MCPS Things to Know: Superintendent search, kindergarten registration, CEO program, hate-bias update, and more

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) released the following community message on Thursday, March 14:

1. BOE Launches Search for Next Superintendent

The Montgomery County Board of Education has launched a nationwide search for the next superintendent of Montgomery County Public Schools, who will assume the role on July 1, 2024. In its commitment to secure the best candidate to lead the school system and prepare students for success in college, career and community, the Board will hire a search firm to recruit and vet the candidates. While the Board selects the firm, it will begin a conversation with the community about the most important characteristics in a new superintendent.

The Board is hosting three in-person town halls the first week of April:

April 2-Seneca Valley High School, 6 p.m.

April 3-Richard Montgomery High School, 6 p.m.

April 4-Wheaton High School, 6 p.m.

A virtual forum is being planned. A date and time have not yet been finalized.

Read more.

Watch message from Board President Karla Silvestre. 


2. Kindergarten Registration Opens Monday, March 18

Kindergarten registration opens on Monday, March 18 for the 2024-2025 school year. Children who will be five by Sept. 1, 2024 are eligible. Based on community feedback, current kindergarten classes will not be canceled to hold orientations this year. Schools will determine appropriate options to welcome incoming kindergarten students and families.

Registration will be online through the ParentVUE portal. If your family is new to MCPS, you will need to create a ParentVue account here. For more information about eligibility and the registration process, visit the MCPS Kindergarten Enrollment webpage or contact your local elementary school.


3. Join a Virtual Interactive Session on the Community Engagement Officer Program Starting March 18

The MCPS Office of Systemwide Safety and Emergency Management invites high school families to join us for an interactive virtual community engagement session to delve into the MCPS Community Engagement Officer (CEO) 2.0 program. CEOs are sworn officers from the Montgomery County Police Department who work directly with schools. This session offers an opportunity to learn about the program, ask questions and engage in meaningful conversation. Meetings will take place via Zoom from 6-7 p.m. on March 18, 19 and 20 on assigned dates for each high school cluster. Click here to review the flyer and register for a session here.


4. Update On Districtwide Approach to Educating, Preventing and Addressing Hate-Bias

MCPS convened an action team to work with internal and external stakeholders to develop a Districtwide Approach to Educating, Preventing and Addressing Hate-Bias to build on the district’s foundation to combat incidents of hate-bias. This framework and group’s work will be shared with the Board of Education on Tuesday, March 19. Click here to watch a video message providing a brief overview.


5. A Chance to Let Your Voice Be Heard: Districtwide Survey Deadline Extended

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.

The deadline to complete surveys has been extended to Friday, March 22.

Click here for more information and to access the survey.

MCPS students will receive time during the school day to fill out their surveys.


6. Upcoming Events, Reminders and Resources

Reminder: Register for the Upcoming National College Fair 

The 2024 Montgomery County National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) National College Fair will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 19 and 20, at the Maryland SoccerPlex and Adventist Healthcare Fieldhouse in Germantown, from 9:45 a.m.-1 p.m. for students in Grade 11. On Tuesday, the fair is open to all high school students and their families from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Click here for more information and to register. 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-of-School-Time website to learn more about opportunities offered through the year.


Come Out to the Next Youth Climate Summit April 10 

Attention middle and high school students! MCPS is hosting the 3rd annual Youth Climate Summit from 8:30 a.m.-3:35 p.m. on Saturday, April 13 at Tilden Middle School. Read more. 


Game Changer Conference Set for April 20; Essay Contest Deadline: April 10

Calling all parents/caregivers of young male students Grades 4-12! Register your student for the spring 2024 Game Changer conference and help empower and ignite their path to success. The conference will be held on Saturday, April 20, at the Universities at Shady Grove, 8 a.m-2 p.m. Transportation may be available through MCPS from your area. Registration closes WednesdayApril 3. Spaces are limited.

Register now.
Read more. 


7. MCPS News

Three Finalists Selected for Supporting Services Employee of the Year

Three supporting services employees have been named finalists for the 2024 Supporting Services Employee of the Year. This year’s annual awards are recognizing Chaula Butterworth, paraeducator, Farmland Elementary School; Robin McCue, administrative secretary III, Department of Athletics, and Bruno Smith, building service manager III, Mill Creek Towne Elementary School.

Read more about the finalists. 


Girls’ Summit

More than 1,000 attendees participated in the second annual Girls’ Summit. Girls from sixth through twelfth grades and their parents/caregivers took part in workshops on mental health, physical wellness, healthy eating, self-esteem, relaxation, creative arts therapy and more.


Families Enjoy STEM/Math Night at Brookhaven Elementary School  

More than 350 students and parents attended a STEM and Math Night at Brookhaven Elementary School last week. Families also participated in activities, gathered valuable information and connected with vendors.


MCPS and MoCo EmpowHER Host Leaders Luncheon

The MCPS Student Leadership & Extracurricular Activities Unit and MoCo EmpowHER held the first EmpowHER Leaders Luncheon to celebrate International Women’s Day. Read more. 


Students Shine at Montgomery County History Day Competition 

More than 350 students from 35 MCPS middle schools and five high schools took part in the Montgomery County History Day competition last week at A. Mario Loiederman Middle School. Read more.


Takoma Park Middle School won first place in the 2024 Real Food for Kids Culinary Challenge. Takoma Park was the only MCPS school to compete this year; it was their fifth time winning first place in the last six years.

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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

www.dayofthebook.com

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.

LIVE PERFORMANCES By: CULTURE Feat. Kenyatta Hill, EXCO LEVI, IMAGE BAND, RAS LIDJ REGG'GO with Special Guest SUGAR BEAR FROM E.U. & MORE! & MORE!

MUSIC By: DJ ABLAZE, DJ SMALLY & NAJ SUPREME

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

KIDS 12 & UNDER FREE!!!

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