850 New Teachers Hired

Montgomery County has hired more than 850 new public school teachers for the upcoming school year. Fifty-six percent are new to teaching, 51 percent hold a master's degree or a master's equivalency, and 17 percent are male. Eleven percent of the teachers are black, 4 percent are Hispanic and 5 percent are Asian.

Springbrook Safety Forum

Springbrook High School principal Michael Durso has announced a community-parent meeting for 7 p.m. tonight on the topic of safety and security, in the aftermath of several recent gang-related stabbings. Representatives from the school system's security department, Montgomery County police, neighbors and parents will be on hand for the discussion. Durso will discuss measures in place to improve security. 301-989-5700.

Johns Hopkins Signup

Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health will host a free, walk-in information and registration session from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the university's Rockville campus. 301-294-7060.

The university's School of Engineering Applied Science Programs for Professionals will hold its information and registration session from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. 800-548-3647. 9601 Medical Center Dr., Rockville.

Catholic-School Hires

The Archdiocese of Washington has hired three new principals for area Catholic schools.

Patricia McGann comes to Our Lady of Lourdes in Bethesda from the Academy of the Holy Cross in Kensington, where she was the school's director of recruitment and admissions for two years.

Vincent Spadoni returns to St. Elizabeth School in Rockville as its new principal. He was its assistant vice principal from 1998 through 2000. Most recently, he was principal of St. Ambrose School in Cheverly.

Sister Sharon Mihm is the new principal at St. Martin of Tours School in Gaithersburg. She was principal of Holy Cross School in Garrett Park from 2000 through 2004.

Students' Journalism Prize

The Foundation of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences awarded a team of four students from James Hubert Blake High School a television journalism award for a documentary called "Not Invincible," about unsafe driving.

The students, Caleb Negassa, Talana Lattimer, Jillian Lipton and Joseph Matusek, were chosen from among 98 regional winners.

Blair Junior's Math Work

Brian Lawrence, a junior at Montgomery Blair High School, earned a gold medal at the 46th International Mathematical Olympiad held in Merida, Mexico, this summer. Lawrence had a perfect individual score of 42 points. He was part of the U.S. team, which finished second overall in the competition. China finished first and Russia placed third.

Auditions for Symphony

Montgomery County public school students can audition to play with the Montgomery College Symphony Orchestra.

The auditions are part of Empowered to Excel, a program that allows county public school students to earn student service learning hours or college credit by rehearsing and playing with the symphony.

Students will play alongside professional musicians, faculty members and other students who are in the orchestra. To be eligible, students must be enrolled in their school's instrumental music program and play one of the following instruments: violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, timpani, percussion or harp. Auditions are at 10 a.m. Saturday at the college's Music Recital Hall, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. To sign up, call 301-279-5209.

School Supplies Sought

Montgomery County's Linkages to Learning Program is seeking donations of new school supplies for lower-income children who attend area schools. Needed in particular are new backpacks, composition books, crayons, folders, highlighters, paper, pencils, pens, spiral notebooks and zippered binders.

The program is a collaboration between Montgomery County public schools, the county's Department of Health and nonprofit community service providers. Call 240-777-1449.

Classes for Older Adults

The schedule of classes is now available for Montgomery College's Lifelong Learning Institute for older adults.

Adults 50 and older can take classes in interior design, history, personal finance, photography, astronomy and archaeology.

Two new classes being offered this year are "Black Memorabilia as the Storyteller of African American History," and "Poetry of Robert Frost."

The institute also offers international travel opportunities. For more information, call 301-353-7809 or visit www.montgomerycollege.edu and click on "Continuing Education."

Internships for Students

Suburban Hospital's Interventional Radiology Department is offering an internship program for seniors in high school who may be interested in careers in the medical field.

During the internship, which lasts six months to a year, students learn about a variety of illnesses, including cancer, neurological disorders and cardiac programs. Interested students should call 301-896-2389.

-- Compiled by ARUNA JAIN

Teachers new to the Montgomery County school system line up at registration before their welcoming ceremony, held Friday at Walt Whitman High School.

Left to right, Sarinya Rapeepun, April Lachica and Maia Zuchman listen. New teacher Jennifer Doherty, left, meets Darlene Merry and Donald Masline.