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MCPS Board of Education addresses substitue shortage

MCPS Board of Education addresses substitue shortage

By Vicky Gunawan, Observations Editor

April 3, 2019


Filed under Observations

Substitute teachers are among the least appreciated of teachers. They are called last minute to work, but they are still able to conduct classes with organization and poise. Recently in Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), there has been a shortage of substitute teachers. Because of this, the...

MCPS modifies assailant situation procedures

MCPS modifies assailant situation procedures

By Sophie Liss, Editor-in-Chief

February 8, 2019


Filed under News, School

If you are an MCPS student, the phrase “lockdown” likely generates memories of covering classroom windows, locking the door and sitting silently under desks during drills and emergencies. However, MCPS is now making changes to active assailant situation procedures coinciding with the “Maryland...

MCPS school buses need to install seat belts

MCPS school buses need to install seat belts

By Miranda Chung, Assistant Opinions Editor

December 21, 2018


Filed under Observer Opinion

The Oct. 8 limo crash in New York is considered to be the deadliest U.S. car accident in nine years according to the New York Times. After killing 20 people, including the driver of the vehicle and two pedestrians, the horrifying incident directed much needed attention on transportation safety.   ...

MCPS considers extending spring break

MCPS considers extending spring break

By Bradley Furgerson, Features Editor

November 21, 2018


Filed under Local, News, Online Exclusives, Top Stories

Following student and staff input in relation to which holidays the most students are absent, MCPS is considering two proposals for the 2019-2020 calendar. Both have 182 days of instruction, which is two days over the 180 state-mandated number of school days, start on Sep. 3, 2019 and end on June 15, 2020....

MCPS distributes free summer meals

MCPS distributes free summer meals

By Vicky Gunawan, Observations Editor

October 18, 2018


Filed under Local, News, Observations, Online Exclusives

Starting Jun. 18, 2019 free meals will be distributed during the summer at approximately 120 sites throughout Montgomery County. The county will provide meals to  students attending summer school or recreation programs as part of a new program called the Montgomery County Summer Food Program. This...

Md. education resource disparity causes teachers to strike

Md. education resource disparity causes teachers to strike

By Jenna Greenzaid, Editor In Chief

May 9, 2018


Filed under News

MCPS has a $2.519 billion operating budget for Fiscal Year 2018 to fund operations for the 204 schools included in the county. While MCPS may be adequately funded, there are still alarming disparities within the county concerning planned distribution of resources to schools and funding for such resources. “My...

MCPS supplies free ACT, SAT vouchers to students

By Brandon Li, Online News Editor

February 8, 2018


Filed under News, School, Top Stories

MCPS is now offering a free SAT or ACT voucher for every junior.   In order to receive the free voucher, students must apply through the Counseling Department or the College/Career Center. Students complete a form, including a photo, and return it to the College/Career Center. The voucher only ...

MCPS adopts new grade-viewing system

MCPS adopts new grade-viewing system

By Sophie Liss, Sports Editor

October 5, 2017


Filed under News, Online Exclusives, School, Top Stories

MCPS has created and implemented a new platform for reporting grades posting assignments:myMCPS Classroom. This will replace the use of Edline for the 2017-2018 school year. The new system is more cost effective than Edline was, allows teachers to annotate and write comments on documents as they gr...

Ultimate Frisbee Petitions MCPS for Official Sport Status

Ultimate Frisbee Petitions MCPS for Official Sport Status

By Will Hyland, Production Editor

May 31, 2016


Filed under Sports

The idea that ultimate frisbee would become a recognized MCPS sport has been tossed around for a while, and with the recent announcement by the Olympic committee declaring frisbee an olympic sport, now may be the most likely time for a change to be made. CHS ultimate frisbee captain junior Jacob Gl...

2017 Budget Announced

2017 Budget Announced

By Nathan Deychman, Sports Editor

March 22, 2016


Filed under Top Stories

After over three months of deliberation, MCPS released the Fiscal Year 2017 Operating Budget March 15. The 2017 budget will include increased spending on instruction, with over 81 percent of the budget being allocated to the development of the instruction provided for students in MCPS. Interim Superintendent...

MCPS Search for New Superintendent Comes to a Close

MCPS Search for New Superintendent Comes to a Close

By Eugenia Cardinale, Observations Editor

February 25, 2016


Filed under Uncategorized

MCPS’ search for a new superintendent is over. The Board of Education (BOE) Feb. 4 conditionally appointed Dr. Jack Smith as the next superintendent effective July 1. Smith is currently the interim superintendent of Maryland schools and former superintendent of schools in Calvert County Public Schools...

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