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Thirty-five Thomas Edison High School of Technology students received hands-on experience in digital printing and publishing when they visited the MCPS Print Shop, part of the Editorial, Graphics and Publishing Services unit of the Office of Communications and Family Outreach. The students brought their own electronic art file and followed the project through the entire printing process, including plate making, printing and finishing.
Patricia O’Neill, newly elected vice president of the Board of Education, has been named Legislator of the Year for the 2007–2008 term by the Montgomery County Region, Maryland Association of Student Councils (MCR). O’Neill was selected for her work on the Board policy on cell phone use in MCPS middle and high schools.
About 75 fifth graders from Weller Road Elementary School recently visited the University of Maryland. The event was sponsored by the University’s Latino Student Union, Community Service Committee. The university students gave the fifth graders a tour, conducted a workshop and concluded the day with a pizza party and some close-up interaction with the elementary schoolers.
Highland Elementary School in Silver Spring has been named a Maryland Blue Ribbon School by the state Department of Education. Blue Ribbon Schools show exceptional reading and mathematics achievement, as measured by state tests. With a poverty rate above 80 percent and 60 percent of students learning English, Highland's Maryland School Assessment scores rivaled those of schools that do not face the challenges associated with highly diverse, high poverty, and high mobility student populations.
Spanish-speaking representatives from area colleges and Wheaton High School staff members shared information with students and their families from throughout the Wheaton cluster Dec. 2 at a college information night for Latino parents and students. Graduates, teachers, administrators and college representatives were on hand to talk with parents and students about preparing for college and the application process.
Shirley Brandman was unanimously elected president and Patricia O’Neill was unanimously elected vice president of the Board of Education at its Dec. 9 meeting. Both new officers will serve for one year in those positions. Brandman is serving her first term on the Board and was previously vice president. O’Neill was first elected to the Board in 1998 and has served three times as Board president and three times previously as vice president.
The first annual literacy night at Barnsley Elementary School was a great success. More than 800 students and their families came out to hear stories read by staff and guest readers, make games to take home, and enjoy a pizza dinner and ongoing book raffle. The event focused on how families can support literacy by reading and playing games at home.
MCPS students set new records in 2008 for the number of Advanced Placement (AP) exams taken and the number of exams that earned a 3 or higher, a level generally accepted for college credit. These steady gains are across all student subgroups. Since 2003, there has been an increase of 53 percent in the number of AP exams taken, and the number of AP exams earning a 3 or higher has increased 43 percent.