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Participants at the Sept. 18 community forum held at Watkins Mill High School had an opportunity to share their views on priorities the school system should focus on for the 2009–2010 school year to improve achievement for all students. Interpreting services were provided in Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and French. A second Board of Education-sponsored community forum is set for Oct. 16, 7–9:30 p.m., at Albert Einstein High School.
Felecia Jackson’s family of 15 has a new home in Poolesville, thanks in part to MCPS staff. Lakelands Park MS teacher Eric Kuhn brought the Jackson family’s story to ABC-TV’s “Extreme Home Makeover,” which featured Jackson, her four children and her sister’s 10 children on its season premiere Sept. 28. MCPS staff were among the many people who pitched in to help build the house.
MyLunchMoney.com, a convenient online service, is now available for parents to make prepayments to a student’s cafeteria account using a credit or debit card. Once an account is established, parents can check balances, view purchases, set up recurring payments and receive low balance notification. To sign up, go to and click on “Enroll Now.” For more information, visit the Food and Nutrition Services website.
Registration is open for free MCPS Parent Academy workshops taking place this fall. Workshop topics include cybersafety, helping children succeed in middle school and understanding the special education process. Coordinated by the Department of Family and Community Partnerships (DFCP) in the Office of Communications and Family Outreach, the Parent Academy was created to empower all parents as advocates and partners in their children's education.
Amy Corbman, second grade teacher at Greencastle Elementary School, won an American Stars of Teaching award from U.S. Department of Education. The program recognizes an exemplary teacher from each state. Corbman was selected because of her unique teaching strategies, enthusiasm and dedication to ensuring that all students achieve. John McGrath, deputy assistant secretary with the U.S. Department of Education, presented the award at a surprise ceremony Sept. 23.
Takoma Park Middle School students were joined by local, state and federal officials; farmers; and nutrition specialists to launch Maryland’s first-ever Homegrown School Lunch Week Sept. 22–26. Students also are learning about where their food comes from, how it is produced and the benefits of a healthy diet—all part of a new Farm-to-School Program established by the state legislature.
The Board of Education's business meeting will be webcast live starting at 6 p.m., Monday, September 22. You need the free Windows MediaPlayer on your computer to view the meeting.
Parents are invited to a series of information meetings on the Downcounty and Northeast consortia choice programs. The evening meetings are scheduled throughout September, October and November for parents of students in grade 8. Students who live in either of these consortium areas can apply to their choice of area schools, offering academies or programs with a particular focus.