Community News


School Bus Camera Program
Far too many drivers are not obeying the Maryland School Bus Law.
 
In January 2014, the Montgomery County Department of Police, in partnership with Montgomery County Public Schools, began a school bus camera enforcement program. We started with 25 cameras that could be rotated for use on various buses. We also began a continuing education program to make sure the public was aware of when to stop. By the start of this school year 500 buses were equipped with cameras. As the number of cameras in the program has expanded, it has become very apparent how prevalent this violation is, not just in your neighborhood but throughout our County.
In the beginning 40 days of this school year (with 500 cameras), 7,919 drivers were recorded illegally passing buses stopped to load or unload students. The total citations issued from cameras averaged 198 per day. Last school year in 153 days (between October 13 and June 16), 17,235 citations (112 a day) were issued as the camera program expanded from 108 to 217 camera-equipped buses. Since October 13, 2016, 633 drivers have been repeat offenders. Do you know the law? Throughout the state of Maryland, drivers must stop, and remain stopped, for a school bus that is stopped with red lights flashing and stop arm activated. A driver may not proceed until the flashing red lights go off and the bus begins to move. The only time a driver doesn’t have to stop is if the vehicle is traveling in the opposite direction of the bus and there is a physical median/barrier separating the lanes of traffic. With camera citations confirming a lack of compliance to the law, it is only a matter of time before a child gets seriously injured or killed. Make sure you know, understand, and obey the school bus law. We need your help to prevent a needless tragedy.
 
You can learn more about the school bus law at http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/POL/Bussafety.html.
 

College and Career Readiness Night
Students in sixth through 12th grades, and their parents, are invited to attend College and Career Readiness Night — Starting Early to Plan for Success. The event, held by MCPS in collaboration with MCCPTA, is an opportunity for parents and students to learn how they can prepare for college and career. Explore the many opportunities and resources MCPS offers, learn about timelines, hear from MCPS grads, and more.
The event will be held at Gaithersburg High School on January 11th from 6:30 – 8:45 pm.  The snow date is January 17th.To RSVP and help provide feedback about which topics are of most interest to you, please go to: http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/events/CCReadinessNight/


Mental Health Resources
EveryMind, the mental health nonprofit that works closely with the MCPS, runs the MoCo’s suicide prevention hotline and has reported a significant increase in the number of calls they are getting, up from 80+ to 130+ from October to November this year. They can take calls, texts, and emails.
This video from the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide is called Not My Kid: http://www.sptsusa.org/not-my-kid/
The organization has more resources at: http://www.sptsusa.org/about-us/
Five signs: http://umttr.org/5-signs/
Web-based hotline: https://www.crisistextline.org/
 
Montgomery County Mental Health Resources


The Germantown Library is hosting a series of health programs  throughout the year on topics related to diabetes, heart disease, and cancer prevention that will be presented by the African American Health Program. The first of the three sessions, which will be on management of diabetes, will begin on Tuesday, December 5. AAHP Diabetes Management


The performing arts catalogue is now available! Many thanks to Priscilla Peterson, the MCCPTA Cultural Arts Chair, for all her efforts in engaging our parents in this opportunity and supporting this programming with our schools. 
Long live the arts!

http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/uploadedFiles/curriculum/finearts/showcase/0044.18_Performing%20Arts%20Catalog%202017_web(1).pdf


MCPS DACA Resolutions
20171005 Resolucion sobre los Derechos _signed
20171005 Resolution on Undocumented Students Letter

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MCCPTA has recently formed a Sub-Committee on School Climate and Safety:
 
1. If you are interested in becoming involved, please contact climateandsafety@mccpta.org 
 
2. MCPS recently released an interim report on school safety and security. The interim report covers MCPS’ 25 high schools. A comprehensive review of all MCPS schools is currently underway. 
 
3. A number of PTAs have expressed an interest in resources for promoting . A list of resources for use by public school systems and PTAs is being compiled to assist in the promotion of positive school climate and safety, including but not limited to cyber bullying and safety, healthy dating, sexual and gender-based violence, racial justice, rights and protections for undocumented students and families, restorative justice and non-violent conflict resolution strategies. If you have any to recommend, please send them forward them to climateandsafety@mccpta.org 
 

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is one of the nation’s leading civil rights and human relations organizations. No Place for Hate is one of ADL’s signature education initiatives.
 
No Place for Hate is an organizing framework for K-12 schools committed to creating sustainable change that leads to improved school climate. Participating schools are able to incorporate ADL’s anti-bias and anti-bullying resources within their existing programming to form one powerful message that all students have a place to belong.  Over 1,700 schools across the country were designated No Place for Hate in the 2015-2016 school year.
 
The goal of No Place for Hate is to inspire a national movement led by students and educators who are committed to using the power of positive peer influence to build inclusive and safe schools in which all students can thrive.
 
More information is available here: http://dc.adl.org/npfh/
 

 MyMCPS – Edline is no longer functional. Instead, we will have a parent portal to MyMCPS. You should have received a letter from MCPS that contained information regarding web access to the myMCPS Parent Portal. Please be advised you must go to the “Create Account” tab (see below) create the account and agree to the terms prior to your initial log-in attempt.  The completion of these two steps will activate the username and password provided in the letter.  

Please be advised KMS will provide technical support for myMCPS Parent Portal in the media center from 5:15-8:00pm during Back-to-School night on September, 14, 2017.  We will also provide log-in information in the media center if you have not received your web access information in the mail by 9/14/17.


PARCC results are posted!  http://reportcard.msde.maryland.gov/ParccOverview.aspx?PV=74:10:15:AAAA:1:N:0:13:1:1:0:1:1:1:3  This link will take you to overall performance data.  Using the tabs at the top, you can click on school and make your way to your schools’ performance.  Individual student reports will be sent home at later date.


The MCPS Office of Communications summer edition of the Communications Update for Principals, summer edition is now available: Communications Update_Summer Edition


Saturday School and the George B. Thomas Learning Center http://www.saturdayschool.org

Registration is open! See below for links to this year’s academic support programs, which begin September 9th. 

Program Flyer

Program Flyer Spanish

STEM Flyer 2017-18

STEM Flyer Spanish 2017-18

Registration Form

Registration Form Spanish