A group of Brazilian professors and journalists visited Albert Einstein High School on Nov. 30 for a media literacy conference. The group met with English teachers, the media specialist, who offered an overview of the program, and held a Q&A with students.
This is the third year the media literacy unit has been offered for Einstein freshmen; it was designed by English teacher Kerri Mauer and media specialist Dorothy D’Ascanio. International Baccalaureate English teacher Cindy Krauchi has helped find additional ways to incorporate more rigorous instruction.
Mauer shared tips to help the guests develop media literacy units in Brazil, and Einstein students shared what they have learned. Students also shared artwork created for last year’s exhibition. The juniors and sophomores discussed how they are applying the strategies they learned to their research today.
At the end of the meeting, several international visitors said they were inspired by what the students had learned and looked forward to designing their own curriculum back home.
Blake HS Chorus to Perform at the Grand Ole Opry
The A CAPPELLA! chorus at James Hubert Blake High School will be performing at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn., on Friday, Jan 25. They are one of 18 groups from across the U.S. and Canada selected to perform. The chorus submitted an audition video from a 2017 performance. Earlier this year, the Barbershop Harmony Society notified the school that it was selected to participate in its Next Generation Junior Chorus Invitational.
Wootton, North Bethesda Win Holiday Choir Competition
The Thomas S. Wootton High School and North Bethesda Middle School choral groups won the top prizes in Mix 1073’s Holiday Choir Competition, which draws entries from schools all over the Washington, D.C., region. Wootton won $5,000, and North Bethesda won $2,500 for its music programs. In addition, Damascus Elementary School won second place in the K–8 competition. Wootton and North Bethesda will perform at The Shops at Wisconsin Place on Saturday, Dec. 15.
Wootton HS Marching Band Wins National Championship
The Thomas S. Wootton High School marching band won Grand Champion First Place at the US Bands National Marching Band Championship in Allentown, Penn., last month. They competed against 19 other marching bands.
The band also won Best Visual, Best Music and Best Overall Effect. Wootton’s color guard earned second place and its percussion section earned captured third place in their respective categories.
Former Student Places First in National Photography Contest
Former Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School student Nicolas Gonzalez won first place in the 2018 American Association of Physics Teachers’ (AAPT) nationwide photo contest with his entry, “Finger Pickin’ Good.” Gonzalez graduated in 2018 and is a freshman at the University of Maryland. His Advanced Placement physics teacher was Matt Jacobs.
The AAPT High School Physics Photo Contest is an international competition for high school students. The contest provides teachers and students an opportunity to learn about the physics behind natural and contrived situations by creating visual and written illustrations of various physical concepts.