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The State Board of Education voted on October 28 to proceed with implementation of the High School Assessment graduation requirement for the Class of 2009. MCPS Superintendent Jerry Weast and county Board of Education Vice President Shirley Brandman were among those who testified before the State Board, arguing for delay in implementation of the requirement. The vote coincided with the release of statewide HSA data.
Laura Weiss, a senior at Rockville High School, was honored Oct. 22 for being named one of 97 students in the nation for the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band. The group will perform at the U.S. Army All-American High School Football Game in San Antonio, Texas, on Jan. 23. Game organizers and Army representatives recognized Weiss during their visit to the school.
On Saturday, November 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., stop by and ASK MCPS at Wheaton Mall. It's a great opportunity to ask questions, find out about programs and services in the school system, and pick up tips on supporting learning at home. Bilingual staff will be on hand on the second floor, near Macy’s. ASK MCPS events are sponsored by the Office of Communications and Family Outreach.
The Board of Education's business meeting will be webcast live starting at 6 p.m., Monday, October 27. You need the free Windows MediaPlayer on your computer to view the meeting.
Karen Mapp, a national expert from Harvard University on involving families in student learning, shared current research and innovative strategies with MCPS staff during a visit on October 23. Dr. Mapp, author of Beyond the Bake Sale: The Essential Guide to Family–School Partnerships, also greeted parents at an ASK MCPS drop-in coffee sponsored by the Office of Communications and Family Outreach.
The old school milk carton is no more; students now drink their milk from recyclable plastic milk bottles. Recycling containers encourage students to "drink and drop" to avoid having to throw the milk bottles away in the trash. Replacing the cardboard milk cartons with recyclable plastic bottles brings MCPS closer to achieving the recycling rate goal of 50 percent set by the county. Students are encouraged to increase recycling by 10 percent this year.
National School Bus Safety Week from Oct. 20–24 provides a great time for MCPS to emphasize its Ride by the Rules campaign, which encourages students to be respectful, responsible and safe. Students also are being asked to get on board this year by participating in a video competition that demonstrates what riding by the rules means to them.
Parents can ask questions, find out about school system programs and services, and take home tips on helping children succeed at an “Ask MCPS” event sponsored by the Office of Communications and Family Outreach. Bilingual staff will be available for coffee and conversation on Oct. 23 between 3 and 7 p.m. at 451 Hungerford Drive, Rockville, Suite 508. Karen Mapp, a national expert on family involvement from Harvard University and author of "Beyond the Bake Sale: The Essential Guide to Family/School Partnerships," will greet parents from 3 to 5 p.m.