Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2008

Ahoy there, Lakelands Park Middle School mateys

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Lakelands Park Middle School’s drama club, the Lakelands Park Theatre, will perform an LPMS original play, ‘‘Pirate School!” at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday in the school auditorium, 1200 Main St., Gaithersburg. Snow dates are Feb. 15 and 16.

‘‘The students last year said they wanted to do a pirate play,” said Kirsten E. Ehrenspeck, a Lakelands Park English teacher who heads the drama club. ‘‘So I purchased every pirate play I could find ... none of them fit our needs.”

Students gave her ‘‘a wish list of the kinds of parts they would like to play” and she ‘‘took what I knew of my students and their personalities” and tried to design parts that fit.

The literature-lover said that along the way, she ‘‘loved making allusions to famous text from plays like ‘[A] Streetcar Named Desire,’” as well as pirate-themed ‘‘Treasure Island” and ‘‘Pirates of the Caribbean.”

The play should last just over an hour, and all ages are welcome to the family-friendly event, which will offer a bake sale with homemade goods, a pirate raffle, prizes and games.

Tickets are $5 pre-sale at the school, $6 at the door. Children under age 3 are free. Guests wearing pirate costumes or who bring non-perishable goods to support the SGA food drive may buy tickets for $5.

All money will support the drama club’s future production budget, Ehrenspeck said.

‘‘We’re just trying to build up so that we can do more shows a year, purchase scripts and the royalties,” she said. ‘‘This year we got lucky with an original play.”

Reading rules at Rosemont

Rosemont Elementary School in Gaithersburg will hold Family Reading Night from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 20 at the school.

The topic will be ‘‘Reading around the World” and students will read fiction and nonfiction books from different countries around the world, said Mayte Nusbaum, attendant secretary. Admission is free. All who attend will get pizza dinner and children will receive books and prizes donated by vendors.

Later this month, the PTSA will host the school’s Science Fair 7-8 p.m. on Feb. 29. All interested students are invited to participate and receive a medal.

Projects may focus on any area of interest, but cannot include fire, electricity or live animals.

The PTSA sent home registration forms that parents of interested students must sign and return by Feb. 25. To receive a new form, call the school at 301-840-7123.

Open House

Thomas Edison High School of Technology will host an open house at 5 p.m. Thursday, at the school, 12501 Dalewood Drive, Silver Spring.

Edison is a technical school open to all students enrolled in one of Montgomery County’s 25 public high schools.

The open house is an opportunity for students and their parents to meet teachers and students at the school, learn about the 19 programs offered, and talk to college and tech school representatives. Door prizes will also be awarded.

More information can be found at⁄schools⁄edison.

Feb. 14 is the snow date.

Send your School Notes by 10 a.m. Thursdays to Melissa A. Chadwick via e-mail at, by fax to 301-670-7183 or by mail to 9030 Comprint Court, Gaithersburg, MD 20877.