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Superintendent Releases Capital Improvements Program, Boundary Recommendations
Superintendent of Schools Joshua P. Starr has released his recommended Capital Improvements Program (CIP) for Fiscal Years 2013-2018. The CIP, which lays out construction and facility priorities over six years, was released October 28.
In conjunction with the CIP, Dr. Starr is recommending boundary changes to alleviate elementary school overutilization in the Bethesda-Chevy Chase cluster and to establish the service area for the opening of a new elementary school in the Downcounty Consortium. Dr. Starr also is recommending that the Carl Sandburg Learning Center, which serves special education students, be collocated on the campus of Maryvale Elementary School in Rockville, beginning in August 2018.
Learn more about the CIP on the MCPS website. Two public hearings on the CIP recommendations will be held on Thursday, Nov. 10, and Monday, Nov. 14.
Board of Education's Public Participation page
Flu Vaccination Clinics Offered in MCPS Schools
During November, the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services will offer clinics to provide seasonal nasal spray flu vaccinations (FluMist) to students in MCPS schools.
Every elementary school will host a two-hour clinic on either Thursday, Nov. 10, or Friday, Nov. 11, following early dismissal of students on those days. These clinics will serve children enrolled at the schools where they are held. Check with your child's school to find out which date the clinic will be held and to make appointments.
All clinics are free. More information is available at your child's school. If you have questions, contact your school nurse.
Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services website
MCPS Flu website
'Listen and Learn' Events Continue Through November, First Book Club Set for Nov. 29
Since September, Superintendent Joshua Starr has been holding 'Listen and Learn' events with the community and they will continue throughout November. These events are providing Dr. Starr an opportunity to hear the community's ideas, thoughts and concerns about MCPS. Upcoming events are scheduled for:
- 7-8:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 7, at Wheaton High School
- 7-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8, at Damascus High School
- 7:30-9 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School
- 7-8:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 21, at Sherwood High School
'Listen and Learn' Events
Dr. Starr is also inviting the community to participate in three book club events during the year. The first event will be on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at Carver Educational Services Center, 850 Hungerford Dr. in Rockville, from 7-8:30 p.m. Dr. Starr has chosen "Mindset: The New Psychology of Success" by Carol S. Dweck as the first book. The event will be available live online and broadcast live on Comcast Channel 34. Viewers at home who wish to participate will have an opportunity to call in and join the discussion. The book is available at libraries and bookstores, as well as online.
There will be two other Book Club events-Jan. 31, 2012 and April 24, 2012.
Learn more about the book.
Superintendent to Deliver Budget Address on Dec. 7
Superintendent Joshua P. Starr will deliver his budget address on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m., in the auditorium of Richard Montgomery High School, 250 Richard Montgomery Dr. in Rockville. The event is open to the public. More information will be sent out via QuickNotes email in the coming weeks.
Superintendent's Town Hall Meeting with Students Set for Nov. 9
Superintendent Joshua Starr will be holding his second Town Hall meeting with students on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at Quince Orchard High School, from 10:53-11:33 a.m. During the Town Hall Dr. Starr will take questions from students in the audience, but students at other schools are also encouraged to submit questions in advance by email and Twitter.
During the first event, which was held on Oct. 12 at Blake High School and hosted by the Board of Education's Student Board Member Alan Xie, Dr. Starr took questions from an audience of about 100 students.
Watch video of the event.
Celebrating Military Families
MCPS is holding a special evening event to celebrate active and retired military families. The event will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3, at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville. Coordinated by the Department of Family and Community Partnerships (DFCP), the event will include opening remarks and a resource fair for military families. School system staff, military service members, government agencies and community organizations will hand out information, answer questions and assist families with their needs.
For more information, contact DFCP at 301-279-3100.
Department of Family and Community Partnerships
Parent Academy Workshops Packed with Helpful Tips
The Department of Family and Community Partnerships is holding several Parent Academy workshops on a variety of topics, including becoming "computer smart" and how to understand and prevent social bullying. Come explore and discuss ways to be involved and build strategies to help your children.
- Computer Smart, Monday, November 7 at 6:30-8:30 p.m., Earle B. Wood Middle School, 14615 Bauer Drive, Rockville
- Social Bullies: Dealing with Exclusion and Cliques, Wednesday, November 16 at 7:00-8:30 p.m., Benjamin Banneker Middle School, 14800 Perrywood Drive, Burtonsville
- Computer Smart , Monday, November 21 at 6:30-8:30 p.m., Earle B. Wood Middle School, 14615 Bauer Drive, Rockville
MCPS Parent Academy
MCPS Curriculum 2.0 Information Nights
The MCPS Parent Academy is holding information nights to answer parents' questions about the new Curriculum 2.0 that is being implemented in all kindergarten and first grade classes and in many second grade classes.
Built upon the existing MCPS curriculum, Curriculum 2.0 blends reading/language arts and mathematics instruction with lessons in science, social studies, music, art, and physical education in a way that spurs creativity and critical thinking skills. Come learn about the new curriculum in one of the following sessions:
- Thursday, November 17-7-8:30 p.m.
Arcola ES, 1820 Franwall Ave., Silver Spring 20902
- Thursday, December 1-7-8:30 p.m.
Sligo Creek ES, 500 Schuyler Rd., Silver Spring 20910
- Thursday, December 15-7-8:30 p.m.
Roscoe R. Nix ES, 1100 Corliss St., Silver Spring 20903
ESOL Offering Outreach Programs to Parents
Parents are invited to outreach programs on topics such as high school graduation requirements, helping middle schoolers succeed in school and useful community resources. These programs are presented in a variety of languages. For more information, contact the ESOL office at 301-230-0670 or visit the ESOL website.
Upcoming programs are:
Health Care Resources for Asian Families (offered in Chinese)
Saturday, November 5, 1-5 p.m.
Chinese Culture and Community Center
9366 Gaither Road, Gaithersburg
Getting Ready for College/FAFSA/Summer Programs (offered in English, French, Amharic)
Wednesday, Jan. 18, 6:30-8 p.m.
Rocking Horse Road Center
4910 Macon Rd., Rockville
Financial Health for New Immigrant Families (offered in Chinese)
Monday, Feb. 13, 7-8:30 p.m.
Rocking Horse Road Center
4910 Macon Rd., Rockville
News for Consortia and Application Programs
The deadline for applications to participate in the Choice process and for application-only programs is Monday, Nov. 7.
Choice forms were mailed out to Grade 5 students living in the Middle School Magnet Consortium (MSMC) and to Grade 8 students living in the Downcounty Consortium (DCC) and the Northeast Consortium (NEC) in mid-October.
For information about the Choice process, visit these websites:
New student enrollment for the 2012-2013 school year is scheduled for Nov. 1 for parents of current non-MCPS students who live in the NEC, DCC or MSMC. A new student is identified as one who is not currently enrolled in MCPS. Enrollment will be from 5-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1. Parents should call the Division of Consortia Choice and Application Program Services at 301-592-2040 to find out what documentation to bring.
Testing for the elementary Highly Gifted Centers will take place in January at the local school. Testing for students who have submitted a completed application for the application-only programs at Montgomery Blair, Richard Montgomery and Poolesville high schools, as well as at Roberto Clemente, Eastern and Takoma Park middle schools will be December 3. See the application form for time and location. For testing information about all other high school application programs available to Grade 8 students attending the DCC, visit the High School Programs website.
Accelerated and Enriched Instruction
On-the-Spot Scholarship Events for November
Throughout the school year, high school seniors can participate in on-the-spot admissions and scholarship events hosted by several Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). This is a great opportunity for students to gain college admittance early in the year. Parents are encouraged to attend the events to hear about the schools' academics and college life and to ask questions.
- Nov. 15, Hampton University, Richard Montgomery High School, 6-8 p.m.
- Nov. 17, Morehouse College, Gaithersburg High School, 6-8 p.m.
- Nov. 30, Morgan State University, Walter Johnson High School, 6-8 p.m.
For more information, contact the resource counselor or college/career information coordinator at your child's school.
College and Career Center
Short Story Contest Open to High School Students
The Gaithersburg Book Festival is holding a Short Story Contest for high school students (grades 9-12) living in the Washington metropolitan area. Short stories must be no longer than 1,000 words and must begin with one of three lines provided on the contest website. All entries must be submitted electronically as a Word document by Feb. 24, 2012. The first, second and third place winners will be announced at the Book Festival on Saturday, May 19, 2012, and will receive prizes of $100, $50 and $25, respectively, provided by the Johns Hopkins Montgomery County Campus.
Book Festival website
Johns Hopkins University and Writopia Offer Writing Workshops
The Montgomery County Campus of Johns Hopkins University and Writopia will be offering writing workshops for students. Each workshop will include no more than six students and will be taught by a published author. Workshop topics are college entrance essays and a workshop for students preparing pieces for the Scholastic Writing Awards, the most prestigious writing competition for teens in the country. The dates for the workshops are:
- Saturday, Nov. 19 - College Essay Workshop
- Saturday, Dec. 3 - Scholastic Awards Workshop
Johns Hopkins University
Don't Forget ...
The Montgomery County Board of Elections is seeking MCPS students and faculty, especially those who speak Spanish fluently, to participate as election judges during the 2012 Presidential Primary on April 3, 2012, and general election on Nov. 6, 2012. Visit the Student Affairs website for more information. Contact Gilberto Zelaya for more information.
Financial aid workshops are being offered in several high schools through January 2012. See the list. Contact the individual schools with questions.