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Student performers honored Student performers honored

Two high schools won Cappies (Critics and Awards Program for High School Theater and Journalism) this year for outstanding theater performances and were honored at a Kennedy Center gala. Whitman High School’s production of “Aida” won for best musical, with Andrea Carroll garnering the award for best lead actress in a musical. Wootton High School’s Katina Kempel was named best comic actress in a musical forMy Favorite Year.”

Transportation department recognized Transportation department recognized

Department of Transportation Director John Matthews is featured in the cover story of the June 20 School Bus Fleet, a school transportation management and maintenance magazine. The article, titled “Maryland District Aims to Please,” focuses on the work of one of the largest publicly owned school bus fleets in the United States—with 1,273 buses that transport more than 96,000 students each day—and on the Department of Transportation’s goal of “customer delight.”

Summer meals benefit students Summer meals benefit students

About 9,000 students enrolled in many summer school or recreation programs will be provided free meals weekdays through Aug. 22 as part of the Montgomery County Summer Food Service Program. The program was created 30 years ago to ensure that children could continue to receive nutritious meals during the summer months when school breakfasts and lunches are not available

Students express diversity via art Students express diversity via art

A reception for “Understanding Diversity through the Arts,” an annual arts contest that encourages middle school students to use visual arts to express their individuality and cultural heritage, was held recently at Montgomery College, Takoma Park Campus. Award-winning artwork will be on display at locations around the county through November.

Have a great summer! Have a great summer!

Now that the 2007–2008 school year has ended, Montgomery County Public Schools celebrates all that students and teachers have accomplished. Students can be proud of new subjects explored, challenges met and goals attained. Have fun this summer, students, and keep that momentum going by continuing to learn and grow. One example—tackle that summer reading list!

Clarksburg High School graduates first class Clarksburg High School graduates first class

Clarksburg High School, which opened in August 2006 with students in grades 9–11, graduated its first class of 246 students June 11. Commencement ceremonies were held at Mount St. Mary’s College. Constructed on the former site of Rocky Hill Middle School, Clarksburg, headed by Principal James Koutsos, is the first new high school to open since 1998. Clarksburg’s signature program, the Capstone Project through Integrated Technology, infuses technology skills throughout all grades.


Board approves final FY2009 budget Board approves final FY2009 budget

The Board of Education unanimously approved the final FY 2009 Operating Budget at its June 10 meeting. The budget, totaling $2.07 billion, is 2.1 percent, or about $44.6 million, less than the Board had requested from the County Council. The budget includes funding for middle school reform, hours-based staffing for middle school special education, International Baccalaureate programs at two high schools and full funding of negotiated salaries, among other things.

Teacher wins state math award Teacher wins state math award

Cheryl Burwell, a mathematics teacher at John F. Kennedy High School, has been named the State Teacher of the Year by the Maryland MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement) organization. She was selected from more than 150 teachers for the award. Burwell received a plaque and $500 in recognition of her outstanding work with math students.