Education Notes

Education Notes

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Forum on Middle Schools

Montgomery County public schools will host a forum on improving middle schools for staff, parents, students, and community members from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Silver Spring International Middle School. The forum is part of a plan to enhance the rigor of academic programs and close the African American and Hispanic student achievement gap.

Free child care and Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and French interpreters will be available. The school is at 313 Wayne Ave., Silver Spring. For information, call 301-279-3391 or visit

Civics Teacher Is Honored

Donna Paoletti Phillips, a teacher at Robert Frost Middle School in Rockville, was one of three teachers nationwide to be given an American Civic Education Teacher Award for her exemplary teaching of civic affairs.

As part of the award, Phillips was invited to Capitol Hill to witness the government in action.

Phillips, who lives in Columbia, was selected for teaching the Constitution to students through a "We The People: The Citizen and the Constitution" program. She teaches four middle school classes and each year simulates a school-wide congressional hearing.

2 Awarded Hertz Fellowships

Rahul Satija of Potomac and David Horning of Chevy Chase were two of 15 graduate students nationwide to win a 2006 Fannie and John Hertz Foundation Fellowship, worth $240,000 each.

Satija, a graduate student in computational biology at the University of California at Berkeley who is in England as a 2006 Rhodes scholar, will use the money to study bioinformatics research. He graduated from the math, science and computer science magnet program at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring and received a bachelor's degree in biology and music from Duke University, where he graduated summa cum laude. He also is an accomplished violinist and teaches inner-city youth to play the instrument.

Horning, who studies biophysics at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif., will use the money to study evolution. He graduated from Landon School in Bethesda in 2001, where he was the valedictorian. He holds a bachelor's degree in physics from Harvard University, where he graduated magna cum laude.

The foundation recognizes students who excel in applied physical, biological and engineering sciences.

-- Compiled by ARUNA JAIN

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