Information About MCPS & Coronavirus
Schools are now closed through Friday, April 24, 2020. Details about Phase One of Remote Learning and distribution of digital devices is below. For all updates regarding the coronavirus and the impact to our schools and community please see the MCPS coronavirus website. http://montgomeryschoolsmd.org/coronavirus/. See information in the links and documents below, a full listing of all of the items we have posted since March 16th can be found here.
- Student/Parent/Guardian Assignment! MCPS has created this video for everyone to watch, please take time on Monday, 3/30 or Tuesday, 3/31 to watch!
- Mrs. Thomas' Callout from Sunday, March 29th.
- MCPS Continuity of Learning Webpage - full details about what is going on and what to expect with links to resources for students, families, and staff.
- Chromebooks for students can be picked up on Monday, March 30th between 10am and 1pm for students who still need access.
- Messages -
- MCPS Message to the Community About Week 2 Expectations
- MCPS Message to the Community on March 27th, "Continuity of Learning in MCPS: Getting Started" and Video on Phase One (English) or Video on Phase One (Spanish)
- March 30th and 31st - students will participate in online tutorials.
- April 1st and April 2nd - students will be in touch with their teacher to schedule first "virtual meeting check-in" and discuss end of 3rd marking period
- April 3rd - teachers will be planning for instruction and be available to answer questions from students and parents as needed
- April 6th, 7th, and 8th - remote learning will be happening - no longer closed for Spring Break
- April 9th - April 13th - schools closed (Administrative offices open on April 9th)
- April 17th - End of 3rd Marking Period
- See the "Checklist: Getting Your Child Ready for Online Learning"
- MCPS Message to the Community on March 25th, "Changes to the School Calendar and Information on Phase One of Remote Learning in MCPS"
- MCPS Message to the Community on March 25th, "Schools Closed Through April 24th: Laptop Distribution to Begin March 26th" and Mrs. Thomas' Callout about Chromebooks from March 25th
- Mrs. Thomas' callouts - Friday, March 6th, Sunday, March 15th, and Sunday, March 22nd
- Video Message from Nate Tinbite, SMOB and Dr. Travis Gayles, Montgomery Co. Chief Health Officer
- Instructional Materials - Informational Letter and Activities Center.
- AP Exams and Materials - The CollegeBoard has released information about AP exams on two different webpages/documents - dates are being moved, exams will be completed online through a 45-minute exam or via Digital Portfolio Submission (for certain classes). See all of the details in the links below and look for access to many materials from CollegeBoard at https://apclassroom.collegeboard.org/.
- Meals - MCPS has established 20 locations where students can receive a nutritious meal on weekdays, and Northwest High School, Gaithersburg Middle School, and Brown Station Elementary School are our closest locations. See the MCPS Meal Service Flyer for details or the MCPS Website.
- School System and Community Resources - MCPS has also prepared a list of school system and community resources for families during this extended school closure.
- Athletics - Statement from MPSSAA concerning the status of interscholastic athletics.
Signs of Suicide
The Counseling Department and the School Staff are planning to start the Signs of Suicide program with students on Thursday, March 5th, additional details about the program are available in the documents below.
In School SAT Test
Juniors are eligible to either take a FREE SAT School Day at QO on Wednesday, 3/25 OR receive a FREE voucher to take the ACT during the national test administrations on Saturday, 4/4 or Saturday, 6/13 at a local high school. Students are highly encouraged to take advantage of ONE of these two options. Full details and additional information is available online, below is the timeline of events.
- Wednesday, 3/25: SAT School Day @ QOHS - POSTPONED
- Friday, 5/1: ACT Registration Confirmation DUE to Ms. Moloney-Johnston in the College and Career Center for June ACT
- Friday, 5/8: June 13th ACT Registration Deadline (Late Registration May 9-22, additional fees apply)
The 2020 Yearbook is currently $100 and is on sale now. Hurry, there are only limited copies left! You can purchase at jostensyearbooks.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The senior fee covers the cost of caps and gowns and other graduation related items. The fee is currently $75 and can be paid via the Online School Store or by bringing cash or a check to Mrs. Burdette in Portable 1. The fee will become an obligation if it is not paid before the end of April.
Information About Changes in AP Exams
On Friday October 25, 2019 a letter was distributed to all students who are currently enrolled in an AP class with information about registration and payment for AP classes this year in English and Spanish. Registration will be done through the College Board website, myAP Classroom, and the Online School Payment system will be used for payments. The registration deadline has moved up this year and will be November 4th. If you register after this date you will need to pay a $40 late fee in addition to the $94 exam fee. Additionally there will be a $40 fee if you register for an exam and then do not take it. Payments are not due until the spring, but you can pay at any time beginning now. Students who qualify for a fee waiver or are requesting financial assistance must complete the appropriate paperwork (English or Spanish) and submit it. If you have any questions, feel free to contact either of our AP Coordinators: Ms. Lyon(Victoria_Lyon@mcpsmd.org) in counseling or Ms. Nicholson(Jennifer_R_Nicholson@mcpsmd.org) in the media center.
Sprint 1 Million Project - Internet at Home
Do you have difficulty completing your work due to lack of internet at home? If so, you may qualify for a free device from Sprint! You must be - enrolled in an MCPS HS, not have reliable internet at home (no access, multiple students with 1 computer, dial up only), and meet income requirements. If eligible you can receive a device from Sprint with 10GB per month of free high-speed LTE data. Unlimited data is provided at 2G speeds if usage exceeds 3GB in a month. Get more information in the flyers – English, French, and Spanish.
Students can access resources shared during past QO.U classes by clicking here.
Student and Parent Portal
Need to access the MCPS Parent Portal or MCPS Student Portal, need more information about this - get all the details the the myMCPS Information Page. This page has information about setting up your account, what you can access via the portal and detailed instructions for using the portal. To access grades and class information through the MCPS Classroroom go to https://mcpsmd.instructure.com and to access attendance and long term information go to the Student/Parent portal https://portal.mcpsmd.org/public/. If you are having issues with your account or need your login information, please contact Mrs. Jennifer Nicholson, Media Specialist, via email to Jennifer_R_Nicholson@mcpsmd.org.
Students in need of Student Service Learning hours can look for current opportunities on the bulletin board in the red hallway on the first floor and sign-up for text or email reminders from remind.com - sign-up by texting @mrstshel to 81010. You may also look on the MCPS SSL website to view ongoing opportunities. All opportunities with a purple graduation cap are already approved by MCPS. If there is no graduation cap make sure you submit the Individual Student Service Learning Request form prior to serving your volunteer hours. See Mrs. Shelhorse if you have any questions concerning SSL or need help finding opportunities. More information can be found here.