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Parent–Teacher conferences Nov. 11, 12 Parent–Teacher conferences Nov. 11, 12

Parent-teacher conferences will be held Nov. 11 and 12. The conferences are an opportunity for parents to spend some one-on-one time with their child’s teachers and to discuss how they are doing in school. Conferences also can help parents and teachers find ways to work together to support the child’s interests and needs.

Governor O’Malley meets with students Governor O’Malley meets with students

As part of “Capital for a Day” activities in Gaithersburg on Nov. 6, Governor Martin O’Malley spoke with students at a Town Hall Meeting at Gaithersburg High School. Student leaders from seven Gaithersburg-area middle and high schools had an opportunity to exchange ideas with the governor,  Board of Education President Nancy Navarro, Superintendent Jerry Weast, Gaithersburg Mayor Sidney Katz, Assistant State Superintendent for Instruction Colleen Seremet and other officials.

Watch Board meeting November 11 Watch Board meeting November 11

The Board of Education's business meeting will be webcast live starting at 10 a.m., Tuesday, November 11. You need the free Windows MediaPlayer on your computer to view the meeting.


Students study campaign issues Students study campaign issues

Martin Luther King, Jr., Middle School students had an opportunity to vote—not for actual candidates but for positions on issues that most closely resemble what they believe—in world studies resource teacher Jack Wooden’s class. Here, student Ipek Sarp writes in the names of candidates showing their support of a particular issue students have just voted on.

Parents empowered as advocates Parents empowered as advocates

A group of 26 parents are learning about motivating children to achieve in school, improving parent–teacher communication and supporting learning at home. They are participants in the Conquista tus Sueños (Realize Your Dreams) program offered at Roberto Clement MS by the MCPS Department of Family and Community Partnerships. The free three-session training, presented in Spanish, aims to empower parents as advocates and partners in their children’s education.

Dads get involved at Woodlin ES Dads get involved at Woodlin ES

More than 125 fathers and other male mentors ate lunch with students and joined them for recess at a first-ever Dine with Dads event at Woodlin ES. Principal Sarah Sirgo credits Karen Mapp, a national expert on family engagement who has been working with MCPS since last December, with inspiring her and the school’s Parent Network Committee to take family outreach to the next level.

Chat Day connects students and scientists Chat Day connects students and scientists

The Rockville High School library was turned into an Internet chat room recently so students and teachers could ask questions of science experts about alcohol and other drug use. Rockville piloted the program last year and this year was one of 100 selected schools across the nation who participated. For 10 hours, scientists from the National Institute on Drug Abuse were live online to answer questions. Associated Press television covered the Rockville event.

College within reach for Neelsville MS students College within reach for Neelsville MS students

A program at Neelsville Middle School is connecting students to college—both in class and in real life. Students recently took a field trip to Hood College to experience being on campus. At  Neelsville , College Ed is offered as an arts rotation class to help all students know that college is an obtainable choice. Other college field trips are planned during the year.