QOHS Weekly Newsletter

Weekly Updates & Information for Students, Staff & Families

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October 9, 2022

Dear Quince Orchard Students, Staff, and Families,

This week will be filled with our continued celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, LGBTQ+ History Month, and we begin Mental Health Awareness Week at the same time we have Homecoming Spirit Week! Then we will sprinkle in a modified schedule on Wednesday, October 12th for PSAT and Friday for the homecoming pep rally. So...read the schedule, see the reminders, and get ready for a fantastic week QO Cougars!

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

  • Our entire weekly schedule of celebrations, activities, and spirit wear themes is in the newsletter.
  • PSAT is Wednesday, October 12th for 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students. We will run a modified schedule that day to focus on academic and social emotional wellness. 12th grade students can visit with their counselors and receive help with the college application process in room 102 from 8:00-10:45 am.
  • AP Exam Enrollment and registration has begun!
  • Registration for multiple CTE programs is beginning this week. Check out information about the Cosmetology, NJROTC, Fire and Rescue, and multiple programs at Thomas Edison and Seneca Valley HS. There are open houses for each program.
  • Dig Pink is on Thursday, October 13th! This is the biggest fundraiser and game of the year sponsored by our girls volleyball program.
  • The Holiday giving project is gathering names of families that are in need.
  • Class of 2023 Senior Families, the FAFSA application is now live! Everyone is encouraged to apply!
  • Homecoming is October 15th from 8:00-11:00 pm at Quince Orchard High School. This years theme is Enchanted Forest. Ticket sales and homecoming events are all this week! Tickets will not be sold at the door.
  • Check out the athletics section of our newsletter to see when you can join us to cheer on our Cougar student-athletes, celebrate staff appreciation nights, and celebrate our Class of 2023 senior athletes.
  • The Hispanic College Fair will take place at Bohrer Park on Thursday, October 13, 2022.
  • The NAACP and PTSA will be meeting on Tuesday, October 18th.

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


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PSAT Testing

Greetings, On Wednesday, October 12th students will take the PSAT at Quince Orchard high school. All 10th-grade students at QOHS were pre-registered and will take the exam free of cost. Also, only students in grade 9 and grade 11 that have paid for the PSAT will take the exam on the same date.

In addition to this communication, QR Codes will be placed around the school building starting Monday, October 10th for students to view their testing locations prior to the testing day. QOHS will run an academic wellness schedule on the day of PSAT testing. 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 important. Students opting in for academic wellness time are required to report to the auditorium with a charged Chromebook.

If you have any questions about the PSAT contact Mr. Yarborough Assistant Principal at Phillip_A_Yarborough@mcpsmd.org or Ms. Boettcher at Audrey_D_Boettcher@mcpsmd.org. Respectfully, ~PY

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Mental Health Awareness Week - 10/10 - 10/15

Dear QOHS families. October 10-15, 2022 is Mental Health Awareness week in MCPS. All week we will be engaging in activities to promote mental wellness and end the stigma around mental health. Below you will find information about what is happening at QO all this week.

In addition, MCPS along with the Montgomery County School Psychologists’ Association is hosting free virtual events all week long. The weeklong expo will feature daily themes, dynamic speakers and informational videos, as well as two live events: a Waymaking Special on Student Mental Health on Wednesday, October 12, 2022 at 6:30pm and a Resource Fair and Q&A session on Saturday, October 15, 2022. Sessions will be available in multiple languages. More information can be found on the MCPS Mental Health Awareness Week webpage. Students can earn SSL hours for engaging in these virtual offerings!

At QO we care deeply about the mental health and well-being of our students and staff. We hope you will join us in engaging in these important conversations about mental health, and reaching out when you are concerned about someone you care about. You are not alone. We care about you. Things will get better. Check out the QO Counseling website for more information about the available supports at QO and resources: https://sites.google.com/mcpsmd.net/qohs-counseling/

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QO Honors National Coming Out Day on Oct. 11

October is LGBTQ+ History Month and October 11 marks National Coming Out Day. National Coming Out Day champions the idea that homophobia thrives in silence, and so thousands of allies and members of the LGBTQ+ community group together to abolish the silence. In honor of National Coming Out Day, QO celebrates all who have come out as LGBTQ+. It is a brave decision to live authentically, and we commend you. Every person who speaks up changes more hearts and minds and creates new advocates for equality.

Happy National Coming Out Day! For more resources, please visit: https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/lgbtq or https://www.hrc.org/resources/coming-out

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Chipotle Restaurant Fundraiser for QO's Student Newspaper - 10/10/22

Want to avoid the Monday night dinner drama? Order from the Kentlands Chipotle tomorrow, Monday, October 10, from 4 - 8 PM. If you order using promo code 9A36ZR9 or this flyer, you'll support QO's student newspaper, The Prowler -- and you'll get some good food out of it, too. Now that's what we call good news.
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Homecoming 2022 - Saturday 10/15

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AP Exam Enrollment & Payment Information

Hello, 2022-2023 AP Students and Caregivers! Congratulations on taking an AP course this year! QO applauds your commitment to challenging yourself with college-level learning. The opportunity to earn college credit in an AP course is acquired by taking the AP exam associated with the course and is dependent on the AP exam score and specific college requirements. Exams for AP courses will occur during the first two weeks of May 2023.

Please click the link below for details about registering and paying for an AP exam. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-KvBxl-F5eE7Lba4-YCV-Uq0gQhn3433lnStDrYsji0/edit?usp=sharing

Reminder: 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.

Counseling Corner - CTE Applications & Holiday Food Support

CTE Applications

Students, Are you interested in pursuing a career in Cosmetology, Auto Mechanics, Health Professions, Carpentry, Graphic Design, Electrician, etc? Then check out these opportunities. Students can earn a certification in one of these particular career pathways, as they earn their High School Diploma.

If you would like to visit the school, check out the following Open House Dates and Times:

Gaithersburg HS - Monday, October 17th from 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Fire and Science - Tuesday, October 18th from 6:00 - 7:00 pm

Thomas Edison - Wednesday, October 19th from 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Seneca Valley - Thursday, October 20th from 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Please make sure that you check out the pictures to see which particular programs are offered at each school. If you would like to learn more about these programs, please visit: tinyurl.com/MCPSSpecialPrograms If you are ready to apply, please go to the link below and click on the grade level that you, the student, are currently in: tinyurl.com/MCPSSpecialProgramsApp If you have any further questions, please reach out to your school counselor!

Holiday Food Support

The Holiday Giving Project has provided Thanksgiving and December holiday assistance to low-income households for over 30 years. A network of social workers, school counselors, and human service professionals refer families in need of assistance. Local non-profits, faith-based organizations, and public agencies serve Holiday Giving recipients, as donations are available. If you and your family are in need and would like to be referred for possible assistance for the holiday season, please complete the referral form below to provide the required information. Resources are limited: please apply only if you and your family are truly in need.


While a referral is not a guarantee of assistance, the Project helps as many families in need as donations allow.

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College and Career Center Updates

Senior Transcripts

Our first big college application deadline is coming up on October 15th! Please make sure that you are requesting your Transcript on time!

If you have not done so, please visit this link to request your Transcript: 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.

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

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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Get Your Senior Recognition Ad in the Yearbook!

Senior Recognition Ads

Cougar Seniors and Families: Celebrate your senior’s accomplishments with a personalized ad in the QO 2023 yearbook! Purchase your ad through the Josten’s website: https://tinyurl.com/ds75ads7.

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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Yearbook - Early Bird Price $85

Pre-order your 2023 yearbook NOW to take advantage of the lowest prices of the year. The price of the yearbook is $100, but a limited number of books is available at three different price tiers starting at $85. Once the batch of $85 yearbooks is sold, the second batch will be offered at $90 per book, and the final batch will be offered at $95 per book. The promotional price available at the time of your order will be displayed when you log in to place your order at Jostens.com. This promotional pricing is only available for books sold online. ORDER TODAY to have the best chance of getting the best deal! https://tinyurl.com/ds75ads7

Costumer Needed!

QO Theatre is looking for a costumer for our Spring Production, Anastasia! We are in search of someone with sewing & designing experience to join our production team. The costumer must be available to work with the student costume team after school! This is a stipend position through MCPS. Please reach out to Mrs. Vogel (jessica_hague@mcspsmd.org) with any questions.

Last Week of Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrations 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.

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

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SSL - Election Day Service Opportunities


The Montgomery County Board of Elections is seeking school-age students, to serve as Election Day student aides. Its main goal is to increase civic participation and knowledge of the political process. Serving as a student election aide gives students their first exposure to the actual logistics of the democratic process in the United States. Students leave the program with experience in how elections are set up and a greater understanding of and trust in American democracy. Student election aides are not offered any monetary compensation, but they are given Student Service Learning (SSL) hours for every hour they work.

FAQ’s: Montgomery County Board of Elections: Future Vote FAQs (montgomerycountymd.gov)

To apply: Board of Elections (montgomerycountymd.gov)

Questions: Email future.vote@montgomerycountymd.gov

NPR News: The midterm elections need workers. Teens, veterans and lawyers are stepping up | MPR News

Deadline: Tuesday, October 18, 2022


The Montgomery County Board of Elections Future Vote Student Election Worker Program provides high school students with an exciting opportunity to serve as election workers. Depending on the number of days served, volunteers may choose to earn up to 65 Student Service Learning (SSL) hours or up to $630 stipend for their service along with a great hands-on introduction to the democratic process. Students with bilingual skills in Spanish and other languages encouraged to apply.


Interested students must meet the following requirements to participate as a student election worker:

• Must be at least 16 years of age by the time of registration

• U.S. Citizen of the United States

• Registered to vote in Maryland

• Must have parental consent for workers under 18 years old

Info: High School Poll Workers - Montgomery County MD

Video: https://youtu.be/IEFI7PlYEds

To apply: Board of Elections (montgomerycountymd.gov)

Questions: Email election.judge@montgomerycountymd.gov or 240-777-8533

NPR News: The midterm elections need workers. Teens, veterans and lawyers are stepping up | MPR News

Deadline: Tuesday, October 18, 2022

PTSA & Booster Club Updates

PTSA Fundraiser - 10/18

Join us at Coal Fire in the Kentlands on October 18, 2022, from 5-9 pm (right before or after our meeting). 20% of any dine-in, carry-out, or catering order will be donated to the QOHS PTSA when you mention the fundraiser, and bring/show a copy of the flyer below. See you there!

PTSA & NAACP Parent Council Meetings - Next Tuesday 10/18

Our monthly meetings will take place on Tuesday, October 18th starting at 6 PM

Simultaneous Locations: QO Media Center and

Zoom: https://mcpsmd.zoom.us/j/82531716199?pwd=MEtxb2xwbTFaOC9xVk10SjFXZjF0UT09 Meeting ID: 825 3171 6199 Passcode: 203001

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

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MCPS 7 Things to Know - October 6, 2022

Here are seven things to know for Thursday, Oct. 6. They include a request for student input on the school calendar, an eighth-grade common application for high school programs, an athletic trainer update, mental health week reminder, and other important upcoming items.

  1. Be Sure to Tune In to Mental Health Awareness Week, Oct. 10–15
    MCPS and the Montgomery County School Psychologists’ Association will host free virtual events Oct. 10–15 to allow youth and families to hear from mental health experts on issues that are important to them. The weeklong expo will feature daily themes, dynamic speakers and informational videos, and two live events: a Waymaking Special on Student Mental Health and a resource fair and Q&A session on Saturday, October 15.
    Learn more about Mental Health Awareness Week.
    See mental health information and resources.

  2. Student Input Sought on the 2023–2024 School Calendar

    The process for community input for next year’s school calendar is underway. The survey seeks to gauge the community’s interests as calendar scenarios are developed for the 2023–2024 school year. Staff will present the scenarios at the Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 25. Share your interests by Thursday, Oct. 13, and encourage your students to complete the survey as well so their voices are heard.
    Take the survey.

3. MCPS Eighth Grade Application for High School Programs to be Released on Friday, Oct. 7

MCPS offers several academic programs to help students achieve their college and career goals. In addition to rigorous college and career readiness programs at their local high school, Grade 8 students may be eligible to apply for regional or countywide programs. The application for eighth-grade students is available in multiple languages in ParentVue. A student eligibility report will also be available in the StudentVue and ParentVue documents folders. In addition, for Grade 9–11 students, the interest form for upper grade college and career readiness part-time programs will be available Friday, Oct. 7, on the MCPS Special Programs website. The deadline to submit interest for both programs is Friday, Nov. 4.
Parents and students are encouraged to attend open houses to learn more. Visit the MCPS Special Programs website for meeting dates and times.

4. Get Smart on Dangerous Internet Challenges
Many youth view or participate in fad challenges circulating on the internet or social media. While some can be considered harmless, silly or entertaining, others involve activities that can lead to significant injury. Common Sense Media and the American Academy of Pediatrics offer helpful advice on why these challenges appeal to kids and how to support them in making safe decisions.

5. Update: Filling Athletic Trainer Positions
There continues to be a shortage of athletic trainers impacting MCPS and school districts across the state. Schools without a full-time athletic trainer receive part-time in-person coverage, as well as other resources and support such as telehealth, coach consulting, injury management and training room office hours. Community members who wish to refer qualified candidates should contact Dr. Jeffrey Sullivan, director of systemwide athletics, or Mrs. Angela McIntosh-Davis, director of procurement. More information is available in the latest R.A.I.S.E. Update and FAQ document.

6. Board of Education Extends Comment Period on Community Involvement Policy
The Montgomery County Board of Education has extended the comment period on proposed amendments to Board Policy ABA, Community Involvement, to update guidelines and practices for engagement related to Board decisions. The policy has been available for comment since March 30, 2022. The public comment period will be open until Friday, Nov. 4.

7. Important Upcoming Item

Board of Education to Receive Antiracist Audit Report

Watch the Board of Education business meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at noon. The presentation will be live on Comcast 34, (1071 HD), Verizon 36, RCN 88, the MCPS website, and the MCPS YouTube page. Learn about the antiracist audit.

Montgomery County Public Schools

Email us: ASKMCPS@mcpsmd.org

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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.


The Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological & Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) 2022-2023 has begun! We have several workshops planned (see calendar below). Please review and share the application, parent consent form, ACT-SO Rubric, and calendar with your student. ACT-SO students earned over $50,000.00 in scholarships and prizes during the 2021-2022 season.

Applications should be sent to actsomoco@gmail.com

ACT-SO Moco Calendar 2022-23

ACT-SO Brochure

ACT-SO Rubric

ACT-SO Parent Consent Form

Student Application 2022-23

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Athletics Schedule for the Week of 10/10/22

10/10/2022Boys SoccerSeneca Valley at Quince Orchard 7:15 pm

10/10/2022Girls SoccerQuince Orchard at Seneca Valley 7:15 pm

10/10/2022JV Boys SoccerSeneca Valley at Quince Orchard 5:30 pm

10/10/2022JV Girls SoccerQuince Orchard at Seneca Valley 5:30 pm

10/11/2022Cross CountryPaint Branch and Northwood at Quince Orchard 3:30 pm

10/11/2022Field HockeyQuince Orchard at B-CC 7 pm

10/11/2022Girls VolleyballQuince Orchard at Walter Johnson 6:30 pm

10/11/2022JV Field HockeyQuince Orchard at B-CC 5:30 pm

10/11/2022JV Girls VolleyballQuince Orchard at Walter Johnson 5:30 pm

10/11/2022Boys SoccerQuince Orchard at Wootton 7:15 pm

10/11/2022Girls SoccerWootton at Quince Orchard 7:15 pm

10/11/2022JV Boys SoccerQuince Orchard at Wootton 5:30 pm

10/11/2022JV Girls SoccerWootton at Quince Orchard 5:30 pm

10/13/2022GolfQuince Orchard vs. Whitman, Richard Montgomery and Magruder at Laytonsville 3:30 pm

10/13/2022Field HockeyQuince Orchard at Damascus 7 pm

10/13/2022Girls VolleyballWootton at Quince Orchard 6:30 pm- DIG Pink GAME

10/13/2022JV FootballGaithersburg at Quince Orchard 5:45 pm

10/13/2022JV Girls VolleyballWootton at Quince Orchard 5:30 pm

10/14/2022Varsity FootballGaithersburg at Quince Orchard 6:30 pm*

10/15/2022Cross CountryGunpowder Fall XC Inviational at Jerusalem Mill 10 am

2022-23 Winter Sports Online Registration

MCPS and Quince Orchard High School are excited to announce that registration for Winter Sports will open on Monday, October 10th at 12pm! Below is information regarding the upcoming Winter Sports season, as well as the registration process. Additional information can be found on the MCPS Athletics website. (Note – tryouts for Winter sports will start on Tuesday, November 15th).

Registration Information

How to Register
Students must be registered by a parent through the MCPS ParentVue Portal. Students must be registered by Sunday, November 13th in order to guarantee that their registration will be processed in time for the first day of tryouts.

Steps for Registering via ParentVue

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

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

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

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

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the timeline for the start of sports?
Registration will open on October 10th. Tryouts/practices will begin on November 15th for most sports. Tryouts and preseason will continue for three weeks, with the first contests beginning on December 6th.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MCPS Athletics Safety Plan

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


Fall Senior and Staff Appreciation Nights

10/06/2022 Field Hockey Winston Churchill at Quince Orchard 7 pm Staff Appreciation

10/08/2022 Girls Soccer Poolesville at Quince Orchard 10 am Staff Appreciation

10/08/2022 Boys Soccer Poolesville at Quince Orchard 12 pm Staff Appreciation

10/10/2022 Boys Soccer Seneca Valley at Quince Orchard 7:15 pm Senior Night

10/11/2022 Girls Soccer Wootton at Quince Orchard 7:15 pm Senior Night

10/11/2022 Cross Country Paint Branch and Northwood at Quince Orchard 3:30 pm Staff Appreciation and Senior Night

10/14/2022 Varsity Football Gaithersburg at Quince Orchard 6:30 pm* Senior Night (Poms and Golf) Staff Appreciation (Football, Golf, Poms and Cheer)

10/17/2022 Field Hockey Wootton at Quince Orchard 6 pm Senior Night

10/25/2022 Girls Volleyball Sherwood at Quince Orchard 6 pm Staff Appreciation

10/27/2022 Girls Volleyball Paint Branch at Quince Orchard 6 pm Senior Night

11/04/2022 Varsity Football TBD at Quince Orchard 7:00pm Senior Night (Football and Cheer)

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!

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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.


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

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