MCPS to Host Mental Health Fair November 9
MCPS is hosting a Mental Health Fair from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 9, at Gaithersburg High School. Students, staff members, and the community will be able to learn about community and school resources that support students’ physical, social, and psychological well-being.
Celeste Malone, associate professor and coordinator of the school psychology program at Howard University, will deliver the keynote address. She will speak on the topic, Breaking Barriers to Access Youth Mental Health Care.
The event is being sponsored by the Office of Student and Family Support and Engagement and the Montgomery County Psychologists’ Association.
Students Invited to Youth Town Hall on November 13
The Montgomery County Council is inviting students to a youth town hall on Wednesday, November 13 at Wheaton High School to learn more about the issues impacting them. The meeting, which will be held in the auditorium, will be from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. for a pre-meeting pizza reception, during which councilmembers will also visit with students and their family members.
The youth town hall and pre-meeting reception provides students with a chance to meet their local representatives and to ask questions and get information about issues that matter to them. Students are encouraged to express their views on any aspect of their education, programs that impact students, or public policy issues that impact their daily lives. They also are encouraged to ask questions. Students also can earn student service learning hours for attending.
The meeting will be broadcast live on County Cable Montgomery (CCM—cable Channel 996 on Comcast, Channel 1056 on RCN, and Channel 30 on Verizon). The meeting also will be streamed on Facebook Live and YouTube. Students can participate via social media using #MoCoYouth. For more information, call 240-777-7931.
Winter Coat Drive Under Way
The MCPS Prekindergarten/Head Start Programs are collecting new winter coats for students. They are seeking donations of boys’ and girls’ coats in sizes 5, 6, 6X, 7, and 8, along with other winter wear, such as hats and gloves. Donations can be sent to Rocking Horse Road Center, 4910 Macon Road, Room 141, Rockville, Maryland 20852. For more information, contact Ms. Lisa W. Conlon, social services specialist, at 240-740-4530.
MCPS Community Conversation: The New Curriculum
Please join MCPS curriculum leaders to learn more about the new curriculum, its implementation, key highlights, and available resources and supports for parents/guardians. During the live presentation and virtual conversation, online questions will be answered. Questions can be submitted online and via text message now and through the duration of the live TV program. The program will be live on MCPS TV (Comcast 34/998 HD, Verizon 36, and RCN 89) and online here.
Nominations Now Open for Supporting Services Award
Nominations are now open for the Supporting Services Employee of the Year Award. This award recognizes a supporting services employee who extends himself/herself beyond the basic required duties and contributes to students and the school community by enhancing student learning, creating positive relationships, and making the school and/or office a better place.
Nominees must be active support professionals with a minimum of three years of service with MCPS. Parents/guardians, students, staff, and community members can nominate. The recipient will receive a $1,000 cash award. The deadline is 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 19. You can submit your nominations at here.
Phase One of Districtwide Boundary Analysis Under Way (English and Spanish)
External consultants from WXY architecture + urban design (WXY), working on behalf of Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), have launched the first phase of the Districtwide Boundary Analysis, an initiative designed to provide a comprehensive assessment of MCPS boundaries. WXY will analyze various data points, such as school facility utilization and capacity, student demographics, school assignment and travel patterns. It is important to note that this initiative will not make recommendations on potential boundary revisions. Phase one of this initiative will include data analysis and community engagement activities. The first community engagement activity of this phase will be the Board of Education’s public hearing on Monday, November 18. The hearing will begin at 6:00 p.m. at Carver Educational Services Center, 850 Hungerford Drive in Rockville. Members of the community who wish to testify are asked to register online here.
Regional meetings will be held beginning Wednesday, December 4 and will continue through mid-January 2020. Details about additional dates and locations will be available on the Districtwide Boundary Analysis webpage in the coming days here.
Share Your Thoughts on the Superintendent’s Recommended Capital Improvements Program
The Board of Education will hold its final public hearing on the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Capital Budget and the FY 2021–2026 Capital Improvements Program (CIP) and boundary studies on Wednesday, November 13. The hearing will be held in the Carver Educational Services Center auditorium, 850 Hungerford Drive in Rockville.
Superintendent of Schools Jack R. Smith released his $1.82 billion recommended FY 2021 Capital Budget and the FY 2021–2026 Capital Improvements Program on Friday, October 25. Visit this link to view the CIP.
The public hearing will be conducted according to the following schedule: (Please note: This schedule could change due to inclement weather. Please check the Board of Education website regularly for updates).
Wednesday, November 13 at 6:00 p.m., testimonies solely related to the Clarksburg, Northwest, and Seneca Valley Facilities and Boundary Study
Individuals who wish to provide input can sign up by contacting the Board of Education office at 240-740-3030 and can also visit the Board’s webpage here.
The Board of Education will hold its second work session on the CIP on Tuesday, November 19, at 2:00 p.m. The adoption of the proposed CIP is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, November 26.
MCPS Seeking Feedback on 2020–2021 School Year Calendar Scenarios
During the regular business meeting on Tuesday, October 8, the Board of Education reviewed calendar scenarios for the 2020–2021 school year. As a result of legislative action in last spring’s Maryland General Assembly, school districts in Maryland have the authority again to start school before Labor Day and end the school year after June 15th. As a result, MCPS has developed three calendar scenarios that reflect different start and end dates for School Year 2020–2021. To view the draft calendar scenarios, please visit this link.
All draft scenarios for the calendar include:
182 student instructional days; Full spring break; Full professional day for grading and planning at the end of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd quarters; and
Possible make-up days both during the school year and extending the school year.
The Board is seeking feedback on the calendar options in the comment box on the website. The Board is scheduled to adopt a final school calendar later this year.
NAACP Parents’ Council Kickoff Event to Take Place November 19
The NAACP Parents’ Council kickoff meeting will be held from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 19 at Northwest High School. This event will bring together parents/guardians, MCPS teachers, principals, and administrators to share ideas on how to champion equity and excellence in education. Participants will have an opportunity to attend a resource fair and various breakout sessions. John B. King Jr., former U.S. Secretary of Education, will be the keynote speaker. The event is free. Register today by following this link.
MCPS Juniors and Seniors Invited to Attend National Hispanic College Fair November 19
The National Hispanic College Fair (NHCF) will be held on Tuesday, November 19, 2019, at the Activity Center at Bohrer Park in Gaithersburg. This annual event sponsored by NHCF and MCPS for juniors and seniors is free for students to attend. The fair features more than 40 colleges, universities, and service organizations committed to providing outreach and opportunity to all students.
MCPS students participate by attending with their schools; this event is not open to the public and is held during the school day. Registration and permission forms for this event are available from the College and Career Coordinator at your child’s school.
For more information, contact NHCF Coordinators Patty Maloney at Patricia_A_Maloney@mcpsmd.org, Lindsay Cao at Lindsay_Cao@mcpsmd.org, or Maria Garcia at Maria_S_Garcia@mcpsmd.org.
Monday, October 21 – 7:00 p.m. – Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda, Maryland 20814
Wednesday, October 30 – 7:00 p.m. – Silver Spring Civic Building, in the Buffalo Soldiers Great Hall, 1 Veterans Place, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910
Thursday, November 7 – 7:00 p.m. – BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown, Maryland 20874
Wednesday, November 13 – 7:00 p.m. – Eastern Montgomery Regional Services Center, 3300 Briggs Chaney Road, Silver Spring, Maryland 20904
NAACP Annual Kickoff Meeting-11/19/19
The NAACP Annual Kickoff Meeting, Championing Equity and Excellence in Education will take place on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 from 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at Northwest High School. Featured speaker: John B. King, Jr., Former United States Secretary of Education.
Black and Brown Forum for Educational Equity and Excellence 10/19/19
The PTSA invites everyone out to attend the Black and Brown Forum for Educational Equity and Excellence on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at Gaithersburg HS. The event starts promptly at 7:00 p.m. and dinner will be provided. This discussion will center around evidence-based solutions to create better educational outcomes for Black and Brown students in MCPS.
College Admissions Event and College Fair-10/17/19
There will be a College Admissions Event and College Fair, A Look Inside College Admissions: on Thursday, October 17, 2019 from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at Wheaton High School. Event focuses on planning, financial aid, scholarships, transitioning to college, the recipe for college success, becoming a well-rounded student, course selection for high school, etc. Participating schools include Bucknell University, Dartmouth College, Hampton University, George Washington, Morgan State University, Pomona College and many others. fy20 college admissions flyer