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February 28th, 2014

Tom Kettler Participates in Poolesville High’s Project Lead The Way Mentor Program

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Poolesville High School senior Nadia spent time with Kettler Forlines Homes’ Tom Kettler on Tuesday, thanks to a mentoring program, Project Lead The Way.  This program, where students are paired with leaders in the community, was organized by a Poolesville High School parent.

Nadia mentioned she was interested in community design and architecture which made Tom a perfect fit!  She toured a Kensington model under construction in Brightwell Crossing where Tom spent some time showing her the frame of the house and the components of how it’s put together.  Her day consisted of visiting the job site, checking out the sales office and sitting down with sales manager Chris Pikus.  He explained what it’s like to obtain a real estate license and what the world of real estate entails!

Nadia’s highlight of the day?  Wearing the hard hat!  We can’t say we were surprised!

June 3rd, 2013

Poolesville High School: Ranked 
#1 in Maryland & Tops In Newsweek and Washington Post’s Best School Rankings!

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Once again, the Poolesville Falcons ace Newsweek’s and The Washington Post’s Best School Rankings!

In the 2013 Best American High Schools rankings conducted by NEWSWEEK*, Poolesville High School is ranked first in the state and 96th overall among the top 1000 high schools across the country.  One of the oldest high schools in Montgomery County, it is also the only “whole school magnet”, a program which was created in 2006.

And when The Washington Post released its ranking of “America’s Most Challenging High Schools 2013” in April 2013, Poolesville High School was ranked first in the state, and 50th overall in the United States.

This close-knit, western Montgomery County educational community offers diverse global perspectives, while challenging its students through real-world and tangible learning experience. With four areas of concentration, Poolesville High School is similar to a college curriculum; students take general classes the first two years and focus on areas of interest the second two years. They have the option to choose between Global Ecology, Humanities, Independent Studies, or Science, Math and Computer Science. The whole school model engages and challenges students selected through an application process, as well as local school students interested in a magnet focus area. One student notes, “It’s not a competitive environment. People are competitive with themselves, not each other.”

“The difference here from other schools in the County and State is a sense of belonging for all students. The bottom line is we set out to make sure that there are opportunities for all students” says Billie Bradshaw, Magnet Coordinator for Poolesville High School.

Principal Deena Levine explains that the programs and coursework are challenging, authentic and rigorous at every grade level. Using real world examples and problems, students are constantly engaged and stimulated. Whether it’s setting the crime scene for a forensics class or developing a new product and sales pitch for a technical education class, teachers at Poolesville H.S. work with students to demonstrate how to be creative, while enjoying the challenges of problem-solving through these real world assignments. Levine explains, “It’s very welcoming, very open and encouraging for new students. Building relationships and building friendships are key components of what we offer at Poolesville.”

Since it is one of the smaller schools in Montgomery County, Poolesville’s teachers are able to focus on helping each student succeed in whatever area of study they are passionate about. The unique types of course work and programs help students prepare for entry-level college classes.

“There is a very contagious enthusiastic energy that these students exhibit for the school,” says Emily Sigman, head of the Humanities magnet program at Poolesville H.S. “They love it here.”

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For more information about Brightwell Crossing, contact Chris Pikus at 301-208-2588
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May 16th, 2013

Only Two Remaining Parkland Homesites at Brightwell Crossing

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This just in!  Poolesville’s family friendly neighborhood, Brightwell Crossing, has only TWO remaining parkland homesites.  Make one YOURS!  Call Chris Pikus at 301-208-2588.

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April 22nd, 2013

Poolesville High #1 in State

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Special congratulations to Poolesville High School who has been ranked #1 in the state of Maryland!  Children raised in our Brightwell Crossing community will eventually head on to attend Poolesville High, and we couldn’t be more proud of the outstanding accomplishment and recognition this school has received.  Brightwell Crossing is a wonderful community to raise a family and we encourage you to start a new life in your new home here.  Visit our website to learn more!

March 7th, 2013

Brightwell Crossing wins environmental award for planting Chestnut tree orchard!

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For the third year in a row, Kettler Forlines Homes’ Brightwell Crossing community has won the annual environmental award from the Maryland National Capital Building Industry Association. Builders and developers throughout Maryland and Washington D.C. comply with a broad range of environmental regulations dealing with open space, water runoff, tree protection, sediment control and stormwater management at the local, state and federal levels.  Kettler Forlines Homes, like many members of the building industry, goes to extra lengths to preserve, enhance and protect the environment. The Maryland National Capital Building Industry Association (MNCBIA) Environmental Awards recognize and honor this outstanding commitment.

Kettler Forlines Homes is proud to have been recognized for partnering with the Global Ecology House Magnet Program at Poolesville High School and The American Chestnut Foundation to establish a Demonstration Orchard of Chestnut trees at Brightwell Crossing.

American Chestnut trees were virtually wiped out by blight in the 1900’s. The American Chestnut Foundation has been at the forefront of developing a new hybrid Chestnut tree that is resistant to blight, and they provided technical advice for our Demonstration Orchard. Kettler Forlines, along with a group of high school students, planted two American Chestnuts, two Chinese Chestnuts, two American/Chinese hybrids, and Four Restoration Chestnut seeds. The American Chestnut Foundation also donated the ten seeds we planted last Spring in the Orchard at Brightwell Crossing.

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Poolesville High School Senior, Alex Pike, took the lead for the Global Ecology House Program under the guidance of Joyce Bailey, Global Ecology Head of House. Alex and Ms. Bailey teamed up with Tom Kettler and Kettler Forlines Homes to create the Orchard. Alex, and representatives of The American Chestnut Foundation and Kettler Forlines Homes toured a number of orchards throughout Maryland to learn about techniques and procedures necessary to provide the best environment for success of the Demonstration Orchard.

Thanks to the unique affiliation of a builder, community members and an environmental organization, the American Chestnut tree is on the road to returning to its former glory. Kettler Forlines Homes is grateful to the Poolesville High School Global Ecology House Magnet Program and members of the local Maryland Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation for their participation in this exceptional partnership.

July 11th, 2012

Tour Our New Kensington Model!

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Here’s your chance to take a hard hat tour of our innovative new home, The Kensington!  On Saturday, July 21st from 12-4 pm, we will be giving a special preview tour of our latest model at Brightwell Crossing.  This home features 3,000 square feet of finished living space among other amazing features, including:

–Designer Kitchen with granite countertops and huge center island
–4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths (up to 7 bedrooms, 5.5 baths)
–Lavish Owner’s Suite with sitting room
–Open, airy design with natural light
–Flexible floor plans with many options
–Energy Star and Indoor AirPlus certified

When touring the Kensington Model, you’ll also be seeing the features of our Brightwell Crossing community, including:

–Nationally ranked Montgomery County Schools
–Award-winning Kettler Forlines Homes quality
–Large homesites adjacent to parkland

We’re excited to take this sneak peak tour of the Kensington and would love for you to join us!  Space is limited so please call for a reservation today!  301-208-2588

 

 

June 4th, 2012

Poolesville High School Ranked #1

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One of the best measures of a community is the quality of its schools and Poolesville ranks high above the rest!  Both Newsweek and The Washington Post have recognized the quality of Poolesville High School, which was ranked #1 in the state of Maryland!  Read below for more information about why you should choose to move your family to Brightwell Crossing!

August 22nd, 2011

Poolesville High School Ranks Among Top Schools in U.S.

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Ranked First in the Maryland, Poolesville
Falcons Ace NEWSWEEK’s America’s Best
High Schools Rankings

 

In the 2011 Best American High Schools rankings conducted by NEWSWEEK*, Poolesville High is ranked first in the state and 64th overall among the top 500 high schools across the country. As one of the oldest high schools in Montgomery County, it is also the only “whole school magnet,” which was created in 2006.  This close-knit, Western Montgomery County community offers diverse global perspectives, while challenging its students through real-world and tangible learning experience.

“The information released in NEWSWEEK is based off of data from 2010 – our first graduating class from the magnet program,” says Billie Bradshaw, Magnet Coordinator at Poolesville High School. “The information and rankings will continuously increase in the years to come, not only in the County and State, but also nationwide.”

With four areas of concentration, Poolesville High School is much like a college campus; students take general classes the first two years and focus on areas of interest the second two years.  They have the option to choose between Global Ecology, Humanities, Independent Studies, or Science, Math and Computer Science.  The whole school model engages and challenges students selected through an application process, as well as local school students interested in a magnet focus area.  One student notes, “It’s not a competitive environment; people are competitive with themselves- not each other.”

“We tap into Maslow’s hierarchy of needs theory; first is a need of food and shelter; and second is a sense for belonging,” says Bradshaw. “
he difference here from the other schools in County and State is a sense of belonging for all students. The bottom line is, we set out to make sure that there are opportunities for all students.”

Principal Deena Levine explains that the programs and coursework are challenging, authentic and rigorous at every grade level.  Using real world examples and problems, students are constantly engaged and stimulated.  Whether it’s setting the crime scene for a forensics class or developing a new product and sales pitch for a technical education class, teachers at Poolesville H.S. work with students to teach them how to become creative and enjoy the challenge of problem-solving through these real world assignments. Levine explains, “It’s very welcoming, very open and encouraging for new students. Building relationships and building friendships are key components to success of what we offer at Poolesville.”

Among the smaller schools in Montgomery County, teachers are able to focus on helping each student succeed in whatever area of study they are passionate about.  The unique types of course work and programs help students prepare for entry-level college classes.

“There is a very contagious enthusiastic energy that these students exhibit for the school,” says Emily Sigman, head of the Humanities magnet program at Poolesville H.S. “They love it here.” Earlier in 2011, Poolesville H.S. was ranked 69th out of more than 27,000 schools in the National High School Challenge Rankings conducted by the Washington Post. In addition, the school ranks 4th out of more than 170 Washington, DC-area public high schools.

For more information, contact Chris Pikus at 301-208-2588  or at chrispikus@kettlerforlineshomes.com