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State Senator, Congressman Visit Urbana Students

On Tuesday, Sept. 17, students at Urbana Middle School (UMS) celebrated Constitution Day with a visit from two elected officials. Maryland State Senator Ron Young and U.S. Congressman John K. Delaney paid a visit to UMS, speaking to sixth and eighth-grade students. Delaney helped UMS celebrate Constitution Day by talking about his role in the U.S. legislature and how Article 1 of the U.S. Constitution defined the role of Congress. He talked to four social studies classes in the UMS media center, and students were able to ask him questions for about 20 minutes.

Young talked to another four classes in the afternoon about the Maryland and U.S. Constitutions and contrasted the differences between the two. He explained his job in Annapolis and described some of the legislation he worked on in the latest session.

Ellen Georgi, a sixth-grade social studies teacher, met Delaney during the day’s events and had her students write letters to Delaney and Young, thanking them for coming and asking them questions.

Among the letters were these, the first from Nico, and second from Amber:

“Dear Mr. John Delaney, I was very interested in your speech this morning and I would like to say that you are a great man and a hard worker. The part about the three branches (of government) was something I could relate to because I was taught this in 5th grade.”

“Dear Senator Young, I want to thank you for coming to our school, Urbana Middle. I learned a lot about the Constitution today. No one could have done a better job explaining it to me. I wonder what it is like being Senator. Is it fun, boring, honoring or lots of work? I think it would be honoring to be a senator, but a lot of work. I wonder if I would be a good senator. Probably not, I don’t like speaking to a lot of people like you did today.”

Private Kindergarten Program
in Urbana

Beginning next fall, The Goddard School in Urbana will be offering a private kindergarten program.

“Our credentialed teachers deliver a curriculum which combines the goals and methodology of  the Frederick County Public Schools district with developmentally appropriate practices required by The Goddard School,” said Jill Pelicano, owner of Urbana location of the franchised school. “The size of our kindergarten provides individualized attention for our children.”

The Goddard School offers a program for children ages 6 weeks through school age that focuses on building a strong and balanced foundation of emotional, social, cognitive and physical skills for each child. Goddard provides children with a nurturing environment and a curriculum that encourages learning through play.  Families have the convenience of extended hours from 6:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., the flexibility of either half or full-day schedules and quality assurance standards that are monitored corporately.

An information session that’s open to the public is scheduled for Nov. 6 at 6:10 p.m. at The Goddard School (3825 Carriage Hill Drive, Urbana, Md.). For more information, call 240.699.0006.

Merit Scholarship Finalists

In early September, it was announced that nine high school students from Frederick County public schools achieved semifinalist status in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. This includes Jeremy Meredith, Matthew Perrin, Gareth Weakly and Madelyne Xiao from Urbana High School.

Nationwide, about 16,000 high school seniors were named semifinalists for 2014. Semifinalists may advance to finalist standing in the competition by meeting high academic standards and other requirements to be considered for a National Merit Scholarship. Finalists continue in the competition for $2,500 National Merit scholarships in addition to corporate-sponsored and college-sponsored merit scholarships. Winners are chosen on the basis of the candidates’ academic skills and achievements, extracurricular accomplishments, potential for success in rigorous college studies and other criteria. For more information, visit http://www.nationalmerit.org/nmsp.php.

New Bullying Reporting System

Frederick County Public Schools has launched a digital form that parents, students and staff can complete and submit online to make it easier to report bullying. This new system is designed to ensure that each student is respected, and safe from violence.

For more information, go to the digital form at www.fcps.org/bullyingform. You can also watch a YouTube video about the new system at www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGWPth-h65Y.

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