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Robert Frost Middle School

Address 9201 Scott Drive
Rockville, Maryland 20850
Contact Information Phone: 301-279-3949
Fax: 301-279-3956
Counseling Office: 301-279-3965
Established 1971
Community Suburban
Type Public Intermediate
Student Body Co-Educational
Student to Teacher Ratio 18.5
Grades 6 to 8
Enrollment 1157
District Montgomery County Public Schools
Area Four
Wootton Cluster
Nickname RFMS (pronounced riff-miss or are-eff-em-ess)
Mascot Eagle
Colors Blue and Gold
Mottoes School of Excellence
Where Excellence Soars
Newspaper The Eagle Eye
Distinctions 1997 Maryland State Blue Ribbon School of Excellence
School Website Home Page
Administration
Dr. Joseph N. Jones, Principal
Mr. Andrew Fields, Assistant Principal
Ms. Kimberly Williams, Assistant Principal
Ms. Diane D'Ambrosio Morris, Student Support Specialist

Robert Frost Middle School is a middle school in Rockville, Maryland. Its namesake is poet Robert Frost. The school was founded in 1971 and is part of the Montgomery County Public Schools system. The majority of the students, after graduating, attend Thomas Sprigg Wootton High School. The current principal is Dr. Joseph N. Jones. A 2002 aerial photo of Robert Frost Middle School. ... Location in the State of Maryland Coordinates: Country United States State Maryland County Montgomery County Founded 1717 Incorporated 1860  - Mayor Larry Giammo Area    - City  13. ... Official language(s) None (English, de facto) Capital Annapolis Largest city Baltimore Area  Ranked 42nd  - Total 12,407 sq mi (32,133 km²)  - Width 90 miles (145 km)  - Length 249 miles (400 km)  - % water 21  - Latitude 37° 53′ N to 39° 43′ N  - Longitude 75° 03′ W to 79° 29... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. ... Housing subdivision near Union, Kentucky, a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Middle school (also known as intermediate school or junior high school) covers a period of education that straddles primary education and secondary education, serving as a bridge between the two. ... Coeducation is the integrated education of males and females at the same school facilities. ... The Montgomery County Public Schools system in Montgomery County, Maryland, USA is noted for its nationwide excellence. ... Thomas Sprigg Wootton High School is a high school in Rockville, Maryland. ... Genera Several, see below. ... The term blue may refer to any of a number of similar colours. ... General Name, Symbol, Number gold, Au, 79 Chemical series transition metals Group, Period, Block 11, 6, d Appearance metallic yellow Standard atomic weight 196. ... The Blue Ribbon Schools Program is a United States government program created to honor schools. ... Middle school (also known as intermediate school or junior high school) covers a period of education that straddles primary education and secondary education, serving as a bridge between the two. ... Location in the State of Maryland Coordinates: Country United States State Maryland County Montgomery County Founded 1717 Incorporated 1860  - Mayor Larry Giammo Area    - City  13. ... If a person, place, or thing is named after a different person, place, or thing, then one is said to be the namesake of the other. ... The poor poet A poet is a person who writes poetry. ... Robert Lee Frost (March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963) was an American poet. ... The Montgomery County Public Schools system in Montgomery County, Maryland, USA is noted for its nationwide excellence. ... Thomas Sprigg Wootton High School is a high school in Rockville, Maryland. ... A principal is the chief administrator in an elementary school, secondary school, or high school. ...

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Academics

Most students who attend Frost go to Thomas Sprigg Wootton High School for high school. Many students, however, qualify for and enter the Science, Mathematics, and Computer Science Magnet Program at Montgomery Blair High School and the International Baccalaureate program at Richard Montgomery High School. Thomas Sprigg Wootton High School is a high school in Rockville, Maryland. ... Montgomery Blair High School (most often simply known as Blair) is a public high school located in Silver Spring in unincorporated Montgomery County, Maryland. ... Montgomery Blair High School (most often simply known as Blair) is a public high school located in Silver Spring in unincorporated Montgomery County, Maryland. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into International Baccalaureate Organization. ... Richard Montgomery High School (#201) is a secondary public school located in Rockville, Maryland. ...


Student government

Students from Frost actively participate in Student Government Associations at various levels. These include the A Student Government Association is a body of students in a high school, college, or university who are elected by their peers and serve on a type of council that advises the education administration on matters affecting students and desires which the student body wishes to see come about. ...

  • Robert Frost Middle School Student Government Association (school level)
  • Montgomery County Junior Council of Student Government Associations (county level)
  • Maryland Assembly of Student Councils (state level)

Basketball team

The Frost boys' basketball team had a 28-game winning streak as of their 2004–2005 season until they lost their last game of the season against Herbert Hoover Middle School. They recuperated, though, winning all their games in the 2005-2006 season. However in the 2007-2008 season as of February 28 both the boys and girls baskbetball teams at Frost are undefeated. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... February 28 is the 59th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Math team

The Frost math team won all four meets of the 2005-2006 season, and they even won first place in the county at their first meet, with a record-breaking 57 points. They also won all four of their meets in the 2004-2005 and the 2003-2004 seasons, as well as winning the last two meets in the 2002-2003 season. Hence, the team has been undefeated for the past fourteen meets, and, as of the end of the 2005-2006 season, was fourth in the county overall as well as the top non-magnet team in the county. Some of the math team's players even qualify for the county's ARML math team, a very prestigious honor as it is usually a high-school competition and only the top fifteen middle school students in the whole county are invited. Montgomery County has one of only two middle-school teams in the country at ARML. The American Regions Mathematics League (ARML), is an annual high school mathematics team competition held simultaneously at three locations in the United States: the University of Iowa, Penn State, and San Jose State. ...


Mrs. Smith, algebra teacher and long-time math coach (noted for her fourteen-meet winning streak) is retiring at the end of the 2005-2006 school year, and Mrs. Stolz, another math teacher, will take over.


Dessert Theater

Since 2001, the Robert Frost Drama Department directors have created original scripts for the spring production. These shows take a year to plan, four months to prepare and are performed over three days in March. Two of the shows also include dessert, which is served by the cast, in costume, during intermission. Each year, over 200 students audition for a limited number of spots, with fewer than 1/3 making the show. Students bring their talents in dancing, singing, acting, painting, lighting and sound to produce a high quality show that is found nowhere else in the county.


The shows include:

  • 2001 - Rock Around the Clock - Directed by Donna Paoletti, Valerie Powell, and Julie Gummo
  • 2002 - Back to the Future - Directed by Elaine Lee, Craig McKee, Donna Paoletti, and Valerie Powell
  • 2003 - Fifteen Minutes of Fame - Directed by Elaine Lee, Craig McKee, Donna Paoletti, and Kristen Kaelin
  • 2004 - School of Rock - Directed by Craig McKee, Kenneth Reddington, Jamie Zellers, and Donna Paoletti
  • 2005 - The Unusual Suspects - Directed by Kenneth Reddington, Craig McKee, Donna Paoletti, and Jamie Zellers
  • 2006 - Wicked'er - Directed by Kenneth Reddington and Craig McKee
  • 2007 - Blast From the Past- Directed by Katherine Meyers and Stephen Fernandes

The cast ranges from 50 - 80 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students who act, sing and dance. Former cast members have also returned to help choreograph and work with the actors and singers.


The crew ranges from 15 - 20 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students who work on painting, wood working, prop construction, and also running the sound and light board. Former crew members have also returned to help paint and construct sets and teach new crew members how to work the sound board, mics, and lights.


Addition lighting and sound equipment is provided through Barry Parzow at Sonic Non-Profit. Barry Parzow also works closely with the directors on sound and lighting logistics, special effects, and blocking.


Music department

The Frost jazz band, concert band, and orchestra compete at a local and national music festival every year. The local festival is part of the Montgomery County Public School system and the national festival was Festivals of Music up until 2006, when Frost started attending Allstar Music festivals. The chorus also started participating in the local festivals in 2005. Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) [1] is a school district that serves Montgomery County, Maryland, USA. Students in the district score among the top in the nation on Advanced Placement examinations. ...


All three bands have earned a "superior", the highest possible rating, at every national festival for the last twenty years. Unfortunately, the concert band broke that trend in 2006 with an "excellent", the next-highest rating. That year, all three bands earned first place in their category (even without a superior rating for the concert band). The orchestra also won the award for the highest single score, and the entire school won the "sweeps" award for the highest average score.


The jazz band also performs yearly at the Fish Middleton East Coast Jazz Festival at the Doubletree Hotel in Rockville, Maryland. The jazz band had two concerts there in 2006, one on Thursday as the kickoff band for the entire festival and one on Saturday during prime time. The jazz band has at least ten performances each year and is regarded as a prominent figure in the middle school music groups. During Jazz Band performances, many students present professional level solos. These range from wind instruments, to brass, to percussion, to the bass guitar. The official logo for DoubleTree Doubletree is an upscale hotel chain operated by Hilton Hotels Corporation. ... Location in the State of Maryland Coordinates: Country United States State Maryland County Montgomery County Founded 1717 Incorporated 1860  - Mayor Larry Giammo Area    - City  13. ...


On Monday, February 19, 2007, the jazz band played at Strathmore Hall in Bethesda. Songs played included: Salsa Caliente, Birdland, Watermelon Man, Witchcraft, Theme from "Shaft," Shuffle Stop, and Tiger of San Pedro.


The Robert Frost Jazz Band has played several concerts this year. Sadly, the year is coming to an end and the following people are leaving: Jordan Lesser, Simon Dai, Eric Woodard, Lauren Cook, Lauren Fagan, Jeffery Popkin, Michael Coltun, Rori Kameka, Michael Zhang, Peter Dunlop, Matthew Jeffers, and Paul Darling.


The concert band, the orchestra, and the jazz band recently went on a trip to Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to play at the Festivals of Music. All three ensembles received a superior rating and first place in each of their categories. The Jazz Band also received a special award for an outstanding rhythm section, including: Jeffery Popkin and Lauren Zehrung on piano, Michael Coltun and Alexa Angle on bass, Eric Woodard and Lauren Cook on set, and Lauren Fagan and Sam Aman on vibes.


Frost also has an intermediate band (which sometimes performs at local festivals) and a sixth grade band and orchestra.


The current band director is Kenneth Krohn. Frost also has an excellent seventh and eighth grade chorus directed by Elaine Lee, an alumnus of Frost and Wootton. Lee also teaches Theater and Musical Theater.


Notable events

Science bowl

For more information, see the 2005 national contest results.

Robert Frost sent a team to the 2005 Virginia/Maryland Regional Middle School Science Bowl on March 5, 2005. The Robert Frost team won first place in the regional competition and advanced to the nationals, which were held June 23 through June 26, 2005. The team was even publicized in numerous newspaper articles including: The Washington Post, Rockville Gazette, and the Potomac Gazette and a Press release from the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, the laboratory that hosted the regional event. Science Bowl is a middle school academic competition, similar to Quiz Bowl, held in the United States. ... Science Bowl is a middle school academic competition, similar to Quiz Bowl, held in the United States. ... This article is about the day. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 174th day of the year (175th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 177th day of the year (178th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (TJNAF), commonly called Jefferson Lab (JLAB), is a U.S. national laboratory operated by Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA) for the U.S. Department of Energy. ...


At the National Middle School Science Bowl at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado, the Frost team won fifth place out of twenty-four teams in the academic competition and third place out of twenty four teams in the hydrogen fuel cell car competition. The team was again publicized, including mentions in the Rockville Gazette, the Potomac Gazette, and the Aspen Hill Gazette, as well as the Press release from the United States Department of Energy website, which sponsored the event. The Colorado School of Mines is a public research university devoted to engineering and applied science located in the town of Golden, Colorado. ... Downtown Golden, Colorado Golden, Colorado lies at the mouth of Clear Creek at the edge of the foothills of the Front Range. ... The United States Department of Energy (DOE) is a Cabinet-level department of the United States government responsible for energy policy and nuclear safety. ...


Notable alumni

The school's most notable alumni are four of the members of the American rock group Of A Revolution. After Richard On, Benj Gershman, Marc Roberge, and Chris Culos graduated from Robert Frost Middle School, they attended Thomas Sprigg Wootton High School and formed the band. Of A Revolution (or O.A.R.) is an American rock band consisting of Marc Roberge (lead vocals & guitar), Chris Culos (drums), Richard On (lead guitar), Benj Gershman (bass), and Jerry DePizzo (saxophone and guitar). ... Thomas Sprigg Wootton High School is a high school in Rockville, Maryland. ...


The radio DJ, Flounder, on the talk show Elliot in the Morning / Flounders Mash Ups on DC101


Statistics

The following are statistics concerning Frost.


Ethnicity

The ethnicity in percentages for Robert Frost Middle School, on the left, and the state of Maryland, on the right, for grades sixth through eight are: Official language(s) None (English, de facto) Capital Annapolis Largest city Baltimore Area  Ranked 42nd  - Total 12,407 sq mi (32,133 km²)  - Width 90 miles (145 km)  - Length 249 miles (400 km)  - % water 21  - Latitude 37° 53′ N to 39° 43′ N  - Longitude 75° 03′ W to 79° 29...

Ethnicity Robert Frost Middle School State of Maryland
African American 4% 36%
Native American <1% <1%
Asian 30% 4%
Hispanic 4% 5%
White 62% 54%

Standardized testing

According to the Maryland School Assessment in 2003, 87% of 8th graders met the state standards in mathematics and 91% in reading. The results of a passing score on the MSA in this school according to race and economic status are shown below:

Math
The state average for middle school math was 44% in 2003.

At Frost, the statistics were as follows:

92% Asian
50% African American
62% Economically Disadvantaged
65% Hispanic
78% Limited English Proficient
57% Students with Disabilities
89% White
87% Total
Reading
The state average for middle school reading was 64% in 2003.

At Frost, the statistics were as follows:

90% Asian
75% African American
52% Economically Disadvantaged
65% Hispanic
33% Limited English Proficient
67% Students with Disabilities
94% White
91% Total

Mock Congressional Hearing

From 2000, Robert Frost Middle School has participated in the Mock Congressional Hearing. The Mock Congressional Hearing allows students to be political. The students are given a month to research their assigned topic, and they then present their speech and answer questions. Robert Frost Middle School has excelled in this annual event.


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