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Luxmanor students look to the future Luxmanor students look to the future

Luxmanor Elementary School has begun a Young Minority Scholars Program for fourth and fifth grade students. Participants meet monthly to work on team building and goal setting, and hear about careers from guest speakers. The aim is to increase academic achievement, close the achievement gap and increase the number of students in accelerated academics. Students can continue with the program at Tilden Middle School and Walter Johnson High School.

Arcola Elementary celebrates dedication Arcola Elementary celebrates dedication

Arcola Elementary School, opened last fall after being completely rebuilt on the site of the original school, celebrated its dedication May 17. Arcola has a core capacity of 640 students in prekindergarten through fifth grade, including a full-day Head Start program. The energy-efficient building has wireless technology, interactive learning systems and state-of-the-art data/voice/video network systems.

Sherwood elementary discovers engineering Sherwood elementary discovers engineering

Engineers from Northrop Grumman worked with second graders in Lisa-Helen Rotter’s classroom as part of the "Discover-E" program. The outreach effort began as part of Engineering Week. It continued as engineers came to the school to talk with students about their jobs and show a video and PowerPoint. The engineers worked with students to build two structures, incorporating principles students had learned during the school year.

Riderwood residents support students Riderwood residents support students

The Riderwood retirement community in Silver Spring honored a record 71 high school seniors from four counties—including 34 from Montgomery Blair, James Hubert Blake, Paint Branch and Springbrook high schools—with scholarships to support their pursuit of higher education. The Riderwood Scholars Fund provides scholarships of up to $4,000 to support student staff members as they continue their postsecondary education at college, trade or vocational certificate programs.

Translation training improves outreach Translation training improves outreach

More than 35,000 students come from families without an English language background. To improve outreach to these families, staff are being trained to use a Translation Management System. The system enables MCPS to provide more translated documents to schools and offices in a timely fashion.

Get a glimpse of the role of central office Get a glimpse of the role of central office

From testing to staffing to safety and security, the role of a school system’s central office is broad and critical to smooth day-to-day operations. Watch this month’s “Education Matters” on MCPS TV to learn how the central office provides a strong support structure that focuses on student achievement. Board of Education President Nancy Navarro visits with Chief Operating Officer Larry Bowers and Deputy Superintendent of Schools Frieda Lacey.

Elementary students produce operas Elementary students produce operas Video story icon

Come to an opera performance this month at one of eight elementary schools! Through the Creating Original Opera Program of the Metropolitan Opera Guild of New York, MCPS students each year form their own in-school opera production companies and take on the roles of their professional counterparts—writing, producing, managing and performing an original opera. This interdisciplinary project encourages students to use and reinforce skills in all subject areas.

High schools among top in the nation High schools among top in the nation

Newsweek magazine has ranked six MCPS high schools in the top 100 in the nation – more than any other U.S. school district. The schools are Richard Montgomery, Thomas S. Wootton, Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Walt Whitman, Walter Johnson, and Winston Churchill. All of the county’s eligible schools are counted among the top 3 percent in the country for their rigorous academic program. The ranking highlights MCPS efforts over eight years to encourage more students from every background to take challenging courses.