Four MCPS students have been selected to play in all-national honor bands and orchestras.
Thomas S. Wootton High School sophomore Sara Bock, who plays clarinet, and Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School sophomore Shisui Torii, who plays French horn, were selected to be in the National Association for Music Education’s (NAfME’s) All-National Honor Band. Wootton sophomores Jackson Bernal, who plays bassoon, and Anderson Bernal, who plays double bass, were selected to the All-National Honor Orchestra.
The NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles represent the top-performing high school musicians in the U.S. The 2022 ensembles will meet at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor this month under the leadership of top conductors in the field of music education.
Home Depot Foundation Donates Merchandise to Ashburton Elementary School Garden
Ashburton Elementary School partnered with The Home Depot Foundation to celebrate its success in fostering environmental awareness, conservation and stewardship. With a Community Impact Grant, the Bethesda Home Depot donated more than $6,000 in merchandise to refresh the school’s garden, including power-washing, raised beds, soil, large planters and plants, a shed, garden arch, deck box, umbrellas, bird feeders, a wheelbarrow and paint. “We are most excited about this project because it directly impacts so many kids,” said assistant store manager Michael Johnson.
In the spring, Ashburton completed a 12-year process, achieving Maryland Association of Environmental and Outdoor Education Maryland Green Schools Sustainability status. Kindergarten teacher Erin Burrell has also been awarded an excellence in teacher award by the Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation and a Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the innovative ways she uses creative experiences in the garden to enrich student learning.
Showcasing STEAM at Northwood High School
On Nov. 5, a STEAM Festival Showcase was held at Northwood High School. MCPS and educational partners feature opportunities for STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) with hands-on activities and demonstrations. Participating groups included: the Sherwood High School Chemistry Club, the Wheaton High School Society of Women Engineers and Robotics Team, the Montgomery Blair High School Robot Project team, the Clarksburg High School Robotics Team, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, NASA, Peer Outreach with Energy Resources and the Audubon Naturalist Society. The keynote speaker was Tina C. Williams-Koroma, the founder and CEO of TCecure, a cybersecurity and intelligence company providing security architecture, engineering, assessment, training and consulting services to businesses. Watch a video from the event.
RockWood Day Brings Together Staffs at Middle, High Schools
Last month, school staff at Rockville High School and Earle B. Wood Middle School held a day of learning, inspiration and collaboration. The first ever RockWood Day brought them together to discuss improving instructional strategies and meet the needs of all students. Colleagues examined a case study through the lens of their beliefs and the principles of equity-centered trauma-informed education, arriving at reimagined approaches to teaching and learning. One staff member said, “I liked the opportunity to discuss the issues with an expanded group of colleagues” and another commented: “Bouncing new ideas of each other is impactful.”
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