Foundation News: Spring 2022
The Magnet Foundation Board has resumed in-person meetings, holding a hybrid meeting in early April.
The Board recently approved several grants:
$600 to support Pi Day celebrations at Blair (@blairprincipal)
$800 to send teachers to the Bond Academy conference
$3,500 to support the Montgomery County ARML Team
$4,200 to support the Montgomery Blair Math Tournament for middle school students
$5,000 to help students and chaperones attend the HOSA International Leadership Conference
Save the Date: The Foundation is planning a Magnet reunion for Saturday, August 27, 2022!
The Foundation Board is monitoring changes in MCPS policies regarding admission to Magnet programs:
MCPS Magnet program admission policy changes:
During the pandemic, MCPS stopped administering the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) for admission to Magnet programs, and there are no current plans to resume this testing
To ensure a race-neutral and school blind process, MCPS is no longer considering teacher recommendations
Admission to the Blair Magnet this year was based on grades, MAP scores (a countywide assessment given to all 8th graders), and student application materials
The Foundation Board has been in contact with parents from the Gifted & Talented Association of Montgomery County who are seeking to gather more information and to organize around changes to MCPS policies