Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Clearspring offering poster contest on recycling

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Clearspring Elementary School students are being encouraged to enter a poster contest to explore the importance of recycling and promote recycling awareness.

The contest is sponsored by the Clearspring Cares Committee and students are invited to pick up entry forms outside the classroom of art teacher Elaine Mendoza. Entry forms are due April 8 and the theme for the contest is ‘‘Don’t throw it away, recycle every day.”

The students that submit the winning entries will receive gift certificates and those entries will go on to a countywide contest.

Boundary meetingset for Thursday

The next boundary meeting to evaluate the five boundary options for Clarksburg elementary school No. 8 will be held Thursday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Rocky Hill Middle School media center.

Members of the boundary’s advisory committee will discuss their concerns with the options that have been proposed and let county school officials know which options the parents in their community prefer.

‘Chalk Out the Smoke’set for Sunday

Billiards, music, food, singing competitions, dancing and door prizes will highlight the annual ‘‘Chalk Out the Smoke” party for high school students from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Sunday at Orange Ball Billiards in Rockville.

The event celebrates the effort to educate students about the dangers of smoking. It is sponsored by the county departments of Recreation and Health and Human Services, in addition to Students Oppose Smoking, the Youth Advisory Committee and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

This year, local radio station HOT 99.5 will spin hits and the ‘‘Montgomery County Idol” finalists will compete until a winner is named.

Students must attend a Montgomery County high school and present a high school ID card. Admission is $3, or $2 with a canned food donation.

For more information, call 240-777-6985. Orange Ball Billiards is located at 430 Hungerford Drive.

MC to hold enrollmentfair, open house

Montgomery College will hold an enrollment fair and open house 1-3 p.m. April 12 in the Theatre Arts Arena at its Rockville campus.

High school students, including seniors who plan to attend Montgomery College in the fall, and their parents are encouraged to attend.

Information will be available on the college’s academic programs, courses and student services. Special workshops about financial aid and admissions will also be offered.

An admissions information session will be conducted in Spanish.

The college’s admissions, financial aid and counseling offices will be open during the open house. The fee for application to the college will be waived during the open house hours.

To register for the open house, send an e-mail to Include the full names of those who will be attending.

For more information, call Maria Davidson at 240-567-5039.

Montgomery College’s Rockville Campus is located at 51 Mannakee St.

Time for kindergartenorientation

Parents of students in the Clarksburg and Damascus clusters that are planning to enter their children into kindergarten next year are invited to call their school to set up an appointment for kindergarten orientation.

Students must be at least 5 years old by Sept. 1 to qualify to enter kindergarten the next year under the county school system’s guidelines.

The schedule of orientations at local schools is as follows:

*Damascus Elementary School, April 18.

*Woodfield Elementary School, April 17 and 18.

*Cedar Grove Elementary School, April 21 and 22.

*Clarksburg Elementary, April 23.

*Clearspring Elementary School, April 24 and 25.

*Laytonsville Elementary, May 8 and 9.

*Lois P. Rockwell Elementary, May 14.

*Little Bennett Elementary School, May 15 and 16.

Clarksburg ElementaryPoetry Night on April 23

Clarksburg Elementary School will hold its annual Poetry Night next week and students must turn in an entry form by April 11 if they would like to participate.

The poetry night is scheduled for April 23 at 7 p.m. at the school. The event was created to recognize National Poetry Month.

Students can create their own poem, read one of their favorite poems or recite a poem from memory. They are allowed to present the poems by themselves, with a friend or in a small group.

Damascus High School PTSA scholarships available

The Damascus High School PTSA will award student scholarships in five categories.

Scholarships will be available to students seeking a four-year bachelor’s degree, a two-year associate degree and a vocationalétrade school degree, as well as students with special needs and students with financial need.

Scholarship application forms are available in the school’s Career Center and may also be found in the school’s newsletter. Applications are due April 11 and should be placed in the main office mailbox in an envelope marked ‘‘DHS PTSA Scholarship.”

Items appropriate for this column may be sent to Titus Ledbetter III, The Damascus⁄Clarksburg Gazette, 9030 Comprint Court, Gaithersburg, MD 20877; faxed to 301-670-7183; or e-mailed to Deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesday. All items are subject to space availability and editing.

Graphic design contest open to students

High school and college students can participate in a county-sponsored competition to create a design to explain what can be done to reduce global warming.

The county’s Department of Environmental Protection is sponsoring the contest and the winning designs will be used for Web sites, publications, newspapers, mailings, transit advertisements and other outreach efforts. The agency suggests that the designs have contrasting colors and a message that people can understand instantly.

Students should submit entries in one of the following categories: planting trees, being energy efficient at home and reducing global footprints. Entries are due on April 22 and the winners will be selected by a panel of staff from the county’s Department of Environmental Protection and design professionals from the county Council on Arts and Humanities.

College students who would like to enter the competition must be attending school within the county at the time of entry.

Three winners will be chosen and the first-place winner can choose between a $300 gift certificate to B&H Photo and Video or The second- and third-place winners will receive $100 gifts certificates from B&H Photo and Video or

The details of the contest are available online at⁄dep.

Teaching scholarshipto be awarded

The retired staff of Damascus High School will award one scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to a graduating senior from the school who intends to become a teacher.

The scholarship is supported by contributions from 75 retired teachers and staff as a memorial to deceased colleagues.

Applications are available from Ed Martin in the Career Center and must be returned by April 18. For additional information, contact Martin or call Marie Dean at 301-253-6150 or send an e-mail to

Damascus Lions Club offers scholarships and loans

The Damascus Lions Club will award $1,000 scholarships to three Damascus High School seniors.

Applications will be judged on scholastic achievement, leadership, character, citizenship, school activities, work experience and community activities. The student must be in the upper 50 percent of the class and be attending an accredited college as a full-time student.

The Board of Directors of the Damascus Lions Club will select the recipients. Scholarship applications are due April 20.

The Damascus Lions Club Foundation has student loans and scholarships available for students of Damascus High School.

The loans are in the amount of $500 to $2,000 per year or an aggregate of $8,000 to any one applicant. The loans will be limited according to the Lions annual budget.

The loan bears an interest rate of 3 percent per annum and begins accruing after termination or completion of education beyond high school.

Applications are due May 1.

Applications for the scholarship and the student loan programs can be obtained from Lions Barbara Barry at Damascus High School or Mary Frances Gosnell at 301-829-1002 or at the high school Career Center.

Items appropriate for this column may be sent to Titus Ledbetter III, The Damascus⁄Clarksburg Gazette, 9030 Comprint Court, Gaithersburg, MD 20877; faxed to 301-670-7183; or e-mailed to Deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesday. All items are subject to space availability and editing.