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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.

Restorative Justice Workshop Restorative Justice Workshop

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.

Civility Carnival Civility Carnival Video story icon

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.

Damascus HS Damascus HS

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.

Latin Dance Competition Latin Dance Competition Video story icon

More than 150 students participated in the 19th Annual MCPS Latin Dance Competition on Nov. 19, held at the Music Center at Strathmore. Congratulations to all of the students involved!

Schools of the Future Schools of the Future

Students in all grade levels, as well as staff, are invited to participate in a survey that will allow them to share feedback on how they use classrooms and other spaces in their schools on a daily basis. Parents of elementary students are encouraged to talk with their children about their learning environments and help them complete . Middle and high school students may share their feedback . Staff may share their feedback . MCPS will collect survey results through the beginning of January. The information will be used to support continuous improvement of our educational facilities. After results have been collected, students will have the opportunity to participate in a contest that will allow them to envision the future of schools and help influence future design.

Junior Achievement Junior Achievement Video story icon

Thanks to a partnership with Junior Achievement of Greater Washington, MCPS seventh-graders get to learn important principles of financial literacy for three weeks in their social studies class, and test their skills through a real-life simulation at Finance Park, located at the new Thomas Edison High School of Technology.

Walter Johnson HS Walter Johnson HS

Walter Johnson High School welcomed about 150 senior citizens for a Thanksgiving feast on Nov. 16. The school has hosted the Senior Citizens Luncheon for 43 years. There was a traditional turkey dinner, served by students, as well as music and dancing.