November 17, 2017 | Staff Writer

Youth Invited to Voice Concerns with County Council During Town Hall

Youth in the county will have the chance to voice their concerns with the Montgomery County Council during the seventh annual Youth Town Hall meeting scheduled for Nov. 29. A pre-meeting reception will begin at 6 p.m. where student will have a chance to meeting with councilmembers in an informal setting first. Following the reception, […]

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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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November 13, 2017 | Mitti Hicks

Local PTA Partners with Lyft to Address Parents’ Transportation Challenges

Parent involvement poses a challenge for some parents at Jones Lane Elementary School in Gaithersburg solely because of transportation. Public transportation for families living on West Side Drive, for example, can take more than three-hours round trip which includes four bus transfers and four miles of walking. The school’s Parent-Teacher Association is trying to change that […]

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November 13, 2017 | Michelle Queen

Bethesda Essay & Short Story Contest Open for Entries

As part of the Local Writer’s Showcase, which will take place April 19 – 20, 2018 the Bethesda Urban Partnership, Inc. (BUP) invites local writers to enter the essay contest for a chance to win $500 and be published in Bethesda Magazine’s July/August  issue and honored at a special event on April 20, 2018. The […]

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November 9, 2017 | Staff Writer

Two MCPS Schools Receive Top Honors from U.S. Department of Education

Two schools from Montgomery County Public Schools system received national recognition for their academic excellence and progress in closing the achievement gap. Farmland and Ronald McNair Elementary Schools received the National Blue Ribbon School award from the U.S. Department of Education. Every year, the U. S. Department of Education honors public and private elementary, middle […]

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November 8, 2017 | Michelle Queen

Here Are the Events Offered by Montgomery Parks for Veterans Day Weekend

Montgomery Parks has numerous family-friendly events planned for the Veterans Day weekend and a special discount for Veterans as well as active-duty military. Friday The Montgomery Parks offices and permits offices will be closed Nov. 10. The following parks are open: Brookside Gardens—10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Locust Grove Nature Center—9 a.m. to 4 p.m. […]

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November 7, 2017 | Mitti Hicks

Game Changer: Program Allows At-Risk Teens to Play Soccer Free (VIDEO)

It may look like just a game, but for students in Montgomery County’s Department of Recreation’s Soccer 4 Change Program, it’s so much more. “We’re family and it helps me a lot with school and my life,” said Wilson, student at Gaithersburg High School. For a second year in a row, the recreation department’s after […]

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November 3, 2017 | Mitti Hicks

‘Will Not Let Hate-Based Signs Divide Us,’ MCPS Officials Say

As Montgomery Blair High School staff investigate the flyers found on 10 school doors stating “it’s okay to be white,” Montgomery County Public School officials said they will not allow the incident to divide the community. Security footage shows a person in a white hoodie posting a flyer on the exterior of a school door. […]

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November 3, 2017 | Mitti Hicks

Minimum Wage and Safe Roads Are Concerns for Takoma Park’s Youngest Voters

In just a few days, Markeeta, a student at Montgomery Blair High School, will cast her first ballot in the upcoming elections in Takoma Park. Markeeta is only 17 years old. In 2013, Takoma Park lowered the voting age requirement from 18 to 16 which is why candidates for the city council and mayor’s office […]

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