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February 7, 2017

Teams from all 25 MCPS high schools cheered, jumped and danced through the 2017 Pompons competition on Feb. 4 at Richard Montgomery High School. The competition showcased the talent of the squads, and gave fans an opportunity to cheer on and support the Pompons.



Schools were divided into three divisions as determined by prior experience and success. The Captain’s Award was given based on knowledge of choreography, execution, dance technique, formations/transitions and presentation/performance. The MCPS Spirit Award, given to the school whose fans best demonstrated enthusiasm, organization and sportsmanship, was also given in each division.

Winners of the Pompon competition were as follows:

Division 1

1st place: Sherwood HS
2nd place: Damascus HS
3rd place: Magruder HS
Spirit Award: Rockville HS


1st place: Sherwood HS
2nd place: Magruder HS
3rd place: Rockville HS

Division II

1st place: Quince Orchard HS
2nd place: Wootton HS
3rd place: Clarksburg HS
Spirit: Walter Johnson HS


1st place: Wootton HS
2nd place: Quince Orchard HS
3rd place: Walter Johnson HS

Division III:

1st place: Walt Whitman HS
2nd place: Northwood HS
3rd place: Gaithersburg HS
Spirit: Wheaton HS


1st place: Walt Whitman HS
2nd place: Gaithersburg HS
3rd place: Northwood HS

Check out a photo gallery from this event!

White Oak Middle School Staff Celebrate World Hijab Day

White Oak hijabs

Staff at White Oak Middle School stood in solidarity with Muslim students and women around the world by wearing hijabs in a celebration of World Hijab Day. The school’s Cultural Pride Committee invited faculty and students to participate as a way to show solidarity, promote tolerance and world peace. This was another activity in a list of culturally relevant celebrations happening at White Oak, which seeks to recognize and create lessons that represent the school’s diversity. Other culturally relevant activities students have been exposed to this year are: La Feria during Hispanic Heritage Month; a Native American history month presentation; a Lunar New Year lunch activity and Lion Dance, and this month, a Black History Month festival.

High School Students Teach Senior Citizens about Technology


Students from Wheaton and Kennedy high schools spent a recent day helping seniors at the Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center learn to use electronic devices as part of Tech Connect, a program run by the Montgomery County Department of Recreation and the Jewish Council for the Aging. The students participate in the recreation department’s TeenWorks program, which provides year-round employment for teens and young adults.

Colgate Van Visits Burtonsville Elementary School


The Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures mobile dental van made a stop at Burtonsville Elementary School last month. The Bright Smiles, Bright Futures mobile visit, which helped kick off national Dental Health Month, provides a second professional look at a child’s oral health development; brushing and flossing instructions along with nutrition and tooth safety tips; and free Colgate oral care products. The Colgate vans visit more than 1,000 cities and towns each year, reaching more than 10 million children.



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