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Montgomery County Public Libraries invites all students to participate in this year’s Summer Reading Program. This year’s theme is “Libraries Rock.” Get ready for a summer challenge full of music, exciting programs and fun activities. The program features learning activities, games, book lists, and fun educational events to encourage learning all summer long. Participants can sign up for the program and keep track of the books they read or have read to them. Registration is available online and at any MCPL branch library.
Students in many summer school or recreation programs will be provided meals as part of the Montgomery County summer food program. The program ensures that children continue to receive nutritious meals during the summer months when school breakfasts and lunches are not available. The free meals will be distributed at more than 100 sites throughout the county every weekday . Children 18 and younger are eligible to receive the meals.
The Montgomery County Board of Education unanimously adopted a $2.60 billion Operating Budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 on June 12. The budget provides more than $77 million in additional funding that will allow the district to manage growth and make investments in critical areas to ensure all MCPS students are achieving at high levels.
With the final construction dust settled and the finishing touches completed, the community of Silver Creek Middle School celebrated their dedication ceremony, filled with musical presentations, speeches and tours of the 4-story, 163,000 sq. ft environmentally-friendly school building.
More than 11,000 MCPS students received diplomas in commencement ceremonies that began on May 29 and ended on June 8. A variety of commencement speakers—ranging from elected officials to journalists—spoke at the ceremonies. Parents and students were invited to submit their favorite graduation snapshots to be included in the graduation coverage.
Dozens of students from Glenallan Elementary School recently participated in a BioBlitz. During a BioBlitz, members of the community and scientists work together to collect data on the diversity of living things in a specified area. Led by local experts from DEP, County Parks, MCPS, and the Audubon Naturalist Society, Glenallan students explored Brookside Nature Center for fish and macroinvertebrates and then a terrestrial station for plants, mammals and other terrestrial animals.
The Montgomery County Board of Education will hold its business meeting on June 12. 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.
The Board of Education and Superintendent of Schools Jack R. Smith honored 672 retirees at the annual retirement recognition and reception on June 7 at Richard Montgomery High School. Certificates of appreciation were presented to thank retirees for their dedicated service to MCPS students.