Community News

MCPS is in critical need of volunteers for its Title I summer programs at the following elementary schools. (Summer programs at other schools are no longer recruiting volunteers.) This opportunity is open to rising 7th grade students to rising 12th grade students ONLY. 
Student volunteers serve 9 am-3:30 pm (for most locations), Monday through Friday, July 9- Aug. 10. Volunteers will be eligible to earn SSL hours.
Please go to the Montgomery County Volunteer Center website and click the link for the particular elementary school site you are interested in volunteering at for additional details and to view the required application steps. Volunteers will need to download and print the Title I Summer Program Volunteer Application Form for the site they wish to serve at, then email the completed application to Jennifer Herman at
This is a first come, first served opportunity based off of when completed applications are received. 
Questions? Contact Jennifer Herman at

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) invites you to participate in a brief voluntary school year calendar survey. Your participation is important to us to gather data for analysis and review as context for the development of the 2019–2020 school year calendar. All data collected will remain anonymous and confidential and no identifying information will be released with the reporting of results.
To access the parent/guardian survey: 
By clicking the link above you will be directed to the survey site, which is administered and managed by Hanover Research, a research firm contracted by MCPS to assist with this project and ensure the integrity and validity of the data analysis. Using this link, the survey may only be taken once.
Student feedback is valued by MCPS. We also have provided a student survey intended for students in Grades 6–12 that you may choose to share with your child(ren). Parents are encouraged to review the survey material before sharing it with their child(ren). Survey participation is strictly voluntary.
Click below to access the student survey:
By clicking the link above you will be directed to the survey site, which is administered and managed by Hanover Research, a research firm that has been contracted by MCPS to assist with this project and ensure the integrity and validity of the data analysis. The survey may be taken by each student in your family.
Please direct questions to



Information Night – Updates from MCPS on Elementary and Middle School Magnet Programs

Sponsored by the MCCPTA Gifted Child Committee (GCC)

Date: 4/30/2018
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Venue: Carver Auditorium, MCPS Headquarters, 
850 Hungerford Drive, Rockville, Maryland 20850

MCPS staff invited to participate: 
Ms. Lori-Christina Webb
MCPS Executive Director to the Chief Academic Officer 
Ms. Meredith Casper
MCPS Director, Division of Accelerated and Enriched Instruction
Among the topics to be discussed:

Updates on the universal screening of 3rd graders for the Centers for Enriched Studies
Updates on middle school magnets, including this year’s use of universal screening, magnet admissions, and changes to program locations
Information on new expansion classes at local middle schools
Information on role of the Office of School Support and Improvement (OSSI) 

Choose Respect 2018 – 9th Annual Healthy Teen Dating Conference

A FREE and FUN event for students in grades 6-12, their parents, youth service providers, and educators..

SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 2018

Doors open at 12 – 12:00PM – 1:00PM – Pre-Conference Red Carpet, Resource Fair and live music by School of Rock Silver Spring!

1:00PM – 4:00PM – Event


  • Opening Session MCed by Toby Knapp from iHeart Radio

  • Interactive workshops offered in both English and Spanish -Separate tracks for students, parents, youth service providers, and educators

  • Earn SSL Hours

  • FREE pizza at the conclusion of the event

  • Raffle prizes

  • The winners of the Choose Respect Public Service Announcement Contest will be unveiled

  • The first 100 students to register and attend the event will get a gift card for a free meal at Cava – you MUST attend to claim your prize!

The Facts: One in three teens in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner–this number far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence, and nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year.

And yet, we continue to ignore the signs. We believe that real abuse is only physical, we excuse abusive behavior believing it won’t happen again, we believe that excessive texting and monitoring of behavior is sweet, and we believe that if a friend is in trouble they will ask for help. 
It’s time to have a conversation about dating abuse. The cycle of violence ends NOW!

Follow us on social media and join the conversation!
Facebook: Choose Respect Montgomery
Twitter: @choose_respect
Instagram: @chooserespectmontgomery

For more information, check out our website HERE, or call 240-773-0406 or email Smita Varia at

MCPS-MCCPTA Mental Health and Wellness Forum
April 22, 1-5 pm, Gaithersburg High School

1-2 pm State of Youth Mental Health and Wellness in MoCo
Ann Mazur, CEO, EveryMind and Matt Post, SMOB
4-5 pm Crisis Management and Suicide Prevention
Dr. Eilzabeth Rathbone, OSFSE, Montgomery County Public Schools, and Rachel Larkin, EveryMind
2-4 pm Breakout Sessions on
Coping with Anxiety and Stress
Ending the Silence (NAMI)
Physical Exercise and Mental Health
Mental Health First Aid (not full training)
Keeping Kids Safe Online
Trauma-informed practice
Child Abuse and Neglect
Spanish language panel led by Identity
More Panel and Resource Tables Coming
Online Forum registration form for April 22 Mental Health and Wellness Forum available:
Date/Time: Sunday, April 22, 2018, 1:00-5:00 pm Event Address: Gaithersburg High School, 101 Education Blvd, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 Contact:

More information and speaker bios coming on Facebook Page: (Search MoCo Mental Health and Wellness)

Montgomery County Council of PTAs (MCCPTA) is pleased to once again host the 7th MCCPTA PerformingArts Festival, to be held Saturday  April 14 on the Rockville Town Center Stage from 11am to 8pm.    We invite you to come see 22 diverse groups of talented dancers and musicians perform outside at one of Montgomery County’s premier outdoor venues.
The preliminary lineup this year features great musical and dance performances that are fun for the whole family to enjoy!

11:00     Seneca Valley HS  – Little Shop of Horrors
11:30     Loiederman MS Chamber Orchestra 
12:00     Northwest High School Drama Showcase 
12:30     Gaithersburg HS – Unique Image Dance
12:40     Chinese Dance 
1:30        Gaithersburg HS – Unique Image Dance
1:40        Shady Grove MS  –  Selections from “Zombie Prom”
1:50        Wooton HS – Scenes/songs from The Music Man 
2:20        White Oak MS – Latin Dance Team-
2:40        White Oak MS – Salsa Demo 
3:00        Metropolitan Ballet Theatre & Academy 
3:20        D.C. Dance – Modern Dance & Tap
3:40        M. Loiderman MS – preview Fame, Jr. 
4:20        Arya Dance Group
4:30        Bollywood group dances
4:50        Take the Stage Performance Music & Dance
5:10        Fusion  – Indian Dance 
5:20        Pulse Harmony band 
6:00        CGES Dance Club
6:30        Three Muses String Trio 
6:40        Potomac Brass Band 
6:50        Jasmine Dance Group 
7:10        Fever  (Teen Band – Pop)


Maryland Seal of Biliteracy legislation that passed the General Assembly in 2016.
That legislation provides a real and meaningful way to honor and recognize Maryland students who graduate from our high schools truly bilingual (or tri-lingual, or multi-lingual). A seal is affixed to the student’s diploma, and their official MCPS transcript reflects that they have achieved bilingual certification, identifying the languages in which they are fluent.
Here is an article from last June in the Washington Post about this important recognition – 2017 graduates were the first to whom the Seal was available, and in 2017 MCPS graduated 87% of those students receiving the Maryland Seal of Biliteracy:
Here’s a statement from MCPS superintendent Jack Smith after MCPS graduated its first Seal of Biliteracy recipients:
Here’s an FAQ about the Seal of Biliteracy from the Maryland State Dept. of Education (MSDE):
And here is a link to MSDE’s Seal of Biliteracy website:
IMPORTANT – please note that a student can be certified as language proficient in languages not taught in MCPS, and the seal is also available to students proficient in sign language.The legislation, and MSDE implementing regulations, providing MANY options for certifying a student’s language fluency – not just school-based assessments like AP and IB exams.

Gun Violence Prevention Advocacy Day
Friday, March 23
East Capitol St NE & First St SE, Washington, DC 20004

The Young Leaders Institute, in partnership with other organizations, is organizing a day where young people can meet with legislators to hold them accountable for future gun control legislation. Members from the Sandy Hook, Columbine, and Parkland communities will also be present. We are asking you to join us and many others in talking to members of Congress about their ties to the NRA and their plans for protecting the lives of young people across the country.

Students and young people can sign up here
If you would like to volunteer, please reach out to Nadia Hassan here:

MCPS School Security and Safety presentation from the Feb. 26 Delegates Assembly is now available in Spanish, Amharic, Chinese, French, Korean and Vietnamese.

Interested in hosting a high school student from another country for 2 weeks? Youth For Understanding has a special group of students coming from Germany for a short-term program focused on community service from March 31-April 13. The students are all on scholarship and this program provides exchange experiences for students who might otherwise not be able to afford one. We are looking for host families in the DC area, might you or someone you know be interested?

For this program, we provide English classes and community service activities for the students during the weekdays and then the student would be with your family in the evenings and on weekends. You just provide a bed (conditionally may be an inflatable or pull-out), three meals a day, access to public transportation (we’ll give them a pre-loaded SmarTrip card), and a place in your family! Families shouldn’t feel the need to entertain the student as they come curious about “normal life” here in the USA! Contact Jenny Beth Aloys at or 202-774-5283 to see student profiles, or to ask about our summer program if the spring dates don’t work for you!

MCPS and MCCPTA are jointly organizing the first-ever countywide mental health and wellness forum on Sunday, April 22, 2018, 1-5 pm at Gaithersburg High School.
1) Mark your calendar and mark your school and PTA calendars.
2) Online registration form for the conference:
3) Join and circulate the Forum Facebook group (MoCo Mental Health and Wellness):
4) Connect us directly with your School/PTA Wellness team, Communications Chairs/Staff, Listservs, and Facebook page by adding information about your school at: You can choose to keep information private.
Forum Agenda
1) 1-2 pm: Plenary session that will lay out challenges broadly and how they apply in MoCo. Speaker TBD.
2) 2-3 pm: Breakout sessions on resources available in MCPS. List forthcoming.
3) 3-4 pm: Breakout sessions on resources available in the county. List forthcoming.
4) 4-5 pm: Concluding session on crisis management and suicide prevention. Speakers TBA.

The Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children, Youth, and Families is sponsoring a community forum entitled “The Save a Life Montgomery Opioid and Substance Abuse Community Forum.”  The forum is scheduled for Monday, February 26, 2018, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and will be held at John F. Kennedy High School, 1901 Randolph Road, Silver Spring, Maryland.

Participants will learn the facts about substance and alcohol use in Montgomery County and what they can do to make safe choices.

MCPS students who attend the forum will earn two student service learning hours.


A Message from Superintendent Jack R. Smith:Emergency Preparedness

Please join us for an informative talk by Katherine Reynolds Lewis as she shares “The Secret to Cooperative Kids”.

When: Tuesday, February 27th at 6:30 PM -7:30 PM
Where: Carver Auditorium, 850 Hungerford Drive

In The Good News About Bad Behavior: Why Kids Are Less Disciplined Than Ever — And What to Do About It, journalist and parenting expert Katherine Reynolds Lewis proposes a radical solution to the problem of misbehaving children: empathy. As she journeys from parenting seminars to neuroscience labs to schools to the homes of modern parents, Lewis documents a crisis of self-regulation–about half of the current generation of children will develop a mood or behavioral disorder or a substance addiction by age eighteen. The book shows how children rise to the occasion when their adults learn to trust them, let them face consequences, and train them in the art of self-control. She watches as chaotic homes become peaceful, bewildered teachers see progress, and her own family grows and changes in light of new ideas. You’ll recognize your own family in Lewis’s sensitive, realistic stories, and you’ll find a path to making everyone in your home more capable, kinder, and happier–including yourself.

Katherine is a longtime journalist based in Montgomery County who writes for The Atlantic, Fortune, USA Today’s magazine group, Washington Post, Working Mother and others, who was formerly a national correspondent for Bloomberg and Newhouse News Service. The book grows out of her Mother Jones story on school discipline, the magazine’s most-read article with nearly 6 million page views. She and her husband are the proud parents of three children, aged 11, 13 and 24, and she’s a former PTA board member from an MCPS school.

The youtube link to the MCCPTA Presents from January 23, 2018 featuring Council Member- Craig Rice, Board of Education President- Mike Durso, and Vice President of MCEA- Jennifer Martin on the Kirwan Commission and Operating Budget is now available…

There is also a youtube link to the pre-taped remarks from Senator Nancy King on December 20th on the Kirwan Commission as she was unable to make the 1/23 program.  Her video can be viewed here:

The Montgomery County (MD) Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. will be hosting their 2nd Annual Formation Conference at Montgomery College, Germantown Campus. This year’s theme will be “Exploring The Unknown.”
Saturday April 7, 2018, from 9am – 4:30pm 
Over 200 people attended our first conference and enjoyed a high energy fun filled day that included lifestyle sessions where participants learned how to walk in heels, apply make-up, interview, etc.  In addition to the lifestyle session, participants attended sessions that addressed effective communication, bullying, and money management – to name a few. This event is free to the public, but attendees must register in advance. To see pictures from last year’s conference and to register, please visit

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

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:
The organization has more resources at:
Five signs:
Web-based hotline:
Montgomery County Mental Health Resources


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!

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

MCCPTA has recently formed a Sub-Committee on School Climate and Safety:
1. If you are interested in becoming involved, please contact 
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 

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:

 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!  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

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