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Attend College Fair on April 16 & 17 Attend College Fair on April 16 & 17 Video story icon

Representatives from more than 300 colleges, universities and technical schools will be on hand to speak with high school juniors and their parents during the annual Montgomery County National College Fair April 16 and 17. The free event takes place from 9:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m. both days at the Montgomery County Agricultural Center in Gaithersburg and includes an evening session on April 16 featuring a financial aid workshop beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Kindergarten starts orientations Kindergarten starts orientations Video story icon

Elementary schools throughout Montgomery County will be holding orientations beginning April 15 for children who will be starting kindergarten in fall 2008. Parents can register their child, meet the principal and teachers, and learn about the school.

Steve Mikulski wins leadership award Steve Mikulski wins leadership award

Steve Mikulski, instructional specialist in the Division of Career and Technology Education, is the winner of the Technology Education Leadership Excellence Award, given by the Technology Education Association of Maryland. The honor recognizes efforts to develop and implement technology education in Maryland. Mikulski is a 40-year veteran of Montgomery County Public Schools.

Grades and Graduation Report coming soon Grades and Graduation Report coming soon

The Student Grades and Graduation Credit Report is coming home with all high school students in grades 9–11 with their report cards on April 15. Students in grade 12 received their reports at the end of the first marking period. The report provides an opportunity for families to review their children’s grades and make sure they are meeting course requirements for graduation.

Board VP testifies at County Council Board VP testifies at County Council

Board of Education Vice President Shirley Brandman presented testimony at the April 8 public hearing on the FY 2009 Operating Budget. She advocated strongly for the MCPS budget request, noting that the county executive’s recommended $51 million reduction would force the school system to turn back on most of the reforms implemented over the past nine years, impacting students who need the most help.

Meet 2008’s First-Year Teacher Award winner Meet 2008’s First-Year Teacher Award winner

Sean Kelly, a teacher in the Emotional Disabilities Cluster Program at Clarksburg High School is the winner of this year’s Marian Greenblatt First-Year Teacher Award. Kelly is called a “natural teacher” by staff and parents, someone who celebrates the uniqueness of each student and advocates for them in every way. The award is given in honor of former Board of Education president Marian Greenblatt.

Chinese officials visit language programs Chinese officials visit language programs

Potomac Elementary School highlighted its Chinese Immersion Program during a visit from Minister Counselor Shaozhong You and other Embassy of China officials. They also visited Thomas S. Wootton High School. Visitors from many countries visit schools and offices each year to learn what the school system is doing to provide a quality education for students. MCPS has Chinese, Spanish and French immersion programs at the elementary and middle school levels.

Student Elena Kim Perry wins Brain Bee Student Elena Kim Perry wins Brain Bee Video story icon

Elena Kim Perry, a 10th grader in the Richard Montgomery High School International Baccalaureate Program, won first place at the U.S. National Brain Bee Championship. The competition contains questions related to areas such as memory, intelligence, emotions, sensations, stress and brain disorders. Perry will represent the United States at the International Championship in Montreal in May and participate in a paid summer internship with a neuroscientist.