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Madeline Hanington, the 2019-2020 MCPS Teacher of the Year, has been named one of seven finalists for the Maryland Teacher of the Year Award. Ms. Hanington, staff development teacher Hallie Wells Middle School, is known for her dynamic and innovative teaching skills. The winner will be announced in October at the Maryland Teacher of the Year gala in Baltimore.
More than 164,000 students headed back to school Tuesday, September 3--a record number for the district. To help manage this growth, MCPS opened more than 130,000 square feet of new space. This includes the brand new Snowden Farm Elementary School in Clarksburg. Welcome back, students! Have a great school year.
The George B. Thomas, Sr. Learning Academy kicks off its 2019-2020 season of Saturday School on Saturday, Sept. 21. Saturday School is a low-cost tutoring and mentoring program that helps MCPS students enhance their mastery of core academic subjects. Students who are in need of additional academic support can attend sessions at one of 12 locations across Montgomery County. Classes begin on Saturday, Sept. 21 and will end in May. Registration is $40 for students who receive Free and Reduced-price Meals (FARMS) and $85 for non-FARMS students.
All MCPS students ages 18 and younger can ride for free all the time on Ride On buses with a Youth Cruiser SmarTrip Card. This additional method of transportation is available to students thanks to a partnership with the Montgomery County Council and the Montgomery County Department of Transportation.
The Montgomery County Board of Education will hold its business meeting on August 29. Closed session will begin at 9 a.m. and public items will start at 12 p.m. Watch the meeting live on Comcast Channel 34, Verizon Channel 36 and RCN Channel 88.
Thousands of MCPS students, parents and community members joined school system staff Saturday, August 24, to kick off the 2019-2020 school year at the Back-to-School Fair. At the fair, attendees were able to learn about MCPS programs and services and access information about community resources. Participants also enjoyed free children’s activities and entertainment.
Parents and students are invited to submit their favorite first-day-of-school snapshots on Tuesday, Sept. 3. After you have snapped the moments from the first day, select your best photo and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. For social media, parents and students can post photos on Twitter using the hashtag #MCPS1stday. The pictures will be posted to the gallery.
More than 800 new MCPS teachers attended New Educator Orientation at Gaithersburg and Paint Branch high schools. The three-day conference was an opportunity for MCPS staff to prepare attendees for a successful first school year.