QOHS Weekly Newsletter

May 8, 2022

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QOHS Weekly Newsletter 5/8/22

Dear Quince Orchard Students, Staff, and Families,

Today is Mother's Day and I am sending thoughts and well wishes to anyone who needs it on Mother's Day. It could be anyone who just needs to know they are appreciated, valued, and cared for. Mother's Day brings many emotions and memories, I hope you can find one that feeds your soul and brings you joy.

Last week we celebrated staff appreciation week and we are so thankful for the partnership we have with our PTSA! The PTSA provided snacks, lunch, and surprises throughout the week to help recognize our amazing QO staff. Thank you for your support and appreciation. Also on Friday, we had a staff vs student volleyball game during lunch. The competition was fierce but in the end, the staff couldn't hold on to the excellent play of our students. It was a fun Friday and great way to wrap up our mental health awareness week.

This week we continue rolling through the month of May with AP exams, makeups for MCAP ELA testing, county athletics championships and regional tournament competitions begin.

Tomorrow night, our girls varsity lacrosse team will play in their first county championship ever! They are playing Whitman HS at 7:30 pm at Einstein High School. Our girls need you to be there, wear red, be loud, and showcase Cougar Pride.

During AP Exam weeks, attendance takes a significant longer time to complete. Please be patient as Ms. Bradley continues to make the changes based on who attends and participates in each exam.

This week our newsletter has a few highlights I would like to bring to your attention:

  • Asian American and Pacific Islander Month began last week! Check out info in the newsletter about our poster contest.
  • Graduation for the Class of 2022 is quickly approaching. Check out info in the newsletter and on our website so you know what to expect and how to prepare for graduation on June 2, 2022 at 2:30 pm at UMBC.
  • Cap and Gown distribution will be held May 23-27th.
  • Our PTSA needs you! We are looking for a few great people to help in leadership positions.
  • Summer school registration for QOHS classes began before the break. Summer school is free and a great way to stay engaged.
  • Next Friday, May 13th we begin our second annual instrument drive. As a result of last years drive, we were able to put instruments in the hands of students in our local elementary schools. Please help again this year!

Be well and remember, "We can't hide our Cougar Pride!"

All the best,

Elizabeth (Beth) Thomas


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MRA Survey: We Want to Hear from YOU!

The Measurable Results Assessment (MRA) is a survey and reporting system that provides schools insight into the attitudes and behaviors of staff and students. The data-informed insights were designed to align with expected outcomes common to schools implementing the paradigms and practices of Leader in Me which we have been providing through Cougars Connect during the 2021-2022 school year. As a result of the alignment between the MRA outcomes, schools will be provided with trainings and materials, allowing them to take action to improve areas of needed growth. This survey was available to be taken by students, staff, and families in the summer/fall of 2021. Would you please complete this survey to provide input about our school community?

FAMILIES: https://www.leaderinme.com/s/quince-orchard-high-school/families

STUDENTS: https://www.leaderinme.com/s/quince-orchard-high-school/student

STAFF: https://www.leaderinme.com/s/quince-orchard-high-school/staff

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AAPI Heritage Month Poster Project

In celebration and recognition of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month we are asking students to create posters of Asian Americans or Pacific Islanders that have made a significant contribution to society.

The posters must include the following information:

*Your individual’s name

*A picture of your chosen individual

*Country of background

*Childhood and education

*Career or jobs

*Accomplishments: what makes them stand out

*Special contributions, awards, recognitions

*Explanation on why you believe they are important

This is your opportunity to teach others about Asian/Pacific Island people and history. Each poster that includes the above criteria earns five (5) SSL hours. Posters are due by Friday, May 20th. Bring in posters to Mrs. Shelhorse (Visitor Welcome Center) or Ms. Goss (Main Office).
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Gender Neutral Restrooms & Student Gender Identity Guidelines

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) is committed to ensuring every student experiences equitable access to the educational opportunities designed to maximize the student’s academic success and physical, psychological, and social/emotional well-being. At Quince Orchard High School, we want to remind our students and community that gender-neutral student restroom(s) are available for students to use. This restroom is located on the second floor in the red hallway. Please understand that this designated gender-neutral restroom is specifically for the purpose of creating an accepting environment at QO and is in alignment with the MCPS Guidelines for Student Gender Identity. All students are expected to honor the intent of these designated restrooms and adhere to the expectations of the Student Code of Conduct.

MCPS has developed these guidelines to help achieve goals with respect to student gender identity:

  • Support students, so they may participate in school life consistent with their asserted gender identity, including students who identify as transgender or gender nonconforming.
  • Reduce stigmatization and marginalization of transgender and gender-nonconforming students.
  • Foster social integration and cultural inclusiveness of transgender and gender-nonconforming students.
  • Respect the right of students to keep their gender identity or transgender status private and confidential.
  • Provide support for MCPS staff members to enable them to appropriately and consistently address matters of student gender identity and expression.

Discrimination undermines our school district’s long-standing efforts to create, foster, and promote equity, inclusion, and acceptance for all. Some examples of discrimination include acts of hate, violence, insensitivity, harassment, bullying, disrespect, or retaliation. The Board prohibits the use of language and/or the display of images and symbols that promote hate and can be reasonably expected to cause substantial disruption to school or district operations or activities. For more information, please review Montgomery County Board of Education Policy ACA: Nondiscrimination, Equity, and Cultural Proficiency. This policy specifically prohibits discrimination, stigmatization, and bullying based on gender identity, as well as sex, gender, gender expression, and sexual orientation, among other personal characteristics.

AP Testing Information

AP students and parents, please click the link to view an important letter regarding AP testing dates, times, and test information. Please contact Ms. Jennifer Nicholson if you have any further questions.

AP Testing Letter

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Graduation Information

Graduation is right around the corner on Thursday, June 2nd at UMBC at 2 pm. If you missed the April 7 parent meeting, or have any questions, please visit the Graduation 2022 page on the QO website (https://www2.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/schools/qohs/homepage/graduation/). The slides and a video recording of the meeting on have been posted there. Cap & gown distribution is tentatively scheduled for the week of May 23. We will provide information about specific times during morning announcements and on the QO website and social media accounts. If you have questions that are not answered by the slides, please contact Ms. Haase, Ms. Jacobs, or Dr. Brown.

Senior Class Reminders

SENIORS--a few reminders.

  1. Caps and gowns will be distributed at lunch in room 323D the week of May 23rd based on your last name (see the chart below for your assigned day). If you are not at school at lunchtime because of a half-day schedule, see Ms. Jacobs or Ms. Haase about an alternate time.
  2. Senior fees were due April 29. If you have not paid yours, it has become an obligation. You will not receive your tickets to graduation if you have obligations; please see Ms. Ayers in the Financial Office to clear your obligations.
  3. Graduation rehearsal on June 1 is mandatory! It starts at 7:45 am at QO and runs until about 11:30/12:00. You will receive your tickets at the end of rehearsal.
  4. Graduation!!! 2:30 pm at UMBC. See the Graduation 2022 page of the QO website for more details on all of this and more.

Purchase the Senior Class Photo

The senior class photo was taken on Wednesday 2/23/22. This image can be purchased as a 10"x30" panoramic photo for $19 by ordering online at mylifetouch.com using the Picture Day ID: MJ041028T0.

Join the Senior Reminder Account for Important Updates: To join, please text the following code to 81010:

  • Last names A-G: text qosr22ag to 81010

  • Last names H-M: text qosr22hm to 81010

  • Last names N-S: text qosr22ns to 81010

  • Last names T-Z: text qosr22tz to 81010

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Spring Testing Continues This Week

This communication provides the latest information about testing that will occur during the months of April 2022-June 2022. Please review our testing calendar along with the details about testing below. Students must bring their charged MCPS Chromebook to take all of the MCAP tests this spring. Students may not use their own devices. Testing rosters and locations will be sent in a separate email to students via connect ed a week prior to their respective test.

If you have any additional questions, do not hesitate to reach out to Mr. Yarborough Assistant Principal Phillip_A_Yarborough@mcpsmd.org or Ms. Eberhart-Bliss, Acting Assistant Principal Elicia_M_Eberhart-Bliss@mcpsmd.org.

The Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (MCAP)

The Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (MCAP) provides information to educators, parents and the public on student progress towards proficiency on the Maryland state content standards. Through a strong assessment system, stakeholders gain an understanding of how schools are performing and where assistance can be directed to support student growth and achievement.

For high school students, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires that states administer annual statewide assessments to all students in math (algebra 1), English Languages Arts (grade 10), science (biology - MISA) and social studies (government). Maryland also provides Alternate Assessments written to the Alternate Standards for those students who require this accommodation. Most assessments are a combination of selected-response (multiple choice), constructed response (written response) and technology enhanced (drag and drop) test items. MCAP testing will run from Thursday, April 22 - Friday, June 3. Students who need to test will receive a communication through ConnectEd confirming which test location and which test they are taking one week prior to testing.

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COVID-19 Updates - Visit our webpage & continue to report positive cases

Please visit the MCPS COVID-19 INFORMATION section at the top of our QOHS webpage for important updates, and don't forget these important reminders:

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2022 Art Show "Better Days"

We are very excited to celebrate all our Art and Music students this week through a series of events. Please take the time to visit our annual juried Art Show – Better Days – presented digitally again this year. The students and staff have been working hard to create some beautiful pieces, check www.qohs.org for the link to the show! We will also be celebrating our AP Studio Art students and the culmination of 4 years of hard work and inspiration when we display their work during Senior Awards night, May 25th in the Auditorium.

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Updates from our PTSA - Recruiting New Leadership!

Recruiting New Leadership!

Hello, QO Families and Friends! My time as the PTSA President is drawing to a close and I am excited to welcome new leadership to take over this amazing group! Please contact me if you are interested in joining PTSA and taking over one of our important leadership slots. Openings include: President, Vice President, and Membership Chair! You would be joining a team of experienced parents who are dedicated to keeping Quince Orchard the BEST High School in Montgomery County! No experience is needed other than a willingness to support our students and faculty. Please contact me at dimartini2000@yahoo.com. We need volunteers from ALL Classes but especially from the classes of 2024, 2025, and the incoming class of 2026. Thanks for your continued support! Learn more on our website.

Learn to Drive with Greg's and Support QOHS

Sign up for online Driver's Education training with Greg's Driving School and 20% of sales will be donated directly to QOHS. Hundreds of QOHS students have learned to drive with Greg's. Learn more about their amazing offer.

Parent Workshop on Mental Health

Check out this excellent opportunity through the Montgomery Country Counseling Center for an 8-week class for parents of children who are struggling with mental health. Please note that there is a cost, but some insurances will cover it. Learn more at: https://mccounselingcenter.com/parentworkshop/

Booster Club Fundraiser - 5/17

Mark your calendar for the next Booster Club family night out at The Grilled Oyster Kentlands on May 17th!
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QOHS Summer School

Quince Orchard High School will offer a FREE local Summer School program for both credit and non-credit bearing courses this summer. Summer school is open to all QOHS students as well as students from other MCPS high schools. The current dates for summer school are as follows - Session 1: June 29th – July 15th & Session 2: July 18th – August 5th. We are offering classes in-person, blended, or through a hybrid model or any combination of these models. (In-person courses may be hosted at either Lakelands Park Middle School or Quince Orchard High School). Determination of which courses are offered will depend on a combination of student need and teacher availability. Please use the Summer School Registration document to register for classes.

Should you have any questions about the Quince Orchard High School Summer School Program please contact Mr. Yarborough, Assistant Principal Phillip_A_Yarborough@mcpsmd.org.

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MCPS Central High School Summer Program

Summer School Registration is live! The 2022 Central High School Summer Program (CHSSP) has a range of blended (synchronous and asynchronous) offerings, including core courses, Career Technology Education, Health Education, World Language, and Fine Arts. Students can take a course for grade replacement, grade improvement, or in some instances, original credit. Please note that students taking summer courses to replace a failing grade, or planning to graduate in the summer of 2022, will take precedence over students who have already earned credit in the courses for which they register. CHSSP consists of two sessions: Session 1: June 29 - July 19 (no school July 4) Session 2: July 20 - August 9 (no school July 25) Registration is done through Parentvue. Instructions can be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/19Q_8BQYoIKny-CQeBtHSB9g86O-ekmhc5y_CjfmOe0A/edit Classes are FREE! To find out more information on when classes are offered, please visit the MCPS Central High School Summer Program's website: https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/extendedhours/summerschool/courses.aspx. Please reach out to your student's counselor for any additional questions or if you need help registering for classes.

MCPS Community Update - 5/5/22

Here are six things to know for Thursday, May 5. They include recognition of our great teachers, mental health resource news, a May 7 community engagement event with Dr. McKnight and summer program registration.

  1. It’s Teacher Appreciation Week
    In MCPS, we celebrate all of our outstanding employees that work for our students but this week, we highlight teachers. Our teachers focus on developing the skills and knowledge that students will need for success, including academics, creative problem-solving skills and social-emotional competencies.

    (See the message Interim Superintendent Dr. McKnight sent to MCPS staff.)

    You can see the great work our teachers do by viewing this video highlighting this year's Teacher of the Year finalists and the winner, 2022-2023 Teacher of the Year Johnathan Dunn of Sherwood High School. (Click on the image to play the video or use this link.)

  2. It’s Celebration Time in MCPS
    It’s that time of year when we celebrate with graduation, proms, transition ceremonies, and appreciation events of all kinds. This, it goes without saying, requires us to “remain vigilant” and do all we can to not spread COVID-19. Consider wearing masks at these events, hold events outdoors and social distance. The virus is still in our community and it is up to all of us to ensure the health and safety of all of us.

  3. Find Mental Health and Wellness Resources Online
    MCPS is committed to the physical, social and psychological well-being of its more than 160,000 students and 24,000 employees. You can find valuable district information and community resources for students, staff and families on the MCPS homepage. It's especially important that we care for our mental, emotional and physical health. We hope you will find support for your school, work, home and personal concerns. Learn more about the important positions that support mental health and wellness in MCPS and the investments made to support that work.

  4. Community Engagement Event with Dr. McKnight this Saturday, May 7
    The final All Together Now: Putting Our Students First community engagement event is set for May 7. These conversations are bringing together families, students, staff and the community to discuss the district’s strengths, priorities and opportunities for how MCPS can better serve its students.

    • Saturday, May 7, 11 a.m., Paint Branch High School cafeteria, 14121 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville (This event will include free COVID-19 vaccinations and health screenings. Flyer English / Spanish)

    RSVP is encouraged.
    Bus transportation from the following locations:


    • Takoma Park ES 9:45
    • White Oak MS 10:05
    • Cloverly ES 10:15
    • Paint Branch HS cafeteria 11:00 am
    • Woodlin ES 9:30
    • Argyle MS 9:50
    • Brooke Grove ES 10:05
    • Paint Branch HS cafeteria 11:00 am

  5. Registration for Most MCPS Summer Programs Now Open
    MCPS is offering free programs for elementary, middle and high school students this summer. Most programs will be in July, and high school credit courses and the Extended Learning Opportunities (ELO) program in Title I elementary schools will be offered in June, July and August. Generally, in-person programs will take place in the morning through midday. Afternoon programs sponsored by county and municipal agencies and outside providers will be available in some schools. Learn more here or visit the Summer Programs website.

  6. Celebrate Reading at the Gaithersburg Book Festival on May 21
    The 2022 Gaithersburg Book Festival is coming May 21. Join this annual celebration of books, authors and literary excellence at Bohrer Park, 506 S. Frederick Avenue in Gaithersburg, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Attendance and parking are free. Visit the website.

Montgomery County Public Schools

Email us: ASKMCPS@mcpsmd.org

College & Career Info.

College Visits

Students are able to come to the College and Career Office to speak with college representatives to learn more about the universities. For virtual visits, students will also be able to come to the College and Career office to interact with the representatives. Always be sure to register for your college visits in Naviance!

If you have any questions, contact Ms. Jones at Briana_C_Jones@mcpsmd.org

QOHS Instrument Drive Starts this Week!! - May 13th

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Updates to the QOHS Tardy Procedures - PLEASE REVIEW

Quince Orchard High School Tardy Procedures

Being on time to school and class is important because we know that every minute spent learning is helping our students get one step closer to a goal. Learning from the first minute is important. Being on time signals that there is a shared commitment to our collective vision of excellence. Thus, we must collectively work together to welcome students and staff into the learning community.

As a school, we are committed to welcoming students into our learning spaces each day. Students, we ask that you read through and follow the parameters below.

Plan and Process

  1. Staff will implement a “No Pass the First/Last 10 minutes of the Period Rule” within reason. Teachers will use their professional judgment if a student requires or needs a pass within these parameters.

  2. Staff will utilize a pass process for all students.

  3. The following process will be implemented:

  • First tardy: the teacher verbally addresses the lateness with the student and documents in a teacher-created log.

  • Second tardy: written documentation in the contact log after contact with the student’s family.

  • Third tardy: teacher-developed “reflection time” is implemented. The timeframe and location will be determined by the teacher. If the student does not attend the “reflection time” with the teacher, the teacher will share the student’s name and prior information with the grade level administrator who will follow up with the student.

  • Fourth tardy: teachers will request that the grade level administrator provides additional support.

Together we can create the conditions for all students to experience excellence. Please see our website @QOHS.ORG or Canvas for bell schedules.

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Students & Staff join us every Wednesday in the Courtyard for Mindfulness Meditation!

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Celebrating Our QOHS Cougar Students and Staff

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Athletics Game Schedule & Community Updates

Athletics Regular Season Schedule for the Week of 5/9/22

05/09/2022 Monday Varsity Baseball Paint Branch at Quince Orchard 5:15 pm

05/09/2022 Monday Varsity Softball Paint Branch at Quince Orchard 5:15 pm

05/10/2022 Tuesday Varsity Baseball Quince Orchard at Blair 5:30 pm

05/10/2022 Tuesday Varsity Softball Quince Orchard at Blair 5:30 pm

County Playoff Dates

Boys and Girls Tennis- Monday 5/9 to Thursday 5/12 at various locations 3:15pm

Track and Field County A Meet- Wednesday 5/11 at Seneca Valley HS 4:00pm

Track and Field County B Meet- Saturday 5/14 and Einstein HS 10:00am

MCPS County Girls Lacrosse Championship Game

The Quince Orchard Girls Lacrosse team will play Whitman for the County Championship on Monday, May 9th at 7:30pm at Einstein HS. Please see the link to the fan focus below.

Go Cougars!

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MPSSAA Playoff Ticket Information

All tickets are $6 for everyone 7 years and older. MCPS and Season Passes will not be accepted. All tickets should be purchased through the GoFan App!

MPSSAA Playoffs Brackets and Information

You can find region and state championship information for Baseball, Softball, Boys Lacrosse, Girls Lacrosse, Boys Tennis and Girls Tennis at www.mpssaa.org . We will also update brackets when they are released at www.qocougars.com with date, time and ticket information.

MCPS Volunteer Vaccinations

Montgomery County Public Schools requires school volunteers and partnership agencies to complete certain compliance measures in order to volunteer within our school district.

  • Online Recognizing Child Abuse and Neglect Training via their myMCPS Classroom/Canvas account
  • Background check (dependent upon the type of volunteer service, per the Volunteers regulation and FAQ)
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Attestation - NEW!

Beginning September 20, 2021, volunteers will be required to upload their Certificate of COVID-19 Vaccination to remain on the volunteer roster.

Please review the Volunteer/Contractor Vaccination Attestation Update for details on this process.

Important Reminder - Please Review Lunch Process and Norms

Families, please discuss open lunch expectations with your students. 9th and 10th-grade students are still not permitted to leave campus during lunch. Please remember: open lunch is a privilege, not a right. It will be taken away from students who do not adhere to norms or showcase Cougar Pride. This loss of privilege may also include sports and after-school activities. Disrespectful behavior will not be tolerated.

The George B. Thomas Sr. Learning Academy

Our class sessions begin at 8:30 am each Saturday with a motivational session. After the session, students then participate in an hour of reading/English instruction and then an hour of math instruction.

The cost for Saturday School is $40 for FARMS students and $85 for all others. This cost covers the entire school year through May and registration is open all year.

Important Links:

Stay connected throughout the school year with these important links: