Education

November 26, 2018 | Michelle Queen

MCPS Hosts Public Forums to Discuss High School College and Career Readiness

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS)  is holding a series of public community meetings with Chief Academic Officer Maria Navarro to discuss the future of high school programs. The focus of the meetings is to discuss what high school programs the schools should offer to best support college and career readiness. Staff, students, parents and community members […]

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November 20, 2018 | Staff Writer

Smith Meets the Media

School Superintendent Jack Smith meets with reporters, discussing the incident at Damascus High School, the capital budget and upcoming state assessments of schools, among other topics. A Damascus High parent attended the session.

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November 19, 2018 | Douglas Tallman

Damascus Father Criticizes High School’s Principal over Response to Incident

A Damascus parent told school Superintendent Jack Smith he was frustrated with his son’s high school principal Monday, saying she accused all the boys of the junior varsity football team, even though only five have been accused. The principal, Casey Crouse, has not addressed the parents, he said. “Certainly we will follow up on the […]

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November 16, 2018 | Deirdre Byrne

Fourth Grade Math Teacher Wins $25K Milken Educator Award

Brian Quinn, a fourth grade math teacher at East Silver Spring Elementary School, won the $25,000 Milken Educator Award on Nov. 2. The award recognizes the top 40 teachers in the United States who have enhanced the education experience for students in unique, creative, and inclusive ways. “We go all over the country, awarding educators […]

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November 16, 2018 | Michelle Queen

Montgomery County Schools to Open on Time Friday Morning

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) are opening on time Friday morning. The school district posted the message on their website at 4:36 a.m. the day after schools were closed due to the first November snowfall in 20 years. But the decision to close schools Thursday was problematic and upset many parents, who report their children […]

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November 15, 2018 | Michelle Queen

Public Schools Close Thursday After Initially Announcing a Two Hour Delay

Montgomery County Public Schools will now close Thursday, Nov. 15 because of emergency weather conditions. Previously at 5 a.m. Thursday morning, the school system announced a two-hour. But based on an updated forecast with worsening weather conditions, the schools announced they will be closed, Thursday, Nov. 15. All school and community activities in school buildings are also canceled. […]

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November 15, 2018 | Michelle Queen

Montgomery County Public Schools to Open Two Hours Late Thursday

Update at 7 a.m.:  Montgomery County Public Schools will remain on a two hour delayed schedule. UPDATE (6:50 a.m.): Montgomery County Public Schools will remain on a two-hour delay today (11/15/2018) due to emergency weather conditions. More information at https://t.co/SRr7P29vpa — MCPS (@MCPS) November 15, 2018 Montgomery County Public Schools will open two hours late […]

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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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