More than 100 French Immersion sixth, seventh and eighth grade students from Silver Spring International Middle School participated in the state visit of French President Emmanuel Macron and First Lady Brigitte Macron. First lady Dr. Jill Biden invited the students to participate in the visit. Students and the first ladies, both educators, toured Planet Word in Washington, D.C., and enjoyed a poetry reading. Some students had the opportunity to greet and engage with them over an interactive book device in the library.
WIN Time Gives Additional Academic Support to Goshen Students
Goshen Elementary School has a unique approach to helping students improve math and literacy skills. Its program, What I Need (WIN) time, offers reading, math and ESOL support, reading and math enrichment, and a focus on writing skills. Using school data, all students at Goshen are assessed for their needs, and grouped by skills and concepts they need to develop. Students participate in WIN time 30 minutes a day, four times a week. The additional support is provided by regular and special education teachers, ESOL teachers and paraeducators.
Goshen staff have good reason to believe the program helps students: 80 percent of students increased math and literacy MAP scores between the fall of 2021 and the spring of 2022. Watch a video on the program.
Odessa Shannon MS Opens Wellness Space
A group of volunteers from Horizon Therapeutics converted an office into a wellness space at Odessa Shannon Middle School. They painted the room, and added furniture and wall hangings to the space. They also planted a garden and made fidgets for gift bags for students.
Poolesville High School Robotics Team Named a Finalist in Competition
In October, Poolesville High School’s robotics team participated in the Battle of Baltimore, a FIRST Robotics off-season competition in Cockeysville, Md. Poolesville’s FRC Team 4099 joined 22 other teams from across the Washington, D.C. metro area at the event. Poolesville was a finalist in the competition and earned the Star Spangled Banner award for gracious professionalism and sportsmanship.
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