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In this posting of Superintendent Jack R. Smith's blog All In, he reflects on our shared experiences as families and professionals. Our children are learning in new ways and our education professionals are right there making the experience engaging and meaningful. Read the full posting and see a video at the link below.
On Monday March 30, we will start doing school in a totally different way. We are a face-to-face organization that has incorporated digital tools into teaching and learning to varying degrees and in a variety of different ways over the past decade. But, we have depended on the fact that thousands of students will walk into schools and classrooms each day and interact with adults and with one another. All of that has changed until at least April 24.
MCPS is providing free breakfasts, lunches and dinner meals for children 18 years old and younger and all MCPS students (regardless of age) at more than 40 sites (including mobile sites) throughout the county. Additionally, MCPS school buses will distribute meals in several neighborhoods and county shopping centers.
March 25, Governor Larry Hogan and State Superintendent of Schools Karen Salmon announced that Maryland public schools will be closed until April 24, 2020. While this news is not what we want or unexpected, it is the right thing to do as we are facing an unprecedented health crisis. Please visit our website and to stay up-to-date on the latest information.
The Montgomery County Board of Education will hold a virtual business meeting on March 23. Public items will start at 3 p.m. Watch the meeting live on Comcast Channel 34, Verizon Channel 36 and RCN Channel 88. You may also listen on your phone via 1-650-479-3208 Access code: 644 248 850
MCPS has established multiple locations around the county where children up to 18 years old can receive breakfast, lunch and dinner. No appointment is necessary. Meals will be provided in a grab-and-go format, and will be available Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
MCPS is seeking hosts for Summer RISE, a program for rising juniors and seniors that allows them to participate in a career-based learning opportunity for three to four weeks during the summer. Hosts teach students about their organization and how it functions and help students learn about careers within their organization. The experience allows students to explore career options and provides them with advice from adults in careers they may want to consider.
Three teachers have been named finalists for the 2020–2021 MCPS Teacher of the Year Award by the Marian Greenblatt Education Fund. They are: Anne Moore, kindergarten teacher at Farmland Elementary School; Inge Chichester, World Studies content specialist at Sligo Middle School; and Rodney Van Tassell, social studies resource teacher at Winston Churchill 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.