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School for students starts on Tuesday, Aug. 26, but teachers went back to school a week earlier to begin setting up their classrooms and organizing their lessons in preparation for the first day of school. Teachers and school staff will welcome students at 199 schools as the new school year gets under way.
The Board of Education's evening business meeting will be webcast live starting at1:00 p.m., Thursday, August 21. You need the free Windows MediaPlayer on your computer to view the meeting.
MCPS kicked off the new school year with the first-ever Back-to-School Fair on Saturday, Aug. 16. More than 5,000 parents and students who attended were able to ask questions of MCPS staff, learn about school system programs and access information about community resources. Participants also enjoyed children’s activities, entertainment, food and a raffle of donated items. Business and community partners donated goods and services in excess of $70,000.
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 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 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.
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.
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.