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April 4, 2017

More than 100 MCPS high school students attended the inaugural Young Educators (Say Yes to Teaching) Symposium. The event, which was sponsored by MCPS, the Universities at Shady Grove and Montgomery College, encouraged students to pursue careers in education. The students attended breakout sessions and had an opportunity to network with other professionals and mentors.

Alpha Delta Kappa Offering Scholarships to Staff

The Maryland Beta chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary sorority for women educators, is offering a $1,500 scholarship for educators in MCPS or for employees who wish to become educators.

The scholarship is available to a MCPS employee studying to become a teacher, counselor or other educational specialist. It may also be used for professional development at a college or university to enhance the education of a MCPS teacher, counselor or other educational specialist. The scholarship must be used within one year from the date of notification of selection to receive the scholarship.

Those interested should email Janet Burton for an application. The deadline to submit applications is Monday, May 1.

Happy Trails

Retirement celebrations are being held for:

Jenny Skoda, supervisor in Innovative Technologies, after 30 years of service. It will be held at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 21, at La Mexicana Restaurant, 16143 Shady Grove Road in Gaithersburg. Attendees will be asked to pay their own way. If you’d like to contribute toward a gift, forward checks to Lori Miller, at the Center for Technology Innovation, 4 Choke Cherry Road, Room 120, Rockville. Or, you may use Paypal (please note that using your credit card will cost an extra fee). For more information, contact Vernell Alston at 240-314-2258.

Suzanne Harvey, assistant principal (28 years with MCPS), and Vicky Shaffer (36 years), special education resource teacher, both at Montgomery Blair High School. The event will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 2, at Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, 15101 Sweitzer Lane in Laurel. The cost to attend is $40, which includes dinner, dancing and gifts. There will be a cash bar. Make checks payable to Montgomery Blair High School and send payment to the Montgomery Blair Financial Office, 51 University Blvd. East, Silver Spring, MD, 20901. RSVP by May 26 to Donna Franklin. If you cannot attend but would like to contribute to the gift, contact Franklin. For more information, contact Kelly Havasy at 301-649-2849.

In Memoriam

Meghan McEwen-Markowicz, a kindergarten teacher at Beall Elementary School, died on March 12. She had worked for MCPS for one year.

Evelyn Kirkland Smith, a former MCPS music teacher, died on March 8. She began teaching at MCPS in 1989 and spent many years as a music teacher at Fox Chapel Elementary School.

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