Community News

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