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Saturday School helps students succeed Saturday School helps students succeed

The George B. Thomas, Sr. Learning Academy (Saturday School) opens for the 2008–2009 school year on Saturday, Oct. 4. Saturday School is a tutoring and mentoring program that enhances the academic performance of students in all grades. On Saturday mornings, certified teachers and volunteer tutors work with students to teach successful learning/studying strategies. The program has 12 centers in schools throughout Montgomery County.

Family gets ‘Extreme Home Makeover’ house Family gets ‘Extreme Home Makeover’ house

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.

Prepay students’ cafeteria accounts Prepay students’ cafeteria accounts

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.

Parent Academy offers new workshops Parent Academy offers new workshops

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.

Teacher wins education award Teacher wins education award Video story icon

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.

Fruits and vegetables in lunches Fruits and vegetables in lunches Video story icon

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.

Watch Board meeting September 22 Watch Board meeting September 22

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.


Find out about consortia programs Find out about consortia programs

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.