THE BETHESDA-CHEVY CHASE HIGH SCHOOL
invites you to
The event will highlight academic excellence at B-CC High School and the Foundation programs that help our students succeed.
When: March 12, 2015, 7-9pm
Where: Woman’s Club of Chevy Chase, 7931 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase, MD
RSVP by: Sunday, March 8, 2015
Tickets: $50 per person (estimated ticket value $30)
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Long-time Foundation Supporter, The Chevy Chase Land Company, Has New Scholarship for Graduating B-CC HS Students
In commemorating its 125th anniversary, The Chevy Chase Land Company, a long-time Foundation supporter, announced this week that it is establishing a new, annual $5,000 scholarship to be awarded to a graduating B-CC High School student planning to pursue a career in architecture, engineering, or land use/ transportation planning. The new “CCLS Smart Growth Scholarship” is intended to support and prepare the next generation of professionals who will be planning and building healthy, environmentally sustainable, and connected communities.
According to the company’s press release, “The Land Company has been a long-time supporter of the B-CC High School Educational Foundation, and has already committed a total of $40,000 to help fund its efforts to ensure that every B-CC High School student can succeed academically. The Land Company’s additional sponsorship of the CCLC Smart Growth Scholarship reflects its ongoing commitment to supporting young people in the local community.”
The CCLC Smart Growth Scholarship application is available at http://www.cclandco.com/community/Scholarship_form_-_BCC.pdf. Application deadline is April 3, 2015.
As the school year begins for B-CC seniors, there is much to look forward to: They’ve survived junior year, with its heavy course load, its endless SAT/ACT practice, and, perhaps most trying of all, its tendency to provoke parental freakouts.
So much is behind these 17- and 18-year-olds (well, maybe not the freakouts), but there’s one final hurdle on their path to the future: the college application, and, most angst-producing of all, the application essay. For many students (and their nearby relatives), the experience of producing those 500 words casts a long shadow over the fall of their final year of high school.
But for Madeline Linder and 54 other B-CC seniors, these past couple of months were significantly less fraught, thanks to the B-CC High School Educational Foundation’s College Application Essay Workshop.
According to Madeline, the workshop, which was taught last summer by Sarah Mahoney and Claudia Frank, two of B-CC’s very own English teachers, “was definitely so helpful. It’s hard motivating yourself after junior year, but it gave me time to come up with an idea, time to write it, and feedback from the teachers, which was great.”
Her mom, Penelope Bell, couldn’t agree more: “She started the school year with a completed essay, removing a major source of stress during the college application process. Best of all, she wrote the essay in four workshop sessions, without us having to nag her into doing it.”
The workshop, part of the Foundation’s expanded summer offerings, ran in two sessions, from July 8-11, and from August 12-15. Designed for students needing extra support, the program is open to all rising seniors. “We couldn’t believe the response we got,” says Sarah Mahoney. “We had a waiting list of about 30 kids. We were amazed so many kids were willing to give up 10 hours of their summer, but they were. And it really paid off: Each kid got about 20 minutes of one-on-one time with us each day.”
Another plus, she added, is that she and Ms. Frank “have known a lot of these kids for a couple of years. The kids are comfortable with us, and feel comfortable challenging us. In the back-and-forth, the essay really becomes something that is theirs, and it says something about them, which is the ultimate goal. They’re proud of it.”
In order to continue to underwrite this workshop, the Foundation needs your help. The college application essay is just one component in our Campaign for Academic Excellence, which comprises a mix of our traditional programs plus some exciting new initiatives, and provides a continuum of year-round support for our students.
Donate today and help us help all the students at B-CC!
“It was just a really hard class,” she recalls. “Everyone was struggling. My teacher, Ms. Lin, encouraged me to get extra help by going to TAP after school.” Shaina says she’d go twice a week, and usually had Ms. Lin herself helping her. “Just sitting down with the teacher was so helpful. And she was the one who was making up and grading the quizzes, so it couldn’t have been better…Honestly, I think the only reason I got a good grade in that class was because of TAP.”
Shaina’s experience exemplifies the impact that TAP (Time for Academic Progress), a Foundation-funded afterschool academic support program, has had on many students at B-CC. More than 50% of the student body has gone to TAP, and there were over 1200 visits to the program in the 2013-2014 school year. Fully funded by donations to the Foundation since 2003, TAP addresses the needs of all students in all grades, in everything from on-level courses to advanced classes, in math, science, English, and Social Studies.
This year, in an effort to reach even more students, TAP has been revamped, based on recommendations from the teachers: It’s now centralized in the cafeteria (rather than spread out in different classrooms), so students can get help with several subjects if they need it, and to create a sort of “student union” feel. Football coaches have moved the team study hall to the cafeteria, allowing players to get the academic assistance they need in specific subjects.
The students now have better access to the Cyber Café, a computer center created with funding from the Foundation. Another innovation has been the creation of a “TAP folder,” which allows students who want comments on a paper to save their drafts online during the day. TAP English teachers comment on the drafts electronically, so students can get help without needing to be physically present. The cafeteria has also chipped in by providing snacks. Six to seven teachers are there every day, with a total of twelve staffing the program.
The changes are working. Attendance has risen significantly and students are not only getting help in multiple subjects but they are getting help from multiple sources. “The atmosphere is vibrant and the numbers [of students] are increasing,” says Stacy Farrar, the program coordinator.
In order to continue to underwrite TAP, the Foundation needs your help. TAP is one of the Foundation’s most well-known programs, but it is just one component in our Campaign for Academic Excellence. The Campaign comprises a mix of our traditional programs plus some exciting new initiatives, and provides a continuum of year-round support for our students.
Donate now and help us help ALL the students at B-CC!
A big thank you to B-CC Senior James Becker, President of the Scandinavian Club, for hosting an incredible evening with two Nobel Prize winners! 250 people came to be inspired by Dr. Thomas Schelling (2005, Economics) and Dr. William Phillips (1997, Physics) and support the Foundation. Highlights from the event are available in this video, courtesy of MCPS.