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This month’s MCPS Instructional TV program, “Cover To Cover,” features a segment on the Department of Family and Community Partnerships (DFCP). DFCP staff help strengthen the connection between parents and their schools by offering programs such as Parent Academy classes on a variety of subjects and Ask MCPS information fairs. This edition of Cover to Cover also focuses on preparing for a new school year, the first day of school and recycling.
Corduroy the bear, a favorite children’s book character, paid a visit to the Gaithersburg Judy Center to mark the 40th anniversary of the book series. The center, in partnership with Barnes and Noble of Gaithersburg, hosted the first language and literacy parent involvement activities for the new school year. Judy Centers, funded by state grants and coordinated by community partners including MCPS, offer support to young children up to age 5, and their families.
All high schools are encouraged to enter the SERT Energy and Recycling Awareness Campaign this year. Students will put together campaigns with the goal of reducing energy consumption by 10 percent and increasing recycling by 10 percent at all schools. SERT (School Energy and Recycling Team) will coordinate the effort.
The new, interactive MCPS Bulletin, the bimonthly newsletter for school system staff, is now on the web. The online Bulletin, which replaces the previous print version, contains top stories, information on best practices, features about interesting people and activities, useful tips and links to websites of interest. Video and interactive tools such as a poll and “Speak Out” section are part of the new Bulletin.
The Board of Education's business meeting will be webcast live starting at10 a.m., Tuesday, September 9. You need the free Windows MediaPlayer on your computer to view the meeting.
What kind of plant is this? Winners of the National Institutes of Health’s Earth Day contest usually come from the ranks of its employees, but this year’s winners included Walter Johnson High School senior Tay Davis and biology teacher Tom Rogers. The mystery plant is a horseradish tree, Moringa oleifera, native to the southern foothills of the Himalayas, sometimes known as the “miracle tree” for its nutritional and medicinal uses
Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley visited Walter Johnson High School and College Gardens Elementary School Sept. 3. Both schools have received substantial construction funding from the state and county. Walter Johnson continues to undergo a multiyear modernization, and a modernized College Gardens reopened last January. The governor concluded his visits by speaking to Walter Johnson ninth graders in an AP government course and planting a tree in the College Gardens courtyard.
Sign up to speak at upcoming community forums on Sept. 18, 7–9:30 p.m., at Watkins Mill HS or Oct. 16, 7–9:30 p.m., at Albert Einstein HS. Speakers will address priorities for the 2009–2010 school year to improve achievement for all students. To sign up, call the Board of Education office at 301-279-3617, starting three weeks before each forum.