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“Montgomery County Public Schools proves the point” that accountability, combined with strong organizational systems that improve teachers’ and principals’ effectiveness results in student success. The March 28 editorial in the Washington Business Journal about the No Child Left Behind education law praised the school system for improving academic achievement and helping close the achievement gap.
There are plenty of opportunities for career exploration at Plan for the Future Summer Camp 2008. The half-day summer camp for current fifth through eighth graders will be held June 16–20 at Thomas Edison and Seneca Valley high schools and June 23–27 at Thomas S. Wootton High School. Students will explore two careers of their choosing and solve real-world challenges. Applications are due April 30.
Sherwood High School junior Zhaojie Ziang won first place in Maryland in the International Wooden Bridge Challenge, sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers and Maryland Society of Professional Engineers. Winners were determined by how much their bridge weighed in comparison to how much load it was able to support. Sherwood junior Alejandro Mantilla was second in the state. Both will attend the international finals in Chicago in April.
Christopher Orlando, mathematics teacher at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, was named Teacher of the Year for Montgomery County at the April 15 Champions for Children Gala. Known for making math fun, Orlando teaches AP calculus and higher-level math and is a prime motivator in student success on AP calculus achievement. Lists around his classroom contain growing lists of students who have earned a perfect "5" on the exam. Orlando will now compete for Maryland Teacher of the Year.
Three teachers have won Marian Greenblatt Excellence in Teaching Awards, which recognize teachers for excellence in motivating and educating students. They are now finalists for the Montgomery County Teacher of the Year, which will be announced at the April 15 Champions for Children Gala, hosted by the Montgomery County Business Roundtable for Education. The awards honor former Board of Education president Marian Greenblatt.
Representatives from more than 300 colleges, universities and technical schools will be on hand to speak with high school juniors and their parents during the annual Montgomery County National College Fair April 16 and 17. The free event takes place from 9:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m. both days at the Montgomery County Agricultural Center in Gaithersburg and includes an evening session on April 16 featuring a financial aid workshop beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Elementary schools throughout Montgomery County will be holding orientations beginning April 15 for children who will be starting kindergarten in fall 2008. Parents can register their child, meet the principal and teachers, and learn about the school.
Steve Mikulski, instructional specialist in the Division of Career and Technology Education, is the winner of the Technology Education Leadership Excellence Award, given by the Technology Education Association of Maryland. The honor recognizes efforts to develop and implement technology education in Maryland. Mikulski is a 40-year veteran of Montgomery County Public Schools.