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									                                                                                                Inside this issue:
                                                                                                ■ Sarah Horvitz is student member of
                                                                                                   Board. Page 2.
                                                                                                ■ Ways you can stay warmer this winter.
                                                                                                   Page 5.
                                                                                                ■ MCPS changes to ePaystub March 2.
                                                                                                   Page 6.

Feb. 20, 2007            ■   Montgomery County Public Schools             ■   www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org                   Vol. 49, No. 24

                                              Board adopts $1.988 billion FY ’08 budget
   Board, unions sign                            The Board of Education adopted a $1.988 billion Fiscal Year 2008 operating budget
   contract agreement                         Feb. 13 to continue its reform efforts that have produced unprecedented academic
                                              achievement for Montgomery County Public Schools students.
   for next three years                          The budget builds on seven years of steady academic progress and positions the
                                              school district to help all students achieve even greater success with key investments in
      The Board of Education voted Feb.       staff and proven programs.
   13 to approve new negotiated con-              The final budget includes an increase of $136 million over the FY 2007 budget (7.4
   tracts with the three employee asso-       percent) and funds a new salary agreement with the three employee associations. It also in-
   ciations that provide salary increases     cludes targeted investments to continue efforts to reform middle school, strengthen spe-
   over the next three years, call for a      cial education, improve high schools, add more counselors, expand the Poolesville HS
   renewed commitment to collabora-           whole-school magnet program and increase foreign language translation services.
   tion and address other working con-           “One of the biggest reasons for our success is our people—the great staff members
   dition issues.                             who have dedicated their lives to helping each and every student succeed,” said Nancy
      MCPS employees will receive             Navarro, Board of Education president. “This budget invests in our people and provides
   negotiated salary increases of 4.8 per-    the resources we need to continue our efforts to close the achievement gap.”
   cent in Fiscal Year 2008, 5 percent in         “With the guidance of the Board of Education, we have invested the public’s resources
   FY 2009 and 5.3 percent in FY 2010         wisely over the last seven years and achieved exceptional results,” Superintendent Jerry
   under the new contracts between            D. Weast said. “There’s no question that when you have high expectations for students
   MCPS and the Montgomery County             and staff, coupled with the right resources, you can indeed achieve great things.”
   Education Association (MCEA), the             The FY 2008 budget is the result of a close collaborative process between MCPS, its
   Montgomery County Association              employee associations and its parents. Throughout the process, MCPS sought and received
                   (continued on page 3)      a great deal of feedback, which helped shape the initiatives included in the budget.
                                                                                                                   (continued on page 4)

Board unanimously
renews Weast contract
for four more years
   The Board of Education unanimously
voted Feb. 13 to extend the contract of
Superintendent Jerry D. Weast for an
additional four years.
   “For the last eight years, Dr. Weast
has provided outstanding leadership for
Montgomery County Public Schools. Our
students are performing at levels never
before seen in our community, and I
know that we are poised for even greater
success with Dr. Weast at the helm,” said
Nancy Navarro, president of the Board of
Education. “The Board knows that there        Getting the buses rolling
is much more work to do to close the          Charles Wood of the Bethesda Maintenance Depot uses a front end loader to move snow at the
                                              depot Feb. 14. Emergency maintenance personnel worked last Wednesday and Thursday, when
achievement gap and to truly give every       schools were closed, to clear transportation and school parking lots of snow and ice, check bus
                      (continued on page 3)   motors and make sure everything was in working order before the buses started rolling again.
Sarah Horvitz is student member of Board
  This is the last of a series of profiles on
the members of the Board of Education.
This article focuses on student member                                                          Snyder nominations. Nominations are
Sarah Horvitz, a senior at Springbrook                                                       now being accepted for the 2007 Reed
HS. Her term expires June 30, 2007.                                                          S. Snyder Memorial Teacher Excellence
                                                                                             Award. Nominations are due by March
   More than halfway through her year-                                                       31, 2007. For more details, go to www.
long term as student member of the                                                           ReedSnyderAward.com or call Marianne
Board of Education, Sarah Horvitz has                                                        Koster at 301-840-8484.
developed a good sense of the complexi-                                                         Piney Branch reunion. Anyone who
ties involved in running a school system.                                                    works or has worked at Piney Branch ES
   “It’s a lot of work and a lot of effort,”                                                 is invited to a reunion on Saturday, March
she says. “I’ve learned how complicated                                                      10, 2-5 p.m., at 1404 Red Oak Drive,
it is to run a school system, how much                                                       Silver Spring. For information, call 301-
goes into it.”                                                                               585-6863 or e-mail Sturek1@verizon.net.
   Her priorities have included making                                                          Islam seminar. “Teaching and Learning
sure students are prepared for and pass                                                      About Islam and Arab Culture: A Saturday
the High School Assessments, now a                                                           Seminar for K-5 Educators,” will be held
                                               Sarah Horvitz
                                                                                             Saturday, March 3, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.,
graduation requirement starting with the
                                                                                             at the Georgetown University campus. It
Class of 2009, and passing revisions to        “There wasn’t a lot of support for the bill
                                                                                             is offered free (including lunch) to teach-
the health education curriculum.               within the Montgomery County leader-
                                                                                             ers, and resource materials will be distrib-
   Regarding the HSA graduation require-       ship, and the Montgomery County dele-         uted. MCPS family service worker Samira
ment, Horvitz says, “I think some stu-         gation voted to kill the legislation.”        Hussein will be one of the trainers. To reg-
dents are not as informed as they should          Horvitz also has made her mark with        ister, download workshop reply form at
be. The message is loud and clear for          the Student Advisory Committee she            http://ccas.georgetown.edu (click on K-12
plenty of students. But for some students,     oversees. The committee, which is open        Educational Outreach/Online Applications/
the message is not sinking in.”                to all Student Government Association         Academic Year Programs) and send to
   Horvitz also was interested in making       presidents, meets periodically to discuss     seikalyz@georgetown.edu, fax to 202-687-
sure the revisions to the health education     student issues and concerns. Horvitz, in      7001 or call 202-687-6176.
curriculum were approved.                      turn, can bring those issues to the atten-       Literacy volunteers. The Literacy
   “I think it is extremely important to get   tion of the full Board.                       Council of Montgomery County seeks vol-
a well-informed curriculum that is not            This year, she says, the committee has     unteers to teach adults to read, write or
biased and doesn’t leave out facts,” she       gotten more participation and is more         speak English. No foreign language skills
said before the vote. “A lot of students are   effective than in past years.                 are necessary. Tutor orientation sessions
not getting this at home. I’ve heard from         Horvitz is the 29th student member of      will be held Feb. 21 from 7:30-9 p.m. and
students that they felt they were being        the Board. In the past three years, she has   March 1 from 10:30 am-noon. Advance
taught the same things over and over, and      held several student leadership positions,    registration is required. Call 301-610-0030
it wasn’t relevant to 2007.”                   including delegate to the Montgomery          or e-mail info@literacycouncilmcmd.org. ❏
   The Board approved revisions to the         County Region of Student Councils
health education curriculum for stu-           (MCR) and school liaison for the MCR
dents in grade 8 and grade 10 at its Jan. 9    Executive Committee.
meeting.                                          Horvitz expects to carry her experi-
   Horvitz also has been active in lob-        ences and knowledge to the University
bying against the Maryland General             of Maryland next fall, where she plans to        Montgomery County Public Schools
Assembly’s efforts to limit voting rights      major in political science. She also hopes       Public Information Office
for the student member. She motivated          to go to law school and has political aspi-      850 Hungerford Drive
                                                                                                Rockville, MD 20850
other students to testify against the bill,    rations for the future.                          301-279-3391
and last month the Board of Education             “I’ve enjoyed it a lot,” she says of her      301-279-3221 (fax)
voted to oppose the legislation.               student member of the Board post. “I             Jerry D. Weast, Superintendent
   “That was a victory,” Horvitz says.         have found it very rewarding.” ❏                 Brian Edwards, Director
                                                                                                Vickie C. Walter, Editor
    Let us hear from you                                                                        Published for the MCPS community
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2   Bulletin Feb. 20, 2007
                                                                                                 contract renewed by
                                                                                                 Board on Feb. 13
                                                                                                 (continued from page 1)
                                                                                                 single child a world-class education. We
                                                                                                 are confident that Dr. Weast is the right
                                                                                                 person to lead these efforts to ensure that
                                                                                                 every child succeeds.”
                                                                                                    “I appreciate the confidence the Board
                                                                                                 has shown in me today by extending my
                                                                                                 contract so that we can continue the work
                                                                                                 together we began eight years ago,” said
                                                                                                 Weast, who was first appointed in August
                                                                                                 1999. “Yes, our students have accom-
                                                                                                 plished much under the excellent guid-
                                                                                                 ance of our staff. But we have so much
                                                                                                 more work to do. Together, we are going
Student Board candidates                                                                         to do everything in our power to elimi-
This year, three students are running for the position of student member of the Board of         nate the achievement gap.”
Education. From left are Ben Moskowitz, a junior at Walter Johnson HS; Chris Yates, a junior
at James Hubert Blake HS; and Will Bucher, a junior at Montgomery Blair HS. The student
                                                                                                    During the superintendent’s tenure, stu-
member of the Board nominating convention will be held March 1 at James Hubert Blake             dents at all levels have achieved record
HS, with the election of the next student Board member set for April 25.                         success. For example:
                                                                                                    ■ The Class of 2006 set numerous
                                                                                                 historic highs in participation and per-
Contracts for salary increases signed                                                            formance in Advanced Placement (AP)
                                                                                                 courses. The Class of 2006 broke the pre-
(continued from page 1)                          framework for greater collaboration,            vious AP record set by the Class of 2005,
of Administrative and Supervisory                increased planning time for teachers,           with 56 percent of the class taking at least
Personnel (MCAASP) and SEIU Local                increased stipends for certain activities,      one AP exam and 45 percent scoring well
500. The three associations represent            more training and more career and lead-         enough to earn college credit.
teachers, principals and other school-           ership development.                                ■ The Class of 2006’s performance
based and central services administrators,          “The agreement rewards our employees         was three times higher than national grad-
and support professionals, respectively.         for the work they do every day to support       uates’ average and twice the average for
   “Our outstanding staff members are            student learning,” said Merle Cuttitta, pres-   graduating seniors in Maryland.
the key ingredient to the success of             ident of SEIU Local 500. “I am pleased             ■ Newsweek once again ranked all 23
our students. I am pleased that we can           that the new contract calls for greater col-    eligible high schools in the top 3 percent
reward their hard work with a commit-            laboration between MCPS and the asso-           in the nation, including 5 in the top 100.
ment to increased wages over the next            ciations and provides for more training            ■ 88 percent of kindergartners are read-
three years,” said Board President Nancy         opportunities and professional growth.”         ing simple text, and there is no achieve-
Navarro. “We must keep our wages com-               “The success of our students is the          ment gap between white students and their
petitive if we are going to attract the best     envy of school districts around the nation      African American and Hispanic peers.
to come here and stay here.”                     who every day try to emulate us,” said             ■ 46 percent of fifth graders are taking
   “MCPS enjoys a strong working rela-           Bonnie Cullison, president of MCEA.             sixth grade math, compared with 2 per-
tionship with all three associations, and        “Our professional educators deserve a           cent six years ago.
that benefits our students every day.             wage that recognizes their value, and I            The terms of Weast’s new contract
Together, we have developed the reforms          believe this new agreement does that.”          remain the same as the previous contract.
that have led to unprecedented success,             “Montgomery County is fortunate to           He will be paid a salary of $239,754. The
and together we’re going to climb the            have an educational team that truly puts        contract also provides for a retirement
next mountain and close the achievement          the students first. Our administrators           plan, life and health insurance, a flexible
gap,” Superintendent Jerry D. Weast said.        and supervisors are critical to the suc-        spending account and a car. ❏
“Our employees have earned this wage             cess of the students and have more than
increase and our gratitude for all they do       earned this wage increase,” said Rebecca            The Board of Education calendar and
for the children of Montgomery County.”          Newman, president of MCAASP. “As                  agendas of upcoming meetings are avail-
   Negotiations on all three contracts con-      MCPS improves its collaboration with              able at www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/
cluded earlier this month, and member-           the associations, our students will con-          boe/meetings. Videos of past meetings
ship of all three associations has rati-         tinue to win because we’ll work more              can be viewed by going to www.
fied the contracts. In addition to salary         efficiently together to meet the challenges        montgomeryschoolsmd.org/boe and click-
increases, the contracts provide the             before us.” ❏                                     ing on Past Meeting Viewer.

                                                                                                                    Bulletin   Feb. 20, 2007 3
Budget includes $4.2 million for ESOL, special ed, graduation
(continued from page 1)                          environment, and address the overrep-          Other budget amendments
   The FY 2008 budget devotes 80 cents           resentation of African American and
                                                                                                  Weast added four other amendments to
of every dollar to instructional programs.       Hispanic students in secondary learning
                                                                                                the budget adopted by the Board.
Central administrative costs remain              centers. Ultimately, the plan will result         ■ $1.7 million to pay for unexpected
among the lowest in the state for any            in the closure of the secondary learning       growth in the ESOL program. An additional
school district at 2 percent.                    centers, where student performance has         1,100 students enrolled in the elementary
   MCPS and its employee associations            lagged behind the performance of stu-          and middle school levels create the need for
have reached a three-year agreement on           dents with disabilities who are not edu-       27.3 more teachers in FY 2008.
salary increases. Employees will receive         cated in these centers.                           ■ Funding for MCPS to pay for the
a salary increase of 4.8 percent in FY              Specifically, the special education          majority of the costs associated with renting
2008, 5 percent in FY 2009 and 5.3 per-          reform plan includes the following five         venues for the Class of 2008 commence-
cent in FY 2010. The cost of the FY 2008         key elements:                                  ment ceremonies. The budget amendment
increase totals $69.9 million.                      ■ All grades 6-12 students currently        includes $196,350 to pay for facility costs
   The budget includes a $2.6 million in-        attending the secondary learning centers       at the Comcast Center at the University of
vestment in middle school reform—the             may remain in these centers through their      Maryland for up to four schools and DAR
first installment of a three-year, $10 million    graduation.                                    Constitution Hall for other schools.
plan. Five schools will be included in the          ■ Approximately 45 grade 5 students            ■ $200,000 in additional funding for
first phase of middle school reform, which        who might be candidates for the secondary      activity buses for an extended-day program
focuses on enhancing staff skills, pro-          learning centers will receive special edu-     at Poolesville HS and to assist schools
viding an accelerated curriculum with            cation services in their home or consortia     implementing the High School Plus (for-
an emphasis on math and reading skills,                                                         merly evening high school) program. The
                                                 schools, according to their Individualized
and improving the leadership structure of                                                       funds will enable Poolesville to offer an
                                                 Education Programs (IEPs). The progress
                                                                                                eighth class period like the Montgomery
middle school. The budget also includes          of these students will be monitored care-      Blair HS magnet program.
$1.2 million for 16.5 new middle school          fully to ensure that they are progressing in      ■ $150,000 in research funds to work
counselors.                                      accordance with their IEPs.                    with the County Council and county exec-
   Additional investments will be targeted to:      ■ All of the students currently in sec-     utive’s staff on an initiative in the Kennedy
   ■ Increase supports in high schools to        ondary learning centers will have the          Cluster to improve the achievement of
support High School Assessment proficiency.       option of returning to their home or con-      African American students.
   ■ Expand online high school courses.          sortia schools to receive their services if       The budget also includes funding for
   ■ Expand Poolesville HS magnet program.       their families request it through the IEP      junior varsity lacrosse and additional mid-
   ■ Add 15 elementary assistant principals.     process, and students who wish to exer-        dle school extracurricular activities by
   ■ Add 14 elementary instructional data        cise this option will be supported. Any        increasing student parking and activity fees.
assistants.                                      determination or change in service would          A program and fiscal assistant position will
   ■ Add staff for elementary art, music and     be made through the IEP process.               be added to the Board of Education office.
PE classes.                                         ■ Additional efforts will be made to           The FY 2008 budget also includes a
   ■ Provide more team leaders in elemen-                                                       $16.1 million contribution to a retiree
                                                 improve the quality of instruction at the
tary schools.                                                                                   health trust fund mandated by new account-
                                                 secondary learning centers for the stu-
   ■ Develop a pilot program to help ESOL
                                                 dents who remain through their high            ing rules. Excluding this contribution, the
high school students with interrupted
                                                 school graduation.                             budget increase totals only 6.5 percent.
   ■ Increase translation services to families
                                                    ■ Principals and staff will receive addi-      MCPS is receiving an additional $3.5 mil-
with limited English skills.                     tional professional development to better      lion in mandated state funding because of
   ■ Provide training and tools for support      help support students with disabilities in     changes in projected state revenue. However,
professionals.                                   their home and consortia schools. The          this is offset by the loss of $22 million in
                                                 focus of training will be on effective         anticipated state funding for the Geographic
Special education                                modes of co-teaching; collaboration prac-      Cost of Education Index (GCEI) due to Mont-
   In special education, the budget will         tices; use of technology to access the cur-    gomery County. Gov. Martin O’Malley
fund the implementation of a new staff-          riculum; providing accommodations and          has expressed support for GCEI funding,
ing model that apportions staff to schools       modifications for English, reading and          but did not include it in his budget. Several
based on the intensity of services students      mathematics; research-based reading and        bills have been introduced in the Maryland
receive. This model, called hours-based          math interventions; behavior management        General Assembly to restore this funding.
staffing, will expand from two to 12 mid-         strategies; and effective use of paraeduca-    Without the GCEI funding, local taxpayers
dle schools this year and is expected to         tors to support students with disabilities.    will have to absorb these costs.
increase student performance.                       Weast added $1.8 million to his recom-         The Board’s FY 2008 operating budget
   In addition, the budget includes a five-       mended budget to fund the continuation         will now be sent to County Executive
point special education reform plan that         of the learning centers and the manda-         Isiah Leggett. Leggett will present his
is designed to improve the academic per-         tory professional development for staff to     budget to the County Council in mid-
formance of students with disabilities,          ensure that they are prepared to serve the     March. The Council will hold pub-
increase the number of students with dis-        students who will be transitioning to their    lic hearings and work sessions and will
abilities educated in the least restrictive      home or consortia school.                      adopt its final budget in mid-May. ❏

4   Bulletin Feb. 20 , 2007
travel at Rock                                                                                  23 MCPS schools
Students at Rock
Terrace School partic-
                                                                                                receive Title I funds
ipate in the school’s
International Travel
                                                                                                for 2007-2008
Festival. Students de-                                                                            Twenty-three MCPS schools
parted from four air-                                                                           will receive Title I funds during the
port areas and were                                                                             2007-2008 school year.
able to visit 11 areas                                                                            The data used to rank and identify
throughout the school                                                                           Title I schools are based on the per-
representing differ-
                                                                                                centage of students who qualify for
ent countries and con-
tinents, having their                                                                           the Free and Reduced-price Meals
“photo passports”                                                                               System as of Oct. 31, 2006.
stamped at each area                                                                              Of the 23 schools that will receive
visited. They also                                                                              Title I funds during 2007-2008, 21
viewed presentations and artifacts of each country, tasted food and listened to speakers from   are at or above a FARMS rate of
some of the countries. Rock Terrace serves students ages 12-21 with multiple disabilities.      56.42 percent, established by MCPS
                                                                                                as the minimum level to qualify for
  Ways you can stay warmer this winter                                                            Two additional schools, Rolling
                                                                                                Terrace (50.40 percent FARMS) and
   This article is one in an occasional series on the Green Schools Focus. For more infor-      Washington Grove ES (51.03 percent
  mation or to share what your school is doing, contact Karen D. Anderson on Outlook.           FARMS), are below the 56.42 percent
     Winter has arrived, and MCPS students and staff are struggling to cope. System-            FARMS rate but will continue to be
  wide, fuel bills soar and electricity consumption ratchets up as well, as fans, pumps         supported by Title I for one year in a
  and motors try to maintain an indoor air environment that can be as much as 40                “maintenance phase.”
  degrees different from outside conditions.                                                       In addition, Pine Crest ES (44.31
     This is the season where maintenance staff and building service managers turn              percent FARMS) will continue to
  into superheroes, showing up at wee hours of the morning, or late at night, to tin-           receive the locally funded equivalent
  ker with temperamental heating systems so buildings are warm and ready for stu-               of Title I support for the upcoming
  dents’ arrival.                                                                               school year.
     Sometimes rooms in a school building are used in ways other than those for which             The 21 regular Title I elementary
  they were originally designed. That flexibility—to create a reading specialist’s office,        schools for 2007-2008, in order of
  or change a classroom to a computer lab—helps us meet continually changing educa-             highest to lowest FARMS rate, are:
  tional needs. But it does make it harder to maintain comfortable temperatures.                  ■ Broad Acres: 85.24 percent
     Peoples’ temperature preferences differ, and the MCPS temperature set point                  ■ Oak View: 78.03 percent
  of 70º F maximum may feel cool to some. Here are some do’s and don’ts that can                  ■ Harmony Hills: 77.93 percent
  help you feel more comfortable without wasting energy:                                          ■ New Hampshire Estates: 74.81
     ■ Understand that your issue may not be as pressing as another emergency. For                   percent
  example, a school without heat will get priority over individual portable classrooms.           ■ Highland: 68.2 percent
     ■ Please do not use electric space heaters. They are against fire code and are danger-        ■ Summit Hall: 67.76 percent
  ous. Consider instead a radiant foot panel that fits under a desk or stands upright.             ■ Sargent Shriver: 67.32 percent
  Green Schools can suggest web sites where these safe radiant heaters can be found.              ■ Downcounty Consortium #28:
     ■ Use the sun. Open blinds during the day to allow the sun’s heat to come in; be                67.3 percent
  sure to close them at the end of the day. Blinds aren’t great insulators, but they do           ■ Wheaton Woods: 66.74 percent
  make a difference.                                                                              ■ Weller Road: 66.02 percent
     ■ Remember that school hallways are not heated. So if you are trying to main-                ■ Viers Mill: 62.6 percent
  tain heat in a room, keep the classroom door closed.                                            ■ Gaithersburg: 62.16 percent
     ■ Dress for comfort. Several light layers will provide a lot of thermal protection.          ■ South Lake: 61.69 percent
  “Toe warmers” found in sporting goods stores fit inside shoes and keep feet toasty               ■ Burnt Mills: 58.16 percent
  for up to six hours.                                                                            ■ Rosemont: 57.58 percent
     ■ Building service staff should check to see that filters are cleaned and replaced            ■ Roscoe Nix: 57.49 percent
  on a regular schedule.                                                                          ■ East Silver Spring: 56.97 percent
     ■ Learn how heating and cooling is zoned in your building and get to know your               ■ Twinbrook: 56.89 percent
  neighbors. A group of teachers in one wing at one of our Green Schools found out                ■ Georgian Forest: 56.89 percent
  they were all too cold when the cooling system was on. They met with their build-               ■ Kemp Mill: 56.50 percent
  ing service manager, who asked energy management to adjust the temperature for                  ■ Montgomery Knolls: 56.42
  the entire zone. ❏                                                                                 percent

                                                                                                               Bulletin   Feb. 20, 2007 5
‘Faces of MCPS’
debuts this month                                MCPS changing to ePaystub March 2
                                                   If you’re not already using ePaystub, it’s time to check out this new online ver-
   “Faces of MCPS,” a new television             sion of your pay stub. It’s accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week, from any
feature, debuts this month on Education          computer by logging on to www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/ersc/
Matters, the MCPS video production               e_paystub.com.
hosted by Board of Education President             Starting March 2, MCPS will no longer produce or distribute paper pay stubs to
Nancy Navarro.                                   employees who participate in direct deposit. Instead, you will be able to view your
   “Faces of MCPS” showcases the                 pay stub information and more using ePaystub.
school system’s rich student diversity and         The new system has a number of important benefits:
features students talking about their expe-        ■ You can review your pay stubs three days before payday.
riences, challenges and needs.                     ■ You can verify and monitor your leave balances, deductions and more, 24
   The program helps provide understand-         hours a day, from any computer.
ing of and insight into the many experi-           ■ You can have instant access to electronic copies of a year’s worth of your
ences and cultures represented in MCPS.          pay stubs.
Guests in the first three episodes include          ■ You can access and print ePaystub at any time from any MCPS or home com-
Diana Sayago and Angela Kim, ESOL                puter. (If you don’t have Adobe software, needed to do this, download it free at
parent community coordinators, and               www.adobe.com.)
Crystal DeVance-Wilson, chair of the               Accessing information about your pay stub is easy, convenient and secure.
Parents’ Council of the NAACP.                   Here’s how you do it:
   “Faces of MCPS” appears as part                 1. Go to www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/ersc/e_paystub.com (and
of Education Matters on MCPS Cable                     save it in your favorites).
Channel 34 during February and March               2. Make sure you have three things: your Outlook user ID, your Outlook pass
at the following days and times: Mondays               word and your employee ID.
and Fridays at 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m., 6:30         3. Log in and view your pay stubs anytime.
p.m., 10:30 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays            If you have questions about your user ID or password, contact the Help Desk at 301-
at 8:30 a.m. and 10 p.m.                         517-6800. If you have questions about your pay information, contact the Employee
   Webcasts also are available at the link       and Retiree Service Center at 301-517-8100 or e-mail ERSC@mcpsmd.org.
www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/boe/. ❏

                                              caps to warm the heads of newborns in               Sherwood HS’s Amnesty International
                                              Malawi and Bangladesh. Teachers, parents,        chapter hosted a two-day lunch fundraiser
                                              students, family and friends made almost         in December to raise money for the victims
            School news                       70 caps by winter break. Teachers Hermine
                                              Bernstein and Ellen Saidman and student
                                                                                               of Darfur, Sudan. They raised more than
                                                                                               $2,400 during this two-day event. Money
   Six Paint Branch HS varsity teams won      knitters Annika Salzberg and Katie Lish          will be donated to fund humanitarian assis-
the Montgomery County Sportsmanship           were invited to participate in the January       tance needs in the region. Amnesty students
Award for the fall 2006 season—a school       celebration in Washington, D.C. The group        advertised the fundraiser for several weeks
record. The awards were presented to Paint    met with Senator Barbara Mikulski and            during lunch and in classes.School bands
Branch athletic director Jeff Sullivan by     Raymond Thorn, legislative assistant to          donated their time to the cause. Photos are
Chief Operating Officer Larry Bowers at        Representative Chris Van Hollen, to share        available on Sherwood’s web site at www.
the annual principal/athletic director lun-   information from the Save the Children’s         montgomeryschoolsmd.org/sherwoodhs/. ❏
cheon. The award-winning teams are field       State of the World’s Mothers 2006 Report.
hockey, coached by Dan Feher; varsity foot-                       ■■■
ball, coached by Ernie Williams; varsity
girls soccer, coached by Danielle Prietz;        Rock Creek Forest ES participated in the      Correction
varsity girls volleyball, coached by Nicole   18th African American Read-in on Feb. 5 to          Four students in the MCPS county-
Shields; cross country, coached by Lynette    celebrate African American authors. Media        wide Visual Art Center (VAC), located at
Hopkins; and girls tennis, coached by Judy    specialist Nancy Barry and parent volun-         Albert Einstein HS, were incorrectly iden-
Rothstein. The teams earned the award due     teer Odette Brown read a selection of books      tified as being students in Einstein’s Visual
to the school’s effort in promoting sports-   to students authored by African Americans.       and Performing Arts Academy. VAC student
manship, and support and courtesy toward      The African American Read-in is sponsored        Avian Anderson won an honorable men-
officials.                                     by the Black Caucus of the National Council      tion award in the 2007 Arts Recognition
                                              of Teachers of Education (NCTE) and by           and Talent Search, and VAC students Kai
                   ■■■                        NCTE. Each participating student received        Lai Lou, Christopher Mangan and Tony
   Touched by staggering infant mortal-       a certificate of participation. The goal of the   Martinez won honorable mention awards.
ity in developing countries, Rachel Carson    African-American Read-in is to make the cel-     Anderson, Lou and Martinez are Einstein
ES mobilized to join the Save the Children    ebration of African American literacy a tradi-   seniors who have attended the VAC all
“Caps to the Capital” effort. The project     tional part of Black History Month activities.   four years of high school, and Mangan is a
challenged knitters and crocheters from all                       ■■■
                                                                                               senior at Richard Montgomery HS who has
over the country to create handmade infant                                                     attended the VAC this year. ❏
6   Bulletin Feb. 20, 2007
                                               Staff/School-based Jobs: Vacancy Data-             auto tech & drug tests req. (Halperin)          Act; proficiency with Microsoft Word &
                                                                                                     #799 Building service assistant              Excel. & Internet searches; excellent legal
               Employment                      base. Next to “Position” select “paraedu-
                                               cator,” “special education paraeducator,”          manager I (10) (BQ) (2:30-11 pm)                research skills, org. abil., oral & written
                                                                                                  Candlewood ES—Clng. & bldg. maint.              communication skills. (Arrington)
               opportunities                   etc. To be considered for employment,
                                               all new applicants must submit a sup-              exper.; boiler course req.; must have, or          #807 Parent community coordina-
                                               porting services application packet along          attain within 6-mo. probationary period,        tor (17) (BQ) (8 hrs., 10 mos.) Broad
   The jobs below were available at            with official transcripts to the Office of           Basic Skills & Supervisory & Leadership         Acres ES—BA from accredited college
Bulletin deadline. All require excellent       Human Resources, 7361 Calhoun Place,               certif.; abil. to effectively maint. safety &   or univ.; coursework in ed., counseling or
human relations skills. These are summa-       Suite 401, Rockville, MD 20855. Only               security of bldg./grounds & prep. routine       commun. desirable; exper. with school &
ries of minimum & special job require-         approved new candidates may send let-              reports. (Reed)                                 community activities & prog.; work effec-
ments. For staffing information, con-           ter of interest with résumé directly to the           #801 Building service assistant man-         tively with parents & staff; abil to func-
tact the Department of Staffing at 301-         school.                                            ager II (11) (BQ) (2:30-11 pm) Forest           tion as part of a team; basic computer
279-3515. Employment opportunities                #1 Bus operator (9) (4 hrs., 7-9 am &           Oak MS—Clng. & bldg. maint. exper.;             knowl. pref.; good org. skills & record-
and written job descriptions are avail-        2-4 pm) Dept. of Transportation—Driver’s           boiler course; must have, or attain within      keeping abil., including preparing parent
able at www.montgomeryschoolsmd.               lic. for at least 5 yrs.; excel. driving record;   6-mo. probationary period, Basic Skills         meeting reports & minutes; abil. to coor-
org/departments/personnel. Applicants          abil. to obtain MD Class B commercial              & Supervisory & Leadership certif.; abil        dinate school & community-based family
will be screened based on the job descrip-     driver’s lic.; pass phys. exam. & drug test.       to effectively maint. safety & security of      activities; excel. human relations skills
tion & special considerations. All active      Sub. exper. may lead to perm. pos. (Reed)          bldg./grounds & prep. routine reports.          & exper. working with diverse socioeco-
permanent and temporary employees                 #2 Cafeteria worker I (substitute) (2-          (Reed)                                          nomic groups; good oral & written com-
must apply on MCPS Form 446-6; out-            5 hrs.) Div. of Food Services—Food prep-              #800 Building service worker (6)             munication skills; valid driver’s lic.; bilin-
side (new) applicants must complete the        aration exper. req. (Calavetinos)                  (SQ) (3-7 pm) Julius West MS—Gen.               gual Spanish req. (Merson)
Interest in an Advertised Vacancy Form,           #3 Substitute secretarial assignments           clng. exper.; oper. power equip.; clear            #681 School secretary I (11)
located at the Office of Human Resources        (10) (multiple school & central office              snow from walkways; repetitively move           (SQ) (readvertised; 8 hrs., 10 mos.)
reception area. Specify ad number, school      loc.)—Gen. secretarial/clerical skills;            heavy objects. (Reed)                           Germantown ES—HS grad.; gen. cleri-
or location & name of the personnel spe-       familiarity with Microsoft Office app. a               #594 Building service worker (6)             cal exper; computer skills incl. word pro-
cialist following the job summary. Take        plus; must pass MCPS typing test at 40             (SQ) (readvertised; prev. app. must reap-       cessing & database; MCPS typing test.
tests & submit required materials by the       wpm. Sub exper. may lead to perm. pos.             ply) (10:30 am-7 pm) Forest Knolls ES—          Pref. given to cand. with attendance office
application deadline; additional skills        Call 301-279-3291 to schedule appt. for            Same basic req. as #800. (Reed)                 exper. (Arrington)
tests may be administered after the dead-      typing test. (Arrington)                              #806 Building service worker (6)                #663 School secretary I (11) (SQ)
line. A job change may affect retirement/         #4 Building service worker (commu-              (SQ) (4 hrs, 12 mos.) Great Seneca Creek        (readvertised; 8 hrs., 12 mos.) RICA,
pension status; check with the Employee        nity use) (6) (various loc.)—Gen. clng.            E—Same basic req. as #800. (Reed)               Reg. Institute for Child./Adol.—Same
& Retiree Service Center, 301-517-8100.        exper., incl. repetitive lifting; abil. to            #617 Cafeteria manager IV (15) (BQ)          basic req. as #681. Special consid.: abil.
Returning from leave, involuntary trans-       maint. security of school bldg., work inde-        (readvertised; 7 hrs., 10 mos.) Watkins         to work with varity of staff; must be able
fers & reassigned employees will have          pendently, commun. with community use              Mill HS—HS grad. or equiv.; comple-             to commun. effectively with gen. com-
priority.                                      groups & secure boiler cert.; flex. rotation        tion of appropriate trng. prog.; increasing     munity, parents & students with dis-
   Unless otherwise indicated, the dead-       hrs. incl. 8 hrs. Sat., 8 hrs., Sun., & 4 hrs.     respons. food serv. supervisory exper.;         abilities; financial mgmt. skills desired.
line for all jobs is 02/28/2007. Apply         1 weeknight; must have own transp.; loc.           knowl. of large quantity food prep. &           (Arrington)
by job number and title for all sup-           subj. to change. (Reed)                            school cafeteria oper.; cafeteria mgr.’s           #808 School secretary I (11) (SQ) (8
porting services positions. Faxes will            #5 HVAC mechanic I (17) (loc. TBD)              exam. (Calavetinos)                             hrs., 10 mos.) Richard Montgomery HS—
not be accepted. Applications must be          Div. of Maintenance—HS grad.; compl. of               #788 Cafeteria worker I (4) (SQ)             Same basic req. as #681. Pref. given to
either hand-carried to the Department          recognized HVAC apprenticeship & valid             (cashier exper. req.) (4 hrs, 10 mos.)          cands. with attendance office exper.
of Staffing or sent by internal or U.S.         universal class EPA refrigerant recov-             John Poole MS—Food prep. exper.                 (Arrington)
mail.                                          ery certif. (MD HVAC journeyman’s lic.             (Calavetinos)                                      #797 School secretary II (12) (BQ)
                                               pref.); abil. to diagnose & troubleshoot              #460 Cafeteria worker I (4) (SQ)             (counseling office secretary) (8 hrs., 12
          Administrative                       complex HVAC equip. & sys. & to work               (readvertised; 4 hrs., 10 mos.) Forest          mos.) Kingsview MS—HS grad.; clerical
   Administrative & supervisory positions      from schematics, plans & drawings; valid           Knolls ES—Same basic req. as #788.              secretary. exper; abil. to maint. records
are listed in bold. If no ads are listed, no   Class C driver’s lic. & thorough knowl. of         (Calavetinos)                                   & prepare reports; MCPS typing test.
new positions are available. Complete          current trade practices, standards, codes;            #804 Food services satellite manager         Pref. given to cands. with guidance office
descriptions can be found on the Office of      MCPS written HVAC test & maint. HVAC               II (10) (SQ) (6 hrs., 10 mos.) Rolling          exper. (Arrington)
Human Resources employment informa-            skill test. (Arrington)                            Terrace ES—School cafeteria worker
tion web site (www.montgomerychool-               #6 Heating mechanic II (17) (loc.               exper.; able to work independently, pre-
smd. org/departments/personnel).               TBD) Div. of Maintenance—HS grad.                  pare accurate reports & balance cash
   Elementary school principalships            & compl. of recognized apprenticeship;             receipts; good commun. skills; satellite
(O) Bethesda, Stonegate & Woodlin ele-         consid. knowl. of maintaining & repairing          mgr. test. Pref. given to cand. with ele-
mentary schools—Master’s degree & ele-                                                            mentary exper. (Calavetinos)
mentary principal certif. or Administrator
                                               heating sys., diagnosing defects in burn-
                                               ers, working from diagrams & inspecting               #810 Interpreter for the hearing                               Opportunities
II certif. req.; experienced MCPS princi-                                                         impaired I (14) (BQ) (6.5hrs., 10 mos.)
pals & those on MCPS principal eligibil-
                                               work; valid driver’s lic.; excel. commun.
                                               skills & abil. to prepare reports; abil. to        Deaf/Hard of Hearing—HS grad.; exper.                             elsewhere
ity list will be considered. Send resume       respond to frequent emergency requests             working with hearing impaired per-
& letter of interest to Susan Marks, asso-     & perform work req. consid. phys. exer-            sons; knowl. of interpreting for hearing          Baseball coach. Georgetown Prep in
ciate superintendent, Office of Human           tion; written MCPS heating mechanic II             impaired; fluent total commun. interpret-        Rockville seeks JV baseball coach; sea-
Resources, 7361 Calhoun Place, Suite           test & skills test. (Arrington)                    ing skills & abil. to see speechreading dif-    son runs March 1-May 8; practices start
401, Rockville, MD, 20855, by Feb. 26.            #708 Automotive mechanic II (19)                ficulties & adjust message without chang-        at 4 pm; schedule includes 25 games
                                               (SQ) (readvertised; grade correction)              ing content; college courses & RID certif.      with 12 home games. Contact head
        Other professional                     (first shift) Fleet Maintenance—HS grad.;           pref. (Merson)                                  coach Kirk Krikstan at 240-274-0127 or
   Resumes from current MCPS pro-              5 yrs. auto repair /mechanic including 3              #802 Paralegal (18) (BQ) (8 hrs., 12         Tommy Davis at 301-924-3116, or e-mail
fessionals will be accepted for the new        yrs. increasingly respons. supervisory             mos.) Dept. of Special Education (Equity        Thomas_F_Davis@mcpsmd.org.
Downcounty Consortium ES # 28.                 exper. pref.; extensive knowl. of elec-            Assurance Compliance Unit)—BA in
Positions are effective July 1. Send resume    tronic/electrical, computer diagnostics,           paralegal studies or pre-law from accred-           Montgomery County Public Schools prohibits
with cover letter indicating position of       to quickly pinpoint electronics failures;          ited college or paralegal certif. (degree       illegal discrimination on the basis of race, color,
interest and fields of certification to Eric     excel. oral written commun. Skills; abil.          pref); coursework in special ed. desirable;     national origin, religion, gender, age, marital sta-
Wilson, principal (temporarily housed at       to instruct others, lift up to 100 lbs., stand     trng. coursework or exper. in legal issues      tus, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation,
Northwood HS) by Feb. 28.                      for extended periods; Must possess com-            related to special ed., administrative law      physical characteristics or disability. Inquiries or
                                                                                                  or case study analysis; knowl. of litigation    complaints regarding discrimination or Title IX
                                               plete set of mechanics tools; overtime;                                                            issues such as gender equity and sexual harassment
       Supporting services                     MD Commercial Class A restricted lic.              preparation & administrative law proce-
                                                                                                                                                  should be directed to the MCPS Human Relations
   Paraeducators. All paraeducator vacan-      with air brake, passenger/cargo & school           dure; knowl. of federal & state special         Compliance Officer, Office of the Deputy
cies are posted on the vacancy database at     bus towing endorsements req. with excel.           ed. laws, including requirements of the         Superintendent, 850 Hungerford Drive, Room
www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org under For          driving record; pre-employment MCPS                Individuals with Disabilities Education         129, Rockville, MD 20850, at 301-517-8265.

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                                                                                                            In person & print
                                                                                                   Andy Blasher, security assistant at
                                                                                                Sherwood HS, and Mike Owens, secu-
                                                                                                rity team leader at Quince Orchard HS,
                                                                                                were awarded the superintendent’s Above
                                                                                                and Beyond the Call of Duty (ABCD)
                                                                                                awards. They were recognized for teach-
                                                                                                ing first aid and CPR voluntarily to help the
                                                                                                Department of School Safety and Security
                                                                                                meet the MCPS requirement of having all
                                                                                                school security staff certified in first aid and
                                                                                                CPR. Blasher and Owens have trained more
                                                                                                than 132 staff members in first aid and CPR
                                                                                                since 2004, with additional training sessions
                                                                                                scheduled in February and March.
The gift of a computer lab                                                                         Jeff Sullivan, athletic director at Paint
Student representatives from the Montgomery County Students Information Technology Foun-        Branch HS, was named Athletic Director of
dation, Inc. (MCSITF) present a keyboard to Pamela King, director of On Our Own of Montgomery   the Year for District II B by the Maryland
County, Inc. Students enrolled in the foundation’s network operations program reconditioned     State Athletic Directors Association.
and donated six desktop computers with operating systems and monitors, and two printers to      Sullivan was selected by his peers for his
On Our Own, a Gaithersburg- based recovery and wellness center that supports individuals
                                                                                                significant contributions to the Paint Branch
with mental illness. From left are Andrea Esparza, Kenny Ung, MCSITF President Joe Kessler,
                                                                                                community and the impact he has on the
Philippe Biha, Andy Beltre and King.
                                                                                                lives of his student-athletes. Sullivan has
                                                                                                been athletic director at Paint Branch for
                                                                                                the past four years and has taught physi-
    Seven schools to perform original operas                                                    cal education and coached basketball, soc-
                                                                                                cer, baseball, softball and volleyball over the
      Students in seven MCPS elementary schools are gearing up for their spring per-            past five years. In addition to success on the
    formances of original operas.                                                               playing field, Sullivan has overseen facil-
      Each opera is a student creation from start to finish, with students creating the          ity and department improvements and estab-
    operas, building sets, organizing and performing their own works.                           lished a strong relationship with the school’s
      Farmland was the first elementary school in Montgomery County to produce                   booster club. He has been part of the past
    an opera, in cooperation with the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s “Creating Original             two MCPS athletics summer workshops and
    Opera” program to train classroom and music teachers. A partnership with the                represents MCPS on the executive coun-
    Washington National Opera, along with funding from the Maryland State depart-               cil of the Maryland State Athletic Directors
    ment of Education and U.S. Department of Education, enabled the program to                  Association.
    expand to nine elementary schools. Starting last year, Washington National Opera
    became the provider of teacher training in the area, through its Kids Create Opera
    Partners Program.                                                                              MCPS elementary teacher Mary Ruth
      Opera performances are scheduled at the following elementary schools:                     McGinn is spending the school year on
      ■ Beverly Farms: May 22, 10 a.m.; May 23 and 24, 7:30 p.m.                                sabbatical teaching opera to students in
      ■ Drew ES: 4th and 5th grade opera company: Feb. 28, 2 p.m.; March 1, 2 and               Spain through a Fulbright U.S. student
         7 p.m.; March 2, 10 a.m.                                                               scholarship to Madrid. For the past five
         2nd grade opera company: May 9, 10 a.m.; May 10, 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.                    years, she and her teaching partner, Ellen
      ■ Farmland ES: May 23, 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.; May 24, 7:30 p.m.                           Levine, have implemented the Metropolitan
      ■ Fox Chapel ES: May 30, 1:50 and 7:30 p.m.; May 31, 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.              Opera Guild’s “Creating Original Opera.”
      ■ Greencastle ES: May 31, 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.; June 1, 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
                                                                                                McGinn is collaborating with education
                                                                                                personnel at an opera house, Teatro Real,
      ■ Potomac ES: May 23 and 24, 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.
                                                                                                to initiate an opera education program in
      ■ Kensington Parkwood ES: May 24, 10:30 a.m.; May 25, 7 p.m.
                                                                                                the schools there. ❏

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