Maryland schools calling for delayed openings ahead of anticipated emergency weather conditions
On Monday, Students and teachers across Maryland began checking their weather apps in the hopes of potential winter weather. In Montgomery County, many began looking at MOCO Snow for the famous “pencil predictions.”
MoCo BOE Unanimously Approves More Professional Days and Fewer Disruption: MCPS 2023-2024 School Calendar
Board member shares concerns about lack of representation in the responses. The Montgomery County Board of Education met on Thursday, December 6, 2022, at Rockville’s Carver Educational Services Center at 12:30 pm. After the Pledge of Allegiance, the meeting began with community comments from MCEA president Jennifer Martin, teachers, parents, and students. Next, the meeting covered the proposal and approval of the 2023-2024 school calendar.
A community comes together to say thank you to its teachers with Piesgiving at Roberto Clemente Middle School
Roberto Clemente Middle School, located in Germantown, is an International Baccalaureate(IB) Middle Years Programme school with a population of about 900 students. RCMS is also home to one of the county's dedicated regional Math/Science middle school programs. Students have access to high school level classes such as foreign language, upper-level math classes, and Introduction to Engineering Design.
Last day to apply for MCPS specialized high school programs
Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) provides various specialized programs to rising high school students. Students can also apply to programs within their home high school. The programs are categorized as interest-based and criterion-based.
Soaring high, students can earn their pilot’s license through Magruder High School’s Aviation and Aerospace program
High School Application open now for MCPS programs. Your 8th grader can learn how to fly through Magruder High School's Aviation and Aerospace programKristopher Allison/Unsplash.
Is your 8th grader ready for high school? Get ahead and apply now for MCPS specialized programs
The application window is open for magnet and interest-based programs throughout MCPS. MCPS opens online applications for high school programs offered throughout the countyGlenn Carstens-Peters/Unsplash.
MCPS continues recruitment after start of new school year
People line up for the MCPS job fair at Montgomery College. Job fair poster at MCPS Job Fair at Montgomery CollegeHeather Jauquet/Author. As part of their commitment to fill every vacancy, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) was out in full force at Montgomery College’s Rockville Campus on September 7 to meet with prospective applicants lined up inside the Student Services Building.
MCPS to hold job fair on September 7
MCPS announces 99% staffed for the 2022-2023 school year. Before the start of the school year, students throughout Montgomery County visited their new classrooms and met their teachers; new students at the secondary level had their "mini day" walking through their schedules. And behind the scenes, MCPS was in a hiring frenzy to fill the gaps during pre-service week and before the end of summer vacation.
Kindergarten allocations in jeopardy?
Teachers concerned about kindergarten staff allocations for. Teacher teaching students in a classroomCDC/Unsplash. Staffing shortages are affecting schools across the country. In Montgomery County there is a mad dash to fill the vacancies before school begins for students on August 29. As the school system scrambles to fill almost 300 full-time and part-time teaching positions, schools hope to keep their teaching allocations.
IRS increases expense deduction for qualifying educators
The initiative misses the mark, leaving teachers feeling unimpressed and undervalued. Close up of Benjamin Franklin on a hundred dollar billNathan Dumlao/Unsplash. As school systems across the country are dealing with teacher shortages and the mass exodus in education, the Internal Revenue Service has increased the deduction for out-of-pocket classroom expenses for 2022 when they file their federal income tax return.
Montgomery County teachers look to social media to fill teacher vacancies
Teachers skeptical as MCPS relies on a cadre of substitutes to fill vacancies before 2022-2023 school year starts. On August 22, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) will hold its preservice week for teachers. Several schools across the county are looking to fill in gaps left by the inordinate number of retirees and resignations. During the August 8 media briefing, MCPS Superintendent Dr. Monifa B. McKnight shared the steps taken to alleviate the number of vacancies the county still has to fill.
MCPS addresses staffing issues two weeks before teachers report to classrooms
Woman standing in front of empty classroomLinkedIn Sales Solutions/Unsplash. Two weeks before teachers are expected to report back to schools for pre-service week, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Superintendent Dr. Monifa B. McKnight shared efforts and plans to recruit and fill open positions in MCPS.
MCPS Hosts Job Info Session to Fill More than 400 Teaching Vacancies Before August 29
MCPS is looking to fill vacancies in 8 critical areas within the school system. Help Wanted sign posted in a windowTim Mossholder/Unsplash. The nation saw a mass exit in every school system at the end of the 2021-2022 school year. Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) is no different. As a result, the school system is holding a virtual job information session, an in-person job fair, and a daily open house to find the right individuals to fill the vacancies.
MCPS bulldozes community garden near elementary school
MCPS denies request for the unauthorized community garden to become an official school garden. Painted wheelbarrow in the former Three Sisters GardenHeather Jauquet/Author. Less than two weeks after sharing about the Three Sisters Garden located on Strawberry Knoll Road adjacent to Strawberry Knoll Elementary School, I received a phone call that Montgomery County Public Schools was bulldozing the unofficial community garden.
Summer training for MCPS security staff includes active shooter situations
It has happened again. A school has been involved in a mass shooting just months after a student was shot in a school bathroom in Magruder high school, and Catonsville High School students took shelter after a shooting outside the school. This time it was an elementary school.
Book Wars: MCPS Middle School Students build friendships through literacy and leadership
Media Specialists combine a love of literacy and leadership skills through county-wide book trivia competition. MCPS District 2 Book WarriorsRon Poker/Used with Permission. Lights. Music. Themes. Decorated tables. Costumes. Opening skits and book warriors. Welcome to Montgomery County Public School’s Middle School Book Wars.
MCPS parents, students, and teachers provide feedback at meeting hosted by interim superintendent
MCPS Interim Superintendent, Dr. Monifa McKnight listening intently to community feedbackHeather Jauquet/Author. On April 20th, staff, parents, students, and board of education members participated in the first in-person community conversation hosted by Montgomery County Public School’s Interim Superintendent, Dr. Monifa McKnight.
MCPS Teachers concerned about a post spring break surge
Students and staff asked to test before returning to the classroom. It’s the end of spring break for Montgomery County Public Schools, and across the county, students and staff are preparing to return to the classrooms. However, before they do, they are asked to send in the results of a rapid home kit provided by the school system.
MCPS to review masking policies in schools
Hogan asks for mask mandates to lifted at all Maryland schools. As people prepared for holiday get-togethers in December, Maryland saw a spike in COVID-19 transmissions due to the Omicron variant. Schools suffered from a lack of staffing and student absences as the new variant spread across the state. In Montgomery County, school buses were unavailable, and parents were asked to provide transportation for their children. Virtual classrooms maxed out, leaving students without a way to access the curriculum.
Frantic parents watched in disbelief, waiting for their children to be released at Magruder High School
A parent with school-aged children never wants to receive the dreaded communication that their child is in a lockdown situation at their school. But unfortunately, that happened on Friday, January 21, 2022 at Colonel Zadok Magruder High School in Derwood, Maryland.