A Blue Ribbon for Pyle

The Maryland Department of Education has named Thomas W. Pyle Middle School in Bethesda a Maryland No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon School of Excellence for 2005-06.

The school was one of six in the state to receive the award for scoring in the top 10 percent on the Maryland School Assessment in mathematics, reading or related language arts for at least three years.

The program also recognizes economically disadvantaged schools that have improved dramatically on the state assessment over at least the past three years.

For the 2004-05 school year, 91.1 percent of Pyle students were proficient in the assessment's math section and 95.7 percent were proficient in reading.

In addition, the proficiency rate of black students went from 30 percent in 2003 to 57 percent in 2005.

"We have a staff that I'm really proud of," said Pyle's principal, Michael J. Zarchin, in a statement. "It's nice they are recognized for what they do day in and day out and the extra support they provide."

This award qualifies Pyle for the national competition to be named a blue ribbon school of excellence.

Other Maryland Blue Ribbon schools are Clarksville Middle School in Howard County, Severna Park Middle in Anne Arundel County, Ridgely Middle in Baltimore County, Northern Middle in Garrett County and Bainbridge Elementary in Cecil County.

The Maryland General Assembly and Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) will honor the schools at a banquet in March in Annapolis.

Montgomery College Expo

Montgomery College will hold a Career Programs Expo for prospective students from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Germantown campus.

The free expo is an open house for high school students, parents and adults who are considering attending Montgomery College. Tours will be offered. The event is at the High Technology and Science Center, 20200 Observation Dr., Germantown. To reserve a space, call 301-353-7816 or e-mail recruit@montgomerycollege.edu. For general questions, call 301-279-5000 or visit www.montgomerycollege.edu.

Middle School Magnets

Montgomery County public schools will hold information meetings and open houses for parents of fifth-graders interested in their options through the Middle School Magnet Consortium, which includes Argyle, Loiederman and Parkland middle schools.

For families of students who live within the consortium's boundaries, information meetings will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 21 at Argyle Middle School, 2400 Bel Pre Rd., Silver Spring; at 7 p.m. Nov. 28 at Loiederman Middle School, 12701 Goodhill Rd., Silver Spring; and at 7 p.m. Dec. 5 at Parkland Middle School, 6300 Tilden Lane, Rockville. Each meeting will be followed by an open house at the school. Information will be presented in English and Spanish.

For families of students who live outside the consortium boundaries, an information session will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, 4301 East West Hwy., Bethesda. They can also attend the open houses listed above.

All the meetings will discuss the choice process, which allows students to rank middle school options, the consortium's special programs and bus transportation guidelines.

Families of current sixth-grade students who live outside the consortium boundaries also can participate in the choice process. For information, call 301-649-8081.

Forum to Look at Bullying

The Anti-Bullying Coalition in the Rockville Cluster will a hold a meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. at Earle B. Wood Middle School, 14615 Bauer Dr., Rockville.

Administrators from Rockville's elementary, middle and high schools will present results of a survey given to students about bullying. The program also will address how parents can help create a safe environment for their kids and the schools they attend. For information, call 301-460-6612.

-- Compiled by ARUNA JAIN

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