Tuesday, June 16, 2009 - Special Ceremony of Appreciation honoring retiring Arlington School Superintendent Dr. Robert G. Smith, Arlington, VA.

The Northern Virginia (NOVA) Chapter

of the
Mid-Atlantic Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Inc.

cordially invites you to a

Ceremony of Appreciation in Honor of Retiring
Arlington County School Superintendent Dr. Robert G. Smith

The Board of Directors of the Mid-Atlantic Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Inc., is pleased to present to Dr. Robert G. Smith, Arlington County  School Superintendent, a "Lifetime Achievement Award in Public Education" iin recognition for his unwavering commitment to "Teaching for Meaning" and raising student academic excellence, and for encouraging life-long learning, character building, citizenship, and love and respect for all children and youth.

About Dr. Robert G. Smith: Dr. Smith will be retiring from the Arlington County Public Schools on June 30, 2009. In his eleven years as Arlington County School Superintendent, Dr. Robert G. Smith has spearheaded a number of initiatives designed to ensure rising student achievement among all students and to eliminate achievement gaps between groups of students as measured by the Virginia State tests and other measures. Throughout his tenure in the Arlington Public Schools, Dr. Smith has emphasized the importance of Teaching for Meaning as opposed to teaching solely to pass tests.

He has also stressed the importance of encouraging students to take rigorous courses, such as Algebra I in middle schools and Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate classes in high schools.  He points to research that suggests that the challenges of rigorous classes motivate students to excel and prepare them to succeed in college.

Prior to coming to Arlington, Dr. Smith was head of curriculum and instruction for the Spring Independent School District in Houston, Texas, for 16 years. Earlier, he spent 16 years in the Frederick County (Maryland) Public Schools. Dr. Smith’s work has been recognized by his colleagues and the communities where he has served as an educational leader.

Dr. Smith holds Ph.D. and M.A. degrees from the University of Maryland and a B.A. degree from Davis and Elkins College. He is the author of a number of publications related to educational issues and a member of numerous educational and community-based organizations. He and his wife, Sandy, reside in Arlington. They are the parents of two adult children and grandparents of five young children.

Dr. Smith's replacement will be Dr. Patric K. Murphy who will become School Superintendent effective June 30, 2009. We look forward to working with Dr. Murphy to improve the scholastic achievement of Hispanic students and to increase parental participation in the Arlinton County Public Schools.

When: Tuesday, June 16, 2009.

Time: 6:45 p.m. – 08:0 p.m.

Where:  Arlington County School Board, Arlington Education Center, 1426 N. Quincy Street, Arlington, VA 22207; phone: (703) 228-6015.

Admission: Free of charge

Info: For more information contact Jackie Krick at 703-981-7145 (Jackie@ECUcomm.com) or Jorge Ribas at 301-404-1946 (President@MAHCC.org).

Interested in being an sponsor? Call Jorge Ribas at 301-404-1946 or Jackie Krick at 703-981-7145.

Membership Info: For information about membership in the Chamber, please contact Jorge Ribas at 301-404-1946 or visit us online.

To learn about other Chamber events, please visit our Calendar of Events.

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