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Speakers weigh in at forums Speakers weigh in at forums

Participants at the Sept. 18 community forum held at Watkins Mill High School had an opportunity to share their views on priorities the school system should focus on for the 2009–2010 school year to improve achievement for all students. Interpreting services were provided in Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and French. A second Board of Education-sponsored community forum is set for Oct. 16, 7–9:30 p.m., at Albert Einstein High School.



Fruits and vegetables in lunches Fruits and vegetables in lunches Video story icon

Takoma Park Middle School students were joined by local, state and federal officials; farmers; and nutrition specialists to launch Maryland’s first-ever Homegrown School Lunch Week Sept. 22–26. Students also are learning about where their food comes from, how it is produced and the benefits of a healthy diet—all part of a new Farm-to-School Program established by the state legislature.

Watch Board meeting September 22 Watch Board meeting September 22

The Board of Education's  business meeting will be webcast live starting at 6 p.m.,  Monday, September 22. You need the free Windows MediaPlayer on your computer to view the meeting.


Find out about consortia programs Find out about consortia programs

Parents are invited to a series of information meetings on the Downcounty and Northeast consortia choice programs. The evening meetings are scheduled throughout September, October and November for parents of students in grade 8. Students who live in either of these consortium areas can apply to their choice of area schools, offering academies or programs with a particular focus.



Congrats to our National Merit Semifinalists Congrats to our National Merit Semifinalists

More of our students are attaining top scores on the PSAT/ National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, thereby becoming semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship competition. There are 146 semifinalists this year—22 more than last year. The semifinalists, who represent 15 MCPS high schools, were selected from among last year’s high school juniors. These students, now seniors, will go on to compete nationally for scholarships that will be offered next spring.

Parents invited to Ask MCPS on Sept. 26 Parents invited to Ask MCPS on Sept. 26

Parents and other community members can ask questions, find out about school system programs and services, and take home tips on how to help children succeed at a Sept. 26 “Ask MCPS” event. Bilingual staff will be available for coffee and conversation between 8 a.m. and 12 noon at 451 Hungerford Drive, Rockville, Suite 508.

Pyle Middle School principal wins award Pyle Middle School principal wins award

Michael Zarchin, principal of Thomas W. Pyle Middle School, is the winner of this year’s Mark Mann Excellence and Harmony Award, presented each year to an outstanding MCPS administrator. Zarchin was recognized for promoting academic excellence in a nurturing and respectful environment that takes into account the needs of the whole child. The award was presented Sept. 17 at the superintendent’s administrative and supervisory meeting.

Edline keeps parents connected Edline keeps parents connected

Edline, a web-based communication tool, allows parents of middle and high school students to monitor their child’s grades and assignments. Parents should contact their child’s school for help activating or using their Edline account. Recently, more than 140 Wheaton High School parents received training on Edline at a workshop conducted in Spanish by staff from the school and the Department of Family and Community Partnerships.