Wednesday, May 14, 2008

WCA teacher accepted into Supreme Court Summer Institute

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Rebecca VanDeMark, a teacher at Washington Christian Academy in Olney, will travel to Washington, D.C., this June to attend the Supreme Court Summer Institute.

After a competitive application process, 60 teachers were selected to participate in this year’s institute.

The Institute, open to teachers who demonstrate outstanding ability in the field of law-related and civic education, is co-sponsored by Street Law Inc. and the Supreme Court Historical Society.

The Institute offers teachers the opportunity to study recent Supreme Court cases in detail and learn innovative teaching methodology for conveying this information to students.

Supreme Court lawyers, reporters, scholars and educators will be among the speakers and instructors for the Institute. Teachers will also visit the Supreme Court and attend a reception there.

Magruder students take part in Festival Disney

Members from Col. Zadok Magruder High School’s string orchestra members took the stage at the Walt Disney World Resort on April 4 and 5 during the fourth annual Festival Disney.

During the event, the ensembles participated in adjudicated performances, personalized feedback clinics and an awards ceremony.

Ensembles from as far away as Japan packed their sheet music, instruments, flags and dance shoes to travel to the Walt Disney World Resort and take part in what is the largest single site Disney-produced music festival, which lasted until May 10.

Festival Disney is open to junior, middle and high school music groups. The National Association for Music Education endorses Festival Disney.

For more information, visit or call1-800-603-0552.

Thornton Friends raises $650 at Earth Day benefit

Students and faculty from Thornton Friends School in Silver Spring gathered May 1 to thank the volunteers who worked on the Earth Day benefit.

Therese Robbins, a junior from Mount Rainier, organized the benefit, which was held April 18 at Thornton’s Middle School.

Five bands and more than 200 guests raised over $650 for environmental charities in honor of Earth Day. Receiving the check at the ceremony was Sandy Nitchie of Takoma Park on behalf of The Monarch Effect, a nonprofit organization that promotes environmental changes people can make through small, positive actions.

Thornton Friends School’s gift will be used to help create butterfly gardens in the area.

Pom tryouts at Magruder

The Magruder High School Pom squad will hold tryouts 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. May 19-22.

The tryouts will be held in the school’s cafeteria. If interested, pick up a tryout packet in Col. Zadok Magruder High School’s main office.

Girls must come with all forms filled out in order to tryout. Attendance is mandatory for all four days.

For more information, call Lynne Kitsoulis at 301-570-0283 or e-mail her at

‘Annie Jr.’ at St. Mary’s School of Rockville

St. Mary’s School of Rockville’s Grades 5-8 Drama Club will present ‘‘Annie Jr.,” a musical about a spunky Depression-era orphan determined to find her parents, at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, at 7 p.m. Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the school’s auditorium, 600 Veirs Mill Road.

Tickets are $3 per person and $10 for families of four. Children 6 years old and under are free.

All proceeds will go to support the St. Mary’s School Drama Club. Tickets can be purchased at the door the day of the performance. There are no advanced tickets needed.

For more information, visit the school’s Web site at⁄school⁄index.htm.

‘Snow Angel’ at Sandy Spring Friends School

Sandy Spring Friends School’s upper school drama classes will present ‘‘Snow Angel,” the comedy⁄drama about what happens to 14 Vermont teenagers over the course of a single snow day, at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the Performing Arts Center, located on the school’s campus at 16923 Norwood Road in Sandy Spring.

For more information, call 301-774-7455 or visit the school’s Web site at

‘The Music Man Jr.’marching into Loiederman

Mario Loiederman Middle School for the Creative and Performing Arts in Wheaton will present ‘‘The Music Man Jr.,” a musical comedy following fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill and his visit to River City, Iowa, at 7 p.m. Friday, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday at the school, located at 12701 Goodhill Road in Wheaton.

Tickets are $4 for students and seniors and $6 for adults, which can be purchased at the door.

International Community Festival at Rock Terrace

Rock Terrace School in Rockville will be host its annual International Community Festival 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 17.

The event will feature Chinese performers and music, arts and crafts, a children’s area, food court and a flea market.

The event is free to the public.

Rock Terrace School is located at 390 Martins Lane. For more information, call Pat Elder at 301-229-8317.

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Kindergarten orientation at Cashell

Cashell Elementary School will hold its kindergarten orientation Friday.

All students who will be 5 years old on or by Sept. 1 are eligible. Call 301-924-3130 to schedule an appointment.

Cashell Elementary is temporarily located at 15101 Bauer Drive in Rockville. Its home base is Olney.

Kindergarten orientation at Twinbrook Elementary

Twinbrook Elementary will hold its kindergarten orientation Thursday and Friday.

Parents who have a child that will be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 should call Ellen Miller at 301-230-5925 to schedule an appointment.

Twinbrook Elementary School is located at 5911 Ridgway Ave. in Rockville.