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More than 100 parents attended Science Curriculum Night held at Gaithersburg High School. The event, hosted by MCPS and MCCPTA, provided attendees an opportunity to learn about the content and standards behind today’s science education.
The Districtwide Boundary Analysis is an initiative designed to provide a comprehensive assessment of Montgomery County Public School boundaries by analyzing various data points such as school facility utilization and capacity, student demographics, and school assignment and travel patterns. The initiative will continue to involve community members from all backgrounds through a variety of forums to fully understand the spectrum of challenges involved in accommodating growing student enrollment and creating more meaningfully integrated and culturally responsive schools within Montgomery County.
The MCPS Office of Special Education is hosting several workshops for parents/guardians on Wednesday, Jan. 29. The workshops are being held from 7–8:30 p.m. at Weller Road Elementary School, 3301 Weller Road in Silver Spring.The following topics will be discussed—-The A to Z’s of Section 504 Plans-Parent Preparation for an Individualized Education Program Meeting-Strategies for Supporting a Student with Anxiety-Practical Communication Skills to Use with Your Preschooler
The Montgomery County Board of Education will hold an all-day business meeting on Tues., Jan. 9. Due to weather conditions, the meeting will now begin at 12 p.m., with public agenda items starting at 1:15 p.m. The meeting will be broadcast live on Comcast Channel 34, Verizon Channel 36, RCN Channel 88, and online.
MCPS is expanding its use of the Alert MCPS system to send systemwide messages of significant importance to the community. Messages about emergency closings and delays will continue to be sent to subscribers through the Alert MCPS system. In the expansion, subscribers will also receive notices about significant MCPS-sponsored community meetings and events, and announcements about the work of the Board of Education. Alert MCPS messages are in addition to messages users may currently receive from MCPS or your child’s school. Messages and notices will come in the form of Alert MCPS emails and text messages.
MCPS and the Montgomery County Council of PTAs (MCCPTA) are hosting a Science Night from 6:30–8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at Gaithersburg High School. (Snow date: January 28)At the event, parents will hear from MCPS teachers about science standards and what they can expect their children to learn in class. Sessions are targeted to parents with students in elementary and middle school.
Montgomery County Public Schools continues to lead the state in the number of educators awarded certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. A total of 478 MCPS educators have achieved National Board Certification while teaching in MCPS. To earn certification, candidates undergo a rigorous assessment of their teaching portfolios, student work samples, and videotapes of classroom teaching.
An exhibition of Montgomery Blair senior Julie Zhu’s oil paintings, including a self-portrait and a portrait of her father, was held recently at the Yellow Barn Studio and Gallery at Glen Echo Park. Zhu is Montgomery County’s only Presidential Scholars candidate in the arts and the only candidate in the state named in both the academic and arts components of the program. There are 15 MCPS candidates for the prestigious award.