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Superintendent's Community Messages 2016-2017

welcome-message

WELCOME TO THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR!

A Message from Board President Durso and Superintendent Smith

Dear MCPS Families:

Happy first day of school! We are excited to have your child as one of the more than 159,000 students who will begin the 2016–2017 school year with us at Montgomery County Public Schools. We hope our students are as eager to be back as we are to have them back!
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TIED TOGETHER BY A COMMON THREAD

A Message from Superintendent JACK R. SMITH

Dear MCPS Families:

It is a pleasure to write to you today as your new superintendent of schools. I am excited and grateful to lead Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), one of the largest, most respected school systems in the nation.
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A Message from Superintendent JACK R. SMITH

Dear Members of the MCPS Community:

I am writing to share with you how Montgomery County Public Schools is assisting our staff and students in processing the outcome of Tuesday’s presidential election. This election season has been particularly difficult. It caused a great deal of emotion among many members of our community. We want to take this opportunity to reiterate the values that are foundational to this school system.
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DISCUSSING ELECTION 2016 INSTRUCTIONAL RESOURCES AND SUGGESTIONS

A Message from Superintendent Smith

We must have open and respectful conversations about the lessons of living in a democracy.
-Superintendent Dr. Jack R. Smith
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Investing Our Dollars Wisely to Ensure Academic Success for All

In June, the Montgomery County Board of Education unanimously approved a final $2.457 billion Operating Budget for Fiscal Year 2017. This budget includes $37.9 million in targeted funding that allows Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) to further our commitment to Academic Excellence for ALL.
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Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays

A Message from Superintendent Jack R. Smith

Please watch a holiday and end-of-year video message from Superintendent Jack R. Smith Ph.D


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Happy New year

Safe and Welcoming Schools for All Students

A Message from the Board of Education

Happy New Year! As we begin 2017, we want to take this opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to providing a safe and welcoming environment for every MCPS student to learn.

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Safe Ride to School

Operation Safe Ride to School

A Message from the Police Department

Throughout the year, Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) officers, in addition to their daily patrols educating the public on traffic laws and enforcing those laws, conduct focused traffic-safety initiatives. In April, which is recognized as Distracted Driving Awareness Month, the Police Department has conducted enforcement that focuses on the illegal use of cell phones while driving. In May, the Police Department will participate in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Click It or Ticket Campaign, which is intended to increase the awareness of using seat belts and child safety seats and using them properly.

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Rockville HS Incident

Serious Incident at Rockville High School

As you may have heard or read, a serious incident occurred at Rockville High School on March 16, 2017. While I can’t share many details because it is an ongoing police investigation, I can share that the incident involves allegations of rape and the arrest of two students.

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Safe welcoming schools

Our Continued Commitment to Safe and Welcoming Schools

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) is committed to providing a safe and welcoming learning environment for all students.  As part of our ongoing efforts to fulfill this commitment, we want to provide all parents and guardians with resources that help us prevent bullying and harassment in schools.

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Commitment to School Safety

Our Commitment to School Safety

The recent tragic incident at Rockville High School has caused all of us to stop and reflect on our work to ensure the safety and security of our students. While MCPS has a robust security system that includes thousands of cameras in schools, school- and central office-based security personnel, engaged teachers and administrators, and a partnership with the Montgomery County Police Department, we must always consider opportunities to improve school safety.

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United we Learn

United We Learn

Combating Hate through the Arts

Montgomery County Public Schools has a longstanding and unwavering commitment to the principles of respect and equity. It is on these principles that we ask our students to take a stand against hate, bias and divisiveness.

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END OF YEAR MESSAGE 2017

A Message from Superintendent Jack R. Smith

Dear MCPS Community:

The end of a school year is a time for celebration, reflection, and planning for the future. As I reflect on my first year as Superintendent of Schools, I am excited that we have so much to celebrate and even more to look forward to for the 2017-2018 school year.
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