Friday, February 22, 2013
Fire and rescue spokesman: One adult suffered life-threatening injuries in a collision on Game Preserve Road.
A crash involving a county school bus and several vehicles on Friday afternoon in Gaithersburg sent 10 people to the hospital, including one with life-threatening injuries, a Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said. The school bus was carrying seven students from Germantown's Clopper Mill Elementary School, said Dana Tofig, a Montgomery County Public Schools spokesman. Seven children and two adults were taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Assistant Chief Scott Graham, a county Fire and Rescue Service spokesman, tweeted. "We don't believe there are any serious injuries [to students]," Tofig said. "Some students may have been taken for evaluation at the hospital for precaution." The adult suffering …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
More than half of the county school system's graduating seniors last year earned at least one college-ready AP score.
News about the county's high-performing high-school students just doesn't stop. According to a Montgomery County Public Schools' statement, 52.3 percent of the county's public school students graduating from high school in 2012 earned a college-ready score (a score of 3 or higher) on at least one Advanced Placement exam. That's an increase of nearly 3 percentage points from 2011. Nationally, only 19.5 percent of graduating seniors earned at least one college-ready AP score. Across the state, 29.6 percent of graduating seniors in 2012 earned at least one college-ready AP score. No state had a higher percentage of students earning at least one AP score of 3 or higher, the College Board’s AP Report to the Nation reported on Feb. 20. Here's …
The county school board voted to cancel its lease of the Brickyard site in Potomac with the county, which had planned to develop the site with soccer fields.
POTOMAC—The Brickyard Road property in Potomac—owned by Montgomery County Public Schools and leased for use as an organic farm for the past three decades—is no longer being considered for lease to the county, which intended to turn it into soccer fields, MCPS announced Tuesday night. In a letter to the county school board on Tuesday, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) wrote that the county was relinquishing the county's lease on the site, and that the county no longer intends to develop the property for recreational purposes. The site—once slated for a middle school—has been the focus of months of controvery and legal wrangling. A group of Potomac activists, residents and farm supporters want the site to be maintained as an …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Police allege the man was injured during a scuffle with officers and a police dog after they woke him up
(Updated April 5, 2013) Charges have been droped against a physical educaiton teacher found sleeping inside a Redland Middle School lockeroom in February. Charges of burglary and tresspassing have been dismissed, The Gazette reports. (ORIGINAL) A physical education teacher found sleeping inside a Redland Middle School locker room early Friday has been charged with trespassing and resisting arrest, according to records filed in Montgomery County District Court. Police allege that Benjamin J. Morey, 35, of the unit block of Hyacitnth Court in Gaithersburg, was injured during a scuffle with officers and a police dog after they woke him up. He was treated at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital for a cut on his thigh and puncture wounds on his leg, …
Sunday, February 17, 2013
A rundown of what MCPS is serving to students this week.
What's for lunch? This week's menu for Montgomery County Public Schools' elementary school cafeterias is listed below. Visit the full menu for calorie information. The menu for Head Start and pre-kindergarten students varies slightly from the elementary school menu. Visit the MCPS website for middle school lunch, high school lunch and middle and high school breakfast offerings.
Monday, February 11, 2013
The year-long career and leadership development program looks for students who have demonstrated leadership, maturity and the ability to learn outside the classroom.
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Thursday, February 7, 2013
Tell us what you think.
It’s budget season in Montgomery County, and at least one local parent wants to know what county leadership is doing to protect students—protection that can’t come from armed guards and locked doors. Football season is recently concluded, hockey season is underway and sporting concussions continue to pose health risks to high school, college and pro athletes across the country. While state and county lawmakers have made strides in requiring concussion-training for high school coaches, local advocate and Patch blogger Tom Hearn says it’s not enough. Hearn, whose own son sustained a concussion playing JV football at Whitman High School in 2011, urges the county school board to include $500,000 in funding for high school athletic trainers in…
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Parent and civic groups to take a 'chapter-by-chapter' look at the $2.2 billion proposal.
With the Montgomery County School Board’s budget hearings complete, parent and civics groups are hosting their own forum on the proposed budget for the 2013-2014 school year. The forum, dubbed a “Book Club Budgetpalooza”—a name borrowing from the “book club” discussions hosted by MCPS Superintendent Joshua P. Starr and calling to mind the alternative rock festival founded by Perry Farrell—will be held 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the first floor meeting room of Rockville Memorial Library, at 21 Maryland Ave. in Rockville Town Square. It is hosted by the Montgomery County Civic Federation, the Parents' Coalition of Montgomery County, MD, and the Montgomery County Taxpayers League. “We will go chapter by chapter through the proposed MCPS FY14 …
Monday, January 28, 2013
Majority of support for later school start times comes from residents in Rockville, Potomac, Bethesda and Chevy Chase, according to a nonprofit research center.
The movement to push back public school start times in Montgomery County may have its widest support in the Potomac and Bethesda areas, according to a study analyzing the Start School Later Montgomery County petition. The petition urging a later school start time of 8:15 a.m. gathered more than 10,000 signatures in 12 weeks through the fall of 2012 and early January 2013. According to a report released today by the Lloyd Society, a nonprofit research center, support for the petition came from across Montgomery County and corresponded with population distribution. Twenty-seven percent of petition-signers came from the Rockville and Potomac areas, and another 25 percent came from Bethesda and Chevy Chase. Silver Spring and Takoma Park …
The council’s Office of Legislative Oversight last examined the gap in 2008.
Montgomery County legislative analysts are preparing to deliver an update next month on how Montgomery County Public Schools have spent the past five years addressing the achievement gap, The Gazette reported. The County Council’s Office of Legislative Oversight is set to release the report on the performance gap between white and Asian students and their black and Hispanic classmates on Feb. 26, The Gazette reported. Click here to read the full article in The Gazette. The report will examine the school system’s progress in narrowing gaps in performance on standardized tests and on other measures, such as suspension, graduation and drop-out rates and completion of career and technology education programs, according to a council document …