Grading Policy Forum

A forum on the Montgomery County public schools' new grading and reporting policy, focusing on secondary schools, will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the Gaithersburg High School auditorium.

Ken O'Connor, author of "How to Grade for Learning" and a consultant to county schools, will speak.

School officials are not requiring secondary schools to implement the grading and reporting policy until next fall. Some of them, however, began using the policy this fall, when it went into effect at elementary and middle schools.

Community Meeting

Montgomery County Council President Steven A. Silverman (D-At Large), state Sen. Brian E. Frosh (D-Montgomery) and Dels. William A. Bronrott (D-Montgomery), Marilyn R. Goldwater (D-Montgomery) and Susan C. Lee (D-Montgomery) will hold a forum Nov. 30 to seek community comment on education, transportation, housing, health care and other issues.

The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Bethesda Regional Services Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda.

New Park Police Leader

Nathaniel J. Barber has been named commander of the Maryland-National Capital Park Police, Montgomery County Division. Barber had served as acting chief for the past nine months. He is an 18-year veteran of the park police.

Barber's division includes a staff of 116 and a system of 389 parks on 32,200 acres.

'Super Size Me' Screening

The AFI Silver Theatre will present a free screening of the documentary "Super Size Me" on Saturday as part of a discussion on the health effects of obesity. The documentary by filmmaker Morgan Spurlock looks at obesity in America.

The event, which begins at 9:30 a.m., is being sponsored by Holy Cross Hospital and the American Film Institute. County Council member George L. Leventhal (D-At Large), chairman of the Health and Human Services Committee, will participate in a town meeting preceding the movie.

Preservation Hearing

The Montgomery County Planning Board is seeking public comment on whether nearly 60 properties in the Damascus-Goshen area should be designated for historic preservation.

A public hearing will be held Dec. 2 at a time to be determined at the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission's auditorium, 8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. Any properties included in the master plan of historic preservation will face controls on alteration, demolition and maintenance.

Copies of the draft master plan are available at the commission's offices on Georgia Avenue. Those wishing to testify at the public hearing can sign up in advance by calling 301-495-4600.

Written testimony may be sent by mail to Derick P. Berlage, chairman, Montgomery County Planning Board, 8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, Md. 20910; by fax to 301-495-1320; or by e-mail to