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County Schools Roundup: Student Elected to County PTA, New Curriculum

School news from across Montgomery County Patches.

With nearly 200 public schools and scores of private schools in Montgomery County, there's bound to be plenty of news. Here are the top school headlines from across Montgomery County's Patch sites from Friday, May 11 through Wednesday, May 16.

ROCKVILLE—The election of 15-year-old freshman Richie Yarrow as recording secretary of the 48,000-member organization that represents PTAs from schools around Montgomery County yields controversy. .

COLESVILLE—A new curriculum that focuses on critical thinking skills is now in more classrooms throughout Montgomery County Public Schools. Curriculum 2.0, an updated set of teaching standards to prepare students for a "knowledge-based global economy," had been optional for kindergarten and/or Grade 1 since the 2009-2010 school year. .

BETHESDA—Jerry Marco, who served as principal of  from 1975 to 2004, died May 9. .

SILVER SPRING— student Samuel Zbarsky—a junior in the Science, Mathematics, and Computer Science Magnet Program—will join an elite team of 12 as they travel to Slovenia to compete in the 2012 International Linguistics Olympiad, which will be held July 29 to August 4. .

WHEATON—Principal Alison Serino is leaving Wheaton's  to  take the helm at  in Bethesda, effective July 1. .

NORTH POTOMAC— senior Haley Skarupa was honored by the Montgomery County Council Tuesday, May 15, for her success in youth ice hockey on the international stage. Skarupa is a member of the United States Women's National Team, which took gold in 2011 at the International Ice Hockey Federation's World Women's U18 Championships. .

KENSINGTON—Emma Cogan, a senior at Loyola University Maryland, was recently accepted into a teaching assistantship in Malaysia through the Fulbright program. Patch talked to her about the application process and what she's most looking forward to. .

GAITHERSBURG—Two students earned awards from the Automotive Technology Foundation of the Montgomery County Public School system. .

CHEVY CHASE—The gymnastics team captured its fifth team title in six seasons on Tuesday, May 8, at the county's championship meet. .

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