Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Polish ambassador visits Wootton class

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Dylan Safai, 4, and his sister Hope, 3, wear traditional Iranian dress during International Day at The Franklin Schools in Rockville Friday. The day was an opportunity for students to celebrate their heritage and learn about their classmates’.
Every day, students in Nia Chirigos Cresham’s Advanced Placement Government and Politics class are taught by the same teacher. On Friday, however, a new teacher was in town.

The class welcomed Wojciech Flera, the Polish ambassador to the United States, for a question and answer session about Europe and how the United States fits into the global world.

‘‘I think it’s very important for U.S. students to learn more about the world around them,” Chirigos Cresham said. ‘‘European students have a good sense of it, but in the U.S. it’s lacking.”

The Polish embassy contacted Thomas S. Wootton High School teacher last week, and she hastily arranged a group of 90 students to meet with the ambassador. They spoke about terrorism, the European Union, and the upcoming Olympics in Beijing, China. While Chirigos Cresham said some of the students were reticent about speaking with the ambassador at first, they all eventually broke out of their shell.

‘‘All the students rushed him after he spoke to meet him,” she said.

The meeting took place on Europe Day, May 9. Chirigos Cresham said she hopes the event will become an annual event.

‘‘The students really enjoyed it,” she said. ‘‘Hopefully next year we can do it before AP week, so more students could come.”

Students from Potomac School visit Capitol 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 Schoolpresents ‘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 comesto 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 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

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