The BROTHERS program at Gaithersburg High School enjoyed time with the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup on Dec. 12. The Washington Capitals won the cup for the first time in franchise history earlier this year.
David Blair, a partner with Monumental Sports & Entertainment, the company that owns the Washington Capitals, was invited to the school to speak by the BROTHERS program. BROTHERS is a student-driven mentoring program that assists high school males in their academic, social and emotional growth.
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Oakland Terrace Teacher Wins Music Education Innovator Award
Anna Harris, music teacher at Oakland Terrace Elementary School, won a 2018 Music Education Innovator Award from the Give A Note Foundation. She was one of five winners in the U.S.
Give A Note provides support to nurture, grow and strengthen music education opportunities to students, schools and communities throughout the country. The Music Education Innovator Award recognizes creative music programs that attract students not typically enrolled in music education courses, increasing access to music education through diversity in curriculum and approach.
Harris’ proposal was called “Ethiopian Song Project.”
“There are currently no Ethiopian music resources available to music teachers, and I teach in a county that has the largest Ethiopian-American population in the United States,” Harris wrote. “My Ethiopian students are excited to share what they know about their own culture and to be making music that is familiar to them. In addition, my students who are not Ethiopian are excited to do these songs because they represent their classmates and friends.”
Julius West MS Launches No Place for Hate Program
Julius West Middle School joined the Anti-Defamation League’s No Place for Hate program to create and maintain a positive, respectful and inclusive environment for all students. They kicked off the initiative this week with a banner signing.
Clopper Mill Staff Holds First Gingerbread House Decorating Contest
The staff at Clopper Mill Elementary School sure knows how to have holiday fun! The school held its first Gingerbread House decorating competition for staff members. Each staff member or team could submit one house. The gingerbread house could be baked at home or be a store-bought kit; it could be made with family, work colleagues, their class or alone. The first place winners were Lisa Lynch and Beatriz Diaz, special education paraeducators.
Rock Creek Forest Hosts STEAM Expo
Rock Creek Forest Elementary School held a STEAM Expo on Dec. 13. The expo featured many activities, including presentations by scientists and the Maryland Science Center. Students also got to present their inquiry projects.