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Michael Durso was selected by his colleagues on Dec. 5, 2017, to serve as president of the Montgomery County Board of Education for the third time. Shebra Evans was selected as vice president. Both officers will serve a one-year term.
Bannockburn and Luxmanor elementary schools have been selected as 2017-2018 Maryland Blue Ribbon Schools by the Maryland State Department of Education. Bannockburn and Luxmanor will now compete for the National Blue Ribbon Schools award.
Please join Superintendent Jack R. Smith Ph.D. as he shares his vision for MCPS and his recommendations for the FY 2019 Recommended Operating Budget. The presentation will be Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. at Rockville High School, interpreting services will be available.
Students at all grade levels are encouraged to participate in the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Visual Arts Show. The 2018 theme is “Fulfilling the Dream—A Celebration of Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.” Students are asked to interpret what their dreams are for the future. The contest is open to prints, posters, collages, murals, photographs, and all other two-dimensional visual art forms. Group projects are welcome. Send entries to Linda S. Adams, supervisor, Pre-K-12 Fine Arts, Carver Educational Services Center, Room 258, 850 Hungerford Dr., Rockville, MD 20850. The deadline is 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 15.
All students and school system staff can get the latest version of the Microsoft Office software suite, Office 365 ProPlus, for free, thanks to a partnership between the Maryland Department of Education and Microsoft. Office 365 ProPlus includes the full suite of Microsoft applications such as Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint as well as the ability to create, save and share Office files online.
Need a car or computer? Students from the Automotive Trades and Information Technology foundations will sell refurbished cars and computers from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Sat., Dec. 9 at Gaithersburg High School. The sale gives students the opportunity to practice their sales skills, earn Student Service Learning hours and develop an appreciation for community involvement.
The Board of Education will hold its Facilities and Boundaries Decisions meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27. The meeting will be live online and on MCPS TV (Comcast 36 and Verizon 34).
Tilden Middle School students participated in the fifth annual Day of Caring on Nov. 22. They took part in a variety of activities that benefited the community, including making bagged breakfasts for the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless, creating sensory books for people affected with dementia, making holiday cards for the local Meals on Wheels chapter, and more.