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Montgomery County Public Schools Rockville, MD | Vol. 4, No. 10 | June 2009

Note: There will be no QuickNotes newsletter in July. Look for our back-to-school issue in August. Have a safe and happy summer.


Dates to Remember

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Back-to-School Fair

Save the Date: Back-to-School Fair Set for Aug. 29

Make the Montgomery County Public Schools Back to-School Fair part of your fun this summer: Saturday, August 29, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Carver Educational Services Center, 850 Hungerford Drive, Rockville.

The fair is a great source of information on both school system and community programs and services for MCPS students and their families. Drop by for music and entertainment, pick up helpful tips and information, and get the new school year off to a great start.

The event is sponsored by the MCPS Office of Communications and Family Outreach. Mark your calendars and stay tuned to the Department of Family and Community Partnerships website over the summer for regular, updated information.

Have a great summer, and see you at the fair.


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On this month's show: Parents of students in the "English for Speakers of Other Languages" (ESOL) program share their experiences. Watch in six languages.

Drive for suppliesStudent Help Needed for Drive for Supplies

Middle and high school student volunteers are needed to sort, box and weigh donated supplies for the Drive for Supplies project. This is a preapproved Student Service Learning activity. Sorting will be done in the cafeteria at Richard Montgomery High School, 250 Richard Montgomery Drive, Rockville, on July 20-22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If needed, sorting will continue on July 23 and 24. Students may volunteer for all or part of the days. Parents are required to supervise elementary school student volunteers.

Supplies come from MCPS students and staff, who collect and donate their gently used school supplies as they clean out their lockers, desks and closets at the end of the school year.

Need usable school supplies? School staff, individual families and nonprofit organizations that benefit children may pick up supplies after the Drive for Supplies celebration and press conference at the Richard Montgomery cafeteria on July 27.

Questions?* Contact Karen_L_Crawford at 301-670-1419.

Drive for Supplies

William B. Gibbs, Jr.What's in a Name: The New William B. Gibbs, Jr. Elementary School

The new William B. Gibbs, Jr. Elementary School, located on Royal Crown Drive in Germantown's Milestone community, will open its doors for students this fall. The name of the school was approved by the Board of Education at its April 28 meeting.

William B. Gibbs, Jr. was a Montgomery County school teacher and acting principal at the Rockville Colored Elementary School in 1936. At that time, the average pay for Black teachers was $612 per year; the average for White teachers with similar education and experience was $1,125 per year.

Gibbs volunteered to take a risk and sue his employer for equal pay for equal work, and was defended by Thurgood Marshall and other lawyers from the NAACP. The case was eventually settled out of court. Within two years, Black and White teachers were on the same salary scale.

William B. Gibbs Elementary School

Sign Up Now for Middle School Extended Year Program

June 12 is the deadline for parents of middle school students to register for the Extended Year Program (EYP). All 38 MCPS middle schools offer EYP during the summer. Classes are from July 6-31, 7:45 to 11:30 a.m. each day, and cost $75 for three weeks and $95 for four weeks. Student may qualify for reduced tuition. To apply, complete MCPS form 325-4: Application for Partial or Full Waiver of Summer School and submit with your registration.

EYP provides extended instructional time for students who want to accelerate their learning, strengthen their skills and enhance their content knowledge of curriculum. Contact the EYP coordinator at your child's middle school for specific course information.

Summer Adventures in Learning Begins July 6

Title I elementary school students can attend Extended Learning Opportunities-Summer Adventures in Learning (ELO SAIL), a free four-week summer program available in 30 Title I elementary schools, July 6 through 31.

ELO SAIL features a four-hour instructional day of reading, language arts, and mathematics for students entering kindergarten through first grade. The program provides opportunities to catch up on grade-level concepts or accelerate learning by previewing concepts, strengthens basic skills, and provides continuing English language instruction for speakers of other languages.

For questions regarding volunteering in the ELO SAIL program, contact the Department of Family and Community Partnerships or call 301-279-3100.

ELO SAIL brochure

ˇPadre, Tú Puedes! First Conference in Spanish for Parents of Children with Special Needs

Parents will have the opportunity to hear professionals and other parents discuss various topics related to children with special needs June 13, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Holiday Inn, College Park, Maryland. Topics will include how to advocate for your child, rights and the law for children with special needs and managing behavior issues. The conference is sponsored by the Parent's Place of Maryland, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and a number of other organizations. Parents are asked to make alternative child care arrangements for their children.

For more information, call 410-768-9100 ext. 105, or e-mail

ˇPadre, Tú Puedes!

Students Will Receive Free Meals During Summer

Students enrolled in many summer school or summer recreation programs will be provided meals as part of the Montgomery County summer food program. The program was created 30 years ago to ensure that children in low-income areas could continue to receive nutritious meals during the summer months when school breakfasts and lunches are not available.

The free meals will be distributed at about 115 sites throughout the county. They will be served each week day, except July 4, beginning June 17 and ending Aug. 21, to children under 19 and to mentally disabled persons up to 21 years old.

Other community-based sites, such as religious sites, community groups and apartment complexes, also will serve the meals. Parents are encouraged to check with the site supervisor to see whether the lunches will be available.

For more information, contact the Division of Food and Nutrition Services at 301-840-8170.

Division of Food and Nutrition Services

Summer Is a Great Time for SSL

Parents of middle and high school students should keep in mind that summer is a great time for students to get involved in meeting needs in the community.

After completing Grade 5, Montgomery County Public Schools students may start earning hours toward the service learning graduation requirement.

Remember that MCPS Form 560-50: Request for Student Service Learning Preapproval should be submitted to the SSL office before students begin any service with an organization that is not tagged on the website as MCPS SSL-approved.

For more information, call 301-279-3454, or fax 301-517-8166.

Help your child find preapproved SSL opportunities.

Head Start Activities This Summer

The MCPS Head Start program will offer summer school classes for Head Start students from June 29 through August 7. Classes will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Dr. Charles R. Drew, College Gardens, Galway, Strawberry Knolls, Fox Chapel, McNair, Rockview and Sally K. Ride elementary schools. A limited number of eligible families will receive child care services. Children who attend will receive breakfast and lunch.

Head Start Family Picnic: The annual Community Action/Head Start Family Picnic for Prekindergarten and Head Start Families will be held on June 13 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at Lake Needwood Park. Face painting, caricature, wellness activities, information on community resources, games, music and more.

Parents may call 301-230-0676 for further information about Head Start programs.

Nominations Open for 13th Annual Distinguished Service to Public Education Awards

The Montgomery County Board of Education has extended the deadline to receive nominations from the public for its Thirteenth Annual Awards for Distinguished Service to Public Education until July 17. The Board sponsors these awards to recognize and show appreciation to individuals (including students), groups, and organizations that have made exemplary contributions to public education in Montgomery County.

Completed nomination forms must be received in the Board office by 5:00 p.m. on July 17. Forms are available on the Board of Education website. For more information and to receive an application form in the mail, call 301-279-3301.

Distinguished Service Awards

Board Seeks Applicants to Fill Vacancy

Individuals who live in Board of Education District 5 in Montgomery County may apply for the vacancy created by the resignation of Nancy Navarro, who has been elected to the Montgomery County Council.

The Board will appoint an individual to complete the remaining one and a half years of the position's current term. The appointment process includes a review of submitted applications, personal interviews, voter registration verification, and confirmation of district residency. The Board is expected to complete the process by July 1, 2009. Employees of the school system are not eligible to apply.

Applications are due by 5:00 p.m., June 12. Hand-deliver, e-mail, fax (301-279-3860) or mail documents to the Board of Education at 850 Hungerford Drive, Room 123, Rockville, Maryland 20850.

Questions? Call Roland Ikheloa, chief of staff for the Board of Education, at 301-279-3301.

Application details

Back-to-School Orientations Set for Aug. 27

Student Orientation Day is scheduled for August 27 this year. Look for specific information from your child's school over the summer. Orientation Day is an opportunity for students to meet their teachers for the upcoming school year, learn about class schedules, and ensure that students are ready for the first day of school.

Contact your child's school for more information and questions regarding the school's programs and schedules.

Parents get an opportunity to ask questions about their child's instructional program at Back to-School Night in the fall. Look for notification to be sent home with your child.

Fall Athletics Tryouts, Practices Begin August 15

Athletic tryouts and practices start August 15 for high school students interested in fall sports, including football, field hockey, boys' soccer, girls' soccer, girls' volleyball, girls' tennis, coed cross country, and coed golf. Some schools distribute equipment on August 14. Students must have a yearly physical exam to play athletics at the high school level. A Health Form, signed by the student, parent and doctor or nurse practitioner, a completed Emergency Medical Card, and a parent permission form must be submitted before trying out for a team. Additional forms may be required. Contact your local high school for the forms. Also, contact your local school for specific practice and tryout times.


Save the Dates for Fall Community Forums

Two community forums for parents, staff, students and other community members to offer input on the school system's strategic plan are scheduled for this fall. Plan to attend on Sept. 17 or Oct. 15. Information shared at the forums will be used to help update "Our Call to Action: Pursuit of Excellence" and to set priorities for the Fiscal Year 2011 Operating Budget. More details on the forums will be available in late summer.

Learn About the Seven Keys to College Readiness

Be sure to check out the Seven Keys to College Readiness website, a series of web pages designed to provide parents with important information and resources about the pathway to college readiness.

The website includes video and text explanations of the Keys, samples of reading levels, questions for parents to ask their children's teachers, parent-to-parent video tips offering advice on advocacy, and much more.

Test Prep Available Free, Online

Students planning to take the SAT and ACT college entrance exams or the PSAT in the fall can get ready by accessing free online resources. Using the TCA Online Study Guide, students can learn about the tests, take practice quizzes, and track their progress. The guide includes FinalPrep, a test prep course designed for use in the final week before taking the SAT or ACT.

Free Test Prep for College Exams

Don't Forget

Access Course-related Fees Online

MCPS parents and students can access information on course-related fees online that will go into effect at the beginning of next school year (2009-2010).

Starting in August, fees for course-related items will be reduced by more than 70 percent at the high school level and by more than 60 percent at the middle school level. Elementary school principals have been provided with new elementary guidelines regarding course-related fees and what families will be asked to provide. All students will continue to have access to all courses and required materials, regardless of their ability to pay.

Check the Course-related Fees site for more details, by the end of June.

More at
TV Highlights
  • Cover to Cover: This edition of Cover to Cover looks at many of the small-group learning strategies in use at the latest MCPS Blue Ribbon school, Highland Elementary in Silver Spring. The program also explores the opportunities available for a four-year college degree in Montgomery County, through the Montgomery College and Universities at Shady Grove Pathways to Higher Education. And recent MCPS graduates talk about how their education prepared them for a successful first year in college.



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