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Watch Board of Ed meeting April 28 Watch Board of Ed meeting April 28

The Board of Education's evening business meeting will be webcast live starting at

6:00 p.m., Monday, April 28. You need the free Windows MediaPlayer on your computer to view the meeting.

Students introduced to professional world Students introduced to professional world

Keynote speaker Stedman Graham—an educator, author and businessman—talked with students during the recent 2008 Student Professional Development Conference. The annual event, in its seventh year, offered 11th grade students in nine career pathways programs an opportunity to participate in workshop sessions conducted by business leaders, learn skills for success from experts and network during a luncheon. About 700 students participated.

Volunteers ‘adopt’ 12 schools Volunteers ‘adopt’ 12 schools

Twelve schools are participating in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Adopt-a-School program this year, coordinated by the Department of Communications’ Division of Family and Community Partnerships. They include Watkins Mill High School, where NIST volunteers work with students in after-school and lunchtime academic support programs. National Volunteer Week is April 27–May 3.

Students Celebrate Earth Day Students Celebrate Earth Day Video story icon

About 400 students from MCPS elementary schools participated in activities during an Earth Day celebration at Montgomery College’s Takoma Park Campus April l8. Students built terrariums from recycled materials, explored how to determine their carbon footprints and observed reptiles up close. They also learned about the Earth’s natural resources and human impact on the environment and animal habitats. Earth Day is being celebrated April 22 at schools throughout the county.

Clemente MS student wins geographic bee Clemente MS student wins geographic bee

Roberto Clemente Middle School eighth grader Mike Morris will represent Maryland at the National Geographic Bee May 20–21 in Washington, D.C. The final round of the 2008 National Geographic Bee will air nationally on the National Geographic Channel May 21 and later on public television stations. Morris previously won the Maryland National Geographic Bee, which uses materials prepared by the National Geographic Society

Science Fair winners compete nationally Science Fair winners compete nationally

The school system had three Grand Prize winners at the Montgomery County Science Fair: Re-I Chin of Walter Johnson High School, for her biochemistry project; James Iocozzia of Sherwood High School, for his project in the category of medicine and health; and Paul Kominers of Walt Whitman High School, for his mathematics project. The three will compete at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Atlanta in May.

Celebrate the Month of the Young Child Celebrate the Month of the Young Child

Celebrate the Month of the Young Child and ask MCPS staff your questions about school programs and services for children of all ages on April 26 at Westfield Shoppingtown Wheaton. The event is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Local agencies will also be on hand to provide resources for families, children’s activities, and entertainment.

Conversations on race remove barriers Conversations on race remove barriers

Author and educator Glenn Singleton has been working with school system principals and administrators to help them understand their beliefs about race and move toward action that ensures that the needs of all students are met. Singleton’s book Courageous Conversations About Race has provided background for the school system’s work to remove racial and ethnic barriers to student achievement.