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The Montgomery County Board of Education is seeking nominations from the public for its Twelfth Annual Awards for Distinguished Service to Public Education. The awards recognize individuals (including students), groups, and organizations that have made exemplary contributions to public education in Montgomery County. Forms must be received in the Board of Education office by 5:00 p.m. on August 1, 2008.
The Board of Education's all-day business meeting will be webcast live starting at10 a.m., Tuesday, June 15. You need the free Windows MediaPlayer on your computer to view the meeting.
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.
WETA TV honored East Silver Spring Elementary School second graders for submitting the most entries into the Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest in the metropolitan Washington area. With the help of classroom teachers Mary Dillon and Sarah Hais, reading specialist Robin Kokolis and art teacher Danielle Shuey, students developed creative stories and illustrations. As a reward, Clifford the Big Red Dog paid the students a visit and served them ice cream.
Students who are connected or close to their school are less likely to use alcohol and drugs, engage in violent behavior or emotional distress, or drop out of school—and are more likely to earn high grades and test scores. Staff and community members came together at a conference, sponsored by Safe and Drug-Free Schools and the Montgomery County Collaboration Council, to help strengthen that connection.
Higher education partners and partnership graduates were honored at a Board of Education reception. A total of 195 staff and teachers graduated during 2007–2008 from programs at 11 colleges and universities that train support staff to become teachers and allow professional staff to earn master’s degrees and certifications.
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.
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.