Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The systemwide proposal to provide more central office support to struggling schools begins with a 10-school pilot, according to county schools officials.
Two schools in Wheaton—A. Mario Loiederman Middle and John F. Kennedy High—were picked to help pilot a new program from Montgomery County Public Schools that will provide an extra layer of central office support to underperforming schools. Officials culled various data to determine the schools that needed help, including key measures at certain grade levels, like whether students are reading as they should by 3rd grade and whether 5th and 8th graders have the reading and math skills that prepare them for the next level. The full list of schools: "The 10 Innovation Schools have already shown a commitment to school improvement and have the staff and leadership in place to accelerate that progress," Superintendent Joshua Starr said in a …
Monday, March 18, 2013
Read how students are learning skills in the kitchen and behind the cash register.
Education in Wheaton doesn't just mean test scores and the three R's (writing, reading and arithmetic.) This week, The Washington Post profiled Cava Java, a coffeehouse inside John F. Kennedy High School run by special education students. The coffeehouse started in 2004 and earns enough money to pay its own costs. Do you like donuts? Cava Java sells 10-12 dozen a week in a second-floor faculty lounge, The Washington Post reported. In 2011, the Montgomery County Council of PTAs honored Cava Java as a program that supported special education students, Patch reported. And over at Thomas Edison High School of Technology, three of the school's vocational programs collaborate to operate Café Edison, The Gazette reported. Students get experience…
Friday, November 9, 2012
Brinne Evangeline Olson, 29, was missing for a week.
Update, Nov. 14 Brinne Evangeline Olson was located in North Carolina safe and unharmed on Wednesday, after having been reported missing a week earlier, according to Montgomery County police. Original story, Nov. 9 Montgomery County police are searching for Brinne Evangeline Olson, 29, of the 13100 block of Hutchinson Way in Silver Spring. She was reported missing on Nov. 7. According to police, Olson was last seen at her residence near John F. Kennedy High School on Nov. 3. However, detectives say they have determined that Olson was involved in a vehicle collision on Nov. 5 in New Burn, NC. Olson has recently moved to the Silver Spring area from North Carolina, according to a police department statement. Olson is described as a white …
Monday, September 17, 2012
A new program will work with black, Hispanic, low-income and first-generation college students at eight high schools in Montgomery County, including John F. Kennedy and Wheaton.
Hundreds of Montgomery County students from groups that are underrepresented in higher education—including African-American, Hispanic, low-income and students whose parents didn’t go to college—will receive extra attention next year to encourage college readiness. Montgomery County Public Schools partnered with Montgomery College and the Universities at Shady Grove to create Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success (ACES), a program that will launch at Montgomery Blair, Albert Einstein, Gaithersburg, John F. Kennedy, Northwood, Rockville, Watkins Mill and Wheaton high schools the 2013-2014 school year. Participating students will be identified by the school district in ninth grade and will receive “comprehensive interventions and …
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Three high school students in the Wheaton area received a Van Hollen Public Service Award.
Maryland Congressman Chris Van Hollen announced the recipients of the 2012 Van Hollen Public Service Award for outstanding community service yesterday. The public service award program recognizes graduating students for their contributions to their school and/or their community. Each participating high school in Maryland’s Eighth Congressional District was invited to select an outstanding student for this special recognition. Congratulations to the winners from Wheaton-area high schools:
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
John F. Kennedy High School graduates answer the question: "Who would you like to thank for helping you through high school?" The graduates were handed roses after receiving their diploma to give to the person they'd thank the most.
John F. Kennedy's Class of 2012 graduated June 11 at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. See photos from the ceremony. If you graduated on Monday, but your photo is not in this gallery, add it using the photo upload button above. And, don't forget to write a caption sharing who you'd like to thank for getting you through high school. If you graduated five years ago (or fifty years ago), take a moment to reflect on who helped you make it through high school and and consider thanking them in the comments section below.
The Class of 2012 graduated Monday afternoon at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.
The graduation ceremony for John F. Kennedy High School began at 2:30 p.m. on June 11 with opening remarks by Kayla Ware, senior class secretary. Aaron Eichelberger and Matthew Walters were selected as student speakers. Walters reminded the graduates that "we did not make it on our own. We made it because someone in our circle of friends and family helped us." Kennedy alumnus Dustin T. Duncan ('01) gave the commencement address, telling the graduates that "because life is finite, don't take anything for granted. Live." Principal Eric L. Minus challenged graduates that as they left high school to make it a goal to "return to the community that has supported you." "Are you willing to give back to someone as much as you've been given?" he …
Monday, June 11, 2012
With nearly 90 percent graduation rate, Montgomery County Public Schools has the highest graduation rate among large school districts for the fourth year in a row.
Montgomery County Public Schools graduates a higher percentage of high school students than any other large school district in the nation, according to data calculated by Education Week’s annual Diplomas Count report, school officials announced Thursday. Wheaton High School has a 76.4 percent graduation rate, while John F. Kennedy High School is at 79.6 percent, according to numbers from the 2010-2011 school year. Northwood High School is at 76.3 percent. Using numbers from the class of 2009, MCPS’s graduation rate is 87.6 percent, which is 1.9 percent more than the previous year, according to a statement from the school district. Maryland’s rate is 77.9 percent and the national graduation rate is 72.7. Wheaton High School had a 2009 …
The commencement ceremony for the class of 2012 begins at 2:30 p.m.
The John F. Kennedy High School class of 2012 graduates Monday afternoon. Here's a short guide to the graduation ceremony. Want to reminisce over last year's ceremony? See the photo gallery of 2011 graduates.