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New educators get orientation New educators get orientation

About 500 teachers and educators new to MCPS attended the New Educator Orientation (NEO) Aug. 11–13 at Rockville High School, where they explored curriculum, strategies to create a positive classroom environment and innovative teaching practices. They also learned about services available to employees at an information fair Aug. 14 at Springbrook High School.

Seven students named Millennium Scholars Seven students named Millennium Scholars

Seven graduates will begin their college experiences this fall as Gates Millennium Scholars. The program awards scholarships to high-achieving students of color from low-income backgrounds. This year’s scholars and the high schools they attended are Vijay Baharani, Kalisha Holmes and Linda Legesse of Blair; Sasini Bentota of Wheaton; Kyrie Eiras-Saunders of Bethesda-Chevy Chase; Ariel Solomon of Einstein; and Joseph Umanzor of Watkins Mill.

Teachers prepare for school Teachers prepare for school

Teachers have been hard at work this summer attending a range of trainings to prepare for the start of the new school year Aug. 26. A total of 4,400 teachers have received training on the curriculum and other areas during the summer. 


Nominate a parent for advisory council Nominate a parent for advisory council

Parents, your involvement is needed to help strengthen parent engagement and communication between families and the school system. Nominations of parents to serve on the MCPS Parent Advisory Council for 2008–2009 are being accepted until Sept. 15. Participating on the Council is a great way for parents to contribute to the decision-making process at the district level.

Construction projects nearing completion Construction projects nearing completion

As summer draws to a close, 14 major construction projects are nearing completion and will be ready for the opening of school. They include eight classroom additions, four gymnasiums, one school-based health center and site work at Richard Montgomery High School. The projects add up to about 211,835 square feet of new construction and about 35,665 square feet of interior renovation. Thirteen other projects are ongoing.


Back-to-School fair is Aug.16 Back-to-School fair is Aug.16

MCPS will kick off the 2008–2009 school year with a Back-to-School Fair on Saturday, Aug.16, 10 a.m.–3 p.m., on the grounds of Carver Educational Services Center, 850 Hungerford Drive, Rockville. Coordinated by the Department of Communications’ Division of Family and Community Partnerships (DFCP), the fair will feature something for everyone—from information and resources for parents to activities and entertainment for children.

Register international students Aug. 12 Register international students Aug. 12

Families from foreign countries relocating to Montgomery County can attend the International Student Admissions Office open house Aug. 12 to register their students for school and learn more about the school system. Students also can register throughout the summer and school year. Last year, the office served 6,462 students from 171 countries.

International office enrolls foreign students International office enrolls foreign students

Throughout the summer and school year, the International Student Admissions Office (ISAO) enrolls students from foreign countries relocating to Montgomery Countyand helps orient their parents to the school system. The office also assists U.S. citizens coming from foreign schools. During the 2006–2007 school year, ISAO served 6,462 international students from 171 countries.