MCPS Honors Retirees
The Board of Education and Superintendent Jack R. Smith honored 652 retirees at the MCPS annual retirement recognition ceremony and reception on June 6 at Richard Montgomery High School. Certificates of appreciation were presented to the retirees to thank them for their dedicated service to MCPS students.
Local school retirees are
- Mary Ellen Beck and David E. Smith, Northwest High School;
- Tracey J. Fliakas, Zunilda Garro, Tadesse Goshime, David D. Mullaney, Ursula Poetzschke and Kieng Tan, Quince Orchard High School;
- Lelia Roark, Lakelands Park Middle School; and
- Carrie E. Then, Rachel Carson Elementary School.
Simcha Educational Center Under Construction
Chabad of Upper Montgomery County will host a Construction Open House on Sunday, June 23, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the new Simcha Educational Center at 15021 Du Fief Mill Road.
Chabad purchased the historic Garrett Farm on Du Fief Mill Road in 2016 and then undertook a major renovation project to restore and renovate the building to allow it to be used as an educational center. It will house a preschool, religious school and after-school programming.
“We are very excited about this project,” said Rabbi Sholom and Mrs. Chana Raichik, directors of Chabad. “With its iconic design, size of the property and location at a major intersection, this renovation will enhance the neighboring communities. Instead of a vacant lot subject to vandalism, we are now going to have the sounds of children learning, laughing and playing. We’ve named it the Simcha Educational Center, Simcha being the Hebrew word for happiness.”
Be Well 365 Launched
This new MCPS initiative seeks to address the physical, social and psychological well-being of students. According to a news release, it “will work to ensure that students have the necessary skills to become positive members of the school and broader community; manage their emotions; build academic and social resilience; identify and access support for themselves or a friend; peacefully resolve conflict; and make positive decisions.” For more information, visit www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org.
Preschoolers at The Goddard School in Gaithersburg put their climbing skills to the test last month by participating in a Climb-a-Thon fundraiser, where they conquered a rock wall to ring the bell at the top. The Climb-a-Thon was in support of classmate Olivia Silverman, who was diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic arthritis when she was 18 months old. Many in the Goddard community also participated in the Walk to Cure Arthritis on May 19 at the National Harbor. The goal was to raise $10,000. The Goddard community surpassed its goal and raised $11,090 to fight arthritis.