QuickNotes: Your Information Connection to Montgomery County Public Schools
Vol. 1, No. 4

Mark Your Calendar
MCPS monthly calendar (PDF)
School calendars
FY 2007 Capital Budget and FY 2007-2012 Capital Improvements Program: Learn more

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.
Take 10: Listen in on discussions about our students, our schools and our community. It's 10 minutes you won't want to miss!
MCPS Instructional TV

Parent Connection: A quarterly printed publication for parents of MCPS students. Available in six languages.
Options: A guide explaining the application and choice programs offered by MCPS. Information available in six languages.
Middle School Brochure: Overview of the middle school program.
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.
Other publications

Other Links of Interest
Budget information
Capital Improvement Budget
Enroll your child
Breakfast and lunch menus
Colleges, careers, financial aid and more
Frequently called phone numbers
Guide to special programs
Parent Web page
Ride by the Rules
Contact us
Weather Decisions
Where to find it

Superintendent to Present Budget Recommendations

Superintendent Jerry Weast will unveil his recommended operating budget for Fiscal Year 2007 on Dec. 14. The presentation will start at 7:30 p.m. at Rockville High School, 2100 Baltimore Road in Rockville. Academic reforms in the last six years have produced dramatic improvements in student achievement. We must continue to make investments to keep moving forward.

Please plan to arrive by 7 p.m. In addition to parking at the high school, there will be additional parking at Earle B. Wood Middle School, 14615 Bauer Dr. in Rockville, and at the Montgomery County Health and Human Services building, 751 Twinbrook Parkway in Rockville. Shuttle buses will run every 10 minutes beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Foreign language interpretation services will be available in Spanish, French, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese. If you would like to use this service, please arrive by 6:45 p.m. American Sign Language interpreters will be available. Free child care also will be offered for children aged 4 to 12.

Public hearings on the budget proposal will be in January. The Board of Education is tentatively scheduled to adopt the budget Feb. 14, 2006.

Budget process timeline

Students to Meet with the Board

Middle and high school students who wish to share issues and concerns about the school system are invited to a question-and-answer session with members of the Board of Education and Superintendent Jerry Weast.

The event is Tuesday, Dec. 6 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the auditorium (North Entrance) at Carver Educational Services Center, 850 Hungerford Dr. in Rockville. The opportunity is sponsored by the Montgomery County Region of the Maryland Association of Student Councils and the Montgomery County Junior Council. Interested participants should contact the student government advisor at their school or call the MCPS student affairs office at 301/279-4957 by Dec. 5. Parents are welcome to attend.

Get Those Applications In!

Application and choice deadlines are rapidly approaching for a variety of special programs within MCPS. Deadlines are below:

  • Elementary Centers for the Highly Gifted. Due Dec. 5.
  • Middle School Magnet programs (includes magnet programs at Takoma Park, Eastern and Roberto W. Clemente middle schools). Application due Dec. 12.
  • Middle School Magnet Consortium Choice Selection (includes Argyle, A. Mario Loiederman and Parkland middle schools). Choice form due Dec. 12.
  • High School ProgramsDowncounty Consortium (DCC) and Northeast Consortium (NEC)Choice Selection . Due Dec. 12.
  • High School Magnet/Special Programs:
    • International Baccalaureate program at Richard Montgomery High School (open to students countywide); Math/Science/Computer Science Magnet at Montgomery Blair High School (open to students countywide) and Communications Arts Program at Montgomery Blair (Open to students in the DCC). All applications due Dec. 5.
    • John F. Kennedy Leadership Training Institute (open to students in the DCC). Due Dec. 12.
    • Global Ecology Studies Program at Poolesville High School (open to students countywide). Due Jan. 6, 2006.
Guide to Special Programs

Be Prepared for Weather-Related School Closures

Winter weather, such as snow and ice, and other emergencies may cause disruptions in school operations, including the closure of school, a delayed opening or an early dismissal. Announcements of school closings or delays are made as early as possible, generally in time for news broadcasts that begin at 5 a.m. If schools are closing early, those announcements are made by 11:00 a.m. There are several ways parents can get the latest information on closings or delays:

Make sure you've elected to receive emergency announcements through MCPS QuickNotes. Check your profile to see whether you're signed up.
The MCPS home page displays emergency announcements in bold red letters at the top of the page when appropriate.
Local radio and TV stations and MCPS Cable Channel 34 broadcast the information as soon as it is made available.
Information telephone line at 301/279-3673
Call Center at 301/309-6277 (English and Spanish)
Options Book Is in the Mail

A comprehensive booklet explaining the application and choice programs available in MCPS has been mailed to the homes of students in kindergarten through 8th grade. MCPS offers innovative educational programs ranging from aerospace technology to sports medicine. The Options guide is designed to help parents learn more about the programs available at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Many of the choices are available to students regardless of where they live. Information in the booklet is presented in six languages.

Options Guide

Get the Latest with Connect-ED

Schools are using a new tool, Connect-ED, to stay in touch with their parent communities. With the Connect-ED service, parents receive pre-recorded voice messages from an automated phone calling system. Connect-ED can provide reliable and timely information about important meetings, school functions or emergencies. Schools also are beginning to use Connect-ED to call parents when students are marked absent.

Second Graders Head to Strathmore

For the second year, Montgomery County second graders will enjoy a unique learning opportunity at The Music Center at Strathmore when they attend the Ruth Rales Comcast Kids Student Concerts presented by the National Philharmonic Orchestra. The concerts will be held Dec. 6-8, exposing students to the wonderful world of classical music in a concert hall setting. The children have been preparing for the program in their music classes so they can participate in the concerts. Parents are encouraged to discuss the opportunity with their children, and to expose them to music and the arts.

Dates to Remember
  • Dec. 3: SAT administered
  • Dec. 6-8: Second graders trip to The Music Center at Strathmore
  • Dec. 10: MCPS Big Band Jazz Festival, Sherwood HS, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Dec. 13: Board of Education meeting and election of officers, Carver Educational Services Center, 10 a.m.
  • Dec. 14: Superintendent's operating budget presentation, Rockville High School, 7:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 26: Christmas holiday
  • Dec. 27-30: Winter break (no school for students and teachers)
  • Jan. 2: New Year's holiday

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