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Engineers from Northrop Grumman worked with second graders in Lisa-Helen Rotter’s classroom as part of the "Discover-E" program. The outreach effort began as part of Engineering Week. It continued as engineers came to the school to talk with students about their jobs and show a video and PowerPoint. The engineers worked with students to build two structures, incorporating principles students had learned during the school year.
The Riderwood retirement community in Silver Spring honored a record 71 high school seniors from four counties—including 34 from Montgomery Blair, James Hubert Blake, Paint Branch and Springbrook high schools—with scholarships to support their pursuit of higher education. The Riderwood Scholars Fund provides scholarships of up to $4,000 to support student staff members as they continue their postsecondary education at college, trade or vocational certificate programs.
More than 35,000 students come from families without an English language background. To improve outreach to these families, staff are being trained to use a Translation Management System. The system enables MCPS to provide more translated documents to schools and offices in a timely fashion.
From testing to staffing to safety and security, the role of a school system’s central office is broad and critical to smooth day-to-day operations. Watch this month’s “Education Matters” on MCPS TV to learn how the central office provides a strong support structure that focuses on student achievement. Board of Education President Nancy Navarro visits with Chief Operating Officer Larry Bowers and Deputy Superintendent of Schools Frieda Lacey.
Come to an opera performance this month at one of eight elementary schools! Through the Creating Original Opera Program of the Metropolitan Opera Guild of New York, MCPS students each year form their own in-school opera production companies and take on the roles of their professional counterparts—writing, producing, managing and performing an original opera. This interdisciplinary project encourages students to use and reinforce skills in all subject areas.
Newsweek magazine has ranked six MCPS high schools in the top 100 in the nation – more than any other U.S. school district. The schools are Richard Montgomery, Thomas S. Wootton, Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Walt Whitman, Walter Johnson, and Winston Churchill. All of the county’s eligible schools are counted among the top 3 percent in the country for their rigorous academic program. The ranking highlights MCPS efforts over eight years to encourage more students from every background to take challenging courses.
The school system honored six food service employees at the 23rd Annual Salute to School Food and Nutrition Services Personnel Day breakfast May 9. The day recognizes the dedication of employees, who provide more than 12 million meals each year to students.
Westland Middle School students won first prize at the North Atlantic regional jury for their vision of a school of the future. Under the guidance of technology education teacher John Swiatocha, they designed a model of a living classroom with solar photovoltaics, planted walls and fisheries to replenish the Chesapeake Bay. The team then participated in the National School Building Week jury in Washington, D.C., where they received a commendation.