Bethesda Private Schools Decide To Drop AP Classes; Marriott To Celebrate Groundbreaking with Root Beer Giveaway

News, announcements and other helpful links for Tuesday morning


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Private schools in Bethesda decide to drop Advanced Placement classes

Holton-Arms School and Landon in Bethesda are among the seven prominent private schools in the area that have decided to do away with Advanced Placement classes in the next four years. The schools issued a joint statement announcing the decision, saying the AP program isn't necessary for college preparation and has "diminished utility." AP stresses memorization and test preparation too strongly, the private school representatives say. [Washington Post]

Marriott will give away free root beer after groundbreaking

Marriott International will give away free root beer and commemorative mugs as company officials break ground on their headquarters project in downtown Bethesda. The giveaway is scheduled to begin Thursday at about 11:30 a.m. across from the Woodmont Corner Garage and will continue until supplies run out. The root beer is a nod to the roots of the company, whose founder opened an A&W stand in D.C. in 1927. [Marriott HQ website]

Rockville's new police chief to take office Monday

The city of Rockville is swearing in its new police chief, Victor Brito, on Monday. The ceremony will take place at Rockville City Hall and will begin at 6 p.m. Brito was the police chief in Hagerstown and, before that, worked in the Metropolitan Police Department in D.C. for 25 years. [Montgomery Community Media]

New water tests show elevated lead levels in more MCPS schools

Elevated levels of lead showed up in samples from drinking water at more than 60 Montgomery County public schools in a new round of water testing. Montgomery County Public Schools has been conducting a systemwide review of its drinking water since February. The newest batch of reports were from tests at 150 schools. MCPS representatives said elementary schools accounted for most of the roughly 60 schools where elevated levels of lead were detected; the school system has fixed water outlets in these locations or is working on a solution. [Fox5]

Rain, storms possible for Tuesday 

The area could see scattered showers and thunderstorms Tuesday morning and early afternoon. Temperatures are expected to top out at about 89 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

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