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Special Education Awards Special Education Awards

More than 40 students, parents, educators and programs were honored at the 30th Annual Special Education Awards Ceremony on May 14. The event, sponsored by the Montgomery County Council of PTAs, recognizes individuals and groups providing support, motivation and encouragement that help ensure success for special education students.


The Montgomery County Board of Education recently honored 14 individuals and organizations during its annual Distinguished Service Awards ceremony. The Board established the awards to recognize and show appreciation for exemplary contributions to public education and to MCPS by members of the community, businesses, MCPS staff and school volunteers.

Thank You for Teaching Thank You for Teaching

Zulay Joa, a STEM teacher at Glenallan Elementary School, and Michelle Kwamena-Poh, a first grade teacher at Westover Elementary School, are this year’s recipients of the Shirley J. Lowrie “Thank You for Teaching” Awards. The “Thank You for Teaching” Award is given to outstanding elementary school educators.

Invent the Future Challenge Summit Invent the Future Challenge Summit

MCPS and the Kid Museum invite students, parents and community members to celebrate the inspiring work of MCPS middle school students at the Invent the Future Challenge Summit. This free event will be held on May 20, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Magruder High School in Rockville.  

Survey Survey

MCPS is seeking feedback from parents on the new elementary curriculum process and plans. The district wants to hear your thoughts on the most important aspects of a new curriculum; the benefits of an externally purchased curriculum; any concerns the district should consider when reviewing curriculum products; and the most important factors for a successful rollout of a new curriculum. Parents can offer their feedback until May 18. The transition to a new elementary curriculum will take place over multiple years, beginning with a group of schools and selected courses in 2018–2019.

BOE 5-8-18 BOE 5-8-18

The Montgomery County Board of Education will hold its business meeting on May 8. Closed session will begin at 8:30 a.m. and public items will start at 10 a.m. Watch live on Comcast Channel 34, Verizon Channel 36 and RCN Channel 88.

Summer Camps Summer Camps

Registration for the 2018 Career Readiness Summer Camps is now open! Camps will take place at Gaithersburg High School from June 25-28, 2018, and Paint Branch High School from July 9-12, 2018. Registration extended to May 11, 2018

Book Festival Book Festival

The 2018 Gaithersburg Book Festival will be held on Saturday, May 19, on the grounds of Gaithersburg City Hall. The festival features a great lineup of authors and activities for children of all ages. Several members of the MCPS community will be conducting readings at the festival, and there will be many programs, workshops, and activities in the Children’s Village that are designed to promote interest in reading and writing.