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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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Upcoming Events/Important Dates

Saturday, Feb. 27 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. ***SSL OPPORTUNITY FOR STUDENTS!! MCPS Anti-Vaping Symposium   Health providers and community members, will provide information on the health risks of vaping, preventative measures and community resources that schools and families may access. There will be student panel discussions focused on why students vape and how to support their desire to stop.  Students who attend and participate in the discussion will earn SSL hours!! Click here for more information.

THURS March 4th @ 4PM - Parents Against Vaping e-cigarettes present: “Not Just Vapor”  -   Over 3.6M US youth vape, with cheap disposable devices skyrocketing in popularity. But behind the bright colors and sweet flavors are harmful chemicals and nicotine addiction. Join PAVe for everything Maryland parents, and adults who work with youth, need to help kids avoid or quit using dangerous flavored e-cigarettes.  Please REGISTER for this FREE virtual event.

Monday March 8th - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, March 9 from 5p-6p  Interested in Forensic Crime Solving? Join the excitement!    -   The Girls Scouts invite YOU to join them for three weeks of forensic crime solving (3/9, 3/16, 3/26)!! Examine evidence like fingerprints, hair samples and other important info to solve crimes.  See the attached flyer and the registration link for more details: https://bit.ly/2OTfRDA      Contact Sidney at sskervin@gscnc.org with any questions.  Financial aid is available.

FRIMARCH 12 - Early Release Day

MONMARCH 29 - MONAPRIL 5   SPRING BREAK


March 8-12th Schedule- The county has altered the instructional schedule for the week of March 8-12th due to students and staff returning to schools.   March 8- there will be no school for students.  March 9 and 10 will be Asynchronous learning for students.  Teachers will provide learning activities for students during these days for students to complete.   March 11 will be periods 1-4 and March 12 will be periods 5-8.


MLK held a virtual parent meeting on 2/23/21 to present the school reopening plans.  Please see these slides from the presentation for more information if you were unable to attend.  Contact MLK administration if you would like more information or if you have questions.  If you are still not sure about your preference or would like to discuss the reopening plans further, please reach out to the school and one of the administrators would be happy to assist.


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 blevey1@gmail.com.


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.


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.

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.

Questions can be directed to the MCCPTA Virtual Learning Subcommittee at VirtualLearning@mccpta.org.


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!!


MLK YEARBOOK PHOTOS - The Yearbook Club needs your photos to tell the story of this year!  Help us MLK students! You're our only hope! If you are willing, please submit photos to be considered for this year’s yearbook. Here are some of the specific categories we are looking for right now:

-A screenshot of you on Zoom. (Just you.)
-A photo or screenshot of you holding up a message to everyone in the school.
-A photo of you working on a hobby you learned during the quarantine.
-A photo of you during your free time.
-Things You Don't Need Anymore (Items we no longer use in virtual learning. IE: beat-up old binders)
-A photo of you that says "Victory!" (Note- does not need to use the letters v-i-c-t-o-r-y. Show us your victory.)
-A photo of you "Letting your voice be heard." (Note- this is open to interpretation. Have fun with it, but it has to be a photo.)
-A screenshot or photo of you that shows "How does this year feel?" (Be creative and have fun!)
- "Other." Any photo or screenshot of you that you want to see in the yearbook that doesn't fit into one of these categories.

If you can think of a great category for photos, please email your idea to Mr. Lehane @ Christian_M_Lehane@mcpsmd.org

Better yet, join the Yearbook Club! Please make sure you have your parent or guardian's permission to share your images. For us to meet our deadlines, please share your images with us by February 28th, 2021! Submit your photos here!

Many, many thanks from the 2020-2021 Yearbook Club!!!


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.


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.

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

Special thanks to Ms. Wroblewski for guiding and encouraging MLK’s students to engage in the National PTA Reflections Program this year!


Congratulations to out MLK Math Team!!!!

We completed our 4th and final Math Team Competition last Wednesday, February 17 and continued our streak...1st Place in Region 1 and 3rd Place among all MCPS Middle Schools!  Great job by our Math Team and sponsor Mrs. Eising.


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.

Choose Respect Video PSA Contest Accepting Entries (English and Spanish)

The 11th Annual Choose Respect Montgomery video PSA contest is now accepting entries. This contest challenges middle and high school students to create an original 50- to 70-second public service announcement video to promote awareness of dating abuse and domestic violence among teens. The contest is open to students in Grades 6 through 12, and students may enter on their own or as a group. The top three videos win cash prizes. The submission deadline is Monday, March 1, 2021. More information can be found at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/fjc/chooserespect/video.html.


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

Normal Weekly Schedule 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 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

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. 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.


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?  TutorMe Free Service Is Now Available (English and Spanish)
TutorMe.com, a new, free student online tutoring and homework help service, is now available in any subject for students in grades 3-12. TutorMe.com is a secure, online resource easily accessible through MCPS student Canvas and StudentVUE accounts and offers on-demand assistance. More information is available hereMCPS Offers FREE Tutoring through “Tutor Me” Students must log in and register with their MCPS accounts to ensure free access.  Learn more HERE!


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 https://www.chess.skenrichment.com/ to register.


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.


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 gifted@mccpta.org


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.


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 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.


COVID-19 Rent Relief Program for County Residents (English and Spanish)

The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is providing short-term rental assistance to eligible families that have experienced financial loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While funds are available, the program will provide up to $4,000 to eligible households to cover the cost for back rent (arrears) and/or a rent credit for future months.  The program is funded through a $20 million supplemental appropriation to DHHS. You can learn more and apply for the rent relief program at this website.

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.

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.

Questions can be directed to the MCCPTA Virtual Learning Subcommittee at VirtualLearning@mccpta.org.


Student Registration- Grade 6 and grade 7 students received electronic copies of their registration forms during Advisory on January 22nd.  Prior to receiving these registration forms, they were provided with brief videos from the Electives and Arts teachers to show students a little of what they would be doing.  Both the registration forms and videos can be found on our school website.  Registration Google forms for our grade 6 and 7 students are due on Friday, February 5th.  Please reach out to your child’s counselor with any questions.

Website Link:  https://www2.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/schools/mlkms/2021-2022-registration-info/

Grade 8 students met with counselors from Seneca Valley HS on January 19th.  Registration Google forms for our grade 6 and 7 students are due on Friday, February 5th.  Please reach out to your child’s counselor with any questions.  Below is a list of Seneca Valley HS counselors.  If your child is attending a high school other than Seneca Valley, an email with information regarding the student’s home high school was sent to students and parents.  SVHS Registration Forms:  https://forms.gle/Ez54EQ6F2kPFpKCT8

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.


Adjustments Made to Semester 2 Secondary Schedules (English and Spanish)
In response to feedback about virtual learning at the secondary level, adjustments are being made to improve the student/teacher experience in virtual learning, promote student well-being, and provide flexible options for student schedules. These adjustments for the second semester are in addition to adjustments that went into effect for the second marking period. Learn more about the
changes here.


 

Board of Education Takes Action on Recovery Plan The Board of Education voted to begin the safe return to in-person learning on March 1, starting with students in specific special education and Career and Technical Education programs. The Board also approved the phased return of students to in-person instruction beginning March 15. Read the community update and click here to see the Spring 2021 Recovery Guide 


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 www.schaefferspiano.com. 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.


 

MCPS Planning to Offer Systemwide Summer Programs (English and Spanish)

MCPS is planning a variety of summer  programs for elementary, middle and high school students. Programs will be focused on helping students accelerate learning following this unprecedented school year, with a focus on mathematics, literacy and preparing for the next grade level. More information is available here.


Changes to Administration of Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Exams (English and Spanish)

On Feb. 4, the College Board and International Baccalaureate (IB) announced changes to spring 2021 Advanced Placement (AP) and IB exams. MCPS will review the available options, gather feedback from stakeholders and develop a districtwide plan for AP and IB test administration in spring 2021. More information is available here.


2021 MCPS Recovery Website
The MCPS Spring 2021 Recovery website provides an overview of the district’s plans for virtual and in-person learning experiences; extracurricular activities and athletics; operations, safety and logistics; and more. The website can be viewed here.


A Safe School Experience

As MCPS prepares for students to return to the classroom, Farquhar Middle School helps serve as a model for what we can expect the safe school experience to look like. Watch this MCPS Moment to learn more: https://youtu.be/KfwXi3jlTTY.


County COVID Testing Available for MCPS Staff and Students (English and Spanish)
The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services has community COVID-19 testing available to all MCPS staff, students and family members. For staff and students who would like to be tested before returning to schools on March 1 and March 15, several county sites are available for nasal swab testing. Testing is free. No government ID or doctor's order are necessary. County-supported sites are averaging three to five days for lab results. Test results will be sent by email or text message.

More information, including a list of clinic sites, dates and times through the end of February, is available here.


Public Hearing Set for March 2 on the SRO Program (English and Spanish)
The Montgomery County Board of Education will hold a virtual public hearing on the School Resource Officer (SRO) program on Tuesday, March 2. The Board will hold a second virtual public  hearing on Thursday, March 4.  The current SRO program supports all 25 high schools and one alternative program in MCPS. Members of the SRO Work Group offered 17 tentative recommendations for the Board to consider in order to meet the “adequate local law enforcement coverage” mandate of the Maryland Safe to Learn Act of 2018. Learn more here.


March 10 Let’s Talk Careers to Highlight Engineering (English and Spanish)
The next installment of Let’s Talk Careers is scheduled for 10–11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 10, and will feature speakers from the world of engineering. Confirmed guests who will take questions from students include: Melissa Rhoads, project engineer principal, Lockheed Martin; Venedra Whigham, project manager, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission; Joe Batwinis, fuel system responsible engineer, Northrop Grumman; and Jessica Rosenthal, vehicle controls test and integration engineer, Rivian. You can watch here or on MCPS-TV (Comcast 34, Verizon 36 and RCN 89).

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