Montgomery Blair High School

Principal's Newsletter

September 2021

Dear Montgomery Blair High School Families,


We had a great start to our 2021-2022 school year. My staff and I were thrilled to welcome over 3200 Blazers back to school. Our students had a busy week of attending classes and learning about our school and programs. In addition, students took their annual portraits and received an identification card. It was great to see so many of you at our home opener football game on Friday evening.


With ongoing information regarding COVID-19, we continue to work diligently to ensure the health, safety, and security of all students and staff. As a reminder, all students and staff must wear a mask inside the school building that completely covers their nose and mouth. If a student needs a mask, they can ask staff, and we will supply one. Students are encouraged but not required to wear masks outside.


If your teen experiences any illness while in class, teachers and staff will sign the student’s agenda book and send the student to the health room to see our school nurse. Teachers are identifying the type of illness such as coughing, sneezing, running nose, nausea, fever, and/or headache (as identified by DHHS) in the agenda book to be examined by the nurse. This information is helpful for the nurse to determine the difference in cases of COVID-related (triage room) and/or other health-related (health room) issues.


As the case with any illness, please notify our attendance office if your teen is ill or has tested positive for COVID, or needs to quarantine because they have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID. Our process is to document students in quarantine and/or who tested positive for COVID. Staff, once notified by a student or parent of their health status, will complete a google form that will automatically generate an email to specific school team members, notifying them of each individual case. Our school nurse, counselor, or school administrator will contact families to verify students' illnesses.


Ms. Glenda Lopez, secretary, will notify teachers of quarantined students, and send students and parents teachers' Zoom rooms days and times. If you have any questions about our quarantine process, please contact your teen's grade level administrator, school counselor, or Ms. Lopez, Glenda_I_Lopez@mcpsmd.org, secretary.


My office will continue to notify you with a community letter of positive COVID cases at our school.


Thank you for your support!


Renay Johnson

Principal

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Register for Our Ninth Grade Parent Meeting

We hope you can join us for our Ninth Grade Parent Meeting on Thursday, September 9, at 6:30 p.m. Please click here to register. We look forward to introducing you to our team, sharing highlights of the Blair experience, and answering your questions!

Join our PTSA: Ms. Ayo Atterberry, President

We are excited for our return to school for this upcoming school year. Joining the Montgomery Blair High School Parent Teacher Student Association (Blair HS PTSA) is one of the best ways to get connected and support the Blair community.


Please see information about the PTSA and join here: https://blairptsa.org/join/


See our General Body meeting times and dates here: https://blairptsa.org/blair-high-school-ptsa-meetings-events-2021-2022-calendar/


Join us for our September PTSA Meeting on Tuesday, September 21st at 7 p.m.

Zoom information will be sent to families prior to the meeting.


We look forward to working with you over the school year.


Ayo Atterberry, Blair PTSA President

Blazers Outside on Campus

Outdoors at Blair
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Where is My Teen?

We receive many calls and visits from parents looking for their teens after school. Here are a few safety tips for parents:


1. Speak with your teen about their after-school plans. School dismisses at 2:30 p.m. for students who have 8 class periods, and 3:20 p.m. for students with 9 class periods. After school, students must be under the direct supervision of a staff member or participating in a school-sponsored activity to remain in the building.


2. Make sure your teen has their cell phone charged and turned on after school and is checking phone messages.


3. Cell phones have a locator function, have your teen turn it on so that you can know their location.


4. Students without cell phones, can come to the main office to call their family or ask a staff member for assistance. Our main office is open until 3:50 p.m. daily.

A Safe Place For Teens After School? Blair After School Recreation Program: REC ZONE IS BACK!

Montgomery Blair High School in partnership with Montgomery County Recreation Department offers FREE after-school recreation program, Monday - Friday • 2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., in Blair's cafeteria. The program will begin on Monday, September 13, 2021. Students can register for the program and attend on the same day. This program is open to all students. In addition, free dinner is available too.

How Do I Check My Child's Grades?

MCPS uses ParentVUE to assist parents with school communications, including school information emails, parent-teacher communication, report cards, and athletic registration. It's important to have an account for each child enrolled at Blair. Ms. Melissa Young, Latino Achievement Coordinator, and Ms. Andrea Lamphier, Media Specialist, can help parents locate and update accounts, including sending a ParentVUE activation letter if your child was enrolled at Blair last year.


Parent activation letters for new-to-Blair students are usually sent via U. S. Mail within one week of enrollment, or if you had an active ParentVUE account, please check your email to see if you have one already!


Right now, MCPS is in the process of updating information for the upcoming school year, so please bear with us as we allow the student information systems to come online for the 2021-2022 school year. If you need help, we are there for you! The best way to get questions answered is by using this form: https://mbhs.libwizard.com/id/d9654b88779879b4c62949e4e801b32b.

Report Card Dates

2021 -2022 Report Card Distribution Dates:

Quarter 1: November 12, 2021


Quarter 2: February 2, 2022


Quarter 3: April 11, 2022


Quarter 4: June 24, 2022


Interims, mid-quarter progress reports, will be available or ParentVue and StudentVue.

Student Service Learning (SSL) Requirements

SSL hours completed over the summer are due September 24th. SSL Verification forms can be turned in at the main office or emailed to SSLatMBHS@gmail.com.


Click HERE to follow directions on how to check your SSL hours.


Search the Montgomery County Volunteer Center website for opportunities. A graduation cap indicates that it meets the SSL guidelines.


For questions about SSL hours email Beth_S_Sanchez@mcpsmd.org


Beth Sanchez

Academy and SSL Coordinator

Montgomery Blair High School


Check out Blair Academies

Learn about SSL Updates and Opportunities

Counseling Department News

Hello! We hope the first two weeks of school have been going well for our students! Please find the MBHS School Counseling Department video update here. We hope you find helpful information within the September Counseling Department Newsletter.


Remember, the schedule change request window will be closed on September 15th. So, all requests MUST be made by that day.

Thank you! MBHS School Counseling Department


Links:

Video: https://loom.com/share/5cfdb94a861548e0bd36ed5f2535184a


College & Career Newsletter:

https://bit.ly/BlairCollCareerNewsSept2021


Counseling: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1KfFnax8b0VRIkG54DPWOtenqFkp13e0B/view?usp=sharing

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Back to School Night

Blair’s annual Back to School Night will be held on Thursday, September 23 from 7 – 9 PM. Per MCPS directive, High School Back to School Nights are being held virtually this year. Teachers will be live on zoom and will present to parents and guardians, interact with them, and answer their questions. Last year, we had a 48% increase in the number of parents who were able to participate in the 2020 Virtual Back to School Night than we did for Back to School Night in 2019. We are hopeful for an even bigger turnout this year!

Communications from school will be sent out to the community by September 15 with specific information including the schedule for the Back to School Night as well as information for how parents can access the zoom information on Back to School Night.

Fall Testing

MSDE has scheduled an early fall 2022 assessment window during which the 2020-2021 English/language arts assessments (grades 3-8 and 10), mathematics assessments (grades 3-8, algebra 1, geometry and algebra 2) and the Maryland Integrated Science Assessment (MISA) (grades 5, 8 and high school) as well as MAP-R, MAP-M, and the WIDA MODEL will be administered. School-specific schedules for each of the assessments are being developed and will be communicated soon! Contact Mrs. Wilkerson, Mr. Fanning, or Dr. Bingham with any questions or concerns.

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FREE PSAT & SAT DAY at BLAIR

Montgomery County Public Schools will offer the PSAT to all 10 and 11-grade students and the SAT to Seniors who did not take the SAT in Spring 2021.


As part of a comprehensive strategy to ensure access and opportunity for all students, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) provides important college readiness examinations to all students. This includes the PSAT during the school day for Grade 10 and 11 students and SAT School Day for Grade 11 and 12 students. Not only does this approach allow greater access to these important examinations, but it supports efforts to remove barriers associated with college entrance examinations and ensures equitable access to these important steps to college and career readiness.


As a result, MCPS will offer the following assessments in 2021–2022:

The PSAT during the school day on October 13, 2021, at no cost to any Grade 10 or 11 students.


SENIORS ONLY: The SAT and Accuplacer exams will be offered at Montgomery Blair High School for Blair students on October 13, 2021. The SAT during the school day on October 13, 2021, is only for current seniors (Grade 12 students) who did not take the SAT in spring 2021.


You will need to register using this form,

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeIgqQDuzQePGDt28CiW8w349EhBMM1hmDMMEfZRscn4uaQhQ/viewform for SAT or the ACCUPLACER.
Registration deadline: Sunday, September 12.


None School Day SAT Registration Information: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register


If you have any further questions, please contact your child’s school counselor.

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Advance Placement Exam: Time to Register

AP registration is open and will continue through November 5. Students need to log in to myap.collegboard.org and contact their AP teachers for an “AP Classroom Join Code.” Using this join code automatically registers students for the AP exam. Please read this registration letter for more information, including detailed information about exam payment, late registration, and cancellation fees. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ByRJofIRaKTr00UBsl-BvdP1VH2XQ3Le/view?usp=sharing

Contact Leslie_V_Blaha@mcpsmd.org if you have any questions!

Hispanic Heritage Month

Montgomery Blair High School will celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15 with a series of workshops, activities and events to honor the contributions of Hispanic/Latinos and celebrate heritage rooted in all Latin American countries. Stay tuned for our annual calendar and highlights of upcoming events! Follow us on Twitter @VocesUnidasMBHS.


Audition for our Annual Show:

· Voces Unidas Auditions: we need singers, dancers, and actors. (https://forms.gle/eA3DAKbjhsNVZeeR7)

· Audiciones para Voces Unidas: queremos cantantes (habrá una escena religiosa), bailarines y actores.​(https://forms.gle/eA3DAKbjhsNVZeeR7)

Culturally Responsive Teaching and Restorative Justice Practices at Blair

Blair’s staff and leadership strive to ensure our school institutions reflect the full inclusion of our communities, and to eliminate racial predictability of achievement/opportunity by demonstrating culturally proficient policies, practices and behaviors. Culturally responsive teaching and restorative justice practices are key approaches to achieving these goals. Culturally responsive teaching includes standards, instructional approaches, and materials that reflect a broad representation of ethnic backgrounds and expose students to different cultures. Restorative justice is a philosophical framework -- informed by an anti-bias, anti-racist lens -- that emphasizes bringing together everyone affected by wrongdoing to address needs and responsibilities, and to heal the harm to relationships and community to the greatest degree possible. In the 2021-22 academic year, a designated team will work to strengthen formal restorative justice practices for the building; for more information, contact Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator Rahman Culver, Rahman_A_Culver@mcpsmd.org.

Junior and Seniors: Join our National Honor Society

Blazers: Apply Today! Our National Honor Society application is due Friday, September 24, 2021, https://docs.google.com/document/d/1kYyYYWHoKvy6oIwsyQxK4ctBM1FmPOi7n2EXcVLw93M/edit

Student Parking

Completed Student Parking Applications with required documentation should be turned in to Ms. Fus in the Attendance Office starting on August 19th. Student parking spaces are limited. Completed parking permits applications will be processed on a first come first served basis. There is a non-refundable student parking fee of $37.50 per semester. Student parking enforcement begins the second week of school.

Class of 2022: Senior Unity Day

Parents of Senior Class of 2022:

Our Senior Unity Day trip is planned for Wednesday, September 29 from 9:30am – 1:30pm. Seniors will enjoy an unlimited lunch of hamburgers and veggie burgers, hot dogs, baked beans, potato salad, chips, coleslaw, dessert, soft drinks, iced tea, and lemonade. Each participant will receive a senior t-shirt and sunglasses. Activities at Smokey Glen Farm include a zip line, air brush tattoo artist, and disc jockey – as well as mini golf, basketball, tether ball, and more. Permission slips were given to seniors in their English class this week. For your convenience, the form is linked below, and copies can be picked up by student at the Attendance Office. The form can be returned to Ms. Roxanne Fus in the Attendance Office or Mr. Brandon Crabtree in the Main Office. Permission forms are due by Friday, September 17th.

We are also asking for donations to help financially support our seniors. Thank you in advance for your generosity!

Form: https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/1XQl9DYWFXSOx9tBCOf1OyXwqixtPMM_2

Link to pay online: bit.ly/mbhsseniorunityday

Link to donate:
https://osp.osmsinc.com/MontgomeryMD/BVModules/ProductTemplates/Bvc2013/Product.aspx?productid=BY308-VAR9

Senior Information and Planning Meeting: Thursday, September 23, 5:30 p.m.

There will also be a Senior Information and Planning meeting starting at 5:30 PM on Thursday, September 23. This will also be held virtually via zoom. We will review important information for seniors including college applications, graduation requirements, and other salient information for seniors and senior parents. A communication will be sent out by Wednesday, September 15 with information on how to access the senior planning and information meeting.

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Extracurricular Activities: Join a Club or Activity

Visit our new Extracurricular Activities and Clubs website for a list of lunchtime and after school clubs, and to review and submit the Covid forms required by MCPS for students participating in Extracurricular Activities during the 2021-22 school year. Club listings including meeting times and locations, as well as other important after school activity information will be updated regularly.

https://sites.google.com/mcpsmd.net/mbhsclubs

Blair's Fall Play

Auditions for Blair's Fall Play, A Midsummer Night's Dream will be held on Tuesday, September 14 and Wednesday, September 15. Students can sign up for an audition slot on the call board outside room 16. Come join us as we take the audience on a journey through one of Shakespeare’s greatest shows in our black box theater setting. For more information, interested students can contact Ms. O'Connor at Kelly_N_O'Connor@mcpsmd.org. Performances will begin on Thursday, November 11.

All rehearsals and performances will follow Covid guidelines as directed by the state of Maryland, Montgomery County, and MCPS.

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Blazer Community,

The Fall season has begun and it has been successful so far! Girls soccer hosted a tournament on Saturday and did well in their home openers. Girls volleyball placed 3rd out of 10 teams in the Magruder tournament. Cross country performed very well in the Hood College Invitational having 5 runners place in the top 15 of males and females. And football had a big win over Magruder in their opener on Friday. All of the fall teams and their coaches are doing very well and the season will continue with a full compliment of events this week and through October. County Sports Zone has all schedules as well as results on their website.


Face Masks/Coverings and Athletic Events

Outdoors. Face coverings are not required outdoors, but persons who are not fully vaccinated are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings for outdoor operations of the MCPS athletics program. This applies to all stakeholders, including participation and competition. Many of our spectators have chosen to wear masks at our events.

Indoors. For indoor sports, masks must be worn at all times, except Cheerleading when actively engaged in stunting/tumbling. Spectators, coaches, and officials must wear masks at all times indoors. All participants shall bring their own mask/face covering; extra masks are available at all activities.


Spectator Behavior and Expectations. Blair Athletics is committed to providing a safe and enjoyable experience at all events. We expect our spectators to help us in this mission. The MCPS statement reads, “The R.A.I.S.E. core values of the MCPS athletics program teach and reinforce respect and sportsmanship, academic excellence, integrity and character, spirited and safe competition and equity and access. It is expected that spectators reinforce these values by exhibiting appropriate behavior at athletic events. A condition of entry into an MCPS athletic event is that all spectators agree to recognize the event as an extension of the learning process and that all present have the responsibility to model appropriate behavior. The event is a unique opportunity for spectators to be a part of a positive and productive learning environment and to model behavior appropriate to a public school setting.”


MCPS Athletics will send out regular updates throughout the year with the latest policies and procedures for athletics in the county. Operations for athletics will go on as a normal year except when policies and procedures are changed by the county. In those cases, Blair will review and update its policies and procedures to always align with the county.


For students interested in winter and/or spring sports, there will be informational meetings after school starts, in mid to late September. A list of coaches for contact will be on the Blair website. In order to participate in sports, a student must have a valid medical clearance (SR-8) form with the Covid supplement. Students should complete their pre-participation physical (MCPS Form SR-8) so that the medical eligibility form and COVID pre-participation form (last two pages of SR-8) is ready for online submission or for submission to the athletic director 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, including the Care for Kids program through Montgomery County. 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 pre-participation physical (MCPS Form SR-8) to Blair Athletic Director, Rita J. Boulé.

If you should ever have questions, concerns or comments, please reach out to Athletic Director/Specialist Rita J. Boulé at Rita_J_Boule@mcpsmd.org. Stay safe and healthy! Let’s Go Blazers!

Rita J. Boulé, CAA

Athletic Specialist

Montgomery Blair High School

Blair Spirit Wear

All the Blair your care to wear! It's the Blair Apparel Fanshop! And you can also get a Blair face covering or a Blair fanny pack or even a pair of Blair socks!

School Locker Requests

Many locker requests have been received and are currently being processed in the order that they were received. Students will receive confirmation of their assignment and locker combination via their student email addresses as requests are processed. If your teen still needs a locker, you can complete this link, https://forms.gle/pMELKSjHwoP7aijH7.


Please contact Mr. Cooper, security team leader, with any questions or concerns.

Blazer Hotline

At Montgomery Blair, we have an anonymous Blazer hotline that is managed by our school security. If you see something, say something. Safety and security are everyone's responsibility.
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George B. Thomas Saturday School is Virtual for 1st Semester

Blair will provide academic tutoring and instruction with certified teachers in a nurturing and supportive virtual environment for the 1st semester of the 2021-22 academic year (a decision on the format for the 2nd semester is forthcoming). The program is aligned with the Montgomery County Public School (MCPS) curriculum. This support is offered every Saturday on the following dates, 8:30-11:00 a.m: September 25; October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; November 6, 13, 20; December 4, 11, 18 January 29; February 5, 12, 26; March 5, 12, 19, 26; April 2, 23, 30; May 7. Math and ELA academic support will be provided at each grade level, and coursework in SAT/ACT Prep and the college application process will also be available. MCPS students grades K through 12 may attend after registering for Saturday School for $85 per semester ($40 for students who receive FARMS). Students may register at the following website: www.saturdayschool.org.

Parent Community Coordinator(PCC) Faye Nabavian

The Youth Cruiser SmarTrip® card is for Montgomery County residents ages 5 to 18 (older if still in high school). Please email Ms. Nabavian If you like to receive one at farzaneh_nabavian@mcpsmd.org, include your name, student ID number, and a contact cell number.


If you or someone you know needs resources and seasonal items, please refer them to Kindness Corner at Blair High School. Together, we provide resources and supplies to our students and families, through Kindness Corner and county and federal resources.


Please visit the resources page at https://blairpcc.weebly.com/

Kindness Corner at Blair is grateful to many for their generous contributions and we continue to collect gift cards and other items through the kindness corner registry.

Please contact Faye Nabavian with any questions.

Cell: 240-506-8576

Email: farzaneh_nabavian@mcpsmd.org

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Congratulations Blazers!

In this section, I highlight the many achievements of our outstanding Blazers. Send me your good news and I'll include it in future newsletters and on social media.


Congratulations to our Varsity Football Team for their home opener win over Magruder.


Congratulations to our Cross Country Boys Team on their 2nd place finish at the 2021 Hood College HS Invitational! They were led by Indy (1st), Freddy (4th), and Alex (12th). Alexa (9th) and Marijke (15th) led the Girls Team.

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Blair Information

If you do not receive log-in information for your teen, please contact Ms. Melissa Young, Latino Achievement Coordinator, Melissa_Young@mcpsmd.org or Ms. Andrea Lamphier, Media Specialist, Andrea_Lamphier@mcpsmd.org.


Student Schedules:

Student schedules will be available in ParentVUE and StudentVUE on Monday, August 23. Parents and students will need to log in to the report using the student’s ID and password. Report Link: https://studentschedule.mcpsmd.org


Scheduling, Transcript, Social Emotional Wellness Questions, Contact Your Teen's Counselor


School Counseling Department: 301-649-2810

https://sites.google.com/mcpsmd.net/mbhs-schoolcounseling-team/home/mbhs-school-counseling-team


All Things College and Career: Contact Carmen Salazar, College and Career Coordinator. Carmen_A_Salazar@mcpsmd.org


Melissa Young, is our MyMCPS/Synergy Parent Portal Staff Liaison, Melissa_Young@mcpsmd.org


Health Room: Full Time School Nurse: Anisa Harris, Anisa_Harris@mcpsmd.org


Health Room Tech: Angela Romero, Angela_Romero@mcpsmd.org


Principal's Administrative Secretary, Claudine Biggs, Claudine_Biggs@mcpsmd.org


Attendance Office: Roxanne Fus, Roxanne_F_Fus@mcpsmd.org


Blair Security Office: Darryl Cooper, Security Team Leader, Darryl_J_Cooper@mcpsmd.org


Financial Specialist: Donna Franklin, Donna_M_Franklin@mcpsmd.org


Parent Community Coordinator: Faye Nabavian, Farzaneh_Nabavian@mcpsmd.org

https://blairpcc.weebly.com/


Pupil Personnel Worker: Ramona Washington, Ramona_L_Washington@mcpsmd.org


MBHS ADMINISTRATION:


Renay Johnson: Principal, Renay_C_Johnson@mcpsmd.org


Joseph Fanning: Grade 12, Administrator, Joseph_M_Fanning@mcpsmd.org


Tracy Pettis-Jones: Grade 11, Administrator, Tracy_Pettis-Jones@mcpsmd.org


Lavina Carrillo: Grade 10, Administrator A-L, Lavina_Carrillo@mcpsmd.org


Candace Wilkerson: Grade 10, Administrator M-Z, Candance_L_Wilkerson@mcpsmd.org


Adriana Burgos-Ojeda: Grade 9, Administrator A-L, Adriana_Burgos-Ojeda@mcpsmd.org


Winter Bingham: Grade 9, Administrator M-Z, Winter_A_Bingham@mcpsmd.org


Peter Ostrander: Magnet & CAP Programs, Peter_M_Ostrander@mcpsmd.org


James Funk: School Business Administrator, James_W_Funk@mcpsmd.org



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Montgomery Blair High School

Montgomery Blair is a nationally recognized award-winning high school located in Silver Spring, MD. Celebrating 80 years of tradition, pride & excellence! The mission of Montgomery Blair High School is to ensure that all students graduate equipped with the skills to navigate their chosen paths successfully.