QuickNotes: Your Information Connection to Montgomery County Public Schools
Vol. 1, No. 1

Mark Your Calendar
MCPS Monthly Calendar (PDF)
School calendars
Testing dates scheduled for September and October
Oct. 8: SAT administered
Oct. 12, 15: PSAT administered
Testing calendar

Instructional TV Highlights
"Our Schools Today," which airs on MCPS Instructional TV, Cable Channel 34, helps keep parents updated on important school system issues. The program is available in six languages.
Our Schools Today

MCPS Instructional TV

Parent Connection: A quarterly printed publication for parents of MCPS students. Available in six languages.
Navigating the System: A parent’s guide to Montgomery County Public Schools. In multiple languages.
Aim High/Working Together: Publications about what parents should know to help their children excel. In multiple languages.
The Bulletin: A weekly publication for MCPS employees and other constituents.
Other publications

Other Links of Interest
Enroll your child
Bus transportation
Breakfast and lunch menus
Frequently called phone numbers
Guide to Special Programs
Parent Web page
Contact us

Keeping You Connected

Welcome to QuickNotes! This new e-mail newsletter will help you keep in touch with Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS). Although especially designed for parents, QuickNotes is available to anyone who is interested in helping MCPS students succeed. Each month during the school year, we will bring you information about timely issues, Board of Education highlights, dates to remember, links to other publications and useful information, and more.

Ride by the Rules

Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Safe. That's the message for students as they board the MCPS yellow buses this fall. A multimedia bus safety campaign, including a brochure, bookmark, poster, videos, and classroom instruction will focus on the importance of appropriate behavior on school buses and the consequences when rules are broken. A special brochure for parents called Ride by the Rules: A Parent's Role will be available through your child's school this fall. | Bus Safety Information

Community Forums

Share your thoughts about the future of the school system at one of three community forums set for September and October. The forums will focus on the annual update of the school system's strategic plan, Our Call to Action: Pursuit of Excellence. Community members also will have an opportunity to discuss the upcoming Fiscal Year 2007 budget.

Forums will be held on the following dates:

  • Sept. 8: Rockville High School, 7-9:30 p.m.
  • Sept. 22: Albert Einstein High School, 7-9:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 6: Northwest High School, 7-9:30 p.m.

All three forums will cover similar topics. Free translation and child care services will be available at all sites. | Community Forums

Report Cards

Following is the schedule for marking periods and report card distribution for the 2005-2006 school year:

  • Aug. 29: First day of school
  • Oct. 31: First marking period ends
  • Nov. 10: Report cards distributed
  • Jan. 20: Second marking period ends
  • Feb. 2: Report cards distributed
  • March 30: Third marking period ends
  • April 19: Report cards distributed
  • June 14: Last day of school
  • June 23:Report cards mailed

Interim progress reports will be sent halfway through the marking period to some students. Procedures may vary depending on the grade level or school. Contact your child's school for more information.

Back-to-School Nights

Schools throughout the county will soon hold back-to-school nights for family members. The evening event is a great way to meet your child's teachers, see what your child will be learning, and find out more about the school. For specific date and more information, contact your child's school.

Parents and the Strategic Plan

A new booklet called Parents outlines the many ways that parents can be involved in supporting the strategic plan that guides the work of all MCPS schools and offices. Your school will send a copy home with your child. The publication is also on the MCPS Web site. | Parents

Board of Education Meetings

Meetings of the Montgomery County Board of Education are generally held twice a month. Agendas and supporting materials are available on the Web, and news releases containing Board highlights are available following meetings. A link to live webcasts of meetings is available from the Board Web page. | Board of Education | News releases

Did You Know?

Montgomery County Public Schools has more than 18,000 international students from 167 countries. The students speak 134 different languages. Spanish is the most commonly spoken language of international students. A substantial number of students also speak Korean, various Chinese dialects, French, Hindi/Urdu, Amharic, Vietnamese, Portuguese, and Russian. | International Student Admissions Office


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