Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS)

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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May 14, 2019 | Staff Writer

MCPS Puts Damascus Football Program on Probation

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Superintendent Jack Smith released a letter today that was sent to the Damascus High School community. The letter provides an update on MCPS’ internal investigation into the sexual assault charges resulting from an incident that occurred on October 31, 2018 in the boys’ locker room. The investigation is complete and […]

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May 13, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

Richard Montgomery, Churchill Students Named Presidential Scholars

Two Montgomery County Public Schools seniors were recognized among 161 students as U.S. Presidential Scholars. Both Garyk Brixi of Winston Churchill High School and Addele Hargenrader of Richard Montgomery High School were selected by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars for their successes based on academics, the arts, transcripts, community service, leadership, essays, leadership, […]

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May 9, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

More Fallout at Damascus: Athletic Director Placed on Leave

Joe Doody, the athletic director at Damascus High School, was placed on administrative leave on Tuesday. In an email to Damascus coaches, the systemwide athletics director at Montgomery County Public Schools, Jeff Sullivan confirmed that the leave is due to the ongoing investigation into the supervision of the boys’ locker room on the afternoon of […]

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May 2, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

MCPS Officials Call National High School Rankings List ‘Inaccurate’

MCPS Says U.S. News & World Report Has ‘Discrepancy’ in School Data Montgomery County Public Schools emailed families Wednesday evening about U.S. News and World Report‘s 2019 national high school rankings list. School officials are claiming that the data U.S. News & World Report used to compile the list is faulty. In the email, MCPS […]

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April 30, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

Navarro Calls Whitman Students’ Racist Social Media Post ‘Severely Disturbing’

Montgomery County Council President Nancy Navarro released a statement Tuesday about the two Walt Whitman students who published a racist social media post over the weekend. The social media post, according to Whitman’s principal, Robert Dodd, included a picture of the two students wearing blackface; the caption for the post included the n-word. “This incident […]

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April 26, 2019 | Michelle Queen

Hallie Wells Educator Receives MCPS Teacher of the Year Award

An English teacher from Hallie Wells Middle School in Clarksburg, has been named the 2019-2020 Montgomery County Public Schools Teacher of the Year. Madeline Hanington, who has taught at the school since 2016, was awarded teacher of the year during the annual Champions for Children Awards Celebration on Thursday night at BlackRock Center for the […]

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April 15, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

Caps Street Hockey Equipment Debuts at College Gardens Elementary

College Gardens Elementary School is the first Montgomery County public school to test out the new Washington Capitals street hockey gear. MCPS announced Monday morning that they’re partnering with the Washington Capitals to introduce street hockey to more students. All public elementary and middle schools in Montgomery County will soon have street hockey equipment — […]

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April 5, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

Students Invited to Racial Equity Forum in Gaithersburg

Montgomery County students are invited to share their thoughts on the county’s initiatives to create a policy for stronger racial equity and social justice in the schools. Students interested can attend a meeting on Monday, April 8 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in Gaithersburg High School’s Cafeteria; any student who attends can earn SSL hours. […]

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March 19, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

Bethesda-Chevy Chase Principal Responds to List Circulated ‘Rating’ Senior Girls

Last week, the principal of Bethesda-Chevy Chase High emailed parents about a list that ranked senior girls. Principal Donna Redmond Jones said in an email on March 9 that “the administrative team received a report that several students had created and circulated a list of approximately 18 senior girls’ first names with a ‘rating’ beside […]

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