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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.
Kingsview Middle School recently hosted a book signing and lecture by author John A. Stokes whose book, Students on Strike, focused on the Farmville, Va., school district that closed its doors for five years rather than integrate. Stokes recounted how he and his fellow students organized to improve conditions at their high school, which made him a plaintiff in the landmark civil rights case Brown v. Board of Education.
Flower Hill Elementary School resource teacher and Runner's Club coach Stephanie Jenkins leads students in a practice run. About 100 students trained to participate in the Marine Corps Marathon Healthy Kids Fun Run. The Runner's Club is just one way schools throughout MCPS are helping students to exercise and stay healthy.
Judges review a middle school project on “Which Sunscreen is Better” during the recent Montgomery County Science Fair held in the armory at the University of Maryland, College Park. Students in grades 6–12 were able to showcase the science projects they completed in a range of areas. The countywide event promotes students’ interest in science and is one of the largest science fairs in the nation.
William Tyler Page, namesake of the Silver Spring elementary school, wrote the American’s Creed expressing his love of country. Page students focus on their school as a community of learners with respect and support as cornerstones of their relationships with each other. “We work very hard on promoting a positive school environment, and I see it every day when the kids come in,” says Principal Deb Berner.
Rosemary Hills Elementary School staff brought families of English language learners to the Silver Spring Library recently to encourage reading. Parents and their children learned about resources available at the library during the school’s Literacy Night. The annual event is held so that more students will become interested in reading and that reading at home will become a part of family time.
Parents are invited to drop in to “Ask MCPS” any questions they have about programs and services with staff from the Department of Communications’ Division of Family and Community Partnerships on Thursday, March 20, anytime between7 a.m. and noon. The location is 451 Hungerford Drive, Rockville, Suite 508.
U.S. Congressman Chris Van Hollen chats with Albert Einstein High School student Moshoodat Abiola and Northwest High School student Edward Krasniewski at a recent reception held on Capitol Hill. The students are part of the Student Emerging Leaders project, founded by the Montgomery County Business Roundtable for Education, which brings top students from each MCPS high school to Congressional Black and Hispanic Caucuses in Washington.