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Malik elected student Board member Malik elected student Board member
05/01/2008

Watkins Mill junior Quratul-Ann Malik has been elected the 2008–2009 student member of the Board of Education. She was chosen by 56 percent of secondary students who cast ballots in the April 30 election, conducted by the Montgomery County Region of the Maryland Association of Student Councils. Malik is president of the Watkins Mill Class of 2009 and a parliamentarian of the Maryland Association of Student Councils.

Students win SkillsUSA gold medals Students win SkillsUSA gold medals Video story icon
05/01/2008

Three Thomas Edison High School of Technology students won gold medals and the chance to compete nationally during the Maryland State SkillsUSA competition. Team members Chris Feldman and Juan Melendez captured the gold in Web Design; Jeffrey Domingo won in Basic Health Care Skills. Another 12 Edison students placed second or third in the event, where students demonstrate skills including carpentry, nail care, technical computer applications and food service.

Parenting conference takes place May 3 Parenting conference takes place May 3
05/01/2008

The Maryland State Parental Information and Resource Center is sponsoring a free conference May 3 to provide parents with information and strategies to help their children succeed. Staff from the Department of Communications’ Division of Family and Community Partnerships will conduct several workshops at the event. “Parenting Matters: Transforming Our Schools and Communities” will be held at Northwestern High School in Hyattsville from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Students prepare for AP exams Students prepare for AP exams
04/30/2008

Many high school students throughout the school system are preparing to take Advanced Placement exams May 5—16. Last year’s graduating class set new AP exam participation and performance records, capping an eight-year trend of consistently higher performance. Sixty percent of the graduates took at least one AP exam, and 46 percent earned at least one AP score of 3 or higher—triple the national average.

Parents invited to ‘Ask MCPS’ on May 2 Parents invited to ‘Ask MCPS’ on May 2
04/30/2008

Parents can bring questions, find out about school system programs and services, and take home tips on how to help children succeed at a May 2 “Ask MCPS” event. Bilingual staff from the Department of Communications’ Division of Family and Community Partnerships will be available for coffee and conversation anytime between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. The address is 451 Hungerford Drive, Rockville, Suite 508. For information, call 301-279-3100.

Study Circles build understanding Study Circles build understanding Video story icon
04/29/2008

More than 1,300 parents, staff, and students have participated in productive dialogues about race and student achievement since the Study Circles program began in 2003. Trained facilitators help participants build relationships, develop a better understanding of racial and ethnic barriers to student achievement, and plan steps to help students succeed. An evaluation of Study Circles, discussed at the April 28 Board of Education meeting, shows lasting positive effects for participants and their school communities.

Student Board Member election Student Board Member election Video story icon
04/29/2008

High school and middle school students will go to the polls April 30 to choose the next student member of the Board of Education. Alexander Blocker of James Hubert Blake High School and Quratul-Ann Malik of Watkins Mill High School, both juniors, would each be their school’s first-ever student Board member. The winner will begin his or her yearlong term on the Board in July.

Ruth Rales volunteers help students read Ruth Rales volunteers help students read
04/29/2008

More than 700 second grade students benefit from weekly reading tutoring thanks to the Ruth Rales Comcast Kids Reading Network program. Volunteers, including older students, working adults, and senior citizens, devote more than 21,000 hours each year to the program, which is coordinated by the Department of Communications’ Division of Family and Community Partnerships. National Volunteer Week is April 27–May 3.