- Callout from Ms. Thomas - Sent 2/124
- Black History Month Events this week:
- Tuesday - MSP Discussion Topic: The History of Rap Music
- Friday - HBCU Day - Student Performances at lunch, Black Out Friday - Wear Black
- Tuesday - MSP Discussion Topic: The History of Rap Music
- Tuesday, 2/20 - NAACP and PTSA Meeting - learn about CollegeTracks - starting at 6pm - in-person or via Zoom Meeting ID: 825 3171 6199 Passcode: 203001
- NOW: Summer Rise Program - Registration Opens at 8am
- Details about the program, Parent/Guardian and Student Info Sessions and more on the Summer Rise Webpage
- Black History Month Events this week:
- NOW - 2/28: Spring Sports Registration Opens at NOON
- CollegeTracks and the College and Career Center are great resources for students and caregivers.
- College Visits are currently happening all week in the CCIC. There are even schools offering on the spot admissions, see the full list here.
- NOW: Mulch Sale
- Mulch Sale has STARTED - order online through the Booster Club! ONLY $6.00/bag for Brown Mulch and $7.00/bag for Black Mulch, mulch must be ordered by 3/13 to ensure delivery for orders of 10 or more bags. Orders of 9 bags or less can be picked up from 5:30pm to 6:30pm on 3/15/2024.
- Caregivers wishing to volunteer to support the Project Lead The Way program should apply here and contact Mr. Omari Sarjeant
Semester 2 Admin Presentation
The QO administrative team collaborated to create and record important information for students, including grade specific reminders, that will be shared during Homeroom on Monday, 2/5. Students and families can review the information using these links - English version: https://bit.ly/QOsemester2 and Spanish version: https://bit.ly/QOsemestre2
Parking permits must be displayed in the vehicle on the rear-view mirror with the number facing out. Permits are non-transferable and will be revoked if used by vehicles other than the registered student. Permit holders are expected to follow all the regulations posted in the weekly callout and the application. Student vehicles will be issued "violation stickers" starting on Tuesday, January 16th along with additional consequences for violating the aforementioned regulations. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to Mr. Yarborough or Ms. Eberhart-Bliss in the main office at (240) 740-3600.
Girls with Impact Program
Exciting news! Montgomery County Public Schools has partnered with Girls With Impact to bring you a FREE Business and Leadership program for girls in Grades 9–12 and gender-expansive youth! Developed with Harvard leaders, this ‘mini-MBA’ program equips girls with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to become tomorrow's entrepreneurs, innovators, and leaders. The 10-week live, online program begins the week of March 11 and ends the week of May 24. The weekly classes are one hour each and are managed by a trained coach with a master's degree in business administration providing the resources needed to get students from ideation to the launch of their venture ideas. Register your student at https://www.girlswithimpact.org/mcps. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to the school contact, Ms. Jennifer Yang at Jennifer_Yang@mcpsmd.org
Summer Rise - Looking for Sponsors
Are you interested in sharing your career experience with rising 2024-2025 MCPS high school juniors and seniors? Learn more about how to become a host for the 2024 Summer RISE program!
The Department of Partnerships is seeking businesses, government agencies, higher education institutions and nonprofit organizations to host students for a minimum of 50 hours of in-person, virtual or hybrid experiences. Read more.
Specific Class Info - 9th - 12th grade
- Freshman Welcome Letter
- SENIORS - Class of 2024 Information and Updates
- Link to Senior Fees Online Payment
- SENIOR PARENTS: Celebrate your senior’s accomplishments with a personalized message from you in their yearbook! Include photos and a message for your student in a keepsake they will treasure for years to come. Visit jostens.com or scan the QR code below to get started.
Athletic Event Info
Winter Sport Contests will be starting in December, please read through all the information below about policies and procedures for our events. And remember that ALL season tickets and single game tickets MUST be puchased online via GoFan. There are no cash purchases at the gate for events.
Please be advised that there are new protocols and procedures in place at ALL Athletic events. Please read through the MCPS Athletics Safety Plan, read the highlighted specific protocols below and watch this important video from the Student-Athlete Leadership Council.
- Season Tickets can still be purchased, all online through GoFan.
- All tickets must be purchased online through GoFan, tickets must be on your digital device and redeemed by Athletic Department Staff at the entrance gate.
- No screenshots, images or already redeemed tickets will be accepted.
- Everyone age 11+ must purchase a ticket to attend and event.
- High School students must show Student ID along with their ticket to enter ALL events.
- All Elementary and Middle School students MUST be accompanied and supervised by an Adult Chaperone during the entire event.
- NO Re-Entry into the game and NO Entry after Halftime
- NO Outside Food or Drink
Buy your 2024 yearbook now to take advantage of the lowest prices of the year at www.jostens.com!
Pathway to College, Career & Community Readiness
Check out these amazing resources MCPS has provided regarding students being College, Career and Community ready upon graduation. These items were also shared at Back to School Night. Parent/Caregiver videos in English and Spanish. Pathway Parent/Caregiver Resources for Elementary School, Middle School,and High School.
Learn more about the Montgomery County Career Advising Program (MoCoCAP) through their website. The vision for MoCoCAP is to provide career advising services that will enable students to vividly describe their own strengths, interests, and workplace values; identify how they are expanding their skills and knowledge; describe the various opportunities ahead of them; and describe their goals for their future as they develop life long career management skills. During the 2023-2024 school year MoCoCAP will support Grade 6 and Grade 9 students, and expand the roll out of MoCoCAP to all secondary students by the 2025-2026 school year. We are waiting for more information from MCPS about when we will be able to start the advising process in our building.
Gaithersburg Student Union
Gaithersburg Student Union (GSU) will be back at QOHS on select days at lunch! Join the GSU Staff for more information on Tuesday & Friday in the Small Gym and Wednesday in Room 102 for information and snacks. The Student Union is a club for high school students that provides enrichment programs for students in grades 9 - 12. Activities include fitness and sports programs, arts and music, field trips, and volunteer opportunities. Follow them on Instagram @COGStudentUnion. Ask Ms. Ashman for the registration information or email Mr. Vera at StudentUnion@gaithersburgmd.gov.
PTSA & Booster Club
- Boosters President Letter
- NAACP Parent Council Welcome Letter
- Why Join the PTSA?
- Volunteer Opportunites with the PTSA
- Booster/PTSA Membership - 20% discount if you sign up for both
All MCPS students must earn 75 SSL hours to graduate from high school. Summer break is a great time for middle and high school students to earn SSL hours! To learn more about upcoming in-person and virtual/remote SSL opportunities and the required SSL documentation, please click here, visit the MCPS SSL webpage, the Montgomery County Volunteer Center webpage, or the QO Counseling SSL webpage or contact the new SSL Coordinator, Ms. Miller - Kelly_P_Miller@mcpsmd.org.
Health Education Requirement Change
The Maryland State Board of Education recently changed its graduation requirement for health education. Students in the Class of 2025 and beyond must now earn one full credit for graduation; previously, they earned one half-credit. Again, this requirement begins with the Class of 2025. The change does not impact students in the Class of 2023 or 2024. Details can be found on the QO Health Education page.
FREE English Language Learner Classes for MCPS Parents
In collaboration with MCPS, the Literacy Council of Montgomery County (LCMC) is offering free English language learner classes for MCPS parents. The classes will be held virtually and in person, and there will be options for all levels of English speakers. They are available to any MCPS parent for whom English is not their first language. Parents can complete this interest form to receive a placement test: https://mcpsweb.wufoo.com/forms/english-classes-for-mcps-parents/ This form is available in multiple languages. Parents with questions regarding the availability of classes and sign up process should contact Kevin Ralph from LCMC at email@example.com or call 240-665-0471.
FARMS - It's More than Just Free Meals
The 2023-24 ONLINE FARMS (Free and Reduced Meals) APPS ARE AVAILABLE NOW! Apply online at MySchoolApps.com (translations available) TODAY! Families are required to submit this form each year.
- Click here for an English video tutorial.
- Vea aquí un vídeo paso a paso en español sobre cómo completar la solicitud de FARMS.
- Breakfast: Regular Price (All Levels): $1.30; Reduced Price (All Levels): No Cost
- Lunch: Regular Price: $2.55 (Elementary), $2.80 (Middle and High)
- Students in Maryland who qualify for reduced-price meals will not be charged for meals!
Adding money to your student account - Go to www.myschoolbucks.com and click on "Sign up today!" to set-up a lunch account for your student. For more information & school menus visit: Division of Food & Nutrition Services - Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville, MD (montgomeryschoolsmd.org) If you need assistance completing the online FARMS application, please contact your student’s counselor.
QO Theatre Information & Updates
Follow this link for more information on all the exciting things QO Theatre has coming up and be sure to follow them on Twitter and Instagram @qohstheatre. Feel free to email Ms. Vogel with any questions firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may have heard the term “Restorative Justice” or RJ. RJ is about managing relationships, communication, collaboration, conflict resolution, and community building. At Quince Orchard, we will be engaging students, staff, and parents in our efforts to build a stronger community to support our students in achieving excellence. Please use this QOHS Restorative Justice Video and Survey link to access a video detailing QOHS Restorative Justice and complete the survey with your feedback. Thanks for your participation!
Antiracist System Audit
We know that messages from MCPS often get lost and sometimes misconstrued. The website for the Antiracist Audit has been updated and below are some materials that can help provide some more insight and support for our community members about the audit and during the audit.