The Academies at Montgomery Blair



51 University Boulevard East

Silver Spring, MD 20901-2451

Welcome to the Academies at

Montgomery Blair High School!

(301) 649-2880            @awall_of_art

Welcome back!!!

We hope everyone has had a great summer and wish you all the best as you start this new school year.  Remember, Ms. Amanda Wall, the new Academy Coordinator, and the Academy Lead Teachers are available in room 342 to help you with your Capstone questions, as well as to help you find interesting opportunities, clubs, and activities.  Be sure to stop by the Academy Office for more information!


The Politics of Radical Inclusion: An Evening with Dave Zirin

Please join Montgomery College President DeRionne P. Pollard
for a series of conversations exploring the politics of radical inclusion. 


Thursday, October 18, 7 p.m.

Dave Zirin

Sports Editor of The Nation

New York Times bestselling author Dave Zirin is the sports editor for The Nation. He has written ten books on the politics of sports. He is also the co-host of the radio show The Collision with Etan Thomas and hosts the Edge of Sports Podcast. His most recent book, Things That Make White People Uncomfortable, written with NFL player Michael Bennett, tackles issues of race and politics in professional sports—and in American communities. Bennett, who has refused to stand for the national anthem at football games, has used his talent and stature to draw attention to the issue of police violence, adding to a chorus of activists working to create public accountability. Zirin and Bennett write eloquently about the complexities of race and class in America and the necessities of dramatic action to challenge inequities.  A free copy of Zirin's book, Things That Make White People Uncomfortable, will be provided to the first 100 students at the event.  


Thursday, October 18, 7 p.m.

Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus

Cultural Arts Center 
7995 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, Maryland

Free parking. Click here for directions.

For information, call the President's Office at 240-567-5267 or visit

For special accommodations, please contact Lori Stegeman at 240-567-7301 or two weeks prior to the event. 


2019 Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Awards: Call for Songwriters

The fifth annual Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Awards is seeking the best local songwriters! The competition will award a Grand Prize of $10,000 and 25 hours of recording studio time with Innovation Station Music. A Young Songwriter Prize of $2,500 will also be awarded. Full-time residents of Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia are eligible to apply. Each song must have lyrics. All genres of music are accepted. 


The competition’s first round judges, who include professional artists, booking agents and music academia, will choose the semifinalists. A grand prize jury will then select the finalists who will each perform two of their original songs for a live audience on Friday, March 8, 2019, in Bethesda, MD. The award winners will be announced at the close of the show. The deadline to apply is Monday, November 5, 2018.

For more information and the application, please visit:


Free Hackathon!!!

Bishop Ireton High School Coding Club is hosting a free Hackathon. The event will take place from November 3 at 10:00 AM to November 4 at 12:00 PM. We plan to accommodate 200 participants,admission is free and food will be provided, but registration is required.

The basics you need to know about HackBI II:

It's free for everyone

No experience is required

Informative and engaging workshops

Grand Prize: Paid summer internship at Decipher Technology Studios

Exciting prizes like Robots, Phone Projectors, and Drones!

When: November 3-4, 2018

        Middle Schoolers from 10 AM - 10 PM

        High Schoolers from 10 AM - 12 PM

Where: Bishop Ireton High School, 201 Cambridge Road, Alexandria, VA 

Students from all over the Northern Virginia area are invited to learn about different subjects related to Computer Science and practice their skills with other high school coders like themselves. The environment is open to students of all skill levels, from beginner to advanced. Students will be exposed to professionals in the industry who care about fostering an interest in software development. There will be student and sponsor-led workshops focused on both improving student skills and teaching how to integrate the technology provided by our sponsors into projects. We strongly encourage all students with an interest in STEM fields to consider attending this hackathon. 

At the event, students, working in teams, will develop a project using the language/platform of their choice. They will present their project at the end of the event and there will be several categories of prizes awarded. Eighth grade students are invited from 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM on November 3, while High School students are invited from 10:00 AM on November 3 to 12:00 PM on November 4. 

There will be several exciting workshops designed to help students with coding. Students with no coding experience are encouraged to attend the hackathon, attend a workshop, and come away with a prize for the project they create. 

If interested, check out the event flyer and visit the registration web-site:


Discover Music at UMD

Interested in learning more about the music program at UMD?  Attend the 5th annual Discover Music Open House at the University of Maryland School of Music on Monday, October 8! This "Day in the Life" of our School is an opportunity for your students to attend and observe classes, rehearsals, coachings, and studio classes, as well as tour our facilities, attend information sessions, and meet and talk with our students and faculty.A registration form can be found here. And check out the attached flyer


Interested in Being a WTOP Journalist?

WTOP and, along with Huntington Learning Center, announced the first annual “Junior Reporter” promotion that gives kids in grades K-12 in the Washington area the chance to compete to become a junior journalist.  Winners will be crowned in three grade categories: K-5, 6-8 and 9-12. Three prizes will be awarded (one per category) and consist of $500 for the student, $1000 for the student’s school, and VIP treatment for the winner at the WTOP Studios – including a tour and chance to be featured on-air and online at Students enrolled in public, private or charter K-12 schools located in one of the following counties/districts are eligible to compete:


• In Maryland: Anne Arundel County, Calvert County, Charles County, Frederick County, Howard County,

Montgomery County, Prince George’s County, and St. Mary’s County;

• In Virginia: Arlington County, Fairfax County, Fauquier County, Loudoun County, Prince William County,

Stafford County, Spotsylvania County, City of Alexandria, City of Fairfax, City of Falls Church, City of

Manassas, and City of Manassas Park

• Washington D.C. public, private and charter schools


Pre-school and day care centers are NOT eligible to enter. Entries will be accepted beginning midnight on Monday, October 1 through 5 pm, Sunday, October 14 at search “Junior Reporter” and must be submitted by a parent or guardian.  Kids that can compete to be a finalist will be selected from eligible entries by a WTOP panel of judges.  Voting for finalists will take place at the same website from October 22 through November 7 at 5 pm. The three winners will be selected from the top finalists at WTOP’s discretion (based on set criteria) from November 7-11.


WTOP News Director Mike McMearty says, “As a news organization we are excited to have a program that fosters curiosity and enthusiasm for writing and journalism.  Plus, we think it will be a lot of fun and bring some levity to the daily news cycle.”

Huntington Learning Center’s Vice President of Business Development Anne Huntington says, “Huntington Learning Center has long been a proud supporter of and partner to local schools, teachers, and communities who want to improve the educational opportunities for their students. We're so pleased to have the opportunity to continue that tradition as a sponsor of the ’Junior Reporter’ campaign with WTOP. While Huntington Learning Center supports the educational needs of the families in the DC metro area, WTOP is a valuable resource for families in the DC area who want reliable and timely weather, traffic, news and sports.”


Winners will be unveiled online and on air from November 12 through November 17. 


About WTOP

WTOP Radio has served the Washington region since 1926 and has been Washington’s all-news radio station since 1969. WTOP is available on 103.5 FM in the D.C. metro, 103.9 FM in Frederick, 107.7 FM to the south and on any mobile device at WTOP and its sister station Federal News Radio are owned and operated by Hubbard Radio, LLC.


About Huntington Learning Center

For almost 40 years, Huntington’s highly trained tutors have worked with students of all ages and abilities to improve their grades and build self-confidence, organizational skills, and good study habits. Whether your child is struggling academically or just wants to get ahead, we can tailor a tutoring program that will achieve results. We can help unlock your child’s potential and send struggles packing with individualized tutoring in a number of academic fundamentals or major subjects.


Contact: Elly Rowe, Marketing and Media Implementation Coordinator


NEW: Global Education Certificate

A Global Education Certificate is being offered!  The purpose of the Academy Global Education Certificate is to prepare our students to be college ready and globally competent.  Exposing our scholars to global issues and other cultures is a gateway to college, graduation, and leadership.  Students who complete the requirements will receive a personalized college recommendation letter and a special honor cord at graduation.  See the Global Education Certificate page or Ms. Blaha in the Science office for more information.


Take advantage of the opportunities and resources available

and make this the year you work to reach your full potential!

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The Academies at Montgomery Blair High School are committed to providing a nurturing environment in which students are:

· challenged to achieve the highest level of academic rigor,

· supported in their pursuit of academic and career goals,

· provided access to career pathways that meet their interests/needs and,

· equipped with the skills to be successful beyond high school.