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A Night of Experimentation

From volcanoes to vortex displays, almost 200 students, parents and faculty members attended the Rachel Carson Elementary School (RCES) annual Science and Invention Night on Jan. 9. The Science and Invention Night, intended to further students’ interest in science and…

Making Elementary School Security a Priority

On Jan. 8, the Montgomery County Board of Education voted unanimously to expedite spending for access control systems (ACS) at 26 elementary schools. Of the 47 county elementary schools currently without ACS, 21 of those schools were funded for the…

School Board Hears Curriculum 2.0 Math Update

As Montgomery County continued to roll out Curriculum 2.0 in its elementary schools, the Board of Education heard a math overview presentation from panels of academicians and Montgomery County Public Schools’ (MCPS) curriculum-writers on Jan. 8 that lasted several hours.…

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Board of Education Seeks Nominees for Distinguished Service Awards The Montgomery County Board of Education is seeking nominations for its 16th Annual Awards for Distinguished Service to Public Education. The awards are sponsored by the Board to recognize and show…

Curriculum 2.0 Math Program Sparks Concerns

For years, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) has allowed grade-level-based acceleration in elementary school mathematics. Curriculum 2.0, however, has changed things, bringing pushback from parents as the program expands. The new elementary school curriculum incorporates everything that is taught in…

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Spirit Fridays at Diamond Diamond Elementary School continues Spirit Fridays in 2013, with themes chosen through early February. All are welcome to show their school spirit by participating in these weekly events: Jan. 4: Hat Day Jan. 11: Diamond Wear…

Marching Cougars: Tradition of Excellence

Phil Proctor has been director of bands at Quince Orchard High School (QO) for almost a decade, and Brigitte Kirchoff has been there almost as long as assistant marching band director and director of orchestras. Through both their tenures, many…

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Work Group to Study Bell Times On Dec. 11, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Superintendent of Schools Joshua P. Starr announced a work group will study the issue of school bell times. The announcement followed submission of an online petition…

A New Way of Learning

“Curriculum 2.0,” the elementary school curriculum that has been rolled out over the last four years in Montgomery County Public Schools, is generating a lot of buzz lately. This article — the first of two on the subject — is…

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Blue Ribbon Celebration Principal Larry Chep and resource teacher Tami Wisniewski-Dollar represented Rachel Carson Elementary School (RCES) at the 2012 National Blue Ribbon Ceremony held in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 13. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan honored 314 public…