The event featured musical and dance performances from Winston Churchill, Albert Einstein, Walter Johnson, John F. Kennedy, Poolesville, Sherwood and Walt Whitman high schools. Read more about the honorees in the Superintendent’s Performing Arts Gala Program.
Montgomery Blair Wins National Science Bowl Competition
Students from Montgomery Blair High School won the National Science Bowl competition. The students competed against more than 60 teams from across the nation. The competition brings together thousands of middle and high school students to compete in a fast-paced question-and-answer format where they solve technical problems and answer questions on a range of science topics.
Middle School STEM Students Recognized for Their Inventive Transportation Solutions
Last month, two STEM Club teams from Gaithersburg Middle School competed in a national competition designed to have students come up with innovative solutions for sustainable transportation. The 8th grade team won second place and the 7th grade team won third place. Both teams received a plaque and a $500 award for the school’s STEM Club. This is the first year that two teams from the same school walked away with two of the three top spots. There were eight teams participating in the Garrett Morgan Sustainable Transportation Competition. Gaithersburg Middle students were also featured in Passenger Transport, a transportation industry newspaper. The STEM Club is sponsored by Gaithersburg Middle School teacher Virginia Pantella.
Students Create Artwork from Recycled Materials
The Arcola Elementary School Recycled Art Show and Green Sculpture Garden dedication was held on May 12. At this unique show, students, families and community members were able to view student artwork created from recycled materials collected by the school community.
Their artwork included recyclables made from soda cans, microwave dinner trays, water bottles, plastic caps and magazine scraps. The school also dedicated a green sculpture garden that was created by its fifth grade class.
Chevy Chase ES Fifth Grader’s Artwork Adorns Buses
Parker Rock, a fifth grade student at Chevy Chase Elementary School, won first prize in the Montgomery County Fair Housing poster contest. Her artwork is appearing on more than 300 county Ride On buses for at least 30 days. She also won a cash prize from the county’s Office of Human Rights.
Frederick Keys Player Visits Longview School, Reads to Students
Frederick Keys second baseman Anthony Caronia and Keys mascot Keyote visited Longview School last month to read to students. Coronia read the book, “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” by Jack Norworth to students in Josh Schechter and Courtney Fike’s classrooms.
The students also read a story to Caronia using the Promethean Board and Clicker 6 educational software. After the story, students took turns asking Anthony Caronia questions about being a baseball player, and they each got a photo with him and Keyote.
Forest Oak Student Band, Orchestra and Chorus Recognized at Competition
Last month, about 100 Forest Oak Middle School student musicians traveled to compete in the Music in the Parks Festival at King’s Dominion in Virginia. Students performed really well and earned several awards. Student groups traveled from Rhode Island, West Virginia, Ohio, Virginia and Maryland to play and sing. Forest Oak students won several awards—the Advanced Band placed 3rd with an excellent rating; the Advanced Orchestra took 2nd place with an excellent rating; and the Chorus earned 1st place with a superior rating and was named Best Overall Chorus.
Tilden ‘Mixes It Up’ to Cultivate Respect and Understanding
Tilden Middle School has been named a Mix It Up Model School for its exemplary efforts to foster respect and understanding among its students and throughout its campus during this school year. Tilden is among 104 schools to receive the honor from the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance program. For 15 years, the program has hosted Mix It Up at Lunch Day to help students demonstrate the importance of respecting each other’s differences. Mix It Up at Lunch Day calls on students to move out of their comfort zones and connect with someone new over lunch, encouraging students to identify, question and cross social boundaries.
Georgian Forest Students Read More than 50,000 Minutes in Three Weeks
Georgian Forest Elementary School Principal Kim Rogers and Assistant Principal Josh Fine fulfilled a promise to their student body, allowing themselves to be duct-taped to the wall after students surpassed their reading goals for a contest. For the Read Across America competition, each class was challenged to read at least 3,000 minutes at home for three weeks. As a school, students ended up reading more than 50,000 minutes!