School Notes

Muslim Students Raise Funds for Charity

The Muslim Student Association of Urbana consists of two groups of students, one from the Urbana Middle School (UMS) and one from Urbana High School (UHS). Joined together, there are approximately 40 students. The UMS students participate in charity fundraisers and celebrate traditional Muslim holidays, and the two groups frequently meet together during these holidays. During meetings they play sports such as basketball, and find ways to help people in need.

For example, the UMS MSA hosted a fundraiser for Palestinians in Gaza in November, designed to assist the poor people who live there. UMS students raised the money under the umbrella of UNICEF-Gaza. The goal for the three-week fundraiser was to raise $500; they raised $587.

To get students excited, MSA hosted a competition between the grade levels, with a prize for the grade that raised the most money. The seventh grade came out as victors.

Last year’s fundraiser collected money for UNICEF in Syria. Next up is raising money for a school that one of the math teachers is starting with his family in Haiti.

In the future, UMS Muslim Association members say they want to continue holding fundraisers to support good causes and help families in need. In coming years, the members say they would like to lead the entire school and community to help others. The group is open to the community and respects all religions.

UMS Launches Sign Language Club

At Urbana Middle School, a sign language club launched on Oct. 23. Already, the club has 32 members. Much of the instruction is done by UMS deaf students. Students interested in participating can contact UMS teacher Ellen Georgi, at

UHS Student Wins Essay Contest

Four students who study at the Frederick County Public Schools’ Career and Technology Center (CTC) competed and won prizes at ProJet Aviation’s ninth annual Aviation Education and Career Expo, held recently at the Leesburg Executive Airport. One the 13 essay winners is Casey Jung from the CTC and Urbana High School.

The event, which showcases careers and opportunities for regional high school and college-level students, targets youth ages 16-20 and features keynote speakers, industry leaders, performers and demonstrations for about 600 students, educators and parents. Representatives from more than 50 aviation and aerospace businesses meet with students throughout the day to share their experiences and opportunities for future employment. Jung is among the students winning scholarships and flight-training awards nationwide for essays describing their aviation aspirations.

FCPS Seeks Nominations

Frederick County Public Schools is now accepting nominations for both the Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Awards and the Distinguished Educational Leadership Awards. To nominate an Urbana area teacher, process information and selection guidelines are available at Nomination packets are due to the Communication Services office, 191 S. East Street, Frederick, Md., 21701, by 3 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015.

The Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Awards recognize teachers who exemplify excellence in their profession. The winners of this award receive $3,000 at a special ceremony to be hosted by the Wasington Post in May 2015.

Principals who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their position to create an exceptional educational environment are noted with Distinguished Educational Leadership Awards. Those to receive this award are also honored in May 2015.


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