The Paint Branch High School Educational Foundation, Inc. is an all volunteer, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2007. Governed by a Board of Directors, the Foundation supports programs that provide a positive and comprehensive educational experience for all students. Our programs provide financial support for scholarships, programs and services that support students, staff and families of Paint Branch High School.
Mini-grants for the 2015-2016 school year have been awarded. Scholarship winners for 2016 were announced on May 18, 2016 at the Academic Awards Ceremony.
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The Paint Branch High School Educational Foundation awarded eight scholarships to Paint Branch Seniors totaling $4,500.00 to be applied to the college or technical school of their choice.
The Educational Foundation awarded six $500 Educational Foundation Scholarships. One $500 Mildred Berry Ziegler Scholarship was also awarded and sponsored by the Mildred Berry Ziegler Scholarship Fund. Also awarded was the third Jeanette E. Dixon Scholarship for $1000.00 sponsored by the Paint Branch Athletic Association. This scholarship was offered this year in honor of former principal, Jeanette Dixon, who retired in 2013. The winning student-athlete earned at least one varsity letter, was academically successful in the classroom and demonstrated leadership skills at school or in the community.
The seniors who won the scholarships are:
Paint Branch HS Educational Foundation Scholarships:
- Brett Jones, American University
- Calvin Sempebwa, Morehouse College
- Melanie D. Doan, Florida Atlantic University
- Jessika A. Agyepong, Spelman College
- Aaron Kassman, Syracuse University
- Ifechukwude Nwando Arah, University of Maryland, College Park
Mildred Berry Ziegler Scholarship:
- Caitlin McBride, Johns Hopkins University
Jeanette Dixon Scholarship:
- Jared Belke, University of Maryland, College Park
All students were asked to write a 500 word essay interpreting and reacting to a quote from American essayist, poet and leader of the Transcendentalist movement, Ralph Waldo Emerson.
“What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
This quote resonated with the Educational Foundation Board Members because it contrasts our inner selves against the things we do in life. Students were asked to interpret the above quote and relate it to their time here at Paint Branch High School as well as to their educational future.
From the initial group of applications, the Board of Directors selected the top thirteen applicants to interview. Interviews were then held and the eight scholarship winners were selected. The scholarships were presented to the students at the Academic Awards night held at Paint Branch High School in May 2016.
It’s always a good night to eat out, especially during the week when things are crazy! And, if your dining also helps a charitable group that works for our school, all the better, right?
Please join us at the
Potbelly Sandwich Shop
12273 Tech Road, Silver Spring, 20904
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
from 6-8 pm and Potbelly will donate 25% of the sales to the Paint Branch HS Educational Foundation!
Thanks for your support!
Paint Branch High School Educational Foundation Awards $2,500.00 in Grants Benefitting Paint Branch Staff and Students in 2015-2016
The Board of Directors of the Paint Branch High School Educational Foundation is pleased to announce the awarding of five mini-grants to Paint Branch High School staff.
The five winning mini-grants will benefit a variety of programs and classes at the school:
1. Grant: Competition Travel Scholarship – Christine Mitchell, Choral Teacher
This $500.00 mini-grant will help provide support to the Music Department by funding part of the costs associated with their trip. The Band and Chorus are traveling to Disney World in April 2016. The Marching Band will march in the Disney Parade and the Jazz Singers will perform at Epcot. In addition, the students will participate in instrumental and choral workshops.
An opportunity to perform in such a venue is rare but for these students, well deserved. Students will remember this opportunity always. Their hard work continues to keep music alive and respected here at Paint Branch.
2. Grant: Phenomenal Women Group – Karla Calloway – ED Cluster RTSE and Margaret Flagg – MCPS Social Worker
Paint Branch High School’s “Phenomenal Woman” group strives for education, understanding, and goal setting techniques for at-risk girls in the school. The $500 grant will be used to enhance social/emotional learning so the students will acquire skills to plan, organize, and look forward to what comes after High School. The students will brainstorm the topics for their meetings. Guest speakers form the community will be used to address the topics of interest.
This grant will enable these “Phenomenal Women” to encourage each other and support each other in order to become hopeful, responsible, and active members of their community. Our mission, our purpose is to provide an open forum to help these young women help themselves through education, discussion and modeling.
3. Grant: Boat Race vs. Springbrook IAPS Class – Morgan Kauffman, Science Teacher
The $500 grant will help fund materials and transportation to Martin Luther King pool to compete in a boat race against Springbrook High School. Paint Branch’s emerging scholars will design and build boats with the concept of reuse, reduce, and recycle while integrating concepts about properties of water, water quality, erosion due to water, and buoyancy.
Materials such as duct tape, hot glue, box cutters, gloves for hand protection, and water quality testing kits will be used by the students to practice testing water and perform actual testing at the pool. Students will have the opportunity to design, build, and test their boats while competing against our rival school, Springbrook.
4. Grant: Using Theater to Build Language Skills – Carole Raymond, ESOL Teacher
This $500 grant will pay for tickets to a live stage performance at the Olney Theater for students who are learning English as a second language. This grant will address the need to develop literacy in students who are learning English as a second language. This experience could stimulate an interest in theater which relates to literacy.
Students who are learning English as a second language benefit from numerous and varied opportunities to become immersed in language. Attending a live performance offers students another method by which they can connect with language. This provides an excellent exercise in listening and later expressing ideas, opinions, and reactions to the performance.
5. Grant: Science Expo – Samantha Candia, Science Teacher and Signature Coordinator
This $500 grant will help fund materials needed for the school wide science expo in spring 2016. Students in science classes at Paint Branch High School will get the opportunity to develop inquiry-based science projects that they will showcase at the 2016 Science Expo. Each science class will receive funding to develop a question/problem pertaining to their curriculum and will work on this project throughout the semester.
The Science Expo in the spring of 2016 is attended by middle school students in the Paint Branch Community as well as the community at large. Middle School students coming to Paint Branch will participate in an inquiry-based scavenger hunt throughout the science expo. This will allow students planning to attend Paint Branch to become more engaged in science and give them a glimpse of the high school science experience.