Dear Magruder High School parents and guardians,
I am writing to provide an update on the recently implemented Colonel Advisory Period (CAP). CAP is a 20-minute rotating period added to the daily schedule. It was designed in response to student and staff voice about a desire for more time to work on academic items within the school day. During CAP, students work on activities including, but not limited to: homework, missed quizzes, makeup assignments, reassessments, and participation in College and Career Readiness activities. This is also a time to focus on community building and wellness, aligned with Magruder’s Mindfulness initiative.
During the first week of school, we have become aware of scheduling conflicts for students participating in special Career and Technology Education programs at other school locations. As a result, we will need to make adjustments to the CAP schedule to eliminate any impact on these students’ time in fourth period.
Effective Monday, September 9, 2019, we will pause CAP so that we can work to adjust our master schedule with the school leadership team. Our goal is to resume CAP after the appropriate adjustments have been made. This information will also be shared with our students.
I apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to making corrections to benefit all students. Please find the updated Bell Schedule attached. Again, this schedule will go into effect on Monday, September 9, 2019.
Your support and patience are greatly appreciated.
Dr. Lee Evans
Dr. Evans Updates
Good morning Magruder High School parents and guardians,
As we open our doors for the start of the 2019-2020 school year, I want to share a few updates.
The security additions to our school facility have been completed as of this summer. The following is a list of the completed work:
- A security gate by the auditorium hallway, which is to be used to restrict auditorium events and intruders solely to that area of the building, is complete. This will make going further into the building impossible. This completes the security vestibule project which Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) started in our school last year.
- Signage has been placed on exterior doors instructing building occupants not to open doors for unauthorized people during school hours. This reinforces the expectation that entry into the building is through the main entrance only.
- The new Access Control System (ACS) camera with audio has been installed at the main entrance of the building.
I am also excited to announce a new program at Magruder High School this year. We will be piloting an advisory period for the first quarter of the 2019-2020 school year.
We have created a schedule to include a daily advisory period which is in response to both student, staff, and parent voice. All stakeholder groups expressed the desire for more time to work on academic items within the school day. During the advisory period, students will have 20 minutes to work on activities including, but not limited to: homework, missed quizzes, makeup assignments, reassessments, and participation in College and Career Readiness activities. No new instruction will occur during the advisory period. Moreover, implementing a daily advisory period within the schedule will align with Magruder’s Mindfulness initiative.
The Colonel Advisory Period, or CAP, will add 20 minutes to one class during the day with CAP rotating through a different period each day. For example, September 4 will be a “CAP 1” day with the 20-minute advisory period added to period 1. The following day will be a “CAP 2” day, Friday will be a “CAP 3” day, and so on. Days with special schedules, such as early release days, will not have an advisory period. A full schedule for the first quarter will be available on the landing page of the Magruder website. Please find the new CAP bell schedule attached.
We will continue to provide you with updates throughout the school year. Please check the website for updates.
Thank you for your support of Magruder High School.
With much appreciation,
Dr. Lee Evans
Advisory Period Schedule