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Speakers weigh in at forums Speakers weigh in at forums

Participants at the Sept. 18 community forum held at Watkins Mill High School had an opportunity to share their views on priorities the school system should focus on for the 2009–2010 school year to improve achievement for all students. Interpreting services were provided in Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and French. A second Board of Education-sponsored community forum is set for Oct. 16, 7–9:30 p.m., at Albert Einstein High School.



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.



Congrats to our National Merit Semifinalists Congrats to our National Merit Semifinalists

More of our students are attaining top scores on the PSAT/ National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, thereby becoming semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship competition. There are 146 semifinalists this year—22 more than last year. The semifinalists, who represent 15 MCPS high schools, were selected from among last year’s high school juniors. These students, now seniors, will go on to compete nationally for scholarships that will be offered next spring.

Parents invited to Ask MCPS on Sept. 26 Parents invited to Ask MCPS on Sept. 26

Parents and other community members can ask questions, find out about school system programs and services, and take home tips on how to help children succeed at a Sept. 26 “Ask MCPS” event. Bilingual staff will be available for coffee and conversation between 8 a.m. and 12 noon at 451 Hungerford Drive, Rockville, Suite 508.