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Newly elected members of the Board of Education Karla Silvestre and Brenda Wolff, and returning members Patricia O'Neill and Dr. Judy Docca were sworn in during a ceremony on Dec. 3 at the Carver Educational Services Center. The election of new officers of the Board will take place during the Board’s business meeting on Dec. 4.
In the latest MCPS Spotlight, we meet Seth Adams, the director of the Division of Construction, at the construction site for the new Seneca Valley High School. He shares why this school, once completed, will be a 21st-century school.
Asian Pacific American Parent Engagement Night allowed parents, guardians, community members and MCPS leaders to come together to talk about a variety of topics, including counseling services, the magnet school selection process, rigor and challenge within local school programs, and MCPS at a glance.
The African-American Student Achievement Action Group will hold a community forum regarding measuring the achievement gap from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 5 at Argyle Middle School, 2400 Bel Pre Road. The forum is open to all MCPS parents, staff and community members.
The Montgomery County Board of Education approved the requested FY 2020 Capital Budget and Amendments to the FY 2019-2024 Capital Improvements Program on Nov. 27. It will help plan for future growth in MCPS while addressing school security and access to college and career readiness programs.
MCPS parents, guardians and community members are invited to attend a workshop on Tuesday, Dec. 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Neelsville Middle School to learn how restorative justice allows students to actively engage and problem-solve physical, psychological, social and disciplinary issues that affect their lives and the community. Neelsville is located at 11700 Neelsville Church Road, Germantown.
The third grade staff and students at Lucy V. Barnsley Elementary School hosted a pre-holiday Civility Carnival to celebrate kindness, caring, compassion and empathy. Students enjoyed carnival games, participated in chalk art, poster making and even emblazoned their civility statements on t-shirts.
The State’s Attorney for Montgomery County has informed Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) that the charges against the students allegedly involved in the Oct. 31 incident at Damascus High School have been amended. Four of five students accused will be charged as adults and will also be charged with first-degree rape. One case remains in juvenile court.MCPS continues to fully cooperate with the police investigation and will continue to provide support and resources for the entire Damascus community. Our thoughts are with the students, staff and all who have been affected.