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Students work together on literary magazine Students work together on literary magazine

Students at Julius West Middle School are learning how to put together a magazine with the help of Richard Montgomery High School students. Daniel Raeder, an editor for Richard Montgomery’s literacy magazine, forged a partnership with Julius West to help the students there develop their own literary and arts magazine. The middle schoolers are learning how to solicit and critique submissions, along with other skills involved in publications.

Watch MCPS Game of the Week Watch MCPS Game of the Week Video story icon

Check out MCPS sports on MCPS Instructional TV. Athletic events will include boys’ football and basketball, girls’ soccer, field hockey, volleyball and lacrosse, as well as the cheerleading and pompon competition this winter. A boys’ game, followed by a girls’ game, will be aired on Comcast Channel 33, Verizon Channel 35 and RCN Channel 88 at 7:30 pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Keep your children safe online Keep your children safe online Video story icon

County schools, the police department, and state’s attorney’s office have united to provide parents and students with information about Internet safety and protection against cyberbullying. A kickoff event on Nov. 25 introduced the new CyberSafety Program to PTA leaders. The program includes a wide range of resources for parents. Curriculum and classroom activities for students will be launched in schools starting in December.

Broad Acres celebrates National Chess Day Broad Acres celebrates National Chess Day

Broad Acres Elementary School honored National Chess Day (Oct. 9) by conducting different chess activities throughout the school during the fourth week of October. Each teacher conducted chess warm-up lessons to reinforce academic and social skills. Activities included an art and poetry contest, an exhibition match against State Senator Jamie Raskin, and chess on the playground using a large outdoor chess set.

Georgian Forest serves Thanksgiving dinner Georgian Forest serves Thanksgiving dinner

Georgian Forest Elementary School staff prepare for the dinner they served the evening of Nov. 20 to the Georgian Forest community. Staff served as waiters at the sit-down dinner, provided by the school with the assistance of local area businesses. About 62 percent of the students at the school participate in the Free and Reduced-price Meals Program.

Douglass descendant visits White Oak MS Douglass descendant visits White Oak MS

Ken Morris, a direct descendant of both Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington, spoke to more than 120 White Oak Middle School students as part of the 2008 tour of the Frederick Douglass Dialogues. He shared information about Douglass’ impact on the abolitionist movement and emphasized the value of education through the example of Douglass, who was self-taught. White Oak’s Ambassadors Investing in Mentoring Program (AIM) hosted the event.

Study Circles in Damascus Study Circles in Damascus

Three Study Circles met at the Damascus Recreation Center on Nov. 14—two from Damascus High School and one from Baker Middle School. In the program, trained facilitators help parents, students and staff build relationships, develop a better understanding of racial and ethnic barriers to student achievement, and plan steps to help all students succeed.

Parents use Edline to keep in touch Parents use Edline to keep in touch

Are you among the more than 60 percent of secondary parents monitoring their child’s academic progress with ? This web-based system is a great way to stay on top of students’ school assignments, tests and grades. An added advantage is the ability to exchange e-mails with teachers.  Visit your child’s school for more information.