montgomery county public schools

July 31, 2020 | Emma Shuster

MCPS Offering Virtual Programs for Students in Place of Extracurriculars

In response to COVID-19 restrictions, MCPS Athletics, Fine Arts, Student Leadership, and Extracurricular Activities will offer “engaging” virtual programs for students throughout the first semester. “We appreciate the ongoing efforts of our coaches, teachers, sponsors, and students during these challenging times. You continue to inspire us all and we look forward to working collaboratively with […]

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July 21, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

MCPS to Provide Virtual-Only Instruction Through January 29; Fall, Winter Sports Canceled

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Superintendent Dr. Jack Smith announced in a letter Tuesday that MCPS will provide virtual-only instruction for its first semester, which concludes on Jan. 21, 2021. “This decision includes the cancellation of all fall and winter sports,” Smith said. Smith said the decision was made following the guidance of Montgomery County […]

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July 15, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

10 Takeaways from MCPS’ Online Discussion About Its Recovery Plan

On Wednesday, Montgomery County Public Schools’ leadership team held a virtual conversation about about its coronavirus recovery plan for the upcoming academic year. On Saturday, MCPS released a 21-page report called “MCPS Fall 2020: Reimagine, Reopen, Recover,” detailing how its schools may operate in the fall. The report is subject to changes depending on the […]

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June 30, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

‘I Feel Sick’: MCPS Officials Express Disgust About Sexual Assault, Harassment and Racism Allegations

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) officials expressed their disgust at a board meeting Monday toward recent allegations of sexual assault, harassment and racism made by current and former students. “When I read things by our African American students at schools where they have had really negative experiences and I read a lot of them over […]

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June 3, 2020 | Mary Ruth McGinn

Blog: Plant a Seed of Kindness

As we move through difficult days with the hope that tomorrow will be brighter, we must find our own way and also help others navigate a safe and healthy path forward. Though my students are not able to present their original music compositions this year as a collective group, they have found a vehicle to […]

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May 28, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Sligo Middle School Educator Wins MCPS Teacher of the Year

Every morning — in the days before online learning — when students walked through the doors of Sligo Middle School in Silver Spring, they were greeted by Inge Chichester, a Montgomery County Public Schools teacher of 19 years. “Good morning family! Today is ‘Thankful Thursday’! Thank you for coming to school today Stallions!” Chichester would […]

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May 13, 2020 | Grace Mottley

County Gives $1.2 Million in Food Access Grants to Community Organizations

Montgomery County has awarded $1.2 million food access grants to 38 community organizations that provide vulnerable residents with access to food assistance during the COVID-19 crisis. The organizations receiving grants include community, religious, and advocacy groups in the area, as well as ethnic grocery stores. The funding for ethnic grocery stores is intended to increase […]

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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 29, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Five Things to Know for April 29 in Montgomery County

It’s Wednesday, April 29 it’s International Dance Day! Here are five things to know in Montgomery County while you get your groove on. 1. Online Course for Small Businesses: The Small Business Administration is offering an online course on legal requirements for owners. 2. County Council Seeking Testimony: The Montgomery County Council is accepting testimony […]

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