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School Notes April 29-May 5

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Kindergarten orientation is taking place this year now through May 22. Orientation is open to parents and their children who will be starting kindergarten in Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) in the 2009–10 school year. Children who will be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, can enroll in kindergarten. Parents who are not certain which elementary school serves their area should call the MCPS Boundaries Office at 240-314-4710 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information about the kindergarten program, call the Division of Early Childhood Programs and Services at 301-230-0691. The MCPS Parent Academy is offering a free parent workshop on getting your child ready for kindergarten. It will be held May 4 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Rosemont Middle School. Rosemont is located at 16400 Alden Ave. in Gaithersburg. Register online at http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/parentacademy/

Summit Educational Group, is offering free practice tests this spring for the SAT and ACT at Winston Churchill High School in Potomac. For a complete listing of dates, please visit www.mytutor.com.

Nathan C. Prillaman, of Potomac, Kathleen Choi, of Potomac, and Jonathan Liang from North Potomac, have all been named one of approximately 560 semifinalists in the 2009 Presidential Scholars Program.

Holton's Advanced Placement Art History class was among 21 programs recognized in a new booklet, Stories of Excellence: Case Studies of Exemplary Teaching and Learning with Technology, produced by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).

In addition to producing their own podcasts, Holton's students mentor fifth-grade students from Seaton Elementary, an inner-city public school in Washington, D.C. Together the students research artwork at the museum and then Holton's students help their mentees create podcasts of their own. Visit www.nais.org/go/storiesofexcellence.