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The second phase of the Districtwide Boundary Analysis will focus on engagement with an Interactive Boundary Explorer tool, which will provide MCPS stakeholders a deeper look and better understanding of school boundaries. The tool has been developed by WXY Studios (WXY) as part of its ongoing work with the district to provide a comprehensive assessment of MCPS boundaries by analyzing various data points. The interactive tool will be shared in two public webinars—on Tuesday, Oct. 20 and Thursday, Oct. 22. Both webinars will be held from 7–8:30 p.m.

Early College Early College

The Early College program, a collaboration between MCPS and Montgomery College, provides college-ready students with a unique opportunity to complete their Grade 11 and 12 high school requirements while simultaneously pursuing an associate degree from Montgomery College. This tuition-free program offers rigorous instruction, as well as academic and student support to help students succeed. Grade 10 students interested in this opportunity should submit an by Nov. 6.


MCPS and College Board are moving forward with plans to administer the SAT to registered students on Saturday, November 7 and Saturday, December 5. The deadline to register for the November 7 SAT is October 27, through the College Board registration. The focus of this effort is ensuring that seniors graduating in the Class of 2021 have additional opportunities to access these college entrance examinations. SAT test centers for November 7 include: Walter Johnson, Whitman, Clarksburg, Quince Orchard, Watkins Mill, Einstein, Wheaton, Damascus, and Springbrook High Schools.

Mental Health Mental Health

MCPS will mark Mental Health Awareness Week from October 26–31 with a weeklong expo, including Zoom workshops, a resource fair, breakout sessions and a question-and-answer session. Some workshops will be available in multiple languages. All workshops and activities throughout the week will be held virtually.

The free event, hosted by MCPS and the Montgomery County School Psychologists’ Association, is open to staff, students and their families.

Community Conversation Community Conversation

The Board of Education’s Communication and Stakeholder Engagement Committee is hosting a community conversation about virtual learning on Monday, Oct. 19 from 6 – 7:30 p.m.

You can watch at , or on MCPS-TV (Comcast 34, Verizon 36 and RCN 89). You can submit questions in advance at

Parent Academy Parent Academy

Families and students can stay engaged throughout the school year with Parent Academy TO GO. Parent Academy TO GO is a series of virtual webinars for families to watch at home. In addition, there are several virtual chats and workshops coming up that may be helpful for families. On Oct. 12, Mental Health Monday Virtual Chat: Minimizing Meltdowns at Home, 6-6:45 p.m.

Join us for a virtual chat focused on compassion and grace. We will discuss crisis prevention and intervention strategies to help minimize meltdowns and support your child’s social/emotional needs during a dual pandemic. Recommended for families of elementary, middle and high school students. Facilitated by a nationally certified school psychologist

BOE Meeting 10-6-20 BOE Meeting 10-6-20

The Board of Education will hold its virtual business meeting today, Oct. 6, 2020. Closed session will begin at 9 a.m. and the business meeting will begin at 11 a.m. The meeting will be broadcast live on Comcast Channel 34, Verizon FIOS Channel 36, RCN Channel 89, and by phone (Dial-in Number: +1-202-860-2110, Access Code: 171 379 7178). Meeting is rebroadcast at 1 p.m. on the Saturday and Sunday following the meeting.


For students who have a confirmed testing ticket at a Montgomery County Public Schools test center on Saturday, October 3, specific check-in instructions and requirements by test center can be found at the link below. Please note that some test center assignments may have recently changed by the College Board in an effort to limit group size and promote distancing. Students should reconfirm their testing center and test admission ticket by accessing their account on the College Board website. The testing ticket must indicate a confirmed testing center on October 3, 2020.