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Get to know the Montgomery County Board of Education Members away from the dais and "Beyond the Boardroom". In this episode, Judith Docca describes what led to her running for the Board, her passions, and what being a teacher has meant to her.
The Montgomery County Board of Education will hold its business meeting on May 30. Closed session will begin at 4 p.m. and public items will start at 5:30 p.m. Watch live on Comcast Channel 34, Verizon Channel 36 and RCN Channel 88.
The Board of Education is seeking feedback from parents and members of the community on a new policy addressing student well-being and school safety. Policy COA, Student Well-being and School Safety, ties together the district’s policy on Wellness: Physical and Nutritional Health, and its work on Be Well 365: The Framework to Support the Physical, Social and Psychological Well-being of All Students initiative. The draft policy addresses safety from the perspective of promoting a positive school climate; accountability for all; behavioral threat assessment; facilities, security staff and technology; collaboration with count partners including health and law enforcement agencies; and emergency planning and preparedness.
Dozens of high school seniors from across the county received recognition for their commitment to the arts at the Superintendent's All-County Performing Arts Awards Gala. Students received awards for outstanding achievement in dance and theatre.
Grade 8 students are invited to participate in high school career readiness camps this summer. Students will have an opportunity to explore skilled and professional careers, and match their career goals and interests with career academies and high school programs offered in MCPS. The camp will offer six programs of study for students to experience ranging from architecture and automotive to cybersecurity, spa services, foundations of construction and maintaining and repairing computers.The camps will take place from 8:15 a.m.–1:00 p.m. at Thomas Edison High School of Technology from July 15--August 2.
Parents have the opportunity to attend upcoming information nights to learn about the implementation of a new elementary English Language Arts and Math curriculum. Information nights will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21 at Paint Branch High School; 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22 at Gaithersburg High School and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 23 at Rock Terrace School.
MCPS is beginning the implementation of a three year roll-out of curricular and instructional materials and supports for elementary and middle English Language Arts (ELA) and Math to maintain high levels of teaching and learning for all students. Parent and community members are encouraged to come learn more from MCPS staff and the new curriculum vendors about what will be implemented in schools. The information nights will take place on May 21, 22 and 23. There will be a presentation of both the elementary ELA and Math curricular and instructional materials and supports, and an opportunity for attendees to ask questions.
On May 11, more than 800 middle school students showcased inventions at the Invent the Future Challenge Summit. Community members, school administrators and county government officials celebrated the amazing and thoughtful inventions the students created with the challenge to save the planet.