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Schools March 18-25

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Alexander Dowd of Potomac, was named to the University at Albany's fall 2008 dean's list for outstanding academic achievement.

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

Kindergarten orientation will take place this year from April 1 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/