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Fifth grade students at Cresthaven Elementary School explored different careers at the school’s Career Day. Community and parent volunteers—an attorney, architect, veterinarian, police officer, airline pilot, ceramic artist and classical musician— engaged students with stories about their jobs. Students “dressed for success” and practiced filling out job applications as they learned about the world of work.
Montgomery County’s first “open lunch” summer program was launched in June. Any student who attends one of the Kennedy Cluster Project schools—John F. Kennedy High School, Argyle Middle School or Bel Pre, Georgian Forest or Strathmore elementary schools—can come to Georgian Forest weekdays through Aug. 15 for a free lunch. A press event organized by County Council member Valerie Ervin was held at Georgian Forest June 30.
Quratul-Ann Malik, a rising senior at Watkins Mill High School, was sworn in as the 31st student member of the Board of Education July 1 by Clerk of the Court Loretta Knight. Malik is as president of the Watkins Mill Class of 2009 and has served as parliamentarian of the Maryland Association of Student Councils and of the Montgomery County Region. She attended Montgomery Village Middle School and Stedwick Elementary School.
Parents play an important role in their child’s success by participating in the PTA, serving as room parents, organizing workshops and serving on school improvement teams. There are countless ways to become involved—even over the summer. Parents can check with their child’s school about activities and committees that need support. And systemwide, there are numerous workgroups and advisory committees where parent participation is key.
Small learning communities, intensive student support and teacher professional learning groups are some of the reasons Wheaton High School was selected as a national Breakthrough School by the MetLife Foundation–National Association of Secondary School Principals. The 10 winning middle and high schools serve large numbers of economically challenged students and are improving achievement. They are featured in a special June edition of Principal Leadership magazine.
Extended Learning Opportunities Summer Adventures in Learning (ELO SAIL) is a free summer program available to students entering kindergarten through fifth grade in 28 Title I elementary schools. The program, held July 7 through Aug. 1, reinforces reading, writing, language and math skills and provides a head start on learning for the upcoming school year. Breakfast, lunch and transportation are provided. Parents can register for the program at their child’s school.
Schools that recorded the most volunteer hours from July 2007 to March 2008 were honored by the Department of Communications’ Division of Family and Community Partnerships (DFCP). The schools are Gaithersburg, Maryvale and Woodfield elementary; Thomas W. Pyle, Redland and Ridgeview middle; Montgomery Blair, Damascus and Richard Montgomery high; and Mark Twain School.
Summer is a great time for students to become involved in community service activities. Beginning with the Class of 2011, students will need 75 student service learning hours to graduate. Students through the Class of 2010 must meet a 60-hour requirement. In May, the Maryland State Department of Education recognized MCPS high school students Margaret Johnson of Magruder and Keith Stakes of Walter Johnson for service learning contributions to their communities.