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The Maryland State Department of Education has announced that 12 local high schools received awards in the 2006 Maryland School Performance Recognition Program. The awards are based on overall high performance on the 2006 High School Assessments (HSA) and/or for improvement among subgroups from the 2005 to the 2006 HSA.

Two schools, Damascus and Winston Churchill high schools, were recognized for both subgroup improvement and overall performance. Subgroup improvement recognition went to Albert Einstein, John F. Kennedy, Northwood, and Wheaton high schools. Overall performance honorees were Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Poolesville, Richard Montgomery, Thomas S. Wootton, Walt Whitman, and Walter Johnson high schools.

The Board of Education met on Monday, May 21, and, among other items, amended the school calendar for 2007-2008 to reflect a change in the primary election date, discussed middle school assignment for the Hampshire Greens community, and approved ten administrative appointments. The Board also took final action on the early childhood and elementary education policy, approved sending a request to the County Council for funding a traffic signal at Northwood High School, and discussed the implementation of High School Plus, an alternative to Evening High School. A resolution honored the principals of high schools recognized among the top in the nation by Newsweek magazine. Recognitions also included the winner of the Margaret Cutler Interages Award, Champions for Children honorees, recipients of the Asian American Education Association scholarships, and George B. Thomas, Sr. Learning Academy, Inc., scholarship recipients.

Walter Johnson High School defeated Holton Arms and Landon to win the It’s Academic Championship for the Washington area. Walter Johnson then went on to beat Centennial (Baltimore) and Robert E. Lee (central Virginia) high schools to become the It’s Academic Superbowl winner.

Jewish Social Service Agency offers "Educational Consultation and Support" for parents of children who have been identified with a learning, attention, or other disability that impacts academic performance. This program helps parents identify and implement the services a child needs to achieve academic success. Available to families in Montgomery County. Adjustable fees based on family income. Other services to children with learning, attention or other disabilities include social skills therapy groups, workshops on parenting challenging children, individual and family counseling, and support groups. JSSA is located at 6123 Montrose Road, Rockville. Call 301-816-2633 or 703-204-9100 for more.

Montgomery College offers an array of new, non-credit courses that were formerly offered by Montgomery County Public Schools. These courses, offered primarily during evenings or weekends in public schools and other convenient community locations, are in addition to hundreds of other non-credit courses available through the College’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education unit. A complete schedule of course offerings can be found online at www.montgomerycollege.edu/wdce. Also, printed copies of the fall non-credit course schedule can be found at libraries, community centers and other such locations around the county. For questions about continuing education courses or to request a copy call 301-279-5188, visit

www.montgomerycollege.edu/wdce/mcps/mcps.html.