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Registration is open for free MCPS Parent Academy workshops taking place this winter. Workshop topics include cybersafety, helping children develop good study and organizational skills 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.
Inauguration Day, Martin Luther King Day, Spring Break—all are upcoming days when schools will be closed. Parents can check these and other important dates on the online MCPS school calendar, which is translated in five languages.
Need help paying for college? In January the MCPS TV program, Our Schools Today, offers important information to help parents navigate the world of scholarships and financial aid. The program is offered in English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese.
Superintendent Jerry D. Weast recently unveiled a $2.1 billion Fiscal Year 2010 Recommended Operating Budget for Montgomery County Public Schools that closes a $176 million gap without seeking any new local taxpayer funding and without any across-the-board increase in class sizes. The Board of Education will hold public hearings on Jan. 14 and 21, before adopting the budget it will send to county officials in early February. Dr. Weast provides background on his budget proposal in this video presentation.
An international delegation of principals from Jordan visited Sligo Middle School in December to tour the school and get a firsthand look at best practices. The principals saw how Sligo is integrating technology into the curriculum, explored professional development, and learned how the school encourages students to become lifelong readers.
The Judy Center at Summit Hall Elementary School won an Innovative Spirit Award for its work in bringing together young children with senior citizens at Forest Oak Towers in Gaithersburg. The Gaithersburg Judy Center, a program of the MCPS Division of Early Childhood Programs and Services, provides family support, parent education, health services, and developmental screening for families with children from birth to five years of age.
MCPS, in partnership with Sun Edison, is installing solar photovoltaic systems at four schools. The panels convert sunlight energy directly into electricity that is fed into the school’s electrical system, reducing consumption of electricity from the local utility service. Panels are already installed at Clarksburg High School, Lakelands Park Middle School and College Gardens Elementary School, with Richard Montgomery High School scheduled for installation in the spring.
The Board of Education will hold two public hearings on the FY 2010 Operating Budget. They will be held Jan. 14 and Jan 21 at 7 p.m. in the Carver Educational Services Center auditorium. Community members will share their thoughts before the Board holds worksessions later in the month. To speak at a hearing, call 301-279-3617.