Laurel Leader

New Eisenhower principal 'excited' about the job [South Laurel | Montpelier]

The New Year welcomed a new principal at Dwight D. Eisenhower Middle School. John Mangrum assumed the position on Jan. 26.Prior to joining the Eisenhower faculty, he served as assistant school administrator at Wheaton High School in Silver Spring. He has also served in an administrative capacity at Pyle Middle School and Francis Scott Key Middle School and as a health and physical education teacher.

In his introductory letter to Eisenhower students and families, the new principal cited his desire to serve the community and to support a positive climate within the school.


"That's what is exciting about being a principal, because now I can really effect change and have a key role in that process," he wrote.

Welcome to this new member of our South Laurel/Montpelier community.


Oaklands Elementary School has good news to share.Students and teachers who participated in the school's Pasta for Patients Outreach Initiative raised $2,600, which will be used to help find a cure for blood cancer. Chyna Pollard's kindergarten class collected more than $312 and earned a free pasta lunch for the entire class. Congrats to our community service-minded young folks.

There is still time to catch the 46th annual Laurel Art Guild Juried Exhibition, and the third annual Artists on the Rise: Juried Teen Exhibition at the Montpelier Arts Center. Both exhibits are on display until March 29. Contributions to these two shows are from local artists. Come view the entries and compare your "judgments" to those of the juries.

Also at the arts center, contemporary rock duo The Sweater Set performs Friday, March 27 at 8 p.m.Maureen Andary and Sara Curtin have their roots in a Washington, D.C. youth choir and have received multiple awards for their talent, which combines vocal and instrumental music.Arrangements include ukulele, guitar, flute, accordion and other instruments.In 2011, The Sweater Set was Artists-in-Residence at Strathmore Center for the Performing Arts.Tickets for the performance are $25 per person, with a 10 percent discount for seniors and Montpelier members.Call 301-377-7800 for tickets and information.

The Prince George's County Police Department's Community Oriented Policing Services holds its monthly Coffee for Seniors on Thursday, April 2 at 1 p.m. at the Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center. In these COPS sessions, representatives of the local police force discuss items of interest to residents. Subjects discussed in past meetings include shopping safety, identity theft and home safety inspections.Admission to these sessions is free.