QOHS Weekly Newsletter

Weekly Updates & Information for Students, Staff & Families

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March 12, 2023

Dear Quince Orchard Students, Staff, and Families,

I hope you have "sprung" forward for spring by turning your clocks ahead one hour. If not, take a minute now so you are on time and ready to go for leading and learning this week.

We have 5 school days this week with an early release right in the middle on Wednesday, March 15th. The early release schedule is posted in our complete newsletter.

Did you know it is "Music in our Schools Month?" Well, QOHS definitely knows it well and had an amazing week of showcasing their excellence at the MCPS County Festival! Our wind ensemble, A Capella, Chamber Choir, and Orchestra all earned superior rankings at the festival which qualifies them to go to STATES! Congratulations to our entire music program!

Speaking of excellence, I am thrilled to share how awesome it was to have Dr. Monifa McKnight, MCPS Superintendent, visit last week. She was welcomed by our students as they shared their experiences and took her on a tour of a few classes. Hearing and seeing QO through the eyes of our students was powerful. Thank you to everyone who welcomed her to QO and we are truly thankful for her support.

Last week we began our renewed focus on creating a culture of on time attendance and enhanced security. The measures we are taking are to help with both chronic absenteeism and safety. And we are continuing our collaboration with MCPS central office staff, our police partners, and local businesses to support this renewed safety plan.

* We will begin to fully implement an ID check process for students throughout the day. Students must have a student ID on them at all times. If a student needs a new school issued ID, please see a member of the security team to schedule a time to get a new ID.

*We will have a renewed focus on shared norms for our open lunch policy. Our open lunch policy is a privilege, not a right, granted to students only in grades 11 and 12. We have lunch available everyday in the cafeteria and students may bring lunch to school.

* Students must be in class on time and remain in class.

*Students must have a pass to transition at all times throughout the building.

* If students are unexcused tardy to any class, including first period, the following processes will be implemented with fidelity by all staff:

** 1st time is a warning

**2nd time parent/caregiver contact

*** 3rd time all above and restorative lunch reflection

*** 4th time, all above and removal of parking permit if a student has been issued one

I want to be clear that these enhanced measures are not to consequence everyone for the actions of a few. With our attendance rate and ongoing safety issues, we have an obligation to do whatever we can to create a safe learning environment. It is important that we all do our part. If you see something, say something. Thank you for your support and understanding.

This week we have the following events/meetings:

Monday, March 13th, Spring Sports Parent/Caregiver Meeting at 7:00 pm in the auditorium.

Wednesday, March 15th, Boosters Club meeting 7:00 pm in the media center

Friday, March 17th- Speak Up, Save a Life- The Dangers of Opioids & Fentanyl Assembly for all students during the school day.

Saturday, March 18th- Minority Scholars Program Retreat 8:00 am at Northwest High School

Saturday, March 18th- Boosters Annual Mulch Sale 8:00 am at Quince Orchard High School.

Order your mulch now!

Save the dates and more information in the newsletter:

*Tuesday, March 21st, NAACP Parent Council meeting at 6:00 pm and PTSA meeting at 7:00 pm. Both in the media center

*Signs of Suicide Lessons during Cougars Connect

*Our Spring Musical Anastasia begins Friday, March 24th!

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

All the best,

Beth Thomas


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CONGRATULATIONS to the Music Department!

This week ALL 3 of our amazing music groups performed at the MCPS Music Festivals and earned ALL SUPERIOR RATINGS, the highest possible scores in every category! Each group now qualifies for the Maryland State Festival!

Congratulations to the Orchestra led by Mrs. Kirchhoff, they scored all superior ratings on Tuesday, this is the seventh year in a row they have scored all superior ratings! They also hosted the MCPS Festival, thank you for your hospitality to all of the orchestras around the county.

The combined A Capella and Chamber Singers group scored all superior ratings on Wednesday and a perfect score on the sight reading part of the evaluation. Congratulations to the students from both groups who came together under Mrs. Kleiner-Vilgos direction to achieve at the highest level.

The Wind Ensemble led by Dr. Sedatole continued the streak of excellence by scoring all superior ratings at their festival on Thursday! Congratulations to all these talented and dedicated students and directors!

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Anastasia Performances

The spring music, Anastasia, is coming up! Show dates are Friday 3/24, Saturday 3/25, Friday 3/31, and Saturday 4/1. Friday shows are at 7 PM and Saturday shows are at 2 PM and 7 PM. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for QO students, and $10 for all others. All performances take place in the QO Auditorium. Be sure to come and support the talented company of this brilliant show!
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QO Honors Women's History Month!

March is Women's History Month

March is Women’s History Month, a time to honor the lives and achievements of incredible women throughout history – women who inspire future generations to make their own impact. QOHS is hosting the following events in the main lobby each Wednesday during lunch this month and invite students and staff to wear purple on these days: 3/1 - Women’s History Month kickoff 3/8 - International Women’s Day celebration 3/15 - Equal Pay Day 3/22 - Consent Matters 3/29 - Scholarship / Future Day

Nominate a staff member to show your appreciation!!

March is Women's History Month. To celebrate the dynamic impact of the women who work at QO, please nominate a staff member to show your appreciation! Your nominee will be acknowledged in the morning announcements during the month of March. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfnGL4dsfR1gojKacDdbVYraxhNhwRdYz9Vo80YGyTHhtTxFw/viewform

¡Marzo es el Mes de la Historia de la Mujer! Para celebrar el impacto dinámico de las mujeres que trabajan en QO, nomina a una mujer del personal para mostrar tu agradecimiento. Tu nominada será reconocida en los anuncios de la mañana durante el mes de marzo. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfnGL4dsfR1gojKacDdbVYraxhNhwRdYz9Vo80YGyTHhtTxFw/viewform

MoCo Family Justice Center Foundation Hygiene Drive

See the flyer below for details!!

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Signs of Suicide

MCPS remains committed to sharing information and resources about mental health topics that could potentially impact students. We know that the teenage years are marked by a roller-coaster ride of emotions—challenging for teens, their parents/ guardians, and educators. It is easy to misread depression as normal adolescent turmoil; however, depression appears to be occurring at a much earlier age than before. The prevalence of depression in adolescents and young adults increased from 8.7 percent in 2006 to 11.3 percent in 2014 (Mojtabai, et. al, 2016). Suicide also is the second leading cause of death among 11–18 year old youth in the United States (Centers for Disease Control, 2015). To proactively address this issue, MCPS is enhancing its suicide prevention curriculum using the Signs of Suicide ® (SOS ® ) Prevention Program. The SOS ® Program is a youth suicide prevention program that has demonstrated an improvement in students’ knowledge and adaptive attitudes towards suicide risk and depression, as well as a reduction in actual suicide attempts.

All students in Grades 6 through 12 will participate in the Signs of Suicide ® (SOS ® ) Prevention Program. The program will be implemented at Quince Orchard High School on Thursday, March 23, 2023, during Cougars Connect. Students also receive handouts that include the Act to Save a Life student newsletter and a list of school, local, and national resources that are available on mental health needs. A copy of the resource list is attached. If you have any questions or concerns about this program, please do not hesitate to contact Douglas Rivera, Resource Counselor at Douglas_A_Rivera@mcpsmd.org.

Please take time to review these valuable resources:

Signs of Suicide (SOS) Parent Newsletter

Signs of Suicide Parent Newsletter (Spanish)

SOS Brochure

ASL Club/Honor Society T-Shirt Sale!

Proceeds will be donated to Deaf Camps, Inc (50%) and field trips for the ASL program (50%)

Order form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdKhHGvpcl1C2ORckqCG87yU5QBzgNGKm-XZUqRlpq1cZehNQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

Accepted forms of payment:

Follow this link to view QR codes for order form & payment.

All orders and money must be submitted no later than 3 pm on Monday, 3/13.

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AP Tests - Changes need to be made by 3/15!!

Any changes to AP Tests need to be made before March 15. Please check collegeboard.org to ensure you are registered for the test or tests you are planning to take. There is a 40 dollar late fee applied if you are registering late. If you have any questions or concerns, please see Mr. Adam Striegel in the Media Center or email him at ADAM_M_STRIEGEL@MCPSMD.ORG.

Career Center, College & Counseling Updates

Game Changers Conference

Unity Christian Fellowship (UCF) will host its annual Game Changer's (male mentoring) conference on Saturday, March 25, 2023, from 8:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. at The Universities of Shady Grove. The conference theme is "The World is Shifting!" The goal is to allow students to succeed as a Game Changer. This event is specifically for Black or African-American and Hispanic or Latino males in grades 9–12. In addition, parent workshops will be held at 9:00 a.m., and at 11:00 a.m., continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Although there is no charge for registration, all participants are asked to register in advance. There will be an essay writing competition for students to improve their writing skills and better prepare for school and college essay writing. Students are encouraged to write and submit a 300-word essay based on the theme, "The World is Shifting! Being Focus Forward is a Game Changer."

If you are interested in participating in this amazing opportunity, please complete this interest form by March 7, 2023. Interest form: https://forms.gle/sBnMq4Fot1i1TbLU6

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MCPS/NACAC National College Fair

Save the date! The largest college fair on the east coast takes place on April 18 & 19th at the Maryland Soccerplex. See the flyer above for more info or click the links below.



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:



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!

SAT School Day - 3/22/23

SAT School Day will occur on Wednesday, March 22, 2023 at QO. Testing is FREE for any Junior in the Class of 2024. All Juniors are expected to participate in SAT School Day. A SAT test will be ordered for every student in the Class of 2024. More information about SAT School Day will be shared in 11th grade English classes soon. (Note: this version of this SAT does not include the essay).

For SAT Practice and Preparation materials, please click here: https://satsuite.collegeboard.org/sat/practice-preparation

Please email Ms. Eberhart-Bliss with any questions or concerns about SAT School Day at elicia_m_eberhart-bliss@mcpsmd.org.

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Senior Dues & Graduation

Stay up to date on all the Senior Things:

  • Graduation will be held Friday, June 2, 2023 at 10 am, at the UMBC event center.
  • Important dates and information can be found here!
  • Senior dues are $90. Payment must be submitted by April 30th. Click the link for more info.
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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.

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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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Booster & PTSA Updates!

Booster Club Meeting - Wednesday 3/15

The Booster club will meet Wednesday in the QOHS Media Center. They would love for you to join in person, but the meeting is also available via Zoom.

QOHS Boosters is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: QO Boosters Meeting (monthly)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 817 9398 7085
Passcode: 213730

Mulch Sale


When: Saturday, March 18th - ALL DAY!

Where: QOHS


How do I volunteer?

1) If you are a student-athlete or a club member that has received a grant from the Boosters, your team has been assigned a time slot. Please contact the coach/advisor/club lead for guidance.

  • 8am-12pm - Boys Volleyball, JV/V Baseball, JV/V Boys & Girls Lacrosse, JV/V Softball, JV/V Football, Boys & Girls Tennis, Poms, Cheer, Marching Band
  • 10am-2pm- Boys & Girls Cross Country/Track
  • 12pm-4pm- JV/V Wrestling, JV/V Field Hockey, JV/V Girls & Boys Soccer, Golf, Drama/Theatre, Allied Sports, Girls Volleyball, JV/V Boys & Girls Basketball, Swim & Dive Team, Literary Magazine/Prowler/Yearbook

2) If you are a student that wants to have some fun, join their friends, and get some SSL hours, you can show up!! MAKE SURE YOU SIGN IN AND OUT TO GET YOUR HOURS! - https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f48aca62faa8-2023#/

3) If you are a student that fits into either of the above categories AND can legally drive other students, we ask that you sign up as a driver at the attached link. It will just help us plan accordingly. - https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f48aca62faa8-2023#/

4) If you are a parent - please consider joining for some or all of the day. We need Navigators for our delivery trucks AND drivers of our students. - https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f48aca62faa8-2023#/

5) And if you own a pickup truck, we truly appreciate your time and truck to help us deliver through the windy streets of the Kentlands! Please sign up!


Mulch day is a QO tradition! Come out and join us! AND DON'T FORGET TO BUY MULCH AT QOHSBOOSTERS.COM

March NAACPPC & PTSA Meetings

The March NAACPPC & PTSA Meetings will take place on Tuesday, March 21, 2023 at 6 pm and 7 pm. Hope to see you there!

  • Hybrid Delivery(In-Person & Virtual)
  • In-Person: Media Center at Quince Orchard High School
  • Virtual: Zoom Link - Meeting ID: 825 3171 6199 Passcode: 203001


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 - 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

5 Things to Know from MCPS - Thursday 3/9/23

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

1. Annual Report, Updated Strategic Plan Now Available

The Annual Report to the Community for the 2021–2022 school year and the updated MCPS Strategic Plan for Fiscal Year 2022-2025 are now available. The annual report is designed to be an easily accessible digital summary of information and key system, student and staff data points for the 2021–2022 school year. It includes:

  • Highlights from the 2021-2022 school year.
  • An at-a-glance look at MCPS demographics.
  • Data on student performance, graduation, services and the MCPS workforce.
  • Information on operating and capital budgets.
The annual report is available here. The strategic plan is available here.

2. Deadline Extended to Sign Up for a Free SAT Prep Course

MCPS is pleased to partner with FEV Tutor to provide students high-quality virtual tutoring sessions personalized for their needs. High school students can sign up for a free six-week course between now and May. Registration will close on Friday, March 17. Contact FEV Tutor at mcps@fevtutor.com or 855-763-2607 with questions.

Sessions are available:
Monday–Friday, 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
Saturday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

3. Next Fentanyl Family Forum Set for March 25 at Paint Branch High School

Montgomery Goes Purple in partnership with MCPS is hosting a third Family Forum on Fentanyl from 9 a.m.–noon on Saturday, March 25, at Paint Branch High School. This forum will focus on more in-depth learning opportunities with dozens of sessions to choose from, as well as Narcan training, dance fitness, resource tables and more. The forum will include sessions for youth and adults, individually and jointly, in English and Spanish. Sample topics to be discussed include: starting a conversation with your student(s), starting a conversation with your parent(s), mental health care, finding and accessing resources, healthy boundaries with friends and much more.

Paint Branch is located at 14121 Old Columbia Pike in Burtonsville.


4. Deadline to Submit Nominations for Public Education Awards Is March 16

The Montgomery County Board of Education is seeking nominations for its 26th Annual Awards for Distinguished Service to Public Education. The awards are sponsored by the Board to recognize and show appreciation to individuals, groups and organizations that have made exemplary contributions to public education in Montgomery County. Visit the Board’s Distinguished Service Awards website for more information. Completed nomination forms must be received by 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 16.

5. Spotlighting Great Students and Staff

The Department of Athletics is celebrating National Athletic Training this month. National Athletic Training Month is held every March to spread awareness about the important work of athletic trainers. The 2023 slogan is “There’s an AT for That.” The department is highlighting athletic trainers via Twitter and Instagram using #ATsRAISE.

Chevy Chase Elementary School teacher Amanda Hammersla has been named this year’s Rising Star Teacher of the Year. In her third year at Chevy Chase, Hammersla is a skilled, creative and energetic educator who ignites her students’ passion for learning. Read more in this week’s Bulletin.

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

Para Español Noticias de MCPS.

Montgomery County Public Schools

Email us: ASKMCPS@mcpsmd.org

©1995–2022 Montgomery County Public Schools

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Spring Sports Parent Meeting

The Spring Sports Parent Meeting will take place on Monday, March 13th from 7-8:30pm in the QO Auditorium. All Spring Sports Parents/Guardians should be in attendance. Please reach out to you student-athletes coach if you have any questions.

Spadoni and Rosa Mendez Compete in State Tournament!

This past weekend, Sophomore Harrison Spadoni and Senior Jennifer Rosa Mendez, completed in the Maryland State Wrestling Tournament. Rosa Mendez went 1-2 and finished as a top 12 wrestler at her weight class in the state. Spadoni went 3-2 finishing in 4th place at his weight class in the State. Congratulations to all the coaches and wrestlers on a great season!

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 the 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