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The first day of school is Aug. 26, and summer will be over before you know it. Teachers and administrators have been hard at work planning for students’ return. Students have assignments as well. So have a fun vacation, students, but remember to tackle that summer reading list and math packet so you’ll be at the top of your game for the 2008–2009 school year.
Students have been learning skills in reading, writing, language and math to give them a head start for the upcoming school year during this summer’s Extended Learning Opportunities Summer Adventures in Learning (ELO SAIL). The free summer program, available to students entering kindergarten through fifth grade, is being offered in 28 Title I elementary schools.
Schools are full of activity this summer as students participate in a range of courses. At White Oak Middle School, for example, many students are preparing for rigorous algebra and Math B courses in the fall, students are receiving targeted assistance with reading and math skills, and others are participating in the Lights, Camera, Literacy! course developed as part of middle school reform.
Thousands of staff members are already busy planning and preparing for the return of students on August 26. Technology is being upgraded in schools through the Technology Modernization Program, administrators and teachers are studying new curriculum and preparing for systemwide initiatives such as middle school reform, and a wide variety of construction projects are under way,including gymnasium additions and facility improvements
The Montgomery County Pre-K through 20 Council held its first meeting July 29 with the goal of ensuring that all students in the county have access to a high-quality education and seamless transitions through all grade levels through postsecondary education and employment. The retreat helped foster the partnership among Montgomery County Public Schools, Montgomery College and the University System of Maryland.
The Board of Education's evening business meeting will be webcast live starting at 6:30 p.m., Monday, July 28. You need the free Windows MediaPlayer on your computer to view the meeting.
Anna Lukacs, MCPS Visual Art Center student and Albert Einstein High School senior, received first prize for her entry in this year’s Congressional High School Art competition for Maryland’s Eighth Congressional District. Her painting, which used Maryland symbols, will be displayed for a year in the U.S. Capitol with artwork from each U.S. congressional district.
MCPS schools and families can pick up free school supplies for students at the Drive for Supplies celebration and press conference July 28 at Richard Montgomery High School. School representatives, nonprofit organizations and individual families can come to the school starting at 10 a.m. to pick up books; notebooks, pens and pencils and markers, office supplies and more. The new and used supplies were donated by participating schools and sorted by student volunteers.