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$25,000 Scholarship for Montgomery College Students

 

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) provides scholarship support in various amounts to Montgomery College students to assists with costs in hopes that the individuals will give back to the community and work in Montgomery County. This year the GGCC has decided to raise $25,000 dollars.

“We feel that it is our responsibility to make sure that we help provide an educated workforce. We’d like to have either a business or engineering student with financial needs. We want to make sure that the scholarship really helps students graduate in their field and give back to our community,” said GGCC President/CEO Marilyn Balcombe.

On June 23rd, the Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union, headquartered in Germantown, presented a $2,000 dollar check for the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce’s Montgomery College Scholarship Foundation.

Police Adventure Camp!

 

The 4th Police Adventure Camp at Viers Mill Elementary School focused on teaching incoming 4th, 5th, and 6th graders skills like decision making, how to refuse drugs and alcohol, and resisting peer pressure. 

"It started out with 30 at-risk youth. They came in, we talked about making good decisions: resisting drugs, alcohol and gangs and gave them skills to be better students," said Officer Amy Daum.

The camp is a partnership between Montgomery County Police Department, Montgomery County Public Schools and Linkages to Learning. The Linkages to Learning Program assists students and their families with services to help children be successful in school, at home, and in the community.  

Summer Food Service Program Ensures Students Don't Go Hungry

Summer Food Service Program Ensures Students Don't Go Hungry

This information comes to us from Prince George's County Public Schools:

 Although Maryland is home to three of the richest counties in the nation (Howard, Montgomery and Calvert), 11.1 percent of households in Maryland (or 1 in 9) face a constant struggle against hunger. When schools are closed during the summer months, students who receive free or reduced-price meals throughout the school year are at risk for not receiving the nutrition they need to learn, play, and grow.

Eight Local High Schools Ranked among Newsweek’s Top 500 High Schools

Eight Local High Schools Ranked among Newsweek’s Top 500 High Schools

Of the 19 schools on the Maryland state list, eight were Montgomery County Public high schools. Seven of those MCPS schools were among the top ten in the state, according to a new measuring system created by Newsweek to rate the success of a high school in “turning out college-ready (and life-ready) students.” The results of the publication’s revamped national rankings were released online on June 20th, along with an explanation of the methodology used to rank the schools. Newsweek no longer publishes a national ranking based on Jay Mathew’s High School Challenge Index that appears in The Washington Post.

Catholic School Principal Has Pink Mohawk

 

How many school principal's do you know that have a pink Mohawk? We know of at least one.

We went to St. Peter’s School in Waldorf, Md. Thursday, June 9th to see Principal, J.R. West, shave his hair into a Mohawk and dye it pink for a lost bet before the kids summer vacation.

At the beginning of this school year, Mr. West challenged his students to read 4,000 books instead of the 2,300 they had read the previous year. He promised if they did this, he would shave his hair into a Mohawk and paint it pink.

 

“In January they were only around 1900 books and I thought I was in the clear but in the spring they kicked it up a gear. They read 4,300 books, averaging 30 books per child, which is great. They read a total of 68 million words this year, and I now have a pink Mohawk,” Principal J.R. West said with a smile on his face.

 

Public Schools Initiate High School Athletics Fee

 Public Schools Initiate High School Athletics Fee

This information comes to us from Prince George's County Public Schools:

Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS) has initiated a new annual athletics activity fee for students who are selected as members of an Interscholastic Athletic Team, in response to substantial revenue cuts for the 2011-2012 school year. The one-time fee of $50 will be collected prior to the beginning of each sports season, and will cover the student's participation in high school athletics for the entire year–even if they transfer to another PGCPS school or are selected to participate on multiple athletic teams.

#1 in Graduation Rate for a Third Straight Year

#1 in Graduation Rate for a Third Straight Year

According to a national report released Tuesday, June 7th, Montgomery County Public Schools has the highest graduation rate among the nation’s largest school districts for the third year in a row.

The annual Diplomas Count report, published by Education Week, calculated MCPS’ graduation rate at 85.7 percent. This is a 2.6 percentage point increase over last year’s report. It is significantly higher than the rate for the nation (71.7 percent) and the state of Maryland (76.8 percent).