The principal of Sligo Middle School in Silver Spring has been appointed to lead Gaithersburg High School starting July 1.

Cary Dimmick wrote in a letter to Sligo families that his past three years as the school’s principal had been “amazing,” and the decision to shift to a new position was a difficult one.

He said that he’d spent a decade working in high schools before he arrived at Sligo and that he was eager to work with that age group again.

“Preparing students for college and career opportunities after graduation is an exciting venture, especially with the rapid growth of industry around the globe,” he wrote. “The feeling one gets watching students walk across the stage at graduation, knowing that all your hard work and effort has paid off, is incomparable.”

Montgomery County Public Schools is holding a meeting with the Sligo community May 1 at 6 p.m. to talk about selecting its new principal.

“We expect a new principal to be identified in late May and begin formally on July 1, 2018,” Diane Morris, director of school support and improvement for MCPS, wrote to parents.

Dimmick’s appointment fills one of the four principal vacancies to open up recently at MCPS high schools. Principals at Walt Whitman, Quince Orchard and Winston Churchill high schools have also announced they are stepping aside.

Youngsters at Bethesda Country Day School hold ladybug release

Kids at Bethesda Country Day School release ladybugs. Credit: Bethesda Country Day School

Students at Bethesda Country Day School celebrated Earth Day on April 20 by releasing 10,000 ladybugs.

The students at the school, which serves children from age 2 through kindergarten, wore red and black hats as they let the bugs fly into the schoolyard. Beforehand, the students had learned that ladybugs act as a natural pesticide and eat insects that might harm plants, according to a news release.

The students at the school are part of a network of private schools called the Nobel Learning Communities.

Einstein High teens awarded for their literary, visual art

The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County honored two Albert Einstein High School seniors for visual and written art last week.

Amal Haddad won the Fran Abrams Creative Writing Award for 2018, while Astrid Dong received the Ida F. Haimovicz Visual Arts Award. During the April 19 awards presentation, Haddad read her winning work. Dong opened her multimedia exhibit, “Wick and Limb,” which is on display through June 29.

Her work is on view at the Betty Mae Kramer Gallery and Music Room at One Veterans Place in the Silver Spring Civic Center. 

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