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Parkland Middle School provided telescopes at Montgomery Parks’ Total Eclipse in the Park solar eclipse watch party, as well as a livestream of the eclipse from around the country. Teachers were available to help position telescopes for event attendees, and the school’s astronomy teacher, Christine Peterson-Tardif, was available to answer questions.

NEO NEO Video story icon

More than 800 new MCPS teachers participated in the New Educator Orientation (NEO) Aug. 16-18. NEO provides an opportunity for new teachers to learn about MCPS, meet their colleagues and get ready for the new school year. MCPS will have more than 900 new teachers at the start of the 2017-2018 school year.

Summer School Graduation Summer School Graduation

More than 100 MCPS students received their diplomas at the 2017 Regional High School Summer School graduation ceremony. MCPS offered summer school programs at four high schools this year.

Summer Enrichment Summer Enrichment Video story icon

More than 6,000 MCPS students participated in the ELO SAIL, ELO STEP and BELL academic enrichment programs this summer. These programs are designed to help prevent summer learning loss and prepare students for the upcoming school year.

Tax-Free Week Tax-Free Week

August 13-19 is Tax-free week in Maryland. This is a great opportunity for families to stock up on new clothes and footwear for the 2017-2018 school year!

Summer R.I.S.E. Summer R.I.S.E. Video story icon

Summer R.I.S.E. (Real Interesting Summer Experience) is a mentoring program sponsored by WorkSource Montgomery in collaboration with Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) and other partners, that provided rising juniors and seniors with enriching summer career development experiences.

Clinics Clinics

All incoming seventh grade students, as well as eighth, ninth and tenth grade students that are new to the state, must receive vaccination against Tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis (Tdap) and Meningococcal meningitis (MCV4) prior to the start of the 2017-2018 school year. To ensure all students have a chance to receive the necessary immunizations, the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will hold free clinics for children in grades 7, 8, 9 and 10 in August.

Athletic Tryouts Athletic Tryouts

Athletic tryouts and practices for most MCPS high school fall athletic teams begin Wednesday August 9, 2017. Fall teams include cheerleading, boys’ and girls’ cross country, field hockey, football, co-ed golf, pompons, boys’ and girls’ soccer, girls’ tennis, co-ed team handball, and girls’ volleyball. Please contact your schools’ Athletic Director or visit the school website for dates and times. MCPS Requires specific forms for participation in the interscholastic athletics program. These forms are also available in Spanish.