Education Meetings

Parents of eighth-graders who live in the Northeast Consortium area can learn about the preferred choice process and signature programs at 7 p.m. today at White Oak Middle School, 12201 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. The process allows students to rank, in order of preference, high schools they would like to attend. Signature programs are distinct fields of study available at each of the consortium schools, which include James Hubert Blake, Paint Branch and Springbrook high schools. Presentations will be available in Spanish.

Parents of eighth-graders who live in the Downcounty Consortium area can learn about the choice process and academies at 7 p.m. today at Silver Spring International Middle School, 313 Wayne Ave., Silver Spring. The process allows students to rank, in order of preference, high schools they would like to attend. Academies are distinct fields of study available at each of the consortium schools, which include Montgomery Blair, Albert Einstein, John F. Kennedy, Northwood and Wheaton high schools. Presentations will be available in Chinese, French, Korean, Spanish and Vietnamese.

For information, call 301-279-3077 or visit www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org. Community Forum

School officials will hold a community forum from 7 to 9:30 p.m. today at Northwest High School, 12501 Richter Farm, Germantown, to discuss ways to improve education.

The forum will focus on the annual update of the system's strategic plan and the yearly operating budget. For more information, call 301-279-3626 or visit www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/community/forums.

Hopkins Teacher Training

Johns Hopkins University and Montgomery County Public Schools will offer a free information session from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. today about its two-year professional immersion programs designed to bring second-career adults into the teaching profession.

Montgomery County Public Schools will pay tuition, books and fees after the first six credits of the program. Students also are eligible for a stipend while serving as teaching fellows. Classes take place at the Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus, 9601 Medical Center Dr., Rockville.

The program is recruiting applicants interested in special education, secondary mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, French, Spanish and ESOL. For more information, call 301-294-7040 or visit www.teach.jhu.edu.

Homework Hotline Live

Montgomery County Public Schools Instructional Television will air Homework Hotline Live! from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on most Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from October through April on MCPS Channel 33.

Student callers will be connected to teachers who will provide help with homework. The hotline number is 301-279-3234. For more information about the show, call 301-279-7857.

Van Donation for Charity

Charitable organizations interested in a conversion van with a hydraulic lift can apply to the Montgomery County Students Automotive Trades Foundation Inc., a nonprofit organization providing automotive training to high school students. The organization donates a vehicle to a deserving charitable organization each year. The application deadline is Oct. 22. For more information, call 301-929-2197.

-- Compiled by ARUNA JAIN

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