Parent Workshop: Understanding the PARCC Assessments
All are invited. MONDAY, MARCH 23 7:00–8:30 P.M.
Child Care is available. This workshop is free for parents and interpretation/language services will be available.
In spring 2015(now), students in Grades 3–8 will take PARCC assessments in English Language Arts (ELA)/Literacy and Mathematics. These assessments will replace the Maryland School Assessments, the current reading and mathematics state assessments. The PARCC tests will assess students’ critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, and will provide timely information about whether a student is on track to be college and career ready by the time they graduate from high school. Come and learn strategies to prepare your child for the PARCC assessment. Facilitated by MCPS staff.
Youth Ambassadors for Community Service 2015
Springbrook High School’s World Languages Department has been awarded 7 student scholarships to participate in a program that broadens cultural horizons and fosters community service in young people. It is one of the most important cultural programs offered by the U.S. Embassy in France. Students will attend:
Springbrook will also host 12 French students from October 23-October 30, 2015. We are looking for host families. If you are interested in hosting a students from France please contact: Karen_F_Willetts@mcpsmd.org
All applications for the YACS program are due to Madame Willetts before May 1, 2015 when they will be e-mailed to France. (Click here for application)
- A three-day training and trip preparation session in Washington, D.C. on how to adopt an intercultural approach (during the week of October 19-21 2015)
- A two-week-long trip to France (November 29 to December 13, 2015):
- Week 1: Visits to government institutions and cultural sites in Paris.
- Week 2: Home stay with a French host family and placement in a French high school
- An assessment session (January 2016) and Completion of a creative intercultural project upon return from France.
Youth Ambassadors is a bilateral program jointly offered and funded by the U.S. Embassy in France and CGET-the French General Commission for Territorial Equality. It is administered by ADICE-the French Association for the Development of Citizen and European Initiatives.
Click here to read more | Apply
Annual Community Yard Sale
Stop by White Oak MS on Saturday, April 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to get terrific bargains on everything from bikes and garden tools to clothing. Proceeds from the annual sale benefit the school’s newspaper, The Blueprint. The event is also a terrific way to make some money. Clean out your house, apartment or garage and sell your items at the yard sale. Complete this form and send it to school ASAP. Questions? Email journalism adviser, Tim Hibberd at email@example.com.
Springbrook @Washington International Relations Conference
Members of Springbrook's Model United Nations participated in the Washington International Relations Conference hosted at American University from Friday, March 27 through Sunday, March 29. Jake Dunn, Nadeen Aladham, Febene Tsigie, and Zuriel Herran worked with other high school students from as close as Washington, DC and as far as Hawaii to tackle complex global issues such as Syrian refugees, international arms trafficking, and global pandemics. Congratulations to Zuriel, awarded “Best Delegate,” for his work representing Venezuela.
Swing into Spring
Saturday, April 18, 2015 @ 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM Springbrook will host it's 15th annual Swing into Spring dinner dance. Featuring the Springbrook HS Jazz band & Orchestra with Mr. Wyman Jones, Instrumental Music Director. Please click the graphic above for reservations and more information. In addition, a silent auction will be held to benefit the music program. Please click the flyer below for more information.
Summer Institute -
Instrumental Music and Jazz Camp
The Summer Institute Instrumental Music and Jazz Camp at Springbrook High School is a one-week, intensive, course of
study in the areas of instrumental music development and jazz performance taught by some of the area’s most talented
jazz musicians. The camp workshops are designed to build fundamental concepts in performance techniques, jazz
improvisation, music theory and history. All music students grades 6-12 and all instrument types and musical abilities
are encouraged to register and attend.
The program will be held Monday, June 22, 2015 through Friday, June 26, 2015 from 8:00am-2:30pm in room D-108 at
Springbrook High School. Each day of Jazz Camp, students should bring their instrument, a light snack, and a bag lunch.
On the final day of Jazz Camp, the students and instructors will perform a concert together showcasing to friends
and family the new skills they developed during the week. This amazing concert will be held on Friday, June 26, 2015 at
3:00 pm in the Springbrook High School Auditorium and admission is free. Please click here for the flyer for more information and to register. Questions? Contact Mr. Wyman Jones, Band Director
Junior College Fair Announcement
Juniors are in invited to participate in the Annual College Fair:
When: Tuesday, April 21, 2015 (register by Friday, April 17th)
Time: 10:00am – 1:00pm
Cost: Transportation Cost $7 College Fair: Free
Lunch: Bag Lunch
Free/Reduce student can order lunch a week in advance from the cafeteria. Please review the college search procedures on naviance and create a college list prior to the college fair. Submit Permission Slip Career Center: Before School, Lunch and After School. Questions? contact Ms. Patterson in the Career center.
Italia, stiamo arrivando!
On April 2nd of this year, a small group of students from the Italian class will be going on a “trip to remember.” We start in Milan to make our way down to Pompeii and back again. This trip will certainly culturize the few, and give them memories they will never forget.
It all started one year ago, in the first quarter of Signora Mancuso’s first year Italian class at Springbrook, when she proposed a trip to Italy. With a little push, she got a sufficient number of students interested in the trip and soon persuaded them to actually go. The students paid the fee and from there they started counting down the days. During the count down, Signora Mancuso taught the culture of Italy and hosted meetings with parents, she also asked for proper traveling documents.
Lastly, just two weeks before the trip, she hosted a final parent meeting, and asked the students to attend as well. At this meeting, she spoke in more details of the trip itinerary and shared traveling advice, she also gave out free backpacks for the tour to all. The more details she gave of the trip, the brighter the students’ faces got. It’s been a long and anticipated year, but it’s finally here.
Buon viaggio -- that's safe travels to the whole group!
-Tyler Braggs and Corinne Errigo
Springbrook Math Team Leads Region
After ten meets, a combination of individual, group and power questions Springbrook’s Math team finished with a total score of 116 points. Over twice as many points as the next school in the consortium. Throughout Montgomery County they have the 9th highest score out of the 25 high schools that participated. Please give a congratulations to the following students who participated throughout this season.
1. Aaron Bloom
2. Iko Esemoto
3. Kaman Leong
4. Sarah Rhim
5. Andy Truong
Team B and Alternates
1. Tom Petrick
2. Flint Wright
3. Ebenezer Arunkumar
4. Brooke Pohly
5. Jake Dunn
6. Hu Ho
-Coach Michael Price
Sources of Strength
NAMI Montgomery County, the community's largest grassroots mental health organization, has been providing free mental health education, support and advocacy to our community since 1978.
Springbrook was chosen as one of four schools in the county to receive training and become a program site.
Sources of Strength is a peer-led program that promotes healthy life skills and resilience among middle school and high school students (see attached handout). This program is already implemented in over 700 schools across the country, and NAMI Montgomery County is pleased to bring the program to our community! We hope to eventually bring this program to all high schools in Montgomery County.
For more information click on the press release or brochure below:
Press Release | Brochure
Springbrook Peer Mediation Program
Starting this month, peer mediation will be available for all Springbrook students. Peer mediators are good listeners, dependable, honest, & trustworthy. They help two students who are having a problem work things out so both sides come out winning.
- Interested in training to become a peer mediator? Speak to Ms. Cohen in Room G307 or Mrs. Giddens in Room E105
- Interested in applying for peer mediation assistance? Click here to send a confidential request, or, if you prefer, paper request forms are also located in the media center and guidance.
Springbrook and Lenovo Kick-Off an “App-”mazing Partnership
On Friday, November 21, 2014, Springbrook High School welcomed Lenovo Executives, staff from the National Academy Foundation (the parent organization of the Academy of Information Technology (AOIT)), staff from the Montgomery County Public Schools’ Foundations Office, and staff and students into one of their advanced computer classes. The purpose of this gathering was to celebrate the commencement of Springbrook’s AOIT partnership with Lenovo and students’ participation in the Lenovo Scholar Network, a program to enhance students’ technical and entrepreneurial skills.
Earlier this year, Springbrook’s AOIT students, along with nine other schools across the country, won the opportunity to participate in this prestigious program where students compete against each other in designing, developing, and marketing a mobile applications. To aid in this competition, Lenovo donates ThinkPad Laptops and Yoga tablets to schools. As of November, students are currently in the design and testing phase of their apps. As part of their partnership, Lenovo executives and AOIT staff visited Springbrook to show support to students and see their progress.
As students showcased their apps, Steve Boden, coordinator of the Foundations Office noted, “This is a wonderful opportunity for our students. They are able to have a rigorous curriculum and learn advanced computer skills. Students also learn how to do product testing and marketing to consumers. They are putting their acquired skills to use and are acting as entrepreneurs while having the guidance and expertise of MCPS instructors and Lenovo volunteers. The experience provides them with an exciting learning environment while allowing them to acquire skills that will benefit them in their post-secondary education and in their careers.
-MCPS Foundations Office www.itfcareers.org
2014 Beat the Odds Scholarship Winner
From the news release (click picture to right for video): "Monica Chica is an amazing young woman. She was born and raised in El Salvador. Just two years ago, when she was fifteen years old, Monica arrived to USA, and didn't know a word of English. Not only did she learn a new language in a new school in a new country, her first year she moved from English language learner into regular classes then honors and AP classes, skipped a grade and played a varsity sport she'd never played before. And that's not all. Monica has had to endure poverty, the loss of her old life in El Salvador and separation from her best friend, her mother. With wisdom far beyond her years, Monica says, "The most important lesson I've learned is that being happy is not about having with you what you loved in the past, but learning to love what you have in the present."
Watch Monica's incredible story. Learn more about Children's Defense Fund's Beat the Odds program http://bit.ly/1EZ4QRy
Springbrook Hall of Fame
The Springbrook Hall of Fame committee is now looking for nominees for the Springbrook Athletic Hall of Fame. Deadline to apply is March 1st, 2015. Please see this link for the form and rules. Springbrook High School opened in 1960 and has a rich history in terms of athletics.
Last Year'sInaugural Class of 2014 Springbrook Athletic Hall of
Baruch Joe Behrmann Tom Brosius
Bunting Loren Danielson Cathy Fox
Milloy Robert Parry
Peterson Mike Strittmater Tyler Wolfram.
National Merit and National Achievement Scholars
Congratulations to Springbrook senior Patrick Regan Fanelli for earning the notable distinction of Semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship Competition. 16,000 students, or less than 1% of the 1.5 million students, who take the PSAT are notified that they have qualified as Semifinalists. They are the highest scoring entrants in each state. Patrick will continue on to the finalist round and may be eligible for one of 7,600 Merit Scholarships which total over $33 Million. In addition, seniors Aaron Bloom, Gustavo Quintero, and Andrew Sumner also scored in the top 5% of all test-takers of the PSAT. They will receive the distinction of Commended National Merit Students.
Congratulations to senior Damali Rollins on earning the notable distinction of Semifinalist in the National Achievement Scholarship Program. 1,600 Black American students were designated Semifinalists out of 160,000 and are the highest-scoring entrants in each state. Those semifinalists will compete in the spring for 800 scholarships totaling over $2.5 million.
Click Here for more information about the National Merit Program.
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