Education

November 29, 2017 | Mitti Hicks

Bullying and Mental Health Resources Are Concerns for MoCo Youth (VIDEO)

Some students in Montgomery County may not be old enough to vote but that didn’t stop them from discussing county policies and issues with the Montgomery County Council. During the council’s Seventh Annual Youth Town Hall meeting, students addressed problems such as bullying, overcrowding in schools and the rising costs of higher education. “There are […]

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November 28, 2017 | Michelle Queen

School Board Votes to Redraw Boundaries for Five Elementary Schools in Rockville

Construction on the fifth Rockville elementary school in the Richard Montgomery High School cluster is proceeding. The new school, located on West Edmonston Drive, will replace the original Hungerford Elementary School which most recently was used by the Child Resource Center. The new school, known as Richard Montgomery #5, will open on Tuesday, Sept. 4, […]

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November 21, 2017 | Michelle Queen

Rockville, Takoma Park, and Gaithersburg Ranked in Top Five Smartest Cities in Maryland

Three of the top five smartest cities to live in Maryland are in Montgomery County, according to a new report. The career research website, Zippia.com, ranks Rockville (#3), Takoma Park (#4), and Gaithersburg (#5) in the top 10 Smartest Cities in Maryland list. The number one city on the list is Annapolis. Zippia’s analysts utilized data […]

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November 20, 2017 | Mitti Hicks

Curiosity Cubes Aims to Spark Kids’ Interest in Science (VIDEO)

There’s a mobile shipping container traveling around the country getting kids excited about science. “This is Millipore Sigma’s Curiosity Cube,” Rebecca Dowd, curiosity cube coordinator, said. “It’s a retrofitted shipping container that’s been turned into a mobile science lab […] to do hands on science experiments with students.” It’s all a part of Millipore Sigma’s goal […]

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November 17, 2017 | Staff Writer

MCCPTA Treasurer Pleads Guilty to Embezzling $39,000 in Funds

Lisa Betts entered a guilty plea in a Montgomery County Circuit court Friday, according to Bethesda Magazine. Betts, a former MCCPTA treasurer, is charged with embezzlement for writing fraudulent checks. Court documents show the Silver Spring resident has paid back $10,000 of the $39,000 she allegedly took from the group. The MCCPTA posted a letter to […]

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November 15, 2017 | Staff Writer

MCPS Implements Changes to Elementary School Report Cards

MCPS has made some changes to elementary report cards for the 2017-2018 school year. In a recent video on the MCPSTV YouTube channel, MCPS’ director of elementary curriculum Ms. Niki Hazel, explained the changes. “We found it necessary to make changes to the report cards because over the last five or six years as we […]

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November 15, 2017 | Staff Writer

photo of Judy Docca

School Board Member Dr. Judy Docca Apologizes for Derogatory Remark in July

Earlier this month, Dr. Judy Docca filed to run for a fourth term on Montgomery County School Board, as first reported by Bethesda Beat. This touched off a controversy over a statement Docca made in July during a board meeting. She referred to herself as “retarded” while describing herself as forgetful. The term is considered […]

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November 14, 2017 | Mitti Hicks

School Board Approves 2018-19 School Calendar

After what some members of the Montgomery County School Board called “a very challenging process,” the board voted Tuesday morning to adopt a new calendar for the 2018-2019 School Year. Sept. 4, 2018, will be the first day of classes for students and the last day is June 13, 2019. The new calendar resembles the […]

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November 14, 2017 | Michelle Queen

Strathmore Introduces More Than 12,000 MCPS Second Graders to Classical Music (VIDEO)

National Philharmonic welcomes more than 10,000 second graders to the Music Center at Strathmore during the annual Strathmore Student Concerts from now through Thursday, Nov. 16. The purpose of the program is to expose every Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) 2nd grader to a live performance of classical music. The students learn about classical music […]

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November 14, 2017 | Mitti Hicks

MCPS Superintendent’s Proposes 2018-19 School Year Calendar

In a memorandum addressed to the Montgomery County Board of Education, MCPS Superintendent Dr. Jack Smith sent his recommendations for the 2018-2019 school year calendar. Under Smith’s recommendations, school would start on Sept. 4, the day after Labor Day and end June 13, 2019. The proposed calendar includes a total of 182 instructional days for students […]

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