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Students learn about fuel cell technology Students learn about fuel cell technology

Students in Winston Churchill High School’s math, technology and science academy learned about the environmental benefits of new hydrogen fuel cell technology during a presentation by General Motors Vice Chairman Robert Lutz. Then they checked out a state-of-the-art car containing its own power plant—which generates enough electricity to power a small community of homes, according to Fuel-Cell Technology Director Dan O’Connell. Students throughout MCPS are celebrating Earth Day on April 22.

Students work on project for peace Students work on project for peace

James Hubert Blake High School National Honor Society members are working with autistic students on the school’s 10,000 cranes project for peace. National Honor Society sponsor and transition support teacher Beth Shepherd, who went to Japan on a Fulbright Scholarship, thought Blake’s school-community-based (SCB) students would enjoy becoming involved in the project, which originated in Japan. April is Autism Awareness Month.

Web site provides info to parents Web site provides info to parents

Helpful information connecting parents to the school system is a click away on the newly updated web site of the Department of Communications’ Division of Family and Community Partnerships (DFCP). The site includes a Parent Tip of the Week and calendar of upcoming workshops and events. Information about volunteer opportunities and the ways that the division supports schools’ parent involvement efforts also is on the new site.

Champions for Children announced Champions for Children announced

The sixth annual Champions for Children Awards Gala on April 15 honored outstanding Montgomery County staff, business leaders and volunteers. The event is hosted each year by the Montgomery County Business Roundtable for Education, in partnership with many supporters. WJLA TV7 news anchor Leon Harris hosted the gala. Performing groups from Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Damascus, Kennedy and Watkins Mill high schools added to the festivities.



Business Journal hails MCPS as ‘success story’ Business Journal hails MCPS as ‘success story’

“Montgomery County Public Schools proves the point” that accountability, combined with strong organizational systems that improve teachers’ and principals’ effectiveness results in student success. The March 28 editorial in the Washington Business Journal about the No Child Left Behind education law praised the school system for improving academic achievement and helping close the achievement gap.

Middle schoolers can plan ahead this summer Middle schoolers can plan ahead this summer

There are plenty of opportunities for career exploration at Plan for the Future Summer Camp 2008. The half-day summer camp for current fifth through eighth graders will be held June 16–20 at Thomas Edison and Seneca Valley high schools and June 23–27 at Thomas S. Wootton High School. Students will explore two careers of their choosing and solve real-world challenges. Applications are due April 30.

Sherwood student wins engineering contest Sherwood student wins engineering contest

Sherwood High School junior Zhaojie Ziang won first place in Maryland in the International Wooden Bridge Challenge, sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers and Maryland Society of Professional Engineers. Winners were determined by how much their bridge weighed in comparison to how much load it was able to support. Sherwood junior Alejandro Mantilla was second in the state. Both will attend the international finals in Chicago in April.

Teacher of the Year winner Teacher of the Year winner Video story icon

Christopher Orlando, mathematics teacher at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, was named Teacher of the Year for Montgomery County at the April 15 Champions for Children Gala. Known for making math fun, Orlando teaches AP calculus and higher-level math and is a prime motivator in student success on AP calculus achievement. Lists around his classroom contain growing lists of students who have earned a perfect "5" on the exam. Orlando will now compete for Maryland Teacher of the Year.