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December 11, 2018 | Deirdre Byrne

MCPS Middle School Rankings Based on Maryland Report Card Scores

Last week, every school in Montgomery County received a Maryland School Report Card, which serves as an education “accountability system” for Maryland’s public schools. The report cards measure test results, curriculum access, absenteeism rates, school climate, college and career readiness, and student growth. Schools receive three scores: Star Rating (based on point percentage). Percentile Rank (school’s performance compared […]

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December 7, 2018 | Deirdre Byrne

MCPS High School Rankings Based on Maryland School Report Card Scores

Maryland’s Department of Education unveiled its new “accountability system” earlier this week: Maryland School Report Cards. Although Maryland schools have received “report cards” for the past two decades, Maryland Superintendent of Schools Karen Salmon believes the new system is more comprehensive. Schools receive three scores: Star Rating (based on point percentage). Percentile Rank (school’s performance […]

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December 6, 2018 | Deirdre Byrne

Springbrook High Student Arrested For Bringing Unloaded Handgun to School, Police Say

A 17-year-old from Silver Spring was arrested and charged for possessing of an unloaded handgun on school property, according to police. Police say the incident occurred on Tuesday at around 10 a.m. at Springbrook High School. That morning, administrative staff and security personnel received a tip about the incident. Therefore, they notified the School Resource Officer […]

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December 5, 2018 | Deirdre Byrne

Maryland’s New School Report Card System Explained

Over 75 percent of Montgomery County’s public schools earned four stars or higher on their Maryland School Report Cards. Indeed, the Maryland State Department of Education developed these report cards in response to the Every Student Succeeds Act. Thus,this law ensures quality public education to all students. As such, the Maryland Report Card reflects “the […]

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December 5, 2018 | Deirdre Byrne

Board of Education Seeks Comment on Four Education Policies

The Board of Education wants to know what Montgomery County residents think about four education policies. Indeed, the policies range from the board’s ethical practices to student rights regarding engaging in political activities during school hours. Here’s an overview of the policies for which they are seeking feedback. Board Policy BBB, Ethics This policy aims […]

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December 5, 2018 | Deirdre Byrne

Five Things to Know for Dec. 5 in Montgomery County

It’s Wednesday, Dec. 5, and here are five things to know in Montgomery County. 1. Hanukkah Block Party: Shaare Torah and Shaare Torah Early Childhood Center are hosting a number of block parties in different Montgomery County neighborhoods to celebrate Hanukkah together. Today the celebration is coming to Main Street in Gaithersburg. Festivities begin at 6 […]

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December 4, 2018 | Deirdre Byrne

What’s Open and Closed on the National Day of Mourning?

President Donald Trump declared Wednesday, Dec. 5 as a National Day of Mourning in the United States. Therefore, the federal government will close to honor the 41st president George H.W. Bush, who died Friday at age 94. Coinciding with this declaration, Governor Larry Hogan also announced that Maryland State Government will close to honor President […]

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December 3, 2018 | Deirdre Byrne

MCPS Board of Education

Watch Live As New Board of Education Members Are Sworn In

Montgomery County’s Board of Education is live broadcasting the swearing in of its new members today at 1 p.m. You can watch the ceremony by clicking this link. Here are the newest members of the Board of Education: Karla Silvestre (At Large) Judy Docca (District 1) Patricia O’Neill (District 3) Brenda Wolff (District 5) New […]

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November 28, 2018 | Deirdre Byrne

Silver Spring Area Residents Tell Elrich They Feel Forgotten

Yesterday was the third leg of County Executive-elect Marc Elrich’s “Listening Session” tour before he takes office in December. When he answered resident questions at East County Community Center in Silver Spring, the residents expressed a number of concerns about feeling like they live in the “forgotten” part of Montgomery County. Watch highlights from Elrich’s […]

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November 28, 2018 | Deirdre Byrne

Five Things to Know for Nov. 28 in Montgomery County

It’s Wednesday, Nov. 28, and here are five things Montgomery County residents need to know: 1. See a fun holiday musical: Based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf the Musical is playing at the Olney Theatre. You can buy tickets for the 2 p.m. matinee, or purchase tickets for the 8 p.m. show. You won’t want […]

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