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Churchill beats WJ boys varsity soccer team 1-0

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BETHESDA – The Winston Churchill Bulldogs defeated the Walter Johnson Wildcats boys varsity soccer team 1-0 Monday evening.

Both teams began the match searching for a goal, exchanging opportunities at each end of the field. The Bulldogs would open the scoring in the first half and remain organized to preserve their lead until the final whistle.

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MCPS officials offer recommendations on school safety

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MCPS logoLocal school officials say there is much to be done to insure greater school safety in the county.

Officials with Montgomery County Public Schools recently published an interim report on school safety and security in its 25 high schools. Superintendent Jack Smith commissioned this report last spring after an alleged rape case — which prosecutors later dropped — involving Rockville High School students in aschool bathroom garnered national attention.

The MCPS Department of School Safety and Security collaborated with school administrators and the Office School Support and Improvement along with two outside consulting experts to develop this report.

The study’s 30 recommendations are divided into seven key priority areas, which include systemwide prevention and early intervention programs and collaboration with law enforcement and other partner agencies. The recommendations themselves range from more intensive screening for hiring security personnel, to regular staff meetings on monitoring and responding to critical incidents.

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Judge strikes sex abuse conviction of former MCPS teacher

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A former Montgomery County Public Schools teacher who was convicted in 2014 of sexual abuse of a minor will no longer have to answer "Yes" when asked if he has ever been convicted of a crime. 

Circuit Court Judge David A. Boynton granted Richard Shemer, a former Albert Einstein High School social studies teacher, a "Probation Before Judgment" status last week when he appeared for a reconsideration case. 

Shemer's new legal disposition effectively strikes the sex abuse conviction from his records and opens the door for consideration of full exoneration, should he make the request.

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Monroe seeks full term in G-Burg

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Gaithersburg Govt logoGAITHERSBURG — Yvette Monroe, the most junior member of the Gaithersburg City Council, is seeking a full term this fall.

Monroe and her husband moved to Gaithersburg from Philadelphia 27 years ago for work. Her interest in civic affairs in the city began when she attended the 2010 State of the City Address.

"I had been president of the Watkins Mill PTA, and I was interested in staying involved in education issues after my daughters graduated," Monroe said. She joined the city's Education Enrichment Committee and became its president in 2013. She also joined the Olde Towne Advisory Subcommittee in 2016. At the 2016 State of the City Address, Monroe received the city's Distinguished Citizen award.

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New student board member lays out education agenda

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MoCo BOEThe new student member of the Board of Education laid out his plans for his term in office to tackle some of the major issues facing Montgomery County’s school system.

“It really is humbling to have the trust and support of so many amazing students and the scope of this job does not escape me but I’m going to work every day to make sure that I make our students proud,” said 17-year-old Matthew Post, a rising senior at Sherwood High School in Olney, whom middle school and high school students elected to the position April 26 and began his term July 1.

Post, who previously served as the as the vice-president of the Montgomery County Regional Student Government Association, is the first to hold the position from his school. He said his priorities are closing the achievement gap, destigmatizing mental health issues and expanding career training programs.

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County considers recovery schools to battle addiction

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ROCKVILLE — Opioid addiction has increasingly become a problem in Montgomery County and across the state of Maryland over recent years. In their July 11 meeting, the Montgomery County Public Schools Board of Education took steps to combat the problem with a discussion on a possible solution: recovery schools.

 A recovery school is a special program for students who have problems with drug addiction. The program would target students in grades 8-12. These schools will help students stay sober, and give students the tools that they need to stay away from drugs in the future. Nearly 40 of these types of schools currently exist across the United States, and it is an option that MCPS is weighing in order to combat drug overdose problems in its own county.

The emphasis for the proposed recovery school came down to three points in the meeting. First, that the school would be committed to recovery maintenance and support rather than primary treatment. Second, the proposed program would have an equal balance between therapy and academics. Third, the school would be focused on graduating its own students, rather than sending them back to their home school.

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And soon it will be time to visit museums

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When school ends on Friday, 635 Montgomery County Public School employees will have retired during this school year.

While that might seem like a lot, the number is almost identical to last’s retirement total and represents less than 3 percent of the district’s 23,330 employees.

Two of those retirees – Dorothy Schneider, who has been teaching young students here for 47 years, and E. Darlene Umberger, an administrative secretary for the past 47 years – are eager to move on while well aware they will miss staff and students a great deal.

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Immigrant fear continues

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Local children apparently afraid while at school parents will be deported

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Anxious calls of concern are coming into both the Montgomery School District’s main offices and individual schools as parents work to deal with their fears about whether they or their children might be deported due to their immigration status.

“Parents are concerned,” said Montgomery County Public School District Spokesman Derek Turner. “We’ve heard from up-county, and we’ve heard from down-county,” he said, explaining that the calls aren’t just coming from a few isolated areas.

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Parents and students talk inclusion at local schools

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ROCKVILLE – Montgomery County Public Schools’ parents and students said the school system’s intentions of not tolerating hate are clear, though their levels of satisfaction varied.

Richard Montgomery freshman Isabelle Young, co-founder of school club RM Huddle, said MCPS responded in a satisfactory manner to incidents of discrimination that she and her little sister observed at school. Her sister witnessed a friend who was Muslim being called a terrorist at her elementary school.

“There had been a student, I don’t know where he had heard it from but he had said some pretty nasty things,” Young said, “but their school counselors actually handled it really well and talked to all the kids.”

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Teachers lose scheduled grading time in MCPS 2017-2018 calendar

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ROCKVILLE – The Montgomery County Public Schools Board of Education voted unanimously to approve MCPS staff’s 2017-2018 school year calendar that management adjusted to comply with the governor’s executive order, on Monday.

Chris Lloyd, president of teachers union Montgomery County Education Association, said he is concerned about how the new school year calendar will affect teachers’ ability to enter grades into the server and plan for their classes.

“I think it’s going to be very hard for teachers,” Lloyd said shortly after the board approved the calendar and he heard the changes for the first time.

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