Edward Owusu  

Principal's Weekly Update

Hello Clarksburg High School Families!

Week of February 19 - February 23, 2018  

Many of us have watched the media coverage and reflected on the events that occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on Wednesday and at Clarksburg High School this past week.  When events like this occur, it causes a variety of emotions (i.e. anger, fear, anxiousness etc.) to surface.  It is normal to have these emotions, and I would like to assure you of the following: 

  •  We work hard to keep our school environment safe.  In addition to the building access system (which requires any and all guests to be granted entry to the building through the main office only by using the camera and doorbell), we practice emergency drills and we take these drills seriously.  We have five security staff on the premises throughout the day. Additionally, we have our School Resource Officer (SRO) as well as our Cluster Security Coordinator available at all times. Teachers and other staff members are in the hallways during class change and our administrative team monitors the grounds throughout the day.
  •  If students feel the need to discuss their emotional feelings, they are encouraged speak with a counselor or trusted adult in our building.
  •  We encourage our students to openly communicate with adults if they are aware of concerns or potentially dangerous situations involving their peers and to “say something if they see something.” We will be implementing a tip line as well in the coming days.

Attached to this message please find resources and talking points that you may find helpful.  Additional information can be found on the MCPS website regarding emergency preparedness. 

We shall continue to review our processes and make upgrades as appropriate.  

Here are some news and information for the coming week.   

Have you registered for your AP Exam? Taking the Advanced Placement exams is an important part of all AP courses. It is important that all students take AP exams for the AP classes that they have taken. Scoring well on an AP exam can often earn students college credit for their high school class, saving a significant amount on tuition. 

For the 2018 AP exams, students at Clarksburg High School will be registering online at (Total Registraton.NET) https://user.totalregistration.net/AP/210381 . This registration will take a few minutes and can be completed from any computer with internet access. 

This year each AP exam costs $98.00. Students requiring financial assistance should download and complete the Fee Waiver request form located on the Registration Website. Eligible students will pay $20.00 per AP exam. Please register today.  

Winter athletic teams have begun regional tournament and state championship play. I am very proud of our teams and all their efforts. Students interested in the Spring Sports Season should sign up online as soon as possible.   

There are many activities going on in our Career Center. Please see the email version of this message for details.  

That’s all for now. Have a wonderful week.

Students are encouraged to take advantage of  the Homework Club that meets in Room 231 from 2:45-4:30 pm every Tuesday and Thursday. Supervised by Mr. Daniel Miller and supported by the National Honor Society tutors, Homework Club will provide an environment for students to complete assignments, study, and receive academic support. This opportunity is open to all CHS students and registration is not required.

Looking for a gift idea? Quest, Clarksburg High School’s award-winning yearbook, is on sale for $65 until the end of the year. In addition to buying a yearbook, you can also purchase an ad that will appear in this year’s book. Ads are half price this year, and range from $30 for 1/8 of a page to $155 for a full page. The last day to buy an ad is February 28, 2018. Please go to www.YearbookForever.com to order your yearbook and your ad.


 Upcoming Dates:

  • Black History Month Celebration 2/21/18

 The TENTATIVE date of the Clarksburg High School Class of 2018 Commencement Ceremony is Monday, June 4, 2018 at 10:00 AM. Commencement will be held at Mount Saint Mary’s University. Once this date has been finalized by MCPS it will be communicated to all families. Parent Meetings will be held the week of May 21-28. Specific dates for the parent meeting (s) will be forthcoming. Parents of graduating seniors will be required to attend the meeting(s). Commencement rehearsal for Seniors will be held Friday, June 1, 2018 at 8:30 AM

 Activities in the Career Center

 College and Organizations on Campus - College and organization visits are open to juniors and seniors.  Please register on-line through Naviance Family Connection. 

 *MC Applications fee waiver through March 1, 2018.

 Upcoming Events

March 7th        CHS College/Career Fair     7 pm – 9 pm    Cafeteria        

April 11th        NACAC College Fair            TBD    MC Fairgrounds          (Juniors Only - $5.00/student)

April 25th        ASVAB Test                          7:30 am Career Center            (Juniors & Seniors)

May 24th          College Signing Day              9 am    Cafeteria         (Seniors and guest welcome)


  • Seniors, have you completed your FAFSA? If not, bring one of your parents and their 2016 Tax Return and complete your FAFSA application.  
  • Juniors, paying for college is not something to be taken lightly.  The FAFSA4caster allows students and families to estimate the amount of federal financial aid based on college or university of choice, household income and assets.  

Seniors, apply to MC for Free.  The application fee is waived.  Need assistance, see Mrs. Somerville. 


 For current information check the college and career center website  https://sites.google.com/mcpsmd.net/chscollegeandcareercenter/  and follow us on twitter @CBurg_Readiness


 MCPS Holds United We Learn Student Contest for Second Year

For the second year, MCPS is sponsoring the systemwide student contest, United We Learn: All Means All. Students are being asked to use visual art and the written word to celebrate diversity while exploring the matter of equity for all. The contest challenges students to think critically about what equity means and how attitudes, traditions, systemic practices and/or legal matters impede or support the concept that “All Means All.” The contest is open to students from all grade levels. Submissions will be judged by level (elementary, middle and high) and by medium. Entries must be created by groups of two students or more. More details are available on the contest website. The contest will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 16.


 Summer Opportunities Fair Set for Feb. 28

Parents can explore a multitude of summer opportunities for school-age children at a fair on Wednesday, Feb. 28. Local and regional providers will be available to talk about summer camps, programs and volunteer activities. Parents can meet program staff, pick up applications, and get information on financial assistance. The fair will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Carver Educational Services Center, 850 Hungerford Drive in Rockville. Register for the fair or call 240-314-4825.


 Deadline to Submit Change of School Assignment Applications is April 4

Parents/guardians who wish to request a Change of School Assignment (COSA) for their child from their home school can submit an application until April 4, 2018. The transfer process begins in the home school, where parents and guardians may pick up an information booklet that contains the COSA form, describes the process, and provides useful information. The COSA booklet is available in schools and online: www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/info/transfers/.Contact the principal at your home school if you have any questions about the transfer process. Language assistance for non-English speaking parents and guardians is available by calling ASK MCPS at



 Public Comment Sought on Early Childhood and Elementary Education Policy

The Montgomery County Board of Education tentatively approved revisions to Board Policy IEA, Framework and Structure of Early Childhood and Elementary Education, on Dec. 5, 2017. The revised policy includes concepts and language that reflect the current priorities of Board Policy IEF, Early Childhood Education, which will be rescinded upon adoption of revised Board Policy IEA. The proposed amendments to Board Policy IEA affirm the Board’s commitment to promoting the intellectual, social, emotional and physical growth and development of children in their early learning years through high quality, developmentally appropriate, challenging and comprehensive early childhood and elementary programs. The revised policy updates language to highlight Montgomery County Public Schools’ commitment to vertical integration of the curriculum, allowing each student to attain key educational and developmental milestones in each successive grade as they progress from elementary grades to middle and high school, then a lifetime of academic and personal achievements. This approach allows for the natural variability in the pace of development from child to child in the prekindergarten and elementary years.

The revised policy reinforces the Board’s commitment to utilizing county, state and federal resources effectively, in coordination with community partners, to establish a continuum of essential services needed by young children and their families. Revised language highlights MCPS’ role to identify children in need of services, and to facilitate student development, transition, placement and program continuity at each stage of a child’s development from home, child care or preschool, to pre-K, as appropriate, and from one elementary grade to another. Revised Policy IEA includes concepts and language that reflect current priorities. The crosswalk between the two policies demonstrates where language from Policy IEF has been incorporated into Policy IEA. When the Board takes Final Action on revised Policy IEA, it also is recommended that the Board rescind Policy IEF. 

Read the tentatively approved revisions. Comment on the policy here.


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Essay Contests Open to High School Students (English and Spanish)
Gaithersburg Book Festival and Junior Achievement Essay Contests Open to High School Students (Secondary Principals)
MCPS students have an opportunity to participate in two literary contests:
Gaithersburg Book Festival
The Gaithersburg Book Festival is giving high school students the freedom to explore their writing creativity and enter its short story contest. There are cash prizes available for first, second, and third place winners. Stories cannot exceed 1,000 words and must be submitted electronically via a web form by midnight on Thursday, February 22, 2018. Complete rules and regulations can be found online. Up to 12 stories will be selected as finalists and posted on the Gaithersburg Book Festival website prior to the Book Festival. The event, an annual celebration of books, writers, and literary excellence, will be held Saturday, May 19, 2018, on the grounds of Gaithersburg City Hall.

Montgomery County Public Schools
New Career Pathways and Expanded Access for 2018–2019
For the 2018-2019 school year, MCPS will offer new career pathways and, for certain programs, students from identified clusters will be able to enroll at a high school other than their home school.* These changes reflect the commitment of Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) to ensure equitable and expanded access to career programs so that all students are prepared for college, careers, and the rapidly changing workforce.

Career Programs for 2018–2019:
Students from specific regions of the county** will be eligible to apply for the identified career programs through an interest-based process. Once admitted, regional transportation will be provided and a Change of School Assignment (COSA) will not be required. The Thomas Edison High School of Technology will continue to be an option for students from all clusters and will offer several new programs. The following programs will be offered for countywide or regional enrollment in 2018–2019:

Full-time Enrollment Options (student attends as full- time student beginning in Grade 9)
Pathways in Technology for Network and Information Technology
ClustersServed: Clarksburg, Damascus, Seneca Valley, and Watkins Mill (total of 10 slots available)
Program:Early College, Network Operations and Information Technology

Aviation and Aerospace at Magruder High School
ClustersServed: Gaithersburg, Magruder, Rockville, and Sherwood (total of 32 slots available)
Programs:Pilot; Unmanned Aircraft Systems
International Baccalaureate (IB) Career-related Programme at Watkins Mill High School
ClustersServed: Clarksburg, Damascus, Gaithersburg, Seneca Valley, and Watkins
Mill (total of 32 slots available)
Programs: Project Lead the Way Engineering, Academy of Finance, Academy of Health Professions, Academy of Hospitality Management, Computer Science, Early Child Development
Part-time Enrollment Options, Off-site Locations (students remain enrolled in home school, program typically begins in Grade 11)

Fire Science and Rescue at Montgomery County Public Safety Training Academy in Gaithersburg
ClustersServed: Clarksburg, Damascus, Gaithersburg, Magruder, Seneca Valley, and
Watkins Mill (total of 32 slots available)
Program: Fire Science, Emergency Medical Technician (students attend Training Academy part time)
Early College, Associate of Arts in Teaching, at Montgomery College Rockville Campus
Clusters Served: Gaithersburg, Richard Montgomery, Rockville, Quince Orchard, Walter Johnson, and Wootton (total of 20 slots available)
Program: Secondary Mathematics; Students attend all classes at Montgomery College
Thomas Edison High School of Technology (All clusters)
Allexisting programs in new state-of-the-art facility, plus new for 2018–2019:
❖ Law Enforcement and Leadership (in partnership with Montgomery County Police)
❖ Cybersecurity Capstone
❖ Expansion of Academy of Health Professions

Enrollment Process:

Students interested in attending one of the programs listed above (except for Thomas Edison High School and Montgomery College) can submit an interest application through the Division of Consortia Choice and Application Program Services. Forms and timelines will be posted in early January 2018 at the following link: http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/schoolchoice/.
Students interested in enrolling in an existing or a new program at Edison High School should follow the Edison enrollment processes found here: http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/schools/edison/about/enroll.aspx.

Contact the program supervisor listed in the links above or Mr. Scott W. Murphy, director, Department of Secondary Curriculum and Districtwide Programs, at (301) 279-3350 or via email.
*MCPS Policy JEE, Student Transfers was revised in 2017, and allows students to enroll at a high school other than their home school for programs specifically identified by the superintendent.
**Additional high school clusters may be available, depending on space and transportation.

Upcoming SSL Opportunities


Maple Sugar Days Weekends in February Wheaton
Organization: Brookside Nature Center
Volunteers are needed to heat and serve warm pancakes in two shifts 9-12:30 and 12:20-4.
Trail work in Parks On-Going DC Metro Area
Organization: Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts (M.O.R.E.)
Volunteers will spend four hours cutting back vegetation around the DC Metro Area.
Relay for Life of Upper Montgomery County On-Going Clarksburg
Organization: American Cancer Society
Volunteers are needed to help us plan for our May 19th annual event.

 Relay for Life of Southern Montgomery County On-Going Rockville
Organization: American Cancer Society
Volunteers are needed to help us plan for our June 2nd annual event.

Relay for Life of Olney On-Going Olney
Organization: American Cancer Society
Volunteers are needed to help us plan for our June 9th annual event.