Blair student newspaper Silver Chips honored
Jan. 26, 2005

Silver Chips, the student newspaper at Montgomery Blair High School, won the National Student Press Association Newspaper Pacemaker Award for its 2003-2004 issues. The online version of the paper, Silver Chips Online, also won the Online Pacemaker award, the first-ever dual winners in the same year.

Silver Chips and Silver Chips Online also won Marylander awards from the Maryland Scholastic Press Association for high schools with more than 1,200 students. Silver Chips was one of 23 other papers to win Pacemaker awards this year. Judges from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution selected the winners.

In the Maryland awards, Silver Chips won 23 individual awards, including eight first places. The online version swept all online awards.

Silver Spring International

to host jazz workshop

Silver Spring International Middle School, with the help of a grant, will bring in jazz musicians for a workshop Feb. 10 and 11 at the school. The musicians will work with the students Feb. 10 and play with the students in a school concert Feb. 11.

Oakland Terrace raises money for needy

Students at Oakland Terrace Elementary School in Silver Spring raised $2,182.54 in a coin drive for tsunami victims. The students also organized a food drive in December for Manna Food that brought in more than 5,000 items for the Montgomery County center.

Spaghetti dinner

at Takoma Park ES

A spaghetti dinner and an evening of games and arts and crafts will be held 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Takoma Park Elementary School, 7511 Holly Ave. Tickets are $10 for adults and children over 12, $5 for children under 12, and free for children 3 and under.

Call Marcelle Fozard at 301-270-4570.

College Goal Sunday

at Wheaton HS

College-bound students can receive help with financial aid forms 2 p.m. Sunday at the College Goal Sunday event at Wheaton High School, 12601 Dalewood Drive. The application for federal student aid (FAFSA) is needed to qualify for federal grants and loans and many state and private scholarships.

Participants should bring proof of income, including tax returns and W-2 forms or pay stubs. Call 866-462-4625 or visit

Oakland Terrace ES to hold International Night

Oakland Terrace's PTA will hold its annual International Night 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Newport Mill Middle School, 11311 Newport Mill Road, Kensington. Food from around the world will be available and international song and dance will be performed. School families should bring a dish to share. Admission is $1. Call 301-929-2161.

Forest Knolls ES holds

'Penny War' for orphanage

Forest Knolls Elementary School held a "Penny War" fund-raiser in which each grade competed to raise the most money for an orphanage in Sri Lanka that was destroyed in the tsunami. The rules:

* Each grade had its own jar;

* Each penny dropped in the jar increased the score by one point;

* Each nickel dropped in the jar decreased the score by five points;

* Each dime dropped in the jar decreased the score by 10 points;

* Each dollar dropped in the jar decreased the score by 100 points.

The grade with the most points won a pizza party.

B-CC jazz performance

The Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School Jazz Combo will play 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Chevy Chase Panera Bread, 4459 Willard Ave. Panera Bread will donate 10 percent of sales from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. to B-CC's Grand Piano Fund.

B-CC book sale

The Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School PTSA will hold its annual used book sale and café 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in the school cafeteria. The sale features more than 10,000 gently used hardcover and paperback books, audio books and videos. It includes children's books, popular authors including John Grisham and Tom Clancy, European and Asian history books, biographies, art books and cookbooks. Hardcover books cost $2 and paperbacks are $1. All money raised supports the B-CC PTSA.

B-CC is located at 4301 East West Highway in Bethesda. Free parking is available at the school. For more information about the book sale, contact Winnie Holbrooke at 301-509-8097.

Students earn writing awards

Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School senior Emily Smith and Walt Whitman High School senior Shannon Seeger won a National Council of Teachers of English Achievement Award in writing for 2004. Smith and Seeger competed with 2,500 students from across North America for the award last spring by writing impromptu, timed essays and original narratives. Winners of the awards are recommended for college scholarships.

Family learning

at Strathmore Elementary

Strathmore Elementary School in Silver Spring is holding a "Family Learning Night" 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2. Parents can brush up on some math skills, literature lessons and get an update on some curriculum buzzwords often used in school.

Springbrook music program receives grant

The Springbrook instrumental music program has received a grant from Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation for new instruments for the 2004-2005 school year. The foundation is a national organization that supports music education by donating and repairing instruments.

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