MCPS Superintendent Dr. Jack Smith

February 26, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

MCPS Students Now Required to Attend School June 5

Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Jack Smith said at a press conference Tuesday that, as of now, the last day of school is still June 14. Last Wednesday, schools were closed because of inclement weather for the fourth time during the academic calendar. Because MCPS has already used its three free snow days, the […]

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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 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 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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October 29, 2018 | Douglas Tallman

Superintendent Suggesting Changes to Schools’ Capital Budget

School Superintendent Jack Smith has unveiled his capital budget for next year, which includes money for growth, school security and career readiness programs. Smith was to make the request to the Montgomery County Board of Education at its meeting Monday night. We talked with Montgomery County Public Schools spokesman Derek Turner about the request:

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October 19, 2018 | Douglas Tallman

School Superintendent Smith Meets with the Media

Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Jack Smith met with reporters Thursday in his first regular press conference. The school system plans to meet with reporters every month. Smith described new programs and other details about the MCPS. The school system has 163,000 students. He touted the rebuilt Thomas Edison School of Technology, Mental Health Awareness […]

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October 17, 2018 | Phil Fabrizio

Junior Achievement Finance Park® Opens at Thomas Edison HS

Junior Achievement of Greater Washington (JAGW) and partner Capital One Bank joined with Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) to open the new JA Finance Park® at the Thomas Edison High School of Technology Tuesday.  On hand among the dignitaries was Ed Grenier, President and CEO of Junior Achievement of Greater Washington, MCPS Superintendent Dr. Jack […]

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September 4, 2018 | Mitti Hicks

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MCPS Superintendent Says School Safety a Top Priority for New School Year

It’s officially the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year and more than 163,000 students are enrolled this year, according to the school district’s superintendent, Dr. Jack Smith. Smith said in addition to equal access and expanding opportunities for students, school safety will be a top priority for the Montgomery County School Board this school year. His […]

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March 15, 2018 | Douglas Tallman

Leggett’s Last County Budget Increases Spending 2 Percent, Cuts Tax Rate 2 Cents

County Executive Ike Leggett unveiled the last budget of his political career Thursday, a $5.56 billion spending plan that funnels $75 million more into the school system, cuts other county spending slightly and offers virtually no property tax increase. Speaking before about 80 to 90 people — mostly county government executives — Leggett warned of […]

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March 13, 2018 | Mitti Hicks

National Walkout by Students Expected Wednesday

Exactly one month after a school shooting in Parkland, Florida that killed 17 people, students from across the country are planning to walkout of school to stand in solidarity with the victims. The event, organized by the Women’s March Network, calls for students, teachers, school administrators, parents and allies to participate in a national school […]

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