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Rosemary Hills Elementary School staff brought families of English language learners to the Silver Spring Library recently to encourage reading. Parents and their children learned about resources available at the library during the school’s Literacy Night. The annual event is held so that more students will become interested in reading and that reading at home will become a part of family time.
Parents are invited to drop in to “Ask MCPS” any questions they have about programs and services with staff from the Department of Communications’ Division of Family and Community Partnerships on Thursday, March 20, anytime between7 a.m. and noon. The location is 451 Hungerford Drive, Rockville, Suite 508.
U.S. Congressman Chris Van Hollen chats with Albert Einstein High School student Moshoodat Abiola and Northwest High School student Edward Krasniewski at a recent reception held on Capitol Hill. The students are part of the Student Emerging Leaders project, founded by the Montgomery County Business Roundtable for Education, which brings top students from each MCPS high school to Congressional Black and Hispanic Caucuses in Washington.
Parents learned about the special education process during a recent Parent Academy workshop conducted in Spanish by parent–community coordinator Nilda Colgrove of the Division of Family and Community Partnerships. DFCP, part of the Department of Communications, has planned a range of workshops this year to support all parents as advocates for their children and partners in learning.
Registration is open for free Parent Academy workshops taking place now through May. Workshop topics include understanding preteens and teens, helping children develop good study and organizational skills, and transitioning to middle school. Coordinated by the Department of Communications' Division of Family and Community Partnerships, the Parent Academy was created as part of middle school reform to empower all parents as advocates and partners in their children's education.
Northwood High School was one of a number of schools that celebrated Pi Day on March 14. Pi—approximately 3.14159—represents the ratio of any circle’s circumference to its diameter in Euclidean geometry. Students gathered in the stadium to display one of the many digits of pi, then returned to class for a variety of pi-related activities.
Panasonic Foundation officials visited schools to observe cutting-edge practices in middle school reform, rigorous instruction, diversity training and use of data for decision making. A November 2007 Panasonic publication focused on the school system’s sustained, successful efforts to narrow the achievement gap by race and poverty, featuring programs at Viers Mill ES and Gaithersburg HS. The foundation partners with school districts to develop models that support achievement of all students.
Sherwood High School in Silver Spring is "a community school and a school of academic excellence," says Principal Bill Gregory. One way the school excels is through its Global Studies Program, where there is a focus on international perspectives. This weekend students celebrate the 37th annual Rock & Roll Revival, a countywide favorite.