Students, staff and parents gathered at Mill Creek Towne Elementary School on June 6 to learn about the emancipation of slaves in the United States and the importance of Juneteenth—the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. The students heard from a storyteller during their assembly and also participated in a poster contest with the theme of “What Freedom Means to Me.” The event was held in partnership with the Potomac Valley Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.
Montgomery Village MS Inducts 73 Students into National Junior Honor Society
With nearly 200 parents proudly watching, Montgomery Village Middle School inducted 73 seventh graders into the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) with a special ceremony. The number more than doubled last year’s membership.
An International Baccalaureate school, Montgomery Village has a FARMS population of 62.3 percent and has a very diverse student population. This large number of high-achieving students represents the outstanding performance and growth of its students and staff.
“The evening was truly special for our inductees, parents and staff,” said Montgomery Village Principal Dr. Edgar Malker. “The NJHS induction is truly the highlight of the evening wherein we recognize the achievements of our best and brightest but also it compliments our learning environment in terms of diversity. Not only do these students embody the 10 IB learner traits but they also exemplify the five pillars of new members of our NJHS chapter. I would also like to thank our departing 8th grade members for their leadership and service over the last three year.”
The ceremony took place in the school’s media center as part of their Night of Pride. Current members draped their white NJHS stoles onto the new inductees as President Islah Abdulmalek and Secretary Nicole Gonzalez read their names. Each new member was presented a certificate, pin and rose.
“The Montgomery Village staff has really done a good job of instilling not only academic qualities in our students to be successful, but also cultivating the whole child through social and emotional aspects,” said incoming PTSA President Reginald Wilson, who watched both of his children Regina and Reggie walk across the stage.
“It feels like a huge success being inducted into NJHS,” said seventh grader Diego Reyes. “It shows I am a leader of my school, and that is an honor.”
This year’s NJHS members raised money for the homeless in the Montgomery Village community with cardiograms during the winter holiday season. They also raised money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through Pennies for Patients.
“NJHS has helped me develop my leadership skills and build key characteristics that will help me throughout high school,” said outgoing president Islah Abdulmalek.
“NJHS is a great way to teach students how to be leaders. My officers ran meetings, organized and advertised fundraisers, and were a huge part of planning and executing the induction ceremony,” said faculty adviser Julie Sanders. “Looking out at the proud faces of so many parents from our community and watching them photograph every moment of their child in the program gave me goose bumps. Inducting 73 students into NJHS just proves that we have a hard-working, supportive community that produces future leaders.”
Forest Knolls Students Plant and Raise Lettuce, Then Celebrate With a Salad Party
The Audubon Naturalist Society (ANS) served its 10,000th salad to second graders at Forest Knolls Elementary School. In April, the second graders planted red leaf lettuce in raised garden beds in their courtyard. They watered the plants, checked the outdoor weather station and monitored the growth in salad garden journals. Earlier this month, the students harvested their plants, washed the greens, picked up toppings and dressings and celebrated with a salad party.
Since 2011, the ANS has partnered with MCPS to develop Salad Science, a project to help schoolchildren plant, grow and harvest their own salad greens.
The program works to create school gardens in previously underutilized courtyard areas. Students in the program grow their own salad greens for six weeks while learning about plant science and nutrition and celebrate the culmination of the program with a salad party.
To see the salad science program in action, watch this video, which features students from Forest Knolls and Joann LeLeck at Broad Acres elementary schools.
Whitman High School Wins It’s Academic Championship
Walt Whitman High School‘s quiz bowl team won the Washington-area It’s Academic Superbowl Championship and the Intercity Super Bowl against the regional teams from Baltimore and Central Virginia. Team members are Luke Rychlik, Will Arnesen and Samuel Arnesen. The team coach is Laurie Safran, and assistant coach is Jim Cannon. Whitman has not won a Superbowl for 31 years.
Giant Food sponsors It’s Academic and is donating $6,500 in prizes to Whitman.
Students from Four Elementary Schools Participate in Media Festival
Last month, about 150 fifth and sixth grade students from North Chevy Chase, Chevy Chase, Rolling Terrace and Burtonsville elementary schools joined together to hold a media festival. Students were invited to create and submit projects in the categories of Live Action video, Sequential Stills, Mixed Media and Animation.
Students from the TV Class at James Hubert Blake High School judged the projects, and winners received trophies and certificates.
The event was coordinated by Eileen Kirklen, media specialist at Chevy Chase, and Sharon Mosley-Ramsey, the media specialist at North Chevy Chase. In attendance were many parents, along with Andrea Christman, supervisor of School Library Media Programs (SLMP); Kyra Kreinbrook, instructional specialist with SLMP and Margie Gaudino with the Department of Instructional Technology.
Mentoring Program Connects Central Office Staff With Students
Staff, students and parents recently celebrated the successful completion of the 2015-2016 Students First mentoring program. Staff from the MCPS Office of School Support and Improvement, under the leadership of Dr. Kimberly Statham, committed to mentor students across the district. Twenty-four students from 16 schools participated in the program. The celebration featured a keynote from Selena Mendy Singleton, Senior Outreach Representative for Congresswoman Donna Edwards.
Geography Comes to Life at Rock Creek Forest Elementary
Fifth grade students at Rock Creek Forest Elementary School are practicing an activity using Skype that helps them expand their perspective of the world and learn about different communities while having fun.
Rockville Students Open Community Garden at Local School
Recently, students and teachers at Blair Ewing Alternative Education Programs in Rockville opened a new school garden in an effort to make the food in their school and surrounding community healthier and more nutritious.
The community-engagement project is one of dozens being funded through the Maryland State Education Association (MSEA)—the statewide educators’ union—to celebrate its 150th anniversary of working in the community to promote public education and a love of learning. The statewide effort offers grants to Maryland educators so they can further enrich and improve their communities via community service projects.
The project has reinforced some areas of the school curriculum, including science, home economics and mathematics, through hands-on experiences. During the process, students have learned about gardens and nutrition, positive attitudes, life skills and relaxation. Working on the garden helped students complete Student Service Learning (SSL) hours.
The project was sponsored by Home Depot, Master Gardener of Maryland, Manna Food Bank and other local agencies.
Sligo Middle Holds Visual Arts Night at AFI
Sligo Middle School held a Visual Arts Night at the American Film Institute (AFI) Theatre on May 31. More than 35 people attended for the showing of the movie, Forbidden Planet, which is based on William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Sligo has held three previous Visual Arts Night events at the school, during which they showed the films, The Good Earth, Muppet Treasure Island and The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. These films support the middle school curriculum.
First Ever Countywide High School Art Show Held at Lakeforest Mall
Wood MS Plays Host to More Than 100 Presenters for Annual Career Day
Kimberly Mitchell, president of Easter Seals Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services, addressed Earle B. Wood Middle School students during its annual Career Day. Mitchell shared her inspirational story and offered key messages for students as they begin to think about and evaluate career opportunities. More than 100 presenters from a variety of career fields volunteered their time to share experiences with students, encouraging them to think about their goals and the educational path needed to reach them.
Wood partnered with Educational Systems Federal Credit Union, who sponsored a hospitality lounge for presenters.
Art Show at Rockville Library on Display Through the Summer
The 12th Annual Understanding Diversity Through the Arts show is on display through Monday, Aug. 29 at the Rockville Memorial Library, 21 Maryland Avenue in Rockville. The 2016 Best in Show winner was Mikaela Chin, an eighth grader at Kingsview Middle School. Her art teacher is Isabella Grimann.