Don’t lose track of school happenings during the summer break! There’s plenty of news this week from changes to a system-wide program for kids out of school to Algebra exam grades to a construction project at Bethesda Elementary:
1. Montgomery County Public Schools has bumped up Algebra 1 spring semester exam grades, citing instruction time spent studying for state tests as a main reason that many students earned low or failing exam scores.
2. The school system is trying to improve its program for instructing students who can’t get to school for physical, emotional or disciplinary reasons.
3. Montgomery County school board members think the board has not engaged well with Latino, African-American and Asian communities and that “traditionally marginalized communities” are underrepresented in the board’s efforts to reach the public.
4. The National Elementary Honor Society program at Westover Elementary School in Silver Spring is changing following concerns from parents who called for the program to end.
5. Help is on the way for overcrowded Bethesda Elementary School in the form of a building addition.
6. Bill Harris is going out on a high note, placing second in the statewide Star-Spangled Sing-Off competition as he wraps up his career as a music teacher with the county school system.
7. The Washington Post reported that a group of Maryland education officials and organizations agreed to work together on part of the state evaluation system for teachers and principals.