School Notes: County Council member for a Day Finalists Named

School Notes: County Council member for a Day Finalists Named

Plus: Montgomery County Public Schools looks at performance data; Kensington middle schooler selected as one of 45 student reporters

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Ten Montgomery County middle and high school students have been chosen by Montgomery County Council member Craig Rice as finalists for his “councilmember for a day” challenge. Rice, who started the annual competition three years ago as chair of the council’s education committee, asked the students to submit YouTube videos of less than two minutes or 500-word essays explaining what they think is the most important public policy issue affecting young people today and what suggestions they have for elected officials.

“I want our young people to know they are heard and valued and that their ideas and views matter very much,” Rice said in a press release.

The finalists are:

Momoreoluwa Alade, A. Mario Loiederman Middle School, Silver Spring;

Chloe Appel and Alice Kahkajian, Col. Zadok Magruder High School, Rockville;

Joshua Barney, Northwest High School, Germantown;

Tiffany Brown, Clarksburg High School;

Darshini Babu Ganesh, Poolesville High School;

Adji Keinde, Hallie Wells Middle School, Clarksburg;

Kadijah Keith, Northwood High School, Silver Spring;

Nyrene Monforte, Montgomery Blair High School, Silver Spring; and

Angela Xiong, Walt Whitman High School, Bethesda.

On Oct. 24, the students will be recognized at a reception that precedes the council’s youth town hall meeting. The winner will then be and will receive a $500 gift card and dinner with Rice and his , as well as spend the day with the council member and participate in a meeting.

MoCo Board of Education to discuss performance data

The Montgomery County Board of Education was expected to discuss the end-of-year performance data for grades two, five, eight and 11 for the 2017-2018 school year at its board meeting Monday night. In a memo from Superintendent Jack Smith to members of the board, Smith explained the data measures the readiness of students to advance to the next level of learning. The report measures achievement in primary, intermediate, middle and high schools. Smith wrote that last year’s report will be compared to the 2016-2017 report in order to gauge how much progress is being made at each level. Montgomery County Public Sschools spokesman Derek Turner said the data would be available following the meeting.

Smith also wrote in the memo that the school system would be sharing the achievement scores from MCPS’s new equity accountability model, which measures performance in focus group populations for grades two, five, eight and 11. Those populations include Black/African- American students who receive free and reduced-price meals (FARMS) and those who don’t, Hispanic/Latino who receive FARMS meals and those who don’t, and all other FARMS students.

Kensington middle schooler chosen for Scholastic News Kids Press Corps

Grace Denny, a seventh-grader who attends Newport Mill Middle School in Kensington, has been selected as one of 45 student reporters chosen by the Scholastic News Press Corps for the 2018-2019 school year. The student reporters, who are between ages 10 and 14, cover national and international news for the Scholastic News Kids Corps Press website and Scholastic Classroom Magazines. Last year, the reporters covered stories such as Hurricanes Harvey and Maria, the Super Bowl and March for Our Lives.

“This year’s talented team of 45 Kid Reporters have committed to covering the hard-hitting topics that students around the world want to learn more about, while developing the critical thinking and media literacy skills that are so important for their futures,” said Suzanne McCabe, editor of Scholastic News Press Corps.

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