Quarter 2 Update

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Message from Dr. Mirshah

We are halfway through the school year. As we begin our 3rd marking period and start off second semester we are focused on finishing the school year strong and preparing for the start of the 2023-2024 school year.


I'm incredibly proud of our seniors in the Class of 2023 who are on track for graduation and finalizing their plans for after graduation. Many of our students are receiving college acceptances, scholarships, finalizing their financial assistance, and making plans for their life beyond high school. Our goal is for every student to be enrolled in school, enlisted in the military, or prepared for the world of work after graduation.


Our Class of 2024 will be taking the SAT on March 22nd. This is an incredibly important part of the college admissions process. Information has been shared with our students on how they can begin to prepare for the SAT so that they get the best score possible.


Our students in the Class of 2025 are preparing to move up to the 11th grade and should be looking at their PSAT scores that were released in December and practicing sample questions in order to improve their SAT scores next year.


The students in the Class of 2026 have completed their first semester of high school. As we finish the second semester they should be preparing for taking the PSAT in October of 2023.


Students should access these resources to help them prepare for the college application and enrollment process.


SAT Resources


PSAT Resources


For all students we expect them to finish the school year by attending daily, earning credit in all classes, and working hard to reach for their futures and dreams.

NJROTC Field Trip to the Marine Corps Museum at Quantico VA

The cadets were respectful and observant at the Marine Corps Museum. They all participated in the bowling at the bowling alley on Bolling AFB, meeting and getting to know some of the other cadets in other periods.
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PB South Asian Student Association members shared a part of their culture by painting henna designs for PB students during lunch.
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Wellness Wednesday - Students discussed the benefits of practicing gratitude daily. Students were given a journal to use for their own daily reflections of gratitude.
Wellness Wednesday: Students had the opportunity to engage in Pet Therapy and making glitter jars to keep as a tool to assist with calming and reflection.

Gabe Ruiz Heading to UMBC to Play Baseball

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Thank you PTSA!

Our teachers are so appreciative of our annual PTSA Pie Raffle. Thanks to the dedication of our parents 140 staff members won pies this year. We love this PB Tradition of sending our staff off the day before Thanksgiving Break with pies. This year we had more donations than ever before which allowed up to recognize nearly half of our staff.
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PTSA President, Dr. Parker and PTSA Secretary, Ms. Bohorquez dropping off pie donations to Dr. Mirshah.

Welcome to our newest Panthers!

We celebrate Ms. Munoz, Ms. Prempeh, and Ms. Dodds on the adorable new additions to their families.
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Panther Paw Update

Jaiden Gray, Lordwin Ampomah, Josue Iraheta, Mickayla Okon, Ayanfe Oni, Ben Forsyth, Melanie Benitez-Espinal and Bless D'Costa earned their Montgomery County Food Service Licenses Today.

Teens With Heartsongs

PB students worked in partnership with Teens With Heartsongs a non-profit organization that works to raise money for the Housing Fund at the Children's National Hospital here in DC. Having to relocate to have your child receive treatment can be a big financial burden on family's, so the housing fund allows it so that all families can stay close to their child and completely pays for all of their accommodations and housing needs. Teens with Heartsongs offers a 10-week long virtual leadership program available for young students in the DC metro area which allows them to get involved in fundraising efforts. Students meet virtually once a week and hear from guest speakers and learn about philanthropy work. There was previously never a Paint Branch chapter established so several PB students decided to sign up to be leaders.


Some of the outreach work they did to get donors was creating and putting up flyers, sending out emails and texts, going door to door, and getting in contact with The Cheesecake Factory to receive donated gift cards to raffle off. Their food truck fundraiser raised $216 dollars for the organization. The team from Paint Branch was recognized for having the best fundraiser and best social media campaign.


Thank you to Djenabou Bokoum (President), Crystal Okanume (VP), and the following team members Alejandra Ramirez, Vanea Ogedengbe, Britney Bah, Maya Ogbogu, Valerie Hlover, and Rida Sukhera for their efforts.

4A Football

Congratulations to our football players that were recognized at the county level.



FIRST TEAM ALL-COUNTY OFFENSE

OFFENSIVE LINE - ELRENTON ANDREWS '23


SECOND TEAM-ALL-COUNTY OFFENSE

RUNNING BACK - ROMAN SPIKES '24

WIDE RECEIVER - RASHAD BRADLEY '23

OFFENSIVE LINE - JORDAN BENNETT '23

TIGHT END - JORDAN HORM '24


FIRST TEAM - ALL-COUNTY DEFENSE

DEFENSIVE BACK - NICK SPIKES '24


SECOND TEAM - ALL-COUNTY DEFENSE

DEFENSIVE END - JACQUES PEINGA '23


HONORABLE MENTION

OFFENSIVE LINE - SAM JEAN BAPTISTE '23

WIDE RECEIVER - CADEN JACKSON '25

INSIDE LB - NOAH CHAMBERS '25

INSIDE LB - DINSO OKAFOR '24

NJROTC Update

Cadet Malik Aremu was selected for Commander, Naval Air Forces Aviation Scholarship for private pilot license. This is a tremendous opportunity for him and a testament to his achievement. As email stated below, he is one of 26 selectees across the country. He will attend a fully funded pilot training where he will attain private pilots license and college credits this Summer.
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Posse Scholarship Winners!


Thirteen Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) students have been named recipients of full-tuition, four-year college scholarships from the Posse Foundation. The Posse program identifies public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential that may have been overlooked by traditional college selection processes.


Nationally, more than 60 colleges and universities each offer full-tuition, merit scholarships to students throughout the country and create multicultural teams—called Posses—on each campus. These student teams receive professional guidance before and throughout college and provide support to one another.


On campus, these students serve in important leadership roles. This year’s recipients come from 10 high schools and will attend six different colleges.


Paint Branch High School had two of the thirteen winners in MCPS.



Isaah Douglas, Bucknell University

Bryan Beri, Sewanee: The University of the South

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Quest Bridge Scholarship Winners!

Please join me in congratulating our two Quest Bridge scholarship winners. Jose Martinez is going to Columbia University and Kimmie Nguyen is heading to Amherst College. These students are in our ACES program and have benefited from the support and encouragement that Ms. Terre Thomas provides.

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Paint Branch Gives Back to the Community

The staff and students at Paint Branch High School participated in a food drive in December in order to support Liberty Grove Church. The church continues their efforts to ensure that everyone in our community that needs support has access to meals.


After we made the donation of food several students from Paint Branch High School worked at Liberty Grove to help with organization of the donations.

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Elective Fair

Student and staff participated in an electives fair in order to showcase the many courses and options available to students at Paint Branch High School. In February students will have the opportunity to register for their classes for the 2023-2024 school year.