MCPS ‘Things To Know’ This Week

MCPS sent out a community message with ‘things to know’ on Thursday Sept. 14. The message includes information about a new guide to ensure student success, Covid-19 district measures, how you can share your feedback on the 2023-2024 school calendar, upcoming Girls’ Summit, and a chance to comment on proposed amendments to three policies:

Pathway to College, Career and Community Readiness: MCPS created a new guide to help families, students and teachers work together to ensure student success. The Pathway to College, Career and Community Readinesshelps identify students’ strengths and areas of improvement to ensure each student receives the support they need. Here’s how it works:

  • The academic milestones will be used to address any learning gaps before students transition to a new grade level, college or the workforce.

  • Parents will receive information about whether their child is meeting these specific benchmarks.

  • School staff, students and families will meet to decide the best way to help the student succeed.

  • In addition to academic benchmarks, schools will provide opportunities and experiences for students to cultivate core competencies and skills to prepare them for life after high school.

Visit the links below to learn about the milestones.

Elementary Schools (English)
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Middle School (English)
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High School (English)
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COVID-19 Outbreak Measures and Vaccine News

As new cases of COVID-19 increase locally, we have seen outbreaks occurring in multiple schools across the county. Temporary outbreak precautions for individual classrooms where COVID-19 is spreading rapidly helps prevent spread to vulnerable individuals and to the rest of school. Check out theFAQ page for more information about how outbreaks are managed. The newly approved COVID-19 updated vaccinewill be available in our area in the next few weeks. For information about COVID-19, influenza and RSV vaccine availability, refer to Vaccines.Gov.

MCPS to Host Girls’ Summit

The district is inviting all MCPS families to the Girls’ Summit on Saturday, Oct. 21 at Clarksburg High School. This event will provide informative workshops geared towards middle and high school girls on a variety of current topics. Join us for a chance to network, participate in fun activities, learn valuable skills and enjoy a fashion show presented by White House Black Market celebrating diverse body types!

Sessions will be provided in English and Spanish, and will be organized by grade level. Student Service Learning (SSL) hours will be available for students. Topics and activities will include:

  • Healthy relationships/dating violence

  • Social media use and mental health, including cyberbullying

  • Self-esteem

  • Identifying symptoms of depression and anxiety

  • Healthy eating and body image

  • Music therapy, Zumba and Kaiser Permanente spin bikes for art therapy

  • Narcan kits will be distributed and training will also be available.


Share Your Feedback on the 2024–2025 School Year Calendar

MCPS is seeking the community’s feedback as it works to finalize the 2024–2025 school calendar. Please complete this survey to share your input.

Your feedback represents an important component of the development process. MCPS will consider educational interests, operational needs, mandated school closures by state law, compliance with minimum instructional days and credit hour requirements, inclement weather and other emergencies, staff professional days and early release days, alignment with assessment schedules and more.

Take the survey.
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Board Seeking Public Comment on Three Policies

The Board of Education is seeking comments on proposed amendments to three policies:

  •         Policy ABC, Parent and Family Involvement

  •         Policy BLB, Rules of Procedure in Appeals and Hearings

  •         Policy IJA, School Counseling Programs and Services

Language translations are available.

  • Draft amendments to Policy ABC have been available for comment since Feb. 9, 2023, and the comment period will close on September 18. The Board Policy Management Committee is tentatively scheduled to review public comments at its Oct. 10, 2023 meeting.

  • Draft amendments to Policy BLB have been available for comment since July 7, 2023, and the comment period will close on Sept. 18, 2023. The Board Policy Management Committee is tentatively scheduled to review public comments at its Oct. 10, 2023 meeting.

  • Draft amendments to Policy IJA have been available for comment since April 26, 2023, and the comment period will close on Nov. 6, 2023. The Board Policy Management Committee is tentatively scheduled to review public comments at its Dec. 14, 2023 meeting.

A description of the changes, draft changes and public comment questionnaires are available on the Public Comment Page.

Good News

The Leadership Training Institute Turns 30!

The Leadership Training Institute (LTI) at John F. Kennedy High School empowers students through a rigorous interdisciplinary education emphasizing experiential learning, community service projects, and leadership theory and application. LTI alumni and friends are invited on Oct. 6 to share  LTI memories and celebrate the 30-year anniversary of the program. The event will be held from 6–8:30 p.m. at Montgomery Country Club.

Visit the event page for more information.

Briggs Chaney Middle School Enjoys a Yummy Start to the School Year

Students got an opportunity to taste test food items from the MCPS Department of Food and Nutrition Services (DFNS) at this year’s Back-to-School night. DFNS uses feedback from food tastings to help guide menu decisions.

Student Athletes Kick Off the School Year with District Leaders

The Annual Student-Athlete Leadership Council (SALC) Kickoff meeting was held on Sept. 12 in the Carver Educational Services Center in Rockville. The SALC is made up of two students from all MCPS  high schools  and seven at-large members who meet bi-monthly to share ideas on the administration of the interscholastic athletics program.

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 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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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:

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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