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Working to connect and support our families, schools, and community


new icon(3) Join the MCPS Family Engagement Advisory Team

Parents, guardians and members of the community are invited to apply to be a part of the newly formed MCPS Family Engagement Advisory Team. The purpose of the Family Engagement Advisory Team is to provide opportunities for MCPS families to learn about and provide input and feedback on the district’s programs and initiatives.

The group will:

  • Provide input and feedback to MCPS Central Office staff, school staff and work groups on programs, activities, services, resources, and materials, including communication to families, and Parent Academy;
  • Solicit feedback from other parents in the community;
  • Participate in efforts to promote a welcoming environment in all schools;
  • Assist staff with training to strengthen family advocacy skills;
  • Develop a plan for collaborative learning opportunities for school administrators and teachers to equitably engage with all students and families.

The Family Engagement Advisory Team will meet at least seven times during the school year and members will be required to serve a two-year term. If you are interested in serving on the Family Engagement Advisory Team, please submit an application by December 13.

Applications are available at each school, by calling the Division of Student, Family and School Services at 240-740-4620, or online.

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Deneen Gordon

Congratulations Deneen Gordon!

Ms. Gordon is the recipient of the Maryland PTA Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest recognition bestowed by the PTA and given to only those who have demonstrated outstanding service in support of our students, schools, and communities. As a Parent Community Coordinator at Burnt Mills, Oakview and New Hampshire Estates Elementary Schools, Ms. Gordon is responsible for helping to build and strengthen positive relationships with families, guiding them through the school system, and increasing their confidence and skills to advocate for their children. Her commitment to the education and well-being of our students deserves acknowledgement. "Do the job with passion or not at all," is her guiding philosophy and it shows!


New Regional High School Programs

Grade 8 students may be able to apply to new high school programs opening in 2020–2021:

  • Regional Career Readiness Programs at Seneca Valley High School
  • Regional Career Readiness Programs at Wheaton High School/Thomas Edison High School of Technology
  • Regional International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme at John F. Kennedy High School
  • Regional IB Diploma Programme at Springbrook High School
  • Regional IB Diploma Programme at Watkins Mill High School
  • IB Career Program: Project Lead the Way Engineering at Rockville High School
  • IB Career Program: Project Lead the Way Biomedical Sciences at Rockville High School
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What We Do

The Division of Student, Family, and School Services, working with schools, families and the community, is dedicated to promoting the shared responsibility and mutual process of engaging families in meaningful and culturally appropriate ways to foster student learning and development.

We work to ensure families have the tools and opportunities to be active and effective partners in their children's school experience; and support schools and community partners in building family-school partnerships to support learning opportunities in the classroom, community, and at home.

Our Vision

We believe that all families, schools, and the community can work together to help students achieve academic proficiency and college and career readiness by:

  • Welcoming all families into the school community — families are active participants in the school and feel welcomed, respected and connected to what students are learning and doing in the classroom.
  • Communicating effectively — families and school staff regularly engage in two-way communication.
  • Advocating for every student — all students are treated fairly and have access to learning opportunities and supports.
  • Sharing responsibility — families share ideas and concerns for school improvement.
  • Collaborating with the community — families and students are connected to extended learning opportunities and community services.

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MCPS Parent and Family Involvement Policy

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Who We Are

Parent Community Coordinators

Parent Community Coordinators (PCC) foster connections between schools, families, and community partners to improve the academic and social-emotional outcomes for students.

Learn more about the role of the PCC:


Parent Academy

Free workshops that provide information, resources, and tools & tips to support student success.

New workshops coming soon!

Contact Us

Student, Family and School Services

Rocking Horse Road Center
4910 Macon Road, Room 115
Rockville, MD 20852

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