Celebrations, Remembrances Mark Black History Month
Several schools throughout MCPS celebrated Black History Month with remembrances and special guests. Former NBA player and humanitarian Dikembe Mutombo visited William Tyler Page Elementary School and shared inspirational and educational advice with students, staff and families. Mutombo spoke about the difficulties growing up and getting an education in the Congo. He walked several miles to school each day and if he or others were late they had to stand at the window to get the lesson because the class size was about 125 students to one teacher. Despite being more than seven feet tall, he never liked playing basketball, but was more into his studies. He opened a hospital in his mother’s honor in the Congo where people can get vaccinated and medical treatment free of charge. He encouraged students and families to always give back to their local school, worship center and hospital. He reminded the crowd to never forget their past, and that everyone has the potential and hope to make the world a better place.
About 50 people attended a program at Earle B. Wood Middle School celebrating Black History Month. The school’s step team performed, and the group watched and discussed a video of the aftermath of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the rise of the Black Panthers and Black Power movement.
Admissions Fair Awards Acceptances, Scholarships
Admissions staff from several Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) hosted an admissions fair at Richard Montgomery on Feb. 19. MCPS seniors applied for on-the-spot admissions and scholarships. This year 198 MCPS students received acceptances and 15 received scholarships totaling $43,000.
Hundreds Pack Garrett Park’s International Night
More than 400 people attended Garrett Park Elementary School’s International Night on Saturday, March 1. More than 30 countries were represented, including Armenia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Wales and Zambia. Parents and kids hosted stations where they displayed information and artifacts about their country, wearing traditional clothing and preparing food and drink samples. Kids were given passports that were stamped at each table as they travelled around the world. About 100 students participated in an International Parade, dressed in traditional clothing. There were also cultural student performances where students sang songs, danced, played instruments and read poetry.
Local Designers, Painters and Illustrators Teach Art to North Chevy Chase Students
For the seventh year in a row, students and teachers at North Chevy Chase Elementary School took a break from math, science and other subjects to spend half a day drawing, sketching and painting alongside artists from a battery of local museums and businesses. On Feb. 26, teams of Chinese brush painters, postal stamp designers, graphic artists, scientific illustrators and architects gathered at the school to lead more than 400 students through a series of hands-on workshops making art. Students received sketchpads donated by Plaza Artist Materials of the Mid-Atlantic. The Chevy Chase Super Market donated a bushel of bell peppers, paper plates, and plastic knives for the still-life classes. The Big Draw was developed by fourth grade teacher Jacqueline Moore to showcase a learning experience that would develop the whole child and bring attention to diminishing arts education budgets.
Montgomery County Sherwood Poms Win National Award
Sherwood High School Pom Captains Alexa Edwards and Bailey Greseth and Coach Jeanne Laeng have returned home from an all-expenses paid trip to Orlando, Fla. where they were presented with the 2013 American School Spirit Award at the National Dance Team Championships. The award is presented annually recognizing the top all-around program in the country, which exemplifies community service, outstanding school athletic support, spirit raising activities, academics, and overall, today’s dance team. The event was held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, where the girls were presented with VIP passes, introduced during the Dance Championships and honored with a crystal trophy and a video presentation portraying their efforts throughout the year in service to their school, teams and community. The students were interviewed by ESPN for a feature spot during the rebroadcast of National Dance Team Championships.
Celebrating International School Meals Day
Students at Watkins Mill High School celebrated International School Meals Day on March 6 by talking with their peers in a classroom at Acklam Grange School in the United Kingdom. During the half-hour internet video chat session, the students discussed their favorite foods and the importance of making healthy choices.