Thursday, May 16, 2013
Advocates for free school breakfast programs say student achievement is linked to the availability of breakfast in schools.
More schools in Montgomery County are participating in free breakfast programs, a reality that may result in increased student achievement, advocates for school breakfast said. "Expanding participation in breakfast is one of the best ways to ensure that Maryland’s children are healthy and ready to learn," said Cathy Demeroto, director of Maryland Hunger Solutions. "Efforts to expand school breakfast in Maryland are making a difference, and we’re pleased to see that the state is moving in the right direction. Still, we can build on this progress and reach even more children, especially in urban areas." During the 2011-2012 school year, 49.3 percent of low-income children attending Montgomery County Public Schools participated in the …
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
A review of test scores for algebra, geometry, algebra II and precalculus showed that a majority of students failed the final exam last year, local news outlets reported.
More than half of high school students in Montgomery County Public Schools didn't pass last semester's math finals, according to reports in The Examiner newspaper and WAMU.org. Data from MCPS, released after parents at Rockville High began anecdotally comparing test scores, according to WAMU, show that students across the system failed bedrock mathematics course finals—algebra and algebra II, geometry and precalculus. Course Algebra Algebra II Geometry Precalculus Final Exam Failure (%) 61 57 62 48 Those percentages add up to about 11,000 students not passing final math exams out of 19,000 who took the exams, Examiner reported. Dana Tofig, spokesman for MCPS, said the system is forming a task force to investigate the high rate of failures…
Gov. Martin O’Malley, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett and MCPS Superintendent Joshua P. Starr spoke at the launch event at Benjamin Banneker Middle School last week.
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Alix Medor of Northwood High School in Silver Spring was recognized as the Patricia Behring High School History Day Teacher of the Year for Maryland.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Reconstruction work on the school begins this summer
On Thursday, the girls and boys varsity lacrosse teams at Wheaton High School will play the final games of the school year in the Richard Riddle Stadium before reconstruction work on the school begins this summer, according to Chris Culkin, Wheaton's athletic booster club president. Both games are against Magruder High School; the girls game begins at 5:15 p.m., the boys game at 7 p.m. Read more about the Richard Riddle Stadium in Chris Culkin's blog post on Patch about the final football game played there last fall.
"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 …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Special needs program will use school space while remaining separate.
The Extensions Program, a Montgomery County Public Schools special needs program, will officially begin using classroom space at Albert Einstein High School in September. According to Gwendolyn Mason, director of Special Education Services for Montgomery County, students in the program have disabilities and require "systematic support.” The program—a self-contained class separate from the rest of the school body—currently uses classes at Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg. However, the growing size made expansion necessary, and officials determined that Albert Einstein was the best location. “We were approached last September about housing the classes in some of our empty classrooms, and agreed with the county,” said Albert …
Monday, April 29, 2013
A new model for underperforming schools will work to close the county school system's achievement gap, school officials said.
Ten "Innovation Schools" within Montgomery County Public Schools will receive "shoulder-to-shoulder" support from the system's central office under a new program that will work to close the achievement gap. The new program, announced at the April 23 meeting of the Montgomery County Board of Education, will hire a new position—a chief school improvement officer—to work directly with the leadership staff at the selected schools. This dedicated central office position is new to the system's approach to working with struggling schools, said Deputy Superintendent Beth Schiavino-Narvaez. "We're limiting the number of schools so that (the improvement officer) can be on the ground working shoulder-to-shoulder with the leadership team on their …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Teachers, students, business owners and public safety personnel among award recipients
The Wheaton & Kensington Chamber of Commerce held its 29th Annual Community Awards Banquet at Hollywood East in Wheaton Wednesday night. Here is a full list of the awards and their recipients: The 2013 Wheaton & Kensington Chamber of Commerce Tribute Award: Kensington Volunteer Fire Department The Chamber Member of the Year: IHOP, William Moore, President The Outstanding Chamber Service Award: Smart Computer, Inc, Seth Katz The Non-Profit of the Year: Parent Encouragement Program The Mid-County Citizens Advisory Board Citizen of the Year: Susan DeFord The Mid-County Citizens Advisory Board Civic Association of the Year: Community Partners of Aspen Hill Wheaton Redevelopment Advisory Committee Wheaton Revitalization Award: The Shops …