The 27th season of the Prince George's County Public Schools Science Bowl television program is coming to a close, and two Laurel-area elementary schools are in the running to take the top prize.

Only two games in the elementary division remain, and on Tuesday, Feb. 26, the team from Montpelier Elementary School will go up against Magnolia, Cora Rice and Rogers Heights elementary schools.

Two of those teams will go on to the elementary championship April 16, where they will compete against Bond Mill and Glenarden Woods elementary schools. The winner of that match will be named the 2013 Elementary School Science Bowl Champion.

All games take place in the PGCPS television studio in the Bonnie F. Johns Educational Media Center in Landover.


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Science Bowl tests students' knowledge in six science categories: Green Things, Zoo Parade, Body Systems, Let's Get Physical, Science Potpourri and Dateline Science.

Each year, 40 elementary schools and 16 middle schools play in separate competitions throughout the school year. According to the school system, more than 7,000 students have participated in the competition since it began in 1986. Science Bowl airs daily on the PGCPS channels: Comcast channel 96 and Verizon channel 38.

"Science Bowl is a phenomenal opportunity for our students to reinforce classroom instruction," Interim Superintendent Alvin Crawley said in a release. "It enables them to demonstrate their science knowledge in a fun, competitive environment to bolster school spirit, and encourage pride in academic achievement."

Eleanor Roosevelt prepares for music festivals

Music students at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt are preparing for two festival concerts in March.

The first, the Orchestra Festival Concert, is scheduled for Wednesday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the school's auditorium. The Orchestra Festival Concert features the school's chamber orchestra, symphony orchestra and concert orchestra, all under the direction of David Yarbrough.

The orchestras will be performing pieces in preparation of adjudication, scheduled for March 14 at Northwestern High School. Performance times for the Prince George's County Orchestra Assessment Festival will be announced at the March 6 Roosevelt festival.

Roosevelt's Band Festival Concert is scheduled for Friday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m in the school's auditorium, and will feature the school's wind ensemble, symphonic band, concert band and Roosevelt Band. The bands play under the direction of Sally Wagner.

Like the orchestra students, band students will also be performing pieces in preparation for their adjudication for the following week. The Prince George's County Band Assessment Festival is March 15-16 at Northwestern High School. The Roosevelt Band performs Friday, March 15 in the evening, and the concert band, symphonic band and wind ensemble perform Saturday, March 16. Performance times will be announced at the March 8 Roosevelt festival.

The Eleanor Roosevelt High School music program draws students from across northern Prince George's County. Both festival concerts at Roosevelt are free and open to the public.

Emmanuel Methodist Preschool now registering

Emmanuel Methodist Preschool in North Laurel is now registering children ages 21/2 to 5 years old for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Limited space is available in the school's two-, three- and five-day classes. Half-day, full-day and extended day options are available.

Located on Scaggsville Road near Routes 29 and, 216, and Interstate 95, Emmanuel Methodist has been serving Howard County and Laurel since 1978. According to its website, Emmanuel was the first Howard County preschool to be accredited by the Maryland State Department of Education when it was accredited in 2009.

For more information on registration, call 301-725-5178, or go to emmanuelpreschool.com.