Principal's Corner

 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:        

Michael Baker

Ben Brooks

Cathleen Carey

Jane Cocker

Julia Cosmos Poetzschke

Rebecca Debough

Carmen Dejesus

Denine Gudnitz

Martin Ispizua

Kathleen Lamiman     

Cheryl Pokorny          

Don Wharton


Jackie Dickison

Barbara Dobbs

Mark Eisenhower

Karl Heimbach

Pat Kuecker

Peggy Mader

Marcy Myers

Betty Nataro

Joyce Offutt

Barbara Rosenfeld

John Wattecamps




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.

 Link to NBC4 Story




 Letter from Mr. Evans Netflix Series - 13 Reasons Why



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!



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Principal’s Message

Colonel Connection

May 2017



In 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.


The 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.  At 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.


Col. 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. 


Col. 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.


Cadet 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.


To 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

Commencement Speech