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The Career Readiness Education Academy is a career readiness education program for older English Language Learners in MCPS who are unlikely to meet all graduation requirements prior to turning 21. CREA provides students the opportunity to learn English language skills, basic work skills and to earn industry certifications.
Superintendent Jack R. Smith sent a message to all families about the national student walkout planned for April 20 to advocate for gun control and school safety. In his message, he reiterated the district's support for student advocacy and outlined his support of activities that allow students to do so while at school, in a learning environment that is supportive and safe. The full message is linked below.
MCPS and WorkSource Montgomery have collaborated to offer Summer RISE (Real Interesting Summer Experience). Summer RISE provides rising juniors and seniors a career development opportunity in a professional environment for 3-weeks in July.
Three teachers have been named finalists for the 2018–2019 MCPS Teacher of the Year Award by the Marian Greenblatt Education Fund. They are: Kristen Kane, kindergarten teacher at Forest Knolls Elementary School; Edwina A. Kollo, math content specialist at Shady Grove Middle School; and Janet Gallagher, resource teacher at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School. The teachers, along with other MCPS employees and partners, will be honored for their extraordinary work as part of the annual Champions for Children Awards Celebration. The MCPS Teacher of the Year will be named during the event on April 18.
The Board of Education voted on Thursday, April 12, to name the new elementary school in the Richard Montgomery cluster Bayard Rustin Elementary School. The Rockville school is currently under construction and scheduled to open for the 2018-2019 school year. Bayard Rustin was a civil rights leader, gay rights activist and an organizer of the 1963 civil rights march in Washington D.C.
Dr. Stacy Ashton, principal of Burnt Mills Elementary School, is this year's Mark Mann Excellence and Harmony Award winner. The Mark Mann Award is presented annually to an MCPS administrator who has shown exceptional performance in promoting academic excellence, positive human relations and community outreach.
Hundreds of MCPS students attended the Montgomery County National College Fair on April 10 and 11, a free event held at the Agricultural Center in Gaithersburg. The event featured representatives from dozens of colleges and universities, and provided resources to students and parents navigating the college admissions process.
MCCPTA and MCPS will host a mental health and wellness forum from 1 to 5 p.m. April 22 at Gaithersburg High School, 101 Education Blvd. Families, students and staff can learn about youth mental health and wellness and find resources within MCPS, as well as the broader community.