QOHS Weekly Newsletter

Weekly Updates & Information for Students, Staff & Families

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November 20, 2022

Dear Quince Orchard Students, Staff, and Families,


This past week was an emotional roller coaster for many of us at Quince Orchard. We began the week celebrating our students academic success with the release of grades and report cards. Our students continue to showcase their excellence in the classroom!

We were also getting ready to celebrate our football team on quest for states and our girls soccer team as they continued their win streak to play in the 4A state championship. The energy was exciting and contagious! Our girls soccer team lost a hard game against Whitman but they left it all on the field. Please join me in congratulating our girls and coaches for their showcase of excellence for a tremendous season and for bringing home the state sportsmanship award!


Unfortunately, this week was also filled with heartache when we learned about the devastation caused by the explosion and fires in a part of our QO community. We are deeply saddened by the tragedy and know news such as this may trigger reactions of stress, anxiety, or other emotions. Quince Orchard stands together to support each other. If there are any students, staff, or families who need assistance in dealing with this news or related trauma, please reach out to our counseling team who are ready to assist.


We also wanted you to be aware of the ways we will be supporting families, staff, and community members in the QO area who have been impacted by the devastation of the explosion and fires. As a school, we are asking that if you would like to support you can contribute in two ways outlined below:

One is through the fundraiser being organized by Making Home Possible, MHP by clicking on the link below:

https://mhpartners.org/gaithersburgfire/

The second way is to donate gift cards which we will distribute to our families and we will take over to Brown Station Elementary for distribution. Gift cards can be given to Dawn Robinson in the main office and here are the suggested gift cards we are collecting:

UBER

DoorDash

Target

Walmart

General use cards such as Visa

McDonalds

Chick Filet

Chipotle

Cava

Subway

Dunkin Donuts

Giant

Safeway

Aldi

I want to thank everyone for their outpouring of support and concern as we rally as a community.


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

  • We have two early release days this week, Monday 11/21 and Tuesday 11/22. There is no school on Wednesday 11/23, Thursday 11/24, or Friday 11/25.
  • Caregiver conferences are November 21st and 22nd, read the process we will follow in the newsletter.
  • We have about 700 students who need to change their passwords, they must be changed once a year and their login will expire on November 30th.
  • Remembrance and Reconciliation Month lessons will be taught Monday and Tuesday, November 21st and 22nd.
  • The NAACP and PTSA will meet on Tuesday, November 29th.


As we move into the holiday weekend, I wish you all the best. May you enjoy the time with family and friends while creating memories and celebrating traditions. I am truly honored and thankful to be part of this wonderful community. Please rest, relax, and remember....We Can't Hide our Cougar Pride!


I hope to see you tomorrow night to cheer on our Juntos Dance team in the Latin Dance Festival at Strathmore or Friday night in the Cougar Dome as we continue moving forward towards a state football championship!



Make It a Great Day,


Elizabeth L. Thomas


Principal

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The Giving Tree

It is that time of year again, the Giving Tree is "BACK"! Last year we moved to using Sign-up Genius because we collected only gift cards. And again, this year due to the continuing COVID Pandemic, shipping delays, and limited availability of some items, we will only be collecting gift cards to allow families to purchase items that they are most in need of or greatly want.


Details are linked above and here. If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Colleen Adams at colleen_m_adams@mcpsmd.org.

Spring 2022 DLM ISR Communication for Families

Greetings QOHS Families,

This message is to let you know that your child’s Individual Score Report(s) for the 2022 Dynamic Learning Maps® (DLM®) alternate assessments administered in the spring in Reading and Mathematics for students who were in grades 3 through 8 and 11, and Science for students who were in grades 5, 8, or 11, last school year, were sent home with your students report card on Tuesday, November 15, 2022. In addition to the score reports, you received a parent interpretive guide (also linked below) to assist you in understanding your student’s score on this assessment. If you have any questions about your student’s DLM alternate assessments scores, please contact your student's grade-level administrator.


Expiring Passwords

Students need to change their passwords once a year. There are more than 700 students that need to change their passwords by the end of the month. An email is sent to the students when their password is about to expire. Go to spm.mcpsmd.org to change the password before it expires.
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Caregiver-Teacher Conferences

QOHS students and families,

On Monday, November 21, and Tuesday, November 22, all MCPS schools will have early release days for Parent/Caregiver and Teacher Conferences. Teachers may reach out to parents/caregivers to schedule conferences. Parents/caregivers may also reach out to teachers to request a conference. Please review the Google Sheet below to identify teacher email addresses and date/time availability. Conferences were scheduled throughout the week of November 14-18. Contact your student's teacher for remaining availability.

Google Sheet (<---click here)


Estudiantes y familias de QOHS,, El lunes 21 de noviembre y el martes 22 de noviembre, todas las escuelas de MCPS tendrán días de salida temprana para conferencias de padres / cuidadores y maestros. Los maestros pueden comunicarse con los padres / cuidadores para programar conferencias. Los padres / cuidadores también pueden comunicarse con los maestros para solicitar una conferencia. Revise la hoja de Google a continuación para identificar las direcciones de correo electrónico de los maestros y la disponibilidad de fecha / hora. Las conferencias se programarán durante la semana del 14 al 18 de noviembre.

Hoja de Google (<--- haga clic aquí)

MCPS Tutoring at QO

For additional support, a limited number of QO staff members serve as MCPS tutors. They 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 for in person, after school tutoring. Sessions run for one hour two/three times a week (provided we have an available tutor). Additionally, MCPS provides free online homework help through FEV and Tutor Me, platforms that run through Clever and students have 24/7 access. Students can book virtual sessions with certified tutors with or without cameras to get their questions answered. Lastly, there are four CRS/MCPS Tutoring sites that provide weekend tutoring for students with IEPs. If this is a better fit for students' schedules, refer the student via email to Ms. Skyra Blanchard (Skyra_C_Blanchard@mcpsmd.org) for next steps.

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Senior Panoramic Photo (retake) - 11/30

The senior panoramic photo will be taken on Wednesday, November 30th at the start of lunch in the main gym. Seniors will be dismissed at 11:00 am. No food or drink is allowed in the main gym.


Recognize Your Senior with a Senior Recognition Ad in the Yearbook!

Celebrate your seniors and their accomplishments by placing an ad in the 2022-2023 QO yearbook! You may purchase and design your own ad at jostens.com, or by scanning the QR code below.

https://tinyurl.com/ds75ads7.


Stay up to date on all the Senior Things:

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November is National Native American Heritage Month

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National Native American Heritage Month is celebrated each year in November. It is a time to celebrate the traditions, languages, and stories of Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and Island communities and ensure their rich histories and contributions continue to thrive with each passing generation.

Please Review these Important Lunch Expectations & Rules

Lunch Policy

We've had a major increase in lunch policy violations over the past couple of weeks. 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.

Red Army Shirts for Sale!

Need a RED ARMY T-shirt? Come to room 303 during lunch to purchase a shirt. If you pre-ordered a RA t-shirt and haven't received it, come to room 303 to pick it up!
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Yearbook

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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Seal of Biliteracy Test Information

Attention QO Juniors and Seniors! Are you able to speak, read, write, and understand a language other than English? Did you know that you can take a test that will certify that you are biliterate? That’s right! If you pass the test, the State of Maryland will apply a special seal to your diploma as proof that you are proficient in two languages. The Seal of Biliteracy appears on both your diploma and final transcript as a graduating senior and is an impressive statement of ability and accomplishment for future employers and for college admissions!


At Quince Orchard, on December 6th, we will be offering the opportunity for you to take the Seal of Biliteracy test. There is a cost of $21 for Juniors, but Seniors may test for NO FEE! That’s right! Seniors pay nothing! More information, including how to sign up can be found here.


Register to take the test using this link: https://bit.ly/SealRegisterMCPS23

Counseling Corner

CTE Applications - there's still time to apply!

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.


The open house dates have passed, but you can still learn more about these programs by visiting: 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.

https://forms.gle/jjJ1v7MbEUeWRFJ87


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

College and Career Center Updates

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.


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.


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

PTSA & Booster Club Updates

Upcoming Meetings

The next PTSA meeting will take place on 11/29/22 at 7 pm. See the flyer below for details.


JOIN THE TEAM!

The PTSA needs your help! If you are interested in joining the team as a Membership Chair, Fundraising Chair, or Volunteer Coordinator, 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

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MCPS 8 Things to Know - November 17, 2022

Here are eight things to know for Thursday, Nov. 17. Get information about vital steps taken to support our school buses, another chance to learn about the budget process, the 2022-2023 winter athletics safety plan, how to make sure your voice is heard on the upcoming school calendar, upcoming ESL classes for parents, a call for more crossing guards, exciting wins for our students in sports and music, and reminders about the upcoming school closure.

  1. New Measures Announced to Support School Bus Routes
    Superintendent Dr. Monifa McKnight announced new efforts this week to ensure student safety in the midst of the national challenge of recruiting bus operators. The district will reinstate a driver pay benefit for any bus operator who drives extra routes during a morning or afternoon shift, provide a “sweeper bus” to pick up any students remaining at bus stops experiencing cancellations, and partner with Community Engagement Officers who will receive notification of canceled or delayed routes, patrol those areas and help coordinate transportation. Read the full message

  2. Join Us Virtually to Learn About the District’s Budget Process
    MCPS will host the second of three community budget information sessions Monday, Nov. 28. This is an opportunity to learn about how Superintendent Dr. Monifa McKnight plans to build her recommended operating budget for Fiscal Year 2024. The meeting will be held virtually from 6:30–8 p.m.

    Join us on Zoom
    Dial-in Option: 3017158592
    Webinar ID: 858 0599 3380
    Passcode: 551492

  3. Learn About the MCPS Athletics Safety Plan for the Winter 2022-2023 Season
    This plan provides appropriate modifications of the initial Athletics Safety Plan to account for factors specific to large, indoor events. This season’s plan continues to address guiding principles, actions the department can take and the decision-making process. Read the Winter Athletics Safety Plan.

  4. Provide Your Input on the 2023–2024 School Calendar
    We want to hear from you! Please share your input for next year’s school calendar. This quick survey seeks to gauge the community’s opinions on the calendar scenarios developed for the 2023–2024 school year. Staff will use your feedback to develop a final recommendation to be presented at the Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 6. Share your input by Wednesday, Nov. 30. Access the survey.

  5. MCPS to Host Virtual Conversations about ESL Classes for Parents
    MCPS will host a series of virtual conversations with the Literacy Council of Montgomery County (LCMC) to discuss English as a Second Language classes available for adults. The conversations will be hosted in English, Chinese and Spanish. The LCMC is offering English as a Second Language classes free to MCPS parents and guardians. There will be virtual and in-person options for all levels of English speakers. They are available to any parent for whom English is not their first language. Interest form for ESL classes

  6. Crossing Guards Needed to Help Keep Our Community Safe
    The Montgomery County Police Department has openings for crossing guards. The position involves helping schoolchildren and other pedestrians cross the street, and providing traffic control at designated crossings. Click Here for hours, benefits and how to apply.

  7. GOOD NEWS

    A Winning Fall Season for Student Athletes
    The Poolesville HS boys cross country team and the Damascus HS cheerleading team won their respective 2A State Championship titles over the weekend. This is the first-ever cheerleading championship title for MCPS. Congratulations to teams who also made it to the championship finals – Winston Churchill HS boys’ cross country and girls’ field hockey, Walter Johnson HS girls’ cross country, Poolesville girls’ cross country, and Sherwood High School’s cheerleading team which came in third. Walt Whitman girls soccer will play Quince Orchard at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19 at Loyola University in the first-ever all-MCPS 4A state championship!!

    Marching Bands Win Top Honors at Regional/State Championships
    Thomas S. Wootton HS won the Maryland Marching Band Association (MMBA) Western Regional Championship in the Open-Small Class, while also earning awards for Best Color Guard, Best Overall Effect, Best Music Performance and Best Visual Performance. Quince Orchard HS won the Class 1A State Championship and Clarksburg HS won the Class 3A State Championship at the MMBA State Championships on Nov. 6. Quince Orchard also won the award for Best Music Performance in its class, while Clarksburg won Best Percussion, Best Color Guard, Best Visual Performance and Best Overall Effect in its class. Congratulations to all MCPS marching bands that competed this year: Montgomery Blair, Clarksburg, Quince Orchard, Rockville and Wootton!

  8. Reminder: Schools and Offices Will be Closed Nov. 23, 24 and 25
    Also, a reminder that Nov. 21–22 are early release days. The Things to Know Thursday message will return on Dec. 2. In the meantime, visit our website for information you may need.


Ongoing Reminders

  • Stay Connected with MCPS During Inclement Weather
    MCPS offers numerous ways to learn about your student’s school closures, delayed openings and early dismissals when there is inclement weather. Learn more about weather decisions and how to stay in touch with MCPS here:
    Stay Connected
    How To Receive Emergency Information
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Athletics

Athletics Schedule for the Week of 11/21/22

Friday 11/25/22 Football 4A State Semifinals vs. Broadneck 7:00 pm


Winter Sports Parents Meeting

The Winter Sports Parents Meeting will take place on Monday, November 28th at 7pm in the QO Auditorium. All parents of winter athletes should attend to find out important information about the winter season. After the main session, we will break out into each individual team and you will hear from the coaching staff.


MCPS Athletics Safety Plan

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


https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/uploadedFiles/departments/publicinfo/Athletics%20Safety%20Plan-v1.pdf


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!

Reminder: There's still time to submit your ACT-SO application!

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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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