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Springbrook High School head football coach Akiel Russell was selected the Washington Commanders Coach of the Week on Sept. 29. The Washington Commanders Charitable Foundation recognized Russell for his positive leadership, dedication and motivation to his student-athletes. He was nominated by one of his athletes. Springbrook received a $1,000 grant for the honor. He will be honored with others the weekend of Jan. 6 as part of a 2023 Coach of the Week celebration when the Commanders take on the Dallas Cowboys for the last home game of the regular season.

“Simply the Best” Honored at Fairland Elementary

In honor of National Principals Month, second grade students at Fairland Elementary School surprised Principal Lakeisha Lashley and Assistant Principal Colleen Johnson with lunch and their rendition of Tina Turner’s hit, “Simply the Best.”

Celebrating Our Championships

Congratulations to students at six high schools for winning the following county and district championships:

Winston Churchill for winning the 3A/4A Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association’s (MPSSAA’s) District Championship in Golf

Poolesville for winning the 2A/1A MPSSAA District Championship in Golf

The Quince Orchard girls’ soccer team for winning the 2023 MCPS county championship

The Damascus boys’ soccer team for winning the 2023 MCPS county championship

The Winston Churchill field hockey team for winning its third consecutive county championship

The Thomas S. Wootton boys’ cross country team for winning the 2023 county championship. Shout out to Churchill’s Nate Swanson for capturing the individual title.

The Walter Johnson girls’ cross country team for winning the 2023 county championship. Shout out to Churchill’s Katherine Morey for capturing the individual title.

Girls’ Summit Offers Workshops, Networking, Fun and Fashion

MCPS families gathered and enjoyed a Girls’ Summit on Oct. 21 that provided informative workshops, fun activities and a fashion show for middle and high school girls. The event explored a range of timely topics, including healthy relationships/dating violence; mental health; social media use and cyberbullying; self-esteem; depression and anxiety, and healthy eating and body image. Watch the video.

Wheaton HS Hosts 5th Annual STEAM Festival

Students of all ages and their families participated in the annual STEAM Festival at Wheaton High School on Oct. 21. The event included hands-on activities, talks, lab tours, nature experiences, exhibits and performances.

A variety of student groups and community partners took part, including: the Winston Churchill High School Women in Medicine Club, Montgomery College and its ignITe Hub, Boolean Girl, the Wheaton High School Society of Women Engineers, NASA, NIST, Francis Scott Key Middle School, William H. Farquhar Middle School, Col. Zadok Magruder High School, Walter Johnson High School and Wheaton Woods Elementary School.

Marching Band Showcase Entertains Crowd at Magruder HS

Twelve high school bands delighted the crowd at Col. Zadok Magruder High School on Oct. 21 as they performed during the annual Marching Band Showcase. Bands performed separately on the football field, and joined together for the finale, a performance of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman.” Bands from the following schools took part: Clarksburg, Damascus, James Hubert Blake, Paint Branch, Seneca Valley, Rockville, Springbrook, Montgomery Blair, John F. Kennedy, Watkins Mill, Albert Einstein and Magruder. A middle school mass band kicked off the event performing the national anthem.

A Few Good Headlines

MoCo high school to compete in the season premiere of ‘It’s Academic’

Montgomery Sports Hall of Fame Will Induct 2023 New Inductees at Free to Attend Ceremonies on Sunday, Oct. 29

Reading with Robert: A day of learning and laughter at Luxmanor Elementary School

Player of the Week: Montgomery Blair’s Caleb Johnson

DiCello Wins Gold at Pan Am Games