MCPS: Five Things To Know This Week

Graduation Ceremonies Kick Off May 31: Nearly 12,000 MCPS students will begin receiving their diplomas during commencement ceremonies between Wednesday, May 31, and Thursday, June 15. Graduation ceremonies will take place on individual high school campuses, at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., and on the campuses of Mount St. Mary’s University and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

This year’s keynote speakers include Tony Award-winning actor Myles Frost, Maryland Lt. Gov. Aruna Miller, husband-and-wife journalists Peter Baker of The New York Times and Susan Glasser of The New Yorker, former University of Maryland and NBA star Walt Williams, author and television producer George Pelecanos, and more. Full list of Graduation dates, times and locations. Read more.


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Board of Education Seeks Applicants to Fill Ethics Panel Position: The Montgomery County Board of Education is seeking to fill one vacancy on its five-member Ethics Panel. The vacancies are for a three-year term beginning on July 1, 2023.  Members serve without compensation.

As noted in Board Policy, BBB, Ethics, among the Panel’s responsibilities are: (1) approving financial disclosure forms; (2) interpreting the Board of Education’s Ethics Policy and issuing advisory opinions concerning its application; and (3) conducting hearings on complaints filed regarding an alleged violation.

Applicants must submit a letter of interest along with a resumé or other documentation to support the application by 5 p.m. on Friday, June 9, 2023. Read more.


Bright Spots This Week

Students Complete 43rd Young American Home: The Montgomery County Students Construction Trades Foundation recently completed its 43rd Young American House in Silver Spring. The house was designed and built by more than 300 students, representing all 26 MCPS high schools. A cornerstone celebration and open house was held on May 23. Link to video.

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Northwood High School Receives RAMP Designation, First Ever in MCPS: Northwood High School recently earned the Recognized ASCAModel Program (RAMP) designation. The RAMP designation recognizes schools committed to delivering a data-informed school counseling program in accordance with the ASCA National Model:  A Framework for School Counseling Programs.

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175 Students Participate in First Ever Unified Field Day: Wheaton High School hosted its first Unified Field Day on May 23 alongside Albert Einstein, John F. Kennedy and Springbrook high schools. Students in Learning for Independence (LFI) and School Community Based (SCB) programs competed in events tailored to their diverse abilities. The Gilbert Games were held in honor of former LFI Wheaton student Sarah Gilbert who passed away.

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MCPS Celebrates Future Educators:

MCPS hosted a Future Educators celebration for 24 graduating seniors on May 24. This is the second year that the Office of Human Resources and Development has hosted a “Grow Your Own” strategy to attract, recruit and excite MCPS students with the possibility of a teaching career with the district. The event recognized the students for their outstanding academic performance and commitment to return to MCPS once they have finished college. In addition, each of these students are receiving a $5,000 scholarship toward their college studies.

Courtesy of MCPS

Recent Stories

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services (MCFRS) responded to a collision involving a vehicle into a tree on Thursday, May 30 in Rockville.

The Montgomery County Police Department has provided a brief summary of events regarding the fatal shooting that occurred on Hampton Point Drive in Fairland/Silver Spring on Wednesday night:

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich will announce the nomination of Corey Smedley  as his nominee to be the next Montgomery County fire chief  on Thursday, May 30 at 11:30 a.m.

The Washington Wizards announced today that the team has named Brian Keefe as head coach. Keefe becomes the 26th head coach in the organization’s history. He has been the team’s…

Karen joined the Well-Paid Maids team as a cleaner in January 2021, and she was recently promoted to an operations manager! This well-deserved promotion is part of Well-Paid Maids' effort to deliver better customer service with responses to phone calls and emails seven days a week. To celebrate Karen's promotion, we caught up with her to learn more about her time at Well-Paid Maids, the area's only certified living-wage cleaning company.

 1. Why Well-Paid Maids?

Karen: I saw the company was paying a living wage and had great benefits. Also, they were very flexible with my schedule, especially since I have kids.

 2. How has it been working at Well-Paid Maids?

Karen: I feel very appreciated at the company. This is the first job where I feel I'm able to speak about any issue and that management will support me.

 3. How has working at Well-Paid Maids benefitted you?

Karen: Because Well-Paid Maids pays a living wage, I can now spend more time with my kids and not work double shifts like I did at my old job.

 4. How do you plan to spend your PTO this year?

Karen: I look forward to traveling to El Salvador to visit my family there.

 5. How would you describe Well-Paid Maids as an employer in three words?

Appreciated, valued and opportunity

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Washington City Paper is hosting its annual Best of D.C. contest -- and Well-Paid Maids is eyeing the Best Maid Service category. If you missed it: Well-Paid Maids has secured first place for the past three years. Can you help us snag gold again? Simply go to the ballot and write in your vote for the best maid service. In case you need a refresher before you vote, Well-Paid Maids is the only certified living-wage cleaning company in the D.C. area. We pay our cleaners, who are W-2 employees, at least $24 an hour and offer benefits like insurance, 24 paid days off per year and more. Voting is open until June 10 at 5 p.m., and the winner will be announced July 18. (We'll keep you posted!) Thank you for your support -- and if you still haven't booked a spring cleaning yet, now is the time!

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Movie being filmed in McLean, VA, needs your support

A local community movie is filming in our area in June and needs contributions!

Local actors, teens, teachers, housewives, and retired residences are trying to make this film happen but we need your help.

This is an educational short story about teens learning how to navigate when they don't feel accepted by their friends and what to do to find acceptance. Yet this film isn't just for teens. In your life have you ever felt like you weren't accepted??

Come be a part of the audience for this film! Invite your friends. Be a part of this film being produced right here in our area.

This is a social impact film that will show locally and internationally at film festivals in 2025 and also at colleges.

More information can be found here. DONATE TODAY:

https://www.filmindependent.org/sponsored-projects/ultimate-bias/

https://www.silvanomarifilms.com/jis

This is a not-for-profit film and donations are tax-deductible.

Free Community Father-Daughter Dance

Fathers and father figures, create unforgettable memories with your daughter at our free community father-daughter dance on June 1st, from 6-8 pm. Hosted outdoors at Olney Baptist Church. This event offers a delightful outdoor experience complete with a DJ spinning tunes, interactive games, a charming photo booth, delicious treats, and exciting raffle prizes. Fathers/father figures and daughters of all ages are warmly welcomed to share in this special evening together. Join us for an evening of joy, laughter, and cherished moments!

In the spirit of giving back to our community, we are partnering with Quest to Feed Montgomery to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those in need. We kindly ask each attendee to bring along a non-perishable food item to donate during the event. Every contribution, no matter how small, will go a long way in supporting families facing food insecurity in our area.

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