Speakers to Discuss

Testing at Forum

A forum on Maryland's high school assessment testing program, featuring speakers on the benefits and problems of the high-stakes tests, will be held April 26.

The event will be from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., including breakfast, at Johns Hopkins University's Montgomery County campus in Rockville.

Participants will get an overview of the key issues surrounding the tests, which high school students must pass to graduate from high school, starting with the class of 2007.

The forum also will address how Montgomery is preparing teachers, parents and students for the tests.

The forum is sponsored by the Montgomery County Business Roundtable for Education, the Montgomery County Education Association, Montgomery County public schools and the Montgomery County Alliance for Educational Excellence.

Reservations are required. Contact the Montgomery County Business Roundtable by fax at 301-315-7300. For more information, call Paul Rankin at 301-377-3786 or Said Jahanmir at 301-869-9720.

Students Elect

Board Member

Sagar Sanghvi, a sophomore at Col. Zadok Magruder High School in Rockville, has been elected the new student member of the school board for the 2003-04 school year.

Sanghvi was chosen by 81 percent of the students who cast ballots in the April 10 election conducted by the Montgomery County Region of the Maryland Association of Student Councils.

In the past three years, Sanghvi has held a number of countywide student government leadership positions. He also has served as class president.

The current student school board member is Mihyar Alnifaidy, a senior at Springbrook High School.

County Seeks to Fill

Committee Seats

The Montgomery County Board of Education seeks adults and public school students to serve on two major committees that advise the board on educational, curricular and policy issues.

Appointments are two years for adults for the Family Life and Human Development Committee, and three years for the Career and Technology Education Committee. Student members serve one year on both committees.

Members serve without compensation. Meetings are typically held in the evening about once a month.

To obtain an application, due by May 9, call Becky Gibson at 301-279-3301 or e-mail Becky_Gibson@fc.mcps.k12.md.us. Application forms also may be obtained on the Web site www.mcps.k12.md.us/boe.

Completed applications should be returned to George Margolies, staff director, Montgomery County Board of Education, 850 Hungerford Dr., Room 123, Rockville, Md. 20850. Students should contact the Student Affairs Office at 301-279-4957.

For more information about the committees, call Barry Burke, staff liaison to the Career and Technology Education Committee, at 301-279-3567, or Russell Henke, staff liaison to the Family Life and Human Development Committee, at 301-279-3059.

Summer Volunteers

Sought for Program

Volunteers are needed for this summer's Extended Learning Opportunities program, "Summer Adventures in Learning."

The program will serve students from 18 Title I elementary schools who will enter kindergarten through fourth grade in August.

Last summer, the program served about 3,600 students. The four-week program, from July 7 to Aug. 1, features a four-hour day of reading, language arts and math.

Volunteers must have a desire to work with children, an interest in tutoring, the ability to commit four hours and a willingness to participate in a two-hour training session. Volunteers may choose their school location and grade level when possible.

To volunteer, contact Marina McKee, mentoring coordinator, by phone at 301-279-3100 or by fax at 301-279-3815.