Students who would like to earn Student Service Learning hours over the summer can volunteer to help the Drive for Supplies project, which collects and donates used but usable school supplies from school lockers, desks and closets.
Middle and high school students can help with this recycling program by sorting, boxing and weighing the donated supplies. The work will take place in the Rockville High School cafeteria from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 10 through July 13. Students can volunteer for any part of a day or week. Elementary student volunteers also are welcome to come, but must be supervised by a parent. Volunteers are asked to fill out a volunteer application, which can be found on the MCPS Web site.
Nonprofit organizations that benefit children will pick up supplies after the Drive for Supplies press conference and celebration on July 17 at 10 a.m. For more information or to register an organization, call the Student Affairs Office at 301-279-4957.
Drive for Supplies
As the school year comes to a close, students should remember to submit their second semester Student Service Learning hours to their school's SSL coordinator by June 9. The hours must be submitted on a Verification Form, available on the SSL Web site. June report cards, which are mailed on June 23, should reflect the updated service-learning hours.
Students are required to put in 60 hours of service work before graduation, and they can begin earning hours the summer after 5th grade.
A listing of pre-approved organizations is available on the SSL Web site. Students who wish to earn hours with a group not on the list must fill out an Application for Special Activity form. The form must be signed by the student, the student's parent and a representative with the nonprofit, tax-exempt organization where the work is to take place. Forms must be approved before the hours are begun; they can be faxed to the SSL office at 301-517-8166 for approval. Students have until Sept. 30 to submit their summer SSL hours to school.
All SSL forms are available at the middle and high schools, and on the MCPS Web site. Call the SSL office at 301-279-3454 with questions.
Student Service Learning
Registration continues through June and July for the regional summer school programs in elementary and high schools. Registration deadline for the first session is June 21 (for elementary and high school); the second session deadline is July 14 (high school only). Summer school graduation is Aug. 16 at 10 a.m. at John F. Kennedy High School. Application forms are available in schools and online. Call the summer school office at 301-279-3202 with questions.
Middle schools offer a summer Extended Year Program, which is designed for students to accelerate their learning, strengthen their skill base and enhance their content knowledge of curriculum. The program, which offers classes in reading and math, will operate from June 29 to July 28. Parents can call any middle school for more information.
Summer School Information
Encourage your student to brush up on SAT skills this summer. An online SAT preparation program from The College Board, developers of the SAT, is available at no cost for MCPS students. The course provides in-depth test coverage that helps students prepare for success on the SAT's math, critical reading and writing sections. Seniors can access the course with a password available from their SAT Prep Course teacher, from the school's counseling office or career/college center.
SAT Prep Course
Students enrolled in many summer school or summer recreation programs will be provided meals as part of the Montgomery County summer food program. The program was created 30 years ago to ensure children in low-income areas could continue to receive nutritious meals during the summer months when school breakfasts and lunches are not available.
The free meals will be distributed at about 80 sites throughout the county. They will be served weekdays, except July 4, beginning June 19 and ending August 25, to children under 19 and to mentally disabled persons up to 21 years old.
Other community-based sites, such as churches, community groups and apartment complexes, also will serve the meals. Parents are encouraged to check with the site supervisor to see whether the lunches will be available.
For more information, call the Division of Food and Nutrition Services at 301-840-8170. A list of sites where meals will be served is available on the Maryland State Department of Education Web site.
Maryland State Department of Education Nutrition Programs
Classes for the 2006-07 school year begin on Aug. 28, and the last day of school for students is June 14. During the year, there are several early-release days for students and other holidays during which there is no school for students, teachers or other school staff.
2006-07 School Calendar
A summer orientation will be held at all MCPS high schools for incoming 9th graders and new students on Thursday, August 24. August 24 will be a half-day orientation for students to meet their teachers and principal, walk through their classes and become familiar with the school before the first full day of school on August 28. Orientation can help students ease what can be a stressful transition.
Many middle schools also will hold a half-day orientation for incoming 6th graders and new students on August 24. Parents should be notified by early August if their child's middle school is participating. In addition, some middle schools hold orientation programs in June or July to introduce incoming 6th graders to middle school. Parents should be receiving letters describing their school's orientation plans and letting them know when their child should report to the school. Contact your local middle school with questions.
Athletic tryouts and practices start August 15 for high school students interested in fall sports. Fall sports include varsity and junior varsity football, field hockey, boys' soccer, girls' soccer and girls' volleyball; girls' tennis, coed cross country and coed golf.
Students must have a yearly physical exam to play athletics at the high school level. The Health Form, also available in schools, must be signed by the student, parent and doctor or nurse practitioner.
Students also will need a signed parent permission form to participate in tryouts or practices. Contact your local high school for the form.
Hispanic sophomores and juniors (Classes of 2007 and 2008) wishing to acquire skills to prepare them for college and careers are urged to apply for one of two Hispanic Youth Symposium programs scheduled for this summer.
The symposia are three-day, two-night residential programs that will take place at Marymount University in Arlington on July 6-July 8 and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County on July 13-July 15. Montgomery County students can choose which symposium they would like to attend. Transportation is provided from pick-up locations at MCPS schools.
The program includes the opportunity to have discussions on real-world policy issues and to meet Latino professionals in the government, nonprofit and private sectors. There also will be sessions on choosing, preparing for and paying for college with college admissions counselors, and career-focused workshops with employers. Some students will earn scholarships as a result of their participation in this program.
Eligible students must fill out an online application, which includes a written essay, and have at least a 2.5 grade point average. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. There is a $10 fee for students accepted to attend.
Call the Hispanic College Fund at 202-296-5400 for more information.
Hispanic Youth Symposium
The Montgomery County Board of Education is seeking nominations from the public for its 10th annual awards for distinguished service to public education. The awards are sponsored by the Board to recognize and show appreciation to individuals, groups and organizations that have made exemplary contributions over time to public education in Montgomery County.
Nominations will be accepted in the following categories: community individual; community group; business; MCPS staff; individual pioneer and school service volunteer. Up to three awards will be given in each category.
Any person or group may submit nominations. Nomination forms may be obtained from local schools, the Board of Education office or on the MCPS Web site. To receive a nomination form by mail or for more information, call the Board office at 301-279-3301. Completed nomination forms must be received in the Board of Education office by 5 p.m. on
July 7, 2006.
Mail completed forms to: Montgomery County Board of Education, Carver Educational Services Center, Room 123, 850 Hungerford Drive, Rockville, MD 20850.
Distinguished Service Awards
The MCPS Web site has been expanded to include a growing amount of information in languages other than English. Parents can search the Web sites—available in Spanish, French, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese, as well as English—to find the latest school system news, calendars, curriculum and emergency information, tips on helping your child in school, and links to other helpful resources.
Information in Other Languages
- June 1-12: High School Assessments make-up
- June 3: SAT administered
- June 7: Exam review day
- June 8-13: Final exams
- June 13: Board of Education meeting, Carver Educational Services Center, 10 a.m.
- June 14: Last day of school for students; students dismissed after lunch
- June 23: Report cards mailed
- June 26: Board of Education meeting, Carver Educational Services Center, 6:30 p.m.