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DSA Awards DSA Awards

The Montgomery County Board of Education honored 12 individuals and organizations during its annual Distinguished Service Awards ceremony on May 4. All of the honorees—through their volunteerism, mentoring or academic programs—have made exemplary contributions to public education in Montgomery County.

Immersion Immersion

The deadline to submit applications for elementary school language immersion programs in MCPS is Friday, May 5. Elementary school language immersion programs begin in kindergarten and are offered in Chinese, French and Spanish. The district offers three Spanish, two French and two Chinese elementary language immersion programs at seven sites in the county.

Book Festival Book Festival

The 2017 Gaithersburg Book Festival will be held on Saturday, May 20, on the grounds of Gaithersburg City Hall. The festival features a great lineup of authors and activities for children of all ages. Several members of the MCPS community will be conducting readings at the festival, and there will be many programs, workshops, and activities in the Children’s Village that are designed to promote interest in reading and writing.

Policy ACA Policy ACA

The Board of Education has tentatively approved changes to Board Policy ACA, Human Relations, and recommended changing the name of Policy ACA, to Nondiscrimination, Equity, and Cultural Proficiency. (Click headline to read more)

Summer R.I.S.E Summer R.I.S.E

MCPS parents and students can learn about the new Summer R.I.S.E program for rising juniors and seniors tonight, May 1, from 7 to 8 p.m. in the auditorium at Carver Educational Services Center, located at 850 Hungerford Drive in Rockville. Summer R.I.S.E will provide students with enriching summer career development experiences through local Montgomery County businesses and nonprofit organizations. Students will participate in a three-week career exploration that will introduce them to the structures of businesses, technical skills, the role of technology and the importance of customer service.

Teacher of the Year Teacher of the Year Video story icon

Nancy Shay, an English resource teacher at Richard Montgomery High School, has been named the 2017-2018 MCPS Teacher of the Year and will now compete for Maryland Teacher of the Year. Ms. Shay, and other MCPS staff and community members, were honored at the annual Champions for Children awards celebration on April 26. The event was hosted by MCPS in partnership with the Montgomery County Business Roundtable for Education.

5th Grade Challenge Event 5th Grade Challenge Event Video story icon

The fifth annual “Are You Up to the Fifth Grade Challenge?” event was held on Monday, April 24 at the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring and featured local celebrity contestants answering questions straight from the MCPS Grade 5 curriculum. The contestants won thousands of dollars in grants for local schools from the MCPS Educational Foundation, which sponsored the event.

SMOB Elected SMOB Elected

Matthew Post, a junior at Sherwood High School, was elected as the 40th Student Member of the Board of Education (SMOB) April 26. Mr. Post, who received 62.7 percent of the votes cast by MCPS secondary students, will begin his term in July. More than 85 percent of eligible students cast ballots in the election