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Thomas W. Pyle, born in 1888, was a school principal and teacher of math, science, and Latin. He spent his entire career helping students learn and succeed. Pyle Middle School was named in his honor and carries on his philosophy of good teaching and citizenship. The school was named a National No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon School by the U. S. Department of Education in 2006.
Rock View Elementary School has been chosen as one of 10 elementary schools throughout the nation to be showcased at the International Center for Leadership in Education’s Model Schools Conference in June. A schoolwide initiative that includes flexible groupings for reading and math—in which students always move forward, never backward—is helping close the gap for African American and Latino students.
Thirty students from Harmony Hills and Broad Acres elementary schools spent spring break creating their own puppet show at The Music Center at Strathmore. Producers and staff from DinoRock, a program that introduces children to science through puppets and theater, guided the students in writing a script and making the puppets. At the end of the week, students invited family to watch the special performance.
Students from Roberto Clemente Middle School and Richard Montgomery High School took first place awards in the Commercial Challenge of the Drawing the Line on Under 21 Alcohol Use program, and Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School came in second, for creating 30-second videos. Rockville High School's principal, staff and students received a special group community award for its comprehensive program to prevent underage alcohol use.
Gwen McWhorter, a math resource teacher at A. Mario Loiederman Middle School for Creative and Performing Arts, is this year’s Agnes Meyer Teacher of the Year for Montgomery County. The award is presented annually by The Washington Post. McWhorter, who greets all 350 sixth graders by name as they arrive at school, is recognized for instilling a desire to excel through her love of math.
More than 1,300 parents, staff, and students have participated in candid and productive dialogues about race and student achievement since the Study Circles program began in 2003. Trained facilitators help participants build relationships, develop a better understanding of racial and ethnic barriers to student achievement, and plan steps to help students succeed. An evaluation of Study Circles shows lasting positive effects for participants and their school communities.
Charles Schuster of the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension offered Rock Creek Valley Elementary School students an opportunity to see the effects of water pollution firsthand as they poured liquids mimicking pollutants into their own “water supply.” Schuster is one of the many school visitors arranged by the Connection Resource Bank, which coordinates visits by experts in a range of fields.
Teachers and principals from Russia visited classrooms, talked with students and met with staff at Takoma Park Middle School during their recent study tour. Observing successful education systems in highly diverse schools was one of the visitors’ goals, along with learning about standardized methods of teaching and about professional development, networking with their U.S. counterparts and developing a strategic plan for implementing educational best practices in Russia.