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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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
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.