Montgomery Blair High School
Renay Johnson, Principal
Principal's Newsletter April / May 2022
I hope that you and your families are doing well. We have had a great third quarter with our students celebrating their achievements. I want you to know that we have had 10 positive COVID- 19 cases since the mask-wearing became optional in MCPS on March 8, 2022. Now that our COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted, I hope that you will attend an upcoming event at our school.
We will be administering thousands of standardized tests in May, so please review our testing schedule and make sure that your teen is in school for their scheduled assessment.
While there is an abundance of information in this newsletter, we have many more activities at our school, so for up-to-date school news and information, please visit our website at https://mbhs.edu/.
If your teen has been recognized with an award or achievement, please let me know. I always enjoy highlighting the achievements of our Blazers!
Finally, schools are closed for Spring Break, Monday, April 11 - Monday, April 18, 2022. Students will return to school on Tuesday, April 19, 2022. There are many volunteer opportunities for students listed below. I wish you all a restful and healthy Spring Break.
Thank you for your support!
School Distribution of COVID Tests
This is a reminder that mask wearing is now an individual choice, and we must respect each other’s choices. Kindness matters!
Montgomery Blair High School Has New Phones and Phone Numbers
Attendance office 240-740-7201
Career Center 240-740-7235
Health Room 240-740-7202
Main office 240-740-7200
Media Center 240-740-7237
School Registrar 240-740-7236
Security office 240-740-7239
School Counseling News
Hello Blair Students and Families!
The MBHS Counseling Department is excited to share our April/May Newsletter. We will be visiting all grade levels to present the Signs of Suicide Prevention Lesson, and will be having upcoming wellness activities (i.e. Therapy dogs) planned as well! You can also find Ms. Salazar's College/Career Newsletter here, along with a video update for April/May.
Here are the links as well that are embedded above:
Counseling Newsletter: http://bit.ly/AprilNewsletter22
College/Career Newsletter: https://bit.ly/mbhscollcareernewsApril2022
Signs of Suicide Information: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1xoeHphiNP_M8R8B8Hh7WnUTNOSAQfqKF/view?usp=sharing
Mrs. Makeyda Soriano, NCC (she/her)
Resource School Counselor
Montgomery Blair High School
School Counseling Website: https://sites.google.com/mcpsmd.net/mbhs-schoolcounseling-team/home
Well Being Matters
PTSA Meeting, Tuesday, April 19
Please join us for our upcoming April and May virtual PTSA meetings
- Tuesday, April 19: 7 pm-We will learn about dual enrollment programs, after prom and hear a principal update.
- Tuesday, May 17: 7 pm: Officer Elections and year closeout
We are seeking volunteers for positions for the 22-23SY. We need talented parents like you who can help us reach a wider audience and support our school.
Currently, we need a Treasurer and other positions listed here: https://blairptsa.org/blair-hs-ptsa-volunteer-opportunities-2021-2022-2/
We are taking nominations at our April 15, 2022 PTSA meeting.
Please email me here President@BlairPTSA.org if you are interested in any Board positions. We need you.
Below is our zoom information for the April 15 PTSA Meeting:
Topic: PTSA General Meeting
Time: Apr 19, 2022 07:00 PM
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Report Card Distribution Dates
Quarter 1: November 12, 2021✅
Quarter 2: February 7, 2022✅
Quarter 3: April 11, 2022: Mailed Home
Quarter 4: June 28, 2022: Mailed Home
Interims, mid-quarter progress reports, will be available or ParentVue and StudentVue.
For marking periods 3 and 4, report cards will be mailed centrally (MP3 due to the timing of spring break). For all marking periods, report cards will be available electronically on the student/parent portal on the dates specified.
spring maryland comprehensive assessment program (mcap) at blair
advanced placement (ap) exams
Dear Montgomery Blair High School Families,
This message is for parents of students taking Advanced Placement Exams, May 2 – May 13. Montgomery Blair High School administers over 2500 Advanced Placement exams, while still holding classes for the 3000 students that are not testing. Due to the lack of classroom space, we have to use two off-campus locations that are approved by MCPS: Luther Rice Memorial Baptist Church and Four Corners Ethiopian Evangelical Church (formerly Silver Spring United Methodist Church).
Students can ride their regular bus to school and walk to their testing location, drive, or parents can provide transportation. Some AP exams will end after the afternoon bus pickup so students will need to arrange transportation home. In addition, this year, the first day of AP exams, Monday, May 2, is a non-instructional day. All exams will take place at Montgomery Blair High School, but school buses will not be running so students will need to arrange transportation to and from school for their exams that day. Students will receive an e-mail with their testing location by April 22.
Our Attendance Policy is as follows: Students are excused from classes on the day of their AP exams. However, they may attend classes before and after their exams as classes will proceed as scheduled. Students with morning AP exams can ride their bus to school, walk to their testing location, return to school after their test to attend classes, and ride the bus home. Students with an afternoon AP exam may report to school on time and then report to their testing location at the assigned time. Students completing AP exams after 4:00 pm have the option of riding an activity bus home, which departs Blair at 4:45 pm, but only on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
Again, our three testing sites are as follows:
- Montgomery Blair High School
- Four Corners Ethiopian Evangelical Church, 33 University Blvd East (0.2 mi, or a 5-minute walk across the street from Blair)
- Luther Rice Memorial Baptist Church, 801 University Blvd West (1.7 mi, or a 25-minute walk from Blair)
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mrs. Tracy Pettis-Jones, Assistant Principal, or Ms. Leslie Blaha, AP Testing Coordinator, at 240-740-7200
Class of 2022 Information
Our Prom will take place on Saturday, May 21 from 8 p.m. -12 midnight at the Samuel Riggs Building at the University of Maryland College Park. Tickets are $65 and will be sold May 16-19 during lunch. After Prom will be held at Blair, 12 midnight to 4:00 a.m. and it is FREE for all Seniors and Juniors.
Student Service Learning
Potomac River Watershed Cleanup (ages 11+)
Upcounty Hub Spring Basket and Cards (ages 11+)
Meals on Wheels Teen Ambassador Program (ages 13+)
Hughes United Methodist Church Food Hub (ages 14+)
Gaithersburg Book Festival (ages 16+)
Food and Service Consolidation Hubs (age requirements vary)
SSL Office Hours are on Wednesdays at lunch in room 342.
Holocaust Remembrance Week
Holocaust Remembrance Week Comes to Blair
Holocaust Remembrance Week is April 25 to 29, and, for the first time, Blair will have educational activities and social activism projects for students. Plans are underway for students to experience a Poster Exhibit from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum; talks by speakers with personal experiences and academic expertise in the Holocaust; and a letter-writing campaign to support refugees confronting atrocities today. We want our students to become well-educated about the history of the Holocaust, so they will understand the importance of speaking out against similar types of oppression in the world today.
Eng. Dept. Phone: (240) 740-7252
Blair Website: www.mbhs.edu
Media Center News
The media center is working with departments throughout Blair to host in-school field trips and events. Earlier this week, we were happy to host an oral history presentation of two Blair graduates from the early 1960s. Later this week, Blair's chapter of Project LIT meets again to discuss the books we are reading and is coordinating with the Jewish Culture Club, the Amnesty International Club, We the East, and the No Labels club to plan a week of events for Holocaust Remembrance Week, from April 25 to 29.
Among the events planned is a Community Read of Maus: A Survivor's Tale, by Art Spiegelman. Our Project LIT @Blair student will lead a discussion of Maus and help our community gain a sense of the importance of survivor's stories, oral history, and reading challenging messages. We have 20 copies available to loan and welcome anyone who can secure a copy of the book to join us during lunch on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. Sign up to participate is here: https://forms.gle/W4ur8QySm3waGiUG7
Blair's Summer School Program Registration is Open
Register for Blair's Summer Program using this QR Code
Communication Arts Program (CAP) Community Day!
For the first time in two years, students in the Communication Arts Program (CAP) celebrated CAP Community Day in-person. With a wide variety of service activities, students gave back to their communities by cleaning trash along Sligo Creek, serving meals to people experiencing homelessness, creating recycled dog toys for our local shelter, or even translating historical documents for the Smithsonian's National Archives. We would like to thank all of the organizations that made our day possible, including So Others Might Eat, Manna Food Center, Comfort Cases, Montgomery Parks, A Wider Circle, Maryland SPCA, Second Chance, Smithsonian, Tasca's Dog Rescue, and Meals on Wheels. We would also like to thank each student volunteer- we are already looking forward to next year!
Blair Academies have a lot of wonderful things happening this spring!
Our Entrepreneurship Academy students are attending the Smith School of Business on April 29th, they are currently participating in the Maryland State Stock Market Game for Financial Literacy Month, and later this month Accounting students from Montgomery College will be speaking about their program to our Entrepreneurship students.
Our Human Service Professions will be hosting a Psychologist and a Nurse for Mental Health Awareness Month.
International Studies and Law Lead Teacher, Robyn Gopin is helping to design a Guided Research in Law summer school course. She will be teaching it along with a law teacher from Springbrook. It will be part of the requirement to complete the law CTE Law Pathway, but is also a great opportunity for an ISL Academy Capstone! Blair ISL Academy will be taking part in the Springbrook Law Career Conference on April 27th.
Media, Music, and the Arts held their Annual "Pick the Oscars" and Film students will be attending a field trip to AFI to see Gravity.
Our STEM Anatomy club took 2nd place at this year's Anatomage tournament! Our STEM Academy will be hosting two BEYA Guest Speakers for the Anatomy class and Anatomy Club. STEM students will also be attending a field trip to the Medical Museum at Walter Reed.
Academy and SSL Coordinator
Montgomery Blair High School
In The Heights
In The Heights
Don’t miss Blair’s long-awaited production of In the Heights, Lin-Manuel Mirandas love letter to Latinx cultures, hip-hop music, and a special neighborhood in New York City. Student choreography, set design and construction, orchestra, and singing are all on display in this high-energy musical that celebrates home, love and family. Performances are April 22-24 and 28-30 and tickets are available at the Attendance Office during the school day, or online at mbhs-ith.bpt.me – we can’t wait to see you there!
Watch the "Meet the SMOB Candidates" program: youtu.be/A2N7Q97QqIY
Congratulations to the 19 Blair Music students who qualified as National Merit Scholarship finalists!
Congratulations to Claire Xu who was awarded 3rd prize in the viola division of the Johansen International Competition for Young String Players! She received a $5,000 cash prize, scholarships to the Brevard Summer Institute & Festival, and Morningside Music Bridge.
You can now stream recordings of the MCPS Honors Ensemble Concerts:
April is Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM)! Check out ways to celebrate here.
Spring Concerts are coming! Save the dates:
Choir – Wednesday, May 18
Orchestras - Tuesday, May 24
Bands and Jazz - Thursday, May 26
Congratulations to Anushka and Aileen for being named regional winners in the Toshiba America Exploravision Competition.
Congratulations to Izu Nweke for making the prestigious Maryland Big 33 Football Team!
CONGRATS to our Track & Field Athletes, Jack and Nahom for placing 2nd & 3rd in SHOT PUT at QUINCE ORCHARD hS relays! Nice work!!!
Congratulations Sierra! She’s officially an UMD Terp Student & Athlete!
National Art Honor Society
Blair’s International Night!
Science Olympiad Competiton
The Montgomery Blair High School Science Olympiad team competed in the Maryland State competition on Saturday, April 2nd at Johns Hopkins. They won 3rd overall and earned the 1st place medal in the Forensics event and the 2nd place medal in Chem lab and Astronomy. The competition consists of 23 events ranging from topics including genetics, code breaking, engineering and chemistry. The team consisted of 15 students: Alena Hu (captain), John Kim (captain), Travis Chen (captain), Ashley Thommana, Samuel Chen, Zachary Parsia, Caleb Zhao, Justin Chen, Jerry Song, Linda Huang, Isabelle Yang, Andy Ying, Shriya Krishnan, Lucia Wang and Kathryn Jung. The team was coached by science teachers Manana O'Donovan and Megan Hart.
Blair Robotics Team #449 Competition Winners!
Blazers, Camille Wyatt and Adalia Winters with Kendall Johnson at the Jack and Jill of America 72nd Annual Eastern Region Teen Conference!
Blair’s Spring Fling Dance, tHANK YOU MR. SHINDEL & SGA
Colesville Collective Performs
If you or someone you know needs resources and seasonal items, please refer them to Kindness Corner at Blair High School. Together, we provide resources and supplies to our students and families, through Kindness Corner and county and federal resources.
Please visit the resources page at https://blairpcc.weebly.com/
Kindness Corner at Blair is grateful to many for their generous contributions and we continue to collect gift cards and other items through the kindness corner registry.
Please contact Faye Nabavian with any questions.
Representative Raskin's 2022 Congressional Art Competition
In announcing this year’s Congressional Art competition, Rep. Raskin said:
“There is no better exhibition of the boundless artistic vision and virtuoso skills of our young people across Maryland’s Eighth than the submissions to the Congressional Art Competition,” said Rep. Raskin. “These pieces by high school students across our district offer an exciting glimpse into the future of American art. I thank all participants in advance for sharing their gifts with the people of the Eighth District.”
Participation in the competition is easy to do:
- All high school students residing in Maryland’s 8th Congressional District are eligible and encouraged to enter.
- All entries must be submitted digitally via the portal here no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 11, 2022.
- The online submission must include a single entry as well as a completed Student Information & Release Form.
Complete submission guidelines can be found on Congressman Raskin’s website here.
K-12 Students Poster Contest
blair fair save the date!
We hope to see you this Saturday, April 9, at the Fitness Expo! Meet us at the #TKPK Recreation Center from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm for demo classes and health vendors.
The PeaceJam Conference will take place on Saturday, April 23, at Northwood High School. We would like to invite our fellow classmates and spread the word about this incredible opportunity to earn 12 SSL hours and partake in learning experiences and activities. Spending a day with a Nobel Peace Laureate is life-changing -- especially Kailash Satyarthi, a man who has dedicated his life to fighting against child labor and promoting universal access to education.
The following day, Sunday, April 24th, will provide students the opportunity to earn 3 more SSL hours while joining hundreds of young leaders in engaging in service and learning skills for creating compassionate and sustainable community change. Volunteer organizations including Teens Helping Seniors will be hosting a table. This part of the event is called the PeaceJam Festival and will be hosted from 1 PM to 4 PM at the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Park in Rockville, MD.
Happy National Assistant Principals Week! Shout-out to our DEDICATED Administrators! THANK YOU for your COMMITMENT to the BLAIR community!
If you have not received log-in information for your teen, please contact Ms. Melissa Young, Latino Achievement Coordinator, Melissa_Young@mcpsmd.org, or Ms. Andrea Lamphier, Media Specialist, Andrea_Lamphier@mcpsmd.org.
Student schedules are available in ParentVUE and StudentVUE. Parents and students will need to log in to the report using the student’s ID and password. Report Link: https://studentschedule.mcpsmd.org
Scheduling, Transcript, Social Emotional Wellness Questions, Contact Your Teen's Counselor
School Counseling Department: 240-740-7220
All Things College and Career: Contact Carmen Salazar, College and Career Coordinator. Carmen_A_Salazar@mcpsmd.org
Melissa Young, is our MyMCPS/Synergy Parent Portal Staff Liaison, Melissa_Young@mcpsmd.org
Health Room: Full Time School Nurse: Anisa Harris, Anisa_Harris@mcpsmd.org
Health Room Tech: Angela Romero, Angela_Romero@mcpsmd.org
Principal's Administrative Secretary, Claudine Biggs, Claudine_Biggs@mcpsmd.org
Attendance Office: Roxanne Fus, Roxanne_F_Fus@mcpsmd.org
Blair Security Office: Darryl Cooper, Security Team Leader, Darryl_J_Cooper@mcpsmd.org
Financial Specialist: Donna Franklin, Donna_M_Franklin@mcpsmd.org
Parent Community Coordinator: Faye Nabavian, Farzaneh_Nabavian@mcpsmd.org
Pupil Personnel Worker: Ramona Washington, Ramona_L_Washington@mcpsmd.org
Renay Johnson: Principal, Renay_C_Johnson@mcpsmd.org
Joseph Fanning: Grade 12, Administrator, Joseph_M_Fanning@mcpsmd.org
Tracy Pettis-Jones: Grade 11, Administrator, Tracy_Pettis-Jones@mcpsmd.org
Lavina Carrillo: Grade 10, Administrator A-L, Lavina_Carrillo@mcpsmd.org
Candace Wilkerson: Grade 10, Administrator M-Z, Candance_L_Wilkerson@mcpsmd.org
Adriana Burgos-Ojeda: Grade 9, Administrator A-L, Adriana_Burgos-Ojeda@mcpsmd.org
Winter Bingham: Grade 9, Administrator M-Z, Winter_A_Bingham@mcpsmd.org
Peter Ostrander: Magnet & CAP Programs, Peter_M_Ostrander@mcpsmd.org
James Funk: School Business Administrator, James_W_Funk@mcpsmd.org
Montgomery Blair High School
Montgomery Blair High School is a nationally recognized award-winning high school located in Silver Spring, MD. Celebrating 86 years of tradition, pride & excellence! The mission of Montgomery Blair High School is to ensure that all students graduate equipped with the skills to navigate their chosen paths successfully.