QOHS Weekly Newsletter
June 12, 2022
QOHS Weekly Newsletter 6/12/22
Dear Quince Orchard Students, Staff, and Families,
Nelson Mandela once said, "It always seems impossible until it's done." This quote resonates with me as I think about our journey together this school year. We have persevered through some of the most trying years in education and we have been forever changed. As we wrap up the last few days of school this week, it is important to take some time to reflect, relax, and recognize all we accomplished together. Education will never be the same as it was a few years ago and neither will we. We came together to lift each other up, create excellence, and showcase Cougar Pride. We proved...again...that nothing is impossible!
This is our last newsletter for the school year and we have a few reminders for you as we wrap up:
- Students not returning to QOHS in the fall are reminded to return books, materials, Chromebooks and chargers. Students returning to QOHS need to take care of their Chromebooks and chargers over the summer months as it will be used for instructional purposes in the fall.
- Students don't miss out on opportunities to earn SSL hours this summer. Check out options on our website.
- Over the summer we will be working to develop our school improvement plan for the 2022-2023 school year. We will reach out to enlist parent/caregiver feedback and invite students to engage as well. Student, staff, and family voice is important to our collective work to improve the educational experience at QOHS.
- Monday-Wednesday are regular schedule days, Thursday is a Cougars Connect schedule, and Friday is an early release day. And the last day of school for this year!
- If you have any medications in the health room, it is important to pick them up by Friday, June 17th at 12:00 pm.
- Check out the athletics portion of our newsletter for Fall 2022 athletic registration information as well as free physical options.
Have a wonderful and safe summer. You can expect to receive our fall information by the last week in July and we will resume our weekly messages Sunday, August 21st.
Be well and remember, "We can't hide our Cougar Pride!"
All the best,
Elizabeth (Beth) Thomas
Summer MCPS SSL Information
Summer is a wonderful time for students to engage in SSL opportunities and earn SSL hours towards meeting the 75-hour state graduation requirement!
Middle school and high school students should continue earning SSL hours towards their SSL graduation requirement by engaging in SSL opportunities over the summer, including traditional in-person opportunities and select virtual/remote opportunities that follow the guidelines posted on the MCPS SSL webpage (www.mcps-ssl.org).
Please review the following important information for the MCPS SSL program:
If you have any questions about the SSL program before the end of the school year, please email your school’s SSL coordinator, Ms. Tammy Shelhorse (https://bit.ly/SSLCoordinatorsHS). If you have any questions about the SSL program during the summer, please email the MCPS SSL office at SSL@mcpsmd.org. Thank you!
QO Honors Pride Month!
QOHS Cougar Cub Preschool Learning Lab
The QOHS Cougar Cub Preschool Learning Lab is accepting preschool applications for the
October 2022 through May 2023 class.
- Classes are Monday through Thursday, 7:50 AM - 11:00 AM
- Child must be 4 years old by September 1, 2022 to enroll
- Tuition is only $600/year (2-$300/payments)
For additional information:
Visit our website http://qocougarcubs.weebly.com or
Contact Ms. Lisa Seid:
Contact Phone #: 240-740-3575
After June 17th, please contact me via my e-mail: Lisa_S_Seid@mcpsmd.org
QOHS PTSA Leaders & Volunteers Needed to Effectively Run 2022-23 School Year!
Hello QOHS parents, staff, and family. The QOHS PTSA is in severe need of volunteers in order for the organization to exist for the 2022-2023 school year. We need a Vice President to retain our charter and be in compliance with IRS and state requirements. We also need multiple other leadership positions for our activities to be fulfilled. Please contact email@example.com to volunteer. If we do not get enough leaders for the new school year, we will explore options to transition the organization's activities to other groups. If you value what the PTSA offers the school, please consider stepping up into a leadership role.
Class of 2023 Red Army & Senior Class Shirts - Available Now!
MCPS Community Update - 6/9/22
Here are seven things to know for Thursday, June 9. They include reminders about COVID-19, free vaccination clinics, an Out-of-School Time survey, Antiracist Focus Groups and more.
Positive COVID-19 Cases Coming Down
This week, the county Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) data dashboard shows a drop in positive case numbers. This is in part because of the important efforts of the entire community who have been diligent in wearing masks, washing hands and testing. While cases are declining, CDC and DHHS metrics still show Montgomery County with a moderate rate of transmission. DHHS still encourages (not requires) that you wear a mask, get tested when you have symptoms, use hand sanitizer/wash hands, and physically distance when possible. Masks may be required in classrooms or grade levels with an outbreak of COVID cases. Let’s keep up the great work in our collective fight against COVID-19.
If My Child Tests Positive, Where Do I Report It?
We know our mitigation efforts are effective when we are able to monitor positive cases. Some families have said they don’t know where or how to report a positive case. The link for the online reporting form is on the MCPS homepage and on every school’s homepage.
COVID-19 Google Reporting Form
COVID-19 Shots are Free and Readily Available
Our partners at DHHS will have clinics Saturday, June 11, at Paint Branch HIgh School and Sunday, June 12, at Shady Grove Middle School. Come on out and get your booster, first shot or second shot! They are free! Getting vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19 remains the safest and best way to avoid getting sick from the virus. Make an appointment here.
Share Your Thoughts on Opportunities for Students When School Is Not in Session
Are you aware that there are fun activities and opportunities available for students on non-instructional days? MCPS would like to know what the experience was like for those who participated and, for those who did not, what opportunities they would take advantage of. Parents and guardians of students in Grades 4 through 11 are invited to complete this survey to help improve next year’s program. The survey will be open through June 30.
MCPS piloted the Out-of-School Time program to provide students and families with engaging options for students on days when school was not in session. These in-person and/or virtual activities supported academic skills, physical and emotional wellness, art and digital learning skills.
Learn more about the Out-of-School Time program
5. Share Your Experience With Race and Racism in MCPS
Please participate in a focus group for parents, guardians, and caregivers. This is an opportunity for your voice to be heard! As part of the Antiracist System Audit, MCPS is looking for parents and guardians from different racial and cultural backgrounds to share their experiences. These will be 60 to 90 minutes on Zoom. The conversations are completely confidential.
We are still looking for parents, guardians, or caregivers for the following sessions. Please register for the session that is most appropriate for you. Click here to register.
- Asian - Wednesday, June 15 from 6:00-7:30
- Black/African American - Monday, June 13 from 6:00-7:30
- Latino/Hispanic/Latinx - Wednesday, June 15 from 6:00-7:30
- Middle Eastern and North African - Monday, June 13 from 6:00-7:30
- Native American - Wednesday, June 15 from 6:00-7:30
- Parents who have children five years old or younger - Tuesday, June 14 from 6:00-7:30
- White - Tuesday, June 14 from 6:00-7:30
6. MCPS Budget Approved for Next School Year / Funds Important Resources to Advance Teaching and Learning
The Montgomery County Board of Education on Tuesday, June 7, 2022, adopted a $2.92 billion Operating Budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2023. This is an increase of $137.9 million (5 percent) from the current FY 2022 budget. The budget will allow Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) to provide a continuation of key services, provide critical support to students for mental health and well-being and cover pandemic increases on operating costs.
Other important key investments in the FY 2023 Operating Budget include:
Full-time staff development teacher in every school
Full-time reading specialist teacher in every elementary school
Critical staffing in support of new schools and additional school space
Welcoming newcomer students to MCPS
Expanding early childhood learning opportunities
Strengthening career pathways for employees
7. Mental Health and Wellness Resources Available On MCPS Website
You can find valuable district information and community resources about mental health and wellness for students, staff and families on the MCPS homepage.
The National Institute for Mental Health offers these simple suggestions
Montgomery County Public Schools
Email us: ASKMCPS@mcpsmd.org
QOHS Summer School - Course Offerings!
Below is the list of courses that the QOHS local summer school program will be hosting at Lakelands Park Middle School.
- English 9A & English 9B
- English 9 - ELLs(1- 3)
- English 10 - ELLs (1-3)
- Honors Health
- Honors Biology A & Honors Biology B
- SEL Workshop *(SSL hours opportunity)
- AP Calculus Prep
- Leadership Through Flag Football
Specific information about individual courses will be communicated by Friday, June 17th. Students should check their synergy email and mcpsmd.net accounts for information. If you have additional questions about summer school please contact Ms. Andrea Tamburello, Summer School Lead Teacher at Andrea_C_Tamburello@mcpsmd.org or Mr. Phillip Yarborough, Assistant Principal at Phillip_A_Yarborough@mcpsmd.org.
MCPS Central High School Summer Program - First Session Registration is Now Closed!
CTE Summer School Program
Greetings MCPS parents and high school students,
Are you interested in earning your Tech Ed credit, starting or completing a CTE program of study or completing an Internship experience to build your resume and strengthen your college application? The regional CTE Summer School program at Seneca Valley and Wheaton/Edison High Schools are offering the following CTE courses for original or credit recovery. Courses are free, will be in a hybrid format and central transportation will be provided on the days in-person learning is scheduled.
Foundations of Technology
- Earn your Tech Ed credit for graduation
Introduction to Engineering Design
- Earn your Tech Ed credit and start the Project Lead the Way Engineering Program
Summer Internship or Apprenticeship
- Build your resume and strengthen your college application by working for an employer in the career field of your interest.
Entrepreneurship and Business Management
- Start the Business, Accounting & Finance or Marketing CTE Program of Study
Guided Research for Law, Government, Public Safety and Administration
- Gain valuable legal research skills, experience the Paralegal studies program at Montgomery College and/or use this course to complete the Justice, Law and Society CTE program.
Foundations of Medical and Health Science
· Credit recovery for the Healthcare Professions CTE programs.
Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA)
· Credit recovery and certification preparation for CCMA students
Visit the CTE Summer School Website for details and register today through ParentVUE: 2022 Central High School Summer Program Registration InstructionsA copy of the CTE Summer School Flyer is attached. Contact Ms. Latrice Curtis, CTE Summer School Program Manager at Latrice_C_Curtis@mcpsmd.org for questions
COVID-19 Updates - Visit our webpage & continue to report positive cases
- Continue to report positive cases: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfs2RqaGzagPTfOg-HJEUXEbIcH-zyADhFZRS7ifjAf21wPBw/viewform
- Keep children home if they have any symptoms of illness and get them tested for COVID-19.
- Say Yes to the Test - Parents must give their permission for in-school testing and they can do so by completing this form. For more details, please visit our "Say Yes to the Test" website.
Updates from our College & Careers Center
Maryland Business Roundtable for Education (MBRT) is excited to invite 2022 graduating seniors from your school district to our Next Gen Next Level Summer Bridge FREE event on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at Kossiakoff Center at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab,
“SURVIVING LIFE AFTER HIGH SCHOOL” WORKSHOPS (listed below), COLLEGE/CAREER FAIR, and more to help them no matter their future plans and even if they are still undecided!
Event includes lunch, chances to win great prizes, giveaways, and special guest star appearance by Yvng Swag, millennial hip-hop artist, dancer, comedian and entertainer.
For your convenience in posting, please copy/paste the info below, attached flyers, and registration forms to share with your graduating seniors and their families.
EVENT: “Next Gen Next Level – Surviving Life After High School” FREE Summer Event for 2022 Maryland High School Graduates
LOCATION: Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, 11100 Johns Hopkins Rd., Laurel, MD 20723-6099
DATE/TIME: Tuesday, June 21, 2022 (9am-4pm)
FOR: 2022 MD High School Graduates
INFO: Attend our COLLEGE/CAREER FAIR and experience 6 workshops with tips/tricks to survive life after high school, lunch included, plus chances to win awesome prizes, giveaways, and more!
SPECIAL GUEST STAR: Yvng Swag, (Hip-Hop Artist, Dancer, Comedian & Entertainer seen on MTV’s Wild ‘n Out
COVID POLICY: All visitors to event must be fully vaccinated or test negative within 72 hours of arrival.
INTEREST FORM: https://forms.gle/wMzhbgLtLBjEyf6g8
(Please complete the interest form using the link above to indicate that you are interested in the event and the required registration forms to attend the event will be sent via email. Parents signature required on forms for students under the age of 18. Upon receipt of the completed registration forms, your spot will be confirmed for the event. Limited spots available on a first come, first serve basis.)
QUESTIONS/SEND REGISTRATION FORMS TO: Carrie Pannone, MBRT State Program Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-443-233-6944)
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.
Students & Staff join us every Wednesday in the Courtyard for Mindfulness Meditation!
Quince Orchard Students and Staff
Athletics Information for the Week of June 13th, 2022
Medstar's FREE physical night is on 6/23 from 5-7pm.
Physicals will be held in our Olney orthopedic office at Montgomery Medical Center.
18109 Prince Phillip Drive
Olney, MD 20832
Athletes will have to sign up for an appointment. Appointments are in 15 min intervals. To sign-up have the athlete send an e-mail to email@example.com. Please make sure they include their name, date of birth, school, parent/guardian name & phone number.
Please reach out with any questions to QO Athletic Trainer Jodi Webb at Jodi.R.Webb@medstar.net !
Fall Registration Information
Registration for Fall Sports begins July 11th and Fall Sports tryouts/practices begin on August 11th! Please see the links below for registration information!
QO Athletics Interest List
Are you interested in playing sports at QO during the 2022-23 school year? Please fill out this link below so we can get your information to our coaches!
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.