Blair senior vies for prize in math and science contest
Nov. 25, 2003

Montgomery Blair senior Xinlei "Stanley" Wang was named a regional finalist in the 2003-2004 Siemens Westinghouse Competition. He competed at Carnegie- Mellon University in Pittsburgh earlier this month with other Middle States Regional finalists, three students from New York and one from New Jersey. He is the only finalist from Maryland.

The Siemens Westinghouse Competition in Math, Science & Technology fosters growth for high school students who are willing to challenge themselves through science research, according to information from the company's Web site.

Students may submit research reports either individually or in teams. Research scientists from universities and laboratories judge the reports. Students whose projects are selected for further competition are invited to give an oral and poster presentation at one of the six regional events hosted by partner universities.

The top individual and team winners receive additional scholarships of $100,000. Runners up receive scholarships ranging from $10,000 to $50,000.

Student to attend

leadership conference

Anthony Sfrisi of Burtonsville, a student at Pallotti High School, will attend the National Young Leaders Conference Dec. 2-7 in Washington, D.C. Students who attend meet elected officials, political appointees and others in government, the news media and the international community.

Dawes reads

to kindergarten class

Three-time Olympic gymnast Dominique Dawes recently read to a kindergarten class at Jackson Road Elementary School in Silver Spring to kick off the school's literacy campaign, "Read More." The campaign is an effort between the school's PTA and the staff to encourage reading.

Private school students' meetings for consortiums

Preferred Choice information meetings for families of eighth-grade who are enrolled in private schools and reside in the Northeast Consortium and Downcounty Consortium will be held Dec. 3 and Dec. 4 at the Spring Mill Field Office, 11721 Kemp Mill Road, Silver Spring.

The meeting for Northeast Consortium parents and students will be held 7 p.m. Dec. 3. The meeting for Downcounty Consortium parents and students will be held 7 p.m. Dec. 4.

The presentations will include an overview of the signature programs at the Northeast Consortium high schools Dec. 3 and the academy programs in the Downcounty Consortium high schools Dec. 4. The Preferred Choice student assignment process also will be explained.

Following the presentations, private school students will have an opportunity to enroll in the Preferred Choice Process for the 2004-2005 school year. Appointments are required to participate in the enrollment process following the information meeting. To make an appointment for enrollment call 301-649-8081.

For more information about the Signature Programs and the Preferred Choice Process in the Northeast Consortium, or for more information about the Academy Programs and the Choice Process in the Downcounty Consortium, visit www.mcps.k12.

Cadets march with Santa

Paint Branch NJROTC's Color Guard and Marching Unit participated in Saturday's Montgomery County Thanksgiving Day Parade in Silver Spring. This is the first year for the NJROTC unit at Paint Branch, and 81 students are enrolled.

Blair students qualify

on university math test

The University of Maryland Mathematics Examination was given to 2032 students in the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia on Oct. 22. Of the 230 students who qualified for the next level, 91 are from Montgomery Blair High School. Alex Mont, Matt McCutchen, Brian Lawrence, Matt Jordan, Randy Li, John Kim and John Shen received a perfect score.

Blake High junior selected for Youth Leadership Washington

Jasmine Cooper, a junior at Blake High School was selected as one of 30 students from the Washington metropolitan area to participate in the 2003-2004 class of Youth Leadership Washington.

Youth Leadership Washington, a program within the network organization of Leadership Washington, identifies exemplary high school students who have demonstrated leadership qualities and a concern for their communities. Through monthly seminars and projects, the program allows the students to interact with community leaders and decision makers, provides exposure to community needs, opportunities, problems and resources and presents opportunities for the students to develop relationships and a level of mutual respect among each other.

Book fair at

Forest Knolls Elementary

A book fair, sponsored by the Forest Knolls Elementary School PTA, will be held Dec. 1-4 at the school, 10830 Eastwood Ave., Silver Spring. Times are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 1-4, and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 3 and Dec. 4 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. A special Author's Night, featuring Barbara Ann Porte, Therese On Louie and Alice McGill, will be 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 2.


paper wins award

The Springbrook High School newspaper, the Blueprint, has been named the fourth best large-school student newspaper in the state by the Maryland Scholastic Press Association. The association gave the Blueprint 90 points out of 100. English teacher and interim adviser Wendy Brodsky and editor in chief Donna Chiu, now a freshman at the University of Maryland Phillip Merrill School of Journalism, led a strong staff to produce 15 issues in the school year.

Schools to receive

new pianos

Jason's Music Center, a family-owned business in Anne Arundel County, has provided 12 new pianos for the use of Montgomery County Public Schools as part of JMC's Public School Piano Loan Program. The value of the pianos is estimated at $150,000.

The pianos, offered by JMC owner Steve Cohen, will be used by the schools for one year, then sold at the end of the school year with assistance from the school system in distributing flyers to advertise the sale.

The school system also is scheduled to receive new pianos for use for one year in the next two years, according to the agreement between JMC and the school system.

The area high schools receiving pianos this year are Albert Einstein and Col. Zadok Magruder high schools (grand pianos); Walter Johnson High School, Earl B. Wood and Rocky Hill middle schools; and Brooke Grove, Highland, Highland View, Galway, Beverly Farms, Greenwood, and Rosemont elementary schools (uprights).

Calvary principal

to kiss a cow

Calvary Lutheran School principal Maryls-Jean Natonick has promised to kiss a cow if the students at the school raise $300 to purchase one as part of the Care of Widows: Cows for Kids project that provides cows for widows and their families in India.

Former Calvary librarian Ini Beckman, who now lives in New Delhi, is helping to coordinate the program. Natonick has agreed to one kiss for every cow purchased by the students. Call the school at 301-589-4001 to donate.

Schools close for holidays

Montgomery County Public Schools will close Nov. 27 and 28 in recognition of Thanksgiving. The school system also will close Dec. 24, 25, 26, 29, 31 and Jan. 1 and 2 for winter break. For information, call your child's school or visit

Silent auction, raffle

at East Silver Spring ES

The Panda Silent Auction and Panda Pick Raffle sponsored by the East Silver Spring Elementary School PTA will be held 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 12 at the school, 631 Silver Spring Ave. Call 301-650-6420.

B-CC class of 1983 reunion

Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School's Class of 1983 will hold a 20th anniversary reunion at 8 p.m. Nov. 28 at the Park Hyatt Hotel, located at the intersection of 24th and M streets in northwest Washington, D.C. For information, visit

Nominate an

'outstanding teacher'

One exceptional Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) teacher will be selected for recognition and a $3,000 award in the annual Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Awards program sponsored by The Washington Post.

Goals of the program are to recognize excellence in teaching, encourage creative and quality instruction, and contribute in a substantive way to improve education in the Washington metropolitan area.

Nominees must be full-time certified regular or special education teachers of pre-kindergarten through grade 12. They must have a minimum of three years of teaching experience in MCPS.

Nominees for the award must:

*Instill in students a desire to learn and achieve;

*Understand the individual needs of students, encourage their talents and foster their self-esteem;

*Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of subject matter and the ability to share it effectively with students;

*Foster cooperative relationships with colleagues and the community; and

*Demonstrate outstanding leadership.

For additional information, call the Office of Human

Resources at 301-279-3270.

Each nomination packet must include:

*A completed application form;

*A description of the nominee's contributions in each required area;

*A brief career summary;

*A sample lesson plan;

*Three or four statements of support;

*Two head-and-shoulders photos (minimum 2-by-2-inch, maximum 8-by-10-inch).

Nominations may come from teachers, students, former students, parents, administrators or the general public. Teachers may not nominate themselves.

Send nomination packets to Alan Rosenthal, Office of Human Resources, 7361 Calhoun Place, Suite 401, Rockville, MD 20855 by 5 p.m. on Dec. 19, 2003.

Names of the winners from each Washington metropolitan area school district remain confidential until announced by The Washington Post in early spring.

Good Counsel student

in leadership program

Keith Lavon of Takoma Park recently participated in a leadership program for students interested in careers in national security.

Lavon, a junior at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Wheaton, attended the National Youth Leadership Forum on Defense, Intelligence and Diplomacy from Nov. 4-9 in Washington, D.C. The program brought together about 400 high school juniors and seniors from around the county.

MPT to give award

to Maryland high school

Maryland Public Television has created the Sense and Dollars financial literacy Web site for teenagers, with support from CitiFinancial and the Citigroup Foundation (

CitiFinancial and Maryland Public Television will award $5,000 to one Maryland high school class for the best fund-raising project conducted between Sept. 1, 2002, and Dec. 15, 2003. Contest and prize money are provided through a grant from CitiFinancial and Citigroup Foundation.

The contest deadline is Dec. 21, 2003. Winners will be announced in January 2004. Go to for more information.

Applicants sought for School of Radiological Technology

Holy Cross Hospital's School of Radiological Technology is now accepting applications for its 2004-2006 school sessions. The deadline for registering is March 1, 2004. The two-year accredited program, which will begin classes on Sept. 7, 2004, provides training for people wishing to pursue a career in medical imaging (radiological sciences).

Upon completion of the program, students receive a certificate in radiological technology.

Applicants must have a high school diploma, or have successfully completed a standard equivalency test (GED). A $25 non-refundable fee and a 500-word essay on "Why I Want to be a Radiological Technologist" are required at registration. In addition to meeting eligibility requirements, all applicants must undergo a general academic aptitude examination and oral interview prior to being accepted to the program.

Tuition for the two-year certificate program is $1,500. Students accepted into the program will also be responsible for textbook and uniform cost. All classes and course instruction is held at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring.

Holy Cross Hospital's School of Radiological Technology is a nonprofit school accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiological Technology and the Maryland Higher Education commission.

To obtain an application and course description, call 301-754-7367.

Board of Education

trips policy

The Board of Education has tentatively approved a revised policy (IPD) on travel study programs and field trips. Interested individuals or groups are encouraged to submit comments to the Board during the public comment period ending Dec. 8.

The revised Policy IPD, Travel Study Programs, Field Trips and Student Organization Trips, affirms the Board of Education's position that classroom instruction is the foundation of the educational process and that maximizing instructional time is a primary goal of the Board of Education.

The policy provides guidance for planning, approving, implementing and evaluating various types of schools trips, and the revisions reflect a strengthened emphasis on the relationship between the purpose of the proposed trip and instruction.

Public response to the revised policy should be in writing and sent by Dec. 8, to the Office of the Superintendent of Schools, 850 Hungerford Drive, Rockville, MD 20850. All responses will be shared with the Board of Education.

Items appropriate for School News may be mailed to The Gazette, 8650 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20910. They may also be sent by fax to 301-562-3262 or by e-mail to