QuickNotes: Your Information Connection to Montgomery County Public Schools
Vol. 1, No. 7: March 2006

Information in Your Language
We've created webpages in multiple languages to help you find what you need to know about Montgomery County Public Schools.
Information in Multiple Languages

Mark Your Calendar
MCPS monthly calendar (PDF)
School calendars
The Superintendent's FY 2007 Recommended Operating Budget: 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

Citizens Budget (2.4MB PDF): Essential highlights on the superintendent's recommended operating budget.
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.
Summer Search:: This 2006 catalog of summer opportunities offers information on more than 100 courses, academic and arts programs, and university and college programs.
Other publications

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

Summer School Registration Begins May 1

Summer school can help students maintain skills from the school year and give them a head start on preparing for next year's curriculum. At the high school level, students can take classes for original credit or to recover lost credit.

Brochures for the summer school program will be available in all schools by the end of April. Registration forms and tuition reduction waiver vouchers will be available online and in schools as well. Registration begins May 1.

The first high school session will run from June 29 through July 20 (no school will be held on July 3 and July 4). Classes for the second high school session start July 24 and run through Aug. 10. Sites for summer school are as follows: Candlewood, Fox Chapel, Oakland Terrace, William Tyler Page, Travilah, and Wyngate elementary schools, and James Hubert Blake, John F. Kennedy, Seneca Valley and Watkins Mill high schools.

The elementary school and middle school summer programs will run from June 28 through July 28 (no school will be held on July 3 and July 4). Call the summer school office at 301-279-3202 for information on the elementary or high school programs. Questions concerning the middle school program should be addressed to the student's middle school.

Summer School Information

Parent Meetings Set on Saving for College

It's never too early to begin thinking about saving for your child's college education. The College Savings Plans of Maryland is offering more options to make it easier than ever to save for college. The Maryland Prepaid College Trust allows parents to lock in tomorrow's tuition at today's cost. The Maryland College Investment Plan offers 12 different investment portfolios managed by T. Rowe Price. Both plans are affordable, flexible and offer state and federal tax benefits.

Information nights are scheduled for parents to learn more about these programs. They will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at:

  • Julius West Middle School - March 7
  • Tilden Middle School - March 8
  • Redland Middle School - March 13
  • Herbert Hoover Middle School - March 14
  • Neelsville Middle School - March 15
  • Forest Oak Middle School - March 16

For more information, visit www.collegesavingsmd.org or call 888-463-4723.

AP Exam Registration Under Way

With the Advanced Placement exam testing window scheduled for May 1-12, registration for the tests is going on through late March. The cost of each AP test is $82 and students should register for the exams through their high school. MCPS and the College Board have funds available for students who need assistance paying the required fees. For more information, students should contact their high school counseling office.

MSA, TerraNova Tests to be Given in March

This month will bring a round of testing for students in the 2nd through 8th grade and 10th grade. Parents can help their children develop good study habits and build their understanding of what it takes to prepare for assessments.

Mid-March will bring Maryland School Assessment testing to students in the 3rd through 8th grade and 10th grade. The MSA tests, which run from March 13 through March 22, measure student proficiency in reading and math. Second graders will be given the TerraNova 2 tests from March 1 through March 7. Those multiple-choice tests, formerly the Comprehensive Tests of Basic Skills (CTBS), measure basic skill achievement in reading, language, math, language mechanics, and math computation.

Here are some tips to help your child perform well:

  • Ask the teacher to suggest activities for you and your child to do at home to help prepare and to improve understanding.
  • Make sure your child is well-rested and has eaten a good breakfast on test day.
  • Encourage your child to develop a positive attitude toward school and testing. It is helpful for children to understand why schools give tests.
  • Communicate frequently with your child's teachers to discuss progress.
  • Establish a regular time for homework and a quiet, comfortable place to study.
  • Provide books and magazines for your child to read at home.

Testing Information

Entries Due by March 24
for Annual Media Festival

Is your child a budding photographer or graphic artist? Has he or she shown talent as a Web site designer or film producer? The Montgomery County Schools Media Festival will showcase student works in its annual competition. This year's event will take place on April 28 at the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring. The deadline for entries is March 24.

The competition is open to K-12 students from public and private schools and staff working directly with eligible students who will vie for awards in photography, graphic design, video, animation, multimedia, sequential stills, and Web site creation.

Entrants can only register online at the Media Festival Web site. Entries for judging should be mailed or hand delivered to Benita Fox in School Library Media Programs, Room 259, Carver Educational Services Center, 850 Hungerford Drive, Rockville, MD 20850. Technical questions can be addressed to Michael Warner, Festival coordinator, at mcsmf@yahoo.com.

About 900 participants from more than 60 schools took part in the 2005 festival, and two entries went on to win at the International Student Media Festival, produced by the Association for Educational Communications and Technology.

Media Festival Web site

Reception to Honor Maryland
Teacher of the Year

Join in wishing success to Kimberly Oliver, kindergarten teacher at Broad Acres Elementary School, as she begins the final round of competition for National Teacher of the Year. A reception will be held in her honor from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, March 3 in the Carver Educational Services Center auditorium. The event is open to the MCPS community. Oliver is the first Maryland finalist to compete for the national award since 1992.

Dates to Remember
  • March 1-7: TerraNova testing for second graders
  • March 8: Board of Education facilities and boundaries hearing, Carver Educational Services Center, 7 p.m.
  • March 9: Treble and Mixed Chorus Concert, 8 p.m., Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School
  • March 13-22: Maryland State Assessment testing for third through eighth and tenth graders
  • March 14: Board of Education meeting, Carver Educational Services Center, 10 a.m.
  • March 11-12: Montgomery Area Science Fair Open House, Gaithersburg Fairgrounds
  • March 23-28: Maryland School Assessment testing make-up
  • March 27: Board of Education meeting and boundary decisions, Carver Educational Services Center,
    6:30 p.m.
  • March 30: Third marking period ends
  • March 31: Professional day for teachers (no school for students)


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