QOHS Weekly Newsletter

November 28, 2021

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Dear Quince Orchard Students, Staff, and Family,

I hope that you had a great fall break and had time to rest and enjoy family and friends. We have some great news from this past week and fantastic events to share with you for the upcoming week.

This past week was full of memorable events, one of them being our QO Girls Varsity Soccer team versus our QO alumni girls soccer players game. Past and present players played to fundraise to fight cancer in honor of our very own Coach Kellier. Over 30 alumni players took the field to play against our current girls varsity team. The stands were filled with former QO families and friends. Our current girls soccer varsity won 2-1. Thank you to all who supported the event.

For the upcoming week, please mark your calendars for the following events. This Tuesday, the 30th of November, at 7pm in the auditorium we will have our Fall Instrumental Concert. We hope to see you there.

We are going to states!!! Congratulations QO Varsity Football for your win against Northwest High School this past Friday. Our final destination for the state championship will be this Friday, December 3, 2021 at the Navy-Marine Corp Memorial Stadium in Annapolis at 7:30pm. Please see the athletic updates further below in the newsletter for more information.

Please plan on attending the premiere of our fall musical production, "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee", Saturday December 4th. There will be a showing at 2pm and 7pm. Tickets are available on our online store that can be found on the QO webpage.

As we enter the month of December, we will be sharing important information on state make-up testing for students that were not able to test during the fall administration, registration for classes for the upcoming school year, our course Electives Fair, and our Parent Articulation Night. We will keep you posted on dates and times.

We are looking forward to a great week and we are wishing a Happy Chanukah to all those celebrating over the next eight days.


Vilma Nájera

Principal Intern

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Giving Tree 2021

Twelve years ago QO started this event to give those in need within our own community a little brighter holiday season. The Giving Tree is traditionally a gift giving project where students and their families who would not have much of a holiday season have been selected and we hope that as a community we can provide each and every one of them something special this holiday season. Each year we help over 50 people have a happier holiday season. This year we have the goal of helping at least 60 people have a happier holiday season!

Due to the continuing COVID Pandemic, we will again only be collecting gift cards to allow families to purchase items that they are most in need of or greatly want. Here is how it works:

  • Community Members select a gift card from our Sign-Up Genius.

  • We are looking for donations of the following types:

    • $25 Amazon, Target, and Walmart Gift Cards - for Gifts

    • $25 Giant and Safeway Gift Cards - to provide each family with a holiday meal

    • Due to shipping delays and shortages of some items, we feel that by giving families gift cards this year they can go out and select items in time for the holidays so that everyone has something. This way the families can put the donations to the best use.

  • We ask that gift cards are returned by Thursday, December 9th so that they can be organized and distributed to families with enough time for families to shop.

  • When returning gift cards, please follow these guidelines:

    • Drop-off at school - PREFERRED METHOD

      • Place cards in an envelope or ziploc bag and label the envelope or bag with the Gift Code and your name or email address

      • Deliver cards to Ms. Adams in:

        • Room 123B before school & at lunch on Tuesdays and Wednesday (yellow hallway)

        • Room 128 during lunch on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays

    • Mail to school (please mail EARLY so they arrive by December 9th) -

      • Label all cards with the Gift Code and your name or email address

      • Mail to:
        Colleen Adams
        ℅ Quince Orchard High School
        15800 Quince Orchard Road
        Gaithersburg, MD 20878

Timeline of Events:

  • NOW - Sign-Up Genius will go live with family requests

  • NOW - Card Collection Begins

  • Tuesday, December 7th - Sign-Up Genius Closes

  • Thursday, December 9th - All Gift Cards are due back to QOHS

If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Colleen Adams at colleen_m_adams@mcpsmd.org.
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Important Reminder - Please Update Your Student Emergency Information

Please remember that any adult picking a student up from school must be on their emergency contact list. It is VERY important that the school has accurate contact & emergency information for each student. The process outlined below replaces the yellow cards that were traditionally sent home and MUST be completed by each family, as soon as possible.

Student Emergency Information should be updated through ParentVUE. Each year parents/guardians are required to complete the Annual Verification of Information through the Online Registration portal (in the right corner of your ParentVUE home screen). We highly recommend that you complete this as soon as possible. It is critically important that we have accurate parent contact information on file with the school and system as soon as possible.

Here are links to the ParentVUE Support Guide and directions for completing the annual verification of information.

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.

Dream It, Be It Program - Career Support For Girls

The Dream It Be It program is accepting applications. For more information, email Ms. Hardaway at Shalewa_T_Hardaway@mcpsmd.org. If you can dream it, you can be it!!
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Updates from the College and Career Center



Do you need help completing your FAFSA or MSFAA financial aid form? Sign up for a FAFSA & MSFAA Days session at Montgomery College! These virtual sessions are available every Monday, 1-4 p.m., and Tuesday, 4-7 p.m. throughout November.

Sign up here: https://www.montgomerycollege.edu/events/fafsa-fever/days.html

Jump Start to College

Students! Are you interested in taking a class or two at Montgomery College while you're in high school?

The Spring Registration season has begun for the Jump Start to College Program (formerly known as Dual Enrollment). Students with a GPA of 2.75 and above are eligible to take courses at MC. Please check out our website to learn more about this opportunity: https://sites.google.com/mcpsmd.net/qohs-counseling/college-and-career/dual-enrollment?authuser=0.

Students and families who have any additional questions can contact Mr. Rivera at Douglas_A_Rivera@mcpsmd.org.

College Visits

Cougars, we are happy to announce that we will be partnering with Damascus High School with some of our Virtual Visits. Please make sure that you are checking out our College Visits Website to stay up to date on colleges that we have available., and be sure to register for your college visits in Naviance!

Here are the schools that we have coming this week:

Wednesday 12/1

Maine College of Art & Design (in person)

Virtual College Fair Tuesday 11/30 - Registration Required!

The National Hispanic College Fair will be hosting a Virtual College Fair on November 30th from 9 am to 1 pm. You can register for this event here.

Seal of Bi-Literacy

Hey Cougars! Are you a Junior or Senior who is fluent in a language other than English? If so, did you know you have the opportunity to qualify for a seal of bi-literacy? That’s right, the seal of bi-literacy is a special seal that indicates you’re fluent in two languages and it could be applied to your diploma if you qualify. The seal of biliteracy shows that you have a special skill which makes you more attractive to colleges and careers!

Quince Orchard is offering free testing to Seniors on Tuesday, December 14th. Juniors must pay a fee of 17 dollars. You can find the registration link on the QOHS website, or see Mr. Lynch in room 225.

QO Theatre Presents "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" - This Saturday 12/4!

Tickets for "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee"!

Tickets are now on pre-sale for QO Theatre's production of "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee!" They are available on the online school store. They are

  • Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for all others.
  • The production will run on December 4th at 2 and 7 PM, and December 11th at 2 and 7 PM.
We hope that you'll come to support the arts at QO, and for a great production!
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Important Reminders from our Attendance Office & Security Team

Please review these important attendance reminders:

  • If a student is late to school for any reason they must stop by the attendance office to sign in. This also applies if a student needs to sign out early with parent permission or parent pick up. An accurate sign-in/out time must be recorded in the system. (Please note: If a student does not stop by the attendance office then anything that the student is marked absent for will stay in the system).
  • Please make sure whoever is signing the student out is on their emergency pick-up contact list in Parent VUE & is at least 21 years of age.
  • Any notice sent for a student to sign out early must be submitted in writing - this can be emailed to Stephanie_S_Bradley@mcpsmd.org

Also, please remember that all parents/guardians and visitors are required to show ID upon entering our building.

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Counseling Corner

Gaithersburg Holiday Giving Project

If your family has financial needs during the November and December holidays and could use food for the holidays, please fill out the linked google form.

This particular project is only for food at Thanksgiving and the December holiday.

Please note: Before filling out the form, you need to know your Quince Orchard student’s ID number.

Link: https://forms.gle/b3WHyanB7nvEpfSk8

Si su familia tiene necesidades financieras durante las vacaciones de noviembre y diciembre y podría usar alimentos para las fiestas, complete el formulario de Google vinculado.

Esto es solo para comida en Acción de Gracias y las vacaciones de diciembre.

Antes de completar el formulario, debe conocer el número de identificación de estudiante de Quince Orchard.

Enlace: https://forms.gle/b3WHyanB7nvEpfSk8

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Testing Accommodation Info & AP Registration

Testing Accommodations for the College Board Tests (AP, SAT, PSAT)

In order to receive accommodations on these tests, a student must request the accommodations by submitting a Student Eligibility Form. The form must be completed by both parents and school officials and then mailed to the College Board at least seven weeks in advance of the student taking the first test.

The criteria established by the College Board for granting testing accommodations differs

significantly from those used by Montgomery County Public Schools. Students who have an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) or a 504 Plan are not guaranteed that the College Board will provide accommodations. The College Board requires current neuropsychological testing (within the past three years) which documents the specific need for each requested accommodation. Please contact Mr. Douglas Rivera in the Counseling Office (240-740-3620) in order to obtain the forms and to ask questions about this process.

AP Registration & Payments

  • Students are now required to register for AP Exams in the fall. The exams will still take place in May. If your AP course doesn’t start until after the fall registration deadline, you can register later in the year. For help registering, talk to your child’s AP teacher, counselor, or your school’s AP coordinator.

  • To begin the registration process, students need to have a College Board account. All College Board programs (PSAT®, SAT®, or College Board Opportunity Scholarships) are connected through one account. If you have any issues with your student’s account please contact the College Board at 866-315-6068.

  • The Registration period closed Friday November 12, 2021. If your student still needs to register for their AP exam AFTER the November deadline, there will be a $40 late registration fee charged in addition to the $95 exam fee. Additionally, if students register for the exam and later decide not to test, there will be a $40 cancellation fee.

  • Payments can be made through the Online School Payments system, which can be accessed through the “School Store” link on the QO website.

  • You will also find a Fee Waiver Application Form (English / Spanish) that lists additional requirements that may qualify your student for a reduced exam fee based on your family income. If you meet one or more of the guidelines listed on the Fee Waiver Application form linked above, please fill out the application and submit it by December 1, 2021. Once you have completed the Fee Waiver, you are eligible to pay the exam fee of $15 listed in Online School Payments. We understand that some families may not be eligible for the fee waiver but may be experiencing extreme financial hardship. If you would like to request financial considerations please fill out this form.

If you have any questions regarding AP Testing, please reach out to Ms. Nicholson at Jennifer_R_icholson@mcpsmd.org.

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

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The Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological, and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) is an enrichment program and competition designed to encourage high school students to strive for excellence in up to 3 of 31 categories including Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); Humanities (Writing); Performance Arts; Visual Arts; and Entrepreneurship. Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) is encouraging student participation from each high school. The Montgomery County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) ACT-SO and MCPS have been working with high schools through designated liaisons. 

Students create projects following the appropriate rubric and receive support at monthly seminars.  Students are encouraged to share projects with a teacher before submission. ACT-SO may provide mentors to students submitting projects.  Projects are presented at a local competition and are adjudicated by specialists. The mission of ACT-SO is to prepare, recognize and reward youth who exemplify scholastic and artistic excellence as well as develop public speaking, time management, and other life-building skills.

Important Dates: All ACT-SO applications, short bios (200 words or less), and photos (headshot preferred; selfies are acceptable) should be returned by November 15, 2021.  The final due date for projects and applications is January 15, 2022.

Additional Information: Projects and applications should be submitted via email to actsomoco@gmail.com. Applications and projects will be acknowledged via email within 72 hours. For additional information contact ACT-SO Chairs Ms. Pat Price (actsomoco@gmail.com) or Ms. Laura Dennis (Ldennis99@comcast.net).

Celebrating Our QOHS Cougar Students and Staff

Athletic Season Passes

The QO Athletic Season Passes for the 2021-22 seasons are still on sale! The ordering process is easy! Simply complete the order form below and return with payment (Cash or Check made out to Quince Orchard High School). Passes will be available at the gate of home games. Season passes are only valid for home regular season contests for the designated season(s) at Quince Orchard High School and passes are non-transferrable.

To order, please complete the form at the link below, make sure that you neatly print all first and last names, incomplete orders will take longer to process and may not be available before the first game. Passes can also be ordered online, if you are ordering online, please follow-up with an email to Ms. Adams including the names you would like on each of the passes.


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Athletics Game Schedule & Community Updates

Football State Championship Game Information

Tickets for everyone over the age of 7 is $10. MCPS and Season passes WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. MPSSAA will sell tickets exclusively through GoFan. There will be no cash sales at the door. Here is the link to purchase tickets- https://gofan.co/app/events/470990?schoolId=MPSSAA

Friday, December 3rd- Football State Championship vs. Wise at Navy Marine-Corps Stadium 7:30 pm

The game will be streamed on www.nfhsnetwork.com. The subscription fee is $10.99. It will not be televised like it has been in previous years.

We will be the Home team. Fans must enter through the 1953 Pavilion. See the map below for parking, gate and seating information.

The Booster Club will be sponsoring 2 fan buses for STUDENTS ONLY. You can purchase a seat on the bus for $5 at the AD Office (Room 255) on Wednesday 12/1 and Thursday 12/2. First come, first serve!

QO Winter Sports Parent Meeting Information

If you missed the meeting last Monday, please see the link below for all the information you need for the Winter Sports Season!


QO Spectator Guidelines for Athletic Events

Please see the link below for the Spectator Guidelines for Indoor and Outdoor Athletic Events.


IMPORTANT 11/19 MCPS Athletics Update

Please see the MCPS Athletics Return to RAISE Update for Friday, November 19th HERE. This communication includes updates regarding masks/face coverings indoors and reminders about other program operations.

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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.

Quince Orchard HS Quarantine Instructional Process Plan

Quince Orchard High School will provide opportunities for students to engage in learning and receive needed support. If needed, students and families should review the process below and reach out to the school if you have any additional questions (240) 740-3600.


  • Teachers will post work in Canvas while a student is out.

  • Assignments missed during the quarantine period should be made up.

  • Students who are able/well enough to complete work while in quarantine are encouraged to do so. They can access their work in Canvas.

  • Students may email teachers to ask questions related to assignments. More guidance about seeing teachers is provided below.


  • If your student needs to speak to someone during quarantine or upon their return to school, our school COUNSELORS are available to support. Please contact the school for assistance.

Quarantine Live Check ins

All QOHS teachers will have a designated period for live check-ins posted on Canvas. Students/families should reach out to the grade level administrator if you are unable to access the Zoom link on their Canvas page..

  • If students have questions about assignments, they should email the appropriate teachers and join the Zoom meeting.

  • Student schedules can be found in StudentVue and ParentVue.

We appreciate your cooperation as we continue to prioritize the health and safety of the entire Quince Orchard High School community.

Our process and plan is also highlighted in the presentation shared at Back to school night: Google Slides ←Click here

Class of 2022

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

Senior fees: senior fees include your cap and gown and other expenses related to graduation. You are able to pay your senior fees online through the school store with a credit card.

  • November 1-January 31: $75

  • February 1-April 30: $85

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.

Important Links:

Stay connected throughout the school year with these important links: