Blake Principal Honored

Carole C. Goodman, principal of James Hubert Blake High School, has been named the winner of this year's Mark Mann Excellence and Harmony Award, which recognizes the achievements of school administrators.

"The panel members were particularly impressed with the diversity of the school's community involvement, your championship performance in creating a standard-setting arts and humanities signature program, and your ability to foster a challenging and creative academic environment," Superintendent Jerry D. Weast wrote in a letter to Goodman.

Goodman was principal of Herbert Hoover Middle School before becoming principal at Blake when it opened in 1998. It was the first county high school with a signature program in the arts and humanities.

School officials say that the signature program has flourished under her leadership and that its Summer Institute for Fine Arts, Humanities and Academic Achievement is a model for schools across the country.

School Board Debate

Candidates for one at-large and two district seats on the Montgomery County Board of Education will debate Sunday at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, 603 Edmonston Dr., Rockville.

The event begins at 6 p.m. with a meet-and-greet hour. The debate starts at 7 p.m.

Questions for the candidates can be submitted to Harry Thomas, president of the Twinbrook Citizens Association, at harrywthomas@aol.com. Along with the Twinbrook group, four other neighborhood associations are sponsoring the event -- East Rockville, Hungerford, Lincoln Park and West End.

Student Volunteers

High school students are needed as volunteer teaching assistants in the Montgomery County public school system's after-school tutoring program.

The program begins Nov. 4 and will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at six elementary schools. Volunteers may choose to work one or two hours per session and assist county teachers who serve as tutors. Students may earn student service learning credits for this volunteer work.

The school sites are Harmony Hills, Highland, Weller Road, Wheaton Woods, Gaithersburg and Rosemont elementary schools.

For more information, contact Bill Baranick at 301-603-0109 or e-mail bill_baranick@fc.mcps.k12.md.us.

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