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Safety partnership honored Safety partnership honored
07/08/2008

The partnership between the school system and the Montgomery County Police (MCP) was honored during the superintendent’s annual breakfast meeting. Superintendent Jerry D. Weast presented the Lieutenant John M. Queen Outstanding Service Award to Jeremy Wojdian, educational facilities officer (EFO) at Martin Luther King, Jr., Middle School. Police Chief Tom Manger presented the first MCP Spirit of Cooperation Award to Frances Irvin, principal of Mark Twain School, for supporting the EFO role in schools.

 

Springbrook wins GRAMMY grant Springbrook wins GRAMMY grant
07/07/2008

The GRAMMY Foundation honored Springbrook High School as one of the top 14 public high schools in the nation for outstanding commitment to its music education program. Springbrook received a GRAMMY Signature Schools Gibson Grant of $5,000. The school’s instrumental music program is directed by Wyman Jones.

Cresthaven students plan for the future Cresthaven students plan for the future
07/07/2008

Fifth grade students at Cresthaven Elementary School explored different careers at the school’s Career Day. Community and parent volunteers—an attorney, architect, veterinarian, police officer, airline pilot, ceramic artist and classical musician— engaged students with stories about their jobs. Students “dressed for success” and practiced filling out job applications as they learned about the world of work.

Open lunch program launched Open lunch program launched
07/07/2008

Montgomery County’s first “open lunch” summer program was launched in June. Any student who attends one of the Kennedy Cluster Project schools—John F. Kennedy High School, Argyle Middle School or Bel Pre, Georgian Forest or Strathmore elementary schools—can come to Georgian Forest weekdays through Aug. 15 for a free lunch. A press event organized by County Council member Valerie Ervin was held at Georgian Forest June 30.

 

New student Board member installed New student Board member installed
07/07/2008

Quratul-Ann Malik, a rising senior at Watkins Mill High School, was sworn in as the 31st student member of the Board of Education July 1 by Clerk of the Court Loretta Knight. Malik is as president of the Watkins Mill Class of 2009 and has served as parliamentarian of the Maryland Association of Student Councils and of the Montgomery County Region. She attended Montgomery Village Middle School and Stedwick Elementary School.

Get involved this summer Get involved this summer
07/03/2008

Parents play an important role in their child’s success by participating in the PTA, serving as room parents, organizing workshops and serving on school improvement teams. There are countless ways to become involved—even over the summer. Parents can check with their child’s school about activities and committees that need support. And systemwide, there are numerous workgroups and advisory committees where parent participation is key.

Wheaton HS named breakthrough school Wheaton HS named breakthrough school
07/01/2008

Small learning communities, intensive student support and teacher professional learning groups are some of the reasons Wheaton High School was selected as a national Breakthrough School by the MetLife Foundation–National Association of Secondary School Principals. The 10 winning middle and high schools serve large numbers of economically challenged students and are improving achievement. They are featured in a special June edition of Principal Leadership magazine.

Students soar in summer program Students soar in summer program
06/30/2008

Extended Learning Opportunities Summer Adventures in Learning (ELO SAIL) is a free summer program available to students entering kindergarten through fifth grade in 28 Title I elementary schools. The program, held July 7 through Aug. 1, reinforces reading, writing, language and math skills and provides a head start on learning for the upcoming school year. Breakfast, lunch and transportation are provided. Parents can register for the program at their child’s school.