Monday, September 3, 2012
Montgomery County Public Schools are back in session after summer vacation.
With nearly 200 public schools and scores of private schools in Montgomery County, there's bound to be plenty of news. Here are the top school headlines from across Montgomery County's Patch sites from the first week of the 2012-13 school year: MCPS Talks School Safety, Reacts to Perry Hall High Shooting KENSINGTON—Montgomery County school officials discussed school safety after hearing about a school shooting 55 miles north in Perry Hall. Read the full story on Kensington Patch. 50 Years: Leggett Helps Rededicate White Oak Middle COLESVILLE—White Oak Middle School turns 50 this year. On the first day of classes, County Executive Isiah Leggett and school officials rededicated the school. Read the full story on Colesville Patch. PHOTOS: …
Everything you may have missed the last week of August in these 500 square miles, plus what is surely the world's largest back-to-school photo gallery.
Thank goodness it's a holiday after that grueling first week of school. Can't remember back to last week? Take a look at the world's cutest kids in our giant back-to-school photo gallery, and a few terrified ones as well. Can you spot the picture of the Patch editor from the first day of school, 1983? One of the hottest events in county for today's celebration is the Labor Day Parade in Kensington. It has grown from a few Brownie troops and the slow-stepping town chess club to a full-blown county event in the last couple of decades, but it's still small enough that you can usually get a curbside seat -- that is, actually sitting on the curb. It's Americana-on-a-stick complete with baton twirlers and moon bounces. This year it coincides …
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Patch talked to parents outside Wheaton Library to find out how much they were spending on supplies, lunchboxes, backpacks and clothes.
How much did Wheaton parents spend for back to school shopping? Here are some of the responses Patch received from Wheaton Library patrons. Public School Atilio Aleman said he spent $70-$80 getting his son ready to attend Oakland Terrace Elementary School. Fatima Feay said she spent $50 on her son, who attends Glen Haven Elementary School--and that was accounting for the fact that he did not get a new backpack this year. Private School Marcia Headley's son attends private school, so most of the supplies are included with the tuition and fees, she said. Home School Esther Paull pays approximately $2,500 for the whole school year for her twin daughters, age 9, for materials from a home-schooling program. Her daughters have their own laptops…
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
The first day of school could well be my favorite day of the whole year.
Is it just me, or have the last couple of days been especially wonderful? That's right; it's back to school time. MCPS students headed back to class on Monday, and parents across the county breathed a sigh of relief. My husband and I were out with our kids on Sunday night. We were getting into our car in a parking lot, and the woman getting out of the car next to ours had a bunch of kids and a huge smile on her face. She saw the joy on our faces as well, and we spent about a minute high fiving about school starting on Monday. The joy in the air was palpable last weekend. It's not that I don't love spending time with my kids. I do. I really do. It is just that we have had a lot of togetherness over the past couple of months. We could all …
Monday, August 27, 2012
Do you have YOUR new lunch box? Everything you may have missed in these 500 square miles.
It's the first day of classes Monday for Montgomery County schools. Even if you don't have kids in school, beware! Traffic will be a bear as school buses, parents and carpools hit the streets. And, if you're late and you think driving around that school bus is justified, think again. Starting today, a number of school buses will have cameras attached that can catch you in the act. The fine: $250. Unless a police officer witnesses it. Then, you can get a $1,000 ticket and three points on your driver's license. Patch editors will be scouring the county and may show up at your local school to document the first-day jitters and joys. Leave it to parents to sum up the gravity of the situation. A Greenbelt mom told her kindergartener when …
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
The Glenallan Elementary School PTA is holding a back-to-school picnic at Wheaton Regional Park. Is your school doing anything similar?
If you are a parent with school-age children, how connected do you feel with the school? Do you feel confident about starting the school year? How well do you know the administration, the teachers, and the other parents? Are you part of the PTA? The Glenallan Elementary School PTA is kicking off the school year on Thursday with a community picnic at Wheaton Regional Park. It's a chance for families to reconnect and make new friends. Does your school do something similar? Tell us in the comments.
Check out our list of upcoming vacation days for Montgomery County Public Schools.
School hasn't even started yet, but you already may be wondering about fall break. Luckily, Montgomery County Public Schools has released its 2012-2013 school calendar, allowing students and parents to mark the dates in calendars and start counting down to the next vacation day. Check out the 2012 vacation day highlights below, or take a look at the PDF attached to this post for a full schedule:
Monday, August 20, 2012
Montgomery County Public Schools in Wheaton start classes Aug. 27.
Takoma Park Police are anticipating the start of Montgomery County Public Schools on Aug. 27 and have offered these tips for staying safe before, during and after school. Children: Parents:
It may be August but you'll still want to pay attention to all that's been happening in Montgomery County.
With the Montgomery County Fair, Shark Week and tax-free shopping over, it can only mean one thing: It's the end of August in Montgomery County. But for those of us who are still in town, there's a lot to lord over our vacationing friends and coworkers. For example, did you know that Gov. Martin O'Malley got involved in a Montgomery County dispute last week? Or that police are looking for a serial hugger/groper in Bethesda? Also, school superintendent Dr. Joshua Starr is reportedly shaking things up in MCPS as we countdown to the start of school. But first, a proper farewell to the county's paean to all things homegrown, local, fried, churned and bovine. Check out Gaithersburg local editor Greg Cohen's Man-vs.-AgFair food challenge at …
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Check out our list of education leaders for back-to-school news.
The Maryland State Department of Education is the latest state agency to jump on the Twitter train, and just in time for the back-to-school season. The @MdPublicSchools account launched Aug. 10, reminding followers of Maryland's tax-free shopping week and other notes about back-to-school preparations across the state. "Our goal is to reach parents, teachers, and the public wherever they are, in whatever format they are most comfortable with," said William Reinhard, spokesperson for MSDE. "We began our Facebook page last year with the same thing in mind. There is a lot going on in Maryland public schools—changes in curriculum, coming changes in assessment, new ways educators will be evaluated and more. We want parents to know what is going …