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Bond Mill Elementary takes top spot in First in Math program

Prince George's County elementary and middle school students were recently recognized for their skills in an online math program.

First in Math, which was provided to third- through eighth-grade students in the county, is an online program that features math challenges, from single-step addition to complex algebra, in a game-like format.

And fourth-graders at Bond Mill Elementary have proven themselves quite good at the program.

The fourth-grade team earned the title of the county's Top Elementary School Team in the program. As a whole, the entire school came in fifth place among county middle and elementary schools, and 21st in the state.

"Students really enjoy the online format (of the program," Superintendent William Hite said in a release. "The fun and engaging program allows students to spend more time outside the class building their skills, which enhances their performance at school."

Martin Luther King Jr. teacher named Outstanding Science Educator

Elizabeth Butler, a science teacher at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School, was recently named an Outstanding Science Educator.

The honor comes from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, a global professional society.

Butler was selected for the honor among middle school math and science teachers in Prince George's, Montgomery, St. Mary's, Charles and Calvert counties.

In a release, Superintendent William Hite praised Butler and other teachers like her who continue to be recognized for their work.

"Having talented teachers in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics is critical as we work toward increasing STEM opportunities for students," Hite said.

Prince George's School Board announces new student member

ThePrince George's CountyBoard of Education has announced the election of Shabnam Ahmed, a rising senior at Bowie High School, to the board.

She will be sworn in Aug. 15.

Ahmed, who will serve a year on the board as its student member, was elected by other students from more than 30 county middle and high schools — students that make up the Prince George's Regional Association of Student Governments, or PGRASG.

Ahmed is the president of Bowie's chapter of the National Honor Society. She is also a member of the music honor society Tri-M, Modern Musical Masters; math club; poetry club; and tennis team at the school.

"I appreciate this opportunity and I'm really glad I was able to be voted into this position," Ahmed said in a release. "It's a humbling experience for me, and I hope to accomplish what I've set out to do."

Ahmed's goals include reinstating middle school sports and allowing outside food vendors in school cafeterias.

Ahmed said she looks forward to working with everyone on the board; it was a sentiment shared by board members.

"(Her) leadership skills will bring new perspectives in helping us to improve the quality of education for our students," Board Chairwoman Verjeana Jacobs said in a release.

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