QOHS Weekly Newsletter

Weekly Updates & Information for Students, Staff & Families

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January 22, 2023

Dear Quince Orchard Students, Staff, and Families,

I am hopeful you are having a relaxing weekend and spending time with family and friends. I have been reflecting on the recent antiemetic acts which have been occurring in our community and the impact it is having on our students, staff, families, and community members. Quince Orchard stands with our community to signal our commitment to creating a welcoming and safe space for all. Acts of hate and antisemitism will not be tolerated. In alignment with Dr. McKnight's recent message, "As we fight these repeated acts of hate, we must challenge one another to learn and understand what antisemitism, hatred, and racism are and the harm they cause." We are committed to creating the spaces to listen, learn, and take action needed.

This past Friday, I had the opportunity to meet with a few students regarding the planned walkouts tomorrow, 1/23, and while there is not a plan for QO to participate tomorrow, our students are planning something the following week and we are committed to helping them exercise their first amendment rights in a safe space. I welcome the opportunity to hear from you and will continue to work with our entire community to create a school community where hate is not tolerated or allowed.

This week, we have a four day week to end the first semester this week. The last day of the semester is Thursday, 1/26 and Friday 1/27 is a professional day for staff. On Monday 1/30 and Tuesday 1/31 we will begin the 2nd semester with a modified schedule. Our purpose for this intentional schedule is to:

  • To offer dedicated time to build relationships, create shared agreements, in addition to introducing course content at the start of semester 2

  • To reflect student voice feedback requesting dedicated time toward building relationships at the start of semester 2

    Modified Block BELL SCHEDULE 1/30 & 1/31:

    Monday, January 30, 2023

    Homeroom 7:45 - 9:10

    Period 1 9:15 - 10:40

    Lunch 10:45 - 11:30

    Period 4 11:35 - 1:00

    Period 6 1:05 - 2:30

    Tuesday, January 31, 2023

    Period 2 7:45 - 9:15

    Period 3 9:20 - 10:45

    Lunch 10:50 - 11:30

    Period 7 11:35 - 1:00

    Period 8 1:05 - 2:30

    Please take the time to review the schedule and make plans as appropriate.

    There are several items I would like to elevate in our newsletter for your review and attention.

    • We have a Boosters parent meeting on Wednesday 1/25 in the media center beginning at 7:00 pm.
    • If you are a parent or caregiver of a senior, don't miss the opportunity to honor your senior in a yearbook that they will treasure forever! Design a unique tribute with photos of your senior and a message that you create. Senior Ads are due by 1/27/23.
    • MCPS is holding a community forum on fentanyl on Saturday, January 28th, 9:30-11:30 am at Clarksburg HS with a virtual option.
    • We have been contacted recently by our community and the Montgomery County Police regarding students being off campus during school hours and engaging in unlawful and inappropriate behavior. Please know that we partner with our local businesses and police to ensure our community is safe. This is a priority and we will share information as needed.
    • We continue with our winter athletics program and the entire schedule is posted to the Athletics page at QOHS.org.

    Have a wonderful evening and remember, we can't hide our Cougar Pride!

    All the best,

    Beth Thomas


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    2nd Semester Parking Permits

    Students requesting space on the Quince Orchard High School parking lot must apply for a permit. This permit is a privilege, not a right, and may be revoked for failure to adhere to school policies not limited to those shown below. YOU ARE NOT GUARANTEED A PERMIT! Permits are assigned on a semester basis.

    All applications will be evaluated based on the following:
    -classified as a 12th grader or 11th grader by MCPS criteria
    -abbreviated schedules
    -participation in-school supervised activities when activity buses are not available
    -attendance at other schools requiring private transportation
    -residing outside school or bus transportation boundaries
    -unusual or imperative need
    -satisfactory attendance, behavior, and academic records
    -absence of financial obligations, including balances remaining on payment plans
    -clear of any obligations

    Students, upon satisfying the above criteria, may submit this google form to apply for a permit. Applications will be accepted from Monday, January 23rd to Friday, February 3rd. We will send an email to your mcpsmd.net email account letting you know the status of your application by Tuesday, February 7th. If you receive a permit, you will have to pay $39.00 for your spot on SCO. The link to pay for your permit on OSP will be included in that email. To get your permit tag, you will bring proof of payment with you to Mr. Rabberman's Office (Room 255) during Lunch from Wednesday, February 8th through Tuesday, February 14th. If you have not paid for your parking spot by Tuesday, February 14th, you will lose it.

    2nd Semester Parking begins on Wednesday, February 8th. Students will be able to start parking in their spots when they receive their permit tag. Students without a parking permit will not be able to park on campus.

    Parking permits must be displayed in the vehicle on the rear view mirror with the number facing out. Permits are non-transferable and will be revoked if used by vehicles other than the registered student. Permit holders are expected to observe the following regulations, which will be strictly enforced. (Note that Quince Orchard High School cannot revoke any ticket issued by the Montgomery County Police for parking or traffic violations.) Activities listed below are prohibited, and violations will result in temporary or permanent loss of the parking permit:

    1. Exceeding reasonable speeds or otherwise driving recklessly.
    2. Leaving school grounds without permission and not signing out/in the attendance office.
    3. Unauthorized transporting other students off school grounds during the school day.
    4. Parking in spaces designated for staff, visitors, or marked as reserved.
    5. Parking a vehicle without a current parking sticker.
    6. Parking anywhere on school grounds not designated as a student parking space.
    7. Parking in a designated handicapped parking spot without a handicapped permit.
    8. Littering.
    9. Violations of the school discipline policy.
    10. Parking in the bus lane.

    Link to application form-


    New Health Education Requirements for the Class of 2025 and Beyond

    The Maryland State Board of Education recently changed its graduation requirement for health education. Students in the Class of 2025 and beyond must now earn one full credit for graduation; previously, they earned one half-credit. Again, this requirement begins with the Class of 2025. The change does not impact students in the Class of 2023 or 2024. Students will now take two separate semesters of Honors Health.

    Honors Health A is a prerequisite for enrolling in Honors Health B and cannot be taken back to back in one school year. Physical Education still remains one full credit. Honors Health Education B will NOT be offered centrally this coming Summer of 2023. We are still awaiting the completed online course from MSDE.

    Sample options for Class of 2025- current 10th graders that completed Health A:

    Fall of 2023 or Spring 2024- Honors Health Education B ( 11th grade)

    Summer of 2024- Honors Health Education B

    Fall of 2024- Honors Health Education B ( 12th grade)

    Sample options for Class of 2026- current 9th graders

    Summer of 2023- Online Honors Health A through MCPS

    Fall of 2023 or Spring 2024- Honors Health A (10th grade)

    Summer of 2024- Honors Health B offered through MCPS

    Fall of 2024 or Spring 2025- Honors Health B (11th grade)

    Summer of 2025- Honors Health B offered through MCPS

    Fall of 2025- Honors Health Education B (12th grade)

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    MCPS Family Forum on Fentanyl

    MCPS is holding a community forum on fentanyl on Saturday, January 28th, 9:30-11:30 am at Clarksburg HS with a virtual option. The event will include an expert panel discussion/Q&A, resource fair, Narcan training and distribution, and access to the Montgomery County Police COPE trailer. Consider attending to receive this important information.
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    📢 Calling ALL Preschool Parents!

    The Cougar Cubs Preschool is accepting applications for this February! Monday through Thursday 7:50 AM - 11:00 AM Child must be 4 years to enroll Tuition is only $300/semester For additional information visit our website: http://qocougarcubs.weebly.com E-mail: Lisa_S_Seid@mcpsmd.org Contact Phone #: 240-740-3575

    Career Center, College & Counseling Updates

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    New this Week: Scholarships; Electrical Program Apprenticeship & Gap Year Fair!

    Apply for College Scholarships NOW!

    Now is the time to apply for scholarships to help you pay for the school you plan to attend in the fall. Many of these outside scholarships can be received at any university. Don’t miss out on these opportunities - apply now! Click the links below to see available scholarships:



    Seniors! Are you interested in a career as an Electrician?

    The Pre-Apprenticeship Electrical Program is a 10-week course that gives insight on a full electrical apprenticeship path. In partnership with Independent Electrical Contractors Chesapeake (IECC), the Pre-Apprenticeship Electrical program is designed to prepare students to enter and succeed in a Registered Electrical Apprenticeship program.

    Course Format: Hybrid, Mon. & Wed.- virtual, Tues. & Thursday at IEC Chesapeake in Laurel

    Dates: Feb. 27 to Jun 19 Times: 1:30-4:30 pm

    Application Deadline: Friday, Feb. 10- email completed applications to; Shawn_E_Krasa@mcpsmd.org

    Tuition: Paid for by Work Source Montgomery

    Check out the flyer above or stop by the counseling office for more information.

    Gap Year Fair at Richard Montgomery HS on January 31, 2023

    Welcome all students, parents & educators: Join us in person at this year’s gap year fair for a Gap Year 101 presentation (and more!) to get the most up-to-date information about planning a gap year. Whether you're dreaming of Spanish language immersion in Costa Rica, rock climbing in the American Southwest, or pursuing a virtual internship from the comfort of your living room, there are so many gap year options to choose from! Learn the ins and outs of gap year planning from an expert gap year counselor, then speak directly to gap year program representatives, counselors, and gap year alumni at the fair. Both gap year counselors and gap year program providers will be available to speak with you directly and answer any questions you might have, like:

    • Who takes a gap year?
    • What gap year experiences might be the right fit for me?
    • When should I start planning my gap year?
    • Where can I actually go during my gap year?
    • Why are so many students taking gap time during COVID?

    Event Format:

    • 6:30-7:15 PM EST - Gap Year 101 (presentation + Q&A) - Auditorium
    • 7:15-9:00 PM EST - Gap Year Fair - Cafeteria

    Click HERE to register. ________________________________________________________________________________
    If you plan to attend our event and would like to request any reasonable accommodations in order to benefit from our programming, please inform us of your request via email at fairs@gooverseas.com at least 1 week prior to the event date and we will do our best to make the event accessible.

    *By registering for this event, you are opting in to receive information from USA Gap Year Fairs & Go Overseas.

    View the full schedule of both virtual & in-person events here.

    Questions? If you have any questions about the event, please contact the USA Gap Year Fairs team at fairs@gooverseas.com.

    SAVE THE DATE - MCPS HBCU College Fair

    This free in-person event at The Universities at Shady Grove will provide students in Grades 8–12 an opportunity to meet representatives from more than 50 HBCUs. Representatives will share information and answer questions from students and parents about admissions, financial aid, testing, majors and much more. The event will also feature a college preparation workshop for middle school students and parents, a discussion on college life, FAFSA completion assistance, scholarship information and more. This event is co-sponsored by Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) and the Montgomery County Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). SENIORS! They will also be hosting Interviews during this day. During the interviews, students can potentially receive application fee waivers, scholarship awards and on-site admissions. Qualified seniors will be able to interview with HBCU admissions representatives on February 13-17, 2023, from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm via Zoom. Registration will begin on January 9th. Please see Ms. Jones if you have any more questions.

    Senior Transcripts

    Please make sure that you are using the Google link to request your transcript and that you are submitting your request on time to meet college application deadlines (open link to view submission deadlines).

    Transcript Request Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSea7PAtFZcWyKswyC7uRJ0VgPOQARgD1RcfKeGHnwnVWd3_pw/viewform.

    Reminder - The 2023-24 FAFSA Application is available now! Please contact Briana Jones in the College & Career Center if you need assistance.

    College Visits

    We are excited to welcome college admissions representatives to Quince Orchard this fall to share more information about their university with students. Information regarding college visits can be found on Naviance.com. Naviance can easily be accessed through the following methods:

    1. Students can access Naviance from their Chromebooks by clicking on MCPS Resources in the top left-hand corner, then click Clever Portal, and then by clicking the Naviance icon.
    2. Visit Naviance.com and enter their login information.

    This link below is a compiled list of all of the visits we have scheduled for Quince Orchard. Please note that this list will be updated with any changes and/or updates. Naviance will always have an updated list of college visits on the home page, in the “What’s New” table. It is strongly encouraged that students register for the college visits, but are still able to attend the visit if they did not have an opportunity to register, prior. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Jones at Briana_C_Jones@mcpsmd.org.

    View all the QO College Visits here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Ao7_Pz2v_nRpbtWqXkC-UT-MENBE7VgH1cFawJf4Mw4/edit?usp=sharing

    Find valuable resources and get in touch with your counselor by visiting the QOHS Counseling webpage!

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    Senior Ad Deadline is 1/27/23 & Senior Dues Increase 2/1/23

    Don't miss out: Deadline for Senior Yearbook Tributes is Jan. 27!

    SENIOR CAREGIVERS: Only a few days remain to create a personalized tribute to your senior in the 2023 yearbook! Use your photos and write a personal message that honors your senior's accomplishments in a keepsake that they will treasure forever. The deadline to buy your ad is Jan. 27. Go to www.jostens.com or scan the QR code below to salute your senior. https://tinyurl.com/ds75ads7.

    Stay up to date on all the Senior Things:

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    MCPS Tutoring at Quince Orchard

    For additional support, a limited amount of QO staff members serve as MCPS tutors who help students with content recovery, IEP goals & preparation for upcoming learning in their classes. The best candidates for this program are those who are available after school for an hour 2-3 times a week (provided we have a tutor available).

    MCPS provides free online homework help through FEV and Tutor Me, platforms that run through Clever and have 24/7 access. Students can book virtual sessions with certified tutors with or without cameras to get their questions answered.

    Note: MCPS tutoring is not homework help. Students can obtain homework help from our external vendors Tutor Me and FEV. These vendors are open 24/7, so they are a great option for students who can’t typically meet with a tutor after school. They can also help across subject areas, whereas our QO tutors only tutor in the subject areas that they teach or support, so a general referral cannot be honored by our in-house structure.

    Please contact Skyra Blanchard or Melissa Brown know if you have any questions.

    Red Army Shirts for Sale!

    Need a RED ARMY T-shirt? Come to room 303 during lunch to purchase a shirt. If you pre-ordered a RA t-shirt and haven't received it, come to room 303 to pick it up!
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    Last Chance for Early Bird Discount

    The last batch of yearbooks available at discounted prices is going fast! A limited number of yearbooks is still available at $95. Once these books are gone, the price will increase. ORDER TODAY to have the best chance of getting the best deal! https://tinyurl.com/ds75ads7

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    PTSA & Booster Club Updates - Booster Club Meeting 1/25/23

    Boosters Club Meeting - 1/25/23

    Join us for our monthly Booster Club Meeting this Wednesday 1/25/23 at 7 pm. We will have food (most likely salad/pizza) and water at each meeting. Please try to attend in person in the QO media center. If you must join us via Zoom, the meeting info is below:

    Join Zoom Meeting

    Meeting ID: 817 9398 7085
    Passcode: 213730
    Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kd48wWBt8D

    See you there!


    The PTSA needs your help! If you are interested in joining the team please email us at qohsptsa@gmail.com.

    Membership Information

    Our PTSA and Boosters Organizations are key to our success. This year our amazing organizations are offering a joint membership option that allows for a 20% discount. Membership forms can be found below or at qohsboosters.com and at https://qohsptsa.memberhub.com/store. I urge you to support these worthy organizations which do so much to support our school and help us provide the best education possible to our students. You will find your involvement with one of our parent groups will help increase your student’s sense of belonging and pride in Quince Orchard High School.

    Booster/PTSA Membership Form - Sign up for both and get a 20% discount on the PTSA Membership

    Booster/PTSA Membership Form - Spanish - RegĂ­strese para ambos obtenga un 20% de descuento sobre la membresĂ­a de PTSA

    PTSA Membership Information

    PTSA Volunteer Information

    Booster Welcome Letter

    Booster Sponsorship Form 2022-23

    MCPS 5 Things to Know - Thursday 1/19/23

    1. Fentanyl Awareness: Family Forum Set for Jan. 28

    In partnership with MCPS, Montgomery Goes Purple invites families to come out Saturday, Jan. 28 for an event and discussion on this deadly drug.

    Panelists will share important information on the dangers and prevalence of fentanyl, prevention tools and protective factors for students, and resources for treatment when needed. The event will be from 9:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. in the Clarksburg High School cafeteria, 22500 Wims Road in Clarksburg. The event will also be live-streamed on the MCPS homepage.

    Thursday News Conference with School and County Leaders and Advocates

    December Fentanyl Community Message

    Family Fentanyl Forum Video

    2. Free SAT Prep for High School Students Available Now

    MCPS is pleased to partner with FEV Tutor to provide students high-quality virtual tutoring sessions personalized to each student’s needs. High school students can sign up for a free six-week course between now and March. Email FEV Tutor or call 855-763-2607 with questions.

    Sessions are available:

    Monday–Friday, 7 a.m.–10 p.m., Saturdays, 8 a.m.–4 p.m., and Sundays 11 a.m.–10 p.m.

    3. Kids Day Out Set for Jan. 27

    Looking for something for your child to do when school is out on Friday, Jan. 27? How about a day of fun and supervised activities hosted by Montgomery County Recreation. All MCPS students can receive a free scholarship by using the code MCPSkid2022 during registration. Activities run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Visit ActiveMontgomery.org or call 240-777-6840 for more information and locations.

    4. Community Conversations on the MCPS Antiracist System Audit

    The Latino Student Achievement Action Group (LSAAG), in partnership with PODER Educators and the MCPS Office of Strategic Initiatives, will hold virtual meetings on Jan. 23 to share information and listen to feedback from Hispanic/Latino students and families about the MCPS Antiracist System Audit Report. Students will meet from 5:30-6:45 p.m. A parent meeting will be held in Spanish from 7-8:15 pm. Students and parents can register here.

    5. Students and Staff Spotlight This Week

    Led by music teacher Amy Vanek, the Clarksburg High School chorus performed at the historic inauguration for Maryland Governor Wes Moore in Annapolis on Wednesday, Jan. 18.

    For the latest information and news, visit the MCPS News Center.

    Montgomery County Public Schools

    Email us: ASKMCPS@mcpsmd.org

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    Athletics Schedule for the Week of 1/23/23

    01/24/2023Boys BasketballEinstein at Quince Orchard 7:15 pm

    01/24/2023Girls BasketballQuince Orchard at Einstein 7:15 pm

    01/24/2023JV Boys BasketballEinstein at Quince Orchard 5:30 pm

    01/24/2023JV Girls BasketballQuince Orchard at Einstein 5:30 pm

    01/25/2023Indoor TrackMCPS Championships at PG SportsPlex 2:30 pm

    01/25/2023JV WrestlingSpringbrook at Quince Orchard 7:15 pm

    01/25/2023WrestlingSpringbrook at Quince Orchard 6:15 pm

    01/27/2023Boys BasketballQuince Orchard at Whitman 7:15 pm

    01/27/2023Girls BasketballWhitman at Quince Orchard 7:15 pm

    01/27/2023JV Boys BasketballQuince Orchard at Whitman 5:30 pm

    01/27/2023JV Girls BasketballWhitman at Quince Orchard 5:30 pm

    01/28/2023Swim and DiveNorthwest at MLKSC 11:30 am

    01/28/2023WrestlingWhitman and Wootton at Quince Orchard 1 pm

    01/28/2023 Poms Invitational at Blake 5:00 pm

    Spring Sports Registration Begins on Monday 1/23 at Noon!

    MCPS and Quince Orchard High School are excited to announce that registration for Spring Sports will open on Monday, January 23rd at 12pm! Below is information regarding the upcoming Winter Sports season, as well as the registration process. Additional information can be found on the MCPS Athletics website. (Note – tryouts for Winter sports will start on Wednesday, March 1st).

    Registration Information

    How to Register
    Students must be registered by a parent through the MCPS ParentVue Portal. Students must be registered by Monday, February 27th in order to guarantee that their registration will be processed in time for the first day of tryouts.

    Steps for Registering via ParentVue

    1. Login to MCPS ParentVue Portal
    2. Locate “Online Registration” in the upper right hand corner of the screen.
    3. You should then see prompts to enter information for the “2022-2023 HS Athletics Registration – Spring”.
      If you see something for “Annual Verification” or “Resume Annual Registration”, please click the “Start Over” button, logout and log back in, this should then allow you to access the Athletic Registration.
    4. The Athletics Registration screens will have you verify information in the system and then allow you to review and complete the Athletics Registration forms.
      If any of the information appearing on the “Family” or “Parent/Guardian” information screens is incorrect, please contact the our Registrar at Kristin_A_Barnes@mcpsmd.org to have this corrected before completing your registration.

    ParentVue Troubleshooting Information
    If a parent is having trouble logging into the MCPS ParentVue Portal:
    (MCPS also has a guide to ParentVue for parents here).

    • If you have never activated your parent account:
      Parents were sent activation information at the beginning of the school year, which included an Activation Key. If you still have this information, use it to activate your parent account. If you do not have the activation information, call the Main Office at Quince Orchard at 240-740-3600 during normal office hours.
    • Forgot your password? Click on the Forgot Password link on the ParentVue Portal.
    • Forgot the email address you used to activate your account? Email Quince Orchard Athletic Director Jeffrey_L_Rabberman@mcpsmd.org. Be sure to include the student name, ID and parent name in the email.

    Pre-Participation Physicals
    Students should complete their pre-participation physical (MCPS Form SR-8) so that the medical eligibility form (last two pages of SR-8) is ready for online submission or for submission to the coach prior to tryouts/practices. Physicals are valid for one calendar year. A partial list of Clinics that offer Sports Physicals within the Montgomery County area is available online. Physicals can be uploaded by the parent during the registration process. However, if a parent needs to submit a physical after the student has already been registered, email an electronic copy of the completed pre-participation physical (MCPS Form SR-8) to Quince Orchard Athletic Director Jeffrey_L_Rabberman@mcpsmd.org.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is the timeline for the start of sports?
    Registration will open on Monday, January 23rd. Tryouts/practices will begin on Wednesday, March 1st for most sports. Tryouts and preseason will continue for three weeks, with the first contests beginning on Tuesday. March 21st.

    If a student participated in optional off-season workouts, does the student have to register for the Spring season?
    Yes! Registration or participation in off-season workouts does not mean the student is registered for the upcoming Spring season. Any student who would like to participate in this upcoming Spring Sports season must be registered by a parent using ParentVue as outlined above.

    If a student registered or participated in athletics in the 2021-2022 school year or All-School Conditioning, will the student need to register again for Spring ?
    Yes! The registration is only for one sports season. Any student who would like to participate in this upcoming Spring sports season must register using ParentVue as outlined above.

    Is there a schedule of games or practices posted yet?
    The practice schedule will likely be Mondays through Fridays with Saturday practices and games. The First Day Tryout schedule will be available by February 15th. Game schedules are posted on www.countysportszone.com and on our website.

    Will there be tryouts, or are all students who register going to be on a roster?
    This will depend on the sport and the number of student registrations. Tryout/practice information will be posted and communicated to students and parents, including whether there will be a tryout period to start the season. Similarly, information about where to report for tryouts and what the student needs to bring to tryouts will be communicated to parents and students at that time.

    Can a student tryout for more than one sport in the same season?
    Parents must declare only one sport per season during the registration process. However, if a student would like to change his/her sport prior to the start of tryouts, the parent must email Quince Orchard Athletic Director Jeffrey_L_Rabberman@mcpsmd.org in advance of tryouts. Similarly, if a student tries out for a sport and does not make the team (or decides to change sports after the tryout date), please have the parent email Quince Orchard Athletic Director Jeffrey_L_Rabberman@mcpsmd.org.

    Will transportation be provided for tryouts and practices?
    Unfortunately, transportation is not provided to and from tryouts and practices. Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation for tryouts and practices. Additionally, students may not remain on campus for extended periods of time before or after tryouts and practices due to supervision policies.

    How can I contact a coach if I have a question?
    The Quince Orchard coaching staff, as well as contact information can be found on our Athletic Department Staff Directory page.

    MCPS Athletics Safety Plan

    Please see the MCPS Athletics Safety Plan in place for ALL athletic events!


    Season Passes

    Season Passes for the 2022-23 school year are now on sale through GoFan. You can purchase Season Passes for the Full Year, Fall, Winter or Spring. Click on the type of season pass you would like to purchase and from there you can select Adult (ages 19-62) and/or Student (ages 11-18). All season passes are good for REGULAR SEASON HOME GAMES ONLY!

    This method will be the ONLY way to purchase season passes. We will not accept cash or checks. All Season Tickets will be sold through GoFan.

    Please see this link below!


    Please contact QO AD Jeff Rabberman at Jeffrey_L_Rabberman@mcpsmd.org with any questions!

    Go Cougars!

    Student Safety and Ticket Warning

    MCPD has asked us to advise our parents and student drivers, that they will start ticketing drivers making the illegal u-turn at Briar Rock Drive and Darnestown Rd. Please make sure you are following all traffic rules to ensure the safety of all.
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    Please Review these Important Lunch Expectations & Rules

    Lunch Policy

    It's important that students and families review the following rules & expectations:

    • 9th and 10th-grade students are not permitted to leave campus during lunch. There are still many outdoor options (tennis courts, basketball court, courtyard & in front of the school), but leaving campus is a direct violation of our QOHS lunch policy and will result in disciplinary action.
    • 11th and 12th-grade students leaving the QO campus during open lunch are expected to:

      • ALWAYS use the crosswalk when leaving school grounds. Safety is a priority and we can't control traffic but the crosswalks are there to support a safe transition.

      • Show their student ID when leaving campus.

      • Always showcase Cougar Pride and know that they represent QO in all settings.

      • Return to school prior to the start of 6th period (or at the end of the lunch block when schedules are changed) and must be in their next class on time.

    • Students are not permitted to sit in their car, nor can they drive off in a car during lunch. Students with a half-day schedule that are leaving campus for the day, may not drive others off campus for lunch. Students permitted to leave campus for open lunch must walk.

    • A number of community merchants have expressed their concern regarding stealing, skipping & disrespect. These behaviors are unacceptable, do not showcase our Cougar Pride, and will result in a loss of open lunch privileges.

    Our purpose is to inform and explain these norms so open lunch will be a positive and safe experience for everyone: students, staff, parents, merchants, and the community. Always 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. Students who have been assigned lunch detention are to remain on campus. Parents or Guardians may rescind their child’s open lunch privilege. However, remaining on campus is the responsibility of the student just as attending class is the responsibility of the student. If the student is found off campus, parents will be notified and consequences will be applied.

    Ordering Food During the School Day

    Students and families, we've had an increase in incidents where students are ordering food from various delivery apps/websites during the school day (outside of lunch). Please be advised, students are not to have food delivered to the portables during the school day. This is a direct violation of school rules and causes a disruption to the learning environment. Any orders must be received during lunch and must be picked up from the main office.
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    Free English Language Learner Classes for MCPS Parents

    In collaboration with MCPS, the Literacy Council of Montgomery County (LCMC) is offering free English language learner classes for MCPS parents. The classes will be held virtually and in person, and there will be options for all levels of English speakers. They are available to any MCPS parent for whom English is not their first language. Parents can complete this interest form to receive a placement test: https://mcpsweb.wufoo.com/forms/english-classes-for-mcps-parents/ This form is available in multiple languages. Parents with questions regarding the availability of classes and sign up process should contact Kevin Ralph from LCMC at kevin@lcmcmd.org or call 240-665-0471.

    Saturday School Information

    Saturday School provides academic tutoring and instruction with certified teachers in a nurturing and supportive environment. The program is aligned with the Montgomery County Public School (MCPS) curriculum.

    The fee for the entire year of Saturday School remains the same at $40 for FARMS students and $85 for all others.

    Each Saturday morning, we have motivational sessions that focus on mindfulness and wellness within each center. In addition, students will have two additional hours with the MCPS curriculum (Benchmarks and Eureka) for additional support or acceleration. Each center serves the entire cluster of schools, but students have the capability of attending the center of their choice or participating virtually.

    For more details and the Saturday School calendar please click here. Information is available in multiple languages.

    To register visit: saturdayschool.org