QOHS Weekly Newsletter

Weekly Updates & Information for Students, Staff & Families

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September 18, 2022

Dear Quince Orchard Students, Staff, and Families,


We have a full week of excellence planned and look forward to continuing our celebration of Hispanic Heritage month. This Wednesday 9/21, all 9th grade students will take the Measures of Academic Progress Reading assessment. We will have a modified schedule for students in grades 10-12 focused on academic wellness. See information in the complete newsletter.


This past weekend we were saddened to hear about events that took place at our neighboring schools during and after a football game. All of us must do our part to ensure our student-athletes, coaches, fans, and community members are safe. We will not tolerate actions that are a violation of the MCPS Athletics RAISE core Values, MCPS policies, and our Quince Orchard High School shared commitment to excellence. We understand there will be enhanced measures put into place by MCPS for all high school athletic events moving forward and we will share those with you once we know more.


I want to remind all QO Cougar students, staff, families, and caregivers that any violation of school policies during or after school can result in consequences in alignment with the MCPS code of conduct.


Montgomery County Public Schools in collaboration with Montgomery County State’s Attorney's Office and the Montgomery County Police Department, are partnering to educate high school students about how to keep schools and students safe from guns and gun violence. (See MCPS Announcement HERE) Our assemblies are planned for the first week in October.


In this week's newsletter, I would like to elevate the following items for your review and attention:

  • Hispanic Heritage Month continues this week, please look for updates on the ways we will celebrate all month long.
  • Therapy Dogs will be visiting QO tomorrow, Monday, September 19th.
  • Our first NAACP Parent Council and PTSA meetings are this week, on Tuesday, September 20th.
  • The QO Athletics Hall of Fame induction is Friday, September 23rd.
  • Check out the athletics section of our newsletter to see when you can join us to cheer on our Cougar student athletes.
  • The Hispanic College Fair will take place at Bohrer Park on Thursday, October 13, 2022.


As a gentle reminder... Start time is 7:45 am sharp, make your plans now to be on time. Have a great evening and We will continue to create the conditions needed for ALL students to experience excellence. And never forget…We can’t hide our Cougar Pride!



Make It a Great Day,


Elizabeth L. Thomas


Principal

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New Updates!

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at QOHS!

Hispanic Heritage Month

The Board of Education has proclaimed Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 as Hispanic Heritage Month. Throughout the month, MCPS schools will be celebrating the unique culture and traditions of students, teachers, staff, and community members who trace their roots to Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries in North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Hispanics and Latinos are the fastest growing ethnic group in MCPS, with 32 percent of the student population, representing 21 Spanish-speaking countries. MCPS resources to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month are available here. We want all MCPS students, parents, and staff to celebrate with us! Share a picture that represents your Hispanic/Latinx heritage and MCPS may feature it in a virtual gallery. Email pictures to pio@mcpsmd.org.


Spirit Week 9/19 - 9/23

Monday - Flag Day

Tuesday - Country Colors Day

Wednesday - Inspirational LatinX Icon - Wear something to represent your icon!

Thursday - Jersey Day

Friday - Quince at QO - Wear any Quinceanera outfit!


Calendar of Events

There are amazing events happening at QOHS throughout Hispanic Heritage Month. Please view the calendar below, on our QOHS webpage, or on Canvas.


SSL Opportunity

Earn 3 SSL hours by making a digital poster that honors a Hispanic/Latino figure. Share completed slides with Tammy.Shelhorse@mcpsmd.net and Kunal.Arora@mcpsmd.net

Measures of Academic Performance in Reading and Math (MAP-R and MAP-M)

On Wednesday, September 21st and September 28th we will conduct MAP testing. Only 9th grade students are required to complete MAP testing for the SY’22-23. On these two days we will run an academic wellness schedule to best support the needs of our students. An academic wellness schedule supports the priorities of our school system as it pertains to the health and wellness of our students. Running an academic wellness schedule provides an opportunity for students not testing to have wellness time and space to complete other academic assignments including homework, college essays, college applications, projects or study time. Although testing is important and required by our school system the mental health of our students are equally as important. Students opting in for academic wellness time are required to report to the auditorium with a charged Chromebook.

See the schedule for Wednesday, September 21st – MAP R & Wednesday, September 28th MAP M below

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MCPS Athletics Community Update

Dear MCPS Families,

As we enter the exciting time of year known as homecoming we write with a reminder of the importance of demonstrating respect by all spectators attending MCPS athletic events. The R.A.I.S.E. core values of the school district athletics program teach and reinforce respect and sportsmanship, academic excellence, integrity and character, spirited and safe competition, and equity and access. When you attend an MCPS sporting event you are enjoying an exhibition of skills developed by student-athletes in an educational setting. Being in the stands or on the sidelines is just like being in the classroom; respect for your fellow spectators, student-athletes, coaches and referees is the expectation.

You can support these expectations by following these simple guidelines.

  • Applaud all student-athletes for their efforts.
  • Accept the decisions of officials and coaches.
  • Appreciate all participants for their commitment.
  • Support school personnel in conducting a spirited and safe contest.
  • Maintain composure when something seems to go against your team.
  • Respect the rights of other spectators.
  • Reward sportsmanlike behavior through cheering.
  • Focus attention on the positive aspects of competition.
  • Encourage student-athletes by showing enthusiasm and positive recognition. and…
  • Demonstrate concern for the safety and welfare of student-athletes and each other

Also, please comply with our spectator expectations:

  • Tickets are purchased through GoFan. Spectators are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance. General admission is $5.00, which includes convenience fee.
  • Students should bring their student ID, in order to verify their enrollment
  • Middle school students must purchase a ticket and be accompanied by a paying adult or will not be able to attend the event
  • Elementary students (10 and under) are admitted free with a paying adult
  • Senior citizens over the age of 62 are admitted free


Be Loud, Be Proud, Be Positive!

Cougar Minds Matter - Therapy Dogs Are Coming!

The therapy dogs will be visiting QO on Monday 9/19/2022 during lunch. Students and staff are encouraged to spend time with the dogs outside the main entrance anytime during lunch. Hope to see you there!
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NAACP Parent Council & PTSA Meetings 9/20

NAACP Parent Council Meeting 9/20/22

Join us on September 20th at 6:00 PM for the QOHS NAACP Parent Council meeting in the Media Center and on Zoom. Here is the link: https://mcpsmd.zoom.us/j/82531716199?pwd=MEtxb2xwbTFaOC9xVk10SjFXZjF0UT09


PTSA Meeting 9/20/22

Join us for our monthly PTSA meeting on Tuesday, September 20th at 7:00 pm. The meeting is scheduled to be delivered in a hybrid format(In-person/Virtual).


In-Person Participants: QOHS Media Center

Virtual Participants:

https://mcpsmd.zoom.us/j/82531716199?pwd=MEtxb2xwbTFaOC9xVk10SjFXZjF0UT09


Meeting ID: 825 3171 6199

Passcode: 203001


Membership

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 - Regístrese para ambos obtenga un 20% de descuento sobre la membresía de PTSA

PTSA Membership Information

PTSA Volunteer Information

Booster Welcome Letter

Booster Sponsorship Form 2022-23

Project Lead the Way Looking for Community Members

At Quince Orchard High School, we have a team of talented teachers working with an incredible group of students and parents to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) in the high school setting. The Project Lead the Way (PLTW) courses are designed to "engage students on multiple levels, expose them to areas of study that they typically do not pursue, and provide them with a foundation and proven path to college and career success." (www.pltw.org). We offer 6 courses that help prepare students in college-level courses for engineering classes and careers. Part of our commitment to PLTW and to our engineering students is to have a Community Member Advisory Committee. The purpose of this group is to get feedback from our community in ways that we can support our students and create connections to current engineers. We are always looking for volunteers to help with our clubs, speakers interested in talking with students about Engineering, and internship sponsors for our students either during the summer, during the school day, or after school.


If interested in getting involved, please complete this Google Form - https://forms.gle/HZMgWJLS39RzLFbE9 and we will be in touch!


If you have additional questions, please contact Colleen Adams - colleen_m_adams@mcpsmd.org, Resource Teacher for the Fine Arts and Career Technology Education department.

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Updates from the College & Career Center

Hispanic College Fair 2022 - Presentando La Feria Universitaria Presencial de otoño 2022

We are excited to announce the Hispanic College Fair will take place at Bohrer Park on Thursday, October 13, 2022! This event is primarily for 11th and 12th-grade students who identify as Hispanic, but all juniors and seniors are welcome to attend.


Please complete this interest form if you are interested in attending the event. Flyers are linked below in English and Spanish. Interest form: https://forms.gle/aLorJQVkqdTCD6YJA


Achievement Week Celebration & Essay Contest

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc, Mu Nu Chapter, is proud to honor Black male achievement in Montgomery County at its 2022 Achievement Week celebration on November 16, 2022 at the Silver Spring Civic Center at 7 pm.


The Chapter also invites any student to submit an essay to compete in the fraternity's national essay contest. Here are details for each opportunity:


Achievement Week Honorees:

  • The fraternity will provide 50 Black male students who have a minimum 3.0 unweighted or 3.5 weighted GPA a certificate of achievement and honor them if they complete the application and send a transcript. The top 50 students will be notified and invited to attend.
  • 4 to 5 students who have the highest GPAs and leadership experiences will receive a minimum $3,000 scholarship funded by the Rudolph Snowden Scholarship Foundation.
  • Students must send their application and a copy of their transcript to Shawn.Joseph@Howard.edu by Friday, October 21, 2022.


Essay Contest:

  • Students must address the theme of the essay contest: A world crisis has caused a paradigm shift for health disparities and social justice; what are your suggestions for positive change?
  • The student must be a college-bound senior of any gender or race.
  • A minimum $500 award will be given to the local winner on November 16, 2022, and we will submit the essay to be considered for the national $5,000 award.
  • More information can be found by clicking the "Essay Contest" link.


Students should reach out to Dr. Shawn Joseph, Assistant Professor, Howard University, at Shawn.Joseph@Howard.edu if they have questions.


Fall 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.


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

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Class of 2023 Updates - Graduation Survey, Senior Portrait Make-ups & More!

Graduation Survey

Senior students and/or parents, please take a moment to complete our QOHS Class of 2023 Graduation Survey. Your input is important as we plan for this amazing event!


Senior Portraits - October 24 and 25 By Appointment Only

Senior portrait makeups will be taken from 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. on October 24 and 25 in QO's auditorium, but you must contact Prestige Portrait's office ahead of time to schedule an appointment. The window to book an October appointment opens Sept. 26. Call 1-800-736-4753 or schedule at https://prestigeportraits.com/. Select the state as Maryland, the city as North Potomac, leave the "code" blank on this page, then select Quince Orchard. Additional makeup dates will be available in November and December.


Stay up to date on all the Senior Things:

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MCPS Community Message - 5 Things to Know

Here are five things to know for Thursday, Sept. 15: information about COVID-19, a revised mobile device regulation, and good news about two MCPS employees.

  1. Revised Personal Mobile Device Policy in Place for MCPS Students
    The Montgomery County Board of Education has approved a revised regulation (COG-RA) concerning student possession and use of personal mobile devices. This update to the regulation aligns guidelines with current best practices and was developed collaboratively by a workgroup composed of staff, students and community members.
    Learn more

  2. Scholarship Recognizing Academic Excellence to be Launched in October
    Applications will open soon for the newly created Ruth and Norman Rales–Patricia Baier O’Neill Scholarship Recognizing Academic Excellence. These $10,000 scholarships for graduating high school seniors were announced earlier this year by the Norman R. Rales and Ruth Rales Foundation to honor the lives and contributions of Ruth and Norman Rales and Patricia O’Neill, who died Sept. 14, 2021, after having served the longest tenure in the history of the Montgomery County Board of Education.
    Learn more.

  3. Understand Positive COVID-19 Isolation Guidelines
    It remains important that staff and families continue to report positive cases of COVID-19 via this online form. An updated isolation calculator can help you understand when it is OK to return to work or school.

  4. Updated COVID-19 Boosters Are Now Available
    Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) endorsed updated COVID-19 booster vaccines. The vaccines are bivalent, which means they include protection against both the original SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19, and currently circulating strains of the Omicron variant (BA-4 and BA-5). Anyone older than 12 who is vaccinated against COVID-19 can receive a booster. The Pfizer vaccine is authorized for ages 12 years and older. The Moderna vaccine is authorized for ages 18 years and older. Both booster vaccines must be given after an initial vaccine series, and can be given eight weeks after the last received dose of vaccine or booster.
    Where you can find these vaccines:
    The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services is now offering updated bivalent COVID-19 booster vaccines. This is now the only booster available for ages 12+ at county-sponsored clinics, including school-based clinics. Appointments are recommended. Maryland's Vaccine Locator provides information on pharmacies and other locations offering booster appointments and a helpful FAQ on the new boosters.

  5. GOOD NEWS: Watch Exciting Stories of Two MCPS Employees
    Roberto Castillo, an MCPS bus route supervisor, shares his story of career and advancement and commitment to students and Tracey Parker, a special education teacher at Judith A. Resnik Elementary School, talks about how she grew into her job through her love of the students.
    VIDEO: Roberto Castillo, Bus Route Supervisor
    VIDEO: Tracey Parker, Special Education Teacher

English / español / 中文 / français / Português / 한국어 / tiếng Việt / አማርኛ

Montgomery County Public Schools

Email us: ASKMCPS@mcpsmd.org

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Annual Environmental Compliance Information

Please review the following communications from MCPS regarding the Annual Notification of Asbestos Management Plan & the Annual Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Notification. Both communications are linked below with options to view in additional languages.


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Athletics

Athletics Schedule for the Week of 9/19/22

09/19/2022 Field Hockey Gaithersburg at Quince Orchard 7 pm

09/19/2022 JV Field Hockey Poolesville at Quince Orchard 5:30 pm

09/20/2022 Boys Soccer Quince Orchard at Richard Montgomery 7:15 pm

09/20/2022 Girls Soccer Richard Montgomery at Quince Orchard 7:15 pm

09/20/2022 JV Boys Soccer Quince Orchard at Richard Montgomery 5:30 pm

09/20/2022 JV Girls Soccer Richard Montgomery at Quince Orchard 5:30 pm

09/21/2022 Cross Country Quince Orchard and Seneca Valley at Northwest 3:30 pm

09/21/2022 Field Hockey Quince Orchard at Seneca Valley 7 pm

09/22/2022 Boys Soccer Whitman at Quince Orchard 7:15 pm

09/22/2022 Girls Soccer Quince Orchard at Whitman 7:15 pm

09/22/2022 Girls Volleyball Gaithersburg at Quince Orchard 6:30 pm

09/22/2022 Golf Quince Orchard vs. Poolesville, Sherwood and Magruder at Hampshire Greens 3:30 pm

09/22/2022 JV Boys Soccer Whitman at Quince Orchard 5:30 pm

09/22/2022 JV Girls Soccer Quince Orchard at Whitman 5:30 pm

09/22/2022 JV Girls Volleyball Gaithersburg at Quince Orchard 5:30 pm

09/23/2022 JV Field Hockey Quince Orchard at Damascus 5:30 pm

09/23/2022 Varsity Football Damascus at Quince Orchard 6:30 pm


09/24/2022 Boys Soccer Gaithersburg at Quince Orchard 3:45 pm

09/24/2022 Girls Soccer Quince Orchard at Gaithersburg 11:45 am

09/24/2022 JV Boys Soccer Gaithersburg at Quince Orchard 2 pm

09/24/2022 JV Football Damascus at Quince Orchard 10 am

09/24/2022 JV Girls Soccer Quince Orchard at Gaithersburg 10 am


QO Athletics Hall of Fame Weekend

On behalf of the Quince Orchard Athletics Hall of Fame Committee, it is a great honor to announce the 2022 Class of the Quince Orchard Athletic Hall of Fame! These 19 outstanding people will be honored on Friday, September 23rd before our Football Game at 6pm. We will also have a Induction Ceremony to honor them on Sunday, September 25th at Lakewood Country Club. Congratulations to these 19 inductees!


COACHES AND ATHLETIC DIRECTORS

Jason Gasaway (2005-2021) Baseball

Joe Hawkins, Wrestling

Bob Thames (1988- 1999) Golf


COMMUNITY MEMBERS

Cindy Baughan (2004-2007) Booster Club President, Vice President

Nancy Shank (1999-2001) Booster Club President


FEMALE ATHLETES

Claudin Hull (Mangum) (1999) XC, Indoor Track, Track & Field

Lucinda Hull (Smith) (1999) XC, Indoor Track, Track & Field

Deanna Lavanty (1990) Gymnastics and Cheerleading

Treena Limgenco (2004) Volleyball and Basketball

Trisha Limgenco (2004) Girls Volleyball and Coed Volleyball

Alissa Peterson (2009) Field Hockey, Lacrosse

Susan Trenery Davis (1994) Soccer, Field Hockey, Swimming, Indoor Track, Track & Field, Tennis


MALE ATHLETES

Eddie Baughan (2005) Wrestling

Ray Gray (1992) Football

JD Lubenetski (1999) Baseball, Golf

Marcus Newby (2013) Football

Gregory Richter (2000) Basketball

Jacob Ritchie (1993) Wrestling and Football

David Vernier (1992) Football, Wrestling, Baseball



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!

https://gofan.co/app/school/MD24824


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

Go Cougars!

Important information from last week's newsletter!

Council Member for a Day Challenge

Students in grades 8-12 who are interested in politics and want to know what it is like to serve as a Montgomery County Councilmember are invited to submit entries for Councilmember Craig Rice’s “Councilmember for a Day Challenge.”

Students will work in teams of three with an instructor to develop a short video on highlighting a public policy that is important to them. The winning team members will have the opportunity to serve as Councilmember for a Day.

Important Dates:

  • Student Registration Deadline: Sept. 20
  • Instructor Sessions: Sept. 14, 15, 19, and 22 from 3:30 - 5:00 (Zoom)
  • Student Sessions: Sept. 26 – Oct. 28
  • VOICES Video Submission Deadline: Oct. 31
  • Virtual Showcase/Film Festival: Nov. 9
  • Winner Serves as Councilmember for a Day: Nov. 15
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QO Cougar Cub Preschool has a few spots remaining!

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Student Drop-Off Procedures

Quince Orchard High School is positioned in an unique area that becomes highly congested in the morning. We are asking that you plan and pack your patience. Plan to leave early so you are able to arrive prior to 7:30 am. Pack your patience as you arrive at QO. We all have a goal to get to school safely and these drop off procedures are created to help everyone. Please read below and see the diagrams that follow:


There are three areas available for student drop-off in the morning at Quince Orchard High School. Two of these are in the upper parking lot and one is in the lower parking lot. All of our options are outlined below and highlighted in the maps. Please use ONLY one of these designated areas to drop-off your students in the morning. These areas have been designated as drop-off areas to allow for the safety of students, staff, and drivers while continuing a steady flow of traffic.


Upper Parking Lot Option #1 (RED Option) – Entering campus from Darnestown Road (Rte. 28)

  • Enter at the top of the parking lot near the Tennis Courts

  • Continue straight towards the school (following the Tennis Courts)

  • Drop-off your student at the corner of the school

  • Turn LEFT and turn LEFT to return to Darnestown Road (left or right turn allowed at the light).

    • NO drop-offs vehicles will be exiting onto Quince Orchard Road from the Upper lot.


Upper Parking Lot Option #2 (YELLOW Option) – Entering campus from Quince Orchard Road (Rte. 124)

  • Entering between the small staff lot and the main staff/student lot

  • Make an immediate left into the small upper lot, looping around the front of the school.

  • Drop-off your student along sidewalk closest to the bus parking lot and in front of the auditorium

  • Cross into the larger lot and proceed towards Darnestown Road (left or right turn allowed at the light).

    • NO drop-offs vehicles will be exiting onto Quince Orchard Road from the Upper lot.


Lower Parking Lot Option(GREEN Option) – Entering campus through the end of the bus loop from Quince Orchard Road (Rte. 124)

  • Be aware of students crossing from the sidewalks to the school and buses trying to exit the bus loop

  • Continue down the hill, stopping at the stop sign

  • Continue just past the Cougar Cubs playground and stop before the Handicapped parking spaces

  • Drop-Off your student at the sidewalk leading to the entrance where the Cougar Wing meets the main portion of the school

  • Turn LEFT to loop around the first row of staff parking in the parking lot

  • Continue to the end of that row and turn LEFT

  • After stopping at the stop sign, turn RIGHT to drive up the hill

  • Stop at the stop sign at the top of the hill and then proceed to the next stop sign which brings you back to Quince Orchard Road (left or right turn allowed at the light)

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School Cash On-line (SCO)

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Montgomery County Public Schools has transitioned to a new online payment system called SchoolCash Online as its preferred method of payment for all school-related fees.

SchoolCash Online helps parents/guardians and community members pay school-related fees safely, quickly, and easily. SchoolCash Online will help increase efficiency and security at schools by making payments directly into schools’ bank accounts and eliminating the need for teachers to handle money. In addition, once registered, you will be immediately informed about school activities!

Powered by KEV Group, SchoolCash Online is the industry leader in the management of school fees. The new system puts all of the school-related fees online for purchase so users can make purchases online using a credit card or e-check. A processing fee will be included on all items available for purchase, regardless of the type of payment used on SchoolCash Online or at the school.


Parents/guardians can register now at - https://mcpsmd.schoolcashonline.com/



Parents/guardians received a notification with their student(s) PIN information required for adding a student to their account beginning Monday, August 15, 2022. Communication will be in the form of MCPS email or USPS mailer for those that do not currently have email on file with MCPS.


The MCPS Help Desk has set up a community support dropbox (see below) for community support.

communitytechsupport@mcpsmd.org

FARMS - It's More than Just Free Meals

Families who qualify for free and reduced benefits get so much more than just free meals. Your application can:
  • Provide discounts on college applications, SAT, ACT & AP testing fees
  • Help increase school funding
  • Provide possible discounts on internet access
  • Give discounts on ECA fees like athletics & band.


Apply online NOW at MySchoolApps.com (Translations available) Click here for an English video tutorial.


Vea aquí un vídeo paso a paso en español sobre cómo completar la solicitud de FARMS.


Meal benefit eligibility from last school year will remain current only through the first 30 scheduled school days OR until a 2022-2023 application is processed. If you have any questions, please call 240-740-7400 or reach out to your school counselor.

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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

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.