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Potomac Elementary School highlighted its Chinese Immersion Program during a visit from Minister Counselor Shaozhong You and other Embassy of China officials. They also visited Thomas S. Wootton High School. Visitors from many countries visit schools and offices each year to learn what the school system is doing to provide a quality education for students. MCPS has Chinese, Spanish and French immersion programs at the elementary and middle school levels.
Elena Kim Perry, a 10th grader in the Richard Montgomery High School International Baccalaureate Program, won first place at the U.S. National Brain Bee Championship. The competition contains questions related to areas such as memory, intelligence, emotions, sensations, stress and brain disorders. Perry will represent the United States at the International Championship in Montreal in May and participate in a paid summer internship with a neuroscientist.
Five winter sports teams earned state championships in their divisions this year. Paint Branch High School girls’ basketball and Springbrook High School boys’ basketball were state winners. Bethesda-Chevy Chase and Poolesville high school girls’ teams and Quince Orchard High School boys’ team were top in indoor track. Athletes in 26 individual wrestling and indoor track events also were state champions.
The curtain is rising on spring theater productions throughout the school system, at both middle schools and high schools. Many are taking place this month. From “The Wiz” to “Les Mis,” there’s something on stage for everyone.
Students created an African village as part of a unit on African kingdoms during the Middle Ages in Richard Sprecher’s social studies class at Julius West Middle School. Creating life-size replicas for each kingdom, such as a mosque for Mali, hut and rain forest trees for the Congo, and the great wall of Zimbabwe, is one of many creative ways schools are bringing history to life.
Seventh and eighth grade boys at Kingsview Middle School are learning a greater appreciation of reading through their involvement in the Guys Book Club. Led by student mentors from Northwest High School, club members meet once a week to read and discuss books. Involving caring and successful student role models has helped to increase membership.
The Board of Education's all-day business meeting will be webcast live starting at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 8. You need the free Windows MediaPlayer on your computer to view the meeting.
Celebrate the Month of the Young Child and ask MCPS staff your questions about school programs and services for children of all ages on April 26 at Westfield Shoppingtown Wheaton. The event is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Local agencies will also be on hand to provide resources for families, children’s activities, and entertainment.