Assignment Education

RCES Is Digging It

On Sunday, Oct. 5, 25 volunteers worked for six hours, prepping for the conservation garden in the Rachel Carson Elementary School (RCES) courtyard. It was a true community effort. Volunteers came from Epworth United Methodist Church, Muddy Branch Alliance, the RCES PTA and teachers, and the Kentlands Community Foundation GO GREEN group. Middle school students received SSL hours for their service.

A $2,000 grant from the 2014 Whole Foods Whole Kids School Garden Grant program and a Montgomery County conservation garden grant have helped to fund the project, which also includes a vegetable and herb growing garden. Once established, these gardens will be used by RCES teachers to make the environmental components of the elementary school curriculum come to life for their students.

Organizer Alex Stavitsky-Zeineddin said that the group hopes for an early November opening for the gardens. Stay tuned!

MCPS Graduates Outperform the State and the Nation

The Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Class of 2014 earned a combined average SAT score of 1650, a two-point increase over the previous year and significantly higher than graduates from across the state of Maryland and the nation. The district’s scores were bolstered by significant gains among African American and Hispanic graduates, with scores increasing six points and 10 points, respectively.

SAT participation in MCPS remained high, with 69 percent of graduates taking the college entrance examination, the same percentage as the previous year.

“Overall, our students are performing very well on the SAT and are demonstrating their readiness for success in college and careers. I want to congratulate our students and staff on these outstanding results,” said Phil Kauffman, president of the Montgomery County Board of Education. “We must continue our work to ensure that all children receive an education that prepares them for success today and in the future.”

LPMS Gains Use of Turf Field

On Oct. 13, Lakelands Park Middle School began using the $1 million Lakelands Park organic-infill synthetic turf field. The field was opened for play on Saturday, Oct. 11, to athletic teams and city programming. Rental fees for the field are $100 an hour for city residents and $120 an hour for non-residents. When not in play, the field gates will be locked. The City of Gaithersburg had hoped to open the field by the start of school on Aug. 26. A grand opening is scheduled for Oct. 25.