graduation

May 28, 2020 | Jordan Lindsay

New Grad Mobile Giving Students Graduation Experience During COVID-19

The Grad Mobile is giving high school and college seniors an actual graduation experience during the coronavirus pandemic. Grad Mobile creator Michael Rosman of Baltimore has made his rounds to neighborhoods throughout the state, including right here in Montgomery County. The experience comes with a decorated stage, a sound system, a podium, balloons, and much […]

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May 22, 2020 | Emma Shuster

Montgomery County High Schools Honor Their Seniors

COVID-19 caused a disruption in many festivities, including the senior year of high school students. Surely, 2020 vision did not see this coming. To make up for the disappointment, Montgomery County High Schools have found different ways to honor their 2020 graduates. “Sherwood High School will be recognizing our Seniors during the week of May […]

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May 20, 2020 | Michelle Queen

24 Montgomery County Students Earn National Merit Scholarships

24 Montgomery County students have earned National Merit Scholarships in the latest round of awards from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Awardees were selected from more than 15,000 students nationwide and were among 50 awardees chosen in Maryland. The awards provide recipients with a one-time award of $2,500 for college tuition. The winners and their […]

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May 10, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

MCPS Announces Virtual Graduation for Class of 2020

Montgomery County Public Schools will host a universal virtual graduation for the entire Class of 2020 in early June, it announced Sunday. MCPS also plans to hold in-person graduation celebrations once large groups are permitted to gather. Meanwhile, starting on May 14 and continuing through May 22, MCPS’ social media posts will be filed with […]

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May 6, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Maryland Public Schools to Stay Closed Remainder of Academic Year

Maryland Public Schools will remain closed for the remainder of the academic 2019-2020 school year. Online learning will continue and students will not return to campuses because of the coronavirus. The announcement was made Wednesday at a news conference with Gov. Larry Hogan and State Superintendent Dr. Karen Salmon. Salmon said, “After extensive discussions with […]

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April 27, 2020 | Grace Mottley

MCPS Shift to Focused Online Instruction, Pass/Incomplete Grading

In a letter sent to MCPS students on Sunday, Jack R. Smith, the superintendent of Montgomery County Public Schools outlined plans for moving forward virtually during the COVID-19 crisis. MCPS shifted learning online after schools were closed until May 15. Teachers and students will move into the next phase of MCPS’ “Continuity of Learning Plan.” […]

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April 20, 2020 | Grace Mottley

University of Maryland Announces Virtual Commencement Plans

The University of Maryland announced Monday that spring commencement will be held virtually due to concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. In an email to the community, UMD President Wallace Loh detailed steps to provide the class of 2020 with recognition for their graduation. The university will be holding virtual commencement on May 22. The ceremony […]

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March 30, 2020 | Jordan Lindsay

Student-Run Program Helps Seniors With College Choice During Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly changed how people live their daily lives. Countless businesses and events have been cancelled. Working from home has become the norm and terms like “flatten the curve” and “social distancing” have become commonplace in daily conversations. For many high school students, this is the time of year for making college […]

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September 20, 2019 | Maryam Shahzad

Most MCPS Student Dropouts Over Past Years Were Latino

About three-fifths of Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) students who dropped out over the last three years were Latino. 2,151 students have dropped out, and 1,335 were Latino. Minority students and students who don’t speak English as a first language are more likely to drop out of school. In the 2017-18 school year, about half […]

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May 20, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

Quince Orchard Teacher on Leave for Attending Party With Underage Students

A Quince Orchard teacher attended a graduation party, where underage students drank alcohol. Principal Elizabeth Thomas sent a letter home to families, saying the incident occurred on  Thursday, May 16. “[A] Quince Orchard High School staff member attended a private graduation party where QOHS students openly consumed alcohol and participated in alcohol-related games,” Thomas said. […]

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