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"Blast from the Past 2006 – Imag1nation." Winston Churchill High School's annual musical extravaganza, featuring over 40 songs from the past performed with a live band will be Friday April 21 and 28 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 22 and 29 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Winston Churchill High School, 11300 Gainsborough Road, Potomac. Call 301-469-1243 or WCHSTix@yahoo.com.

The Montgomery County Board of Elections is seeking 1,000 school-age students, grades 6-12, to serve as election day student aides during the 2006 Gubernatorial Elections. Interested students should supply the following information: student and guardian’s full name and e-mail address; home address; phone number(s); school name and address; grade level (as of fall 2006); and shift preference (6:30-10:30 a.m. or 4:30-8:30 p.m.). If bilingual, or fluent in sign language, indicate what languages are spoken. Information should be sent no later than June 1 to: Gilberto A. Zelaya, Future Vote Initiative, Board of Elections, 751 Twinbrook Parkway, P.O. Box 4333, Rockville, MD 20849-4333. The information can also be faxed to 240-777-8505 or e-mail Gilberto.zelaya@montgomerycountymd.gov. Call 240-777-8532.

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Head Start and Prekindergarten programs are recruiting income-eligible children who will be 4 years old by September 1, 2006. There also are a limited number of openings for Head Start-eligible children who will be 3 years old by September 1, 2006. These classes will begin in fall 2006. MCPS Prekindergarten and Head Start programs provide comprehensive family programs including preschool education, health and social services, and parent involvement for low-income families, including children with disabilities.

Registration is scheduled for:

Rocking Horse Road Center, April 19, 3 p.m.-8 p.m.

Martin Luther King Swim Center, April 26, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Rocking Horse Road Center, April 29, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Long Branch Community Center, May 12, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Rocking Horse Road Center, May 20, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Contact the Montgomery County Public Schools Head Start Unit at 301-230-0676 or visit the MCPS Web site at http://www.mcps.k12.md.us/departments/earlychi/index.shtm

Is College Right for My Child? Considering the Gap Year. Discussion of factors to consider in determining whether a child is ready for college — an overview of employment and interim alternatives to the freshman year of college. On Monday, April 24 from 7-9 p.m. at the JSSA, 6123 Montrose Road, Rockville. Cost is $15. Register by calling 301-652-8459.

The Landon School in Bethesda will hold its 53rd annual Azalea Garden Festival on May 5, 6 and 7 from 10-5 daily. The Landon School, 6101 Wilson Lane, Bethesda. All proceeds benefit the Landon School Scholarship Fund. Festival general admission and parking is free. Tickets are required for the Antiques Show and Pops Concert.

The Walt Whitman High School Festival of the Arts is on May 17 and 18 from 6:30 -9:30 p.m. and will showcase award-winning visual arts, instrumental music and choral performances, a silent auction, and student art sale. Admission is free. Walt Whitman High School, 7100 Whittier Boulevard, Bethesda. Call 301-320-6600.

JSSA Everything You Need to Know About Your LD/ADHD Student's College Process. Nancy Rosenberg, founder of Specialized College Counseling, leads this seven-hour workshop. Learn the factors to consider when choosing a college; accommodations and documentation; college support services; disclosure; when and how to begin the search and application process; testing; self-advocacy; and other relevant issues. Sunday, May 21, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 6123 Montrose Road, Rockville. Space is Limited. Call 301-816-2633 to register.

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) will hold the 2006 Kindergarten Orientation Program from Thursday, March 30, through Friday, May 26. Special registration and orientation programs are scheduled at elementary schools throughout the county.

Children who will be five years old on or before September 1, 2006, are eligible to begin kindergarten in August. Parents are asked to register children for next year's kindergarten on the date scheduled for the elementary school that serves their neighborhood. Parents who are not certain which elementary school serves their area should contact the MCPS Boundaries Office at 301-279-3331 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Each school has additional information on registration procedures, and parents are asked to call their home school to make an appointment to register on the school's specified orientation dates. More information about early childhood education is available on the MCPS Web site at www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/earlychi/

The Board of Education has requested community comment regarding its revised Policy IOB, Education of Students with Disabilities, which aligns local policies and procedures with changes in the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Copies of the draft policy are available through the Public Information Office by calling 301-279-3391 or on the Montgomery County Public Schools Web site at www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/policy/. Individuals who wish to provide comments should respond in writing by May 29. All responses should be sent to the Office of the Superintendent of Schools, 850 Hungerford Drive, Rockville, Maryland 20850. The responses will be shared with the Board of Education.

David Arabe, a freshman at Clemson University was named to the Deans list for the fall 2005 semester. he is majoring in Business Management and is a 2005 graduate of Wootton High School.

Anna Mayo, daughter of Paticia S. Dickinson of Bridle Lane, Potomac was named to Denison University's Dean's list. Mayo, a 2004 graduate of Walt Whitman High School. Anna Mayo is a sophomore psychology major at Denison.

Jonathan Parson, son of Leslie and Ila Parson of Potomac, was named to the dean's list for the 2005 fall semester at Lynchurg College. Parsons, is a graduate of Winston Churchill High school and is a freshman nursing major at Lynchburg.

Julianne Foster, daughter of John and Silvia Foster of Potomac was awarded an $11,000 scholarship to Oglethorpe University. She attended Georgetown Visitation Prep School.

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Instructional TV recently began live closed captioning of the Homework Hotline Live program that airs on Cable Channel 33. The program is scheduled from 4:30-6 p.m. on most Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from October through April.

Andrew Moynihan, eighth grade, son of Mr. And Mrs. David C. Moynihan of Potomac, received honors for the second trimester at Saint James School.

The Churchill Junior Engineering Technical Society (JETS) varsity team, placed third in their division for the state of Maryland at the annual competition held at George Washington University. Team captain Kevin Lee, and members Michael Krug, Vikram Kulkarni, Atul Luykx, Jeremy Ong, Michelle Sim, Seong Sim, and Shusaku Uesugi answered college-level engineering related questions, earning a school trophy for sponsor/science teacher, Paul Kang, for display at Churchill.

Susan D. Thompson, currently acting principal at Carderock Springs Elementary School, has been named principal of Carderock Springs Elementary School.