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MCPS is launching the third year of its student contest, United We Learn. This year's contest, United We Learn: Schools of the Future, allows students to design their ideal learning space and challenges them to think critically about how their physical environment affects their ability to learn. More details are available on the .
Hundreds of students from MCPS middle and high schools participated in the annual MCPS Theatre Festival. Students presented work, songs, scenes and monologues to their peers, as well as professionals, as part of an adjudication process. The event featured workshops on a range of topics, including lighting design, costuming, vocal techniques and stage combat.
Student Member of the Board of Education, Ananya Tadikonda, played a key role in the recent tribute event held at Strathmore Hall to honor Dr. Martin Luther King. She reflected on the importance of becoming good citizens by helping others. The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is held each year to promote and encourage community service.
At Cannon Road Elementary School, volunteers from the Valencia Citizens Association and the Greater Colesville Citizens Association have been working with Principal Kristine Donohue to develop STEM projects for students. The school is using a new maker space room for this after-school activity. Donohue also runs the "Genius Hour" club where students have been studying various topics and presenting their research results to the club.
The Montgomery County Board of Education is seeking nominations from the public for its Annual Awards for Distinguished Service to Public Education. The awards are sponsored by the Board to recognize and show appreciation to individuals (including students), groups and organizations that have made exemplary contributions to public education in Montgomery County.
MCPS is holding an employment open house for furloughed federal employees and contractors. The first event was Tuesday, January 15 and one more will be Friday, January 18. Attendees can interview and apply for all open positions in the school system, including teacher, substitute teacher, maintenance staff, bus drivers, clerical staff and security staff. Attendees should bring their resume and federal identification.
Launched in November 2018, the Dine with Dignity program allows students with negative account balances to enjoy traditional breakfast and lunch choices at no cost. Families will be asked to pay off, or to contribute within their means when they can, toward the outstanding balance on their student’s lunch account; the Dine with Dignity Fund pays the remainder. Community members who would like to contribute to the Dine with Dignity Fund can donate online at: https://www.mcpsfoundation.org/pages/our-programs/dine-with-dignity-program.
On Monday, Jan. 21, join thousands of other Montgomery County students and families in honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and teachings by participating in the Montgomery County Volunteer Center’s 2019 MLK Day of Service event at the Bethesda North Marriott and Conference Center, from 1-3 p.m.Participants will have the opportunity to help with a wide variety of service projects appropriate for volunteers of all ages, and students can earn Student Service Learning (SSL) hours.