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Vol. 3, No. 3: October, 2007

Have Your Voice Heard;
Sign Up to Speak at Oct. 11 Forum

Our children are our most precious resource. They have big dreams for their future—whether a doctor, lawyer or teacher, a scientist, artist or engineer. A quality education is the key to their success.

That’s why the Board of Education needs to hear from you, to share what is working in MCPS and how the school system can improve. You’ll have the chance to do just that at a community forum scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 11 from 7-9:30 p.m. at Wheaton High School. The information will be used to help set priorities for the Fiscal Year 2009 Operating Budget.

To sign up to speak at a forum, call 301-279-3617. Interpreters and child care will be available. Let your voice be heard.

The community forums web site has more information, including an invitation in English and Spanish from Nancy Navarro, Montgomery County Board of Education President.

Community Forums

It’s never too early to start planning for college. Three college fairs scheduled for this month can help parents and students begin to sort through the choices.

College Expos Fair
The first college fair is being held from 9:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Wed., Oct. 10 at the Maryland Soccerplex/Discovery Sports Center in Boyds. Representatives from about 100 colleges and universities will be available to talk about the search and selection process. The Maryland Soccerplex/Discovery Sports Center is at 18031 Central Park Circle in Boyds.

Buses will be provided for students from most MCPS high schools during the morning hours. Students should contact their guidance office for times and permission slips.

Starting at 6 p.m., buses also will be available for parents and students who need transportation to the evening session. Evening workshops will be offered on financial aid, athletic recruiting and early college awareness. More information is available at the College Expos web site.

Black College Expo Fair
A second college fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 20 at Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex in Landover. More than 50 historically black colleges and universities are expected to participate in the Black College Expo with some on-the-spot acceptances and scholarship opportunities available. Admission is $10. More information is available at the Black College Expo web site. Call 877-427-4100 for more information.

College Fair Hosted by U.S. Representative Wynn
U.S. Congressman Albert Wynn is also hosting a college fair, scheduled for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 27 at Northwestern High School in Hyattsville. The school’s address is 7000 Adelphi Road. More than 140 colleges and universities, lending institutions and educational groups are expected. Workshops on paying for college, applying for federal financial aid and preparing for college will be held. For more information, call 301-773-4094.

College fairs and other special events are listed on the College and Career Information web site. Check back as this site is updated frequently.

Homework Hotline Live! kicks off its season on Oct. 2 to help MCPS students solve the daily dilemmas of homework. Teachers are standing by to answer questions about most subjects live on the air on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Comcast Channel 33, Verizon channel 35 and RCN channel 88. Students can call 301-279-3234 and have their questions answered live on the air. They also can email their questions to

Homework Hotline Live!

Evening information meetings on a variety of consortia choice and countywide application programs are upcoming throughout October and November for parents of students in Grades 3, 5 and 8. Some of these programs are available to students regardless of where they live. Meetings are being held for:
  • Current Grade 3 parents interested in the Center Programs for the Highly Gifted.
  • Current Grade 5 parents interested in the Middle School Magnet Consortium (Loiederman, Parkland or Argyle) or parents interested in middle school magnet programs at Eastern, Takoma Park and Roberto Clemente.
  • Current Grade 8 parents interested in the Downcounty or Northeast consortia, or other high school magnet programs at Montgomery Blair, Richard Montgomery and Poolesville.
Call the consortia office at 301-592-2040 or 301-649-8081 with questions.

Parent Information Meetings

Parents who want extra help for their children in grades 1–12 in math, language arts or reading are encouraged to sign up for Saturday School at one of 12 centers located in MCPS high schools.

Operated by the George B. Thomas, Sr. Learning Academy, the program’s focus is on closing the achievement gap for African-American and Hispanic students. All lead tutors are certified teachers. The centers serve children in grades one through twelve.

Saturday School begins Oct. 6. The program runs every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. from October through May. Parents can register their children on any Saturday at any of the 12 high schools from 8:20 to 8:30 a.m. To register, provide a copy of the child's latest report card and pay a one-time $15 fee.

On Oct. 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., each Saturday School program will hold a beginning-of-the-year orientation for parents and students. Parents will be able to register their children until 11:30 a.m. on this day only.

For more information and a list of locations, visit the George B. Thomas Learning Academy web site.

If you’ve started wondering about college and how to pay for it, learn more during free financial aid workshops at many of the county's high schools.

Grants, loans, scholarships and work-study programs are available to help pay for college. Opportunities such as these will be explored during the workshops, which will run through early next year. The first one is set for Oct. 10 at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School at 7 p.m. View workshops being offered. Save this link to check back often as additional workshops are being scheduled.

The first SAT of the 2007-2008 school year will be on Oct. 6. Students can prepare by taking a free, online SAT preparation program from The College Board, developers of the SAT. The preparation program is available at no cost to MCPS high school students, and provides in-depth test coverage that helps students prepare for success on the SAT's math, critical reading and writing sections. Students can access the course with a registration card available from their SAT Prep Course teacher, the school's counseling office or career/college center.

SAT Prep Course

Testing Calendar

Maryland High School Assessment (HSA) testing is soon to be in full swing. The HSAs are a graduation requirement starting with the Class of 2009. The tests are first given to students after they complete the English 10, algebra 1, biology and national, state and local government course(s). Opportunities to re-take and pass the assessments occur regularly throughout the year. The next re-testing opportunity will be Oct. 8–11. Visit the HSA Prep Online web site for a testing calendar and for practice questions in English and algebra.

Students that missed the initial administration of the HSA last year, Class of 2009 students that did not pass an HSA test last May and students currently completing semester B of the individual HSA courses can take the HSA in October. Contact your local school testing coordinator for specific information. See this testing calendar for specific dates.

HSA Prep Online

MCPS high school seniors interested in pursuing introductory college-level construction management courses while still in high school are encouraged to apply for a new scholarship opportunity offered by the Montgomery County Students Construction Trades Foundation (CTF) and Montgomery College.

CTF is offering this opportunity for qualified seniors who have been accepted into the new dual enrollment program with MCPS and Montgomery College, which can lead to an associate in applied science degree.

The nonprofit CTF provides a partnership between MCPS and the Montgomery County business community to promote construction-related student education, career training and college preparation.

Seniors interested in applying for these classes for second semester may contact Judyn Rengers at 301-929-2197 or

Montgomery County Students Construction Trades Foundation

The Outdoor Education program has been expanded to include the Kingsley site, formerly home to the Kingsley Wilderness Project, in Boyds, Md. The Kingsley location will provide environmental education outside the classroom to 4,500 elementary school students during this school year. Planning is under way to develop additional outdoor educational opportunities for middle and high school students in the future.

In recent years, Outdoor Education has not been able to accommodate all the requests for day programming. With its woodlands, streams and the historic Moneysworth Farmhouse, the Kingsley site will allow elementary students to participate in programs that support the MCPS science and social studies curricula.

Outdoor Education

A reminder that the deadline to apply for participation as a student page for the Maryland General Assembly during the 2008 session is 4 p.m. on Oct. 26. The opportunity is open to high school seniors at least 16 years old attending public or nonpublic high schools in Maryland.

Applications are available at all high schools, on the MCPS Web site or from the Student Affairs Office by calling 301-670-1419. Send completed applications to Karen Crawford, 850 Hungerford Drive, Room 211, Rockville, MD 20850 by the deadline.

Maryland Page Program

  • Oct. 2: Registration deadline for Nov. 3 SAT
  • Oct. 6: SAT administered
  • Oct. 9: Board of Education meeting
  • Oct. 8-11: HSA exams given
  • Oct. 10: College Expo, Discovery Sports Center, Boyds
  • Oct. 11: Community Forum, Wheaton High School
  • Oct. 17: PSAT administered
  • Oct. 19: No school for students and teachers: MSTA Convention.
  • Oct. 20: Black College Expo, Prince George's Sports and Learning Center, Landover
  • Oct. 22: Board of Education meeting
  • Oct. 27: ACT administered
  • Oct. 30: Registration deadline for Dec. 1 SAT
  • Oct. 31: First marking period ends
  • Nov 1: No school for students; professional day for teachers

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