Wednesday, May 14, 2008

County students will walk for water Saturday

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On Saturday, students from across the area will come together for a walk to support something Americans take for granted every day: water.

The second annual ‘‘A Walk for Water,” sponsored by Chevy Chase’s Oneness-Family School, will take place at 9 a.m., at Lake Frank in Derwood. The event is held to raise money for, and awareness of, the lack of clean drinking water in the Azawak region of west Africa.

‘‘It’s part of the school’s vision to engage students in the world they live,” said Oneness-Family School Associate Director Debra Kahn. ‘‘This helps connect them to the global village.”

Last year’s walk had about 120 participants, Kahn said, and she’s hoping for close to 300 this year. The event raised $6,000 last year for the Amman Imman: Water is Life project, which helps bring water to the region.

Registration for the event begins at 9 a.m., and the walk begins at about 10:30 a.m. The walk is 3.25 miles around Lake Frank, and the participation fee is $10. Student walkers are also seeking sponsors for the walk.

‘‘This is a very tangible way for students to help a group of people in need,” Kahn said.

For more information contact Kahn at (301) 652-7751.

WJ Baseball team cooking up a fundraiser

Hard Times Café in Bethesda will host a fundraiser for the Walter Johnson baseball team from 5-10 p.m., May 21.

The event is to raise money for Walter Johnson’s Booster Club’s Dollars for Dugouts program, which is trying to build new dugouts on the school’s baseball field.

For more information contact the restaurant at (301) 951-3300.

Hard Times Café is located at 4920 Del Ray Ave., Bethesda.

Whitman student named National Achievement Scholar

Justin Krumm, a Walt Whitman High School student, was named a National Achievement Scholar.

Krumm was one of seven Montgomery County students awarded the prize.

The award, given annually to African American students, was based on scores from the PSAT⁄National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Each winner is awarded $2,500.

‘‘Pitch” staff earns award

The staff of ‘‘Pitch,” the student newspaper at Walter Johnson High School, won a first place award from the American Scholastic Press Association for the 2007-2008 school year. The newspaper earned 940 points out of a possible 1,000.

County students take home National Merit awards

Nineteen Montgomery County Public Schools students took home National Merit Scholarships of $2,500 in April, accounting for more than a third of all the scholarships awarded to Maryland students.

Area students include:

*Winston Churchill High School: Laura Heller and Stephanie Michael

*Quince Orchard: David Somers

*Walt Whitman: Melanie Friedrichs

*Thomas S. Wootton: Joanna Cornell, Lauren Pace and Steven Zhang

This column is for you and your school community. Share your School Notes about students, teachers and anyone associated with your school. Feel free to send press releases and news tips. Contact Bradford Pearson via e-mail at, phone at 301-280-3003, fax at 301-670-7183, or snail mail at 9030 Comprint Court, Gaithersburg, MD 20877.

Bethesda middle-schoolers earn design award

Students at Westland Middle School recently took home an award for their ‘‘School of the Future” design.

The award, presented by the National Association of Realtors and the Council of Educational Facility Planners International Foundation, charged students to redesign their schools to enhance learning and be environmentally responsive.

Westland took home an honorable mention and $500 for the school. The team’s design focused on ‘‘living classrooms” made of recycled materials and complete with a fish hatchery and energy-efficient heating and cooling systems.

MCCPTA announces annual award winners

The Montgomery County Council of Parent Teacher Associations hosted its annual awards ceremony May 5. A slew of area students, parents and teachers took home awards:

*Marlo Bloom, Winston Churchill High School, Outstanding Student

*Deborah DeMille-Wagman, Walt Whitman cluster, Outstanding Parent

*Susan Kitt, Bethesda-Chevy Chase cluster, Outstanding Parent

*Barbara Fribush, Garrett Park Elementary School, Outstanding Educator

*Danielle Epstein, Cabin John Middle School, Outstanding Educator

*Diane Goleb, Chevy Chase Elementary, Outstanding Educator

*Gail Samuels, North Bethesda Middle, Outstanding Educator

*Kelly Szymczak, Chevy Chase Elementary, Outstanding Educator

*Kimberly Bedell, Westbrook Elementary, Outstanding Educator

*Sharon Bollini, Beverly Farms and Cold Spring elementaries, Outstanding Educator

*Katherine Baird, Walter Johnson High, Honorable Mention Outstanding Educator

*Sarah Beverungen, Walter Johnson High, Honorable Mention Outstanding Educator

Students from Potomac School visit Capital Hill

During Education Action Week, students from The Potomac School in McLean, Va., visited Washington, D.C. to lobby Congress to support education for all students, especially the poor.

Potomac students Chris Coe and Allison Fisk joined students from the Montgomery County group School Girls Unite to lobby for education reform.

Coe and Fisk met with Congressman Christopher Van Hollen, Jr. (D-Dist. 8) of Kensington, to discuss education.

Van Hollen attended The Potomac School from fourth through seventh grades.

Hoover Middle School presents ‘‘Princess Ida”

‘‘Princess Ida,” a comic opera by Gilbert and Sullivan, will be presented by Herbert Hoover Middle School this week.

Showtime is 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Tickets are $5, and go on sale an hour before each show.

For more information contact the school at (301) 469-1010.

Hoover is located at 8810 Postoak Road, Potomac.

Opera comes to Beverly Farms

Fifth-graders at Beverly Farms Elementary School invite the community to attend their production of ‘‘Code Green,” an intergalactic opera, at 7:30 p.m. today, and 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

The performances are free to the public.

‘‘Code Green” is student-run, from the script to the music to the set design.

Beverly Farms is located at 8501 Postoak Road, Potomac.

For more information, contact Valia Vassila at (301) 469-1050.

County library system announces redesigned Teensite

Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) has unveiled its newly redesigned Teensite that was designed by members of the Teensite Advisory Group (TAG).

The site, accessible from the library system’s Web site at⁄library, features a new logo and artwork, plus new categories, such as Connect, Participate, Resources and Read & Write.

‘‘The goal of the redesign project was to involve teens in every step along the way,” Montgomery County Public Libraries Director Parker Hamilton said in a news release. ‘‘As a result, our Teensite has an exciting new look that reflects current tastes of our young people.”

In addition to the new logo, artwork and categories, the teens submitted content, interviewed authors and the Teen Artist of the Month, and wrote book, movie and Web site reviews.

Teens demonstrated the site at an official launch party at the Rockville Library that recognized advisory group members and their contributions.

The Teensite Advisory Group, consisting of 18 members ranging in age from 14 to 18 years old, has members from schools around the county, as well as a home-schooled student. Schools represented include Walt Whitman, Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Paint Branch, Col. Zadok Magruder, Montgomery Blair and St. Anselm’s high schools, Montgomery Village and Westland middle schools and the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School.

Area students take on state Geography Bee

Sixteen area students qualified for the Maryland State Geography Bee, which took place April 4 in Catonsville.

The following students were selected for winning their own school’s bee:

Aaron Wildavsky, Westland Middle School

Jake Kirschner, Landon School

James Bradbury, Norwood School

John Carr, Washington Episcopal School

Jeremy Steinberg, Pyle Middle School

Forrest Hane, North Bethesda Middle School

Michael Keen, Montgomery County Home Educators

Theodore Furchtgott, French International School

Joseph Sageman, The Bullis School

Kristina Atanasoff, Cold Spring Elementary

John Saussy, Cabin John Middle School

Phillip Rusnick, Tilden Middle School

Richard Horan, Green Acres School

Christopher Wong, Robert Frost Middle School

David Sobalvarro, Herbert Hoover Middle School

Timothy Porter, Francis Scott Key Middle School

Churchill opens its doors to summer drama camp

Winston Churchill High School is hosting a summer drama program June 16-20, or June 23-27.

The camp is open to students in grades one through six, and proceeds benefit the theater program at Churchill.

In its third year, the camp features theater games, short plays and arts and crafts activities each day.

The cost of each week is $200.

For more information contact Jessica Speck at 301-469-1200, or visit

Holy Child senior wins second place in art contest

Stephanie Falcone, a senior at Connelly School of the Holy Child in Potomac, won the second place award during the Baltimore Federal Reserve Bank’s Creative Expression Contest.

Falcone submitted a work in the comic strip division, and was chosen over 60 other applicants.

Her work will be posted on the Federal Reserve bank’s Web site,

Registration for prekindergarten, Head Start

Montgomery County Public Schools Head Start and Pre-K programs are accepting registration for children who will be 4 years old by Sept. 1 for the 2008-09 school year.

Pre-K and Head Start programs provide comprehensive services including preschool education, health and social services, and parent involvement for low-income families, including children with disabilities.

Call the Prekindergarten⁄Head Start Unit at 301-230-0676 for information about documents parents must bring to complete the registration and for a list of additional registration locations and times. Information also is on the MCPS web site at⁄departments⁄earlychi⁄