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By Tony Glaros Special to The Sentinel WHEATON – On a sun-drenched Friday morning, Reggie Wright pulled up a seat at a computer terminal where a coworker was pensively flipping through the pages of an Algebra textbook. “You do guided practice,” began Wright, 50, who directs the math department at John F. Kennedy High School […]

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SILVER SPRING – Corrections have yet to be made to the thousands of problems cited in an Americans with Disabilities assessment of Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) that was conducted two years ago. “We are just making sure we have the budget so we can address” the problems, said School Board President Shebra Evans. “We […]

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ROCKVILLE – The Montgomery County Board of Education met on Jan. 9 to speak about the growing and current issues with Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) as residents approve of Boundary Analysis despite shortcomings. The meeting opened up with the board unanimously approving a resolution to acknowledge February as African American History Month as well […]

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ROCKVILLE – The Montgomery County’s Office of Legislative Oversight released its yearly education report in December, outlining the performance and opportunity gaps by race and ethnicity across the county as well as recommendations on how to combat them. The summary showed five key findings: Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) are diverse and segregated, gaps by […]

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ROCKVILLE – At his first media briefing of the year, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Superintendent Jack Smith spoke about building on the improvements of 2019, the district’s effort to combat hate bias in schools as well as recommendations for the Fiscal Year 2021 Operating Budget. Smith started by talking about the increased enrollment in […]

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ROCKVILLE – After a rocky spring season dominated by criticisms and the cleaning up of perceptions after a Damascus High School hazing incident, students and staff entered their 2019-2020 school year in Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) with a seemingly more attentive ear from its administration. Damascus High School, under legal scrutiny after an alleged […]

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ROCKVILLE – Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Superintendent Jack Smith presented his operating budget recommendation for the fiscal year of 2021 on Dec. 18. Designed by Smith in collaboration with community groups and MCPS employee’s associations, the $2.8 billion budget is a 4.5% increase from the 2020 fiscal year, which was nearly half of the […]

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By Ana Mulero Special to The Sentinel ROCKVILLE – With the holidays and 2020 just around the corner, the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Board of Education completed an expansive agenda including voting in presiding officers, approving the 2020-21 school year calendar and listening to public feedback on Dec. 3. First, board member and Silver […]

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ROCKVILLE – Results of SATs from the Montgomery County Public Schools’ (MCPS) class of 2019 showed a drop in scores for the first time since the SAT was redesigned in 2016. The class earned an average score of 1119 out of 1600, a 41-point drop from the previous graduating class. Still, the county’s scores are […]

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SILVER SPRING – For the second time in about six months, a drawing of a swastika was found at Silver Creek Middle School in Kensington on Nov. 25. “I am extremely disappointed to report to you that a pencil drawing of a swastika was found on a student desk. We quickly removed the vandalism,” Principal […]

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By Ana Mulero Special to The Sentinel ROCKVILLE – The Montgomery County Public Schools Board of Education approved boundary changes on Nov. 26 to address concerns with projected overcrowding at Clarksburg and Northwest high schools, with high school and middle school reassignments beginning in September 2020. The school restructuring plan passed with a vote of […]

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By Shauneen Miranda Special to The Sentinel When not serving as a local real estate agent, Audrey Forshey dedicates her time to help girls in Kenya receive an education. “I always say I have 43 kids,” said Forshey, who serves as the president of Mothers Fighting for Others, a nonprofit that raises money to send […]

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BETHESDA – Electronic cigarettes are relatively new, and the medical community is only beginning to understand how they affect the lungs.  However, a panel of medical professionals told about 100 high school students gathered at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda on Nov. 19 that it took decades for doctors to know […]

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ROCKVILLE – A grassroots social movement group sponsored by the school system said they want to knock down barriers that prevent men of color from becoming educators in Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS). The grassroots movement is called the Building Our Network of Diversity Project (BOND), which hosted its third annual meeting on Nov. 14, […]

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SILVER SPRING – Montgomery County Councilmembers hope to establish a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) academy on the campuses of Montgomery College that would be open to county students of all backgrounds. Councilmembers sent a letter Nov. 21 to officials at Montgomery College and the Universities of Shady Grove asking them to help set […]

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By Dan Novak Capital News Service WASHINGTON – The military’s medical school in Bethesda has been targeted by the Defense Department for significant budget cuts that could force the closure of the university, officials say. As a part of a Pentagon-wide review of “time, money, and manpower that can be re-allocated to our highest priorities,” […]

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ROCKVILLE – Two conflicting arguments became prominent during most of a hearing for the boundary study on a county high school, and two other high schools included in the study, on Nov. 13. On the one hand were parents and students from Seneca Valley High School or the cluster, which recently received an addition and […]

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SHADY GROVE – The Universities at Shady Grove (USG) officially opened the doors of its new Biomedical Sciences and Engineering Building on Thursday.  The Universities call the new building a state-of-the-art facility and expect it to expand offerings in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, or STEM.  USG is a satellite campus for nine different educational […]

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SILVER SPRING – Hundreds of Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) employees, parents and students gathered at Montgomery Blair High School to learn about objectives and concerns of a commission that focuses on public education. People learned about what the Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education, popularly known as the Kirwan Commission, wants to be […]

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ROCKVILLE – Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) central office staff said they want to revise their approach to secondary education for middle and high school students who have limited English proficiency (LEP). Staff presented its findings on MCPS data about LEP secondary students during a Montgomery County Public Schools Board of Education meeting Nov. 12. […]

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SILVER SPRING – Eighteen members of the Montgomery County Council and the Maryland General Assembly are urging Montgomery County Board of Education members to reconsider their policy that marks students unexcused when they miss school to attend a political protest or testify in Rockville or Annapolis. Del. Vaughn Stewart (D-19) organized the letter sent to […]

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CLARKSBURG —Members of the Montgomery County Council held the first of two youth town halls on Oct. 30 at Clarksburg High School. The town hall meetings were designed to give students in the community an opportunity to talk with elected representatives and ask questions about the issues that are important to them. Council President Nancy […]

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SILVER SPRING – Following the Maryland State Superintendent of Schools announcing plans to strengthen Holocaust instruction throughout the state, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) said it would be enhancing its Holocaust curriculum. “It is essential that students not only understand the Holocaust but also the conditions that allowed for the Holocaust to occur and the […]

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ROCKVILLE – Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) enrollment continues to increase as staff study options to accommodate the growing body of students. Meanwhile, the school board considers options for redrawing school boundaries. In the most recent board of education meeting on Oct. 28 MCPS Superintendent Jack Smith announced that the proposed FY 2021 capital budget […]

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WHEATON – On Oct. 14, Wheaton High School seniors arrived at school to learn that a Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) student downloaded the personal data of over 1,300 of their own. The information stored on a “college and career readiness” software service called Naviance included test scores, GPAs, personal information, phone numbers and email […]

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ROCKVILLE – A union representing Montgomery county public school teachers, counselors and other school professionals shared concerns with staff and the school board about the system, such as inadequate staffing, lack of respect and low pay. Some of the work environments, they said, are not ideal for teaching or do not meet the needs of […]

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ROCKVILLE – An external investigation of high schools after the 2018 Damascus High School “brooming” incident shows a positive culture around sports and afterschool activities. Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) contracted an external supervision investigation as a result of its internal investigation of monitoring students during after school activities at Damascus High School, the day […]

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ROCKVILLE — Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin (D) paid a visit to Montgomery College in Rockville on Oct. 7 to meet with students specializing in STEM fields and entrepreneurship. Cardin also met with university administrators to discuss issues facing Montgomery College and other institutions of higher education. The group talked about topics ranging from tuition to […]

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ROCKVILLE – Despite its emphasis on sustainability and recycling, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) spent $415,000 on single-use water bottles during the 2018-2019 school year. The district purchased 3 million eight-ounce bottles of water for use in the elementary schools and spent $515,000 for 16.9-ounce bottles for students in the upper grades. When State Del. […]

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ROCKVILLE – Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) reviewed recent data on student academic performance and a study about the resources its schools use to understand where they can make improvements in the quality of education the school system can provide. MCPS Area Associate Superintendent Janet Wilson of the Office of Shared Accountability and Area Associate […]

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ROCKVILLE – Teaching and working with Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) students can be stressful, declared County Councilman At-Large Gabe Albornoz on Sept. 28. To ensure that those educators take care of their own social and emotional needs, Albornoz announced a new program, which gives all full-time MCPS employees free membership to the county’s 22 […]

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ROCKVILLE – Maryland State Department of Education named Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) 2019 Teacher of the Year a finalist for the state’s Teacher of the Year award.  MCPS staff wrote in a news release that the teaching of Hallie Wells Middle School English teacher Madeline Hanington produces results.  “Hanington’s style is dynamic, challenging, innovative […]

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SILVER SPRING – One hundred fifty Northwood and Montgomery Blair High School students walked out of their classes and marched down busy Colesville Road on Sept. 20, carrying signs and chanting, “Whose water, Our water… Whose planet, our planet.” They joined students throughout the county, who packed the Metro into Washington, D.C., to join an […]

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GAITHERSBURG – On Sept. 10, as Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) continues to make changes to its Athlete Supervision Action Plan, a Gaithersburg High School student and football player passed out alone in a field after practice, found later by his mother. Zachary Arrendell, a 15-year-old high school student, was cleared to play football despite […]

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SILVER SPRING – Hundreds of young people created robots, learned about pollution, built wooden cars and made 3D models during a daylong FutureFest at the Silver Spring Civic Building on Sept. 15. The event, sponsored by the KID Museum, showed students how much fun science can be and how important it is to work together […]

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MONTGOMERY VILLAGE – Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) staff shared details about new models for special academic programs at the high school level, along with plans for changes in the way they communicate about those programs. Starting in fall 2020, more county students will have improved access to special college-readiness and career-readiness programs. One program […]

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ROCKVILLE – During the Aug. 29 Montgomery County School Board business meeting, Chief Academic Officer Maria Navarro answered a question about the district’s concerted effort to better educate both students and parents on the harmful effects of vaping. “Yes, absolutely,” Navarro responded, noting that meetings will be set up with officials from the county’s health […]

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ROCKVILLE – The percentage of middle school students receiving a passing score (725, or a 3) on the Algebra 1 state standardized test decreased since 2018, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) wrote in a news release.  In 2019, 71.4 % of middle school students who took Algebra I earned the minimum score required for graduation […]

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ROCKVILLE – The Montgomery County Public Schools Board of Education voted unanimously to approve its staff’s pick for a consultant who will review how the county determines school boundaries.  Superintendent Jack Smith said in a memorandum to the board that Consultant WXY Architecture + Urban Design will conduct the districtwide boundary review analysis because of […]

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ROCKVILLE – Changes to preparation for sports seasons now include anti-bullying and anti-hazing emphases, and coaches must follow a template in creating plans for supervision. During a Montgomery County Board of Education meeting on Aug. 29, Montgomery County Public Schools Director of Systemwide Athletics Jeff Sullivan summarized the changes that are occurring in athletics leading […]

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ROCKVILLE – Vestibule construction, teacher hirings and additional portable classrooms are some of the topics that central office staff discussed during the Aug. 29 Board of Education meeting. The purpose of the discussion was to update Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Board of Education members about what happened in MCPS while students were on summer […]

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ROCKVILLE – As the children entered a room filled high with backpacks, lunch bags, books and other school supplies, their eyes widened. Some quickly grabbed their favorites; others slowly checked everything out. The Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless annually holds its Back to School Fair to ensure that the 300 children it serves will […]

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WHEATON – During one of the final weekends before school starts, many families with children shop for clothes and school supplies. Thousands of parents, guardians and children from across the country traveled to Westfield Mall on Aug. 24, but for reasons other than a shopping trip. Wheaton Mall was the location of the Montgomery County […]

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The ASSE-International Student Exchange Programs is looking for families in the county to host high schoolers from countries around the world for the upcoming school year.  The program is meant to give families and students opportunities to engage in unique cultural experiences. Originally founded in 1976, ASSE represents students from more than 30 countries, but […]

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ROCKVILLE — As summer comes to a close and back-to-school preparations get under way, GoNoodle and RespectAbility have teamed up to introduce a new character to their platform that represents children with differing abilities, named Flash Bolton. GoNoodle provides short interactive videos that are meant to get students out of their chairs and moving. Research […]

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POTOMAC — It was standing room only in the auditorium of Winston Churchill High School on Aug. 10 as friends and family came together to remember Jacob Cassell. On July 31, Cassell was riding his bike in Bethesda when he fell off and was struck by a car, according to reports. He died the next […]

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DAMASCUS — According to court documents, a former security guard that worked at John T. Baker Middle School in Damascus is suing Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) on claims that the female principal of the school sexually harassed him. Security guard Scott Wilson also alleges that John T. Baker Middle School Principal Dr. Louise Worthington […]

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ROCKVILLE –Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) staff amended its timeline for the boundary review analysis, days before it was scheduled to recommend a consultant to the Board of Education. Staff wrote in the request for proposal that it would recommend a selection to the board on Aug. 1. However, Chief Operating Officer Andy Zuckerman and […]

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By Lyna Bentahar ROCKVILLE – When Joey Jones was first hired as principal of Robert E. Frost Middle School in Rockville, he expected to stay for just a few years before moving on to other things. Seventeen years later, Jones remains as the principal, and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) has just […]

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ROCKVILLE – An oversight body known as the Ethics Panel, which reports to the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS)  Board of Education, has a new member as of late June. New Ethics Panel Member Lisa Jones Toms is an attorney for non-government organization Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) who lives in North Potomac. Prior to […]