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New School Year Brings A Look for McNair Elementary


By Kevin O’Rourke

As students began class at McNair Elementary in Germantown, they were greeted by a school with a fresh new look at every turn.

Over the summer, every wall in every room, office and hallway of the school located at 13881 Hopkins Road has gotten a fresh new coat of paint, with a new brighter color palate. “It really does feel like a fresh starts for everyone as we start the new school year,” said McNair Principal Sherilyn Moses. “And parents are commenting how exciting just a coat of paint is with that change.”

McNair’s facelift was part of the MCPS plan to upgrade schools, explains Moses, “Our school has been on the list of schools to be painted for a few years,” said Moses, who is starting her first full year at McNair, after taking over as principal eight months ago. “The paint job was result of our building service manager, David Bisphop, really staying on top of things and being aware of what is available in accounting. My building service crew really had to be flexible and they really did a whole lot of extra work to get this project competed.”


The upgrade was not just confined to paint the walls, one of Moses’ favorite features of the new look is a quote famous from Ronald McNair, a physicist and NASA astronaut who was selected to fly two Space Shuttle Missions, he was killed in the Challenger disaster in 1986. The quote, “Whether or not you reach your goals in life depends entirely on how well you prepare for them and how badly you want them. You’re eagles! Stretch your wings and fly to the sky,” is written along the beams of one of the main hallways.

“We really wanted to get this quote in the hallway,” explains Moses, “because it is one of the quotes that Ronald McNair is famous for and we tell the kids all the time, ‘spread your wings and fly.’”