Welcome Back Students 2017-18 Letter
Greeting Magruder High School Families,
I hope you had an enjoyable and safe summer. We look forward to a wonderful and engaging school year. With your continued support, our students will enjoy and experience much success in 2017–2018.
I want to take this opportunity to provide you with an update on changes within Magruder High School (HS) staff. We have experienced a great deal of staff movement due to various reasons. The lists below indicate staff who have moved on and those who are new to the Magruder HS team.
| New school/assignments:
Julia Cosmos Poetzschke
New staff to the Magruder community:
Melissa Abate, Cafeteria Manager
Tammie Ashmall, Special Ed-LAD teacher
Everton Barrett, Tech Ed teacher
Marquis Bell, Tech Ed teacher
Jennifer Brennan, Social Studies Resource Teacher
David Edlow, Social Studies teacher
John Fitz, Science teacher
Kimberly Goldberg, English teacher
Nicole Kimball, School Business Administrator
Justin Krop, Special Ed-LAD teacher
Nathan Lewis, College and Career teacher
Tayler McCracken, Special Ed-Autism teacher
Kerry Oswald, Resource Counselor
Sussy Pena, Building Services
Susan Purdy, Science teacher
Martha Raver, ESOL teacher
Amanda Siebold, English teacher
Nina Smith, Internship Coordinator
Rachel Sze, Instrumental Music teacher
Raphael Terrell, PE/Health teacher
Teresa Volante, Spanish teacher
Nicole Willingham, Math teacher
Danielle Wilson, Special Ed-LAD teacher
Kent Zakour, Special Ed-ED teacher
Helen wins another world title. Magruder HS graduate Helen Maroulis captured another world title to add to her 2016 Olympic gold medal.
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Two members of the Magruder High School family made it to the top!
Two Magruder High School (HS) graduates recently achieved one of the highest honors in the sport of figure skating. Michael and Rachel Parsons were crowned World-Junior Figure Skating Champions in Ice Dancing.
Michael, a 2014 graduate, and Rachel, a 2016 graduate, spent many hours in preparation for competitions around the world. Their sacrifices are too numerous to mention, but their commitment is undeniable. This resulted in a gold medal at the World Junior Championships in Taipei City, Taiwan. Their score of 164.83 allowed them to outscore the silver medalists from Russia by 0.46 points (The Greater Olney News).
The Magruder HS community salutes Michael and Rachel for their outstanding achievement on the world stage. We also extend congratulations to their parents and family who have provided significant hours of support throughout their journey.
We wish them the best of luck as they begin their next journey to the Olympic arena!
a recent conversation with Col. Paul Shelton, Senior Instructor in the Magruder
High School (HS) JROTC program, I learned of an incredible act of bravery and
respect. Col. Shelton shared the most
amazing story I have heard in my career in Montgomery County Public Schools.
story involves Col Shelton’s attempt to pay tribute to SGT Rodrigo Munguia-Rivas,
a Magruder HS graduate and former JROTC student. SGT Munguia-Rivas was killed in action while
serving at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan.
the request of his family, SGT Munguia-Rivas was buried in San Salvador, his
home. As a result of this request, there
was no military burial in Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery. In a recent visit to Arlington National
Cemetery, Col. Shelton was reminded again of the lack of a formal tribute to
this fallen warrior and Magruder HS graduate.
This visit heightened his desire to do something to honor this cadet,
alumnus, and soldier. It also gained the
attention of a tenth grade cadet. Cadet
Ever Guevera went to Col. Shelton to ask how he could pay tribute to SGT
Munguia-Rivas. It was a natural match between
a very enthusiastic teacher who gave many years to his country and a young
student (cadet) who was driven by a desire to serve.
Shelton thought many times about how he could pay tribute to SGT Munguia-Rivas
even though he was buried thousands of miles away. As fate would have it, Cadet Guevera was planning
a trip to visit extended family in El Salvador.
The cemetery in San Salvador is 3 ½ hours from the village where Cadet Guevera’s
family lives. Although he suspected that
the passage would cross areas where many violent gangs make their home, Cadet
Guevera was determined to make the journey, and pay tribute to a fallen former
cadet and Army officer.
Shelton wanted Cadet Guevera to have the support of others to ensure he would
be safe and that transportation could be secured for Cadet Guevera and his
family. SGT Munguia-Rivas’ mother, who
happens to work at the very cemetery Cadet Guevera was visiting, was notified of
the pending visit by an American and was overwhelmed at the thought that her
son was not forgotten, especially by his Magruder HS family. On the day of the
visit, a significant number of members of SGT Munguia-Rivas’ family were
present for this special tribute to a fallen hero.
Guevera’s brave journey to the San Salvador cemetery was more than a tribute to
a former Magruder HS cadet by a fellow cadet and a caring Senior JROTC
instructor, it represents a long-awaited recognition of a son’s ultimate
sacrifice for the country he loved.
Cadet Guevera, with the support of his instructor, laid a wreath at SGT
Munguia-Rivas’ gravesite. While this act
of bravery and kindness reflected the determination of a fellow cadet and a
passionate instructor, it was for a grieving mother a moment to witness the
heightened level of appreciation for the supreme sacrifice given by her son.
see a video of this amazing journey and the tribute of one young man to another,
please visit the Principal’s Corner on the Magruder HS website.
Mr. Evans talking to the Sports Junkies