School Notes: Walt Whitman, Albert Einstein Schools Might Soon Run On Solar Power

Plus: Local student fashion shoot picked up by Vogue, MCPS teams up with KID Museum


The rooftops of Kensington and Bethesda schools might soon turn into mini solar farms.

The Montgomery County Board of Education is scheduled to vote Tuesday about setting up solar panels at four public schools, including Walt Whitman High in Bethesda and Albert Einstein High in Kensington.

Under the proposal, a contractor will install the solar panels and will own and maintain them, as long as Montgomery County Public Schools agrees to “host” the system for the next 20 years. The schools will then buy electricity from the company at reduced rates, according to a staff report.

Savings are estimated to total about $75,000 per year.

Solar panels are already converting sunshine to power at 12 schools in Montgomery County, including several in Rockville and Silver Spring.

MCPS staff members wrote that they picked Walt Whitman High, Albert Einstein High, Roberto W. Clemente Middle in Germantown and Rosa Parks Middle in Olney because the schools have newly installed roofs capable of accommodating the panels. These schools also don’t have landscaped areas that already claim significant rooftop space, according to the staff report.

Walter Johnson seniors make crocheted fashion statement

Two seniors from Walter Johnson High School are getting some attention for a photo shoot featured by Vogue, according to the school’s student publication.

Senior William Manogue modeled for the photos taken by classmate Danait Desta, and the fashion stylist was Daniel Green, a graduate of the high school in Bethesda, the Pitch reported. The fashion shoot spotlighted crocheted sweaters, scarves and pants designed by Menyelek Rose, a Baltimore native.

The headline of Vogue’s online article declared that Rose’s creations were “Turning Young Thug and Other Rappers Onto Granny Crochet.”

School system, KID Museum partner on science learning

MCPS and the KID Museum are teaming up to create more opportunities for learning about science, technology, engineering and math.

The school district and the Bethesda museum recently announced the Invent the Future Challenge, a competition in which teams of middle school students will design and build an innovative solution to tackle a community problem, a press release stated.

This year’s challenge is to decrease the environmental impact of their school or home; contest organizers will share more information about it in coming weeks, the release stated.

MCPS and the museum are also in talks about opening STEM learning centers at elementary schools.

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