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Gates Millennium Scholar Winners [update]

Congratulations to Springbrook Seniors Donald Ogochukwu Anyanwu and Samiza Palmer on their selection as one of the 1,000 Gates Millennium Scholars for 2014. Both were selected on their strong leadership, community service and academic achievements. More than 52,000 students applied, making this year one of the most competitive candidate groups in the program’s history. Over $800 million has been awarded since 2000

As a Gates Millennium Scholar, GMS funds are available to attend any U.S. located, accredited college or university with a renewable scholarship based on the GMS Program guidelines. They are also eligible for GMS fellowship funding for education through the master’s and doctoral levels.

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The Gates Millennium Scholars Program, established in 1999, was initially funded by a $1 billion grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. GMS selects 1,000 talented students each year to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice. They provide personal and professional development through leadership programs along with academic support throughout their college career. Congratulations Samiza and Donald!

For more information about the program click the graphic or here. 

Updated 4/22/14

2014 yardsalei 

Community Yard Sale

<flyer> Join us for the first annual “Community Yard Sale” on Saturday, April 26 from 9:00 to 1:00 p.m. In order to maximize exposure, the event will be held in the parking lot of White Oak Middle School. Space is limited. Complete the attached application to reserve your spot, then begin gathering the “treasures” that have been collecting dust in your home. This is also a great way for clubs or teams to raise much needed funds. Pool the “treasures” from your club or team and collect the money for that field trip, jerseys, or other gear. Proceeds from this event will benefit The Blueprint, our student newspaper. 

Please email me directly with your questions. Thanks!  

Timothy HibberdSpringbrook HS, Journalism Adviser  

Posted 3/6/14


Springbrook Students Medal in ACT-SO Olympics

The NAACP-sponsored African American Cultural and Technological Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) was held 4/5/14 on the campus of Montgomery College, Rockville. Springbrook medaled in the following categories: 

Feyikemi Ajayi Original Essay Gold 

Nicole Kalitsi Short Story Silver 

Damali Rollins Poetry Silver 

Liwam Ellis Sculpture Bronze 

Beatrice Sesay Vocal Contemporary Bronze 

 It was a true pleasure working with all of these students and I’m looking forward to future competitions. - Mrs. Manning

Posted 4/10/14


Springbrook Mulch Sale

White Oak Middle School  Saturday, May 3, 2014 9am – 12 noon 

Shredded, hardwood MULCH – is used as a growth suppressor and landscape treatment3 cu.ft. bags -- $5.00 each Want it delivered? Delivery Fee: $10.00 

How much should I buy to cover a 100 sq.ft. area? At a 1” depth, you would need about 1/3-cu.yard of bulk material, which is about 4 bags of mulch. (Quantities are estimates only) 


Three Ways to Order: 

  • Fill out this form. Mail in or hand in by April 28 

Springbrook Athletic Booster Club 

201 Valley Brook Drive

Silver Spring, MD. 20904

  • Pre-order online 

Due COB May 1. Go to to order via credit card, download another form, or for more info. 

  • Pick up on May 3 

Pick up your guaranteed pre-order, or stop by on the day of event to buy extra bags, while they last. Of course we will help load your vehicle! 

Checks payable to: Springbrook Athletic Booster Club. (Yes, we WILL need volunteers with trucks! Thank you for asking! Springbrook families and coaches, please call the phone number below to volunteer!) Questions? Visit  

Contacts: Tina Connolly, 301-758-0580, 

Rob Wendel, 301-989-6070, 

Posted 4/9/14


Springbrook 'Law and Administration of Justice' Program Receives Top Honors.

Today, students in the “Law and Administration of Justice” (LAJ) classes attended the “Civics and Law Academy” held at Northwood High School. Today was the culmination of our yearlong partnership with the Montgomery County Bar Association. During the first semester students in both the “Justice, Law, and Society” (JLS) classes and LAJ classes examined the self-defense laws in both Florida and Maryland in light of the Trayvon Martin case (State of Florida v George Zimmerman). Guest speakers included prosecuting and defense attorneys, a homicide detective, police officer, crime scene technician, and a member of the media. The LAJ students, in small groups, then had to write an extensive essay describing the pros and cons of the two state laws and then had to write a bill in reference to self-defense. Three schools, Springbrook, Northwood, and Blair participated in this program. Each school submitted their top five (5) essays that were judged by members of the Montgomery County Bar Association. 

 I am pleased to announce that the team of Jeneil D’Aguilar, David Mejia, Sydney Olson, and Ashia Thompson placed 2nd in the competition. Along with a beautiful plaque the JLS program was awarded a check. - LAJ Teacher Mr. Frace 

Posted 4/9/14


School Year Extended and Easter Monday

[...] Under a plan approved by the Maryland State Department of Education this morning, MCPS will hold school on Monday, April 21, 2014 (Easter Monday) and Friday, June 13, 2014, which will now be the last day of school for students. The last day for staff will be Monday, June 16. None of the remaining snow days will have to be made up under the state-approved plan. I realize that holding school on Easter Monday will be an inconvenience for many of our employees, students, and families. However, the Board of Education and I felt that this plan was the best way to ensure that we would make up two days of meaningful instructional time and cause the least disruption to our community’s summer plans. As you may be aware, MCPS had originally submitted a plan to the state that would make up one snow day—on June 13—but that request was denied. We will be sharing this news with parents and community members today, as well. This was a very severe winter season and I am grateful for your dedication, commitment, and flexibility under these unusual circumstances. [...]

 Sincerely, Joshua P. Starr, Superintendent

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Posted 4/3/14

2014 college fair 

Scholarship Fair for All Grade Levels

Mark your calendar for this year’s 2014 College Success, College Preparation and Scholarship Fair hosted by MCPS, MC & USG. Saturday, May 10, 2014 hosted at The Universities at Shady Grove from 1:00 – 4:00 PM This fair is for ALL grade 6 – grade 10 students and their parents. 

Click here for the flyer. (Spanish)

Posted 1/31/14 


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Upcoming Events

Friday, April 25
Progress Reports

Saturday, April 26
Community Yard Sale @ White Oak 9am-1pm

Monday, April 28
Department Meetings @ 2:30 PM

Wednesday, April 30
SMOB Elections

Saturday, May 03
Springbrook Mulch Sale @White Oak MS

Monday, May 05
AP-IB Testing

Thursday, May 08
Awards Programs

Friday, May 09
Progress Reports
After Prom


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