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Don't Miss Mental Health Awareness Week Oct. 10-15

MCPS and the Montgomery County School Psychologists’ Association (MCSPA) will host free virtual events the week of Oct. 10–15 to give youth and families the opportunity to hear from mental health experts on a variety of issues. The weeklong expo will feature daily themes, dynamic speakers and informational videos, as well as two live events: a Waymaking special on student mental health, and a resource fair and Q&A session.

The Waymaking mental health forum will be held from 6:30- 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 12. The virtual resource fair and expert panel will be held from noon-1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15.

Mental Health Awareness Week

Trades Foundation Seeks Car Donations

The Montgomery County Students Automotive Trades Foundation (ATF) is seeking car donations. Donations will help more than 400 high school students learn how to evaluate, repair and restore used cars. ATF is a nonprofit that fosters automotive education by offering students hands-on instruction in maintenance, repair, sales and marketing.

The ATF accepts donations year-round between 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at Damascus, Gaithersburg and Seneca Valley high schools, at Thomas Edison High School of Technology and at the Shady Grove Bus Depot. Donations may be tax deductible. To schedule car donations, call Michael Snyder at 240-740-2047 or email

Car Donations

Student Focus Group Taste-Tests New Vegan Recipes

As part of a partnership between MCPS, Real Food for Kids and Silver Diner, a student focus group recently had the opportunity to taste-test new vegan meals for the school menu. Students were able to provide feedback on the meals and share whether they would like them as part of their lunch menu.

School Meals

Literacy Council Offers Free ESL Classes for MCPS Parents

In collaboration with MCPS, the Literacy Council of Montgomery County (LCMC) is offering free English as a Second Language classes for MCPS parents. The classes will be held virtually and in-person, and there are options for all levels of English speakers. They are available to any MCPS parent for whom English is not their first language. Parents can complete this interest form to receive a placement test.


English Classes

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MCPS is committed to the physical, social and psychological well-being of its more than 160,000 students and over 24,000 employees. You can find valuable district information and community resources here for students, staff and families. it’s especially important that we care for our mental, emotional and physical health. We hope you will find support here for your school, work, home and personal concerns.

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FY 2022-2025

MCPS Strategic Plan

MCPS Strategic Plan  

The new MCPS strategic plan for 2022-2025 features three main areas of focus: academic excellence, family well-being and professional and operational excellence.

  • Improve student achievement in literacy and mathematics
  • Increase the percentage of students graduating high school
  • Increase access to enriched and accelerated opportunities for underrepresented student groups
  • Increased Maryland College and Career Readiness rates
  • Improve completion rates to career and technical education programs
  • Increase postsecondary education enrollment
  • Increase career training opportunities for all students
  • Promote positive, caring, and supportive district and school climates respectful of students and staff
  • Implement school-level practices to support effective behavioral health management systems
  • Implement culturally-responsive family engagement that promotes two-way communication
  • Increase professional learning for all staff to support equity, students social emotional well being through trauma informed practices, and to increase capacity for teaching
  • Improve the strategic recruitment strategy to increase high-quality workforce diversity and support the social emotional well-being of all students
  • Increase experienced and diverse principals and teachers serving in high-need schools
  • Increase connectivity and satisfaction with MCPS technology
  • Connect the district’s financial plan to the strategic plan with the goal of aligning all district resources and increase transparency
  • Continue to provide and maintain safe and clean facilities that ensure accessibility and support the learning environment