Category: Schools

Northwood Students’ Suicide Prevention PSAs to Air in Local Theaters

Two suicide prevention public service announcements produced by three Northwood High School students were selected to air in local theaters beginning this month. The top two PSAs were “Get Help,” submitted by Sophie Geiger and “See How You Can Help,” submitted by Rowan Arnold and Jay Hutchins, according to a release from the county’s Department of Health and Human Services. The PSAs were chosen from among those entered in a contest aimed at preventing teen suicide that was co-sponsored by Gandhi Brigade Youth Media and the county’s Leading Adaptive Change for Suicide Intervention workgroup. The winners will air in...

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Three Blair Students Named Finalists in National Competition

Three Montgomery Blair High School students are among the forty finalists named in a national science and math competition for high school seniors. Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Society for Science & the Public sponsor the Regeneron Science Talent Search. The competition, known as the Westinghouse Science Talent Search from 1942-1997 and the Intel Science Talent Search from 1998-2016, is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious such competition. The Blair students selected, along with a summary of their projects, are: Grace Cai, who studied the algorithms guiding swarming robots, each of which must perform individually, yet together, in ways that are similar to the...

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County DHHS, Gandhi Brigade Sponsoring Video PSA Contest

The county’s Department of Health and Human Services and Gandhi Brigade Youth Media are sponsoring a contest for middle and high school students who create a video public service announcement. The purpose of the video is to support the campaign by BTheOne.org to raise awareness about teen suicide prevention. The contest, open to county students only, asks students to produce a 30-second PSA based on the themes and information found on the BTheOne website. Some of the themes student can consider include, among others: Why suicide is a public health concern Warning signs of suicidal thoughts or mental health problems...

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Board Authorizes Execution of Purple Line Construction MOU

The county Board of Education this week authorized Superintendent Jack Smith to execute a memorandum of understanding with the Maryland Transit Administration regarding Purple Line construction. The MOU covers issues at the Silver Spring International Middle School and the Sligo Creek Elementary School, located along Wayne Avenue. A Purple Line station is under construction by the Purple Line Transit Partners at the corner of Wayne and Dale Drive, affecting operations at both schools now and when the light rail becomes operational on Wayne. According to a memo from Smith to the board, the MOU includes: Provisions regarding responsibility for...

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Excavation Scheduled This Week for School Parking Lots

Trees around the parking lot of the middle school on Wayne Avenue came down to allow for new construction. Photo by Mike Diegel. Excavation work is scheduled to begin this week in preparation for the reconfiguration of the parking lots at Silver Spring International Middle School. The work follows last week’s removal of the trees surrounding the current lot on the corner of Dale Drive and Wayne Avenue; plans call for landscaping around the new lots to replace the trees. A new upper lot will have its entrance/exit on Dale Drive. A new egress to a middle and lower...

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