Superintendent's Community Messages 2018-2019

Welcome Video

August 27, 2018

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Welcome to the 2018–2019 School Year!

Dear MCPS Community:

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year!

The staff of Montgomery County Public Schools has spent the summer preparing for this school year. We have been hiring staff, cleaning and preparing buildings, participating in trainings, purchasing supplies, reviewing and implementing safety procedures, and planning lessons. We do these things as we work to fulfill our core purpose of preparing all students to thrive in their futures.

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September 27, 2018

Community Message from Dr. Smith
(Evidence of Learning Framework)

Dear MCPS Community:

All means all.

I’ve talked often about uniting our students with the common thread of literacy, writing and mathematics skills that will give them the opportunity to succeed and options to pursue any path they choose in life. We know, and countless research supports, that these core skills form the foundation of success in all other subject areas and advanced-level work.

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November 9, 2018

Dear MCPS Community,

I am reaching out to provide you with an update on the Damascus High School community in the wake of the arrests of junior varsity football players on the serious criminal charges of second-degree rape and attempted second-degree rape..

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November 12, 2018

Dear Colleagues:

I want to take a moment today to pause and recognize the men and women who have served, or are serving, in the United States Armed Forces. Their sacrifices for our country deserve our utmost gratitude. I want to specifically acknowledge the veterans who are also MCPS employees for all that they have done, and continue to do, for our students and our nation.

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November 30, 2018

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UPDATE: This message is being resent with a correction. Primary schools that only serve prekindergarten through Grade 2 will not receive a star rating.

Dear Parents and Guardians,

On Tuesday, December 4, the Maryland State Department of Education will release a new accountability report card for every school in the state of Maryland, designed to measure the success of schools and identify areas for improvement. The report card was developed in response to the requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a federal law that seeks to ensure public schools provide a quality education for all children.

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