Learn More About Choices
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. Monday at Benjamin Banneker Middle School, 14800 Perrywood Dr., Burtonsville or at 7 p.m. Wednesday at William H. Farquhar Middle School, 16915 Batchellors Forest Rd., Olney.
The choice 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 also be available in Spanish.
Parents of eighth-graders who live in the Down-County Consortium area can learn about the choice process and academies at 7 p.m. today at Colonel E. Brooke Lee Middle School, 11800 Monticello Ave., Silver Spring, or at 7 p.m. at Newport Mill Middle School, 11311 Newport Mill Rd., Kensington.
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 also be available in Chinese, French, Korean, Spanish and Vietnamese.
For information, call 301-279-3077 or visit www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org.
Association Picks O'Neill
The Maryland Association of Boards of Education, a nonprofit organization, elected Patricia O'Neill president of the organization Sept. 28. O'Neill is serving her third term as Montgomery County Board of Education president.
The association provides programs, workshops and advocacy for school boards across the state.
Twenty-two Montgomery County Public School seniors have been named semifinalists in the National Achievement Scholarship Program for outstanding African Americans, administered by the National Merit Scholarship Corp.
The 22 students are among 1,600 across the country and 67 in Maryland. They are:
Blayne M. Tesfaye of Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School; Kara M. Wilson of Damascus; Johannes C. Kutten of Gaithersburg; Kristina T. Broadie and Chad C. Sanders of James Hubert Blake; Mustafa M. Nasr and Danielle J. Rezac of Magruder; Natasha L. Coleman, Sebastian Johnson and Sayoh Mansaray of Montgomery Blair; Dana M. Woodson of Paint Branch; Naa Adotsoe Ammah-Tagoe, Crystal N. Boyd, Loide B. Marwanga of Richard Montgomery; Obafemi Oniya of Seneca Valley; Jorden C. Jones, Ernika G. Quimby and Maury White of Sherwood; Everis H. Clarke, Steven A. Ellis and Tayina Tardieu of Walter Johnson; and Henry B. Dunc of Watkins Mill.
Winners will be named in April.
-- Compiled by ARUNA JAIN
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