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Welcome to the MLK PTSA

Welcome to the MLK MS PTSA website. In the weeks to come, we'll add information about clubs, announcements, events and more.  We encourage you to visit the Membership area of our site to learn more about what the PTSA does and why joining the MLK PTSA, or volunteering, are an integral part of our mission to support the MLK community.

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May 31st is Memorial Day - No School - THANK YOU for those Armed Forces who died for our country!


The PTSA wants YOU!  The MLK MS PTSA Nominating Committee is reaching out to you because the MLK MS PTSA needs new Board officers for the coming year.  Board terms are one year with a two consecutive year maximum. Our current President, VP and Treasurer have each served in their roles for three years and our Secretary is moving on to high school.  Two of our current officers don’t even have students at MLK any longer—that’s commitment!  Please step forward for one of these service opportunities. Email any of us to learn more about what the opportunities entail.  If you would like to step into a role, you will be trained and shepherded through the whole process so don’t worry if you have no prior experience.  You won’t be on your own. Please contact one (or all) of us directly if you are interested and/or if you have questions.

MLK MS PTSA Nominating Committee:  Brooke Levey: blevey1@gmail.com   Genny Go: gennykgo@gmail.com   Kerri Sumlinski: sumlink@comcast.net


PTSA with us!  Let's work TOGETHER! We encourage every family at MLK to become a PTA member to support the success of their child. We want a diverse membership base that reflects all of our families and the needs of our students. Your annual membership fee contributes to MLK programs after school clubs and scholarships, family events, enrichment opportunities, local, county, state and national advocacy for, staff appreciation, access to resources and events and more. Membership is just $15. Join at https://mlkptsa.org/shop/ Email us with questions and/or suggestions at mlkptsaconnect@gmail.com.


MLK PTSA Special Education Committee Chair is Brooke Levey!  If your student has an IEP or 504 or you are in the process of having your child evaluated, Brooke is here to help!  She knows the ins and outs of special education and is happy to offer insight. Feel free to email her with questions at blevey1@gmail.com.


THANK YOU to the families who donated funds for the 8th grade celebration!  We reached our goal because of your generosity!  The 8th Grade Celebration Committee is hard at work to make this send-off meaningful and memorable.

Eighth Grade Promotion- Eighth Grade Promotion is just around the corner on June 15, 2021 and we need your help! We are currently working on MLK's 2020-2021 virtual promotion ceremony and will be including a slide for each student. If you did not send in ​your child's picture for the yearbook earlier this year, or forgot if you did or not, please submit a picture of your 8th grade​r by uploading one in the “Promotion Picture” Google Form”   If we do not receive a current 2020-2021 picture from you or your child, then we will need to leave that space blank or use an earlier picture we already have on file.  Photos must be of only the student, adhere to MCPS Dress Code Policy found in the Student Handbook, contain no hand gestures, be a vertical image, and be in color with no filters.  Please submit your photo no later than Friday, June 4, 2021. Please contact Mrs. Hurney at Meghan_T_Hurney@mcpsmd.org  or Mr. Jackson  at Philip_E_Jackson@mcpsmd.org if you have any questions.  Our virtual promotion will be released to parents and students on June 15, 2021 at 6:00 and will also be posted on our website.


School Pictures Update- If you brought your student in to be photographed by Lifetouch, prepaid orders have arrived at the school. Photos for in person learners will be disturbed during lunch. Photos for virtual learners can be picked up at school weekdays between 8am and 4pm.  If you did not pre order photos, you should have received an email to view proofs. If you have not received an email from Lifetouch, you can call 1-800-736-4753 and request your student’s proofs. Our Picture Day ID is EVTJVBGT9. Online orders will be mailed directly to the home address. https://my.lifetouch.com/mylifetouch/#/


Mr. Bostic Named MCPS Teacher of the Year-  Congratulations to our own Mr. Bostic for being named MCPS Teacher of the Year.   Congratulations to Mr. Bostic for his commitment to our students, staff and school community.   Please see the the full Media Release  and VIDEO recognizing Mr. Bostic.


MLK Library Books- MLK is asking students to please return all library books they have checked out this year and/or last year.  We would like for all of our books to come home!

  • Return ANY Book From ANY School (we will send it where it needs to go)
  • If you are "In Person" bring your books and drop them in the library book return display outside the library.
  • If you are Virtual drop off your books to the outside bin in front of the school any school day.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Mrs. Feriano at: Patricia_A_Feriano@mcpsmd.org.


Student Support- The purpose of this message is to remind students of the start time for Student Support Time with teachers.  With the return to in-person learning, Student Support Time now takes place Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 8:15 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. to accommodate both in-person and virtual learners (see school schedule below).   Please take advantage of this time to get additional support from your teachers.  If you have any questions, please contact your child's teacher directly or the grade level team leader 6th grade- Ms. Emily Brett at Emily_Brett@mcpsmd.org, 7th Grade- Mrs. Katie Hylla at Kathryn_E_Hylla@mcpsmd.org, 8th- Grade Mr. Philip Jackson at Philip_E_Jackson@mcpsmd.org.


COVID-19 Pool Testing-  Due to the need for more participants, COVID-19 pool testing will begin at our school on Thursday, May 6, 2021 during period 1 classes.  A video of the MCPS COVID-19 Pool Testing process can be accessed HERE.  We must all do our part to prevent the transmission of the COVID-19 virus in our schools. This includes participating in school-provided COVID-19 testing to identify cases where the student or staff member may not be showing symptoms. MCPS families were notified about this new effort in February and March. Tests will be provided for all students and staff on a weekly basis. Each swab will be placed in a common tube for that classroom or group and sent off to a central testing laboratory. The test detects whether the virus that causes COVID-19 is present in that pooled sample. Schools will receive results within 2-3 days. An online consent form is attached to this message. If you do not complete the consent form, your child will not be able to participate in testing.  Please complete the online Consent Form.  If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Spurling or our Health Room at 240-740-6350.


Registration to Open in May for 2021 Summer School Programs (English and Spanish)
MCPS is planning a range of summer programs for elementary, middle and high school students. Programs will help address learning loss, with a focus on mathematics, literacy, electives and preparing for the next grade level. Elementary and middle schools will offer programs that include mathematics, literacy and specials/electives. At the high school level, there will be opportunities to earn credits in all subject areas required for graduation, for both repeat and original credit, as well as non-credit options in local schools. Programs will:

  • Be offered at no cost to all students, with transportation available
  • Be offered in all local schools/clusters
  • Have all-virtual and in-person options*

Registration will open Monday, May 3. High school programs will begin Monday, June 28 and elementary and middle school programs will begin Tuesday, July 6. More information is available here.


MCPS Community Update- Please see the following MCPS Community Update that was sent on Wednesday evening May 26th.


MLKMS Summer School- MCPS is planning a wide range of summer programs for elementary, middle, and high school students. Programs will focus on helping students engage in unfinished learning following this unprecedented school year, with a focus on mathematics, literacy, enrichment/specials, and preparing for the next grade level. More information about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School’s in-person summer school program and the MCPS Virtual Summer School Program can be found here. There is no cost for summer school for MCPS. If you child is an eighth grade student and will be attending Seneca Valley High School, information for summer school can be found here.


Travel Information- Please see the MCPS update that clarifies expectations regarding travel during the pandemic and its impact on participation in in-person learning as well as the update regarding a shared commitment to student safety.


Students Returning to School Bus Routes-  We will be sending home information directly to our families next week regarding our students who will be returning to school in a phase-in process beginning April 6, 2021.  Please see the following links for our bus routes-   Bus Routes  and Magnet Bus Routes 


Student Service Learning- The MCPS required systemwide deadline for all SSL forms verifying service completed since June 1, 2019, is Friday, June 4, 2021. All completed SSL Activity Verification Forms 560-51 can be emailed to Mrs. Boss at erin_e_boss@mcpsmd.org or dropped off in the counseling office. As a reminder, all SSL forms turned in during a given quarter will be reflected in Student/ParentVue and report cards by the end of that quarter. Directions on how to access SSL hours on Student/ParentVue are here: https://bit.ly/SSLonVUE Thank you!


Student Service Learning Opportunities (English and Spanish) SSL Opportunities: Volunteer Montgomery’s annual MLK Week of Service!!!! The wait is over! Please visit the Volunteer Montgomery website to learn about some of the MLK Week of Service volunteer opportunities and click here to sign up for those that interest you. More opportunities will be added to the website throughout the week. Student Service Learning (SSL) hours remain a state graduation requirement for the 2020-2021 school year. MCPS students must earn 75 SSL hours to graduate. Students may continue to engage in MCPS SSL opportunities, including traditional in-person opportunities and select virtual/remote opportunities that follow the temporarily amended guidelines posted on the MCPS SSL webpage (www.mcps-ssl.org). All nonprofit-hosted SSL opportunities can be found on the Montgomery County Volunteer Center (MCVC) website (www.montgomeryserves.org); these opportunities will be tagged with the blue MCPS SSL banner and graduation cap icon. Students may also directly access nonprofit-hosted MCPS SSL opportunities at bit.ly/SSLOpportunities and bit.ly/VirtualSSL2020.


Update On Student Resource Officer (SRO) Program   Currently one MoCo police officer is assigned to every MCPS high school. But that may change. The Montgomery County Council is considering two bills: Bill 46-20 and Bill 7-21.  One would remove police officers from every high school; the other would make modifications to the existing program.  The state of Maryland is also considering legislation regarding SRO programs. In the meantime, MCCPTA’s (Montgomery County’s council of PTAs) Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee proposed a resolution to revise its position on the current SRO program.  After multiple amendments and two nights of debate, the resolution passed on April 7 by the MCCPTA Delegates (PTA Delegate representatives from schools around the county).  What does this mean?  It means the items listed in the resolution will be included in MCCPTA advocacy efforts moving forward.  In a nutshell, it calls for better data collection, more training and a larger team of dedicated “resource personnel” (which may include police officers, social workers and mental health providers) for each school cluster as opposed to having a single officer assigned to each high school. Please read the attached press release and approved Resolution for details.


Emergency Support for MCPS Students with Disabilities during COVID   The Montgomery County Council of PTAs (MCCPTA) is asking all MCPS parents to read and consider signing this petition to MCPS, the Board of Education, and the Montgomery County Council urging immediate action to support students with disabilities. Please READ AND SIGN THE PETITION and SHARE YOUR STORY about how distance learning has affected your special education student(s) and your family. Questions can be directed to the MCCPTA Virtual Learning Subcommittee at VirtualLearning@mccpta.org. Please note:  this petition is NOT taking a position on the larger issue of reopening schools; Rather, this petition is asking specifically for an emergency solution to help students with disabilities.


Send a Flock of Flamingos!!  Birthday surprise on the horizon?  Someone just get their driver’s license? Have something to celebrate?  Consider “Flocking a Friend” with SVHS’ Fundraising Flamingos.  See the attached flyer for details about this super fun, COVID safe fundraiser that is sure to brings lots of smiles and laughs! SVHS Flock of Flamingoes Fundraiser!!


2020-2021 Reflections Program    Encore CONGRATULATIONS! We are pleased to announce that a number of MLK student artists who participated in the 2021 National PTA Reflections Art Competition with this year’s theme, I Matter Because, will be moving on from Montgomery County adjudication to Maryland state adjudication. Congratulations to the following young student artists for sharing their beautiful artistic creations with others to both enjoy and learn from.  Special thanks to Ms. Wroblewski for guiding and encouraging MLK’s students to engage in the National PTA Reflections Program this year!

Film Production:  Lynn Njakou-Kuindja Literature: Dhruvi Shah Music Composition: Jillian Dove and Jonathan M. Dastrup Visual Art: Margaret Howell


Congratulations to 8th graders Jillian Dove and Juliana Ruffner for winning 2nd place in this year’s Choose Respect video contest where hundreds of middle and high school students from around the county produced videos to raise awareness about teen dating violence.  Congratulations ladies!  Students still have an opportunity to earn SSL hours by participating in the RespectFest online activities.  Check it out HERE.


If you have any questions, please feel free to call the school at 240-740-6350 and leave a message or use the MLK Parent Dropbox or refer to our MLK Staff Directory

Holiday Schedule This Week! Group A in-person students will be attending this week.  

WEDNESDAY EXPECTATIONS- The purpose of Wednesdays during a full week schedule is for students to work on self-paced work and check-in with teachers for support.  Attendance is not recorded (taken) nor are the sessions recorded. All students default to present.   However, in our efforts to support students, we highly recommend all students check in on Wednesdays to ensure they are clear on weekly expectations to promote consistency with attention to learning during our virtual environment, and to get additional support when needed.  There will be no new learning during this timeframe.  In certain situations, teachers in collaboration with the parents can require students to attend Wednesday’s periods.  In this case, the teacher will communicate with the parent directly.


Student Support- The purpose of this message is to remind students of the start time for Student Support Time with teachers.  With the return to in-person learning, Student Support Time now takes place Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 8:15 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. to accommodate both in-person and virtual learners (see school schedule below).   Please take advantage of this time to get additional support from your teachers.  If you have any questions, please contact your child's teacher directly or the grade level team leader 6th grade- Ms. Emily Brett at Emily_Brett@mcpsmd.org, 7th Grade- Mrs. Katie Hylla at Kathryn_E_Hylla@mcpsmd.org, 8th- Grade Mr. Philip Jackson at Philip_E_Jackson@mcpsmd.org.


STUDENT ATTENDANCE GUIDELINES AND EXPECTATIONS-  It is expected that students attend all live sessions for each class.  Attendance will be taken daily in each class, including homeroom.  Students are considered present when:

  • They have logged in to their Zoom Session (teachers may use Zoom Reports for verification)
  • Teachers take a live roll call during the session
  • Teachers use discussion threads to verify attendance

Students are considered absent when:

  • They do not log into their live session and engage in the discussion threads or complete attendance checks in MyMCPS

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR CHILD IS ABSENTWe recognize that students may need to miss live sessions due to illness, appointments, or other extenuating circumstances.  When a student must be absent, parents/guardians should call the MLK attendance line at 240-740-6351 or email Mrs. Cardea at Sherrie_H_Cardea@mcpsmd.org.  Absence notes from doctor appointments should be emailed to Mrs. Cardea.  Students will have 72 hours to access the posted recorded lesson for each class when they have missed a class. The recordings will be posted on the teacher’s classroom.  After viewing the recorded lesson, students/parents/guardians should complete the Live Virtual Absence Form located on the MLK Website (left side of the main page) to attest to viewing of the lesson.  This will allow the student’s absence to be changed from Absent to Present-Other.  Parents will be notified via ConnectEd and ParentVue of their child’s absence.


GRADING AND REPORTING- In 2020-21, MCPS will return to a letter grade system for marking period and semester grades. Students can expect graded assignments in each class each week, which will be entered into the Gradebook.  Teachers will also administer classroom, district, and external assessments that assess student progress and inform next steps for instruction. Some of these assessments will be used for grading purposes.  As a result of the transition to the Synergy Gradebook, common gradebook templates will be used across middle and high schools in MCPS:

  • In most courses, two grading categories will be used in the Gradebook:
    • All Tasks/Assessments    (90%) 
    • Practice/Preparation      (10%)
  • In English, ESOL, and mathematics courses that administer district assessments for Evidence of Learning (commonly referred to as Progress Checks), three grading categories will be used in the Gradebook:
    • All Tasks/Assessments     (80%)
    • District Assessment           (10%) 
    • Practice/Preparation       (10%)

Due Dates/Deadline Dates, 50% Rule and Use of Z’s and Zeros

  • All teachers will assign due dates and deadline dates. Teachers will follow the 50% Rule, in which no grades lower than 50 percent may be assigned to a task/assessment. However, if a student does no work on the task/assessment, the teacher may assign a zero, after appropriate support.  Teachers are encouraged to enter Z’s as soon as possible so that students and parents are aware of assignments that should be submitted.  Teachers will communicate with students and parents to support and assist the student with work completion.

Don’t Forget to Activate Your ParentVue Account (English and Spanish) ParentVue is the brand new, powerful, single location for all information about how your child is doing in school. ParentVUE also is a new tool MCPS uses to stay connected with you. When you are logged into ParentVUE you can:

  • See your child’s schedule;
  • Check your child’s grades (and report card);
  • Check your child’s assignments;
  • Send a message to your child’s teacher; and
  • Update your contact information.

Soon, you will even be able to see a report on Student Service Learning Hours (SSL). If you haven’t yet activated your account, please be on the lookout for an e-mail and/or a notification via U.S. mail because MCPS will send you a new activation letter. Once you’ve received your activation letter, simply visit www.MCPSParentVUE.org to activate your account.

If you haven’t yet activated your account, please be on the lookout for an email and/or a notification via U.S. mail soon.  Once you’ve received your activation letter simply visit www.MCPSParentVUE.org to activate your account.  If you have already activated your ParentVUE account, you will not receive a notification because you are already enjoying the benefits of ParentVUE.  If for some reason you do not receive your notification in the coming weeks, please contact the our school.

ParentVUE Accounts- Please see the ParentVUE Support Guide.  Additionally, if you need assistance with activating your account, please use our Parent Dropbox and the MLK office staff will assist you.

TECHNICAL SUPPORT GUIDE FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS-  Please see the following UPDATED LINK for more information.  The support guide has support guides for various technology including Zoom, MyMCPS, ParentVue, Synergy and a google form on the bottom to request technical support.


FREE Tutoring for K-8 students in MCPS  Montgomery County Council of PTAs (MCCPTA) has compiled a list of FREE MCPS HS student-led groups that are providing free virtual tutoring to K-8 students across the county. These student tutors have either an MCPS faculty or non-profit SSL sponsor and have been through a formal interview process. Tutors have also taken the MCPS Volunteers and Contractors: Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect, online training course.

Many of these student-led groups have posted their services on a platform called Kiddo, which provides families looking for free learning support a single place to search and register for those services. This free virtual tutoring platform is the Central platform for families to search and register for free student-led tutoring services. Families can also contact the student-led tutoring services directly --

Stepping Stone Tutoring- Led by Montgomery Blair HS students   / Montgomery County Virtual Tutoring Project- Led by Clarksburg HS students   /    MoCo Pineapple Tutoring- Led by Winston Churchill HS students / Aurora Tutoring- Led by Walter Johnson HS students  / SparkStars Tutoring- Led by Montgomery Blair/Richard Montgomery HS students   /   Centro de Asistencia Social y Orientación - Led by Montgomery Blair and Richard Montgomery HS students / Generation Z Tutoring- Led by Richard Montgomery HS students / Aurora Tutoring- Led by Walter Johnson HS students

Note -- the student-led programs operate independent registration sites, but have joined this central platform. Kiddo is a local Montgomery County startup that is completely free to use for all families and service providers. It was built with the intention of being a central space for families and local enrichment service providers to connect, with a core social mission around driving extracurricular programming accessibility to underserved communities.


Online Homework Help Service - Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) is pleased to announce a new, free student online tutoring and homework help service that will begin with the second semester on February 1. Tutorme.com is a secure, online resource that will be easily accessible through MCPS student Canvas and StudentVUE accounts and will offer on-demand assistance on any subject from grade 3 through grade 12.  Please see this link for more information.


Free Tutoring for MLK Students by Richard Montgomery HS Students-  The Generation Z Tutoring Club at Richard Montgomery High School is recruiting students to be tutored online during this summer.  Please see the registration letter for more information.


Has your middle school or high school student been in a downward spiral of struggle with their course load or in a given class during virtual learning? MCPS Offers FREE Tutoring through “Tutor Me” Students must log in and register with their MCPS accounts to ensure free access.  Learn more HERE!


GUIDANCE COUNSELORS  Guidance counselors spend three years with their students. Mrs. Boss will be filling-in for Mrs. Kuntz during her maternity leave for sixth grade.  Grade level guidance counselor assignments for this year are:


Interested in Advanced and Enriched Curriculum in MCPS Schools?  - The MCCPTA Gifted Child Committee  The county PTA (MCCPTA) has a committee that focuses on the needs of MCPS’ gifted student population.  If you have a gifted student and would like to be included on the county PTA Gifted Child email list please email gifted@mccpta.org so that you can stay aware of supports, resources and updates.


Student Engagement Website Features Information on Leadership, Service, and Extracurricular Activities (English and Spanish)  MCPS students can engage and access several different experiences through leadership, service, and extracurricular activities. Students are encouraged to participate at the school level. The new student engagement website includes information for additional learning experiences and information, which often are student-led. Be sure to check www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/student-engagement/  frequently as content and information will be updated throughout the school year.


Parent Resources for Virtual Learning (English and Spanish)  The MCPS Parents page has been updated to include various online resources for families to help them navigate virtual learning. Visit www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/parents/ to see the list of resources.


FREE MEALS to ALL Children under 18.  They do NOT have to be MCPS students, school age, or eligible for free meals (FARMS). This means ALL children thanks to COVID FUNDING. IF you or someone you know needs food, here is the list of sites where MCPS is distributing FREE meals to ALL kids:  https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/reopening/meals/


FAMILIES HELPING FAMILIES is a coordinated community partnership between MCCPTA, MCPS, and the MCPS Educational Foundation.  The COVID-19 Pandemic has deeply impacted many families in Montgomery County. All funds donated to this campaign will be turned into gift cards and distributed to MCPS families in need through the MCPS Office of Student and Family Support and Engagement (OSFSE).  To learn more about the campaign and to donate, click here.


Gift Card Campaign to Help Families in Need  The COVID-19 pandemic has deeply impacted many families in Montgomery County. The MCPS Educational Foundation, Inc.; the Montgomery County Council of Parent Teacher Association, Inc.’s volunteer network; and MCPS are asking the community to support the Families Helping Families campaign. Grocery gift cards will be purchased with funds donated to the MCPS Educational Foundation, Inc.’s Crisis Relief Fund—COVID-19. Learn more about how to donate here.


Equity Hubs for Children  The Children’s Opportunity Fund and the Black and Brown Coalition for Educational Equity and Excellence are coordinating low-cost childcare and distance learning support for MCPS students at facilities across the county. Priority is given to low-income, kindergarten through 5th grade students, and students needing more assistance with virtual learning. Learn more at EquityHubs.org or by phone at 240-200-4999.


Board of Education Approves 2021-2022 School Year Calendar(English and Spanish)  The Board of Education has approved a 2021-2022 traditional school year calendar. The school year will begin on Aug. 30, 2021 and end on June 15, 2022 (scenario 1). The Board also voted to approve the Innovative School Year Calendar for Arcola and Roscoe Nix elementary schools. View the calendar here: https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/calendar/proposed-calendar-2021-22.aspx.


Spring 2021 Guide To Children’s Arts Activities (English and Spanish) The Guide to Children's Arts Activities is filled with exciting and enriching after-school and weekend activities ranging from music, dance, and creative writing classes to theater, visual arts, and TV production camps. More information is available here.


Special Education Parents Asked to Complete Important Survey (English and Spanish) The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and MCPS want to hear from you. MSDE has mailed the Maryland Special Education Parent Involvement Survey to all parents/guardians of students with an IEP in Montgomery County. Families of kindergarten–Grade 12 students should have recently received the school-age version of the survey, which takes the place of the preschool form mistakenly sent out in February. Parents of preschool-aged children with an IEP in Montgomery County are also invited to fill out the survey. Parents/Guardians have the following options:  Complete the correct, hard copy of the survey (the school-age version mailed on March 22) and mail it back in the postage-paid envelope received from MSDE or complete the survey online here.   Participation is voluntary and anonymous. Complete a separate survey for each child receiving services. The information provided will help guide the state’s efforts in improving special education and related services in public schools.


Diverse Book Finder   Diverse Book Finder (TM) aspires to be a go-to resource for librarians, educators, parents, book creators, and publishers who seek to create collections in which all children can see themselves — and each other — reflected in the picture books they read.  Diverse’s collection of picture books featuring Black and Indigenous people and People of Color (BIPOC) is available to the public. *Inclusion of a title in the collection DOES NOT EQUAL a recommendation.  Click HERE to explore book titles.


The World Economic Forum has released its Global Gender Gap Report 2020.  Click HERE to access the report.


2020 Annual Report (English and Spanish)  The Annual Report to the Community for the 2019–2020 school year is the story of a school system that experienced steady growth in enrollment and student achievement. It is also the story of a school system and community that quickly had to re-imagine its operations with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. See the full annual report here.


Nominations Open for Distinguished Service to Public Education Awards (English and Spanish) The Montgomery County Board of Education is seeking nominations from the public for its 24th Annual Awards for Distinguished Service to Public Education. The awards are sponsored by the Board to recognize and show appreciation to individuals (including students), groups and organizations that have made exemplary contributions to public education in Montgomery County. More information is available here.


MCPS Seeks Summer Rise Hosts - The MCPS Partnerships Unit is seeking Montgomery County businesses, government agencies and nonprofits to participate as hosts for the 2021 Summer RISE program. Registration is now open. Summer RISE provides rising MCPS juniors and seniors with career-based learning experiences and helps employers to cultivate a talent pipeline. Students will have the opportunity to engage in hands-on learning opportunities related to their field of interest.


Montgomery County Can Code: FREE CODING CAMPS FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS! In partnership with Montgomery College and the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation, MCPS is offering FREE virtual coding camps this summer, as part of the Montgomery Can Code initiative. Students in the camps will receive a loaner iPad and learn to code with Swift, Apple’s easy-to-learn programming language and engage in a fun competition. For more information and registration, please visit: https://www.montgomerycancode.com/


Youth Art Academy this Summer at BlackRock! Scholarships Available! - Black Rock has an opportunity for our students this summer.  At BlackRock’s Youth Art Academy, students will explore a weekly theme through the lens of various arts disciplines - theater, music, visual arts, and dance. Artists will then showcase their work at the end of each week with a presentation on our outdoor stage. More info and the links to registration can be found here: https://www.blackrockcenter.org/youth-art-academy  The scholarship application form can be found here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdL3j_bsleVW_RoFCecbfEJoQeIDrHd7_dIvXqQPHnLKHZyAQ/viewform


Graduation Season Begins June 2 The 2021 high school commencement season is set to begin on Wednesday, June 2, and will end Thursday, June 17. Graduation ceremonies will take place on individual high school campuses. More than 11,000 students are expected to receive their diplomas. The ceremonies will include a wide array of commencement speakers, including TV and radio reporters, politicians, educators and others. Among those who will speak: Sarah Cooper, author and comedian, who will speak at Col. Zadok Magruder High School; Maryland State Delegate Eric Luedtke, who will speak at Thomas S. Wootton High School; and ESPN sportscaster Scott Van Pelt, who will speak at Sherwood High School. To view the full list of speakers and graduation dates, visit https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/info/graduation/.


Immunization Requirements for the 2021-2022 School Year (English and Spanish) All students must have up to date immunization records prior to the start of the 2021-2022 school year. Parents should contact their doctor to make sure their child is properly immunized and submit a copy of the documentation to the Health Room at your child’s school as soon as possible, but no later than Monday, August, 30, 2021 the first day of the 2021-2022 school year. Immunizations for students new to MCPS and children in Kindergarten through Grade 12, are available Monday through Friday, by appointment, at locations in Rockville and Germantown. Appointments are available at: School Health Services Immunization Clinic at Rocking Horse Road: 4910 Macon Road. Rockville; Phone: 240-740-4430  or the Germantown Health Center: 12900 Middlebrook Rd. Germantown; Phone: 240-777-3380 Visit this webpage to view the full list of immunization requirements for students.


Students Invited to Submit Videos for “Take Your Shot” PSA Contest (English and Spanish) Story: MCPS middle and high school students are invited to produce video public service announcements (PSAs) to encourage young people to talk with their friends about the importance of getting the COVID-19 vaccine. The “Take Your Shot” contest invites students to produce 30- to 45-second videos exploring one of the following themes:    Why should everyone get the COVID-19 vaccine?          What makes you want to get vaccinated?          When people, like us, get vaccinated, we can …     Judges will select up to 25 videos, in English and Spanish, and use them on the county’s social media channels. Three high school and three middle school videos will be awarded prizes in early summer. The deadline for submissions is Friday, June 4. Contest rules and entry forms are available here.   The contest is sponsored by the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services in partnership with MCPS. Students can earn five Student Service Learning (SSL) hours for submitting an entry that meets all requirements. For more information, email Lynn Cook at  lynn.cook@montgomerycountymd.gov.


Identity Offering Assistance to County Residents (English and Spanish)  -  Identity is receiving clients and offering services for:
· Help in applying for the county's Rental Relief Program (up to $12,000 for qualifying residents who are behind in rent)
· Vaccination information and free COVID-19 testing
· Food and SNAP (food stamps)
· Care for Kids and referrals to Proyecto Salud Clinic and Care For Your Health
· Emergency cash assistance
· Connections to other social services in Montgomery County

They are able to offer help in English and Spanish. For more information, call Maribel at 301-800-5519 or Rita at 240-306-7626.

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