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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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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 Email us with questions and/or suggestions at

Welcome MLK PTSA Special Education Committee Chair 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

Upcoming Events/Important Dates

8th Grade Promotion and Celebration planning meeting on April 14 @ 3:15pm

Hello grade 8 families!  MLK’s 8th grade teachers are beginning to plan the 8th grade promotion ceremony and celebration.  A planning meeting has been scheduled for April 14th at 3:15pm and parents are welcome to join the meeting with ideas and support.  If you would like to join the meeting, please email Meghan Hurney at and/or Mrs. Spurling at   Thank you so much and our party planners look forward to planning an amazing event that our 8th graders will love.

SVHS Rising 9th Grade Parent Night - Hello Future Screaming Eagles! Seneca Valley High School is hosting two identical Rising 9th Grade Open House events on the evenings of Thursday, April 15 and Wednesday, April 21 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Each night will feature the same information so you can choose which date works best for you.  If you are unable to attend either, they are being recorded so that you can watch them on your own time.  We do as that you click on the links below to preregister for the night you plan to attend.

Registration Links:

April 15:

April 21:

We will be showing footage of our beautiful, state of the art new building and also be telling you all about the amazing programs we have to offer!  You will also be able to navigate through breakout rooms of your choosing to hear more about specific subject areas, electives, special programs, athletics, extracurricular opportunities and more!  Each presentation as well as other important information will be available on our event’s website at We are looking forward to welcoming all of our future Screaming Eagles and hope to see you there!

Rental Assistance and Eviction Prevention

From federal stimulus funding, Montgomery County will be providing rental assistance to tenants who are behind on rent. There are limited funds and applications will begin in the first week of April.  In an effort to prevent evictions, Montgomery County is providing supports to renters. These supports include guidance in preparing for Court to take advantage of eviction moratorium options; assistance at Court; and, help in working with their landlord - including applying for rent relief. For more information, see:

In addition, the Housing Initiative Program has scheduled the following Information sessions for Tenants via Zoom in English and Spanish:

  • Martes, 13 de abril, 2021 a las 7PM (Spanish)
  • Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 7PM (English)
  • Martes, 27 de abril, 2021 a las 7PM (Spanish)

Zoom ID: 982 288 5774      Passcode: 2021        By telephone: + 1 301-715-8592, #9822885774##

Information Session on DACA to be held April 14 @ 7pm   To learn about how to obtain DACA; what the process is like as a high school or college student; and to meet contacts at MCPS, MC and CASA, join this webinar at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 14. Register HERE.

Navigating Special Education Webinar on Saturday, April 24 @ 10a-11:30am  Join xMinds to learn the basics of navigating special education in Maryland.  Whether you are new to special education or just need a refresher, this presentation will help you to be your child’s best advocate. Register HERE (registration is required) for this FREE webinar.

Host Organization:  Partnership for Extraordinary Minds (xMinds)

Registration is required to receive your Zoom link.  Find out more details and register here.

Presenter:  Special education advocate (and former executive director of xMinds) Monica Martinez

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 Message - MCPS sent out a Community Message to students, staff and parents Wednesday evening.  The highlights include: the returning of 7th grades students to school effective April 19, 2021 which is the same day as eight grade students returning; Travel information, COVID pool testing,  summer programs and the MCPS COVID-19 dashboard.

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 In-Person School-  Sixth Grade students in our B Week will begin attending school on April 12, 2021.    Our Seventh and Eighth Grade student virtual orientations will take place  on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 1:45 pm (during advisory). Students who will be returning to our in-school model will be provided a separate link at the beginning of their normal advisory period and will meet with school staff to review procedures and expectations.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our 7th grade leadership team consisting of  Mrs. Hylla (, Mr. Ingram (, and Ms. Boss ( or our 8th grade leadership team consisting of  Mrs. Spurling (, Mr. Jackson (, and Ms. Frangou (  A parent email will be sent directly to the parents of students returning on Monday outlining more specific details regarding the return to in-person learning.

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 

SSL Reminder Message- All SSL Forms must be submitted by April 9 for students who wish to be considered for the Superintendent's SSL Award for this school year. The Superintendent's SSL award is awarded to students who earn 75 SSL hours the first-time during a given school year. All completed SSL forms should be submitted to Erin Boss at 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 ( All nonprofit-hosted SSL opportunities can be found on the Montgomery County Volunteer Center (MCVC) website (; 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 and

MLK MS Fall Athletics (being offered Spring 2021)- MLK MS Fall Athletics will begin on April 20, 2021.  Please see the following link for more information about Cross Country, Boys Softball and Girls Softball.  If your child is interested, please register here by April 13, 2021.

The Seneca Valley HS PTSA is inviting interested parents, staff, and students to consider serving on the PTSA Executive Board for next school year. Here is a list of the Executive Board positions per our bylaws. We must have at least a President and Treasurer to be an operational PTSA. Elected officers will hold their positions from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022.

President            First Vice President          Second Vice President         Treasurer        Secretary

If you have questions or are interested in being considered for one or more of these positions, please reach out to a member of the Nominating Committee below by April 9th.

  • Chantal Falade
  • Amy Taylor at
  • Dana Walker at

The Nominating Committee will recommend a slate of potential Board Members to its membership via email no later than May 8th. Elections will be held at the May 18th PTSA meeting. Nominations can be taken from the floor at that meeting as well.  It would be greatly appreciated if you would consider helping out in any way possible. There are trainings available for each position and current members who've held these positions before to help. We would love to have the board reflect the diversity of our school. Any interested incoming 9th grade parent is welcome to contact us as well.

Thanks in advance,       The SVHS PTSA Nominating Committee

May Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month Poster Art Contest - The month of May is designated by law as Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month to recall the history of AAPl since their arrival in the United States in the mid-1800s, their challenges and their contributions to American society.  This year, once again all K-12 Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) students are invited to submit artwork for a poster that demonstrates the courage of AAPI. The entries will be judged by community art/art performance professionals.  First place ($100), second place ($75) and third place ($50) winners will be selected for each of the elementary, middle and high school categories.   The submission deadline is April 18, 2021.  Please see the attachment for more details.

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 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!!

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 so that you can stay aware of supports, resources and updates.

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

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

Abnormal Weekly Schedule This Week 4/12-4/16! 

Friday is the MCPS designated end of quarter grading and reporting day for teachers and as a result there is no school for students.   

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 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  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 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 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 Begins February 1, 2021- 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. 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.

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!

MCPS has announced P/F and Credit/No Credit options and course load reduction opportunities for MCPS middle and high school students.  Learn more HERE and speak with your child’s counselor.

After School Activities

Online Chess Club through Silver Knights Enrichment  MLK families receive 50% off the first month with coupon code: mlk2020.  Play against other kids anytime, solve chess puzzles, track progress, and enjoy live interactive lessons. Money back guarantee if not satisfied in the first 2 weeks.  See attached flyer for more details. Visit to register.

Deadlines are approaching fast…in February MCPS announced P/F and Credit/No Credit options as well as course withdrawal options for MCPS middle and high school students.  Learn more HERE and speak with your child’s counselor. Deadline to withdraw from a course without it showing up on a student’s transcript is April 23.  Deadline to change current or past 2020-2021 courses from letter grade to Credit/No Credit is May 5.

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?  If you haven’t already, reach out to the MCCPTA Gifted Child Committee and join the conversation by emailing

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  frequently as content and information will be updated throughout the school year.

Do you want changes to the current Student Resource Officer (SRO) program in our county high schools? Currently one MoCo police officer is assigned to every MCPS high school. MCCPTA’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee has proposed a resolution to revise the current SRO program.  If passed, this resolution will go to the Board of Education as a representation of the county PTAs.  The BoE will take MCCPTA’s position into consideration before determining where it stands on the upcoming County Council vote to continue, modify or eliminate the SRO program.  At our March PTSA meeting, we will discuss the SRO program and the proposed resolution so you can decide how the MLK PTSA should vote. Here are the FAQs that the committee has put together for you.

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 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:

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 or by phone at 240-200-4999.

Student Change of School Assignment Process for the 2021–2022 School Year  Montgomery County parents/guardians who wish to request a Change of School Assignment (COSA) for their children from their home school may begin the process during the upcoming transfer season—the first school day in February through the first school day in April 2021.  More information can be found on the COSA website.

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:

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.

Piano Loaner Program- We are pleased to inform you of an opportunity to purchase a piano for your family. Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) has an agreement with Schaeffer’s Piano Company Inc., to provide MCPS with new grand, upright, and digital pianos to be used in schools. Schaeffer’s Piano Co. Inc., located in Rockville, Maryland, is the area’s oldest piano store. This agreement also provides MCPS families and staff an opportunity to purchase these and other pianos for considerably reduced prices at an annual piano sales event. This year’s liquidation sales event will take place February 19-26, 2021, at 105 North Stonestreet Avenue, Rockville, Maryland 20850. In order to provide a safe and healthy environment and to ensure that proper distancing can be maintained, this year’s sale will be by appointment only with a limited number of appointment times available. All pianos will carry a 15-year transferable warranty. Each piano will come with a bench and one free in-house tuning. For additional information, you may visit the Schaeffer’s Piano Company Inc., website at To make an appointment call the Schaeffer’s Piano Company appointment desk at 301-424-1147.

Winter/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.

Choose Respect Video PSA Contest Accepting Entries (English and Spanish) The 12th Annual Choose Respect Montgomery video PSA contest is now accepting entries. This contest challenges middle and high school students to create an original 60-second public service announcement (PSA) video to promote awareness of dating abuse and domestic violence among teens. Students will earn 10 SSL hours for the successful completion and quality submission of a PSA video. The top five videos, selected by students in secondary schools, will be awarded with prizes and viewed on the MCPS and Choose Respect Montgomery webpages. 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.

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.

Upcoming Parent Academy Sessions  Families and students can stay engaged throughout the school year with Parent Academy To Go. Parent Academy To Go is a series of virtual webinars for families to watch at home. There are also several virtual chats and workshops that may be helpful for families. Visit this website for the latest workshops coming up for April and May.

Communicating with Your Teen Thursday, April 15, 2021 from 6-7 p.m.    Learn more

Just Breathe: Mental Health Maintenance for Students Tuesday, April 20, 2021 from 6-7 p.m      Learn more

Adult Services and Supports: An Overview of the Montgomery College Equal Educational Opportunity Center   Wednesday, April 28, 2021 from 6-7 p.m   Learn more

Destination College: Understanding the College Admissions Process   Thursday, April 29, 2021 from 6-7 p.m.   Learn more

Creative Students and the College Application Process   Thursday, May 6, 2021 from 6-7 p.m.   Learn more

Supporting LGBTQ Youth   Tuesday, May 11, 2021 from 6-7 p.m.   Learn more

SAT vs. ACT   Thursday, May 13, 2021 from 6-7 p.m.   Learn more

You can find more information on the individual virtual workshops, chats and webinars on the Parent Academy website.

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