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Three Finalists for MCPS Teacher of the Year Announced
Three teachers have been named finalists for the 2017–2018 MCPS Teacher of the Year Award by the Marian Greenblatt Education Fund. They are:
Melissa Segal, fourth grade team leader at Luxmanor Elementary School in Rockville. She is an innovative instructor, willing to embrace new techniques and strategies to better meet the needs of her students. She maintains a classroom environment in which every student is valued and respected. She has implemented several mindfulness strategies into her daily routines, which help students clear their minds and focus their thoughts. In one of her assignments, fourth graders interview local business owners, then come up with their own business plans offering various services, which they present in a Shark Tank scenario. Under Segal’s instruction, students displayed impressive improvements in their MAP-M assessments between fall and spring. She serves as a mentor and role model for her colleagues. Active in PTA and school-sponsored events, Segal can be found waiting tables at Run the Diner Night, scooping ice cream at Baskin-Robbins fundraisers, or planting flowers around the school.
Melissa Segal in her classroom with students
“She teaches her students to strive for excellence, to love reading, and to fully respect each other,” fellow fourth grade teacher Aaron Fairchild said of Segal. “She teaches all of us to give our best to our students, to wear a smile, and to never give up hope. And most importantly, she teaches us to remember that this profession, that we all have chosen, is a very important one.”
Cherin Hershkowitz, math content specialist at Roberto Clemente Middle School in Germantown. Her teaching is described as superb, innovative and engaging. She explains concepts in a way that students can embrace the theories behind the algorithm. This earned her an opportunity to teach Continuing Professional Development classes to other Montgomery County educators. Her peers admire her ability to analyze grade-level data, and her students appreciate that she provides real-world experiences that bring the curriculum to life. Her efforts to build the capacity of her fellow mathematics teachers led to a 27 percent increase in the number of students earning a C or higher in Algebra. She designed schoolwide data monitoring tools to improve instructional decisions and placements. Beyond the classroom, she planned and facilitated Math Nights to help parents better understand Common Core. She is often present during Clemente community events, such as the school’s first 5K; the Rock the World concert, where Clemente raised money for a sister school in South Africa; and a program to provide holiday gifts to families in need.
Cherin Hershkowitz talks with one of her students.
“I look up to Ms. Hershkowitz,” one student reflected in a nomination letter. “She motivates me to excel beyond, and when I become a cardiac surgeon and win Doctor of the Year, I promise she will be right there, standing next to my mother crying with joy, because she will be the reason I am on that stage.”
Nancy Shay, English resource teacher at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville. A National Board Certified teacher, Shay’s energy is palpable and she brings a sharp eye to the needs and challenges of her students and the teachers she leads as the department’s resource teacher. Her students know she is accessible and ready to help them. As the English Department head, she has elevated the work of other teachers through data analysis, sharing best practices and peer visits. She fostered a teacher-driven movement to teach literacy across the curriculum, and is a regular trainer at International Baccalaureate workshops around the country. Under her leadership, notably her own decision to teach 9th grade English rather than focusing solely on International Baccalaureate students, the minority student achievement gap has narrowed measurably at her school. Shay also co-leads the after-school Homework Club, which provides academic coaching, tutoring, mentoring and support for students, and coordinates monthly RichTalks, schoolwide conversations about race and culture.
Nancy Shay teaches a class at Richard Montgomery.
“Her passion for the craft of teaching, respect for the content, and encouragement of all students to engage in discourse as a means to high levels of literacy and critical thinking are an inspiration to us all,” said Richard Montgomery Principal Damon Monteleone. “There is no student she cannot teach. There is no adult she cannot inspire.”
The Greenblatt Education Fund is also honoring Yecenia Morales, a Spanish teacher at Wheaton High School, and Amra Nansimbi, a fourth grade teacher at Glenallan Elementary School, as the 2017 Rising Star Teachers of the Year. This award honors teachers with less than five years of experience whose creativity and enthusiasm encourages students to stretch themselves and achieve more.
Finalists for the Teacher of the Year Award, who must have five years or more of teaching experience in Montgomery County, are interviewed by a panel of educators, Board of Education members, MCPS staff and representatives from the Montgomery County Council of PTAs, as well as a member of the Greenblatt family.
The teachers, along with other MCPS employees and partners, will be honored for their extraordinary work as part of the annual Champions for Children Awards Celebration hosted by MCPS and the Montgomery County Business Roundtable for Education (MCBRE). The MCPS Teacher of the Year will be named during the event, which will take place on Wednesday, April 26, at BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown.
The Marian Greenblatt Fund, named for a former Board of Education member, recognizes teachers that inspire their students to achieve, encourage younger teachers to be the best they can be, and help their school and community. The Fund awards each Teacher of the Year finalist a prize of $2,000, and the two Rising Star Teaching awardees $1,000 each.
Rockville High School: March 16, 2017 Serious Incident Information
Information is available about the March 16, 2017 serious incident at Rockville High School on this web page. It includes a statement from Superintendent Jack Smith; video coverage from a March 21 press conference with Superintendent Jack Smith; video from the March 21 community meeting at Rockville High School; and answers to frequently asked questions regarding student enrollment, and safety and security.
Five Questions … with Antonio Scott, Principal, Cashell Elementary School
Antonio Scott believes in the power of envisioning a dream, believing you can achieve it and figuring out a path to make it happen.
He believes it because he has lived it.
For 16 years, Scott was a professional dancer, choreographer and composer. The pinnacle of his career was dancing for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, which was founded in 1958 to primarily showcase African American modern dancers and has since become one of the world’s most successful modern dance troupes.
“It starts with that thought process,” Scott says. “We have to be able to visualize what we want to do. That’s one of the greatest lessons I try to bring from my experiences as a dancer. I have had so many wonderful memories, so many dreams come true.”
Scott has danced at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, a 5,000-year-old venue beneath the shadow of the Acropolis in Greece. He has danced at Caesarea in Israel, “a place named in the Bible.” He danced in the Soviet Union before the fall of the USSR. He danced at the inauguration of former President Bill Clinton.
“When I think in terms of those opportunities and those gifts, it makes me an optimist in almost all situations,” Scott says.
Scott met his wife, who was also a professional dancer, through his work. They recently celebrated their 20th anniversary. He holds an undergraduate degree in modern dance from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and two master’s degrees—in elementary education and in educational leadership. Today, Scott is in his second year as principal at Cashell Elementary School in Rockville.
As a child, his family moved often between Texas and California. From kindergarten through high school, he changed schools 12 to 14 times. He came to dance at 16 years old, partly because dance programs were not available in the rural communities where his family lived.
Once the family settled in Houston, Texas, he attended performing and visual arts schools. His senior year, he began auditioning for musical theater and dance programs. He chose to attend the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts (now, University of the Arts).
“As fulfilling as performing is, there is a certain emptiness that exists after the show is over or when you’re in a hotel room living out of a suitcase,” Scott says. “Make no mistake. Often, you hear, ‘You’re only as good as the last show you’re in.’ That’s the truth.”
Was there always a plan to transition from dancing into education?
I was a professional dancer for 16 years. I always taught dance. I was a choreographer; I was a composer for dance for seven years. I did music for companies all over the country—the Washington Ballet, the Joffrey Ballet, the New York City Ballet, Alvin Ailey … I just needed to find a venue and a form where I could be as passionate.
People often ask me how I ended up in education. I was a newly married person and someone who wanted to have a family. I knew that in order for marriage and a family to work, you have to make some sacrifices. I needed to find something that I could be as equally passionate about as I had been my entire life about the arts. My passion was fueled when I thought about impacting the lives of elementary school children.
This is my 16th year in education. My first three years were as a teacher in New York City Public Schools. My principal came to me and said, ‘I was reviewing your resume and I would like you to start a dance program; our kids could benefit from that.’ I was in an inner-city school with over 1,000 kids and at that time, there was no dance or creative movement curriculum. I built a program for K–5 from the ground up and ran it for two years.
My wife and I had just had our first child and my wife, who is a CPA, is also a former dancer. The plan was after childcare leave, she would go back to work. We were coming up on five months and she said, ‘I don’t really want to go back to work. I don’t want anyone else raising our child.’ So I said, ‘OK, well that’s great, but then we have to leave New York.’
What brought us to New York was our dance careers. While it is a wonderful place, it is very expensive to live on one salary and we didn’t really want to raise our family there. I had a sister who lived in the Frederick County area, so we chose that.
I got a job teaching elementary school in Fairfax County. I commuted from Frederick for four years. I later went to a job fair for Montgomery County and got a job teaching fifth grade at Waters Landing [Elementary School]. After one year, I started taking the Future Administrators Workshop [four courses designed to help teachers become school-based administrators.]
I became the assistant principal at Whetstone Elementary School and was there for four years, and one year as a principal intern. I did a second principal internship at Sequoyah [Elementary School].
When and how did you start dancing?
I started dancing when I was 16. I was always an artist. Singing is my number one art form. I’ve been a singer since a little child. In junior high, I played French horn and trumpet in the concert and jazz band. I was already exploring theater and acting in junior high.
I auditioned for high school as a vocal music major. We had a very rigorous music theory program. I thought my pathway was going to be musical theater. That was the era of Michael Jackson and Prince at their heyday. So I was trying to sing and dance and explore my art and be well-rounded. As I started dancing, the music fell to the side a little bit because I got so enamored with the growth that transpired each day … because you spend an inordinate amount of time looking at yourself in front of a mirror.
My senior year, I was at a crossroads. I thought, ‘If I do Broadway, I’ve got to get to New York.’ But I wasn’t ready for New York. I applied and auditioned for musical theater and dance programs … and chose the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts.
My junior year is when my dance career really took off. A choreographer who worked for the Philadelphia Dance Company came and was looking for dancers. I was standing in the hall. I went in that afternoon and took a class with the company. And that was my first contract as a dancer; it was 1986. I danced with them full-time for two years while I finished my degree. This is something I share with people who are parents or aspiring to be artists. We do ourselves an injustice when we tell them they must have something to fall back on. If we want them to be successful, they must give their all.
A doctor doesn’t have a pathway to fall back on. A lawyer doesn’t have a pathway to fall back on. A good teacher doesn’t have a pathway to fall back on. I’m grateful and privileged that I never worked in retail or worked in a restaurant while I was dancing. Everything I did for the 16 years I danced professionally was for the form itself.
Antonio Scott, far left, during his time with Alvin Ailey, in 1992
While I was in that company, I worked with Michael Peters, who choreographed the original Thriller video and Dreamgirls on Broadway. My senior year of college, Judith Jamison came in to create a work with selected students that was going to be a PBS special called The Dancemaker. I auditioned and was selected. Judith Jamison was the artistic director for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and she was just starting her choreographic career. At the end of that school year, she decided to start her own dance company. I auditioned and was selected as one of 10 dancers to do that project for the next two years.
When Judith took over the mantle of Alvin Ailey, after Mr. Ailey got sick, she invited six of the 12 dancers who had been with her company to come with her. I auditioned and was selected, and I worked under her tutelage for the next four years. I was lead dancer and a company teacher.
After the four years, I decided to get back to my original goal; I thought I wanted to go to Broadway or be a recording artist. I wanted to do more. It was either do that or go to Europe and dance because there were companies there I was really enamored with. I opted to leave with a small group of dancers. We started a dance company called Complexions, which this year celebrated its 22nd year. I was the composer, rehearsal director and principal dancer for seven years, while also freelancing on other projects.
How do you like being a school principal? Does your dance career inform your work?
It’s a weighty responsibility. Each day comes with new sets of challenges. My mantra is people first and work second. That drives me. And it has always driven the work that I do simply because I came into education not knowing a lot. But I did know people and I did know the value and importance of trying to connect with people, and building relationships and rapport with people. While the work, which is primarily student achievement, is important, making sure those relationships are fertile and intact with students, staff and families in our community—that’s what will drive the work and ensure the work takes place.
We know that to be really successful, we have to promote a collaborative spirit. Having spent so many years as a dancer, a production is a collaborative effort. You cannot have a successful production without the dancers to do the work, costume designers, set and light designers, choreographers, the venue—all that comes together. When you are able to have that cohesiveness, that’s when you have a production that reaches and touches people’s lives. The same thing is true in the school. We can’t work in isolation; we cannot work in silos. We know what the impact is when we’re able to collaborate. I firmly believe that a collegial environment marked by candor and respect can have a tremendous impact on the success of a school community.
Does it have any effect on your connections with the students?
One of the basic messages that I convey to the children is that pencils have erasers because we all make mistakes. We learn and define who we are by how we navigate the mistakes, how we learn from them and how we seek to improve. Every day is an opportunity to be better than we were before. I try to convey that over the morning announcements. I will say: ‘What are you going to be better at today? Maybe you’ll be better in math or geography. Maybe you’ll be a better friend or be better at listening to directions from adults.’ Our goal should be growth every day. The kids know that I have high expectations for them in regard to them being part of the solution versus part of the problem. They know that the adults are here to help them improve and to help them find out what they want to do in this world, how to make their mark and contribute.
What do you do when you’re not at work?
We are a golfing and a tennis family. These are things I’ve taken on since I quit dancing. I do love being outdoors.
My wife has her own business; she’s a CPA and is able to work fro home. We have two sons, in fourth and seventh grades.
My only artistic expression now is in my congregation. Over the years, I’ve done things in schools periodically—I organized a talent show, I made up a rap. I sang in the MCABSE talent show for two years.
I was a good dancer, but I always felt my greatest talent was music. I sing a lot in the car. I do miss the physicality of dance. Two years ago, I taught a couple dance classes at Magruder [High School]; that was a wonderful opportunity.
I love to read, watch movies and listen to music. I listen to a wide variety of music. I have a large collection of ‘70, ‘80s and ‘90s music. I love jazz, classical, Motown. I like Justin Timberlake. I can get into a good country song. I can watch The Voice and be entertained for an hour.
I love to travel, but I don’t get to do anything like I used to. I still have a goal to get my children to Europe one day.
Summer Employment Opportunities Available Beginning April 3
Effective Monday, April 3, summer employment opportunities will be accessible to Montgomery County Education Association (MCEA) and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 500 unit members through MCPS Careers.
The FY 2017 summer employment application deadline is Friday, April 28. Interested employees should apply online at MCPS Careers and login into the Summer Employment section. Employees will have access to a complete list of all summer employment opportunities, or options can be narrowed by entering specific search criteria in the “Keywords” field. Nonteaching opportunities can be found by selecting options available under “Job Field.”
Summer employment opportunities are available in the following areas:
For MCEA members:
- Curriculum Development
- Early Childhood Assessments
- Extended Learning Opportunities
- Regional Summer School
- Special Education/Extended School Year
For SEIU members:
- Classroom Support: Head Start Paraeducators
- Classroom Support: Special Education Paraeducators
- Computer Installation and Maintenance
- Food Services
- Secretarial Support
- Warehouse Support (Application period: March 27–April 28, 2017)
For questions regarding summer employment opportunities for SEIU Local 500 members, contact Regina B. Arrington at 301-279-3940 or by email.
For questions regarding summer employment opportunities for MCEA members, contact Audrey B. Patton at 240-314-4878 or by email.
Teacher Recruitment Fair Set for April 1
MCPS is hosting a Teacher Recruitment Fair for educators who hold a valid Maryland teaching certificate or educators eligible for a Maryland teaching certificate.
The fair will be held from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. on Saturday, April 1, at the Office of Human Resources and Development, 45 W. Gude Dr. in Rockville. Pre-screening interviews will be held for the following content areas—special education, middle and high school science, middle and high school math, computer science/technology and elementary.
Those wishing to attend must apply by Sunday, March 26. To be considered for a pre-screening interview, click this link and apply to the Office of Human Resources and Development Teacher Job Fair, April 1, 2017.
Director of School Support and Improvement Wins Shirley Award
An educator for 23 years, Audra Fladung began her career in 1994 as a substitute teacher at Jackson Road Elementary School. Since 2014, she has served as the director of school support and improvement for the Northeast Consortium and Poolesville cluster elementary schools. She is this year’s winner of the Dr. Edward Shirley Award for Excellence in Educational Administration and Supervision.
She is a purposeful leader with strong skills in human resource development, resource management, professional involvement, and community and stakeholder involvement. She supports aspiring principals in the Leadership Development Program by providing feedback, resources and modeling of effective leadership and instructional practices.
Fladung constantly recognizes, identifies and fosters potential in others. She created and led professional development sessions for principals and school leadership teams that aligned with the system’s strategic priorities and developed the instructional leadership capabilities of team leaders. She empowers building administrators and grade-level team leaders to identify and collectively share classroom-level problems of practice that focus on the instructional core.
She constantly participates in and provides support to stakeholders within and beyond the school community. She solicited input on instructional programs and school operations through the use of Baldrige-guided school improvement tools and processes. She has collaborated with multiple offices and community agencies to coordinate resources for schools and families.
She is also an adjunct professor at Towson University, where she teaches rising educators.
Fladung’s career with MCPS has also included positions as a teacher at Jackson Road Elementary School, a staff development and literacy teacher at Burnt Mills Elementary School and an assistant principal at Potomac Elementary School. In her seven years as principal at Stonegate Elementary School, she instilled a feeling a community within her staff, and her interactions with parents were always respectful, courteous and positive. Everyone she meets feels valued. She worked to be in classrooms on a daily basis and left feedback for teachers. She was able to build meaningful relationships with her students, in part by holding weekly lunch bunches and checking in on their success.
School colleagues have called her a dedicated leader and a knowledgeable problem solver. As a principal, she prioritized and simplified the demands placed on those she led. By analyzing school climate surveys, test data and her personal observations, she was able to focus on her staff’s strengths and weaknesses, and ultimately, student needs.
She “always listens attentively and is able to skillfully diagnose, suggest, coach and guide principals as they navigate their work as leaders,” wrote Sarah Sirgo, a fellow director of school support and improvement. “She understands individuals and groups well, knows when to take initiative, when to step back, and understands and supports the vision of a contemporary school leader.”
Fladung will be among the honorees at the Champions for Children Gala on April 26, an event hosted by MCPS and the Montgomery County Business Roundtable for Education (MCBRE).
Nominations Open for Award Honoring African American Male Teachers
Nominations are open for the 2017 Dr. Alain Leroy Locke Teacher of the Year. This award will be given to two outstanding African American male teachers—one in grades K–8 and one in grades 9–12. The deadline is 5 p.m. on Friday, April 28.
The award honors Dr. Alain Leroy Locke, the first African American Rhodes Scholar and member of Phi Beta Sigma. It will be presented by Phi-Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and the Montgomery County Alliance of Black School Educators (MCABSE).
2016-2017 Dr. Alain Leroy Locke Teacher of the Year nomination form
Mail the complete application to:
Dr. Alain Leroy Locke Teacher Award Committee Teacher Nomination
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
Sigma Sigma Sigma Chapter
4515 Willard Avenue, #1820
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Registration to Open for Summer Professional Development on April 3
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses for the summer semester 2017 are available for registration through the Professional Development Online (PDO) system. The summer semester runs from mid-June 2017 through August 2017. The classes will be released at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, April 3. Teachers have priority registration in all CPD courses. Support professional staff and substitute teachers may register on PDO for CPD courses but will be considered on a space-available basis.
The CPD registration fee will be assessed to permanent employees via payroll deductions after the successful completion of the course. Employees with outstanding balances must clear their accounts before registering for new classes. Employees on long-term leave should contact the CPD office to make payment arrangements.
For 12-month employees:
If you are a 12-month employee and are planning to take MSDE/CPD courses during the duty day for credit, provide a copy of your approved annual or personal leave slip to the CPD Registrar. This information is requested for auditing purposes only. If you do not want to receive credit for MSDE/CPD courses, let the CPD Registrar know and the certification unit will be notified of your decline of credit. This will be noted in your certification file for future reference.
Per the Leave Unit, all 12-month employees are required to use personal or annual leave to attend any MSDE/CPD course during the duty day.
Questions? Contact CPD Registrar, Office of Human Resources and Development, at 301-315-7391.
Continuing Professional Development
MCPS Seeks Input on Wellness Implementation in MCPS
Nutrition and physical activity are essential for students to achieve their academic and physical potential. MCPS is committed to creating school cultures that promote and protect children’s health, well-being and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activity.
The Wellness Policy, JPG, Wellness: Physical and Nutritional Health, adopted by the Board of Education in 2006, promotes healthy learning environment in our schools by providing nutrition education, physical education, physical activity and a variety of healthy food and beverage options.
The MCPS Regulation, JPG-RA, provides specific guidance for the district to ensure our school environments provide opportunities for students to engage in healthy eating habits and physical activity and to provide instruction to support a healthy lifestyle.
Share your ideas and suggestions on how MCPS can improve the health and well-being of students, staff and community. Submit comments by Monday, April 17.
MCPS Launches Student Contest to Celebrate Diversity, Combat Hate
In the past several months, the Montgomery County Police Department has reported seeing an increase in hate crimes, some of which have directly affected our school communities. Combating the elevated levels of divisiveness, prejudice, bias and hate that have emerged in our county and across the nation is the responsibility of every community member, including students.
To help our county combat this, MCPS, in partnership with the Montgomery County Faith Community Working Group, is launching a contest titled United We Learn: Combating Hate through the Arts. The goal of the contest is to provide students with a creative, structured opportunity to explore issues of prejudice and learn about the values of respect, diversity and civility.
The contest is open to students from all grade levels. Submissions will be judged by level (elementary, middle and high) and by medium. Entries must be created by groups of two students or more. Submissions will be accepted in the following categories: written word, performance, visual art and multimedia. More details are available on the contest website.
The contest will close on Friday, April 21. Winners will be announced Monday, May 22.
For more information, contact the Department of Public Information and Web Services.
Board of Education Takes Final Action on Policy JEE
At its business meeting on March 17, the Board of Education took final action and approved changes to Policy JEE, Student Transfers. This policy sets the standard under which MCPS students may be granted a transfer, referred to as Change of School Assignment (COSA), to attend a school other than their home school or the school assigned to them under their Individualized Education Program (IEP). Among the revisions to the policy is an update to the lottery system for enrollment in language immersion programs. The Board has established a weighted lottery for immersion programs that now include factors such as:
- socioeconomic status and poverty;
- students who have an older sibling currently enrolled in a language immersion program and will continue to be enrolled in the year the younger sibling seeks to enroll; and
- other factors as identified by the superintendent of schools
The revised lottery would apply to students seeking to enroll in these programs for the 2018–2019 school year. This change would not impact families with students enrolled in the immersion program during the 2017–2018 school year. A grandfathering provision has been added, which indicates that if a family has a child enrolled in a language immersion program in the 2017–2018 school year, that child’s younger siblings will be able to directly enroll in the same immersion program as long as there is at least one older sibling enrolled the same year as the younger sibling.
Read the Revised Policy
Read Frequently Asked Questions
Special Education Summit Set for April 22
MCPS parents, staff and community members are invited to the fourth annual Special Education Summit, Leading the Way Today, Partnering for a Better Tomorrow. The summit will take place from 8:15 a.m.–1 p.m. on Saturday, April 22 at Walter Johnson High School, 6400 Rock Spring Dr. in Bethesda.
The summit will feature keynote speaker Scott Anderson from Scott on Wheels; workshops for families of students with disabilities and other resources. Families will also have an opportunity to meet representatives from MCPS offices and Montgomery County agencies and non-profit organizations.
To register for the summit or for more information, visit the Special Education website or call 301-517-5940. The summit is free. Childcare will be offered on a limited basis.
About 270 students participated in this year’s Montgomery County History Day Competition, an event sponsored by MCPS and Montgomery History. This year’s theme was “Taking a Stand in History.” Held earlier this month at Richard Montgomery High School, the event presented an opportunity for students in middle and high school to learn about history while practicing research and critical thinking skills.
Students performed in-depth research on a historical topic, create a presentation in one of five formats (paper, exhibit, documentary, performance or website), and received feedback from judges. Here is the list of winners. The top winners will advance to the state competition at the University of Maryland.
Wheaton High School Shines Spotlight on Project-Based Learning
Wheaton High School students proudly showcased their projects at the STEAM event on March 16. The goal of the event was to give students a venue to display a variety of projects they developed as part of the school’s project-based learning curriculum and to provide access to and guidance from industry professionals.
Gibbs Elementary School Community Celebrates STEAM Night
William B. Gibbs, Jr., Elementary School held its 8th annual STEAM night on March 10. (STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art and math). Hundreds of students and parents attended the event, which included student projects on display; breakout sessions on a variety of topics, including coding and engineering; and community organizations providing hands-on STEAM experiences for the school community.
Montgomery Blair Student Wins Third Place in Brain Bee Contest
From left to right, D.C. Regional Brain Bee Moderator, Benjamin Walker; Margaret Wang (Montgomery Blair High School) in third place; Sophia Diggs-Galligan (School Without Walls High School) in first place; and Noor Amin (Sidwell Friends School) in second place.
A Montgomery Blair High School received third place in the D.C. Regional Brain Bee, a neuroscience competition for high school students. Students from five high schools competed in the event. They were:
- Seneca Valley High School: Erica M. Roach
- Zadok Magruder High School: Harshaan Grewal, Mohammad Ali
- Montgomery Blair High School: Margaret Wang, Angela Yang
- Richard Montgomery High School: Jerry Yang, Erica Lin
- Walter Johnson High School: Sannidhi Shashikiran, Mohammed Wane
Chinese Education Officials Visit MCPS
Officials from the Chongming Education District near Shanghai visited Richard Montgomery High School earlier this month. The delegation met with teachers and toured classrooms to see how MCPS students learn in a collaborative and project-based environment.
Get a Little Drama in Your Life!
The curtain is rising on spring theater productions throughout the school system, at middle and high schools. Plan now to see these great performances, which run into May. From The Wiz and Phantom of the Opera to The Music Man and The Little Mermaid, there’s something for everyone.
2016–2017 High School Theatre Productions
2016–2017 Middle School Theatre Productions
Grab Your Bat! Spring Training is Under Way!
This past fall, nearly 6,000 MCPS employees trained for their version of Olympic gold in the Go for the Gold physical activity challenge. Participants took steps to lose weight and regain their health. Together, those who reported their weight lost more than 1,000 pounds and lowered their body mass index more than 150 points.
Enter a new challenge for the spring: Spring Training, which began on Monday, March 13. Already, 5,972 of your coworkers have signed up, and more are joining every day. It’s not too late! Think of the progress you can make before the end of the school year by participating.
What do you need to do to get started? Get physically active and log your activity in the online Well Aware Fitness Log. If you registered for a previous challenge, you do not need to register again. Should you have trouble logging in, email Well Aware.
For more information about Spring Training, including rules and prize information, visit the Spring Training challenge web page.
Lee Middle School to Celebrate Its 50th Anniversary
Col. E. Brooke Lee Middle School is celebrating its 50th anniversary on Friday, May 12. The celebration is set for 6–8 p.m. in the main gym. Alumni or former staff members who are interested in participating in the event are asked to contact Tammie Burk, the school’s media specialist.