MCPS: Five Things to Know

Montgomery County Public Schools released the following community message on Thursday, March 7:

1. Student Transfer Application Open Until April 2

The 2024-2025 Change of School Assignment (COSA) transfer season is open. The COSA process allows families to submit a request for their children to transfer out of their assigned home school. All COSA request applications must be submitted by Tuesday, April 2. Read full details.

2. Update on CDC Respiratory Virus Guidance

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) made notable changes on March 1 to guidance regarding COVID-19. MCPS is working with the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services to update COVID-19 procedures for students and staff members, to align with this updated guidance. More information will be communicated in the next week. Further adjustments can be expected as the Maryland Department of Health releases additional recommendations.

3. Share Your Experiences and Feedback About Your School and/or MCPS by March 15

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 for improvement. Your participation and any identifying information are 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 close Friday, March 15.

4. Upcoming Events, Reminders and Resources

Nominations Due Friday March 8 for BOE 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. 

Career Day For Students Set For April 10 

MCPS will host a “Grow Your Own” career day from 9 a.m.-noon on Wednesday, April 10, at Northwest High School when students are off from school. High school students are invited to learn about job opportunities and careers available in Montgomery County and take advantage of on-the-spot job interviews. Please RSVP by April 1.


Visit the Out-School-Time website to learn more about opportunities offered through the year.

Next Pregúntale a MCPS on the Community Engagement Officer Program

Be sure to tune in at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13, for the next “Pregúntale a MCPS” on the Community Engagement Officer program. This interactive session will be in Spanish and hosted live on the MCPS en Español Facebook page. Tune in to learn about how officers support schools and bring any questions you may have about the program.

Become a 2024 Summer RISE  Host and Help a Student Gain Work Experience

Are you interested in sharing your career experience with rising 2024-2025 MCPS high school juniors and seniors? Learn more about how to become a host for the 2024 Summer RISE program! The Department of Partnerships is seeking businesses, government agencies, higher education institutions and nonprofit organizations to host students for a minimum of 50 hours of in-person, virtual or hybrid experiences. Read more. 

5. MCPS News

Two MCPS Media Specialists Named Finalists for State Award

Lisa Hack from Silver Spring International Middle School and Melissa King from Flower Hill Elementary School are finalists for the 2024 Maryland School Librarian of the Year award. Read more.

Celebrating National School Breakfast Week 

Happy National School Breakfast Week! This week, we celebrate the nutritious breakfasts served to students across MCPS, fueling them to learn each day. The Division of Food and Nutrition Services hosted a breakfast tasting this week with students at Cannon Road Elementary School. More than 100 students were invited to taste a variety of possible new breakfast items, including a breakfast sandwich and blueberry-pomegranate bar. Read more.

Top Three Winners of the First MCPS Youth Anti-Racist Film Festival

The first Youth Anti-Racist Film Festival was a resounding success. The event, hosted by the Minority Scholars Program, took place on Feb. 24 at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center. MCPS students delivered powerful documentaries with messages that made it clear that there is no room for racism in the classroom. Read more. 

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17th Annual Kensington Day of the Book Festival

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.



2 NIGHT Camping packages available: RV/CAMPER $200 | TENTS $150 Starting on Friday May 17 @ 5pm | 30 RV SPACES | 30+ TENT SPACES



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