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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.

Fiscal Year 2021 (FY 21) Operating Budget priorities.

The County Executive will announce his Recommended FY21 Operating Budget on Monday,        March 16. 2020. The County Council approves the operating budget at the end of May. Join Montgomery County’s conversation about the FY21 Operating Budget on social media and help raise awareness by using #MoCoBudget21.

 

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich is holding several budget forums to seek input from residents about Fiscal Year 2021 (FY 21) Operating Budget priorities.


The forums are scheduled for:

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

 

Seneca Valley High School Update

Did you know? Seneca Valley High School is opening a larger school in the 2020–2021 school year to alleviate overcrowding at Clarksburg and Northwest high schools. The Board of Education will make a decision about boundaries in late November 2019. Due to the overlapping timeline, all students interested in Seneca Valley’s application-based programs should apply by November 1, regardless of whether they are in or out of the school’s current boundaries.

 

For more information visit the Seneca Valley High School website

 

For more information on the application process, visit the following website.

 

MCPS All In: Equity and Achievement Framework

MCPS is committed to addressing disparities in student outcomes by closing gaps in opportunity and achievement for all students, in all classrooms, in all of our schools. The MCPS All In: Equity and Achievement Framework provides the purpose, path, and plan to ensure success for all students. For more information, visit

Arrive Alive: A Safe Routes to School Forum

The Montgomery County Council of Parent Teacher Associations, Inc. (MCCPTA) and the Montgomery County Pedestrian, Bicycle, and Traffic Safety Advisory Committee (PBTSAC) are hosting the Arrive Alive: A Safe Routes to School Forum on Saturday, October 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Northwood High School.

 

 This free event will bring together parents/guardians, students, and members of the community to discuss ways to ensure walking and bus routes for students in the county are safe. Sidewalks, cycling paths, bus stop locations, and parent drop-off loops are all important components of keeping kids safe as they walk and ride to school.

 

Attendees will have an opportunity to attend workshops on a variety of topics including:

 

-Building a better bus stop system

-Public transit 101 for students

-Crossing guards: Which schools get one?

-How to get (better) sidewalks in your neighborhood

 

Representatives from MCPS, the Montgomery County Department of Transportation, the Montgomery County Police Department, and the Montgomery County Planning Department will be on hand to share information and answer questions.

 

For more information, visit the following website.

 

 Be Well 365

 

MCPS has launched a new initiative, Be Well 365, which will address the physical, social, and psychological well-being of our students. Students perform better academically when they are healthy in body, mind, and spirit.

 

Be Well 365 will work to ensure that students have the necessary skills to become positive members of the school and broader community; manage their emotions; build academic and social resilience; identify and access support for themselves or a friend; peacefully resolve conflict; and make positive decisions.

 

The district has launched a webpage with more information on each component of this initiative. You can view this webpage here.

You’ll be hearing much more about Be Well 365 as we get closer to the start of the 2019–2020 school year.
 
  Student Service Learning Hours
 
Students should become involved in service activities and earn Student Service Learning (SSL) hours. Students can participate in a range of activities—working at a soup kitchen, cleaning up a local park, or collecting items for a clothing or food drive. All MCPS students need 75 SSL hours to graduate from high school.

Visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/volunteercenter/ to check out the various organizations and opportunities that are already approved for SSL hours.

 

Anonymous Tip Line Available
The Safe Schools Maryland Tip Line is an anonymous reporting system used to report threats to the safety and/or well-being of students.

Students, parents/guardians, faculty, staff, and members of communities throughout Maryland may use this anonymous, app- and web-based reporting system to share their concerns, such as:
·         Mental health crises
·         Bullying
·         School and community violence
·         Drug activity
·         Abuse
·         Harassment
·         Other issues affecting our Maryland students

The Safe Schools Maryland Tip Line is a tool for proactively addressing harmful situations and helping students who need it. By using a variety of communication modes to support the reporting and routing of tips, The Safe Schools Maryland Tip Line empowers the citizens of Maryland to create a culture of preparedness, prevention, and school safety for our students. For more information, to share a concern and to download the app, visit safeschoolsmd.org/.

Seasonal Flu Prevention Tips

Here are some additional steps that you and your family can take to help prevent the spread of the flu and other seasonal illnesses:

1.      Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer. MCPS-approved hand sanitizer dispensers are available for use at various locations throughout schools (e.g., near the cafeteria or all-purpose room, near the main office).
2.      When coughing or sneezing, cover your nose and mouth with your sleeve or a tissue and throw the tissue in the trash.
3.      Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth to minimize the chance for infection.
4.      Stay home from work and school if symptoms develop such as fever, coughing, sneezing, runny nose, headache, and body aches.
5.      If you have concerns about the health of your child, please contact your physician immediately or, in an emergency, dial 911.

Free Flu Clinics for MCPS Students

 

The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services will conduct free injectable flu vaccine clinics on Tuesday, November 12, from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. for children 18 and under at           John F. Kennedy, Northwest, and Rockville high schools. These clinics will be open to any school-aged child. The clinics are free but registration is required due to limited vaccine supplies. For more information, visit this link.

 

Additional flu prevention information can be found at the following websites:

 

Centers for Disease Control: www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/preventing.htm

Montgomery County: www.montgomerycountymd.gov/resident/flu.html

 

 MCPS Parent Academy  


The MCPS Parent Academy offers parents/guardians and community members the opportunity to attend workshops that provide information, resources, tools, and tips to support their children’s success in school. The 2019 winter season of workshops has begun. You won’t want to miss sessions on mindfulness, college and career planning, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) resources and much more.

Parent Academy workshops are free. Childcare and interpretation services are provided at all sessions. A full list of courses is available on the Parent Academy website . Registration is available here.

 

2019–2020 School Year Calendar  

For a detailed explanation of the calendar process, visit the 2019–2020 calendar webpage. If you would like to offer comment on the calendar, please do so using the drop box provided on the calendar information webpage.   

MCPS Online Resources

MCPS Homework Resources (Online Databases for Students)Please email or ask Mrs. Portocarrero-Pitt (P2) or Mrs. Green, Media Assistant in the Media Center for home access login and passwords.

The most recent list of login/passwords will be shared with staff and students.

 

Homework Hotline Live Celebrating 34th Season


Need homework help?  Then call Homework Hotline Live.  With HHL, you get free after-school homework help from MCPS teachers.  You can call the live TV show at 301-279-3234 or send a question online via text or e-mail.  When school is in session, watch teachers answer your homework questions live on MCPS-TV from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. You can also get online help from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Monday through Thursday.   Go to www.AskHHL.org for more info and to download the free HHL app! If you call in and correctly answer a BrainTeaser question, you could win an HHL 8GB Flashdrive! Tune in to see the HHL Mathema-Chicken pluck out some math questions.


·         HHL General Info:

o   Telephone:  301-279-3234

o   Text:  724-427-5445

o   Live TV show on Comcast 33, Verizon 35, RCN 88

o   www.AskHHL.org

 

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Changes to the MCPS Curriculum

MCPS is making changes to the K–8 curriculum for English and mathematics. The district is in the process of evaluating and selecting new curriculum and instructional materials and during the next several months, MCPS will work with staff, members of the community, and other partners to gather feedback and outline the selection process. Parents/guardians and members of the community can ask questions and share their thoughts on the process by completing a brief survey. Please visit the website for regular updates on the curriculum selection process. You can read the message from the chief academic officer here.

 

Student Rights and Responsibilities and Code of Conduct

 

In order to ensure a safe, productive, and positive learning environment, MCPS publishes two documents that help students, parents/guardians, and staff understand school rules and regulations; the expectations for student conduct; and the possible consequences for violating the rules. A Student’s Guide to Rights and Responsibilities is an overview of the rights and responsibilities students enjoy in MCPS and a summary of the laws and regulations that affect students. The MCPS Code of Conduct provides an overview of discipline procedures and protocols and the range of consequences students could face for violating various policies, regulations, and rules. The guide also discusses the MCPS philosophy to discipline. All families received a copy of these documents and are encouraged to review them with your child(ren). The documents are available online.  They can be found here:

www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/students/rights/.

 

Saturday School

The George B. Thomas, Sr. Learning Academy, Inc. will kick off its 2019–2020 season of Saturday School in September, (date TBD) Saturday School is a low-cost tutoring and mentoring program that provides a sixth day of learning and helps MCPS students enhance their mastery of core academic subjects. Students who are in need of additional academic support can attend sessions at 1 of 12 locations across Montgomery County. Classes begin on Saturday, September 15 and will end in May. Registration is $40 for students who receive Free and Reduced-price Meals System (FARMS) services and $85 for non-FARMS students. For more information visit George B. Thomas, Sr. Learning Academy.

 

RMS Parents Information

Information from RMS will be shared and updated on this page of the Ridgeview Website. Please return to this site frequently for the most current information.

RMS Grading and Reporting Info

RMS PTSA Parents

Sign-up for the RMS PTSA either through the A to Z Connect website; or fill out this form and drop it off in the main office.

 

A Parent's Guide to RMS Grading and Reporting at Ridgeview Middle School

Please take a moment to review the Grading & Reporting procedures here at Ridgeview MS. For any questions, please contact your child's counselor or their grade level administrator.

A Parents Guide to Grading and Reporting at RMS  

RMS PTSA INFORMATION 

Information from RMS PTSA can be viewed by clicking on the link below.

www.mccpta.org 

 Please attend the first Ridgeview MS PTSA general meeting on Wednesday, October 16th, at 7:00 p.m., in the Media Center.  We will be approving our annual 2019-2020 PTSA budget, and will also have special guest, Shannon Jiron, to present "Safe Technology and Social Media usage for middle-schoolers -- everything a middle-school parent should know!"  Ms. Jiron will present promptly at 7:00 p.m. (Note: This is a change from the original meeting date of Tuesday, October 8th)

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To join RMS PSTA Group please email Megan Peluso at rmsptsa@yahoo.com PTSA  

 

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