Farmland and Ronald McNair elementary schools were honored on May 17 by Maryland State Superintendent Dr. Karen Salmon as part of her Maryland Blue Ribbon School Tours of Excellence. Both schools are 2016-2017 Maryland Blue Ribbon Schools and assemblies were held at each school to honor the achievements of the teachers and students.
Dedicating Hallie Wells Middle School
The Clarksburg community celebrated the dedication of Hallie Wells Middle School on May 13. Hallie Wells MS opened in August 2016 and boasts more than 150,000 square feet of learning space. The school is named after Hallie Wells, a longtime Clarksburg resident who deeded 290 acres of farmland to the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. Today, the land includes a park, named after her late husband Ovid Hazen Wells, and a farm established to help adults with developmental disabilities. While Hallie Wells Middle School is not located on the original land, this site is only a few blocks away.
The dedication celebration featured student musical performances, building tours, and a special appearance by Brenda Graves, great-niece of Hallie Wells. Other speakers included: Superintendent Jack Smith; Judy Docca, vice president of the Board of Education; and Barbara Woodward, the school principal.
Dads and Daughters Dance the Night Away at Strathmore Elementary School
On the evening of May 5, 2017, Strathmore Elementary School (Grades 3-5), along with its sister school, Bel Pre Elementary (Grades Pre K- 2), hosted its first Daddy-Daughter Dance and Dinner. There were 100 dads, uncles, granddads and 121 daughters who attended for dinner and dancing. A few dads even sang karaoke. Strathmore assistant principal Jonathan Kieffer received donations from local businesses and individuals to help put on the event. Moms and staff members volunteered to decorate, clean up and manage the food buffet line.
Bel Pre Invites Moms in for Special Event
More than 160 moms celebrated during a Muffins with Mom event at Bel Pre Elementary School on May 12. More than 160 moms attended to enjoy a special treat and to hear guest speaker Frances Frost, past president of the Montgomery County Council of PTAs and author.
Frost spoke about her top ten list for balancing work, kids and home life. Moms later got to visit classrooms and work with their children.
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