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The Patriots 4th Annual visit to the Blacks at Microsoft Minority Student Day

The Patriots 4th Annual visit to the Blacks at Microsoft Minority Student Day

Friday, February 25, 2011, was a fun-filled day for the Patriots members that joined Rodney Beverly and Danna Jennings at the 20th Annual Blacks at Microsoft Minority Student Day.  Mr. Beverly is also a Member of the Patriots Board of Directors.  

During a Mix and Mingle breakfast our members enjoyed the opportunity to network with Microsoft representatives who encouraged them to learn about the opportunities that the field of technology can bring.  Overall, the objective of Microsoft's Minority Student Day was to provide a mechanism for students to learn about emerging technologies that Microsoft is developing for the present and near future, plus their ability to one day possibly be the creator of that technology. 

Opportunity to meet Flag Officers from the NAVY at their Stars & Stripes Reception

Opportunity to meet Flag Officers from the NAVY at their Stars & Stripes Reception

The U.S. Department of the NAVY hosted and invited our members to attend the Stars & Strips reception held during the Black Engineers Awards Conference on February 18, 2011.  The NAVY (Flag Officers) had round-table discussions with the students based on their interest in a career in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM).  

On Saturday, February 19th, the Patriots attended the conference where hundreds of organizations were available to help our youth focus on the importance of STEM related fields in an effort to develop the necessary leadership skills to be successful in their future career goals.

Area Students Competed in the Annual Biomedical Competition

It was check-up time for the Patriots on February 7, 2011! The U.S. National Institutes of Health and four of their institutes, National Library of Medicine, NIH Office of Communications and Public Liaison, NIH Office of Science Education, and National Human Genome Research Institute, sponsored the Patriots 2nd Annual Biomedical Competition.  Their goal was to encourage students to further their interest in various medical fields. 

We had students from Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC participating in the competition, and 10 medical professionals to serve as judges.  We also had 10 future doctors from Georgetown University Medical Center to give our guests a pre-doctor check up.  Each team was required to present a five-page research paper, brochure, slide show presentation, one-page web site, display board, and an oral presentation on one of the pre-selected medical careers.  

Record AP Performance by 2010 MCPS Graduates

Record AP Performance by 2010 MCPS Graduates
Half of 2010 graduates passed at least one AP Exam;
Paint Branch High singled out as an “exemplary” program

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) set a new record for Advanced Placement performance with half of its 2010 graduates earning a college-ready score on at least one AP Exam—nearly double the rate of the state of Maryland and triple the rate nationally.

More than 5,000 students from the MCPS class of 2010 received a score of 3 or higher on at least one AP Exam during their high school education—a success rate of exactly 50 percent. In Maryland, 26.4 percent of 2010 graduates received a score of 3 or higher on an AP Exam, while nationally, the rate was 16.9 percent.

Public Forums on Superintendent Search Scheduled

Public Forums on Superintendent Search Scheduled

Montgomery County citizens are invited to attend a series of public forums designed to gather community comment on the educational priorities and desired leadership qualities of the next superintendent of the Montgomery County Public Schools.

  The forums will be held throughout the county on three consecutive evenings at two locations each evening.  Representatives of the executive search firm Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates (HYA), employed by the Montgomery County Board of Education to assist in the superintendent search, will facilitate the forums.

  Below is the schedule of public forums and the availability of translation/interpretation services:

  Monday, January 31, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.
·  Northwest High School, 13501 Richter Farm Road, Germantown
   (Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese)

2nd Annual Bio Medical Competition

2nd Annual Bio Medical Competition

National Institutes of Health Co-Sponsors
National Library of Medicine, NIH Office of Communications and Public Health
NIH Office of Science Education, and the National Human Genome Research Institute

On February 7th from 5:30pm-9pm, the Patriots Technology Training Center will host its 2nd annual Bio Medical Competition at the U.S. National Library of Medicine, 8600 Rockville Pike, in Bethesda MD  20894.  Their goal is to encourage students to further their interest in various medical fields.  Please visit their website (www.patriots-ttc.org) to view the 2010 Bio-Medical Competition co-sponsored by The Library of Medicine.

Eight high school and one home school team will present a five-page research paper, brochure, slide show, one-page web site, display board, and an oral presentation on one of the medical careers listed below: 

Montgomery County May Reconsider Charter Schools

Montgomery County May Reconsider Charter Schools
By Associated Press

The Maryland Board of Education has directed the Montgomery County school system to reconsider its decision to reject two charter school applications.

The state board found Tuesday that the Montgomery Board of Education failed to adequately explain why it turned down bids from Global Gardens Public Charter School and Crossway Community. It has give the local board 90 days to revisit its decision.

A Montgomery County schools spokesman says the local board will review the matter and "respond in a timely manner."

Montgomery is the largest school system in the state and does not have any independently operated charter schools.