Friday, October 11, 2019
Join us in the falcon foyer during lunch today, Friday Oct. 11th for the first Fine Arts Friday of the year. Admin, the Fine Arts teachers, and a student team, compete in an epic project runway style “Trash Couture” battle to see who wore it best.
Attention all National Honors Society members: Please make sure to pay your $10 dues to Mrs. Diaz in room 52. Also, a service opportunity this month is the WUMCO Octoberfest. Check the emails from NHS and sign up for a slot to earn your hours!

For those with a passion for the performing arts, Shakespeare Club is for you! The club puts on a 25-minute Shakespeare production each year at the Folger Shakespeare Library’s annual teen Shakespeare Festival. This year we’ll be doing Much Ado About Nothing, a witty rom-com filled with love, humor, and deception. Shakespeare Club is hosting auditions October 15 and 16 lunch in room 8. All rehearsals will occur at lunches, and schedules will be built around actors’ conflicts. Contact co-directors Max Vodra or Sarah Patch for more information. 

10th and 11th grade students interested in running for the Student Member of the State of Maryland Board of education need to see Mrs. Hicks by the end of lunch, Thursday, 10/17.

Students interested in attending the October 23rd MCR meeting must complete the google form and turn in their permission slips to Mrs. Hicks no later than Friday, October 18th. The google form link can be found on the MCPS website (

The Students Against Destructive Decisions Chapter is holding their interest meeting on Monday, October 14, in room 33A. Work with nonprofit organizations, county government officials, and national companies like Comcast and Everymind to address topics including mental health and suicide prevention. Stop by Room 33A on Monday to learn more!

Seniors that are speakers of a language other than English are eligible to earn the Maryland Seal of Biliteracy. If your home language is among the following: Arabic, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Polish, Russian, or Spanish, you may select to take the Avant STAMP 4S to potentially earn the Maryland Seal of Biliteracy. This year, the assessment will be administered at no cost to seniors who are heritage speakers. Seniors that speak a language other than English but are not heritage speakers are eligible to take the test but must pay $20.
To register for the October 22nd test, sign up via the Google Form which can be found in your school email.
For languages other than the ones listed above, a list of approved assessments can be found on the MCPS website, the link has also been sent to your school email. If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Hicks, the World Languages Resource Teacher.

Scholarship Information

The Anthony Richard Tilghman Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1993 by Mr. and Mrs. Tilghman in memory of their son, Anthony Richard, to aid any Washington area graduate student in furthering a career in the education and care of the mentally challenged or to aid the career development of a mentally challenged student. The purpose of this up to $5,000 scholarship is to help improve the quality of the education and care of the mentally challenged in either the public or private sector. Please see Ms. DeOto in room 10 for an application.

The Elks National Foundation’s 2020 Most Valuable Student Competition is underway! The deadline for application submission is November 5th, 2019. The application and more information is available at

Homecoming Information:
The Homecoming Dance is tomorrow, Saturday, October 12th from 7:30 – 11:00 pm. This year’s theme is Eras. Tickets cost $15 and are only sold in advance. The last day to buy tickets is today, Friday, October 11th. Students must be clear of all financial obligations before they may purchase a ticket. Please check with Mrs. Flores in the financial office to clear your obligations. Students need their MCPS ID.

Student Service Learning:

Family Services, Inc. , a part of the Sheppard Pratt Health System, is looking for students to volunteer in a variety of ways during the 2019-2020 school year. All interested volunteers must submit a completed FSI Volunteer Application and attend a one-hour new volunteer orientation. See the SSL bulletin board outside the counseling office for current volunteering opportunities. Contact or call 301-840-3183 if you’d like to learn more and/or apply to help.

Upcoming College Visits:
Juniors and seniors interested in speaking with a representative from the below colleges should sign up on Naviance (links below) and then get a pass from room 10 before the visit.

Lafayette College
Fri October 11, 2019
7:50 AM
University of South Carolina - Columbia
Mon October 14, 2019
7:50 AM
Montgomery College
Fri October 11, 2019
10:20 AM
McDaniel College
Mon October 14, 2019
8:45 AM
Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Fri October 11, 2019
11:15 AM
Vanderbilt University
Mon October 14, 2019
10:20 AM

Rice University
Mon October 14, 2019
1:45 PM

In sports news:

Varsity Football hosts Magruder for the Homecoming game tonight! Wear Black and Gold to the game, which starts at 7.

JV football hosts Magruder tomorrow morning at 10. Come out and support your fellow Falcons.

Remember to fly high today Falcons!

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