Education

November 13, 2018 | Mitti Hicks

School Board Approves Longer Spring Break for 2019-2020 Calendar

One common theme echoed when the Montgomery County Board of Education voted on the current school year calendar last year was how difficult a decision it would be. The board faced challenges with choosing to remain closed on Jewish holidays, shortening the length of spring break or reducing the number of instructional days for students. […]

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November 13, 2018 | Michelle Queen

School Board To Vote on 2019-2020 School Year Calendar Tuesday

In a memorandum addressed to the Montgomery County Board of Education, MCPS Superintendent Dr. Jack Smith sent his recommendations for the 2019-2020 school year calendar. Under Smith’s recommendations, school would start on Sept. 3, the day after Labor Day and end June 15, 2020. The proposed calendar includes a total of 182 instructional days for students […]

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November 10, 2018 | Deirdre Byrne

Damascus’ Varsity Game Against Century Was Clouded By the JV Team’s Controversy

Damascus’ varsity football team maintained its winning streak last night, beating Century High School 42-3. The varsity team’s victory came as the school and the community dealt with the fallout from rape allegations involving the junior varsity team. During the day on Friday, the school received a “concerning call,” threatening administrators if the varsity game […]

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November 9, 2018 | Staff Writer

MCPS Superintendent Responds to Concerns over Damascus Varsity Football

In a letter addressed to the MCPS Community Friday, Jack Smith, Montgomery County Public School Superintendent, says there is no indication that any Damascus varsity football players were involved in last week’s hazing incident that resulted in second-degree rape and attempted second-degree rape charges against five junior varsity football players. Smith’s letter states that community members […]

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November 8, 2018 | Deirdre Byrne and Mitti Hicks

MCPS Addresses Damascus Hazing Incident in Video to Students

In a letter addressed to the MCPS Sports Community, Jeff Sullivan, who serves as the athletic director for Montgomery County Public Schools said, “abuse, bullying, hazing, and harassment, in any form have no place in the MCPS athletics program.” Sullivan’s letter comes just days after five Damascus High School students on the school’s junior varsity football […]

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November 3, 2018 | Staff Writer

Smith Issues Statement on Damascus High Students’ Rape Charges

The Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent, Jack Smith, issued a statement Saturday on the Oct. 31st Damascus High School hazing incident that resulted in five students charged with rape. MCPS Community – Please read this important message from Superintendent Smith regarding Damascus High School https://t.co/Aa8JK3Us3E — MCPS (@MCPS) November 3, 2018 Previous posts Update: Three […]

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November 3, 2018 | Michelle Queen

MCM Game of the Week: Paint Branch at Clarksburg Highlights

MCM’s Game of the Week for Nov. 2 features Paint Branch Panthers (8-1) at the Clarksburg Coyotes (6-3). Coming into this game, Paint Branch has a record of 8-1. Only three teams in the county have just one loss as regular season play winds down. The other two are Quince Orchard and Churchill. Here are video highlights […]

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November 2, 2018 | Douglas Tallman

Update: Three Damascus High Students Charged for Hazing Incident

Update, 2:40 p.m.: The Damascus High School hazing incident from Oct. 31 has brought rape charges against three students, a Montgomery County police statement said. The boys face two charges of second-degree rape and two counts of attempted second-degree rape, police said. Police have identified four victims. The assaults took place in a male locker […]

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November 2, 2018 | Deirdre Byrne

Blair High School Graduate Goes Viral on Jeopardy

Not only did Erik Agard have a three day winning streak on jeopardy, he also went viral on YouTube, causing Alex Trebeck to quote a famous internet meme: “What is you doing baby?” Agard, a Montgomery Blair High School alumnus who graduated in 2011, appeared in four episodes of jeopardy in October. Ultimately, he won more […]

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November 1, 2018 | Staff Writer

Curiosity Cube is Heading Back to Montgomery County

Careers in science, technology, engineering and math are on the rise, yet there are more opportunities than there are students to fill the positions. Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has revealed that STEM careers are predicted to increase by 25 percent within the next few years. In an effort to expose students […]

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