Ravens Player Visits Stephen Knolls School
Baltimore Ravens center Ryan Jensen visited Stephen Knolls School on Thursday, April 2. Jensen toured the school and spent time reading to students in the pre-k and elementary groups. Stephen Knolls School provides services for students with mild to severe disabilities.
Wheaton HS Highlights Project-Based Learning
Nearly 200 Wheaton High School students proudly showcased their projects at the STEAM/People to People event on March 31. Created by junior Fatima Talib, 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 receive guidance from industry professionals.
Ridgeview MS Celebrates Autism Awareness
In honor of Autism Awareness Month, Ridgeview Middle School celebrated World Autism Day. On Autism Awareness Day, students and staff wore blue, and students in the Asperger’s program planted a tree. Students also designed a T-shirt for purchase in honor of the day. Mallory Potter is the Asperger’s program teacher.
An Epic Book Wars Battle at Clemente Middle School
More than 50 students from four middle schools came together at Roberto Clemente Middle School on April 17 to participate in the second annual Book Wars competition. Students worked in teams from Clemente, Rosa Parks, Rocky Hill and Robert Frost middle schools to answer a variety of book trivia questions.
Book Wars teams form in the fall and members begin reading through 10 selected “core” books, as well as “lightning round” books. The winning team brings home a Book Wars trophy; the competition also features a team spirit component. Staff who created and helped coordinate the program include Timothy Dixon, media specialist at Rosa Parks; Laurie Abita-Gramatges, media specialist at Rocky Hill; Alexis Gerard, media specialist at Clemente; Autumn Myers, media specialist at Northwest High School, and Katie Yu, media specialist at Robert Frost.
Learning Life Skills by Baking Bread
About 350 MCPS students participated in a unique event on March 30 that brought math and science to life. The Life Skills Bread Baking event was sponsored by King Arthur Flour and Johns Hopkins University and sought to teach fourth-grade students about the art of baking bread, using science and math skills. This year, students from Lakewood, Laytonsville, Fox Chapel and Fallsmead elementary schools participated.
After learning to bake bread, students were sent home with flour, a recipe booklet, yeast, a bread donation bag and a dough scraper with a homework assignment of baking two loaves of bread. Each student kept one loaf and donated the second loaf to Interfaith Works Food Pantry.
This event highlighted the idea of project-based learning and creative problem solving. Students learned about the science behind baking and how to solve problems when they encounter challenges.
MCPS Students Showcase Robotics Skills in Regional Competition
Robotics teams from five MCPS high schools participated in the 2015 Chesapeake Regional FIRST Robotics Competition on April 3–4. The two-day contest put students’ robots to the test, as they competed for a spot in the finals that will be held in St. Louis. This year’s competition, “Recycle Rush,” challenged students to build robots capable of stacking recycling containers. Students from Walt Whitman, Montgomery Blair, Northwest, Clarksburg and Wheaton high schools joined more than 1,000 other students for the competition.
Richard Montgomery Wins Quizmaster Challenge Championship
Richard Montgomery High School won the 2014–2015 Quizmaster Challenge Championship over Walt Whitman High School with a score of 555–345.
Quizmaster Challenge is an academic skills competition among MCPS high school teams. Richard Montgomery team members are Sean Marlin, Trinish Chatterjee, Ben Koppel, Farah Kabir, and Gabe Guedes. Coaches are Shelley Reback and Noah Grosfeld-Katz.
Whitman team members are Luke Rychlik, Will Arnesen, Sam Arnesen, and Hannah Walter. The coach is Laurie Safran.
Northwest HS Nominated for 2015 Green Ribbon Schools Award
Northwest High School has been nominated by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) for the National Green Ribbon Schools Award. The Germantown school was one of two schools nominated by MSDE.
The Green Ribbon Schools Award program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and recognizes schools that save energy, reduce costs, feature environmentally sustainable learning spaces, protect health, foster wellness, and offer environmental education to boost academic achievement and community engagement.
Northwest High School has an active School Energy and Recycling Team (SERT) program that works to reduce the school’s energy consumption and increase recycling. Staff provide an integrated approach to learning by including environmental issues within the curriculum across all grade levels and core subjects. Students organize green activities in the school and the community throughout the year.
Four MCPS schools have received the national Green Ribbon Schools Award since its inception in 2012: Travilah Elementary School in 2014, Cedar Grove and Summit Hall elementary schools in 2013, and Francis Scott Key Middle School in 2012.