Paint Branch Educational Foundation


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Potbelly Sandwich Shop Fundraiser – May 25, 2016, 6-8 pm

It’s always a good night to eat out, especially during the week when things are crazy! And, if your dining also helps a charitable group that works for our school, all the better, right?

Please join us at the

Potbelly Sandwich Shop
12273 Tech Road, Silver Spring, 20904

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

from 6-8 pm and Potbelly will donate 25% of the sales to the Paint Branch HS Educational Foundation!

Thanks for your support!

Potbelly Fundraiser Flyer

Paint Branch High School Educational Foundation Awards $2,500.00 in Grants Benefitting Paint Branch Staff and Students in 2015-2016

The Board of Directors of the Paint Branch High School Educational Foundation is pleased to announce the awarding of five mini-grants to Paint Branch High School staff.

The five winning mini-grants will benefit a variety of programs and classes at the school:

1. Grant: Competition Travel Scholarship – Christine Mitchell, Choral Teacher
This $500.00 mini-grant will help provide support to the Music Department by funding part of the costs associated with their trip. The Band and Chorus are traveling to Disney World in April 2016. The Marching Band will march in the Disney Parade and the Jazz Singers will perform at Epcot. In addition, the students will participate in instrumental and choral workshops.

An opportunity to perform in such a venue is rare but for these students, well deserved. Students will remember this opportunity always. Their hard work continues to keep music alive and respected here at Paint Branch.

2. Grant: Phenomenal Women Group – Karla Calloway – ED Cluster RTSE and Margaret Flagg – MCPS Social Worker
Paint Branch High School’s “Phenomenal Woman” group strives for education, understanding, and goal setting techniques for at-risk girls in the school. The $500 grant will be used to enhance social/emotional learning so the students will acquire skills to plan, organize, and look forward to what comes after High School. The students will brainstorm the topics for their meetings. Guest speakers form the community will be used to address the topics of interest.

This grant will enable these “Phenomenal Women” to encourage each other and support each other in order to become hopeful, responsible, and active members of their community. Our mission, our purpose is to provide an open forum to help these young women help themselves through education, discussion and modeling.

3. Grant: Boat Race vs. Springbrook IAPS Class – Morgan Kauffman, Science Teacher
The $500 grant will help fund materials and transportation to Martin Luther King pool to compete in a boat race against Springbrook High School. Paint Branch’s emerging scholars will design and build boats with the concept of reuse, reduce, and recycle while integrating concepts about properties of water, water quality, erosion due to water, and buoyancy.

Materials such as duct tape, hot glue, box cutters, gloves for hand protection, and water quality testing kits will be used by the students to practice testing water and perform actual testing at the pool. Students will have the opportunity to design, build, and test their boats while competing against our rival school, Springbrook.

4. Grant: Using Theater to Build Language Skills – Carole Raymond, ESOL Teacher
This $500 grant will pay for tickets to a live stage performance at the Olney Theater for students who are learning English as a second language. This grant will address the need to develop literacy in students who are learning English as a second language. This experience could stimulate an interest in theater which relates to literacy.

Students who are learning English as a second language benefit from numerous and varied opportunities to become immersed in language. Attending a live performance offers students another method by which they can connect with language. This provides an excellent exercise in listening and later expressing ideas, opinions, and reactions to the performance.

5. Grant: Science Expo – Samantha Candia, Science Teacher and Signature Coordinator
This $500 grant will help fund materials needed for the school wide science expo in spring 2016. Students in science classes at Paint Branch High School will get the opportunity to develop inquiry-based science projects that they will showcase at the 2016 Science Expo. Each science class will receive funding to develop a question/problem pertaining to their curriculum and will work on this project throughout the semester.

The Science Expo in the spring of 2016 is attended by middle school students in the Paint Branch Community as well as the community at large. Middle School students coming to Paint Branch will participate in an inquiry-based scavenger hunt throughout the science expo. This will allow students planning to attend Paint Branch to become more engaged in science and give them a glimpse of the high school science experience.

Chipotle Fundraiser – October 12, 2015

What is better than a reason to not have to cook on a Monday Federal Holiday? Benefitting a school with your cooking holiday!

The Paint Branch HS Educational Foundation is having a fundraiser at Chipotle!

12060 Cherry Hill Rd, Silver Spring

Monday, October 12th between 5:00pm and 8:00pm.

Bring in the Chipotle flyer, show it on your smart phone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to the Paint Branch High School Educational Foundation.

Thanks so much for your support!

Paint Branch High School Educational Foundation Awards $4,500 in Scholarships to Seniors

The Paint Branch High School Educational Foundation awarded eight scholarships to Paint Branch Seniors totaling $4,500.00 to be applied to the college or technical school of their choice.

The Educational Foundation awarded six $500 Educational Foundation Scholarships. One $500 FlexEl Scholarship, was also awarded and sponsored by FlexEl LLC. This scholarship also includes the opportunity of a paid summer internship at FlexEl, located on the campus of the University of Maryland, College Park. Also awarded was the second Jeanette E. Dixon Scholarship for $1000.00 sponsored by the Paint Branch Athletic Association. This scholarship was offered this year in honor of former principal, Jeanette Dixon, who retired in 2013. The winning student-athlete earned at least one varsity letter, was academically successful in the classroom and demonstrated leadership skills at school or in the community.

The seniors who won the scholarships are:

Paint Branch HS Educational Foundation Scholarships:

  • Melanie Batchelor, Hamline University
  • Jorden Campbell, Barry University
  • Colin Creagan, Howard Community College
  • Jessica Hutchinson, Towson University
  • Lori Maszkiewicz, Salisbury University
  • Patrick Vigna, James Madison University

Flexel Scholarship:

  • Aman Anand, University of Maryland, College Park

Jeanette Dixon Scholarship:

  • Adeola Animasahun, University of Pittsburgh

All students were asked to write a 500 word essay interpreting and reacting to a quote from Theodor Geisel, commonly known as Dr. Seuss.

“To the world you may be one person; but to one person you may be the world.” – Dr. Seuss

This quote resonated with the Educational Foundation Board Members because it reminds us how much the actions of one person can make a difference to someone else. Students were asked to interpret the above quote and relate it to their time here at Paint Branch High School as well as to their educational future.

From the initial group of applications, the Board of Directors selected the top ten applicants to interview. Interviews were then held and the eight scholarship winners were selected. The scholarships were presented to the students at the Academic Awards night held at Paint Branch High School in May 2015.

Safeway and eScrip Update

It was announced that starting August 1, 2015, Safeway is no longer participating in the eScrip program. What this means is that contributions are no longer based on your purchases when you shop at any Safeway stores.

We have been very fortunate to have this source of funding for the Paint Branch HS Educational Foundation, and during the 2014-2015 school year, we earned approximately $1,200 – enough to fund 2 mini-grants to staff or two scholarships to seniors! We are very appreciative of your support in this fundraising effort.

One important thing to remember is that eScrip is not ending, just the association they have with Safeway. The $1,200 we earned was primarily from Safeway contributions, but we also earned a much smaller amount – less than $50 – from the other eScrip partners.

What we are hoping is that you will remember us when shopping online – and use the click through from our website to the eScrip online mall, which includes sites such as! Increasing our income from online shopping will help offset the great loss from the end of Safeway’s contributions.

Before you shop online, just go to our eScrip info page and scroll down to the eScrip Online Mall logo. Click on it, and a new window will open. It will ask you to login or register; If you want to register, then all you need provide is an email address and your name. You must also specify when you register which organization you are supporting. You are allowed to select up to three, so you can support your other children’s schools too! If you do not want to sign up, then you can sign-in use the following email address we set up – – no password required! Any online shopping you do after that will benefit our organization, and thus our school! Learn more about How to use the Online Mall.

eScrip also has a dining rewards component. If you register your credit card in your account profile, whenever you use it when eating out at certain restaurants, we will get a percentage of what you spend. Learn more about eScrip Dining.

Of course, we would also love any direct donations you might be willing to make to help offset this loss in income. We always want to do more for our students and staff and are only limited by the amount of money we can raise! There is a link for direct donations at the top of this page.

Paint Branch High School Educational Foundation Awards $3,355.00 in Grants Benefitting Paint Branch Staff and Students in 2014-2015

The Board of Directors of the Paint Branch High School Educational Foundation is pleased to announce the awarding of eight mini-grants to Paint Branch High School staff.

The eight winning mini-grants will benefit a variety of programs and classes at the school:

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