Sunday, September 23, 2012

Event Summary for the Week of September 24, 2012

Check out the AutMont Calendar to see all of the activities for this week, as well as those coming up!

Monday, September 24:

Parent Academy Workshop: Special Education: Parents as Advocates and the Family-School Partnership

xMinds Workshop: Emotional Regulation Tools: Make-and-Take

Tuesday, September 25:

Autism NOW Webinar: Look Through Our Eyes

Navigating the Financial World of the Family with Special Needs

Wednesday, September 26:

COPAA Webinar: Understanding Tests of Reading and Writing

Thursday, September 27:

SEAC Meeting


Do you know of another event? Leave details in the comments!

Autism NOW Webinar: Look Through Our Eyes

Autism NOW will present a webinar called "Look Through Our Eyes" on September 25 from 2-3 pm Eastern time.

Participants will learn how self-advocates in Vermont are teaching others to "Look Through Our Eyes." Green Mountain Self-Advocates will demonstrate and share training activities that they do with support workers, college students, bus drivers, and more. Listen in to get all the information you need to learn how to do this training in your community.

Register online for this free webinar.

SEAC Meeting for September 2012

This month's meeting of MCPS' Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) will be September 27 from 7 to 9 p.m. This month's topic will be the new 2.0 Curriculum.

There will also be updates from Gwen Mason, Director of Special Education, and Chris Richardson, Associate Superintendent MCPS.

These meetings, usually held on the 4th Thursday of the month, include a period of public comments, Department of Special Education updates, and a speaker or discussion.

Meetings are held in Room 127 at the Carver Educational Services Center (850 Hungerford Drive) in Rockville. All are welcome. Babysitting is provided.

Anyone wishing to give public comments must bring five copies of your testimony and contact one of the co-chairs prior to the meeting. Co-chairs are Joan Sabaka (, Anne Turner (, and Amuthan Kannan (

iPad and Tech Webinars and Workshops to Help Special Needs Individuals

Joan Green of Innovative Speech Therapy will be holding a series of webinars and workshops over the coming months covering topics of iPad apps and technology to help individuals with special needs. Information is below.

(Webinars are 30-minute live presentations. There is a $25 registration fee. All webinars are from 1-1:30 pm.)

October 5: Use Your iPad to Help Individuals with Special NeedsRegister online.

November 2: Top iPad Picks for Improving Verbal ExpressionRegister online.

December 14: Top iPad Picks for Improving Auditory ComprehensionRegister online.

January 4: Top iPad Picks for Improving Reading ComprehensionRegister online.

January 18: Top iPad Picks for Improving Written ExpressionRegister online.

February 1: Top iPad Picks for Improving CognitionRegister online.

(All workshops take place at the Rockville Library Meeting Room (21 Maryland Avenue) in Rockville.)

October 25, 10:30 am-2:30 pm: Introductory Interactive iPad WorkshopLearn how to use your iDevice to help others improve communication, cognition, literacy, and learning. Cost is $125. Register online.

November 16, 10:30 am-2:30 pm: Top Technology Tools to Help Adults Who Have Communication, Cognitive, and Literacy ChallengesApps, software, and online resources to improve speaking, thinking, reading, and writing. Cost is $125. Register online.

December 7, 10:30 am-2:30 pm: Top Technology Tools to Help Children Who Have Communication, Cognitive, and Literacy ChallengesApps, software, and online resources to improve speaking, thinking, reading, and writing. Cost is $125. Register online.

Phone Workshop: Is My Child's IEP Complete?

The Parents' Place of Maryland will hold a phone workshop called "Is My Child's IEP Complete?" on October 11 from 7-8 pm.

This free conference will teach participants about what is included in your child's IEP. The workshop will go through each component of an IEP and use a checklist to help you make sure that your child's IEP is ready for the school year.

For more information and to register, contact Rochelle Howell at or 410-768-9100 ext. 104.

Workshop: Demystifying Testing

The Learning Disabilities Association of Montgomery County will present an interactive workshop called Demystifying Testing, about understanding and making use of neuropsychological testing, on November 17 from 2-5 pm.

This workshop will guide participants through the process of obtaining a neuropsychological assessment and using the results to their full advantage. Participants are encouraged to bring their questions regarding their child's or student's academic performance, classroom behavior, or any challenge with a particular aspect of learning for a lively discussion and exploration of problem solving strategies. This workshop will also address issues related to transitioning to college or life after high school.

This program is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are requested, as space is limited. Email or call 301-933-1076 to RSVP.

The workshop will take place at the Rockville Memorial Library meeting room (21 Maryland Avenue) in Rockville.

Transitioning Youth Resource Fair 2012

The Montgomery County Transition Work Group will present its free annual Transitioning Youth Resource Fair on October 13 from 9 am to 1:30 pm.

This fair is for young people with disabilities (ages 14 and over), families, and professionals. Attendees can find out about opportunities for jobs, education, training, benefits, social and networking groups, sports and fun, and housing.

For more information or for accommodations, call 240-777-1140 or email Find more information on their Facebook page.

The fair will take place in the Physical Education Building at Montgomery College in Rockville. No registration is required.

Wrightslaw Conference in Silver Spring

Wrightslaw will hold a Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference in Silver Spring on October 18 from 9 am to 4:30 pm.

Wrightslaw conferences are intended for parents, educators, healthcare providers, advocates, and attorneys who represent children with disabilities regarding special education. The focus is on special education law, rights, and responsibilities; tests and measurements to measure progress and regression; SMART IEPs; introduction to tactics and strategy for effective advocacy.

The registration deadline is October 11. Register online.  The cost for parents is $100 each and professionals cost $150. Couples can attend for $150, but will share one set of materials. Materials include three books by Wrightslaw.

The conference will take place at the Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza (One Veteran's Place) in Silver Spring. For more information, contact Suzie Shannon at 410-768-9100 ext. 108 or

Friday, September 21, 2012

Subscriber Issues

Hi, friends of AutMont! The subscription service I use (Feedburner) is being shelved, which means that  you may not get emails and feeds in readers may not work for much longer. You can always find my event summaries on the AutMont Facebook page and I will be updating here as soon as I find an alternate subscription service, hopefully this weekend.

I'm sorry. And annoyed at Feedburner. Please stick with me!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Fall 2012 xMinds Events

The Partnership for Extraordinary Minds will be hosting a number of special events this fall, including workshops, speaker meetings, and a family fun day. More information is below.

September 24, 7-9 pm: Parent Workshop: Emotional Regulation Tools: Make-and-TakeHelping our children understand their emotions is the first step in teaching them how to stay calm and regulate themselves in challenging environments. xMinds president, Staci Daddona, will lead this workshop to explain visual tools that can be used with children to help them identify emotions and encourage self regulation. Pre-registration is helpful to make sure there are materials for everyone. To register, call 301-444-5225 or The workshop is free for xMinds members and $10 for nonmembers. There is an additional $5 materials fee for both members and nonmembers. This workshop will take place at Rockville Memorial Library (21 Maryland Avenue) in Rockville.

October 6, 2:30-5:30 pm: Extraordinary Family Fun Day!Attend the first family fun day to connect with other families in Montgomery County with children on the autism spectrum in a welcoming, fun atmosphere with a moon bounce, art activity (decorate a mask), and table games for all ages. This event is rain or shine. Free for xMinds members and $5 per child for nonmembers. The Family Fun Day will take place at the Quince Orchard Valley Park Activity Building (12015 Suffolk Terrace) in Gaithersburg.

October 17, 7-9 pm: Speaker Meeting: Neuropsych Evaluations 101Dr. Taruna Ahluvalia, a pediatric neuropsychologist, will speak about evaluations. No registration is required. Free for xMinds members; $15 for nonmembers. This event will take place at the Rockville Memorial Library (21 Maryland Avenue) in Rockville.

November 13, 7-9 pm: Speaker Meeting: Meltdowns vs. Tantrums: What is the Difference?Dr. Laura Anthony, who specializes in the assessment and treatment of children and teens with ASDs, will speak at this meeting. No registration is required. Free for xMinds members; $15 for nonmembers. This event will take place at the Rockville Memorial Library (21 Maryland Avenue) in Rockville.

Fall and Winter 2012 Sensory Friendly Movies

The Autism Society and AMC Entertainment will show a sensory friendly movie once a month for the remainder of the year. The AMC Rio Cinemas 18 shows theirs at 10 am.

September 22: Finding Nemo (2D)

October 13: Frankenweenie

November 10: Wreck-It Ralph

December 8: Rise of the Guardians

AMC Entertainment and the Autism Society have teamed up to provide a mellower setting for families affected by autism and other disabilities. The movie auditorium will have its lights brought up and the sound turned down, families can bring in their own GFCF snacks, and no previews or ads will be shown before the movies. Audience members are also welcome to get up and move or vocalize. (Unless the safety of the audience is questioned.)

Tickets cost between $4 and $6 depending on the theater. The AMC Rio Cinemas 18 in Gaithersburg (9811 Washingtonian Blvd.) is one of the theaters that participates.

Upcoming M&L; Special Needs Planning Workshops

M&L Special Needs Planning offers free workshops often through out the course of the year to assist families with planning for their children. Below are their workshops through November.

September 25, 7:30-9 pm: Navigating the Financial World of the Family with Special NeedsThis workshop is an overview of providing and planning for the family with members with special needs. It will cover the importance of planning for the individual with special needs and how completing a comprehensive special nee financial life plan will enable the family to be proactive in providing for the entire family's financial future. For more information and to register online, click here. This workshop will take place at LearningRx (5017B Wilson Lane) in Bethesda.

October 3, 7-8:30 pm: Navigating the Financial World of the Family with Special NeedsSee description above, or visit the website for more information or to register online. This workshop will take place at the Treatment and Learning Center (2092 Gaither Road, Suite 100) in Rockville.

October 23, 7:30-9 pm: Understanding SSI/Medicaid and SSDI/MedicareAt this workshop, government benefits of SSI/Medicaid (a needs-based program) and SSDI/Medicare (an entitlement program) in a language that can be understood. The workshop goes into detail as to what the programs are, who is eligible, their importance, when to apply, how to apply, how much money one could receive, and much more. For more information and to register online, click here. This workshop will take place at LearningRx (5017B Wilson Lane) in Bethesda.

November 14, 7-8:30 pm: Understanding SSI/Medicaid and SSDI/MedicareSee description above, or visit the website for more information or to register online. This workshop will take place at the Treatment and Learning Center (2092 Gaither Road, Suite 100) in Rockville.

For more information, contact Maedi Tanham Carney at or 202-248-7113.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Event Summary for the Week of September 10, 2012

Hi there! I know it has been a long time since we've had an event summary go up. I took the summer off from updating AutMont, but I am back and excited to be adding events to the calendar.

Be sure to check out the AutMont Calendar because I've been adding events into the fall and spring. Find all of the activities for this week, as well as those coming up!

Monday, September 10:

Parent Academy: Help! My Child is Disorganized!

Be Social! Social Thinking Workshop

Tuesday, September 11:

COPAA Webinar: Good Language Evaluations: What Advocates and Attorneys Need to Know

Wednesday, September 12:

Play with a Purpose: Being an Effective Play Partner to Your Child (Baltimore)

Raise Your Child's Social IQ (DC)

Thursday, September 13:

MCTransitions Meeting: With Senator Karen Montgomery

Up for Discussion on AutMont:

Theater J offers a discount on Body Awareness to AutMont readers.


Do you know of another event? Leave details in the comments!

MCTransitions Meeting to Feature Senator Karen Montgomery

MCTransitions will hold its first fall meeting on September 13 from 7:30-9 pm. This month's guest is Senator Karen Montgomery of MD District 14.

Senator Montgomery will talk about what is happening in the state legislature that affects our adult children and how we can advocate in Maryland.

For more information or to RSVP, email Reda Sheinberg at Last minute attendees are always welcome.

The meeting will take place at the Arc of Montgomery County (11600 Nebel Street) in Rockville.

Lab School Lecture Series 2012-2013

The Lab School of Washington will present a lecture series for parents and professionals this school year. The topics will focus on issues of parenting, managing, and teaching students with learning disabilities.

Each lecture takes place from 7:30-9 pm and includes audience discussion. Lectures are held in the commons area of the Lab School, which is located at 4759 Reservoir Road, NW, in DC. All lectures are free. Register online.

For more information, contact Wendy Jennis at 202-944-3321 or

September 12: Raise Your Child's Social IQ: Helping Children Learn the Skills They Need to Make and Keep Friends Inside and Outside the Classroom—This lecture will highlight several key social skills necessary for children to make and maintain relationships with others. Ms. Cohen will offer creative tips, techniques, and games for you to play at home or in the classroom with children to insure social success.

October 3: Is Your Child Anxious? What Parents Need to Know—Topics include: common signs and symptoms of anxiety in youth, what parents can do to help a child who is struggling with anxiety, understanding treatment options, and current research in pediatric anxiety conducted at NIMH. Updated on 10/1/12: This lecture will be held from 7-8:30 pm.

October 17: The Brain in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder—Several groups have found that the brain in children with ADHD may show some subtle differences from children who do not have ADHD—particularly in those regions that are critical for the control of action and attention.

November 14: ADHD-Friendly Parent Coaching: An Introduction—This lecture will bring together the best evidenced-based parenting approaches to address the special challenges of ADHD.

December 5: Seeing What Others Do Not See or Cannot See: Dyslexic Talents in Scientific Discovery, Technological Design and Entrepreneurial Business—This lecture will look at the ways that dyslexia is linked to success in an increasing number of fields.

January 16: Finding the Fit: Fostering Success in the Postsecondary World—This lecture will provide information on the transition process. It will offer information on gauging college readiness and appropriate placements.

February 13: A Portrait of Caring Classroom Communities: Responsive Classroom at The Lab School—This lecture looks at the Responsive Classroom program that focuses on enhancing the sense of shared community in the classroom.

March 6: The Impact of Adventure Sports on Children and Adolescents with Learning Disabilities, Executive Functioning Weaknesses and ADHD: Benefits for Kids and Parents—This lecture will offer an overview of adventure programming from wilderness interventions to recreational adventure opportunities. It will cover research connected with adventure based activities and personal examples of its effectiveness in building self-esteem, stronger relationships, and coping skills.

April 10: Teaching or Parenting the Sometimes Challenging Adolescent: Observing the Observable and Finding More Effective Ways to Get Teens to Listen!—This interactive lecture will review the common pitfalls in communication and conflict resolution between adolescents and adults, and suggest proven strategies to gain a more peaceful co-existence with the adolescents in our lives.

Autcom Conference 2012

The Autcom annual conference will be held in Baltimore on October 5 and 6 this year. This year's theme is Autism: Moving Forward.

Autcom will feature keynote presentations by Scott Michael Robertson, Jennifer Paige Seybert, Marilyn Chadwick, and Matthew Moore. There will also be an agenda of sessions on topics such as advocacy, communication and communication rights, inclusion, higher education, employment, community building, committed relationships, communication strategies and technology, typing to communicate, moving to independent typing, parent issues, and other topics.

Check the Autcom website for more information on the conference program, made up of people on the spectrum, professionals, and disability rights leaders.

The conference will take place at the Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel (10207 Wincopin Circle) in Columbia. Find information about registration costs and register online.

COPAA Webinars on Evaluations and Assessments

The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) will present a series of webinars on evaluations and assessments this September.

You can register online for any of the webinars. Fees vary. If you register for the entire three-part series, you will also receive access to the archived on-demand session: Social Emotional Assessment: Meeting IDEA Requirements.

September 11, 2-3:30 pm Eastern: Good Language Evaluations: What Advocates and Attorneys Need to Know

September 19, 2-3:30 pm Eastern: Unleashing the Power of the FBA: A Multidisciplinary Perspective

September 26, 2-3:30 pm Eastern: Understanding Tests of Reading and Writing

For more information about each webinar, please visit the series website.

Adult Quality of Life and Sexuality Workshops

Alvord, Baker & Associates and the Weinfeld Education Group will present a 2-workshop series by Peter F. Gerhardt, Ed.D., the founding chair of the Organization for Autism Research on September 20 and 21.

Both workshops will take place at the Universities at Shady Grove, Building II (9630 Gudelsky Drive) in Rockville. Although all are welcome to attend, both workshops are intended for professionals.

September 20, 7:30-9 pm: Evidence Based Practice and Transitioning for Adolescents and Adults with ASD: Implications for Quality of Life— Despite a rapidly growing body of knowledge regarding effective behavioral analytic intervention with school age children with autism, adult outcome studies indicate that the majority of individuals graduate to lives of limited independence and community engagement. This presentation will provide a brief overview of some of the more relevant challenges to effective intervention with older individuals and offer recommendations toward improving outcomes utilizing interventions based upon the principles of applied behavior analysis. Find prices and register online.

September 21, 9 am-12:15 pm: Sexuality and Sexuality Education for Individuals with ASDs—Individuals on the autism spectrum are sexual beings. However, individual interest in sex or in developing an intimate sexual relationship with another person varies widely across (and within) individuals at all ability levels. This workshop will provide a brief overview of issues associated with sexuality education and the role behavior analysis can play in this complex important area. Find prices and register online.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Starting Up Again!

Well, it has been so long since I've been here that I barely remembered my password to get back in and start posting.

In case you hadn't noticed, I took advantage of the lower frequency of events during the summer and took the whole season off. It was lovely, thank you. :)

But now events are ramping back up and so I'm back and ready to start letting you know about them. As always, let me know at if you have an event you would like me to post about.

I hope you had a wonderful summer! I'm excited to be back!

2012-2013 Saturday Night Alive Schedule

Haven Universe, a non-profit religious organization, will host Saturday Night Alive throughout the year for individuals with disabilities and their families.

These events feature time in a gym with games, arts and crafts, and sports. A cafe will offer pizza, music, and simple (optional) Bible teaching.

These events cost $7 and take place at Julius West  Middle School (651 Great Falls Road) in Rockville, from 5-7 pm on the nights listed below.

"Adult" families, with special needs individuals ages 16 and older, will welcomed September 8, October 13, November 10, December 1, January 12, February 9, March 9, April 6, and May 11.

"Young" families, with special needs individuals ages 15 and younger, will meet September 22, October 27, November 17, December 8, January 26, February 23, March 23, April 20, and May 18.

For more information, contact Lynn Poznanski at

Discount for AutMont Readers at Theater J

Theater J in DC will present, as the first play of their 2012-2013 season, Body Awareness, a comedy featuring a character with Asperger's. The play runs through September 23.

Theater J has offered a discount of $10 off any regularly priced ticket to AutMont readers. Buy your ticket online at and use the code "AUTMONT" to get your discount.

I've not seen the play, but you can find information about it, including dates on which it will be performed on the Theater J website.

From the online description: "It's Body Awareness Week at Shirley College, and the non-traditional Vermont family members Phyllis, Joyce, and their possibly autistic son Jared are rocked by a visiting photographer and his "male gaze." As sexuality, identity, role modeling, and political-correctness get stirred up, the results are both touching and hilarious."

2012-2013 Parent University & Be Social Workshops

Speech therapist Susan Abrams has posted the 2012-2013 schedule of workshops for Parent University and Be Social Workshops.

Registration for each workshop is $30, with discounts if you pre-register for several at once. On-site registration costs an extra $5. Register online.

Workshops take place at Har Shalom ECEC (11510 Falls Road) in Potomac. They all take place from 7:15-8:30 pm. For more information, email

September 10: Be Social!—While most children learn the skills of social thinking intuitively, many children have great difficulties with this process. Social thinking occurs 24/7 at home, at school, and in the community. Attend this workshop to learn about a dynamic approach focusing on social learning. You will leave with strategies to help your child navigate the social world.

October 10: The ABCs of CBT—Cognitive Behavior Therapy is an evidence based therapeutic approach. Come learn the basic principles of CBT. Leave the workshop with skills to help your child be a more positive thinker.

November 12: Ask a Doctor: Practical Ideas for Parenting—Dr. Charles Coggeshall, a pediatrician at Pediatric Care of Rockville, will engage attendees in a lively discussion related to the developmental topics of sleep, behavior, eating, and toileting. Bring questions!

January 8: Social Thinking at Home—This workshop will introduce you to the social thinking vocabulary and provide practical suggestions on how to incorporate it into everyday life. Creative suggestions and resources will be shared. Active participation is encouraged. Bring your concerns and leave with a plan for facilitating social thinking at home.

January 28: Raising Confident Kids—This talk will focus on how parents can encourage children to develop what they need to feel confident and successful in life—the abilities to connect, to become more capable, to know that they count, and to face life with courage. Learn how you can use everyday experiences to add to your children's confidence that they are capable of learning and improving now and throughout life.

February 20: Apps, apps, and more apps—Attend this workshop to hear about top apps to help promote learning. Find out what apps can help children with special needs facilitate language, literacy, cognition, and communication.

March 18: The Strengths of Autism—Learn about the latest research findings in non-social strengths (e.g., a detail-focused cognitive style) and difficulties (e.g., inflexibility/desire for sameness) in autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Wallace will discuss how these differences in non-social thinking and behavior impact the daily lives of individuals with ASDs and take part in a discussion on how this research can inform intervention strategies and development.

May 8: Siblings: A Unique Perspective—Parenting a child with special needs can be challenging. However, the impact on the family, and specifically the siblings, can be profound. What is the perspective of siblings at different ages and stages. What is the latest research on this topic? Go home with resources to help you support your children.

May 22: Social Behavior Mapping—Children who exhibit social cognitive challenges have difficulty relating their actions to the consequences (negative and positive). Using visual flow charts, children can visualize the concepts of expected and unexpected behavior. This strategy teaches children about understanding the perspective of others and how their behavior impacts the thinking of others. At this workshop, a variety of social mapping formats will be presented to use with children pre-k through high school.

Fall 2012 Parent Academy Workshops

MCPS has put out their Fall 2012 Parent Academy workshop schedule. As always, there are many good workshops to choose from. I've listed the information for those pertaining to the autism community below.

Check the Parent Academy website for the complete schedule.

Register online, by mail, fax, or phone for all workshops.

September 10, 7-8:30 pm: Help! My Child is Disorganized!—An expert from Your Life Simplified, Inc. will discuss the factors that may be contributing to your child's disorganization. You also will learn skills that you can teach your child to be organized for success in school. This workshop will be held at Kingsview Middle School (18909 Kingsview Road) in Germantown.

September 24, October 1, October 8, and October 15, 6:30-8:30 pm: Special Education: Parents as Advocates and the Family-School Partnership (4-part series)—Learn about the special education process and how to advocate for your child. Topics include the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Individualize Education Program (IEP), resolving issues, community resources, and support. Learn, network, and share tips with other parents. This is a four-part series, with different topics at each session. All workshops will take place at Neelsville Middle School (11700 Neelsville Church Road) in Germantown.

October 3, 7-8:30 pm: Understanding ADHD—Learn about attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and explore strategies and interventions that support academic and social success. Presented by CHADD. The workshop will take place at Parkland Middle School (4610 West Frankfort Drive) in Rockville.

October 17, 7-8:30 pm: Effective Parent-Teacher Conferences (Presented in English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Amharic, Vietnamese, and Korean)—Parent-teacher conferences are an important component of ongoing home-school communication and family engagement. Come learn tips and strategies to prepare for an effective parent-teacher conference. Presented in collaboration with the Division of ESOL. This workshop will take place at Gaithersburg Middle School (2 Teachers Way) in Gaithersburg.

October 25, 7-8:30 pm: Helping Kids Deal with Anger—Anger can help identify problems but not always solve them. This workshop will address ways parents can help their children recognize early warning signs and develop strategies for dealing with their anger in a positive way. Presented by YMCA Youth & Family Services. This workshop will take place at Westland Middle School (5511 Massachusetts Avenue) in Bethesda.

October 29, 7-8:30 pm: Effective Parent-Teacher Conferences (Presented in English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Amharic, Vietnamese, and Korean)—Parent-teacher conferences are an important component of ongoing home-school communication and family engagement. Come learn tips and strategies to prepare for an effective parent-teacher conference. Presented in collaboration with the Division of ESOL. This workshop will take place at Sargent Shriver Elementary School (12518 Greenly Street) in Silver Spring.

November 15, 7-8:30 pm: Social Bullies: Dealing with Exclusion and Cliques—Today's students are using exclusion, rumors, and teasing to bully others. Come and explore these behaviors and discuss strategies for helping bullies, victims, and bystanders. Facilitated by YMCA Youth & Family Services. This workshop will take place at Francis Scott Key Middle School (910 Schindler Drive) in Silver Spring.