Montgomery Blair High School

Renay Johnson, Principal

Principal's Newsletter April / May 2022

Dear Montgomery Blair High School Families,


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!


Renay Johnson

Principal

School Distribution of COVID Tests

Our Blazers received another COVID Home Test Kit on Wednesday, April 6, during period 7. Each kit has 2 tests, to be administered at home on the last day of Spring Break, Monday, April 18. ✅ If your teen is sick, please keep them home and contact Ms. Fus, attendance secretary, Roxanne_F_Fus@mcpsmd.org. Stay safe and healthy.
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This is a reminder that mask wearing is now an individual choice, and we must respect each other’s choices. Kindness matters!

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Montgomery Blair High School Has New Phones and Phone Numbers

Attendance office 240-740-7201

Cafeteria 240-740-7204

Career Center 240-740-7235

Counseling 240-740-7220

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:

Video Update: https://www.loom.com/share/fd09793c8e4a4fa0b1dc0462fafb5f2e


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

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Suicide Prevention

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, call 988, 1-800-273-8255, or text HELLO to 741741, suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
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Well Being Matters

This episode of #WellBeingMatters from @MCPS focuses on the LGBTQ+ community and how we can be inclusive and supportive. Stream via our YouTube channel: youtu.be/fyNNx5AiWZc.
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PTSA Meeting, Tuesday, April 19

Dear Parents!


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

Join Zoom Meeting

https://mcpsmd.zoom.us/j/84697125090?pwd=TWFnZVZ1dzNuV0Ura1dvMFY1a0VVQT09

Meeting ID: 846 9712 5090

Passcode: BlairPTSA

One tap mobile

+13017158592,,84697125090#,,,,*366762766# US (Washington DC)

Dial by your location

+1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)

Meeting ID: 846 9712 5090

Passcode: 366762766

Find your local number: https://mcpsmd.zoom.us/u/keB7apldvD

Thank you,

Ayo Atterberry2021-2022 Blair PTSA President
President@BlairPTSA.org


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

In order to earn a Maryland high school diploma, current students must participate in the MCAP Algebra 1, MCAP English 10, Government High School Assessment (HSA), and Maryland Integrated Science Assessment (MISA). These assessments will be given throughout the month of May. Please click on the links below for more information and email Ms. Burgos (Adriana_Burgos-Ojeda@mcpsmd.org) with any questions or concerns.

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
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Class of 2022 Information

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PROM

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

April 2022 SSL Opportunities


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.


Email: Anne_R_Rubinovitz@mcpsmd.org

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

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Register for Blair's Summer Program using this QR Code

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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

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.



Beth Sanchez

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!

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Watch the "Meet the SMOB Candidates" program: youtu.be/A2N7Q97QqIY

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Blair Apparel

All the Blair your care to wear! It's the Blair Apparel Fanshop! And you can also get a Blair face covering or a Blair fanny pack or even a pair of Blair socks!

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MUSIC

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:

MCPS Junior/Senior Honors Jazz Concert 2022

MCPS Junior/Senior Band & Orchestra Concert 2022


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

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Congratulations Blazers!

Congratulations to Jefferny Lin being selected as a Finalist for the UMD Incentive Award Program!


Congratulations to our Math Student of the Month -March-April!

Congratulations to Anushka and Aileen for being named regional winners in the Toshiba America Exploravision Competition.

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Congratulations to Izu Nweke for making the prestigious Maryland Big 33 Football Team!

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CONGRATS to our Track & Field Athletes, Jack and Nahom for placing 2nd & 3rd in SHOT PUT at QUINCE ORCHARD hS relays! Nice work!!!

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Congratulations Sierra! She’s officially an UMD Terp Student & Athlete!

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National Art Honor Society

Students in the National Art Honor Society completed 16 paintings for Youth Art For Healing, a non-profit organization whose mission is to bring works of art created by youth into healthcare environments to provide a sense of comfort, inspiration, and healing for patients and their loved ones, and healthcare professionals. Each of these paintings will be permanently displayed at the MedStar NRH Rehabilitation Network in Ellicott City, Maryland.
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National Art Honor Society students have been busy creating artworks commissioned by staff members. Would you like a painting of your pet or child? Or perhaps decorations for your classroom? NAHS will create your artwork for a donation to a charity of your choice. Please contact Gabriella Maitra for more information: gabriellamaitra@gmail.com.

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.

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Blair Robotics Team #449 Competition Winners!

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Blazers, Camille Wyatt and Adalia Winters with Kendall Johnson at the Jack and Jill of America 72nd Annual Eastern Region Teen Conference!

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Blair’s Spring Fling Dance, tHANK YOU MR. SHINDEL & SGA

Colesville Collective Performs

Blair’s Spring Fling

Kindness Corner

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.

Cell: 240-506-8576

Email: farzaneh_nabavian@mcpsmd.org

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:


  1. All high school students residing in Maryland’s 8th Congressional District are eligible and encouraged to enter.
  2. All entries must be submitted digitally via the portal here no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 11, 2022.
  3. 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

May is designated as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. All K-12 MCPS students are invited to submit original artwork reflecting significant people, places, or moments in Asian American and Pacific Islander history and/or culture. See below for more info!
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blair fair save the date!

We will be relaunching our annual spring festival, Blair Fair, on Saturday, June 4 from 11 am – 2 pm. Come join us for a FREE, fun-filled afternoon of family-friendly events celebrating the Blair community! Enjoy music, food, student performances, sports activities, a Silent Auction, and MORE! We need volunteers for many of the activities, please read here Family and Community Letter - Google Docs for more information. Thank you for your support.

Employment Opportunities

Looking for a summer job? MC Recreation is hosting a job fair this Saturday, April 9. Reserve your slot for an interview at buff.ly/3j5z9ld.
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The Takoma Park Recreation Department is hiring! Apply to work summer camps with our youth and teens! Such a fun and rewarding job for teens and adults! Apply here: bit.ly/37xxuCh
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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.

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PeaceJam Conference

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.

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Happy National Assistant Principals Week! Shout-out to our DEDICATED Administrators! THANK YOU for your COMMITMENT to the BLAIR community!

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School Information

School Information

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:

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

https://sites.google.com/mcpsmd.net/mbhs-schoolcounseling-team/home/mbhs-school-counseling-team


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

https://blairpcc.weebly.com/


Pupil Personnel Worker: Ramona Washington, Ramona_L_Washington@mcpsmd.org


MBHS ADMINISTRATION:


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


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