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Watch Board of Ed meeting April 8 Watch Board of Ed meeting April 8

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.

April is the Month of the Young Child April is the Month of the Young Child

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.

Spanish-speaking parents trained on Edline Spanish-speaking parents trained on Edline

Forty-six Wheaton High School parents have a new connection to their child’s school thanks to a recent Edline training sponsored by the Parent Academy. Edline, a web-based communication tool, allows teachers to update parents on student grades and assignments. Wheaton students provided one-on-one assistance at the workshop, which was conducted in Spanish by staff from the school and the Department of Communications’ Division of Family and Community Partnerships

Conference focuses on promoting equity Conference focuses on promoting equity

Participants examine materials at a recent conference for educators of young children and elementary students, held at Arcola Elementary School. Educators attended workshops and sessions that focused on teaching diverse students and promoting equity in the classroom. The conference was co-sponsored by the University of Maryland Professional Development School Partnership and Montgomery County Public Schools.

Parents become MSA students for a day Parents become MSA students for a day

Parents of Kensington Parkwood Elementary School students in grades 3–5 become students for a day as they participate in a "mock MSA" test together with their children. Sixty-seven parents participated in the morning mini-test, scoring the tests with their students. Parents had positive feedback and appreciated the opportunity to see what their children were expected to know and be able to do.

Who was Thomas W. Pyle? Who was Thomas W. Pyle? Video story icon

Thomas W. Pyle, born in 1888, was a school principal and teacher of math, science, and Latin. He spent his entire career helping students learn and succeed. Pyle Middle School was named in his honor and carries on his philosophy of good teaching and citizenship. The school was named a National No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon School by the U. S. Department of Education in 2006.

Rock View ES named model school Rock View ES named model school

Rock View Elementary School has been chosen as one of 10 elementary schools throughout the nation to be showcased at the International Center for Leadership in Education’s Model Schools Conference in June. A schoolwide initiative that includes flexible groupings for reading and math—in which students always move forward, never backward—is helping close the gap for African American and Latino students.

Students create puppet show Students create puppet show

Thirty students from Harmony Hills and Broad Acres elementary schools spent spring break creating their own puppet show at The Music Center at Strathmore. Producers and staff from DinoRock, a program that introduces children to science through puppets and theater, guided the students in writing a script and making the puppets. At the end of the week, students invited family to watch the special performance.