Student experiment at Murray Hill Middle takes flight [North Laurel Savage]

Congratulations to Murray Hill Middle's Kevin He. He was selected to have his Student Spaceflight Experiment to be on Mission Five of the International Space Station.

Kevin's proposal is on microencapsulation in two dimensions under microgravity, to see the effect of microgravity on the release of medicines from the capsules that contain them.

Do not forget to come join the 40th Birthday celebration of Laurel Woods Elementary School at the North Laurel Community Center on Jan. 3, starting at 6 p.m. Laurel Woods was originally Whiskey Bottom Road Elementary. Everyone is welcome.

HC Drug Free is partnering up with Lime Kiln Middle School PTA to present Drugs in Middle School on Jan. 7 starting at 7 p.m. The meeting is open to the entire community and will feature talk about the use of drugs and alcohol in the middle school years. The school is at 11650 Scaggsville Road, across from Reservoir High.

High school midterms are right around the corner. Is your student prepared? Reservoir High is holding Midterm Mania for all its students Jan. 6 through 9 after school. Each day that week, there will be review sessions and Monday starts the week with study and organizational skill training.

All students should attend a session each day. What a great way to ace those tests — and if they need more help, they can attend the Jan. 12 session of the Gator Academy at the North Laurel Community Center, starting at 2 p.m. For more information on the Academy, contact Beth Weith at or phone Miriam Cruz at 240-640-7885.

Reservoir High PTSA is hosting a presentation on cyberbullying on Jan. 16, starting at 7 p.m. Dr. Erin Stoll, an expert on bullying and a clinical psychologist ,will be featured at the seminar. This is a serious issue today with almost half of all students being bullied at one time or another online.

Gorman Crossing is hosting We Can Workshops for its families to learn how to enhance student's activity and nutrition. It was created by NIH, National Institute of Health and will be on Jan. 15, 22, 29 and Feb. 4, 6:45 to 8:15 p.m.

Terrapin Adventures will hold Adventure in Heels on Jan. 25 starting at 2 p.m. This is their version of the amazing race. Race through the Savage Mill, in heels and support Success in Style, an organization that helps people in a time of crisis get back to work. Adventure in Heels offers a race of games and challenges throughout the Mill. There will also be wine and appetizers and a raffle. Cost is only $39. For more information or to sign up, go to

As we enter the winter season, remember that for every snow day our students get, they had an additional day at the end of the year. Students have already used two snow days. If they use all five, school will end on June 18. Please do not make summer plans before then.

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