Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Nominate a Watkins Mill staffer for Bell Awards

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The Watkins Mill High School PTSA is seeking nominations for its Bell Awards.

Parent, students and faculty members can nominate a member of the school’s faculty or staff who has been exceptional in volunteering their time and talent to help an individual reach their goal or making the school a better place.

Bell Awards nominations for outstanding faculty and staff are due to the PTSA by April 11.

Typed or handwritten nominations can be submitted to the PTSA mailbox at Watkins Mill High School (Attention: Bell Awards) or e-mailed to Debbie Ashcom at Or contact Ashcom at 301-330-6380.

Students plan concertfor the environment

Students at Thornton Friends School in Silver Spring are hosting a concert on April 18 from 6-11 p.m. to benefit two local environmental organizations, The Monarch Effect, which educates people about butterflies, and the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, which is dedicated to fighting global warming.

The concert was planned by students and will be held at the site of Thornton’s Middle School, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring, at 10309 New Hampshire Ave., in Silver Spring. Event-goers can sample vegan food and hear music by Kamikaze Stunt Devils, Mad Brenda and teachers Libby Edwards and Layne Garrett. Faculty and parents will chaperone. Cost is $5. Contact Barbara Wille at 301-384-6672 or

Poolesville post promvolunteers needed

Poolesville High School’s Post Prom Committee is looking for volunteers to help put on the annual event.

The group needs both coordinators to help organize the event and people to help at post prom itself, which is scheduled from 1-5 a.m. May 17 at the school, located at 17501 W. Willard Road.

Needed are clean-up, security and volunteer coordinators, two clean-up helpers, two fundraising helpers and as many chaperones, check-in attendants and decorators as possible.

This year’s theme is ‘‘Passport to the World 2008,” and the event will feature a Texas hold ‘em tournament, moonbounce, climbing wall, temporary tattoos and refreshments.

For more information, contact Tim Brown at or 301-972-8733 or visit⁄group⁄phspostprom.

Get your school to goto the extreme

Teachers, administrators, parents and community members are invited to nominate their schools for a green school makeover sponsored by Ford Motor Company and ABC’s ‘‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”

The eco-friendly makeover, dubbed ‘‘Educate to Escape,” is worth up to $250,000. Visit and answer a series of essay questions by May 18.

The winner will be announced in June and the makeover completed later in the summer.

Entrants will also be entered for the chance to win a 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid.

Green improvements made to the school will be largely contingent upon the winning essay and specific school needs, some eco-friendly solutions may include energy-efficient appliances, athletic fields made of organic⁄sustainable materials, vegetation roofing, solar paneling, Energy Star lighting and insulation, programmable thermostat and triple-pane windows.

Grading and reporting meeting planned

The Montgomery County Council of PTA’s Grading and Reporting Committee will host a public meeting at 7 p.m. Monday to review the county school system’s policy. The meeting in conference room 120 of the Carver Educational Services Center, 850 Hungerford Drive, Rockville.

Contact committee chairwoman Beth Kennington at or 240- 994-1400.

Montgomery Collegeplans enrollment fair

Montgomery College is hosting an enrollment fair and open house at its Rockville Campus from 1-3 p.m. on April 12 in the Theatre Arts Arena, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville.

High school students and their parents are encouraged to attend. Information will be available on the College’s academic programs, courses, and student services. Representatives will be on hand to answer questions and special workshops about financial aid and admissions will be offered.

The Admissions, Financial Aid and Counseling Offices will be open during the open house. The normal fee for application to the college will be waived during the open house hours.

To register, send an e-mail to with the full names of those who will be attending. For more information, call Maria Davidson at 240-567-5039.

Student productionsto hit the stage

*‘‘My Favorite Year” is the spring musical for Thomas S. Wootton High School. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. on April 11, 12, 17 and 18, and 2 p.m. April 13. Tickets are on sale now at⁄woottondrama, and cost $10 for general admission and $15 for reserved seating. Wootton High School is located at 2100 Wootton Parkway. For more information, call 301-279-8581.

*Grease is the word at Quince Orchard High School this month where the school’s theater group is rehearsing for April performances of ‘‘Grease,” a Tony award-winning 1950s rock ‘n’ roll musical.

‘‘Grease” will be performed at 7 p.m. on April 4, 5, 11 and 12 and at 2:30 on April 5 in the Quince Orchard High School auditorium, 15800 Quince Orchard Road, Gaithersburg.

Tickets are $8 general admission and $6 for students. Senior citizens receive a $6 admission rate at Saturday’s matinee. MCPS teachers get in free with ID. Tickets may be purchased at the auditorium beginning at 6:30 p.m. the night of the performance.

Scholarship opportunityfor city residents

Stellar high school seniors who are residents of Gaithersburg are eligible to apply for a W. Edward Bohrer, Jr. Memorial CHARACTER COUNTS! Scholarship.

Applicants must show how they live the city’s six pillars of character, as well as personal merit, financial need and commitment to higher education.

To apply, visit the CHARACTER COUNTS! Web page on the city’s Web site,, or call the city’s Human Services division at 301-258-6395.

Gap year benefits explained at Whitman

Walt Whitman High School is offering a panel presentation about gap years, and the students who benefit from them, at 7 p.m. Thursday, in the school’s theater, 7100 Whittier Blvd., Bethesda. A gap year is a year taken between high school graduation and college.

Speakers include educational consultants, internship coordinators and students who have chosen to take a gap year.

During a gap year, a student will often work, have an internship, perform community service or study abroad.

Students will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the presentation. For more information, contact Sara Robinson at 301-312-6181.

Send your School Notes and story ideas 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. Photos will also be considered.