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More than 1,300 parents, staff, and students have participated in 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, discussed at the April 28 Board of Education meeting, shows lasting positive effects for participants and their school communities.
High school and middle school students will go to the polls April 30 to choose the next student member of the Board of Education. Alexander Blocker of James Hubert Blake High School and Quratul-Ann Malik of Watkins Mill High School, both juniors, would each be their school’s first-ever student Board member. The winner will begin his or her yearlong term on the Board in July.
More than 700 second grade students benefit from weekly reading tutoring thanks to the Ruth Rales Comcast Kids Reading Network program. Volunteers, including older students, working adults, and senior citizens, devote more than 21,000 hours each year to the program, which is coordinated by the Department of Communications’ Division of Family and Community Partnerships. National Volunteer Week is April 27–May 3.
The Board of Education's evening business meeting will be webcast live starting at6:00 p.m., Monday, April 28. You need the free Windows MediaPlayer on your computer to view the meeting.
Keynote speaker Stedman Graham—an educator, author and businessman—talked with students during the recent 2008 Student Professional Development Conference. The annual event, in its seventh year, offered 11th grade students in nine career pathways programs an opportunity to participate in workshop sessions conducted by business leaders, learn skills for success from experts and network during a luncheon. About 700 students participated.
Twelve schools are participating in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Adopt-a-School program this year, coordinated by the Department of Communications’ Division of Family and Community Partnerships. They include Watkins Mill High School, where NIST volunteers work with students in after-school and lunchtime academic support programs. National Volunteer Week is April 27–May 3.
About 400 students from MCPS elementary schools participated in activities during an Earth Day celebration at Montgomery College’s Takoma Park Campus April l8. Students built terrariums from recycled materials, explored how to determine their carbon footprints and observed reptiles up close. They also learned about the Earth’s natural resources and human impact on the environment and animal habitats. Earth Day is being celebrated April 22 at schools throughout the county.
Roberto Clemente Middle School eighth grader Mike Morris will represent Maryland at the National Geographic Bee May 20–21 in Washington, D.C. The final round of the 2008 National Geographic Bee will air nationally on the National Geographic Channel May 21 and later on public television stations. Morris previously won the Maryland National Geographic Bee, which uses materials prepared by the National Geographic Society