Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The systemwide proposal to provide more central office support to struggling schools begins with a 10-school pilot, according to county schools officials.
A Germantown elementary school was picked to help pilot a new program from Montgomery County Public Schools that will provide an extra layer of central office support to underperforming schools. Officials culled data to determine the schools that needed help, including key measures at certain grade levels, like whether students are reading as they should by 3rd grade and whether 5th and 8th graders have the reading and math skills that prepare them for the next level. The full list of schools: "The 10 Innovation Schools have already shown a commitment to school improvement and have the staff and leadership in place to accelerate that progress," Superintendent Joshua Starr said in a statement. "These schools will serve as a model for how …
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Students from Germantown Earn Awards at St. Mary's College of Maryland ST. MARY'S CITY, MD—The following students received multiple awards at St. Mary's College of Maryland on April 26, at the annual Awards Convocation ceremony for exceptional academic achievement: Joshua Santangelo, a resident of Germantown, received the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Award and the Gentlemen's Club Alumni Award. Emily Wavering, a resident of Germantown, received the Deak Reynolds Economics Award and the S. Ethel Chance Award. Jamel Macauley Graduates from Ohio Christian University CIRCLEVILLE, OH—Jamel Macauley of Germantown graduated from Ohio Christian University with a Bachelor of Arts in International Business. Darnestown Native Makes Dean's List at…
Sunday, May 12, 2013
The Montgomery County Board of Education meets regularly in Rockville.
The Montgomery County Board of Education will approve a bevy of school building improvements at its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, May 14 at 9 a.m. in Rockville. Projects at Judith A. Resnik, Sequoyah, Summit Hall, Arcola and Rosemary Hills Elementary Schools are on the agenda. (To see the full agenda, click on the PDF above.)
Monday, May 6, 2013
Seneca Valley High School student Steven Isaacson was awarded $500.
Germantown Historical Society awarded a $500 scholarship to Seneca Valley High School student Steven Isaacson. The scholarship was presented Wednesday at an awards ceremony at Seneca Valley. Steven has a weighted GPA of 3.95. He has taken eight advanced placement (AP) classes, five of which are Social Studies classes (AP US History, AP US Government, AP World History, AP Psychology, and AP Comparative Government), according to a news release from the historical society.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
"Students are the largest stakeholders, but we are noticeably underrepresented in making critical decisions" in the school system, said Justin Kim, 18, of Gaithersburg.
Meet Justin Kim, junior at Poolesville High and an 18-year-old Gaithersburg native who will serve as student member of the Montgomery County Board of Education next year. Kim was elected to the position with 65 percent of the student vote, Montgomery County Public Schools announced April 26. All secondary students in the system were eligible to participate in the election. Patch spoke to Kim about what he hopes to achieve during his term and the challenges the school system faces. Patch: Why did you want to become a member of the Montgomery County Board of Education? Justin Kim: I’ve always had a passion for service and working with others towards a common goal. Throughout my life, I am always looking for new ways to help others and …
Police and Montgomery County firefighters investigated the letter at Diamond Elementary.
GAITHERSBURG—A letter sent to a Diamond Elementary School faculty member contained an unknown substance and came from a fake Canadian business, a Gaithersburg police spokesman said Tuesday afternoon. Police were called to the Gaithersburg school Tuesday morning to investigate the letter, which Montgomery County Public Schools officials said posed no threat to students or staff. "The letter came from—it said on the receiving end—from a business out of Canada," Gaithersburg police Officer Dan Lane said. "When we looked up the business, the business didn't exist. So right now we don't know where it came from. "Where it came from is a fake address." Diamond Elementary instituted a "shelter in place" procedure and Marquis Drive was closed for a…
Monday, April 22, 2013
Sophomore wrote the grand-prize winning essay
Daniela Hernandez-Fujigaki, a 10th grader at Clarksburg High School won the $20,000 grand prize in a Junior Achievement Essay Competition. Hernandez-Fujigaki will be honored at a ceremony June 5 in Washington, DC. Three other Montgomery County public school students were selected as sate winners and will receive $10,000 scholarships: Richard Montgomery High School will receive a $6,000 grant for having the most eligible applicants. The winning entries are posted at the Junior Achievement website.
Most recent incident involved Damascus High School sophomore
The Maryland Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) recently announced that for the fourth time in eight years, it has taken action against the Montgomery County Public School system regarding a student’s rights to decline to participate in the Pledge of Allegiance. This most recent incident involved Enidirs Siurano-Rodriguez, a 10th grade student at Damascus High School, who was protesting U.S. government policies toward Puerto Rico, which is her family's native country. According to the ACLU’s press release, Siurano-Rodriguez was initially sent to the principal’s office, where the assistant principal “improperly demanded to know why she persisted in sitting during the Pledge.” The school then contacted the student’s …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Reasonable School Discipline Act of 2013 introduced in Maryland Legislature.
A 7-year-old boy at Park Elementary School in Anne Arundel County was recently suspended for two days for chewing a strawberry-filled breakfast pastry into the shape of a gun, pointing it and saying “bang, bang.” The Washington Post was one of a number of media outlets that reported the incident, which captured national attention with political commentator George Will naming the child the Pop-Tart Terrorist. The Post also reports that in the almost three months since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, two Washington, DC-area children have been suspended for pointing their fingers like guns. It also reported that a 10-year-old in Alexandria was arrested for displaying a toy gun and a 5-year-old girl in Pennsylvania was suspended …
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Learn about a different kind of Maryland "crab," where Costco fans are flocking and how a flash heat wave felled students. Be prepared with all the Maryland news across Patch.
Sunday, April 14
By Patch Staff Relationship Between Army Recruiter and Slain Rockville Teen Examined As the community grieves, details are emerging about the nature of the relationship between a Rockville High School student and an Army recruiter whom police say shot and killed the teen before killing himself at his Germantown home. Blue Angels Cancel Remaining Air Shows in 2013 The rest of the season—including the air show in Annapolis—was canceled due to budget constraints in the defense department, an official said. Michelle Obama to Speak at Bowie State University Commencement The first lady will address approximately 600 graduates during commencement excercises on May 17, and BSU will confer an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree upon the first lady. …