September 23, 2018 | Mitti Hicks

Leggett Ending Tenure by Helping Students

In just a few weeks, residents in Montgomery County will head to the polls to vote for a new county executive. After serving 12 years as county executive, Isiah Leggett announced that he would not seek re-election for a fourth term. As he prepares to leave office, Leggett is marking tasks off his to-do list, […]

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September 18, 2018 | Mitti Hicks

School District Releases Statement on Death of 10-Year-Old Student

Montgomery County Public School officials released a statement Monday expressing condolences to the family of a Westover Elementary School student who died Monday morning. Andy Kim,10, suffered from gunshot wounds in an alleged murder-suicide. A statement from the school’s principal, Audra Wilson, reads: “It is with deep sadness that I inform you that Andy Kim, […]

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September 17, 2018 | Staff Writer

MCPS Employee Faces Sex Charges

A man who worked at a child care company and for Montgomery County Public Schools faces sex charges, Montgomery County police said Monday. Thomas Henry Ridges, 38, of Chase Terrace in Beltsville, has been charged with two counts of sexual abuse of a minor and a fourth-degree sexual offense, according to online court records. Police […]

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September 17, 2018 | Michelle Queen

151 MCPS Students Named National Merit Semifinalists

151 Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) students are National Merit semifinalists in the 2019 competition. The semifinalists will go on to compete nationally for scholarships that will be awarded in the spring. The competition is sponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The schools with the most finalists are Montgomery Blair (42), Richard Montgomery (36), […]

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September 4, 2018 | Michelle Queen

First Day of School Arrives in Montgomery County

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) welcomed more than 163,500 students Tuesday for the first day of the 2018-2019 school year. This is the largest enrollment in the district’s history. The school year started the day after Labor Day for the second year in a row, following Gov. Larry Hogan’s executive order mandating that Maryland public schools […]

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August 31, 2018 | Michelle Queen

More Than 160 School Buses are Passed Illegally Every Day in Montgomery County

An alarming number of motorists illegally pass a stopped school bus in Montgomery County. On average, about 167 violations are happening a day, according to Captain Tom Didone, Director of Montgomery County Police Traffic Division.  In this MyMCMedia Extra video, Captain Tom Didone from the Montgomery County Police Department has the details:  Montgomery County began a school bus camera program to catch and issue […]

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August 30, 2018 | Douglas Tallman

Montgomery Schools Boosting Security

With a new school year starting next week, many parents are thinking about the safety of their students, especially after more than a year of distressing headlines of school shootings and student assaults. Montgomery County Public Schools has undergone several security upgrades to schools, including adding cameras and upgrading the systems that allow visitors to […]

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August 29, 2018 | Michelle Queen

Back to School: Welcome Message from MCPS Superintendent Dr. Jack Smith

The new school year starts on Tuesday, Sept. 4. and Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Superintendent Dr. Jack Smith sent a welcome message to the community this week. In his letter, Smith identified three items necessary for successful classrooms and schools. He believes, “we must include the elements of science, art and heart in our […]

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August 28, 2018 | Mitti Hicks

Police Remind Drivers and Pedestrians About Back-to-School Safety

When Lindsay McGarity is not busy in her role as the resident chair for the Friends of White Flint Board of Directors, she’s a busy mom of two.  As the countdown for school begins, she’s asking drivers to use caution so kids can get to and from school safely. “Cars drive really fast and we […]

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August 27, 2018 | Staff Writer

Back to School: Short List of Important Dates for MCPS 2018-2019 Calendar

The first day of school in Montgomery County is September 4, just over a week from now. The calendar includes important dates – winter and spring vacations, religious holidays, federal holidays, early dismissals and parent-teacher conferences. The Montgomery County Public Schools calendar may be found, here. Here is the full list of dates to know […]

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