Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School
B-CC Alumni Email News – June 2010
• Foundation’s Annual Report/Alumni Newsletter – To help conserve the world’s trees and the Foundation’s money, we did not print out paper copies of the 2009 B-CC HS Educational Foundation Annual Report/Alumni Newsletter. However, you can view it online at http://www.bccedfoundation.org/annualreports/annualreport2009.pdf
• The "Blue and Gold" Song on the Web – Board member Andrea McCarren, a multimedia journalist at WUSA Channel 9, has put together a slide show about the Foundation that can be viewed on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/user/BCCEdFndn?feature=mhw4) and Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=232484054968&ref=mf). The music accompanying the slide show, including the B-CC "Blue and Gold" song, was performed by current B-CC students. As far as we know this is the first time ever that the B-CC song, written in the 1920s, can be heard over the Internet.
• Foundation’s Annual Fund Drive – County funding is insufficient to meet the needs of a student population as diverse as B-CC’s. The B-CC HS Educational Foundation, relying entirely on contributions from the B-CC community, is the principal private funding vehicle for offering academic excellence and opportunity for all B-CC students. You can donate either by mail or online, at http://www.bccedfoundation.org/donationform.html
• Come to the Ball Game, July 21, 7:30pm at Shirley Povich Field – The B-CC HS Educational Foundation and Bethesda Big Train Baseball invite you to a baseball game on Wed. evening, July 21. B-CC students will sing the national anthem and Foundation president Matt Gandal will throw out the first pitch. Bring your friends and family....>>more
• Class Reunions – Classes of 1959, 1969, 1979, 1989, and 2004 held their reunions this past year, while classes of 1957, 1960, 1967, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1990, and 2000 are planning to hold theirs this summer and fall. Class of 1961 has already started planning theirs for 2011....>>more at http://www.bccedfoundation.org/alumni/bcc_alumni_reunions.html (Please email Sing-huen Morgan with information on your upcoming class reunions.)
• Reunion School Tours – Interested in seeing how B-CC HS has changed since you graduated? You can arrange to have a school tour during your reunion weeekend. Please email Carole Brand.
• Homecoming 2009 – A large and enthusiastic crowd came out to cheer on the Barons at this year’s homecoming game against Walter Johnson on Oct. 9. The Barons responded by racing to an early lead and ending with a resounding victory, 30-14. Following that convincing win, the Barons went on to win their next three games in a row against league rivals Blair, Watkins Mill, and Churchill.
• Classes of 1966, 1968, and 1959 made very generous donations to the Foundation last year. In FY2009, 234 alums contributed $60,000 to the Foundation. We encourage all classes to consider marking their reunion with a class gift to B-CC through the Foundation. See letter from Foundation president Matt Gandal ('85): http://www.bccedfoundation.org/alumni/Matt's annual report alum letter.pdf
• B-CC HS Educational Foundation’s 4th Annual “Wine, Chocolate, & Cheese” Community Benefit Event – Almost 200 alums and community members gathered at the Foundation’s 4th Annual “Wine, Chocolate & Cheese” event on March 11, 2010, at the Woman’s Club of Chevy Chase. This year's honoree was Bruce Adams, founder/director of B-CC’s Lazarus Leadership Fellows Program, founder/president of Bethesda Big Train Baseball, and former Montgomery county council member. Please email Carole Brand if you would like to receive an invitation to next year’s event.
• Alumni Helped Return Three Historic Murals to B-CC – The generosity of our alums has enabled the Foundation to bring back three of the historic murals that were on the walls of B-CC between 1940s and 1999 but couldn’t be saved during B-CC’s modernization because of asbestos in the walls. The new Youthquake, the latest, is a gift from artist Philip Hutinet (’88) who painted the original in his senior year at B-CC. The recreated Elvis mural was a gift from the Class of 1975 in 2005 (http://www.bccedfoundation.org/annualreports/annualreport2005.pdf, p. 7); and the recreated 1946 B-CC Mural was donated by the Class of 1956 in 2009 http://www.bccedfoundation.org/annualreports/annualreport2009.pdf, p. 6 and http://www.gazette.net/stories/07152009/bethnew201348_32521.shtml) See all the historic murals at http://www.bccedfoundation.org/alumni/bcc_photogallery/murals/index.htm
• Alumni Author Event – On April 25, 2010, the Foundation co-sponsored with the Town of Chevy Chase an author event to highlight the accomplishments of two B-CC alums, Laurie Strongin (’83, Saving Henry: A Mother’s Journey) and Sarah Pekkanen (’85, The Opposite of Me). Their new books have been receiving a lot of attention in the main stream media and publishing world. The joint discussion was moderated by former social studies teacher Ed Mullaney (Mr. B-CC)…. >>more
• A Riveting Article and a Touching Interview on Laurie Strongin (’83) and her husband’s battle to try to save their son – The Washington Post, March 25, 2010, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/24/AR2010032402985.html?sub=AR and Bob Woodwards Weekend Podcast, March 20-21, 2010, http://www.bobedwardsradio.com/bew-march-2010/
• Class of 1963’s Latest Newsletter – Jeff Stuart (’63) has once again put together another excellent edition of the Class of 1963 Tattler – the Spring 2010 issue. It has an interview of Mr. Appleton, retired B-CC social studies teacher, that may be of interest to other classes…. http://www.bccedfoundation.org/alumni/class1963.tattlerv6.pdf. The accompanying Class of ‘63 Tattler Extra, filled with photos, will take many of you down the memory lane.... http://www.bccedfoundation.org/alumni/class1963.tattlerextra.pdf
• A Horse Named BEE CEE CEE – Bob Harris ('36), whose son Rob Harris ('66) and daughter-in-law Barbara Burrer Harris ('67) also attended B-CC, named his horse BEE CEE CEE after his alma mater....>>more
• Linda Reid (Yolanda Stassinopoulos, ‘70), along with co-author Deborah Shlian, has a new mystery thriller, Dead Air, released this past December by Oceanview Publishing. Sammy Greene, campus radio talk show host, finds her own life at risk after discovering the body of one of the college’s most esteemed professors….>>more
• John Harwood (‘74) B-CC’s 2010 Graduation Speaker, June 2, DAR Constitution Hall, Washington DC – John is Chief Washington Correspondent of CNBC and a political writer for the New York Times. He began his journalism career while at B-CC as a copy boy at the Washington Star. He studied history and economics at Duke University and graduated magna cum laude in 1978....>>more at http://www.cnbc.com/id/15838123
Steven Feldman ('76) has a new, thought-provoking book, Compartments: How the Brightest, Best Trained, and Most Caring People Can Make Judgments That are Completely and Utterly Wrong, a unique text that explores the mechanisms that drive misunderstanding. Dr. Feldman examines "the underlying structure that causes conflict between different factions in medicine, business, government, and even religion", hoping that such understanding will help people avoid needless disputes and intractable conflicts….>>more at http://www.compartmentsbook.com/index.html
• Philip Hutinet (‘88) recreated his 1988 mural for B-CC – Philip spent the last year re-creating his 1988 "YOUTHQUAKE" mural for the Foundation as a gift to B-CC. The finished mural was unveiled on April 9, 2010 at B-CC's International Night and Student Art Show. “The B-CC murals spoke of the zeitgeist, the spirit of time, in which the students had lived,” said Philip at the dedication of his recreated mural, “The 30s murals were endowed with that neo-realism quality, the 40-50s with the glee club appeal, the 70s had men with long hair ....” see Philip’s complete speech at http://bccedfoundation.org/alumni/hutinet.pdf
• Janet Balis ('90), has just been named one of 25 "Women to Watch" in 2010 by Advertising Age…. http://adage.com/womentowatch2010/article?article_id=144220
• Jagger Harvey (’94), currently working on research on plant-viral diseases affecting African crops at the Biosciences eastern and central Africa (BecA) Hub in Nairobi, Kenya, was recently featured in the 2009-09-25 issue of the journal Science article "Reaping What You Sow".... http://sciencecareers.sciencemag.org/career_magazine/previous_issues/articles/2009_09_25/caredit.a0900116
• Nathaniel Morgan (‘97) won advertising industry’s 2009 AICP (Association of Independent Commercial Producers) "Best Music" Award for his original music for the Audi "Living Room" TV Spot…. http://www.shootonline.com/go/index.php?name=Release&op=view&id=rs-web2-1104495-1244649500-2
• Jonathan Brand ('01) has a wonderful article on court tennis, the ancestor of modern lawn tennis, in the Smithsonian Magazine online …. http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/Jeu-de-Paume-Holding-Court-in-Paris.html?c=y&page=1
• Addie Tousley (’09) B-CC 2009 cross-country state champ and the mile and two mile state champ for track last year, is competing at Middlebury as a freshman this year and is leading her team to nationals.
• Did You Know….The 1959 B-CC Barons football team was ranked #3 in the nation at the end of the 1959 football season by the Chicago Sun Times which ranked high school football teams nationwide (thanks to Jim Shafer (’59) for this info.)
• B-CC Ranks 55th Among Newsweek’s Best Public High Schools in the Country in 2009 – B-CC continues to rank high on Newsweek’s list of “Best Public High Schools”, based on Washington Post reporter Jay Matthews’ Challenge Index—the number of AP and/or IB tests taken by all students at a school, divided by the number of graduating seniors. B-CC was one of four MCPS high schools ranked in the top 100.
• B-CC Students Enroll in Challenging Courses – At the start of the 2009-2010 school year, 95% of B-CC students were enrolled in at least one honors-level course and 82% of B-CC seniors were enrolled in at least one AP or IB course.
• Enrollment Continues to Rise at B-CC – B-CC’s enrollment now stands at 1875, up from 1830 at the beginning of the school year. The trend is expected to continue as elementary schools in the B-CC Cluster, already overcrowded at present, are projected to reach 137% capacity by 2014-2015. See Gazette article at http://www.gazette.net/stories/03032010/bethnew224119_32547.php
• Diversity at B-CC – 9% of B-CC students are currently receiving “free and reduced meals” and an additional 10% have done so in the past. For the 2009-2010 school year, 62% of B-CC students are white, 16% are African-Americans, 14% Hispanics, 7% Asians, and 0.5% American-Indians.
• B-CC’s ESOL Department this year has 60 students from 27 countries.
• B-CC’s new Tattler Online –The County’s oldest student newspaper has stepped into the digital age. The new online Tattler Extra is designed to complement the print version of the Tattler, with more comprehensive and timely news, and the ability to be more interactive. Check it out at http://tattlerextra.org/
• Opera at B-CC – B-CC’s choral and instrumental students performed Henry Purcell’s three-act Baroque opera, Dido and Aeneas, in beautiful costumes with dramatic lighting at B-CC on April 28 as part of their International Baccalaureate (IB) music studies program….>>more
• B-CC’s Spring Concerts – B-CC’s six instrumental ensembles and three choral ensembles held their spring concerts over two days in May. Almost 500 students are enrolled in a music class each semester at B-CC.... http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/schools/bcchs/academics/music/index.aspx
• Mr. B-CC, a B-CC Beauty Pageant – Mr. B-CC, an annual May charity event hosted by the B-CC chapter of Operation Smile, is essentially a male beauty pageant for senior boys. It consists of an interview session with B-CC teachers, an evening wear portion, and a talent showcase. Over the years, the B-CC chapter has raised thousands of dollars to fund the reconstructive surgeries of children born with cleft palate in third world countries.
• B-CC Students Won 1st Place at the U. of Maryland Chinese Language Competition for Middle and High School Students – The B-CC team of Amalia Halikias, Dimitri Halikias, and Juliet Anderson beat teams from DC, MD, and VA this past April and will travel to China this summer on a fully paid trip for a week to compete with students from all over the world.
• B-CC Students Captured Two of the Seven 1st Place Awards in MCPS’ Final Frontiers engineering competition this past fall. Peter Mueller took first place in the bridge-building contest, and Jay Swift and Gabe Peal's mechanical car won the coveted Outstanding Engineer award for superior design and craftsmanship.
• Top Honors for B-CC Musicians – At the musical festival competition in New York City this past April, B-CC musicians won five trophies, including the Festival Sweepstakes Trophy, four first place awards, four second place awards, one third place award, and five of the eight awards given to outstanding soloists ….>>more
• B-CC Photographers Competition Winners – 9th grader Shayna Goldsmith and 12th grader Spenser Li were winners in the Photoworks’ Young Photographers 2009: A Juried Competition. Their photographs were on exhibit at the Photoworks Gallery at Glen Echo Park last summer.
• 9th Grader Won National Association for Sport and Physical Education Essay Contest – Bernadette Sundback’s essay was selected amongst all 9th graders in the nation!
• B-CC Junior Named 2009 Gatorade Maryland Girls’ Soccer Player of the Year – Junior Alex Doll is the first Gatorade Maryland Girls Soccer Player of the Year to be chosen from B-CC HS….>>more
• B-CC Gymnasts County and Division Champions Four Years in a Row – On May 4, 2010 at the Montgomery County Gymnastics Championship meet, B-CC took 1st place with 179.2 points, followed by teams from Blair, Sherwood, Walter Johnson, Blake, Gaithersburg and Springbrook. B-CC freshman Julia Konner placed first in All Around.
• Great Season for B-CC Crew – B-CC Crew, the largest sport at B-CC with over 80 athletes, finished the 2010 season with great flourish. The team won three championship trophies at the Maryland State Championship Regatta on April 24 and captured three sets of gold medals and four trophies at the WMIRA (Washington Metropolitan Interscholastic Rowing Association) Regatta on May 22. Earlier on May 1 at the WMIRA Novice Regatta, B-CC’s novice/freshmen boats took first place in five out of 6 races….>>more
• 2009-2010 Sports Championships:
• Barons Merchandise at the B-CC School Store – Interested in buying B-CC Barons merchandise? Please go to http://www.bccedfoundation.org/alumni/schoolstore-spring10.pdf for a list of available merchandise and their prices. Merchandise is available only at the School Store which is located across from the main office and accepts cash and checks only for purchases. Online purchase is no longer available. Please email Sandra Stewart for more details.
Two pieces of very sad news:
Adam Lockard ('06), son of B-CC Principal Karen Lockard and a senior at Western State College in Colorado, died in a Colorado house fire on January 30, 2010. Hundreds turned out to celebrate his life at a Valentine's Day memorial at B-CC… >>more at http://www.gazette.net/stories/02172010/bethnew221120_32554.php
Bob Eastham ('57) died of a stroke on May 27, 2010. Bob, who managed the family's Eastham Exxon on Wisconsin Ave. in Bethesda for the past half century, was a generous supporter of his alma mater and the Bethesda community. Through the B-CC HS Educational Foundation, he underwrote an entire computer lab for B-CC when it was modernized in 2002. The Washington Post had an obituray on Bob on Sunday, June 13, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/12/AR2010061203687.html. "A Memorial for a Local Hero", a tribute by local radio WTOP commentator Chris Core, can be heard at Core Values with Chris Core - wtop.com
Come to the Ball Game, July 21, 7:30pm at Shirley Povich Field
The B-CC HS Educational Foundation and Bethesda Big Train Baseball invite you to a baseball game on Wed. evening, July 21. B-CC students will sing the national anthem and Foundation president Matt Gandal will throw out the first pitch. Bring your friends and family. Tickets cost $10 each. Mail your check to the B-CC HS Educational Foundation, c/o Ronna Borenstein, 8905 McGregor Drive, Chevy Chase, MD 20815. Please include your email. You'll get an email confirmation and your tickets will be waiting for you at the game. Game time is 7:30 pm, at Shirley Povich Field, 10610 Westlake Drive, Bethesda. Questions? Contact Ronna Borenstein or Carole Brand at . More on Bethesda Big Train Baseball at http://www.bigtrain.org/
Alumni Author Event
On April 25, 2010, the B-CC HS Educational Foundation co-sponsored with the Town of Chevy Chase an author event to highlight the accomplishments of two B-CC alums, Laurie Strongin ('83) and Sarah Pekkanen ('85). Both Laurie’s book, Saving Henry: A Mother’s Journey, and Sarah’s book, The Opposite of Me, released this past March, have been receiving a lot of attention in the main stream media and publishing world. The joint discussion was moderated by former social studies teacher Ed Mullaney (Mr. B-CC). Laurie’s book, Saving Henry, is about her experience giving birth to and raising a boy with a rare chromosomal disease – the medical and ethical issues her family confronted and, most importantly, the lessons learned from a young boy who faced immeasurable challenges but lived his life to the very fullest. Sarah’s book, The Opposite of Me, is a fictional piece about the experiences of twin sisters who have very different looks and personalities. A nice mix of alums and former B-CC faculty listened to the authors discussing the paths that led them to write their books and relating their professional experiences back to their days at B-CC.
A Horse Named BEE CEE CEE
Bob Harris ('36) named his horse BEE CEE CEE after his alma mater. The three-year-old colt has had successes racing in Florida this past year, including a first-place finish in a stake-race on April 4, 2009 at Tampa Bay Downs, shown here in the photo. Also in the photo, standing to the jockey's left, are Bob's son, Rob Harris ('66) and Rob's wife, Barbara Burrer Harris ('67).
Linda Reid (Yolanda Stassinopoulos,
‘70), along with co-author Deborah
Shlian, has a new mystery thriller, Dead Air, released
this past December by Oceanview Publishing. Dead Air (Oceanview,
IBSN: 978-1-933515-50-2) introduces protagonist Sammy Greene,
host of a talk show at a campus radio station. After Sammy discovers
the body of Dr. Burton Conrad, one of the college’s most
esteemed professors, and starts delving into what happened, several
students mysteriously disappear and Sammy’s own life is
Opera at B-CC
B-CC’s choral and instrumental students performed Henry Purcell’s three-act Baroque opera, Dido and Aeneas, in beautiful costumes with dramatic lighting at B-CC on April 28 as part of their International Baccalaureate (IB) music studies program. “While teaching students about this opera this year, we decided the best way for them to fully appreciate this type of opera was to actually perform it,” explained Amy Vanek, B-CC’s Choral Teacher. Dido and Aeneas, composed by Purcell in the 17th Century and based on the fourth book of Virgil’s Aeneid, is about Dido, the Queen of Carthage, and Aeneas, the leader of the Trojan army, who fall in love only to be thwarted by three brooding witches who dislike the union because of what it could mean for the future of their land. The witches plot to destroy the relationship and resolve to end Dido’s life. Every role, except that of Dido, was sung by B-CC students from the school’s Chamber Choir or Women’s Choir. Special guest artist Monica Soto-Gil, from the University of Maryland Opera Studio, sang the part of Dido. The singers were accompanied by a Baroque orchestra comprised of B-CC student musicians selected by Music Resource Teacher, Marshall White.
Top Honors for B-CC Musicians
At the musical festival competition in New York City this past April, B-CC won the Festival Sweepstakes Trophy for having two highest scoring instrumental groups and highest scoring choral group, the Band Sweepstakes Trophy with two highest scoring bands, and the Orchestra Sweepstakes Trophy with two highest scoring orchestras. Its Symphonic Orchestra received the Outstanding Orchestra Trophy awarded to the highest scoring orchestra, and its Jazz Band received the Outstanding Band Trophy awarded to the highest scoring band. In performance ratings, the Jazz band, Symphonic Orchestra, Chamber Choir, and Women’s Choir received gold first place; Concert Orchestra, Advanced Band, Symphonic Band, and Concert Choir received silver second place, and Concert Band received third place.
B-CC Junior Named 2009 Gatorade Maryland Girls’ Soccer Player of the Year
Junior Alex Doll is the first Gatorade Maryland Girls Soccer Player of the Year to be chosen from B-CC HS. In its 25th anniversary year of honoring the nation's best high school athletes, the Gatorade Company, in conjunction with ESPN RISE, has chosen its 2009 State Girls' Soccer Players of the Year award-winners, representing the 21 states and the District of Columbia whose teams compete in the fall. The award recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the pitch.
Great Season for B-CC Crew
B-CC Crew, the largest sport at B-CC with over 80 athletes, finished
the 2010 season with great flourish. At the Maryland State Championship
Regatta on April 24, the Women's Varsity 8, Women's
Varsity 4, and Men's Varsity 8 won the 2010 Maryland
State Championship Trophies. The Barons also brought home three
sets of 1st place medals, six 2nd place finishes, and one 3rd
place finish, racing against Bryn Mawr, DeMatha, Holton-Arms,
Institute of Notre Dame, Notre Dame Prep, Roland Park Country
School, Seton Hall, St. Paul's School for Boys, St. Paul's School
for Girls, Walt Whitman, and Walter Johnson.
More Sports News
Cheerleaders – 2nd place finish at the MCPS Cheerleading
Competition in November.
B-CC Alumni Email News – February 2009
• B-CC HS Educational Foundation’s Annual Fund Drive – the Foundation relies entirely on contributions from the B-CC community to fund programs that are crucial for all students enrolled at B-CC ( please see letter from Foundation president, Matt Gandal ’85 ) With the economy in steep decline, we desperately need your help. You can donate either by mail or online, at http://www.bccedfoundation.org/donationform.html
• Two new programs have been added to the B-CC HS Educational Foundation’s funding priorities: CollegeTracks, a program to improve college access for first generation college-bound, low-income youths; and English articulation, a new initiative to improve curriculum coordination between Westland Middle School and B-CC….>>more info
• Please join us at the B-CC HS Educational Foundation’s 3rd Annual “Wine, Chocolate, & Cheese” community benefit event – Thursday, March 12, 2009, 7-9pm at the Woman’s Club of Chevy Chase. RSVP by Feb. 27. Please go to the Foundation’s website at http://www.bccedfoundation.org for more information and for tickets. If you have questions, please email Carole Brand or Susan Bank .
• Annual Report/Alumni Newsletter – the 2008 B-CC HS Educational Foundation Annual Report/Alumni Newsletter has been sent to 20,000+ B-CC HS alumni. If you have not received your copy, please email Sing-huen Morgan . The annual report can be viewed online at http://www.bccedfoundation.org/annualreports/annualreport2008.pdf
• Calling all alumni authors, musicians, playwrights, movie-makers – Display your works at B-CC’s annual book sale on Saturday & Sunday, March 28-29, 2009 (Sat. 10am-6pm and Sun. 10am-3pm.) Please email a pdf of your book jackets and CD/DVD covers, with a bio that includes your class year and any personal website, to Alex Weiner , or send him the book jacket and CD/DVD cover by mail to 3503 Thornapple Street, Chevy Chase, MD 20815.
• Lost Your Yearbook? There are yearbooks dating back to 1943 in very good condition available at B-CC. Please email Yearbook Adviser Ms. Brooke Molnar to find out if she has the year you are interested in, the cost, and how you may obtain one.
• View your B-CC bricks online – We have finally finished the project of putting online photos of the engraved bricks that line the interior courtyard at B-CC. You can now see what the brick you bought looks like. Go to www.bccedfoundation.org/alumni/bcc_photogallery/bcc_bricks/index.html and follow the instructions. If you are interested in purchasing an engraved brick, please download an order form here.
• Class Reunions – Classes of 1953, 1958, 1963, 1968, 1983, 1988, and 2003 held their reunions this past year, while classes of 1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1989, and 2004 have already started planning theirs….>> more info at http://www.bccedfoundation.org/alumni/bcc_alumni_reunions.html. (Please email Sing-huen Morgan with information on your upcoming class reunions.)...
• The B-CC Class of 1960 Reunion Committee has established a new interactive web site for classmates. Please log onto the Official B-CC Class of 1960 Web Site to register http://www.classreport.org/usa/md/bethesda/bcchs/1960/
• The Class of 1968 made a generous donation to the Foundation at their 40th reunion this fall. Since 1996, B-CC alums have contributed more than $365,000 to the Foundation ….>> more info at http://www.bccedfoundation.org/alumni/bcc_alumni_contributions.html
• Class of 1988 members, at the invitation of Peter Zeppenfeld ('88), gathered for dinner at Grapeseed on January 23, 2009, to renew old ties and to learn about the Foundation's work at B-CC. Peter recently moved back to Bethesda, and on learning about the Foundation's work and its taking on CollegeTracks as its new signature program, made a generous leadership gift in support of B-CC and CollegeTracks.
• The Class of 1963’s latest newsletter – Jeff Stuart (’63) has once again put together an excellent edition of the Class of 1963 Tattler – the Winter 2008 issue. See it at http://www.bccedfoundation.org/alumni/class1963.tattler.html
• Class of 1956 has successfully completed their “murals fund” project, started two years ago at their 50th reunion. The class has chosen to recreate the “B-CC Mural” with the help of Katie Freeman Vita, a muralist and current B-CC parent. The mural now hangs in the school’s entrance lobby. See the mural at http://www.bccedfoundation.org/alumni/bcc_photogallery/murals/index.htm
• Philip Hutinet (‘88) is recreating his 1988 "YOUTHQUAKE" mural which will hang in the "arts" atrium once it's completed. You can see a photo of the original (it’s #26) at http://www.bccedfoundation.org/alumni/bcc_photogallery/murals/historicmurals.html.
• Did you know that President John F. Kennedy was the Commencement Speaker for B-CC’s Class of 1959 while he was a Senator from Massachusetts? Thanks to William Parke (’59), we now have a photo of this historic event: http://www.bccedfoundation.org/alumni/bcc_photogallery/class_pages/1959/class1959photos.html
• Chet Culver (’84), Iowa’s Governor, will give the commencement address to the Class of 2009 at B-CC on June 2, 2009. Chet was a member of the B-CC basketball team which won the State Tournament his senior year at B-CC. He received a full football scholarship to attend Virginia Tech....>> more info at http://www.governor.iowa.gov/
• Bill Frick (’93) was appointed by Maryland Governor O'Malley to the District 16 Delegate's seat vacated by retiring Delegate Marilyn Goldwater. Bill attended North Chevy Chase Elementary and Westland Middle School prior to B-CC. After graduating from B-CC, Bill earned degrees from Northwestern University and Harvard Law. He practices law with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP in Washington, DC….>>more info at http://www.billfrick.com/
• Jeff Stuart (’63) has a new book, officially released on January 10, 2009. Blue Mondays: The Long Goodbye of the Montreal Expos is a “straightforward, entertaining, sometimes nostalgic, and sometimes sad account of the Montreal Expos in their final season and of the events leading up to their departure.”….>> more info
• Kirsten Denney’s (’86) new book, The Orange Mama Laid: The Guide for Aunties, Uncles, Parents, Grandparents, Sitters and Anyone Else who Likes to Play with the Kids, is entertaining for both young and old….>> more info
• Stefanie Zadravec ('86) had the world premiere of her play, Honey Brown Eyes, at Theater J in Washington DC this past fall. (See Washington Post Oct. 19, 2008 article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wpdyn/content/article/2008/10/17/AR2008101700550.html.) Honey Brown Eyes, about the war in Bosnia, was a finalist for the 2007 Smith Prize and a semi-finalist for the 2008 Princess Grace Award….>> more info at www.szadravec.com
• Homecoming 2008 – Another year, another rainy homecoming. Unfortunately Barons’ luck ran out this year, with a disappointing loss to Watkins Mill, 20 to 6.
• B-CC’s enrollment reaches new heights with 1782 students at the start of the 2008-09 school year.
• B-CC’s ESOL Department this year has students from 34 countries, speaking 22 different languages.
• B-CC’s re-accreditation – B-CC was enthusiastically re-accredited by the team from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools this past fall. Re-accreditation takes place once every ten years at B-CC. It is an exhaustive look at the school that helps to bring about the best B-CC possible....>> more info
• Promethean Boards, the new interactive white boards installed at B-CC this fall, have scored well as teaching tools among teachers and students….>> more info
• A new principal for B-CC – Karen Lockard, assistant principal at B-CC for the past two years, was appointed principal at B-CC this past summer when Sean Bulson, B-CC principal 2003-2008, was promoted to Director of School Performance at MCPS….>> more info
• Chris Orlando, B-CC math teacher and senior class adviser, was named 2008 Montgomery County Teacher of the Year….>> more info at http://www.bccedfoundation.org/alumni/ChrisOrlando.pdf
• Dr. Ken Halperin, Science Teacher, won The Gazette's My Favorite Teacher Award for B-CC. http://www.gazette.net/teacher/bethesda/
• Chad Young, B-CC Math Teacher and Track Coach, was named Washington Post Coach of the Year for Girls Track.
• B-CC’s 3rd Annual Beard-Growing Contest – 25 B-CC teachers competed in this year’s Beard-Growing contest to raise funds for the Capital Area Food Bank (Brammer, DeMunter, Gilmore, Gordon, Bennie Green, Jon Green, Halperin, Hemans, Herchenroeder, Hernandez, Herner, Hogewood, Joyner, Kenton, Kruglak, Markowitz, Noland, Orlando, Richards, Singer, Soboslay, Virden, Young, and Zehner). Mr. Kruglak won the contest and $2933 was raised for the Food Bank….>>more info at http://www.gazette.net/stories/12082008/montnew161615_32502.shtml
• B-CC's Braille Awareness Club won the 2008 Prudential Award public service award.
• David Sangillo and Nathaniel Weinman,
along with two members of the Whitman
• Fall Sports Championships: Girls Soccer – State, Regional, and Divisional Champions, finished season undefeated, untied, and hardly ever scored upon; Girls Cross Country (Addie Tousley) – State and Regional Champion; Field Hockey – Regional and Divisional Champions; Boys Soccer – Divisional Champions.
• More Barons News – Cheerleading placed third in the division; Boys and Girls Cross Country, finished sixth overall; Girls Varsity Tennis, ended season ranking 4th in the division.
• Buy your Barons merchandise at the B-CC school online store – There is everything for Barons fans, from personalized embroidered fleece jackets to screened sweat pants, from coffee mugs to flip flops. Proceeds will benefit the B-CC Cyber Café and the Sports Boosters. Go to the B-CC HS website http://www.mcps.k12.md.us/schools/bcchs/index.shtm and click on the baseball cap on the left.
• Cabaret Night at B-CC – B-CC’s "Cirque du Musique", February 21 (snow date March 7), 2009, 7-11pm, B-CC HS cafeteria: great food, live music, raffle prizes, live auction (incl. get-away at two vacation homes), and dance, dance, dance! ….>> more info
• B-CC’s Spring Play – “The White Liars” and “Black Comedy”, two one-act plays by Peter Shaffer, March 13, 14, 20, and 21 at 7:30pm. B-CC HS Auditorium. This show is being presented black box style, with audience members sitting onstage surrounding the action, creating a unique and intimate experience for all. Tickets are $10.00 each, and can be purchased online at www.bcctheater.com ….>> more info
• B-CC’s annual book sale – Mar. 28, 10am-6pm, and Mar. 29, 10am-3pm. The B-CC Used Book Sale is back, by popular demand from parents and community, despite the loss of basement storage and sorting space to five new classrooms. This is also an opportunity to reduce clutter while helping B-CC. Books can be dropped off at curbside at the main entrance to B-CC on 3/20, 2:30-9pm; 3/21, 8am-6pm; 3/22. 9am-5pm; 3/23-3/26, 2:30-9pm; 3/27, 2:30-5pm. Tax receipts will be given at drop-off. Please email Alex Weiner if you have any questions.
• B-CC HS All-Sports Boosters Annual Plant and Mulch Sale – Sat. Apr. 25, 2009, B-CC. Montgomery County master gardeners will be on hand to answer questions on your planting and mulching needs. You can also pre-order your mulch, for pick up on Apr. 25 or for free curbside home delivery…>> more info at http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/schools/bcchs/mulchflyer09.pdf
• Spring Instrumental Concert – Tues. May 5, 2009, 7:00pm, B-CC HS Auditorium
• Spring Choral Concert – Wed., May 13, 2009, 7:00pm, B-CC HS Auditorium
• Drama Department’s One-Act Playfest – Fri. and Sat., May 15 & 16, 7:30pm, B-CC Auditorium. For latest updates, please go to http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/schools/bcchs/performingarts/theater/afterschoolproductions.html
• Make a Difference. Be a Mentor – Please consider making a difference to a B-CC student's life. B-CC's mentoring program is in need of mentors to help at-risk 9th graders who need encouragement and guidance. Volunteers meet with the students individually at B-CC once a week, for an hour, after school during the school year, plus a coaching session once a month. Training will be provided. Please email Debbie Newman, or phone her at 240-497-6356 or at 301-529-0702.
Help B-CC while you shop:
CollegeTracks, started seven years ago by three B-CC parents,
works with low and moderate income students who can succeed at
college but may not get there simply because they don’t
know how to apply to college or get financial aid. Few have adults
in their lives familiar enough with the American higher education
system to guide them successfully through an increasingly complicated
system. Some are immigrants who face language and cultural obstacles.
Most believe college is unaffordable.
Foundation Funds Effort to Strengthen Curriculum Alignment
The Foundation launched a new program this year to improve the
transition of students from Westland Middle School to B-CC High
School. The goal is to improve the alignment of the curriculum
and teacher expectations so that students entering B-CC are better
prepared for the rigors of high school.
Jeff Stuart's New Book
MD December 9, 2008 -- PublishAmerica is proud to present Blue
Mondays: The Long Goodbye of the Montreal Expos by Jeffrey
Kirsten Denney's New Book
'The Orange Mama Laid' is a straightforward guide to the games that have kept generations of kids outdoors until the dinner bell rang and again until bedtime, and to the games that kept them occupied on long winter days and car rides. Some of the games and activities included are the motions to Itsy Bitsy Spider and I'm a Little Teapot; the rules to Capture the Flag, SPUD, Sardines, Spotlight Tag, Ghost in the Graveyard and Kick the Can; the rules for Old Maid, Hearts, Spit, Spoons, and I Doubt It; how to fold a paper football and a cootie-catchie; riddles, knock-knock jokes and even a whole list of your favorite farewell rhymes ("Let's scat, alley cat!")."
Every five to ten years, schools go through an accreditation process to make sure that they provide “a quality of education that the community has a right to expect and the education world endorses.” This past fall, B-CC went through the re-accreditation process by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools that is mandatory for all MCPS high schools. During the re-accreditation process, the school was evaluated in areas ranging from the school’s philosophy, mission, governance, and leadership, to educational programs, student learning assessments, and student life and activities. The process also required the school to have a clear improvement plan in place, to establish objectives for increasing student performance, and to provide evidence that B-CC was working to achieve those objectives. This stringent and thorough procedure involved teachers, students, parents and administrators, as well as representatives of MCPS. The culmination of the re-accreditation process was a three and a half day visit to the school in October 2008 by a team of educators from member schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Following the visit, the team recommended full accreditation for B-CC.
B-CC's New Promethean Boards
The 47 Promethean Boards, installed in B-CC classrooms
this fall, are interactive white boards that can project Web sites,
sounds, and teacher-generated notes and images. All the classroom
work generated on the boards can be saved and posted later on
Edline, the MCPS web-based classroom-to-home communication system.
According to Principal Lockard, the boards have reinvigorated
the teachers. Thus far, the boards are mostly being used in core
subjects of Math, Science, History and English.
Karen Lockard, B-CC's New Principal
Karen Lockard, assistant principal at B-CC for the past two years, stepped into her new role as principal of B-CC this past July when former principal Sean Bulson was promoted to Director of School Performance in the Montgomery County Public Schools system. Ms. Lockard, a 27-year MCPS veteran, is no stranger to B-CC. She taught English at B-CC for nine years and is a parent of two B-CC alums (’01 and ’06). She is thrilled to be back at B-CC, which she considers “home.”
Cabaret Night at B-CC – B-CC’s "Cirque du Musique", February 21 (snow date March 7), 2009, 7-11pm, B-CC HS cafeteria
Dazzling decorations, delicious Italian feast, great tableside performances from B-CC’s jazz band, chamber singers, symphonic orchestra and ensembles, plus the best-of-DC-Baltimore-area professional band sound from Marshall White and Friends for after dinner dancing. Addition attractions: raffle prizes and a silent auction which includes week-long vacation stays at two vacation homes, one in a historic spa town near Berkeley Springs, WV, with a breath-taking view of the Shenandoah Mountains (http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/schools/bcchs/academics/depts/music/houseraffle.nut.pdf), and the other a waterfront home with a hot tub on Deep Creek Lake in western MD (http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/schools/bcchs/academics/depts/music/houserafflel.heaton.pdf). Tickets are $35 each, first come, first choice for seating. Ticket order form and table plan are on music department website http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/schools/bcchs/academics/depts/music/index.html.
B-CC's 2009 Spring Play
Two One-Act plays by Peter Shaffer, The White Liars
and Black Comedy, will be staged in the B-CC Auditorium
on March 13, 14, 20, and 21 at 7:30pm. For this production, we
are creating our own "Black Box" Theater onstage. Instead
of our traditional house seating, audience members will sit onstage
and surround the action, creating a unique and intimate experience
B-CC Alumni Email News – December 2007
• Annual Report/Alumni Newsletter – the 2007 B-CC HS Educational Foundation Annual Report/Alumni Newsletter has been sent to 16000+ B-CC alumni. If you have not received your copy, please email Sing-huen Morgan.
• Please donate to the Foundation – The B-CC HS Foundation relies on contributions from our alumni and the B-CC community to fund programs that are crucial to all B-CC students. If you have not given to the Foundation this year, please consider doing so right away, either online or by mail…. http://www.bccedfoundation.org/donationform.html.
• B-CC alums have contributed almost $284,000 to the Foundation over the past 10 years….http://www.bccedfoundation.org/alumni/bcc_alumni_contributions.html
• Mark your calendar for B-CC HS Educational Foundation’s 2nd Annual Community Fundraiser – Thursday, March 6, 2008, 7-9pm at the Woman’s Club of Chevy Chase. Details will be posted on the Foundation website at http://www.bccedfoundation.org as the date approaches. If you would like an invitation, please email Carole Brand or Susan Bank.
• Calling All Alumni Authors, Musicians, Playwrights, Movie-Makers – Display your works at B-CC’s Book Sale and Literary/Arts Festival on Saturday and Sunday, April 5-6 (April 5, 12 noon - 5 p.m., April 6, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.) 2008, at B-CC Cafeteria. Please send in a pdf of your book jackets and CD/DVD covers, with a bio that includes your class year and any personal website, to Peggy Hsieh.
• Homecoming 2007 – Heavy rain caused this year’s Homecoming to be postponed from October 26 to October 29, but loyal fans were rewarded with a thrilling game as the Barons beat the Poolesville Falcons, 25 to 20.
• Class Reunions – Classes of 1950, 1957, 1971, and 1987 held their reunions this past year and Class of 1958 will be holding theirs in April 2008…. http://www.bccedfoundation.org/alumni/bcc_alumni_reunions.html (Please email Sing-huen Morgan if your class' reunion is not on this list.)
• Class of 1956 marked their reunion last year by setting up a murals fund to help restore one of the murals that used to be on the walls of Buildings A and C before the school’s 1999-2002 modernization. Classmates continue to add to the fund throughout the year. The fund now stands at $4348. See pictures of the murals at http://www.bccedfoundation.org/alumni/bcc_alumni_gallery.html
• Class of 1963 latest newsletter – Jeff Stuart (’63) has once again put together an excellent edition of the Class of 1963 Tattler – the Spring 2008 issue…. http://www.bccedfoundation.org/alumni/class1963.tattler.html
• Bill Wright, B-CC’s varsity baseball coach since 1984, retired this past fall. During those 24 years he captured nine division titles and two regional championships, reaching the state final in 1988 and 1989. His career record at B-CC was 267-115….http://www.gazette.net/stories/071807/bethspo231457_32371.shtml
• Michael J. Prather (’65), professor of Earth System Science at UC Irvine and a Jefferson Science Fellow at U.S. Department of State, has been an author with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for the past 15 years. The sustained, collective work of the IPCC since 1988 was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007….http://www.ess.uci.edu/~prather/ and http://www.ess.uci.edu/~prather/IPCC/IPCC.html
• Seth Tibbott (’69) invented Tofurky, a vegetarian alternative to the traditional Thanksgiving turkey that has become a cultural phenomenon….http://www.bccedfoundation.org/alumni/tibbott.seth.html
• Bill Frick (’93) has been appointed by Gov. O'Malley to the Maryland District 16 Delegate's seat that was vacated by long-time delegate Marilyn Goldwater.
• Nathaniel Morgan (’97) was named the Best New Composer in the 2007 First Boards Awards ….http://www.boardsmag.com/articles/magazine/20070401/nathanielmorgan.html and http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=109&STORY=/www/story/04-16-2007/0004566423&EDATE=
• B-CC’s enrollment reaches a ten-year high with 1724 students at the start of the 2007-08 school year.
• B-CC wins big at 2007 Science Fair – B-CC science students brought home a total of 43 awards, including the grand prize from this year's Montgomery Area Science Fair.
• Chips, B-CC's literary arts magazine, has been awarded the 2007 Gold Medalist Certificate by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. It earned a total of 970 points out of 1000.
• The B-CC Math Team came in second in the 2007 Newton Math Competition held at George Washington University. The competition was open to teams from Virginia, DC and Maryland.
• IB theater student, Amanda Bestor-Siegal, took first place in the Princeton University 10-Minute Play Competition, winning $500 and high praise from contest judges. Her play, "Green Eyes," explores the turbulent relationship between a brother and his blind sister. Information on the contest is available at: http://www.princeton.edu/~visarts/tenminply.htm
• Tattler's 80th Anniversary Edition –
To mark its 80th anniversary, the 2007 Tattler staff put together
a special issue highlighting significant events:
• B-CC students’ grades are now online. Introduced as a pilot program in September, 2006, Edline is part of MCPS’ Achievement and Reporting System that is designed to simplify the process by which teachers record grades, as well as allow parents and students electronic access to course grades and information. All students are required to activate their Edline accounts this school year, and the school administration is hoping for 100% participation by B-CC parents.
• The B-CC Crew team is the largest athletic team at B-CC! In 1993, B-CC parents started our high school rowing program with borrowed boats and used oars for a handful of students. This year, the crew team has more than 80 boys and girls!
• In praise of B-CC’s National Honor Society – Ms. Kathy Kirk, English teacher and NHS Sponsor: “…the students have worked all year to raise money for Katrina relief. They raised $1,100 to be donated to the New Orleans Public Library. The NHS leadership decided on this donation because they felt it was a way to help all students in New Orleans….we also had a SAT/AP prep book give away that was a tremendous success…. The students who received these books were thrilled to get them….It is this generosity and love of learning that make me love to work here.”
• Students for Technological Solutions (aka "Teens for Technology"), a B-CC HS student club, hosted “Jamaica Night!” once again this year and raised enough funds to provide 15 computers, plus educational software, to Mount Salem Primary and Junior High School in Montego Bay, St. James Parish, Jamaica. This is the second computer lab the club has put in Jamaican schools. Last year the club set up a 15-computer lab in Moneague Primary/Junior High in St. Ann Parish, Jamaica.
• B-CC ceramics students and members of the Invisible Children Club, a group that raises awareness of the plight of children in war-ravaged Uganda, held a benefit soup supper in May and raised over $3100 for Invisible Children's Schools for Schools.
• B-CC’s Music Department, through the Sally Foster Gift Wrap fundraiser, was able to award more than 20 scholarships last year for B-CC musicians to travel to compete in festivals. Fundraising is again underway for 2007-08. You can help by placing an order at www.sallyfoster.com and typing in the B-CC Music Code Number 858008 when prompted. Fifty percent of your purchase will be donated to the B-CC Music Department.
• The Sixth Annual B-CC Used Book Sale and Café will be held the weekend of April 5-6, 2008. This is a great community event which brought in $24,000 for the PTSA in 5 hours last year. Come browse through a wide selection of books and stock up on your reading material. This is also a great opportunity to clear out all those books clogging up your bookshelves. There will be frequent book drop-off opportunities at the school on Saturdays and Sundays starting January. Please check for dates and times at http://www. montgomeryschoolsmd.org /schools/bcchs/ptsa/usedbooksale.html
• International Night – Friday, February 29, 2008, 6:30-9:30pm in the Cafeteria. Food, fashions, and talent from some of the 40 countries that are home to B-CC students.
• Spring Play – Lend Me a Tenor, March 7, 8, 14 & 15, 2008, 7:30pm, matinee on March 7 at 2pm, B-CC Auditorium. For more information, please go to http://www. montgomeryschoolsmd.org/schools/bcchs/performingarts/theater/afterschoolproductions.html
• Music Department’s Spring Concert – Tues. May 13, 7pm, B-CC Auditorium. For latest updates, please go to http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/schools/bcchs/academics/depts/music/index.html
• Drama Department’s One-Act Playfest – Fri. and Sat., May 16 & 17, 7:30pm, B-CC Auditorium. For latest updates, please go to http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/schools/bcchs/performingarts/theater/afterschoolproductions.html
B-CC Alumni Email News – March 2007
* Calling All Alumni Authors, Musicians, Movie-Makers – Display your works at B-CC’s Book Sale and Literary/Arts Festival Sunday, Mar. 25, 11am-4pm, B-CC Cafeteria. Send in your book jackets and CD/DVD covers ASAP....>>more info
* B-CC Boys Basketball Team in State Semifinal Playoff
– Thurs, Mar. 8, 3pm, Comcast Center, UMD
* An evening of Wine, Chocolate, and Cheese – Thurs.
Mar. 15, 2007, 7:00-9:00pm, Women's Club of Chevy Chase
* Update on the Class of 1957 Reunion -
* What’s great about B-CC teachers? Read
this wonderful letter from Principal Bulson in the March/April
issue of the Banter, the B-CC PTSA newsletter:
* B-CC has two candidates for the 2006-2007 Presidential
* B-CC It’s Academic Team Scored Huge Win
* B-CC’s Jazz Band performs for the Lincoln Center
* Writers’ Residencies and Workshops for B-CC Students
Upcoming Events at B-CC
* B-CC PTSA Annual Book Sale – Sun., Mar.
25, 2007, 11am-4pm, B-CC Cafeteria
* B-CC Sport Boosters Spring Plant Sale –
Sat., April 21, 2007, 9am - 2:00pm
* Spring play – William Shakespeare’s "A Midsummer Night's Dream" - April 20, 21, 27, and 28, 2007, 7:30pm. In an organic dream-world that blurs the lines between reality and fantasy, the B-CC Theater Arts Program puts a modern twist on a classically-inspired production of A Midsummer Night's Dream while examining love and the comical and complicated effects on those who seek it. For more information, please go to http://www.mcps.k12.md.us/schools/bcchs/performingarts/theater/afterschoolproductions.html
* B-CC Music Department’s Spring Concert – Tues. May 15, 7pm, B-CC Auditorium
* B-CC Drama Department’s One-Act Playfest – Fri. and Sat., May 18, 19, 7:30pm, B-CC Auditorium
* Calling All Alumni Authors, Musicians,
* B-CC Boys Basketball Team in State
* An evening of Wine, Chocolate, and
* Update on the Class of 1957 Reunion
50th Reunion Activities
* B-CC’s Jazz Band performs for
the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra
B-CC Alumni Email News – December 2006
* B-CC trounced Walter Johnson at 2006 Homecoming Game – The B-CC football team, coached by John Zehner ('83), put on an impressive performance in offense and defense in front of a packed stadium at this year's homecoming game on Nov. 3. Final score - B-CC 42, WJ 3! This year's Homecoming theme was Disney Movies.
* Class Reunions – ten classes had their reunions this past summer and fall: 1951, 1956, 1961, 1966, 1970, 1976, 1980, 1986, 1996, and 2001; and Classes of 1950, 1957, and 1971 are already starting to plan theirs for the coming years ... >>more (If your class' reunion is not on this list, please email us the information.)
* Class of 1956 and Class of 1986 marked their reunions this year with generous donations, $3273 and $1669, respectively, to the B-CC HS Educational Foundation.
* The 2006 B-CC HS Educational Foundation Annual Report/Alumni Newsletter has been mailed to all alumni in our alumni database. If you have not received yours, please email us your current postal address. (Apologies to the Class of 1958 - your total class contribution should be $5808, not $3808 as in the report.)
* Iowa's Governor-Elect is Class of 1984 alum – Chet Culver ('84) was elected the 40th governor of Iowa this past November.... >>more
* James Davis, former B-CC physical education teacher, is a member of the Montgomery College's Athletic Hall of Fame.... >>more
* Brady Blade, B-CC's Athletic Director, 1984-2005, is now Athletic Director at Einstein HS.... >>more
* B-CC's Second Field Hockey Alumni Tournament drew enthusiastic players and spectators. The "older" team, comprised of those who graduated from B-CC at least three years ago, proved that age and experience still counted more than youth and speed.... >>more
* Re-dedication of the newly renovated Somerset Elementary School will be on Sunday, January 7, 2007, 2:00-4:00pm at the school (5811 Warwick Place, Chevy Chase, MD). All Somerset alumni are invited to join in this happy event.
* B-CC ranks 34th on Newsweek's list of top public high schools in the U.S. ... >> more
* B-CC has 11 semifinalists and 40 commended students in the 2007 National Merit Scholarship competition.
* Chips, B-CC's literary magazine, won two prestigious awards in 2006 – the American Scholastic Press Association (ASPA) First Place Award and the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s Gold Medal Award, a testament to the magazine's tradition of excellence. Chips, uncensored and run entirely by the students, first began in 1937 as an offshoot of B-CC's yearbook, the Pine Tree.
* Did you know :
* "The State of B-CC" – Principal Bulson's address at the October 2006 PTSA meeting gives an overview of what's happening at B-CC. Read the summary here.
* Technology Fund for B-CC – Because the Montgomery County Public Schools system requires all computers in its schools be replaced every four years, the B-CC HS Educational Foundation must raise $60,000 every four years to update the extra computers it has purchased for the school.... >>more
* Academic support initiatives in full swing at B-CC – TAP (Time for Academic Progress) and BRAG (Barons Reaching Academic Goals), funded entirely by the B-CC HS Educational Foundation, provide academic support to students throughout the school year.... >>more
* Solar Panels at B-CC – A one to two kw photovaltaic array will be installed at B-CC this coming spring under the Science Department's Solar Panels Project that will have numerous benefits across disciplines.... >>more
* New Literacy Coach added in all MCPS high schools – approximately six million middle and high school students across the country, and one-fifth of high school students in Montgomery County are not reading on grade level.... >>more
* The US Navy Band Performed at B-CC – Ralph Ingraham, B-CC parent and the conductor of the US Navy Band, brought the talented group of musicians to B-CC on Nov. 10 and provided a great evening of music for our school community.
* Staff's Beard-growing Contest raised more than $1,700 for the Capital Area Food Bank – A month's fun/work from the fabulous staff and enthusiastic support from the school community netted big sum for the local food bank.... >>more
* B-CC's Fifth Annual Holiday Gift Drive was a Big Success
– B-CC’s fifth annual holiday toy
and gift drive provided gifts for B-CC's 50 “adopted”
elementary school age children and grocery store gift cards and
tins of cookies to their families, plus gift cards for 88 teenagers.
* Shop at B-CC's Online Store for B-CC Barons Merchandise
– There is everything for Barons fans
at the B-CC
Online Store, from personalized embroidered fleece jackets
to screened sweat pants, from coffee mugs to flip flops. Proceeds
of merchandise sales benefit the B-CC Cyber Café and the
Sports Boosters. Go to the B-CC website http://www.mcps.k12.md.us/schools/bcchs/index.shtm
and click on the baseball cap on the left.
For those of you in the B-CC area:
* B-CC Winter Concert – Thurs., Jan. 4, 2007, 6:30
p.m., B-CC auditorium.
* B-CC Music Dept.'s annual Cabaret – Sat., Feb.
10, 2007, 7-11pm., B-CC Cafeteria
* B-CC PTSA Annual Book Sale –
Sun., Mar. 25, 2007, B-CC Cafeteria
* Spring play "A Midsummer Night's Dream" -
April 20, 21, 27, and 28, 2007. For more information
on this and other B-CC productions, please go to http://www.mcps.k12.md.us/schools/bcchs/performingarts/theater/afterschoolproductions.html
Help B-CC while you shop:
Class of 1984 alum is Governor-Elect
of Iowa - Chet Culver ('84)
was elected the 40th governor of Iowa this November. After graduating
from B-CC, Chet attended Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia
on a football scholarship, earning a B.A. in political science.
He also received a Master of Arts in Teaching from Drake University
B-CC's Second Field Hockey Alumni Tournament
drew enthusiastic players and spectators
B-CC ranks 34th on Newsweek's
list of top public high schools in the U.S
B-CC HS Educational Foundation's Technology Fund for B-CC - Because the Montgomery County Public Schools system requres all computers in its schools be replaced every four years, the B-CC HS Educational Foundation must raise $60,000 every four years to update the extra computers it has purchased for the school when the school moved back to its newly modernized campus in 2002. The Foundation has set up a special Technology Fund to meet this on-going need, and is seeking special help from the B-CC community to help underwrite this fund.
Academic support initiatives
in full swing
Solar Panels at B-CC - The solar panels project is inspired and largely funded by the Green Schools group at B-CC. Led by science teacher Rita Pascale, the students are targeting to install a one to two kW photovaltaic array this coming spring. The project will keep our energy bills and greenhouse gas emissions down, generate many neat IB Middle Years Projects for our tenth graders to investigate, and provide several interesting interdisciplinary real-world conjectures to test out in our science, math, tech ed, and computer classes. If there are members of the B-CC community who would like to assist and advise as we go through this process, please contact Rita Pascale (Rita_R_Pascale@mcpsmd.org).
New Literacy Coach added in all MCPS
Staff's Beard-growing Contest raised
more than $1,700 for Capital Area Food Bank
B-CC Alumni Email News – September 2005
* Homecoming Game this year is on Friday, September 30, 2005 – game vs. Wheaton (B-CC 2-0; Wheaton 0-2), starts at 6:30p.m., parade starts at 5:30p.m. from the Chelton St. parking lot, with fire engines and police motorcycles escorting the 32 students who make up the Homecoming Court. Look for the alumni table near the field. Please join us.
* Class Reunions – six classes are holding their reunions this fall: 1950, 1955, 1965, 1974, 1985, 1995, and Classes o f 1961, 1966, and 1957 are already starting to plan theirs for the coming years ... >>more (Please email us if your class' reunion is not on this list.)
* Class of 1963 had a collective 60th birthday party at Chatters in Bethesda on September 10.
* Class of 1975 marked their reunion this past August with a generous donation to the B-CC HS Educational Foundation for the Ed Mullaney Professional Development Fund. The donation also helped restored the old Elvis mural ...Photos from the class' reunion school tour
* Remember those murals that used to be on the walls of Buildings A and C, but couldn't be saved during the 1999-2002 renovation? Now there is a way to bring them back ... >>more
* B-CC has adopted Central High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana as part of its Katrina Relief effort. Central High is a public high school that is one of the primary schools receiving kids from New Orleans ... >>more
* B-CC has launched its first-ever Online Store
- B-CC's online store, opened since September 15, 2005, allows
convenient shopping for B-CC memorabilia and donation to your
favorite B-CC groups via the Internet. Visit the store at
* B-CC has a new principal, Mr. Sean Bulson! Mr. Bulson came to B-CC as a resource teacher in the ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Department in 1999, and over the years, had served as the Student Support Specialist, Assistant Principal, and Acting Principal before assuming the principalship at B-CC ... >>more
* B-CC Staff recognized: Ann Hengerer, MCPS ESOL Teacher of the Year; Paul Soboslay, Maryland Association of Student Councils Montgomery County Region Advisor of the Year; and Beth Groeneman, recipient of a scholarship awarded by the Washington Post under the auspices of the Embassy of Spain to outstanding Spanish teachers in the metro area to study in Madrid from July 2-22.
* B-CC ranks 29th on Newsweek's list of top public high schools in the U.S. ... >> more
* B-CC was one of nine MCPS high schools to receive awards in the 2004 School Performance Recognition Program. B-CC was recognized for its overall achievement on the 2004 Maryland School Assessment (MSA) administered to Grade 10 students.
* B-CC's Music Department received the Festival Sweepstakes Award for best overall representation of its music department at a national high school music festival in New York City on April 29, 2005. The Jazz Band and the Symphonic Orchestra also received the highest scores in their respective ensemble group.
* B-CC students were Senior Grand Prize winners in the Montgomery County Area Science Fair for the last three years in a row, and last year's entries brought home 12 category awards and more than twenty special awards. For a list of Science Fair winners and their projects, go to http://www.mcps.k12.md.us/schools/bcchs/academics/awards/awards.index.html#sciencefair05
* Preparation for this year's B-CC HS Educational Foundation Annual Report/Alumni Newsletter is underway. If you have information on alumni notables, authors, class news, etc. that you would like us to include, please email us. You can see past listings of alumni authors under B-CC Alumni Authors on the Alumni News webpage. In addition, if you did not receive last year's Annual Report/Alumni Newsletter and would like a copy of this year's, please email us your postal address.
For those of you in the B-CC area:
* Sports Boosters Fall Plant Sale – Sat. Sept. 24, 9am to 2pm at B-CC front lawn - annuals, perennials, and bulbs (mums, pansies, asters, snapdragons, grasses, tulip and daffodil bulbs.)
* Fall Concert – Tuesday, October 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium. All ensemble groups will be performing.
* Fall play, "Urinetown" December 2, 3, 9, and 10, 2005 at 7:30 p.m. Go to B-CC's theater webpage, http://www.mcps.k12.md.us/schools/bcchs/performingarts/theater/index.html or call B-CC's theater box office at 240-497-6364 for more information.
* Help B-CC while you shop:
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B-CC's Hurricane Katrina Relief Project -- B-CC has adopted Central High School ( http://centralhigh.ebrschools.org ), a public high school in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, that is one of the primary schools receiving kids from New Orleans. Most of these students arrived at their new schools with only the clothes they had on their backs. B-CC's SGA initiated the project and selected the school. B-CC's PTSA, serving as the liaison, obtained a specific list of needed items from Central High. The list was then divided among our freshman, sophomore, junior and senior classes. In five days, this all-school effort, involving students, staff, parents, and the surrounding community, collected enough items (bookbags, shoes, clothing, and toiletries) to fill 130 moving boxes and several thousand dollars toward the purchase of school uniforms for these students. Parents and students sorted the items and packed the boxes, a shipping company with local ties donated the delivery service, and our football team loaded the boxes on pallets and shrink-wrapped them for shipment. The truck left B-CC on September 14 and arrived at Central High on September 19. See B-CC's homepage under Special Announcements for our Katrina Relief Project updates.
The Ed Mullaney Professional Development Fund was established by the B-CC HS Educational Foundation to recognize Mr. Mullaney's dedication and contribution to our B-CC students. Mr. Mullaney taught at Leland Junior High School (B-CC's feeder school that later became Westland) from 1966 to 1979, and at B-CC from 1979 to 1996. The fund supports teachers' participation in seminars and workshops with emphasis on training for new educational tools and instructional programs.
The B-CC Historic Murals Project
Beginning in the 1940s through the early 1990s, B-CC students created large, colorful murals on the interior plaster walls of Buildings A & C in the old school. The murals celebrated local landmarks and specific moments in history, paid tribute to noted personalities of the day, and interpreted great masterpieces of art. From the Washington Monument to Elvis to Renoir’s Little Girl with the Watering Can, some 40 murals were familiar features along the hallways of B-CC for nearly 50 years.
Because of the way they were applied to the wall surfaces, the artwork could not be saved when the school was renovated in 1999-2002. Recognizing the importance of these murals, the PTSA photographed each piece of art with the hope that some day the murals could be reproduced on individual canvases and mounted in the new school.
Thanks to a generous gift from the Class of 1975 to the B-CC High School Educational Foundation, this process has begun! The Elvis Mural now hangs on the wall across from the auditorium. As additional funds become available, the B-CC High School Educational Foundation, with the help of the PTSA, will continue to return these exuberant icons of the past to the walls of B-CC for future generations to enjoy.
If you or your class would like to bring back a mural, please contact Carole Brand, B-CC PTSA president, at email@example.com
B-CC Alumni Email News – February 2005
* The B-CC High School Educational Foundation’s 2004 Annual Report/Alumni Newsletter has been mailed. If you, or anyone you know, did not receive a copy and would like one, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
* Class Reunions – five classes have started
organizing their reunions for this fall: 1955, 1965, 1974, 1975,
and 1985…. >>more
* B-CC First-ever Golf Tournament – 1st Annual Battlin' Barons Golf Classic, Sunday, May 1, 2005, at the Poolesville Golf Club and Potomac Valley Lodge. Retiring athletic director Brady Blade will be honored… >>more
* Class of 1954 raised enough funds at their
reunion to pay for the restoration of the B-CC school sign at
the corner of Chelton and East-West Highway, and for a $5000 donation
to the school.
* The B-CC Language Lab, a state-of-the-art
interactive language learning system, is receiving high marks
from students and teachers alike. See the article in the Bethesda
Gazette article on Feb. 16, 2005: “B-CC's Language
Lab Speaks Volumes” - http://www.gazette.net/200507/bethesda/news/260343-1.html
* 166 B-CC students received recognition from the College Board for their outstanding performance on the 2004 AP exams - 76 AP scholars (grades 3 or higher on three or more AP exams), 40 Scholars with Honors (average grade of 3.5 or higher on all AP exams taken and grades of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams), and 50 Scholars with Distinction (average grade of 3.5 or higher on all AP exams taken and grades of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams).
* 100% of Class of 2004 full-diploma IB candidates earned their diplomas. No other MCPS IB program has a 100% passing rate. The international passing rate is 75%.
* B-CC is the only school in the metro area to finish the fall season with three teams ranked in Washington Post Top Ten: Girls' Field Hockey (#1), Girls' Soccer (#2), and Boys' Soccer (#6).
* B-CC students have named "Academic Support at All Levels" their #1 priority for the school. The Foundation has launched a campaign to raise $60,000 to fund academic support programs. Please help us. Mail your donation to the Foundation at P.O. box 31209, Bethesda, MD 20824-1209 or donate online at http://www.bccedfoundation.org/donationform.html
* Former B-CC Math Teacher Nicholas Guidara, 84, passed away Aug. 19, 2004. Guidara was born July 2, 1920, in Lynn, Mass. and served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
* Ralph P. Iacangelo, 80, biology and chemistry teacher at B-CC, 1950-1979, died of cancer on Nov. 17, 2005... >>more
For those of you in the B-CC area:
* Used Book Sale, Sunday, March 6, 11a.m. to 4 p.m., B-CC HS Cafeteria. More than 40,000 fiction and non-fiction titles will be offered in well-organized displays at bargain prices: $1.00 for paperbacks and $2.00 for hardcovers. Something for every taste, age and interest, including audio books!
* Teens for Technology (a B-CC club) hosts Jamaican Night, a fundraiser to put computers in Jamaican schools, Friday, Feb. 25, 7:00-9:00 p.m., at Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Avenue, Bethesda Enjoy Jamaican food and live music! Suggested donation: $10 students ($30+ adults) RSVP, if possible, to TFTBCC@aol.com or call 202-349-8043.
* Spring play, "How the Other Half Loves" April 8, 9, 15, and 16, 2005, at 7:30 p.m. In this comedy, written by Alan Ayckbourn, a master satirist of middle-class life in England, three couples manage to get in an awful tangle as a result of confusion and misunderstandings. Clever staging provides the groundwork for some unusual goings-on and for plenty of laughs. Call B-CC's theater box office at 240-497-6346 for more information.
* Music Department Spring Concert, featuring all ensembles, Tuesday, May 17, 2005, at 6:30p.m., B-CC Auditorium.
* Parent organizers of B-CC's 2005 After Prom Party (May 14/15, 1:30a.m. - 5:30a.m. at B-CC HS) seek help from alumni to sponsor activities and/or help with decorations, set up or even working during the night. Would you and your classmates like to sponsor a Kerioke/CD Recording Booth ($1000) or one for making a wax mold of one's hand ($500)? Please contact Peggy Robbins email@example.com if interested.
* Help B-CC while you shop:
B-CC Alumni Email News – September 2004
* Homecoming Game this year is on Friday, October 8, 2004 – game vs. Einstein starts at 6:30p.m., parade starts at 5:30p.m. from the Chelton St. parking lot, led by a fire engine from the Chevy Chase Fire and Rescue. Look for the alumni table near the field. Please join us.
* Class Reunions – seven classes are holding their reunions this fall: 1944, 1954, 1959, 1964, 1979, 1984, 1994, and four classes are already starting to plan theirs for next year: 1955, 1965, 1985, and 1995... >>more
* Class of 1949 marked their reunion this past June with a generous donation to the B-CC HS Educational Foundation... >>more
* Surprise 80th birthday party for Ms. Ann Fullerton, B-CC biology teacher 1947-1958 – April 12, 2005 in Wilmington, Delaware where Ms. Fullerton lives. Quite a few of Ms. Fullerton’s former students throughout the country will be attending... >>more
* Legendary B-CC English teacher, Ms. Margaret M. Casey, passed away August 12, 2004 at age 96. Ms. Casey, who taught at B-CC from 1945 until she retired in 1968, was named by Yale University as one of four best secondary-school teachers in the United States in 1965... >>more
* B-CC recorded highest SAT scores ever... >>more
* B-CC has a new Language Lab, an interactive, state-of-the-art language learning center, the first of its kind in Montgomery County Public Schools… >>more
* Two GRAMMYs for B-CC – GRAMMY Foundation Signature School and GRAMMY on the Hill Heroes Award… >>more
* B-CC Sports ranked 2nd best in Maryland by Washingtonian Magazine... >>more
* Katy Harvey, award-winning B-CC principal, 1999-2004,
retired in June... >>more
For those of you in the B-CC area:
* Fall Concert – Wednesday, October 12 at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium. Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, and Choral groups will be performing.
* B-CC First Annual Sports Equipment Yard Sale – Saturday, October 23, 9a.m.-1p.m. on B-CC’s front lawn… >>more
* B-CC’s Theater Department presents its fall musical, “Chess”, December 3, 4, 10, and 11 at 7:30 p.m. Come enjoy a wonderful production at B-CC’s new auditorium. For updates, go to B-CC HS Theater Arts Department
* Giant/Safeway grocery cards – designate B-CC HS to benefit from these stores’ educational support programs. You need to re-register every year... >>more
80th birthday party for Ms. Ann Fullerton (1947-1958)
* B-CC Recorded Highest
SAT Scores Ever
Sports is the 2nd Best in metro area Maryland
* B-CC has a
new Language Lab
With 90% of students studying at least one foreign language and more than 100 ESOL students enrolled in English classes, B-CC students have had little time to speak or be coached by their teacher for more than a few minutes during each class period. The Lab now allows teachers to design more individualized lesson plans, and students to practice self-recorded oral drills, engage in paired conversations, and hear voice playback. AP and IB exams will be administered in a more “user-friendly” testing environment—students no longer have to hold cardboard boxes over their heads or go into a closet to keep out outside noises when they tape their responses.
* Two GRAMMYs
Just as the GRAMMY Award recognizes excellence in recording, the GRAMMY Foundation Signature Schools Program recognizes the top public high schools in the country for outstanding commitment to their music education programs. B-CC High School is one of 41 public high schools across the country this year to receive this recognition, and a $1,000 grant to benefit its music program.
The GRAMMYs on the Hill Heroes Award “recognizes those who improve the lives of music makers, and those who use the power of music to improve the lives of us all.” Sharing this year’s award with the B-CC High School Music Department are former First Lady, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), Rep. Mary Bono (R-Calif.), and singer Natalie Cole.
* A fond farewell to Ms. Katy Harvey, B-CC principal 1999-2004, who retired this past June to spend more time with her children and new grandchildren. During her tenure, B-CC has posted record test scores and a 50% increase in enrollment. It has put in place a “County-first” Cyber Cafe, and an “MCPS-first” Language Lab. Ms. Harvey received the 2003 Washington Post’s Distinguished Educational Leadership Award for Montgomery County. Mr. Sean Bulson, former assistant principal, is the acting principal for the 2004-2005 school year.
* B-CC First
Annual Sports Equipment Yard Sale
If you have equipment, cleats, basketballs, footballs, etc. to donate, please send a note to Mary Wisniewski to make arrangements for pick up or for drop off.
If you would like to purchase Giant Grocery Store gift cards, please email Pam Feinstein.
B-CC Alumni Email News – April 2004
* Alumni have responded generously to the B-CC High School Educational Foundation’s annual mailing … Class of 1961 gave the largest amount so far this year… >>more
* Class of 1963 and Class of 1983 have organized generous class gifts to the school at their reunions … >>more
* Class Reunions – seven classes are planning their reunions for 2004: 1944, 1949, 1954, 1959, 1964, 1984, and 1994. Class of 1965 is already starting to plan theirs for 2005… >>more
* Language Lab Initiative: B-CC aims to put in place the first language laboratory learning system in the Montgomery County Public Schools system... >>more.
* B-CC students won an impressive number of awards, including the grand prize, at the Montgomery County Science Fair on March 28 … >>more
* B-CC artist is second place winner in the 23rd Annual Congressional Art Competition … >>more
* Music groups excelled at recent music festivals… >>more
* B-CC hosted a spectacular Career Day on March 11… >>more
* B-CC's Theater Department’s spring production, "Peter Pan", was a sensational success… >>more
* Wrestlers, swimmers, and ice hockey team won championships in the 2003-04 winter season… >>more
* The B-CC Poms squad took home first place at the Mid-Atlantic Pom & Dance state finals on March 20! Their routine to "Cell Block Tango" was a big hit and scored rave reviews, and obviously big points with the judges.
* Baron fans – you can get up-to-date reports on how your favorite teams are doing… >>more
* Upcoming Fundraisers for the Language Lab - please come and bring lots of friends!
For more details on these three events, go to
* Spring Plant Sale – Sat., April 24, 9am to 4pm, at B-CC on 4301 East-West Highway. Chase the winter away with a new garden: bedding plants and herbs, azaleas, and mulch.
* Combined Choral and Instrumental Spring Concert –
Tuesday, May 18, 2004, 6:30 p.m., in the auditorium.
All instrumental and choral groups will be performing.
More than 90% of B-CC students are taking at least one foreign language, one of the highest percentages in the county. In addition, B-CC has more than 100 students from 47 countries and speaking 26 languages in the English for Speakers of Other Languages program. The school grapples with many of the socioeconomic and language challenges that are typical of the new Montgomery County and its changing demographics. Currently, about 22% of the student body receives free or reduced price lunches. The new language lab learning system has the potential to revolutionize the way languages will be taught at B-CC. Although many private schools in the area have language labs, ours will be the first of its kind in the Montgomery County Public Schools system.
B-CC Artist Recognized
B-CC music groups
excelled at music festivals
a spectacular Career Day on March 11
production, "Peter Pan", was a sensational success
Athletes won Championships in the 2003-04 winter season
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B-CC Alumni Email News – December 2003
* B-CC High School Educational Foundation's 2003 Annual Report/Alumni Newsletter is in the mail. Please email us if you haven’t received it by December 10.
* Principal Katy Harvey won the 2003 Washington Post Distinguished Educational Leadership Award for Montgomery County for promoting an excellent academic program and creating an exceptional educational environment ... >>more
* Homecoming 2003 – For the first time alumni had a table right on the field near the end zone during the homecoming game on September 30. Unfortunately, sad for the fans, because the homecoming date was postponed due to hurricane Isabel, the homecoming parade had to be cancelled, and B-CC lost to Walter Johnson, 6 to 28.
* Six B-CC sports teams won championships in fall, 2003: Girls' Cross Country, Field Hockey, Golf, Boys' Soccer, Girls' Soccer, and Girls' Tennis ... >>more
* Cheerleaders' first win – the School Spirit Award at the Montgomery County Division III Cheerleading Competition ... >>more
* Class Reunions – nine classes have their reunions in 2003: 1953, 1958, 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, and 1993, and four are already in the works for 2004 …>>more
* B-CC’s Theater Department presents its fall musical, “The Who’s Tommy”, December 5, 6, 12, and 13 at 7:30 p.m., $7 advanced purchase, $9 at the door. Come enjoy a wonderful production at B-CC’s new auditorium. For tickets: go to www.mcps.k12.md.us/schools/bcchs/performingarts/theater/tommy.tickets.html
* Holiday Plant Sale – Saturday, December 6, 9a.m.-2p.m. in the Cafeteria Poinsettia, cyclamen, roping, and wreaths at great prices to benefit B-CC’s athletic program ... >>more
* Winter Concert – Thursday, December 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium. All instrumental and choral groups will be performing ... >>more
* Used Book Sale – Sunday, February 1, 2004, 11a.m.-4p.m. Books at bargain prices. B-CC needs your old books too – easy way to get rid of clutter ... >>more
* Giant/Safeway grocery cards – designate B-CC to benefit from these stores’ educational support programs ... >>more
Catherine “Katy” Harvey, principal of Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School since 1999, has been selected to receive the 2003 Washington Post Distinguished Educational Leadership Award for Montgomery County. The award is presented annually to one principal in each of the local school systems and one private school. Ms. Harvey was recognized for doing a remarkable job of working with parents, students, and community partners in promoting an excellent academic program and creating an exceptional educational environment.
Ms. Harvey came to Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in July 1999 following three years as founding principal of Rio Ranch High School in New Mexico, a state-of-the-art high school that was profiled in Time magazine as a school of the future. In her four years at B-CC, Ms. Harvey has reversed declining enrollment, raised test scores, and rebuilt school spirit, while weathering a two-and-a-half year relocation to a holding school as the old school was being modernized. Freshman enrollment has increased by 40 percent, to 450 students this school year, with many students returning to B-CC from private schools. B-CC also has the greatest SAT gains in the county in the past five years.
One of Ms. Harvey’s most important contributions was her leadership in the creation of a technology vision for B-CC, titled “A New Century of Possibility.” A technology task force, including faculty members, parents and community residents, met for a year to frame a vision for B-CC technology. This vision is now a reality, with the B-CC Educational Foundation helping raise funds to enhance the technology budget for the new school. Technology at the school includes personal laptops for every teacher, three computer labs, and the B-CC Cyber Café, which opened earlier this year.
Ms. Harvey's appointment last year to the National Assessment Governing Board, which includes only two principals nationwide, speaks to her national credentials and the respect she commands within the professional community. In addition, in summer 2003 she was one of six principals awarded a fellowship from the embassy of Italy and The Washington Post to study Italian culture and the Italian language in an intensive two-week seminar in Milan and Siena.
“One of the most valuable things that Katy Harvey has brought to B-CC is vision,” Matthew Gandal, president of the B-CC High School Educational Foundation, said in a letter of support for Harvey's nomination. “Her vision includes a school with state-of-the art technology and a commitment to improving the education offered to disadvantaged students while continuing to challenge those at the very top of the academic pyramid.”
(Excerpted from Montgomery County Public Schools Public Announcement, November 14, 2003, http://coldfusion.mcps.k12.md.us/press/index.cfm?page=showrelease&id=1205)
B-CC sports teams won championships in fall, 2003:
Plant Sale – December 6, 9a.m.-2p.m. in the Cafeteria:
B-CC Music Students present Winter Concert, 6:30 p.m.,
Thursday, December 18, 2003 in the auditorium:
B-CC's choral music groups, under the direction of Matthew G. Hartman, and the instrumental music groups, under the direction of Marshall White, have consistently earned superior and excellent ratings at local, state, and national music festivals. The choral groups won the"Festival Grand Champion" award at a national festival in Chicago in 2002. The Orchestra performed at the MMEA Fall In-Service Conference as the reading orchestra for newly published works in October, 2002.
The B-CC PTSA once again will host a Used Book Sale, Sunday, February 1, 2004, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. in the B-CC High School Cafeteria. You can get books at bargain prices, enjoy refreshment at the café, and listen to live classical music.
You can also help by donating your old books. This is a wonderful, easy way to rid your house of clutter and do something really nice for B-CC. Books can be dropped off at the school on Sunday, December 7, 9:00 am - 10:30am. Just pull your car up to the cafeteria entrance and there will be people there to unload your old books. You can also get a tax donation form there. There will be another drop-off in January.
If you can't bring your books to the school, the PTSA may be able to arrange to pick up your books. Please call Steve Swartz at 301 0942-7753 or email him at SSwartz@hsus.org about book pick-up.
If you have friends who are moving and must get rid of books or may wish to dispose of books for any reason, please let them know about the donation days and pick-up service.
Speaking of moving and used items, if you are (or know of anyone who is) looking for a home for a concert grand piano, please e-mail us. B-CC needs one for its auditorium.
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