Community Message Archive → Community Messages 2016-2017
Dear MCPS Families:
Happy first day of school! We are excited to have your child as one of the more than 159,000 students who will begin the 2016–2017 school year with us at Montgomery County Public Schools. We hope our students are as eager to be back as we are to have them back! Read Message in English / español / 中文 / français / tiếng Việt / 한국어 / አማርኛ
It is a pleasure to write to you today as your new superintendent of schools. I am excited and grateful to lead Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), one of the largest, most respected school systems in the nation. Read Message in English / español / 中文 / français / tiếng Việt / 한국어 / አማርኛ
Dear Members of the MCPS Community:
I am writing to share with you how Montgomery County Public Schools is assisting our staff and students in processing the outcome of Tuesday’s presidential election. This election season has been particularly difficult. It caused a great deal of emotion among many members of our community. We want to take this opportunity to reiterate the values that are foundational to this school system.
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We must have open and respectful conversations about the lessons of living in a democracy.
-Superintendent Dr. Jack R. Smith Read Message
In June, the Montgomery County Board of Education unanimously approved a final $2.457 billion Operating Budget for Fiscal Year 2017. This budget includes $37.9 million in targeted funding that allows Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) to further our commitment to Academic Excellence for ALL. Read Message
Please watch a holiday and end-of-year video message from
Superintendent Jack R. Smith Ph.D
Happy New Year! As we begin 2017, we want to take this opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to providing a safe and welcoming environment for every MCPS student to learn.
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Throughout the year, Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) officers, in addition to their daily patrols educating the public on traffic laws and enforcing those laws, conduct focused traffic-safety initiatives. In April, which is recognized as Distracted Driving Awareness Month, the Police Department has conducted enforcement that focuses on the illegal use of cell phones while driving. In May, the Police Department will participate in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Click It or Ticket Campaign, which is intended to increase the awareness of using seat belts and child safety seats and using them properly.
As you may have heard or read, a serious incident occurred at Rockville High School on March 16, 2017. While I can’t share many details because it is an ongoing police investigation, I can share that the incident involves allegations of rape and the arrest of two students.
Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) is committed to providing a safe and welcoming learning environment for all students. As part of our ongoing efforts to fulfill this commitment, we want to provide all parents and guardians with resources that help us prevent bullying and harassment in schools.
The recent tragic incident at Rockville High School has caused all of us to stop and reflect on our work to ensure the safety and security of our students. While MCPS has a robust security system that includes thousands of cameras in schools, school- and central office-based security personnel, engaged teachers and administrators, and a partnership with the Montgomery County Police Department, we must always consider opportunities to improve school safety.
Montgomery County Public Schools has a longstanding and unwavering commitment to the principles of respect and equity. It is on these principles that we ask our students to take a stand against hate, bias and divisiveness.
Dear MCPS Community:
The end of a school year is a time for celebration, reflection, and planning for the future. As I reflect on my first year as Superintendent of Schools, I am excited that we have so much to celebrate and even more to look forward to for the 2017-2018 school year. Read Message in English / español / 中文 / français / tiếng Việt / 한국어 / አማርኛ