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Weller Road students get taste of college Weller Road students get taste of college
12/19/2008

About 75 fifth graders from Weller Road Elementary School recently visited the University of Maryland. The event was sponsored by the University’s Latino Student Union, Community Service Committee. The university students gave the fifth graders a tour, conducted a workshop and concluded the day with a pizza party and some close-up interaction with the elementary schoolers.

Highland Elementary Earns a Blue Ribbon Highland Elementary Earns a Blue Ribbon
12/19/2008

Highland Elementary School in Silver Spring has been named a Maryland Blue Ribbon School by the state Department of Education.  Blue Ribbon Schools show exceptional reading and mathematics achievement, as measured by state tests. With a poverty rate above 80 percent and 60 percent of students learning English, Highland's Maryland School Assessment scores rivaled those of schools that do not face the challenges associated with highly diverse, high poverty, and high mobility student populations.

Wheaton hosts Latino college night Wheaton hosts Latino college night
12/16/2008

Spanish-speaking representatives from area colleges and Wheaton High School staff members shared information with students and their families from throughout the Wheaton cluster Dec. 2 at a college information night for Latino parents and students. Graduates, teachers, administrators and college representatives were on hand to talk with parents and students about preparing for college and the application process.

Brandman, O’Neill elected Board officers Brandman, O’Neill elected Board officers
12/12/2008

Shirley Brandman was unanimously elected president and Patricia O’Neill was unanimously elected vice president of the Board of Education at its Dec. 9 meeting. Both new officers will serve for one year in those positions. Brandman is serving her first term on the Board and was previously vice president. O’Neill was first elected to the Board in 1998 and has served three times as Board president and three times previously as vice president.

Literacy night gets families involved Literacy night gets families involved
12/11/2008

The first annual literacy night at Barnsley Elementary School was a great success. More than 800 students and their families came out to hear stories read by staff and guest readers, make games to take home, and enjoy a pizza dinner and ongoing book raffle. The event focused on how families can support literacy by reading and playing games at home.

Students set new AP records Students set new AP records Video story icon
12/09/2008

MCPS students set new records in 2008 for the number of Advanced Placement (AP) exams taken and the number of exams that earned a 3 or higher, a level generally accepted for college credit. These steady gains are across all student subgroups. Since 2003, there has been an increase of 53 percent in the number of AP exams taken, and the number of AP exams earning a 3 or higher has increased 43 percent.

Three schools among America's top 100 Three schools among America's top 100
12/08/2008

Three MCPS high schools have been ranked among America’s 100 best high schools in the latest U.S. News & World Report. Walt Whitman was named 44th in the nation, Thomas S. Wootton was ranked 54th and Winston Churchill was ranked 57th. They were the only three schools in Maryland to receive gold medal rankings, which are based on academic and enrollment data from 21,069 public high schools.

Watch Board meeting December 9 Watch Board meeting December 9
12/08/2008

The Board of Education's business meeting will be webcast live starting at 10 a.m., Tuesday, December 9. You need the free Windows MediaPlayer on your computer to view the meeting.