About 160 senior citizens were honored at a Thanksgiving feast at Walter Johnson High School on Nov. 19. In its 40th year, the school invited seniors from seven senior citizen centers, rehab homes and community centers around Montgomery County.
The event was organized and hosted by the Walter Johnson Key Club, but many students performed and volunteered to participate by serving guests, eating with the seniors and dancing with them. The cafeteria and building services staffs provided a tremendous amount of help and the administrative team helped serve the lunch.
The big hit of the day’s event is always the music. This year, the advanced choir sang Africa by Toto; the Madrigals performed Beyond the Sea arranged by Kirby Shaw; and the show choir sang Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours by Stevie Wonder. The jazz ensemble was led by music resource teacher Chris Kosmaceski. Music teacher Kelly Butler coordinated the groups.
Germantown SCB Students Celebrate with Their Families and Staff
The School Community-Based (SCB) classes at Germantown Elementary School hosted its annual Thanksgiving Feast with the students and families on Nov. 23. Current and former staff and students helped prepare the traditional meal.
Richard Montgomery Shows Its Appreciation with Thanksgiving Pies
Other MCPS schools gave thanks in various ways. For the second straight year, Richard Montgomery High School will thank its staff by giving away pies on the day before Thanksgiving. The office staff randomly selects two names from a jar at the beginning of each period. Principal Damon Monteleone announces the winners, and the administrative team delivers the pies to the winning staff members.
Central Services Employees Compete in Bake Off Contest
Twenty-seven Central Services employees participated in a Bake Off on Nov. 20. There were 27 entries in this year’s contest, all vying for the title of Best MCPS Baker. The entries were judged on taste and presentation by Board of Education members Christopher Barclay, Jill Ortman-Fouse and Rebecca Smondrowski.
The winners were:
- Cookies: First Prize, Ada Morales (Office of Special Education and Student Services); Second Prize, Dr. Donna Hollingshead (Office of School Support and Improvement); Third Prize, Robin McCue (Office of School Support and Improvement/Leadership Development)
- Cakes: First Prize, Kathy Mathes (Office of Special Education and Student Services /Special Education); Second Prize, Superintendent’s Office; Third Prize, Kim Bishop (Equity Initiatives Unit)
- Other Items: First Prize, Ruth Campbell (Placement and Assesment Services Unit); Second Prize, Camille Henry (Interim Instructional Services); Third Prize, Elizabeth Thomas (Office of School Support and Improvement); Honorable Mention, Charlene Danka, Human Resources and Development
- GRAND Bake Off Champion: Kathy Mathes (Office of Special Education and Student Services /Special Education)
Central Services employees also collected donations of hats, mittens and gloves for Manna Food, A Wider Circle and Gaithersburg HELP.