Monday, September 3, 2012
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 …
Friday, August 31, 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: …
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Check out these tips from the Maryland Fire Marshal.
With kids going back to college from summer break, the Office of the State Fire Marshal offered steps to keep student safe from fires on and off campus. An estimated 86 percent of fire deaths occur in off-campus apartments and homes, which is where three-fourths of college students live, Maryland Fire Marshal William E. Barnard said. Many fatal fires involving college students have four common elements: Barnard offered safety tips for both parents and students when heading off to college:
Monday, August 27, 2012
Malfunctioning light fixture blamed for evacuation on first day of school.
Rockville High School was evacuated for about 20 minutes on Monday, the first day of the school year, because of a report of smoke that turned out to be a malfunctioning light fixture, school and fire officials said. A tweet from Rockville High School Principal Debra Munk said it all: "@RHSprincipal Opening day went well-except for an incident with a smoking light fixture that required us to a call 911 & evacuate the building for 20 min." The building was evacuated a half-hour before the end of the school day. About 35 firefighters from the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service were dispatched to the school at 1:42 p.m. for a report of smoke on the second floor, said Capt. Oscar Garcia, a county fire and rescue service spokesman. …
Follow the first day of school in Montgomery County using the hashtag #MCPSfirstday.
By 9:30 a.m., all of Montgomery County Public Schools were back in session. See what people were saying about the start of the school year on Twitter using the hashtag #MCPSfirstday.
Montgomery County Public Schools and others return for a new school year Monday.
Children will grab book bags and lunch boxes and head to the bus stop, moms and dads will drop off their kids and teachers will give their "welcome back" speeches as the churn of another school year begins. Montgomery County Public Schools and many private schools in our area open for the 2012-2013 school year on Monday. If you capture a moment that tells your family's back-to-school tale, post it here. Log in and click on "Uploads photos and video" below, follow the instructions and share your shot—or video—with your neighbors. Welcome back!
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 …
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
MCPS Superintendent Dr. Joshua Starr joined school officials from Prince George's County, Fairfax County, Washington, DC, and Alexandria City to talk schools Tuesday morning.
- BACK TO SCHOOL
- Greg Cohen
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
It was quite the crowd Tuesday morning as officials from five Washington, DC-area school districts joined WTOP to discuss teacher shortage, citizenship and homework as part of the radio station's "Ask the Superintendent" show. Among the officials was Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Joshua Starr, who was joined by Fairfax County School Superintendent Jack Dale, D.C. School Chancellor Kaya Henderson and Prince George's County School Board Chair Verjeana Jacobs, according to the report. Alexandria City School Superintendent Morton Sherman joined the discussion via telephone. Starr's comments on MCPS during the WTOP interview included: Also noted was that every Montgomery County school has a librarian. To read the full …
Monday, August 20, 2012
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 …