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A project of MCPS Retirees Association (MCPSRA) has won a national With Our Youth! Award of Excellence from the National Retired Teachers Association. The MCPS retirees assembled and distributed 1,315 toolkits for kindergarten students from Title I schools who participated in the extended learning over the summer. The group also purchased and distributed 1,600 new books to fourth and fifth grade summer school participants and provided 36 backpacks for homeless children.
Starting this month and continuing through March, Thomas Edison High School of Technology is offering tours to parents and students to check out the school’s programs. Edison offers advanced career technical education in 19 subject areas. Reservations are required for parents and students, and space is limited. Call 301-929-6920 for reservations. Edison also will hold its annual open house Dec. 4 from 5–8 p.m. Find out more on the web.
The school calendar for 2009–2010 is now available on the web, following approval by the Board of Education at its Nov. 11 meeting. School begins next year on Aug. 31, 2009, and ends June 16, 2010. The calendar is available in English. Translations will be available in December.
Parents are encouraged to help improve services to students and families by telling MCPS what they think about their children's schools. The information will be collected and shared with principals, central office staff and school improvement teams. Parents’ answers are completely confidential. A few minutes of your time will help improve services for all families. Click on the link below to fill out the online survey.
It will soon be that time of year when winter weather may cause schools to close, dismiss early, or delay opening. Be the first to know about changes in school operations by subscribing to the MCPS QuickNotes e-mail news service. Information about weather decisions and emergency procedures also is available on the emergency information page on the MCPS website.
The Board of Education's boundaries and facility alternatives meeting will be webcast live starting at 6 p.m., Thursday, November 6. You need the free Windows MediaPlayer on your computer to view the meeting.
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.
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.