School Board Finalizes Name for New Kensington Middle School

School Board Finalizes Name for New Kensington Middle School

Silver Creek Middle School will open its doors in September

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Silver Creek Middle School in Kensington

Andrew Metcalf

The newest public school in Montgomery County officially has its name.

Silver Creek Middle School, which will welcome its first students in September, is named after a Rock Creek tributary that winds through Kensington. Community members liked the title because of the creek’s environmental significance and proximity to the school, and the Montgomery County Board of Education on Thursday unanimously agreed with them.

School board members had suggested three other names: Kensington, Harriet Tubman and Dr. Paul L. Vance, a former superintendent of Montgomery County Public Schools. A naming committee composed of local parents also weighed in with the names Rock Creek Hills and Katherine Johnson middle schools.

But Silver Creek rose above the other options, in part because of its symbolic value. As the creek flows toward a larger waterbody, the middle school students will “join with another stream of students to become part of the larger [Bethesda-Chevy Chase] High School,” a staff memorandum stated.

North Chevy Chase, Rock Creek Forest, Chevy Chase and Rosemary Hills elementary schools will feed into the new Kensington middle school.

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