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June 10, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

MCPS Has Received About 500 Virtual Academy Applications

As of Thursday, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) has received about 500 applications for its 2021-2022 virtual academy, MCPS Director of Technology Integration and Support Dr. Kara Trenkamp shared during a school board meeting. The virtual learning academy for the 2021-2022 school year, called “Montgomery Virtual,” is a five-days-a-week program that will mirror the brick-and-mortar […]

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June 9, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

‘We Did It And We’re Stronger’: Northwest Seniors Proud to Graduate Amidst Pandemic 

The Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Class of 2021 is graduating this month after more than a year of learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. At Northwest High School in Germantown, seniors are excited and proud to graduate after two school years unlike any other.

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April 20, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Council Approves Limited Capacity for School Graduations, Other Guidance for Ceremonies

The Montgomery County Council voted unanimously Tuesday to limit school graduation ceremonies to 50% of venue capacity for outdoor ceremonies; capacity is limited to 25% for indoor ceremonies or 250 people, whichever is fewer people. Read the regulation detailing new graduation guidance.  Schools that want to have an indoor graduation must obtain a letter of […]

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April 12, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Jawando, Rice Announce Task Force to Find Student Support Alternatives for Police Presence in Schools

Montgomery County Councilmembers Will Jawando and Craig Rice announced they will convene a task force to grow mental health professionals and other support services in Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), with the intention that police officers will not be in schools everyday. “We know that our current systems are not working, particularly for our Black […]

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April 5, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Tuesday Will Be Virtual Learning Day for All MCPS Students 

Tuesday, the first day that Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) students resume classes post-spring break, will be a virtual instruction day for all students. The recommendation was made “given the concerns raised about the immediate return in the building following spring break, when we know that families, our community members, our staff may travel,” said […]

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March 29, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

At Home, Digital Testing Will be Default Option for AP Exams When Possible

At home, digital Advanced Placement (AP) exams will be, when possible, the default option for Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) students this semester, school officials discussed during a meeting last week. This strategy accommodates distancing, supports operational needs during reopening and builds on “lessons learned last year,” said Scott Murphy, director of MCPS College and […]

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March 24, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

MCPS Recommends Outdoor Graduations at Home High School Stadiums

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) is recommending that senior graduation ceremonies be held outdoors at students’ home high school stadiums, officials said during a school board meeting Tuesday. MCPS considered three plans for high school graduation ceremonies in 2021, explained James Koutsos, Area Associate Superintendent of Teaching, Learning and Schools. Plan A is a traditional, […]

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March 15, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

MCPS Begins Broader Phase-In for In-Person Learning  

On Monday, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) began its broader student phase-in for in-person learning. MCPS launched its return to in-person learning on March 1, when students in specific special education and career technology programs returned to buildings. More students in specific programs and in grades K-3 returned Monday. MyMCM visited Seneca Valley High School […]

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March 11, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Dr. Monifa McKnight Approved as MCPS Acting Superintendent Effective June 

On Thursday, the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) school board unanimously approved Dr. Monifa McKnight, Deputy Superintendent, to become acting superintendent this summer. McKnight is the first Black woman to be named MCPS Superintendent for any amount of time, Spokesperson Gboyinde Onijala told MyMCM. Her new role is effective June 1, when current Superintendent Dr. […]

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February 3, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

In State of the State Address, Hogan Reflects, Looks Ahead on Pandemic and Urges ‘Maryland Strong’

Gov. Larry Hogan delivered his seventh State of the State address Wednesday evening. In his virtual speech, Hogan warned Marylanders of the long COVID-19 vaccination process ahead. “…I have always been a straight shooter, so here’s the truth. Getting a vaccine to everyone who wants one will be a much longer and much more difficult […]

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