Message From MCPS Superintendent McKnight: All Together Now, All for Our Students, Staff and Community

Per Montgomery County Public Schools:
“Dear MCPS Community,
Happy New Year!
The first day of school is a new beginning with unlimited potential and excitement for all that we will do together. As educators, we experience deep professional pride in the academic growth of our student scholars. Our community ensures the success of our school system, from our parents to  professionals in our buildings to committed community partners. Montgomery County is a community that invests in its excellent school system. The first day of school is a celebration of community, a community that will help us retain today’s spirit throughout the year. This is why our opening of schools theme is, “All together now, All for our students, staff and community.”

As we begin the new year, MCPS, as demanded by our strategic plan, will have a laserlike focus on academics. Our educators will know how every student is performing; they will use data to meet student needs. We expect that our students will build on their knowledge, advance in their skill sets and find wonder in their learning. We have excellent teachers, support professionals and administrators committed to making this happen.

We will have challenges and we are ready for them. For students to perform at their best and achieve academic growth, they must be emotionally strong, physically safe and psychologically prepared for today’s world.

We will do this work through the lens of my three priorities:

  • Building and rebuilding trust with students, staff and community

  • Supporting mental health and well-being for all students and staff

  • Returning the district’s focus to equitable teaching and learning

To our students, I issue this challenge: Embrace the fantastic opportunities offered to you at school. To everyone in our community, my challenge is this: Be a partner in this work. Together, we can ensure that tomorrow’s promise is brighter. On the first day of an  exciting new school year, the opportunity is here. Now is the time.

Readiness for school, readiness for graduation, for college or career, all of these things come together so that our students can thrive in their future. This is important work, and we know our community will be right there with us. All Together Now, All for Our Students, Staff and Community!


Monifa B. McKnight, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools”

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Not your average book festival! This festival offers something for everyone!

17th Annual Kensington Day of the Book Festival

Sunday, April 21, 2024, 11am-4pm (held rain or shine!)

Howard Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895

Instagram: @kensingtonbookfestival

Contact: Elisenda Sola-Sole, Festival Director

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301-949-9416 (text preferred)

FEST OF SPRING Caribbean Wine Food & Music Festival

Get ready to experience the vibrant colors, tantalizing flavors, and infectious rhythms of the Caribbean at the FEST OF SPRING Caribbean Wine Food & Music Festival! Hosted by RHU LLC, this exciting festival is set to take place on May 18, 2024, at the picturesque 16700 Barnesville Rd in Boyds, MD.

Step into a world where the Caribbean spirit comes alive! From 12:00 PM onwards, immerse yourself in a sensory journey that celebrates the unique culture, cuisine, and music of the Caribbean. Whether you're an African American, a Reggae or Soca music enthusiast, a wine lover, or part of the vibrant Caribbean diaspora, this festival promises to delight and captivate you in every way.

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Accompanying the culinary extravaganza is a carefully curated selection of premium wines, ensuring the perfect pairing for your palate. Sip on fine wines from renowned vineyards, each sip a reflection of the Caribbean's vibrant spirit. Discover new flavors, expand your wine knowledge, and savor unforgettable moments with every glass.

As the sun sets, get ready to groove to the infectious rhythms of Caribbean music. Feel the pulsating beats of reggae, soca, dancehall, and calypso, moving your body to the lively melodies. Live performances by talented musicians and performers will keep the energy high, ensuring a night of unforgettable entertainment.

Don't miss this opportunity to embrace the Caribbean spirit and celebrate the arrival of spring in style! Tickets are available on AllEvents, so secure your spot today. Join us at the FEST OF SPRING Caribbean Wine Food & Music Festival, where cultures collide and unforgettable memories are made.



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