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Community Conversation Community Conversation

The second part of A Courageous Conversation on the Impact of Racism on Mental Health will be held online on Tuesday, July 7, from 6:30–8 p.m. The event will be hosted by Dr. Christina Conolly, director of psychological services for MCPS, and John Landesman, a coordinator in the Equity Initiatives Unit. This event will feature a panel discussion, and question and answer session.

The July 7 conversation will focus on how people can get help and support with mental health concerns, as well as discuss how to eliminate the stigma of getting mental health support.

Lowrie Winners Lowrie Winners

Julie Miller, a third grade teacher at Ashburton Elementary School, and Sheila Shea, a special education teacher at Diamond Elementary School, are this year’s recipients of the Shirley J. Lowrie “Thank You for Teaching” Awards. The annual “Thank You for Teaching” awards are made possible through the Shirley J. Lowrie Memorial Fund, established at the Community Foundation for Montgomery County. Lowrie taught for several years as a teacher and substitute teacher in California and Connecticut before relocating with her family to Potomac.

Sexual Harassment Message Sexual Harassment Message

In this community update, Superintendent Jack Smith provides additional information on MCPS’ efforts to address the allegation of sexual assault, harassment and discrimination. MCPS is actively looking into the allegations to address them as quickly as possible

BOE Meeting 06-29-2020 BOE Meeting 06-29-2020

The Board of Education will hold a virtual meeting on Thursday, June 29, 2020. Closed session will begin at 1 p.m. Public agenda items will begin at 3:30 p.m. Members of the community can participate via telephone by dialing 202-860-2110 using access code 161 467 4178. The meeting will be broadcast live on Comcast Channel 34, Verizon Channel 36, and RCN channel 89.

MSDE MSDE Video story icon

Beginning this year, MSDE will add per-pupil spending data as part of the annually published school report cards. States must provide this information as part of the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA—a federal law that seeks to ensure equity, accountability and a quality education for all public school students. A number of factors impact a school’s level of per-student funding. These factors include the number of students in the school, special education services provided, school designations such as Title I and Focus schools, and the experience level of the staff.

Summer Programs Summer Programs

MCPS is partnering with several non-profit organizations, businesses and county agencies to offer a variety of enrichment programs and workshops to enhance your child’s summer learning. To view the list of programs available, please visit the Summer Programs webpage. Programs cover a range of topics, including goal setting, financial literacy, music, art, dance and STEM.

Fall 2020 Survey Fall 2020 Survey

MCPS has launched a survey designed to gather community input around key elements that will need to be included in our recovery plan for the fall. When completing this survey, please keep in mind that we are considering a number of scenarios, including continuing with remote learning; engaging in a hybrid model that includes some face-to-face instruction and some remote learning; and providing in-person learning with restrictions in place, such as physical distancing and improved hygiene requirements.

Coronavirus - COVID-19 Coronavirus - COVID-19 Video story icon

The most recent information from MCPS about online learning, meal service for students, engagement activities for children and much more can be found here. See the list of links below and the other stories on this page. Due to Governor Larry Hogan's order school buildings are closed until April 24.