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Visual Art Center holds annual show Visual Art Center holds annual show

More than 500 people attended the show and evening reception of the countywide Visual Art Center program, housed at Albert Einstein High School. Students displayed art of many styles to family and community members during the annual exhibition, and an estimated 1,000 or more students toured the show during the day. So far this year, 16 students in the program have won more than $650,000 in scholarships.

Superintendent wins national award Superintendent wins national award

Superintendent Jerry D. Weast was honored by APQC, a nonprofit benchmarking and best practices organization, for leadership in education reform. In addition to Dr. Weast, three other individuals, including former Vice President Al Gore, received the C. Jackson Grayson Distinguished Quality Pioneer Medal. The award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in furthering quality in education, health care, public service or other nonprofit organizations.

New county effort to ensure school readiness New county effort to ensure school readiness

A new organization of early childhood stakeholders, including the school system, is working to ensure that children from birth through age 5 are prepared for kindergarten success. The Montgomery County Early Care and Education Congress celebrated its kickoff event April 18. While 70 percent of all children entering kindergarten in the county demonstrate full readiness, only 55 percent of English language learners and 59 percent of FARMS students are fully ready.

Takoma Park MS holds science expo Takoma Park MS holds science expo

Magnetic levitation vehicles, hovercraft and straw bridges—they were all part of the Takoma Park Middle School Science Expo. The annual event, which has taken place since about 1995, drew parents, staff, and students to the school to view student projects and competitions. Professionals in the fields of math, science and computer science also gave mini-seminars.

Congrats to the Best of the MCPS Web Congrats to the Best of the MCPS Web Video story icon

Students, schools and offices were recognized at the fourth annual Best of the MCPS Web awards ceremony April 30. Albert Einstein High School, Benjamin Banneker Middle School and Highland Elementary School were among the winners. Damascus High School alumnus and New York Times reporter Brian Stelter was the keynote speaker. The ceremony honors those who contribute to MCPS web sites.

Teacher Appreciation Week Teacher Appreciation Week Video story icon

Good teachers make a world of difference in student success. That’s why we’re pleased to honor our outstanding teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week through May 10. The Board of Education also designated May 6 Teacher Appreciation Day. So give an extra thank-you to teachers, and let them know how much you appreciate all they do for our students.

Media Festival draws 1,500 students Media Festival draws 1,500 students Video story icon

Almost 1,500 students showcased their work at the Annual Montgomery County Schools Media Festival held at the AFI Silver Theatre April 17 and 18. Students showed entries in categories including animation, digital art and design, live action, news programs, and photography to an audience and panel of judges. Multiple winners were named in each category.

Malik elected student Board member Malik elected student Board member

Watkins Mill junior Quratul-Ann Malik has been elected the 2008–2009 student member of the Board of Education. She was chosen by 56 percent of secondary students who cast ballots in the April 30 election, conducted by the Montgomery County Region of the Maryland Association of Student Councils. Malik is president of the Watkins Mill Class of 2009 and a parliamentarian of the Maryland Association of Student Councils.