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Operating Budget Operating Budget

The Montgomery County Council approved an operating budget for Fiscal Year 2018 on May 25. The budget allocates $2.52 billion to MCPS—a $62.3 million increase over the current fiscal year. This budget will allow MCPS to manage significant enrollment growth and build the foundation and structure needed to ensure that all MCPS students are able to achieve at higher levels. The approved budget includes investments in strategic priority accelerators focused on improving student performance while narrowing achievement gaps.

Summer RISE Program Summer RISE Program

MCPS, in collaboration with WorkSource Montgomery, Inc. is hosting the Summer R.I.S.E. (Real Interesting Summer Experience) Program. The program is an opportunity for rising juniors and seniors to have an up-close, hands-on perspective of professional career options that exist throughout the county within a variety of fields. It also provides the host with an opportunity to guide and connect with our future leaders. If you are interested in hosting a student, please sign up today at

Best and Brightest Best and Brightest

Twenty-five staff members from 16 MCPS schools received “Best and Brightest” awards from the NAACP Parents’ Council. They were chosen by parents and students for going above and beyond in their job responsibilities.

United We Learn United We Learn

Montgomery County Public Schools announced the winners of its first ever United We Learn: Combating Hate through the Arts contest, during the Board of Education's May 22 meeting. MCPS received hundreds of submissions for the contest, which were judged by level (elementary, middle and high) and by medium, were created by groups of two students or more. The categories were: written word, performance, visual art and multimedia.

Open House Open House

Please join Thomas Edison High School students of Architecture, Carpentry, Electricity, Foundation of Building and Construction Technology(FBCT), HVAC, Masonry, and Plumbing as they proudly showcase their 41st student designed and built home. The open house is May 24, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at 1327 Smith Village Rd. in Silver Spring. The home is currently under construction, but is anticipated to be completed in Spring 2018. Come out and see the hard work our students have done this year!

Camps Camps

Calling all middle school students! Thinking about Career Technology Education (CTE) programs? Give it a try! There are a series of CTE summer camps being sponsored by MCPS just for middle school students. See what you can cook up in the culinary arts program or get your hands dirty in the automotive technology program. You can explore robotics, engineering, financial management and so much more at the summer camps.

Blue Ribbon Blue Ribbon Video story icon

Farmland and Ronald McNair elementary schools were honored on May 17 by Maryland State Superintendent Dr. Karen Salmon as part of her Maryland Blue Ribbon School Tours of Excellence.

Both schools are 2016-2017 Maryland Blue Ribbon Schools and assemblies were held at each school to honor the achievements of the teachers and students.

Hallie Wells Hallie Wells Video story icon

The Clarksburg community recently celebrated the dedication of Hallie Wells Middle School. Hallie Wells MS opened in August 2016 and boasts more than 150,000 square feet of learning space. The school is named after a Clarksburg resident who deeded 290 acres of farmland to the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. The dedication celebration featured student musical performances, building tours, and a special appearance by Brenda Graves, great-niece of Hallie Wells.