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MCCPTA GT Liaison Training/Parent Information Night –Tuesday, October 14, 7:30-9:30 pm

MCCPTA GT Liaison Training/Parent Information Night –Tuesday, October 147:30-9:30 pm
Location: Carver Educational Services Center Auditorium850 Hungerford Drive, Rockville.  
(free parking)
All interested parents are welcome. 
Meet Meredith Casper, Director of MCPS’ Division of Accelerated and Enriched Instruction, and Ruth Green, Director of Enriched and Innovative Programs 
Presentations will include:
  • Overview of opportunities for enriched and accelerated instruction at elementary, middles, and high school levels.
  • Overview of magnet, choice and immersion opportunities at elementary, middles, and high school levels.
Discuss GT Advocacy Resources Including the Gifted and Talented Association of Montgomery County — 

Patrick  Dunn

Meet Michelle Gluck, MCCPTA Vice President of Educational Issues, and 
Amanda Graver, MCCPTA Chair Curriculum Committee.
This is also an opportunity for parents to help set the MCCPTA Gifted Child Committee’s priorities for the rest of this year by bringing your own experiences, ideas, and concerns to the table.
Thank you,
Lang Lin and Kim Testa
Co-Chairs, MCCPTA Gifted Child Committee
P.S. – Sorry to have to schedule this on a Middle School PTSA night, but it was the only night that worked for everyone involved.  


June 13 will be Early release day

–  Monday, April 21, 2014, also known as Easter Monday (Students Will Attend school)

–  Thursday, June 12 previously scheduled early release day has been changed to a full school day.

June 13, last day of school, will be early release day. Below is the link to the revised school calendar.


MCPS Will Make Up Two Snow Days on April 21 and June 13

State Approves Plan, Waives Four Snow Days

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) has made final adjustments to this year’s school calendar and will make up two snow days. Under a plan approved by the Maryland State Department of Education on Wednesday (April 2, 2014), school will be held on the following days:

–  Monday, April 21, 2014, also known as Easter Monday
–  Friday, June 13, 2014, which will be the last day of school for students

No other snow days will have to be made up under the state-approved plan. The 2013-2014 school calendar, as approved by the Montgomery County Board of Education, has 184 days of instruction, which is four more than required by state law. MCPS has had 10 snow days this school year and, therefore, is six days under the 180 days of instruction required by state law.

On Wednesday, Maryland State Superintendent of Schools Lillian Lowery granted a waiver that allows MCPS to go four days below the required days of instruction if school is held on April 21 and June 13.

“We appreciate Dr. Lowery’s recognition that this has been a very unusual winter and her willingness to grant us some flexibility in our calendar,” said Superintendent of Schools Joshua P. Starr. “By holding classes on April 21 and June 13, we can make up two valuable days of instruction without significantly disrupting our community’s summer schedules.”

State Superintendent Denies Snow Day Waiver; MCPS May Modify Request

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Maryland State Superintendent of Schools Lillian Lowery on Monday denied a waiver request that would have allowed Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) to go below the 180 days of instruction required by state law. However, Dr. Lowery said she would consider a modified request if MCPS agreed to make up more of the instructional time that was lost this school year due to inclement weather.

MCPS Superintendent Joshua P. Starr said he will consult with the Board of Education to consider other options before deciding whether to submit a modified waiver request. He said a decision about whether to submit such a request would be made early this week and the state has indicated they would respond quickly.  Once MCPS knows how many days of instruction it will have to make up, parents, students, staff, and community members will be notified of any changes to the calendar.

MCPS has closed school 10 times this school year due to inclement weather. The 2013-2014 school calendar, as approved by the Montgomery County Board of Education, has 184 days of instruction, which includes four days more than required by state law. Therefore, MCPS is six days under the 180 days of instruction required by state law.

On March 25, the Maryland State Board of Education gave Dr. Lowery the authority to grant a waiver that would allow districts to go up to five days below the 180-day minimum. MCPS applied for a waiver under which one of the six snow days would be made up and five would be waived.

Response to MCPS Waiver Request

Plan Ahead for the Next School Year 2014-15

The Board of Education has set the calendar for 2014-2015 school year. Classes will begin on Monday, August 25, 2014 and are scheduled to end on Friday, June 12, 2015. The calendar is available in seven languages –Amharic, Chinese, English, French, Korean, Spanish and Vietnamese—and can be printed or downloaded to a computer or mobile device. Visit http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/info/calendars/future/ to see the calendar.

MCCPTA Advocacy Action Alert

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PTA and MCCPTA leaders, members, and many of their students, as well as County Executive Ike Leggett, Superintendent Josh Starr, and many members of the Board of Education and County Council are heading to Annapolis TONIGHT, March 6th, in support of additional state funds for our county’s critical construction needs.  Our Montgomery Delegation will be there to greet us, and get us updated on the status of legislation critical to our kids.  Our field trip is making the news; CLICK HERE to read and view recent coverage.  Then, come tonight, and be part of tomorrow’s story!

There is almost nothing more important you can do to win construction dollars for our schools than bringing your friends, neighbors, grandparents, and students to Maryland PTA Night in Annapolis tonight.  If your school is over capacity or has critical maintenance needs, you should be there to tell non-Montgomery County legislators your story.  Bring the kids, let THEM tell their story.  These legislators don’t get it.  Yet.  You can help make them understand.

Drive to Annapolis and meet us around 6 p.m. on Lawyers Mall OR grab one of the remaining seats on one a school bus MCCPTA is sending from five points throughout Montgomery County; CLICK HERE for details and links to check for available seats to  ride free from Bethesda, Germantown, Poolesville, Rockville, or Silver Spring.  Hurry, seats are almost gone!  A full schedule of events AVAILABLE HERE.

And please don’t forget, all adults will need a valid photo ID to get into the state buildings in Annapolis; BRING YOUR PHOTO ID.  Also, a reminder, middle and high school students can earn SSL hours by joining us; students under 18 must be accompanied by parent(s) or guardian(s). CLICK HERE for more information on this SSL opportunity.

Dress warmly, and together let’s show Annapolis what PTA in Montgomery County is all about!

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MCPS Update on snow days – Released today

So far this year (as of Feb.18, 2014) MCPS has had seven snow days, meaning we have exceeded by three the number of days built into the calendar. The last day of school for MCPS was originally scheduled for Thursday, June 12. Without a waiver from the state, the last day will have to be moved to Tuesday, June 17, in order to meet the 180-day state requirement. If we have additional snow days this year, the last day of school would have to be moved back further, in accordance with the calendar approved by the Board of Education. There are no plans to change Spring Break.

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