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Jan. 21, 2006

New magnet programs to be implemented in Montgomery County

by Payal Patnaik, Online Editor-in-Chief
This fall, Poolesville High School will become one of the three highly rigorous instructional programs in Montgomery County, according to MCPS Superintendent Jerry Weast, joining the Science, Mathematics and Computer Science Magnet Program at Blair and the International Baccalaureate Program at Richard Montgomery.

Weast announced in November that Poolesville High School will revise its current Global Ecology Magnet Program into one that models both the Magnet and the Communication Arts Program at Blair. As of now, the number of students that will be accepted into the program is undetermined and will be released on Feb. 9.

The opening of the new Poolesville Magnet marks a trend of increasing magnet schools in the county. Three years ago, a new magnet program opened at Roberto Clemente Middle School, joining the magnet programs at Takoma Park and Eastern middle schools. This year, the competition will become more selective, with three magnet programs releasing 300 students, as well as other applicants from non-magnet schools, to the 200 available spots in the Blair Magnet and the IB program.

Opening a new magnet program would enable more students to have a chance to partake in another competitive program with a curriculum based on Blair's. In a letter to parents, Weast wrote, "The creation of this upcounty magnet will provide more students with the opportunity to participate in a highly rigorous and challenging academic experience."

MCPS aims to expand the number of opportunities for students to participate in magnet programs in response to Montgomery County's growing population, which has doubled since the inception of the IB Program and Blair Magnet. Meeting its goals of increasing the rigor in its schools, MCPS aims to open a new magnet to decrease the selectiveness of admission into these all-county programs. According to Magnet Coordinator Eileen Steinkraus, this year, 719 students are vying to be accepted to the Blair Magnet's 100 openings.

Poolesville will keep its current Global Ecology program, adding the Blair Magnet curriculum for its science magnet and Blair's CAP program for its Humanities program. Billie Bradshaw, the Director of Global Ecology Studies, said, "Global ecology will remain intact, there aren't any major changes being made to the program yet. It will still be a steel-based program at Poolesville High School."

According to Bradshaw, Weast has mandated that next year only upcounty students can apply to Poolesville's magnet and only downcounty students can apply to Blair's magnet. Students from the entire county will still be allowed to apply to the IB program at Richard Montgomery.

This year, students from all over the county can still apply to both Richard Montgomery's IB Program and Blair's magnet program since the decision to open a new magnet program came too late, Steinkraus said.

Magnet chemistry teacher Tran Pham believes that although a new program can have a curriculum to match Blair's, it may at first have trouble finding highly specialized staff to foster the analysis and understanding needed at a magnet program like Blair's.

Steinkraus agreed. "It is always challenging to find a staff with a high level class and specialty, those people who could make more money at a private industry, as opposed to at a lower level class where it wouldn't be as difficult," she said.

Until Poolesville's new magnet is fully implemented and its feeder schools decided by the county, Steinkraus cannot predict its effect on Blair's curriculum or prestige. "We just have to see what impact it will have once they decide the schools," she said.

The students living in the following clusters will be able to apply to the Poolesville magnet this year: Clarksburg, Damascus, Gaithersburg, Col. Zadok Magruder, Northwest, Poolesville, Quince Orchard, Seneca Valley and Watkins Mill.



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  • =>) on January 21, 2006 at 12:31 AM
    yeah my bro was in the first year of clemente magnet, and he's trying out for both blair and poolseville... at least it's closer to us
    btw awesome story
  • Question on January 21, 2006 at 8:31 AM
    What does the opening of this Poolesville magnet mean for students who fall into the cluster but already attend Blair?

    Great news story, Payal :D. Really well-written and interesting!
    -M
  • Magnet on January 21, 2006 at 9:22 AM
    Thats insane! No one from north county can go to the IB, that kills chances to go to collage outside the US.
  • 1337 Boy on January 21, 2006 at 9:46 AM
    th15 wi11 ju57 b3 4 rich p30p13 5ch00l
  • how sad on January 21, 2006 at 10:13 AM
    Mr. Pham is right, Blair's magnet has been around for so long and the teachers know what they're doing (no matter how much it seems otherwise). It's gonna take at least 5 years for Poolesville to figure out what they are doing and until then, I feel that all students should be able to apply for Blair's magnet/CAP
  • wow on January 21, 2006 at 12:10 PM
    good job weast.. this is just gonna dilute the magnets, how is this gonna help? why does poolesville need a magnet anyways??
  • (View Email) on January 21, 2006 at 12:41 PM
    As of now, you either fall in the Poolsville or Blair district. If the poolsville magnet had been there I wouldn't be going to Blair right now. People who's home school is Blair would certainly have Blair as the magnet school. Basically upcounty kids can only go to Poolsville and down-county kids can only go to Blair.
  • another magnet on January 21, 2006 at 2:16 PM
    this is insane. Why are they restricting these upcounty/downcounty areas?
    "Students from the entire county will still be allowed to apply to the IB program at Richard Montgomery."

    & why are they separating the science magnet & CAP into upcounty/downcounty, but not IB?
  • varun on January 21, 2006 at 4:23 PM
    i wonder - with decreased selectivity, won't these programs accept students who cannot face the academic challenges? i just hope there won't be too much "dumbing down" of the curriculum, if any at all.

    also, a lot of the students who qualify to apply to the poolesville magnet are from the rich, wealthy areas. majority of blair's current magnet students are from this area. where does that leave blair?
  • (View Email) on January 21, 2006 at 4:42 PM
    If everyone is special than no one is. If every school becomes a "magnet" it will be the same as if none was.
  • magent student on January 21, 2006 at 5:28 PM
    wow, this is very interesting, I agree that its gonna take at least 5 years(maybe even 25 years) to for Poolesville to build up their reputation. Blair's magnet program is special because of its reputation, not because it has the "magnet" label.
  • bad idea on January 21, 2006 at 6:04 PM
    This is just to please the parents who _have_ to send their kid to "good college." Thank goodness I won't have to be in HS for this craziness.
  • ummm on January 21, 2006 at 6:38 PM
    Wasn't the original purpose of the Magnet to promote diversity? When did this objective change? It's true that the curriculum is more advanced, but that is simply a means to an ends.

    The success of the Magnet program doesn't mean arbitrary schools should hop on the non-existent bandwagon. It seems as if Weast and co. are trying to use Blair's reputation to boost that of other schools'. As if colleges will just assume that every Magnet school in Moco will be just as good as Blair.

    Though this may seem pessimistic, it will take a long time before Poolesville meets Blair's standards. Pham was right about the teachers. And a reputation like Blair's isn't built in a couple years.

    In addition, I think it is absolutely ridiculous to split into "Magnet districts." In fact, it's downright stupid. Right now, many (if not most) Magnet students are from upcounty. Weast may think it could give a boost to the up and not-yet-coming Poolesville Magnet to send Blair candidates to Poolesville, but he's woefully mistaken. Poolesville's inductees will not receive as rigorous an education as they would at Blair, and Blair could be crippled and lose its reputation. In one move, Weast may have completely destroyed the prestige of the Magnet program in Moco.

    Good article Payal =)

    PS: Weast is a BUNGLER =D
  • another magnet student on January 21, 2006 at 6:48 PM
    to "magent student":
    Keep in mind that Blair also had to build up its reputation from the beginning. While it is true that teachers make the Magnet a successful, intellectually-challenging place, it started out as an unknown program similar to the one that will be implemented at Poolesville.

    I agree that it will take a long time for Poolesville to build up a reputation, especially with the existence of Blair.

    To varun:
    "Dumbing down" seems like the way to go... isn't that how Weast operates? Despite this, some optimism should be shown for the future generations of magnet students. With luck, they won't be a sad product of Weast's dogged determination to make everyone a "genius." But that hope seems far-fetched and makes it unfair to both academically-ready students and academically-unready.
  • Re: varun on January 21, 2006 at 6:58 PM
    From my experience in the magnet, I would input that the majority of students seemed to come from the rockville/bethesda/potomac area, which are the really wealthy areas... and these areas are still considered downcounty clusters. Most people I knew had home schools like Churchill, WJ, Wootton, Whitman, BCC, Blair, etc. While certainly some came from the clusters mentioned as being the ones Poolesville fed from, not too significant of numbers, at least from what I know, came from these areas. A kid from Poolesville, for example, would face somewhere around 2 hours (at least) on a bus to get to Blair -- and thus, few from there came.

    This will certainly have some effect on Blair, but it may not be too drastic.
  • labels on January 21, 2006 at 6:59 PM
    if you call a cow-school "magnet" its still a cow-school...i just feel bad for the upcounty kids who will no longer be allowed to apply to blair, because its not like anyone from around here is dying to go to poolesville.
  • ... on January 21, 2006 at 7:50 PM
    I cannot believe the county is having this down county/up county thing. This is so unfair.
  • magnet from the north on January 21, 2006 at 10:00 PM
    it seems unfair that the kids in the upcounty high school clusters have to apply to the Poolesville magnet, and won't have a chance to be in blair's magnet. the poolesville program will be too new and unorganized, and they'll miss out on all the opportunities of blair's magnet program. :(
  • Grammar on January 21, 2006 at 11:03 PM
    "The competition will become more selective"

    This sentence makes no sense in the English language. If by "the competition", what is meant is the caliber of the students applying to the Blair and IB Magnets, then the statement is completely false. The same students are applying, they simply are now concentrated twice at the middle school level, rather than once.

    If you mean the selection process itself, a change in the number of applicants or style of applicants doesn't affect this at all.

    Clearly, you fail.
  • Rod Longfellow on January 21, 2006 at 11:04 PM
    funny how a "magent" student cant spell "magnet"...
    what are they teaching you here?
    ...maybe thats why magnets arent great at english
  • Sebastian Johnson on January 22, 2006 at 1:27 AM
    Some would argue that it's a good thing if everyone has the "magnet" and no one is special. That would mean that everyone has reached the same level of high expectations and opportunities to learn. The author should have mentioned the new magnet middle school consortium -- Argyle, Parkland, and Loiderman. Every student there recieves the same accelerated curriculum, and it is not selective. Every person in the district for those schools is elligible, and people outside the district can apply. I personally feel that in the next ten to fifteen years this will be the model that our county follows for all schools. That's good news for everyone.
  • former student on January 22, 2006 at 2:44 AM
    this is just another example of seperating upper and lower counties. part of the idea of the blair magnet was to bring in upper county students to help enrich the community. its really nice (albeit a little annoying) to have friends from all over the county rather than just people from your area. Also, Blair is extremely liberal and while that was a huge plus for the school, the magnet does typically add a stronger conservative force which makes for a better learning and growing experience between students. if they want to have a second magnet, great, but just don't limit who goes where!
  • question on January 22, 2006 at 10:57 AM
    What will the "Global Ecology Studies Program" curriculum be like? From its name, it sounds like it will have a different focus from Blair's Math Science Computer Science magnet. If the two have different emphases, it doesn't seem fair to limit upcounty students to an ecology program when they really want a math science computer science-based experience, and vice versa.
  • hey man on January 22, 2006 at 11:07 AM
    i understand that einstein's IB program doesn't carry as much weight as RM's, but the whole point of having the IB as an academy at einstein is so that DCC kids who can't/didn't apply/get in to RM's can go to einstein. so, you could say that DCC kids get to choose from two IB programs, RM's and einstein's.
  • sam on January 22, 2006 at 11:11 AM
    these comments are hilarious. all the magnets are pretty shocked that there are more than 100 kids in a county who can perform on the same level as them. this county is loaded with talent, and i applaud MoCo for providing another outlet for kids to learn at a higher level. magnets, you think that you guys are gracing us with your upper county presence. you guys are not our saviors. good job moco.

    besides, its an hour less on the bus for you guys. you should be thrilled
  • Re: Sebastian Johnson on January 22, 2006 at 11:18 AM
    There is a problem with saying it is a good thing if everyone has the "magnet" and no one is special. Everyone cannot meet the same level of high expectations, which is a reason why the Magnet only accepts 100 students. There are certainly more than a 100 students (the exact numbers, I'm not so sure) who are capable of dealing with the rigors of the Magnet curriculum, but there are definitely not enough to implement so many magnet schools around the county. The result of these magnets will probably be mixed, but certainly won't be the perfect model that you hope for.

    It certainly isn't true that with every magnet you make, there is an increase in talent among the children who attend those schools. I firmly believe that such actions will only water down the curriculum, as is already occuring in curriculums (not just Magnet) everywhere in Montgomery County in an attempt to make everyone "gifted." Learning is not defined by how many "advanced" or "gifted" courses a student takes. The end result would be disastrous, because students are forced to take classses that they're not ready for, or they're forced to take classes in which they don't learn enough (or in depth) because of the inevitable struggles the future, larger generations of magnet students would have.
  • to labels on January 22, 2006 at 11:30 AM
    Why do you assume that anyone be dying to go to Blair? It's overcrowded and it smells like [a 4-letter word that starts with s]. I'm sure Poolesville is better.
  • Eric Shin on January 22, 2006 at 12:52 PM
    It's not so bad when you consider that it'll provide more opportunities for kids closer to home so that they don't have to wake up at ungodly hours in the morning. And of course, it's gonna take time for a good program to be put into effect, but there has to be guinea pigs for new things, even back then for Blair's Magnet.

    As for separation, what difference does it make? Diversity is supposed to be a big thing at Blair, but I guarantee you, very few Magnets roll with the gangsterrrs at school.
  • to: to labels from Eric Shin on January 22, 2006 at 12:58 PM
    Well said.
    I realize it's not that simple, but given the chance of going to an overcrowded school such as Blair or a nicer upper-county school...which would you pick?
  • Magnet Student on January 22, 2006 at 2:05 PM
    Ok, I want to clear up another thing. Blair’s magnet programs does not have a 100% yield rate (a obvious fact that some people ignore) For whatever reason, talented students across the county decide not to go to Blair Magnet even though they were accepted. With the addition of Poolesville Magnet, they’ll be even more inclined to stay in their home schools instead of taking chance on a “magnet” program that has no reputation.

    Also, So what if I misspelled magnet? Some ignorant person earlier made a sweeping generalization that all magnets are bad at English. If that’s the case, then how come a large number of silver chips staff are magnets?
  • Magnet 08 on January 22, 2006 at 2:34 PM
    Re: sam
    No, there are actually a significant number of magnets actually realize that they are a lot of kids who would do well in magnet that aren't in it. We are just mad that they are seperating magnet based solely on location. No matter how much the county tries, the two magnet programs will never be equal. It's unfair that down county students won't be able to try out for Poolesville's magnet, even if that magnet program is the one that they wish to attend or up county kids won't be able to go to Blair's magnet.

    And why is RM's IB program still open to everyone in the county? There are five IB programs in the county currently [RM, Springbrook, Einstein, BCC and Watkins Mill] If magnet becomes local, so should IB.
  • Tencia Lee on January 22, 2006 at 3:23 PM
    I agree with "Re: Sebastian Johnson." While helping the average kid to achieve more and better is a worthy goal, that's really not what the Magnet is for, nor should it be. The Magnet is for helping those who like learning and can handle it to get a taste of academic rigor before college. Everyone throws around has the nominal purpose of "promoting diversity," but I am sure most of the teachers and students inside know better, especially since it doesn't really help diversity at all. What it does superbly well is help its students learn on a higher level than is offered in any other public school in the county.

    The rigor of the Magnet is limited only by the ability of the students. Adding new magnet programs that draw from the same pool can only dilute the curriculum, which in turn deprives future generations of up-county kids the chance to experience the full terror of Mr. Walstein (or, God help us, his Poolesville equivalent). Unique courses such as Analysis II and Complex, as well as the SRP program, could not be taught successfully in any other school.

    If we want everyone to reach a higher level, it would probably be a good idea to work on getting them all to come to class, do their homework, and maybe not curse at teachers. Maybe, once in a while, study a little. We could probably raise the level of learning here so that "on-level" isn't a shameful word anymore.
  • >:O on January 22, 2006 at 4:39 PM
    oh how great. now the upcounty kids get to go to a new program that is not at all established just because of where they live in the county.
  • Maggie Net on January 22, 2006 at 6:22 PM
    For: 'Re: Sebastian Johnson'
    You are totally right. By making every school 'magnets', the curriculum will be watered down.

    As '' said, 'when everyone is special, no one is'.
  • up north on January 22, 2006 at 7:35 PM
    to sam: personally, i like the long bus rides- i can sleep if im tired or i can finish homework that i otherwise would not have done

    i agree that splitting the magnet upcounty/downcounty is stupid..otherwise i would have never met some of my best friends..it's just watering down the prestige and allowing less qualified people to get in. not too sure about the quality of the teachers though, blair magnet has some pretty unqualified teachers in it.
  • (View Email) on January 22, 2006 at 8:30 PM
    ..there's also an IB at springbrook.
  • re: to labels on January 22, 2006 at 11:09 PM
    you mean "soup"?
  • Sebastian Johnson on January 23, 2006 at 12:33 AM
    To respond to the person who responded to my comment, I believe that the average student in our county is capable of taking higher level and magnet classes if we provide the supports they need (academic support, counseling, etc.) What's important is that every student is exposed to the same rigorous curriculum. I don't think that if we apply the same rigor of the magnet program to every student that the curriculum would be watered down.
  • whatever on January 23, 2006 at 10:54 AM
    if everyone was special and did reach the higher standards then they would just make the standards higher. who cares if a magnet wants to be in the magnet at poolsville or blair if they wanna be in it then it shouldn't be separated by upper or down county...
  • err on January 23, 2006 at 11:25 AM
    why did my comment not get posted? oh well. basically, as an upcounty magnet, the long bus rides are fine with me. and also, some of the magnet teachers are great, but others are really not.
  • librarian on January 23, 2006 at 5:20 PM
    Whup-pa. For Gaithersburg kids, Poolesville is just as far as Blair and a lot harder to get home from. Also, as for upcounty being a "rich, wealthy" area: Gaithersburg High has almost as many FARM's as Blair and Fox Chapel Elementary in Germantown is as poor as any elementary school in the Blair cluster just to name 2 examples.
  • Depressed on January 23, 2006 at 5:37 PM
    I want to cry...isn't there usually some sort of public town meeting or something before they make these decisions...they should really allow people to apply to both...

    What an awful, awful, awful, terrible travesty
  • TO: to: to labels from Eric Sh on January 23, 2006 at 5:54 PM
    "Nice" and "overcrowded" have nothing to do with education. People come to the Blair magnet for the good teachers, not class size or quality of the bathrooms. When talking about education "nice" is Blair.
  • oh man on January 23, 2006 at 8:43 PM
    That means my sister and others like her will never be able to apply for the Blair magnet again. No more legacies, no more passing down the torch to your siblings. That sucks; they'll never get the experiences we got here.
  • hey on January 23, 2006 at 8:47 PM
    this won't dumb down the magnet because more people can handle the program than are selected (anyone who went to Takoma Middle School can agree with me) and most of the people from the Blair magnet are technically from the downcounty anyway. However, I would also like to find out a little more about what the focus of the Global Ecology Magnet will be.
  • Kedamai (View Email) on January 23, 2006 at 9:00 PM
    Let's be smart. The topic that needs to be discussed here is not the quality of the best public school programs in Montgomery County, if not Maryland, or the creation of competition among them. The question you need to ask yourself is whether we’re making sure to leave no child behind by pouring more money into our most advanced classes. Are the eleventh graders in Algebra 1 helped at all by the creation of a Magnet program in Poolesville? I’d say no. Are they hurt? Most people, County accountants especially, would say yes. As the test grades of the majority go down, the county responds by creating a new magnet for 100 kids? There’s a shining example of raising standards across the board!

    Don’t take this as an indictment of the Magnet programs or their students. Providing advanced curricula for advanced students is neither novel nor negative. The negativity arises when you create a Magnet that is, on the whole, not direly needed when a resoundingly high number of students are failing to meet standards upon high school graduation that were expected of Magnet students in middle school.

    You know how they tried to introduce the Magnet and CAP programs at Blair to increase diversity and improve performance, at least generally? (Something I could agree with marginally...) Ultimately, wouldn’t the introduction of a Magnet program decrease diversity at Poolesville? While decreasing performance at Blair? Montgomery County ProgreSs.
  • d on January 24, 2006 at 8:03 AM
    so pay more money for buses to send students to the middle of no where
  • another opinion on January 24, 2006 at 10:03 AM
    Remember folks, the kids at Clemente (middle school magnet programs) had to go through the same testing/application process as TPMS and Eastern magnet students -- and they are already bringin' home the hardware to show for it!

    Also -- the program's going to be at Poolesville because every other upcounty HS is significantly overcrowded (including Clarksburg HS, which hasn't even opened yet). The bus routes to Poolesville are also already established because of the Global program, so for the first couple of years, there is no additional busing expense.

    Besides, Bronx Science and Stuyvesant in NYC have been rivals for years -- what's wrong with a little healthy competition? :*)
  • Sebastian Johnson on January 24, 2006 at 3:56 PM
    Also, it should be mentioned that the Board of Education has yet to approve this program. So htm (hopefully I'm doing my part as SMOB to keep people informed of their rights and such!)
  • . on January 24, 2006 at 9:23 PM
    meh, personally i think poolesville could do with some asian people. seriously the diversity will still be increasing with the magnet (if they call the gesp diversifying...yeah right)
  • True? on January 24, 2006 at 10:07 PM
    I thought that Poolesville was becoming a magnet only school...is that true?
  • Anonymously Liberal on January 25, 2006 at 5:54 PM
    Just to note, because I know these things--students accepted to the Poolesville program will be permitted to make the choice between Poolesville and Blair or the IB. This will not be the case in the future, however.
  • Anonymously Liberal on January 25, 2006 at 6:02 PM
    Yes, Poolesville will be entirely Magnet--the three programs taking up its entire class size.

    However, Poolesville is NOT opening an IB program--only a Humanities and a Math/Sci/Compsci in addition to GESP. There IS a difference between Humanities and IB, a big difference. IB is much more well-rounded--it calls for excellence in EVERYTHING.

    In the meantime, while I'm not exactly objective, I think putting funds into the Magnets is MORE important than increasing funding for other students. In case nobody else has noticed--or read "The World is Flat," the New York Times bestseller--we need more brilliant kids going into engineering and the sciences if we want to have a whelk's chance in a supernova in the new global economy. In order to compete, we have to get all the kids we can interested in engineering and the sciences, and give them every opportunity possible to make effective use of their innate talents. We don't have the numerical advantage, that's clear--so we need to pump out as many geniuses as possible to give America's economy the support it needs. That's the true purpose of the Magnets--to unleash the brilliance that will inevitably arise in a county with such a highly educated population of parents. Educated parents pass the importance of an education on to their children, who can go further and beyond. This is what the entire country needs to realize--that we should nurture these future engineers, scientists, mathematicians, programmers--rather than focusing on those students who have difficulty keeping up. Of course they should get help, too--Heaven only knows what brilliance could be revealed by the proper help and assistance--but we can't make those slower students a priority over the pioneers of our generation.
  • :: on January 26, 2006 at 8:06 PM
    i think opening up the poolesville magnet is an awful idea -- not only will it water down the prestige of blair's magnet, like everyone has said, but it just doesn't make ANY sense. i agree that instead of pouring more money and resources into another magnet program that will never be as good as blairs, they should instead work more on improving EVERYONE'S education, gifted or not. and honestly, there are not enough trully gifted people to fill in all the spaces they are creating at these new magnet schools.
  • z:: on January 26, 2006 at 8:13 PM
    when they opened up roberto clemente, a lot of teachers from eastern who made the eastern program what it WAS, left for clemente. and the teachers who replaced them pretty much sucked and changed a lot of the cirriculum, creating a whole new atmosphere at eastern. i can't imagine that either eastern or clemente benefited from having half of the teachers be great teachers and the other half being pretty bad. its best to have one program where all the teachers are stellar.
  • Angry on January 28, 2006 at 11:44 PM
    z who ever you are, you are very ignorant and the guy before if different, is very ignorant to. blair isnt all that, it just isnt. I didnt know that the magnet program produces students that think they are superior. Whoever you are:

    YOU AINT NOBODY

    Let someone else have the opportunities, how do you know that Blair will always be better. There are many of people who could have taken your place, like me for instance. Let me tell the magnets something so it can get through their thick, arrogant skulls because it needs to be said. Dont think that just because you have better grades, and are taking different classes, that you are better or smarter than people who arent doing what you do.
  • Dear Sebastian (View Email) on January 29, 2006 at 8:04 PM
    Mr. Johnson.

    please do everything you can to make sure that uppercounty kids can apply to both Blair and Poolesville. This will make things much better. You can't say a kid has to receive a worse magnet education because of where he lives within a county. Have a nice day.
  • Anonymously Liberal on January 30, 2006 at 1:05 PM
    "Dear Sebastian," upcounty kids CAN apply to both, at least for this year. My brother is applying to both--I know.
  • <(-_-<)(>-_-)> on January 30, 2006 at 2:56 PM
    I second Dear Sebastian's opinion.
  • librarian on January 31, 2006 at 2:39 PM
    Re: Sebastian's comment "I believe that the average student in our county is capable of taking higher level and magnet classes if we provide the supports they need". Does he mean the average kids I know who are taking remedial math and english in community college because they couldn't pass the basic tests? These kids took algebra and geometry in high school and still have to take 2 semesters of basic algebra in college. They will never take calculus in college, let alone high school.
  • PaFromBlair3yrsago (View Email) on February 10, 2006 at 8:14 AM
    I respect the opinions for opening both Blair/Poolesville for all students. If this is the case, Poolesville will be always the second choice for most applied students and will never catch up Blair. The selection of Poolsville will be up to 200+ students because almost 100 of them will go to Blair and some will go to RM. Since the programs in the two schools are similar, it would be better upcounty's go to Poolesville and downcounty's go to Blair. First it saves traffic/communication time/budget for buses. Second it provides growth opportinuty for Poolesville Magnet. If you are worried about the teachers, why not suggest switch some teachers in both school? And third, when Poolesville can compete with Blair, the property values of uppercounty should be getting higher.
  • anonymous on February 14, 2006 at 8:12 PM
    I think the only thing that's going to result from this is that the IB program at RM is going to become everyone's #1 choice because neither Blair nor Poolesville will be all that great.

    Technically, the upcounty/downcounty split is discriminatory; the average income of downcounty (including Walt Whitman, Wootton, Churchill, etc) is higher than that of upcounty (Quince Orchard, Seneca Valley, Watkins Mill, Gaithersburg, etc). MCPS just might get sued by disgruntled parents...
  • Think in Pink on April 30, 2006 at 3:15 PM
    To Angry
    Why do you think that those 2 magnets represent the opinion of the entire magnet community? There are approximately 400 students in Blair's magnet program right now and thousands of alumni. You and a lot of other people assume that because a few magnets are very outspoken with their views, all of us must be the same. Guess what, we aren't. So take your "hey, that magnet is an elitist arrogant jerk, so I guess all magnets must be the same way" attitude and shove it somewhere else because I am tired of people like you that make these assumptions about magnets based on ONE magnet's opinion.

    I happen to think those 2 magnets are arrogant. *Gasp* A magnet thinking other magnets are arrogant? I bet you didn't even know we could think such things. [Note the sarcasm]
  • ... on May 24, 2006 at 5:50 PM
    Dudes, it's pretty good poolesville's opening two new magnet programs.
    durr.
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