Students in this week’s stories have been up to some cool stuff, from inventing a guide arm to help blind workers to winning — by far — a countywide recycling competition.

1. The Washington Post reported that a state task force recommended that Maryland public schools start classes after Labor Day.
2. Poolesville High School will offer on-grade level classes in English and social studies next fall following concerns raised by parents that not all students can keep up with honors-level classes.
3. The Washington Post reported that Larry Bowers, chief operating officer for Montgomery County Public Schools, will retire in June 2015.
4. A Canadian teenager was arrested in connection with a string of “swatting” incidents in which Montgomery County and other schools were targeted.
5. Poolesville High School students’ invention makes more jobs available to the blind.
6. Six Potomac-area schools and seven Bethesda-area schools were voted “green” for their environmental efforts.
7. Olney Elementary School collected more than five times as much plastic as any of the other 14 Montgomery County schools that participated in a countywide recycling competition.
8. Sligo Creek Elementary School in Silver Spring hosted its fourth Salamander Stride Fun Run and raised about $29,000 for its parent-teacher association.
9. Gaithersburg Middle School Spanish teacher Caroline Olan took 19 of her students to Costa Rica during spring break.

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