-place winner from each grade level (6-8) will receive a blue ribbon and a $50 U.S. Treasury Savings Bond donated by the VALIC Corporation and an anonymous donor. Second- and third-place winners will receive appropriate ribbons.

 

Thank you for your help with these contests. For more information, please contact your designated regional director or Gwen Griffith, president, Virginia Middle School Association by e-mail at gwenbgolf@aol.com, or by telephone at (540) 966-4255; or Cheryle Gardner, principal specialist of fine arts, Office of Middle and High School Instruction, by e-mail at Cherry.Gardner@doe.virginia.gov, or by telephone at (804) 225-2881.

 

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