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Come Celebrate 50 Years of Outdoor Environmental Learning in MCPS

October 22, 2013

resizedoutdooredThe MCPS Outdoor Environmental Education Program will host an Environmental Education Fair on Saturday, Oct. 26 to mark its 50th anniversary of teaching and learning in the outdoor classroom. The event will be 10 a.m.–1 p.m. at the Lathrop E. Smith Environmental Education Center, 5110 Meadowside Lane in Derwood.

The Outdoor Ed Program serves 25,000 students annually. It builds content knowledge, provides experiences that engage minds in creative problem solving, and strengthens the ability to work together collaboratively.

Come see what outdoor environmental learning is all about! The event will feature learning stations, reptiles and raptors, environmental games and more. Free shuttle service will be provided from Magruder High School. For more information, call 301-924-3123.

Watch the Take 10 on Outdoor Ed.

Edison High School to Hold Community Fair

Thomas Edison High School of Technology is holding its second annual Community Fair from 9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26. The event will feature carnival games, a moon bounce, silent auction and classroom demonstrations. There also will be a DJ and food for purchase. The fair is open to all MCPS students and their families.

Proceeds from the fair will support Career and Technology Education in the community. Edison is located at 12501 Dalewood Dr. in Silver Spring. Call 301-929-2175 for more information.

College Scholarship Conference Set for Oct. 26

Montgomery College is holding its annual College Scholarship Conference on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. The conference will provide students and parents with information on scholarships, financial aid and the admissions process. The event is co-sponsored by MCPS and the Universities at Shady Grove. Register for the conference here.

Kensington Parkwood Community Celebrates Walk to School Day

Students, staff and parents from Kensington Parkwood Elementary School took part in the 2013 International Walk to School Day on Oct. 9. The school was one of 14,000 across the country to participate. This annual event promotes pedestrian safety, physical activity and environmental preservation. Board of Education members joined county and state officials and members of the school community for the walk to the school and a special assembly.

DuFief Dedicates Dragon Mural


For the past three years, sudents and staff at Dufief Elementary School in Gaithersburg have worked to design a mural and garden in the front of the school. With the help of two grants and under the leadership of art teacher Linda Trusilo and parent Lisa Denison, the school community painted and erected the 12-foot-by-24-foot mural of a dragon, the school mascot. The mural was unveiled in a special ceremony on Oct. 14.


Trusilo and Denison worked with fourth and fifth grade students to paint the mural, which was recently dedicated to retired principal Dorothy “Dottie” Reitz.





Superintendent Hosts Student Town Hall at Poolesville HS

Nearly 100 Poolesville High School students participated in a Student Town Hall with Superintendent Joshua Starr on Oct. 17. Moderated by student member of the Board of Education Justin Kim, the questions ranged from technology to special education to bell times. The next Student Town Hall is Nov. 25 at A. Mario Loiederman Middle School.

Fifteen Students Named Siemens Semifinalists

Fifteen MCPS students have been named semifinalists in the prestigious Siemens Competition in Mathematics, Science and Technology.

The Siemens Competition is the nation’s leading original research competition for high school students. Students vie for college scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $100,000, in individual and team categories.

The semifinalists from MCPS are: Megan C. Chao, Neil S. Davey, Robert T. Martin and Jessica Shi, Montgomery Blair High School; Daniel D. Liu and Zichen Wang, Winston Churchill High School; Vincent Hsiao and Vinay K. Sriram, Poolesville High School; Kyung Mok Bae, Emily Z. Ma and Yiyi Li, Richard Montgomery High School; Lisa Deng, Walt Whitman High School; and Sayan Basu, Pallavi Malla and Uday Misra, Thomas S. Wootton High School.

For more information on the Siemens Competition, visit

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