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Students, schools and offices were recognized at the fourth annual Best of the MCPS Web awards ceremony April 30. Albert Einstein High School, Benjamin Banneker Middle School and Highland Elementary School were among the winners. Damascus High School alumnus and New York Times reporter Brian Stelter was the keynote speaker. The ceremony honors those who contribute to MCPS web sites.
Good teachers make a world of difference in student success. That’s why we’re pleased to honor our outstanding teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week through May 10. The Board of Education also designated May 6 Teacher Appreciation Day. So give an extra thank-you to teachers, and let them know how much you appreciate all they do for our students.
Almost 1,500 students showcased their work at the Annual Montgomery County Schools Media Festival held at the AFI Silver Theatre April 17 and 18. Students showed entries in categories including animation, digital art and design, live action, news programs, and photography to an audience and panel of judges. Multiple winners were named in each category.
Watkins Mill junior Quratul-Ann Malik has been elected the 2008–2009 student member of the Board of Education. She was chosen by 56 percent of secondary students who cast ballots in the April 30 election, conducted by the Montgomery County Region of the Maryland Association of Student Councils. Malik is president of the Watkins Mill Class of 2009 and a parliamentarian of the Maryland Association of Student Councils.
Three Thomas Edison High School of Technology students won gold medals and the chance to compete nationally during the Maryland State SkillsUSA competition. Team members Chris Feldman and Juan Melendez captured the gold in Web Design; Jeffrey Domingo won in Basic Health Care Skills. Another 12 Edison students placed second or third in the event, where students demonstrate skills including carpentry, nail care, technical computer applications and food service.
The Maryland State Parental Information and Resource Center is sponsoring a free conference May 3 to provide parents with information and strategies to help their children succeed. Staff from the Department of Communications’ Division of Family and Community Partnerships will conduct several workshops at the event. “Parenting Matters: Transforming Our Schools and Communities” will be held at Northwestern High School in Hyattsville from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Many high school students throughout the school system are preparing to take Advanced Placement exams May 5—16. Last year’s graduating class set new AP exam participation and performance records, capping an eight-year trend of consistently higher performance. Sixty percent of the graduates took at least one AP exam, and 46 percent earned at least one AP score of 3 or higher—triple the national average.
Parents can bring questions, find out about school system programs and services, and take home tips on how to help children succeed at a May 2 “Ask MCPS” event. Bilingual staff from the Department of Communications’ Division of Family and Community Partnerships will be available for coffee and conversation anytime between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. The address is 451 Hungerford Drive, Rockville, Suite 508. For information, call 301-279-3100.