MCPS Staff Bulletin  –  Printable View  –  December 6, 2011

A Low-Stress Diet? Yes, Please!

Not feeling so thankful for the extra pounds or the extra stress the holiday season tends to pack on? Well Aware is offering help for you to be healthier through the holidays.

Learn how to craft a healthier diet, one that will help you get on track and help manage the stresses of the holiday season. An upcoming workshop, “The Low-Stress Diet: Eating for a Healthy Immune System in a Stressful World,” will teach you how nutrition can affect your stress responses and overall health. Examples of diets that will help your body combat stress will be available.

There are several dates to choose from:

  • Wednesday, December 7, 10–11 a.m.
    Shady Grove Bus Depot Training Room
    16651 Crabbs Branch Way, Rockville
  • Tuesday, December 13, 4–5 p.m.
    Seneca Valley High School Cafeteria
  • 19401 Crystal Rock Drive, Germantown
  • Wednesday, December 14, 10–11 a.m.
  • West Farm Bus Depot Training Room
    11920 Bournefield Way, Silver Spring 
  • Thursday, December 15, 4:30–5:30 p.m.
    Carver Educational Services Center Cafeteria
  • 850 Hungerford Road, RockvilleSend an email with the date you plan to attend.

 

Be Sure to Read the Latest Well Aware eNews

In this month’s wellness e-newsletter, get an update on the fitness competitions and tips for finishing strong. Meet Jen Rucker of Garrett Park Elementary School and find out how she motivates others to run toward their goals. And, pick up ideas on handling stress and how to stay healthy during the holidays.

Read it here.

Employee Wellness

 

Edison HS Students and Staff Collect Food for Needy Families

Edison students collected food to donate to local families for Thanksgiving.

Students and staff at Thomas Edison High School of Technology collected food and created Thanksgiving baskets for about 50 local families. The baskets, which includes everything needed for a complete meal, were assembled and donated to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Rockville, which distributes them to the families.

The Student Government Association and students in Edison’s Skills USA chapter used money raised in fundraising events to purchase turkeys for each family. This year, they sold gourmet chocolates to help fund the project.

 

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Upcoming interest meetings are being held for the following programs:

Creative Initiatives in Teacher Education (CITE): CITE is an 18-month program that begins in August 2012 and runs for five consecutive semesters. Successful completion of the program will result in a master’s degree in elementary education and Maryland certification in grades one through six. An information meeting will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 4 p.m., at the Office of Human Resources and Development, 45 W. Gude Dr., First Floor, Legg Room in Rockville. Applications will be available. Register for this interest meeting on PDO. For more information, contact Russ Fazio at 301-315-7384.

University of Maryland Human Development Master’s Degree: An interest meeting will be held from 4:15–5:15 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012 at Universities of Maryland at Shady Grove, 9630 Gudelsky Dr., Building 3, Room 3225 in Rockville. Applications will be available.

Register for this interest meeting on PDO. For more information, contact Eileen Kramer at 301-405-1659 or Russ Fazio at 301-315-7384.

George Washington University Early Childhood/Special Education Graduate Certificate:

Eligible special educators (Early Childhood Certified: Infants - Grade 3) will receive full funding to complete an 18-credit Graduate Certificate program in bilingual special education. The program is offered primarily online. Information meetings are set for January 25, from 4–5 p.m. at the Office of Human Resources and Development, 45 W. Gude Dr., First Floor, Room 2C-15 in Rockville. Applications will be available. Register for this interest meeting on PDO. For more information, contact Russ Fazio at 301-315-7384 or Allison Gunter at 202-973-1148.

 

 

Just 13 More Days Left; Stay Strong and Keep Moving!

Since October 2011, staff members from across the county have been getting out, getting active, and getting prizes for their efforts as part of the MCPS on the Move and Work It Circuit fitness challenges. Congratulations to all staff members who have used the competitions as motivation to improve their personal health!

Here is a recap of our prize winners so far:

  • Team Paisanos— Karen Caroscio, Victor Caroscio, Kevin Yates and Rosie Ramirez—Won two sets of $50 gift cards to Dicks Sporting Goods, one for being the MCPS on the Move team with the highest average activity through week three and one for being the MCPS on the Move team with the highest average activity through week six.  
  • Evelyn Zuniga-Sanchez from Thomas Edison High School of Technology won a $50 gift card to Dick’s Sporting Goods for being the MCPS on the Move individual with the highest average activity through week three.
  • John Poole Middle School won a Zumba class for being the middle school with the highest average activity through week three and a healthy cooking demonstration and tasting for being among the top two secondary schools with the highest average activity through week six.
  • Thomas Edison High School of Technology won a Zumba class for being the high school with the highest average activity through week three and a healthy cooking demonstration and tasting for being among the top two secondary schools with the highest average activity through week six. 
  • The Biggest Winners— Laura DiFranco, Nancy Austin, Janet Williams and Rose Dempsey— won a Zumba class for being the Central Services team with the highest average activity through week three and won a healthy cooking demonstration and tasting for being the Central Services team with the highest average activity through week six.
  • Jeff Charuhas from Thomas S. Wooton High School won a $50 gift card from Dick’s Sporting Goods for being the MCPS on the Move individual with the highest activity through week six.
  • Carl Sandburg Learning Center, Broad Acres, William Tyler Page, Burnt Mills and Wood Acres elementary schools each won a healthy cooking demonstration and tasting for being the top five elementary schools with the highest average activity through week six.
  • Team Paisanos from Central Services won$50 gift cards from Dick’s Sporting Goods for being the team with highest average activity in weeks seven through nine.
  • Mike Rutland of Seneca Valley High School wona$50 gift card from Dick’s Sporting Goods for being the MCPS on the Move individual with the highest activity in weeks seven through nine.
  • John Poole Middle School and Winston Churchill High School won a yoga or Zumba class at their location for being the secondary schools with the highest average activity in weeks seven through nine.
  • The Biggest Winners of Central Services won aYoga or Zumba class for being the Central Services team with the highest average activity in weeks seven through nine.

The competitions end December 23—but many prizes are still to be awarded. Each competition will award grand prizes for the highest activity levels, and the MCPS on the Move competition also will award overall competition prizes. Final prizes will be awarded at a ceremony in January 2012. Watch for more details as the competition comes to a close.

Want to see your name on the final list of prize winners? Keep moving and stay motivated to finish strong!

 

MCPS Remembers Dr. Harry Pitt

Dr. Harry Pitt, who served as superintendent of Montgomery County Public Schools from 1987 to 1991, died on Dec. 3.

Dr. Pitt began his career with MCPS in 1962, as an assistant principal at Walt Whitman High School. He was principal at Sherwood High School from 1963–1966 and served in a variety of administrative and supervisory roles, including deputy superintendent from 1980 to 1987. He retired as superintendent on June 30, 1991.

At its business meeting today (Dec. 6), the Board of Education passed a resolution in appreciation of Dr. Pitt. Read it here.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to:

The Babette Hope Pitt Scholarship Fund
Naamat USA
Washington Council Office
P.O. Box 6432
Silver Spring, MD  20916

Read The Washington Post obituary.

 

Nominate a Parent to Win State Award

Nominations are open for the fifth annual Maryland Parent Involvement Matters Award (PIMA) program, sponsored by the Maryland State Department of Education. The award recognizes the importance of parent involvement in public schools. This year’s theme is “Choose Your Seat, Get Involved.”

Maryland Parent Involvement Matters Award nominees must be parents or legal guardians of children attending Maryland public schools, and cannot be employees of MSDE or a local public school system. Twenty-four semifinalists will be selected—one parent from each of Maryland’s 24 public school districts. Of the semifinalists, five finalists and one statewide winner will be named at an award celebration in the spring of 2012.

Completed applications must be postmarked by January 31, 2012.  

For nomination information, click here.

 

 

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Recognition for Top Employees

Alan Goodwin, principal at Walt Whitman High School, has been selected as this year’s recipient of the University of Maryland, College of Education Outstanding Leader Award. The award was presented on behalf of the Alumni Association.

Broad Acres Elementary School counselor Fernando Moreno and media specialist Eric Henderson presented “Chess and Character” at the Second Koltanowski International Conference on Chess and Education held in November in Dallas, Texas. Moreno explained how he uses chess as a metaphor for life in his counseling program while Henderson reviewed the transformation of the school’s chess program from a recess activity into a multifaceted program that has become an integral part of the school’s culture.

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Elizabeth Cooper-Martin (l) and Andrea Christman with commendation for MCPS library media program

Elizabeth Cooper-Martin, evaluation specialist in the Office of Shared Accountability, recently received a Certificate of Commendation from the American Association of School Librarians for her evaluation report, Outcome Evaluation of the Library Media Program on Information Literacy Skills. The study focused on the role of library media specialists as teachers who deliver the curriculum on information literacy skills. Cooper-Martin received the commendation at the Maryland Association of School Librarians Conference in October in Ocean City. She was accompanied by Andrea Christman, supervisor of School Library Media Programs.

Inger Swimpson, director of the Department of Certification and Continuing Education, and Kim Bishop, lead professional growth consultant, Office of Human Resources, presented a professional development session: Practice what You Preach:  Using Critical Race Theory to Examine Policy and Practice, at the October Summit for Courageous Conversation. The presentation focused on how MCPS uses the tenets of Critical Race Theory to engage staff in professional development experiences that question the racial status quo and begin to transform educational practices. 

 

Remember to Nominate Supporting Services Staff for Employee of the Year

Nominations are being accepted for 2012 Supporting Services Employee of the Year Award to be presented to a supporting services employee who has made an outstanding contribution to MCPS.

SEIU Local 500 and the Montgomery Business Roundtable for Education (MCBRE) established the award. The winning employee must exemplify the motto, "Education Works Because We Do."

Nominees must be permanent employees and have a minimum of three years’ service with MCPS. Anyone may submit nominations. The winner will receive a $1,000 cash award. In addition, MCBRE will donate $1,000 to an MCPS school selected by the award winner.

The winner will be honored during the annual Champions for Children celebration on April 25, 2012.

Reminder: the deadline to submit nominations is 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16.  

For more information, contact Ruth Musicante at 301-217-5127.

More information and nomination forms.

 

Salsa Shaking and Bachata Boogeying

Dozens of energetic MCPS high school student dancers took the stage at the Music Center at Strathmore to represent their schools and their heritage at the 12th annual Latin Dance Competition.

Students from seven high schools—Blake, Clarksburg, Einstein, Gaithersburg, Rockville, Seneca Valley and Watkins Mill—showed off their fancy foot work, spins and throws, as they competed in couple and team categories. This was the second year the students took the stage at Strathmore to move their feet to the salsa, cha-cha, meringue, bachata and other traditional dances. For months, the students have put in long hours of practice to rehearse routines and learn complicated steps.

Winners were announced in several categories—
Best in Show 

  • First place, Clarksburg HS 
  • Second place, Watkins Mill HS
  • Third place, Einstein HS

Cha-Cha

  • First place, Einstein HS
  • Second place, Gaithersburg HS
  • Third place, Watkins Mill HS

Merengue  

  • First place, Watkins Mill HS 
  • Second place, Einstein HS
  • Third place, Clarksburg HS 

Bachata 

  • First place, Clarksburg HS 
  • Second place, Einstein HS 
  • Third place, Seneca Valley HS 

Salsa 

  • First place, Einstein HS 
  • Second place, Clarksburg HS 
  • Third place, Blake HS 

Alumni Division 

  • First place, Einstein HS 
  • Second place, Watkins Mill HS 
  • Third place, Clarksburg HS 

Parent and Child Division (where students dance with their mother/father)

  • First place, Clarksburg HS 
  • Second place, Einstein HS 
  • Third place, Blake HS 

 

 

Shirley Brandman Elected Board of Education President

Shirley Brandman and Christopher Barclay take a vote after assuming their new roles as president and vice president of the Board of Education.

Shirley Brandman was unanimously elected by her colleagues today (Dec. 6) as President of the Board of Education and Christopher Barclay was unanimously elected as Vice President.

“I am honored to serve as President of the Board during this time of transition in the history of Montgomery County Public Schools,” said Brandman, who previously served as Board President in 2008-2009.

“Working with my Board colleagues and our Superintendent, Dr. Starr, we will continue to strive towards ensuring an outstanding education for every student in our schools,” Brandman said. “We must seize opportunities to strengthen our collaboration with the community and other elected officials as we face the ongoing challenges of limited resources and growing needs.”

Brandman was elected to her second four-year term on the Board of Education in November 2010. In addition to her prior service as Board President, she has served as Vice President three times (2006-2008, 2010-2011). During her tenure, she has also served as the Chair of the Board’s Policy Committee and Special Population Committee and as a member of the Communications and Public Engagement Committee.

Barclay has served as the President of the Board for the past year and was also Vice President in 2009-2010. Barclay was appointed to the Board in 2006 to finish an unexpired term and was elected to the Board in 2008. He has served as a member of the Board’s Fiscal Management Committee and the Policy Committee.

Read the full news release.

 

Shout Outs - Joyce Eisenberg

Many, many thanks to generous reading specialist Joyce Eisenberg and the staff at Wayside Elementary School for donating books to our METS students here at Neelsville Middle School.Susan Zimmerman, ESOL teacher, Neelsville Middle School

Shout Outs - Neelsville MS bldg services staff

A huge thank you to the building service staff of Neelsville Middle School. You guys continually go above and beyond to support the staff and students. You are all awesome!Jen Frye, English teacher, Neelsville Middle School

Springbrook Students Win Top Prize in National Competition

The iWheelDrive team (top row from left) is made up of Springbrook High School students Stephanie Tam, Julia Davenport, Catherine Smith, Ariela Vega with teacher Pat Yongpradit. In the bottom row are students Romeo Fotso, Avery Lee and Kevin Ngo.

A group of Springbrook High School students won the top prize in a Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship competition, presented by Microsoft.

The competition featured groups of five or more students competing in innovation challenges by creating a new, unique or innovative product or service to address a market niche. Teams showcased how their product or service will impact people's daily lives and how they will market their innovations. The Springbrook students won in the mobile game design category for iWheelDrive, a game that allows students to prepare for their driver’s license tests in a virtual way. A second Springbrook team was also a finalist in the competition for a mobile game they designed called Flashback.

This was the first year that the school entered the competition, said Pat Yongpradit, the students’ computer science teacher. “What attracted us to the competition was the mobile game/mobile app design categories,” he said. “The students came up with the idea as a group and designed it. They wrote a business plan, researched their audience and came up with a pitch and a commercial.”

Winners were chosen by the general public with more than 40,000 online votes cast.

Springbrook High School won $2,500 and an Xbox/Kinect package from Microsoft. Each student on the Springbrook team won a Windows phone, Microsoft Office, gift certificates from J.C. Penney and Coca-Cola, and the opportunity to work with a software developer to make their mobile game idea come alive.

The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship is an international non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring young people from low-income communities to stay in school and to recognize business opportunities.

 

Superintendent to Deliver Budget Address on Dec. 7

 

 

 

 

 

 

Superintendent Joshua P. Starr will deliver his Fiscal Year 2013 Operating Budget recommendation on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m., in the auditorium of Richard Montgomery High School, 250 Richard Montgomery Dr. in Rockville. The event is open to the public.

At the presentation, Dr. Starr will not only review the highlights of his budget recommendation, but will discuss what he has learned during his first months as Superintendent of Schools and will identify the district’s strategic areas of focus for the coming year. Since beginning his tenure at MCPS, Dr. Starr has engaged thousands of staff, students, parents and community members through a variety of events, meetings and conversations. This work has helped Dr. Starr develop his budget recommendation, as well as identify the areas of focus for FY 2013.

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