The TENTATIVE date for graduation for the Class of 2024 is June 12, at 2pm, at UMBC. More information will be provided as it becomes available.
February is CTE Month!
Come check out what CTE is all about in this wonderful video from MCPS TV. Look closely, you will see some of your friends and teachers too! Our CTE programs here at GHS are Auto Collision, Automotive Technology, Cosmetology, Navy Junior Reserves Officers Training Corps (NJROTC), Business, Management and Finance, College and Career Research and Development (CCTD), Internship, Child Development, and Computer Science. In CTE, there is something for everyone! CTE it works!
Have questions? Ask a CTE teacher!
SAT School Day at GHS
Attention students! Juniors, you will take the SAT exam on SAT School Day Wednesday March 20th here at GHS. You are already registered for this exam and the cost is free for you. If you are NOT a junior but would like to take the SAT exam on March 20th, please pick up a flyer in the main office. The flyer has instructions for you to follow. The cost for you to take the exam is $42 and you must pay online using our school cash online (SCO) payment system on the GHS website. The deadline to register and pay for the exam is Saturday February 10th. Any questions, please contact Ms. McEwan in office 2031 or send her an email.
New Revisions to Attendance and Grading Policy
GHS students and families –
MCPS will be releasing the following information after winter break – both of which will go into effect on January 30th, 2024 with the beginning of semester 2:
Revised Period Attendance Language: In alignment with the Well-Being and Family Engagement and Professional and Operational Excellence pillars of the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Strategic Plan, and MCPS Regulation JEA-RA Student Attendance, each classroom teacher is responsible for recording accurate attendance for all students, every period of a school day.
The MCPS Attendance Policy outlines that students are expected to attend all of their classes – for the entire class period – unless they have an excuse.
Below is the revised MCPS period attendance calculation for secondary students that will go into effect beginning Tuesday, January 30, 2024, the first day of the second semester.
- PRESENT for Class = student is in class when the bell rings and stays for the entire class period
- LATE for Class = student is late to class for up to 50% of the scheduled class period
- ABSENT for Class = student misses more than 50% of the scheduled class period.
For more information on the MCPS Regulation JEA-RA Student Attendance please see here: https://ww2.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/policy/detail.aspx?recID=258&policyID=JEA-RA§ionID=10
Revised Grading Policy: MCPS has released updates to the Grading and Reporting guidelines that will be implemented beginning Tuesday, January 30, 2024, the first day of the second semester.
IMPORTANT Items to Note:
- The interim marking period report will inform the parent/guardian of students in danger of failing or of dropping more than one letter grade from the previous marking period.
- If a student shows a marked decline in achievement after the interim marking period report, the teacher will inform (e.g., phone call, email, or text) the parent/guardian of this decline in a timely manner and document communication.
- A “Z” in writing for each course, subject, or the gradebook is used to denote that the student did not submit an assignment by the due date but still has an opportunity to submit the missing work. If the student does not turn in the assignment after support and intervention, the teacher may change the “Z” to a final grade level of a 0%.
- Teachers must designate assignments eligible for reassessment with an “R” in the gradebook.
- Students can receive an “0” grade for making no concerted effort on an assignment and/or assessment (students must make an effort to complete the assignment and/or assessment).
INVITED STUDENTS TO OUR CTE PROGRAMS
Congratulations to students who will be in the Automotive Collision, Automotive Technology, Cosmetology, and NJROTC programs for the 2024-25 school year! Join us for a welcome meeting on Tuesday February 6, 2024, at 6:00 PM here at Gaithersburg High School. We will meet in the Media Center on the 2nd floor. Learn more about these programs and meet your instructors.
INVITED STUDENTS!! Remember, the deadline to ACCEPT or DECLINE your invitation is FRIDAY FEBRUARY 16th 2024. Use this link https://bit.ly/MCPS2024uppergrade to indicate your decision. Don’t wait until the deadline. We look forward to you being a part of our Trojan family!
Second Semester Parking
Students: you must reapply for a parking pass for second semester. You can complete the pre-approval form HERE. You must be free of obligations to purchase a permit.
Student Parking Permits are required for all students wanting to park their vehicle in the Gaithersburg HS parking lot.
The cost for a one semester student parking permit is $39.00.
Students and parents will receive an email with additional information after the form is filled out.
Come see the Wizards play!
Join the Gaithersburg High School Junior Class at Capital One Arena on February 2nd, 2024, as the Wizards take on the Heat for a 7:00pm tipoff with doors opening at 6:00pm. Please use this link to purchase specially priced tickets directly through your Sales Representative (Sam Safferstein) and raise money for the junior class!
If you have any questions or for groups of 10+, please reach out to email@example.com or call 202-930-6202. You will receive an email purchase confirmation from firstname.lastname@example.org immediately after your purchase. Your tickets will become available 24 hours before the scheduled game time. For discounted ticket to more home games this season, feel free to contact Sam Safferstein at the email or number above. Please be advised that this game will be extremely popular, and tickets will sell out fast. Purchase early!
SENIORS! IT'S TIME TO ORDER FOR GRADUATION!
We're ready to start taking orders for cap and gown. The cost is $85. Orders may be placed at Jostens.com. *PLEASE NOTE: You only need to order the "cap and gown unit." This unit includes everything you need for graduation: cap, gown, tassel, and stole. The black tassel offered is a souvenir tassel and will not be used for graduation. You may also use the QR code below to order. The window to order will be open until January 26, 2024.
Question? Please email Ms. Smith or stop by 2007.
GHS is a Free Breakfast School
Did you know?
A message from the Maryland Division of Food & Nutrition Services (DFNS) - Maryland Meals For Achievement (MMFA)
What is Maryland Meals For Achievement (MMFA) Breakfast?
MMFA Breakfast provides state funding to offer free breakfast in the classroom for all students. Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) will be providing free student breakfast through MMFA at 117 schools in the 2023-2024 school year, including 28 new schools. By increasing access to breakfast at no charge, we are fueling students for academic success.
Breakfast will be FREE, and students will have the opportunity to eat breakfast in their classroom. We encourage families to check out menus here and students to eat breakfast at school, fueling them to learn each day.
How does MMFA operate?
Students are eligible to receive one free meal breakfast each. In secondary schools, students may pick up breakfast in the cafeteria to eat before period 1..
When will MMFA start?
Schools previously operating MMFA will start MMFA operations on the first day of school.
Free breakfast will be available to students at all MMFA schools starting with the first day of school.
Parent/Guardian Consent for Use of Additional On-Line Services for High School Students
Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) requires consent from parents/guardians (or eligible students) to provide high school students with access to Google’s G Suite Additional Services (such as YouTube) as part of their individual student accounts. Once parents/guardians give consent, this consent remains valid for the entire time the student is enrolled in an MCPS high school (but may be rescinded at any time).
In an effort to assist schools in assigning rights for Google Additional Services (such as YouTube) for new high school students, families can access the Google Suite Additional Services consent form in their ParentVue account.
Parents/Guardians – you can view all the applications that MCPS uses at the link below. ParentVue is where parents/guardians will (1) update any personal information, (2) register for athletics, (3) register for summer school and much more.
The link to the list of ParentVue updates is: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1HCNWPGEMv7fxuy-KYxeAS1F002jXTvVX/view
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our main office at 301-284-4500.
Seal of Biliteracy
Did you know that you could earn the Maryland Seal of Biliteracy on your diploma if you are bilingual? The Maryland Seal of Biliteracy recognizes high school graduates who have attained high levels of proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in one or more languages in addition to English. Please complete this survey, it will help us provide you the necessary support you will need to achieve this special recognition.
Project Lead The Way
Empower your student to step into the role of an Engineer.
For students interested in careers related to Academy of Information Technology (NAF) - IT Networking, Academy of Information Technology (NAF) - IT Programming , Academy of Information Technology (NAF) - Web Design, Cisco Networking Academy, or Computer Science
College/Career Research and Development (CCRD)
College/Career Research and Development is a two-year program of study that prepares students with academic, technical, and workplace skills necessary to pursue future education and employment in a career field of their interest upon graduation from high school.