MCPS: Five Things to Know for February 22

Courtesy MCPS

Montgomery County Public Schools released the following community message on Thursday, February 22:

1. Inviting All Students, Staff and Families to Share Your Feedback

We want to hear from you on how we are doing. MCPS is inviting ALL students, staff and parents/caregivers to share your experiences and thoughts on academics, communication, and overall satisfaction with your school and the district and/or experience working at MCPS. Your input and insight are essential in helping us understand what is working well and areas of improvement. Your participation and any identifying information are completely confidential. The feedback collected will be used to inform decisions and help create a more supportive and enriching environment for students, staff, and families in our district.

Click here to access more information about the surveys.

The surveys will be open until Friday, March 15.

2. Finalists Selected for Student Member of the Board of Education

Samantha Ross, a junior at Montgomery Blair High School, and Praneel Suvarna, a junior at Clarksburg High School, are the finalists for the 47th Student Member of the Board of Education (SMOB). Elections will be held on Wednesday, April 17. From a pool of eight students, Ms. Ross and Mr. Suvarna were chosen by more than 400 voting middle and high school delegates who attended the SMOB Nominating Convention at Watkins Mill High School. Read more.

3. Nominations Open for Distinguished Service to Public Education Awards

The Montgomery County Board of Education is seeking nominations from the public for its 27th Annual Awards for Distinguished Service to Public Education. The awards are sponsored by the Board to recognize and show appreciation to individuals, groups and organizations that have made exemplary contributions to public education in Montgomery County. Read more. 

4. Upcoming Events, Reminders and Resources

Join Us Saturday for Family Forum on Mental Health & Substance Use Prevention

Join the Springbrook High School PTSA Saturday, Feb. 24 for a family forum on maintaining strong mental health and preventing substance use. Attendees will learn about the dangers of fentanyl, alcohol and other substances; information to keep students safe; school and community-based substance use prevention, harm reduction and treatment initiatives and what insurance is required to cover. RSVP

MCPS to Host Girls’ Summit on March 9

Join us for the Girls’ Summit on Saturday, March 9 at Northwood High School. This event will provide informative workshops geared towards students in grades 6-12 on a variety of current topics. Read more. RSVP

Summer RISE 2024 Student Registration Close Feb. 27

Registration is now open for students to be part of Summer RISE 2024. Summer RISE provides hands-on, career-based learning experiences to rising juniors and seniors and helps employers cultivate a talent pipeline. Registration closes Feb. 27. Learn more.

MCPS Partners with Girls With Impact

MCPS is partnering with Girls With Impact to bring a free Business and Leadership program for girls and gender expansive youth in Grades 9-12. Developed with leaders from Harvard University, this 10-week, online program begins March 11, and equips girls with the skills, knowledge and confidence to become entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders. Read more. 

5.MCPS News This Week

Black History Month: Hip Hop History and Culture Class at MCPS

In 2019, a Hip Hop History and Culture class was offered to high school students for the first time in MCPS at Montgomery Blair High School. The class, now also offered at Bethesda-Chevy Chase and Rockville high schools, aims to teach students about the cultural and social influence of hip-hop, combining history, sociology and social commentary. Students learn about its impact on politics, psychology and have moved into areas like mental health. Read more. 

Black History Month: Schools Highlight Black History Month 

From high schools to our youngest learners, MCPS schools have hosted events and opportunities throughout the month for students and staff to learn, give back, and celebrate African American culture and contributions. Read more

WATCH: 2024 HBCU Fair and How to Plan for College

Hundreds of students and their families packed this year’s HBCU Fair. The fair provided students in Grades 8-12 an opportunity to meet representatives from more than 40 HBCUs. Representatives shared information and answered questions from students and parents about admissions, financial aid, testing, majors and much more. If you missed it, be sure to watch a recap of tips shared with students who attended.

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Now in its 17th year, the Kensington Day of the Book Festival is a family-friendly street festival featuring 150+ renowned authors, poets, and literary organizations. Enjoy live music on five stages, special guest speakers, military veteran writers and comedians, poetry readings, cookbook demos, children's program, and much more.

Admission is free, and attendees will also be able to explore a marketplace of books and food offerings from local vendors.

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

[email protected]

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.

Let the enticing aromas of mouthwatering Caribbean dishes tantalize your taste buds. Feast on traditional delicacies prepared by expert chefs, showcasing the rich and diverse culinary heritage of the Caribbean. Indulge in flavorful jerk chicken, succulent seafood, and delectable plantain dishes that will transport you straight to the islands.

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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