Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Data from 2009 reveals that students have long struggled with final exams in MCPS math courses.
Few Montgomery County Public Schools students enrolled in high school math courses made high marks on final exams last semester, data released by the school district last week showed. In one class, Bridge to Algebra 2, less than 1 percent made an "A" on the final exam. (See data, above, that details the distribution of final exam grades "A" through "E" for eight math courses last semester.) School officials were prompted to release student math grades after members of the county school board grilled Superintendent Joshua Starr about last semester's final exam grades. Media outlets reported earlier this month that the majority of students in high school math—Algebra, Algebra 2, Geometry and Precalculus—failed their final exams. Starr …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
"Students are the largest stakeholders, but we are noticeably underrepresented in making critical decisions in the schools system," said Justin Kim, 18, of Gaithersburg.
Meet Justin Kim, junior at Poolesville High and an 18-year-old Gaithersburg native who will serve as student member of the Montgomery County Board of Education next year. Kim was elected to the position with 65 percent of the student vote, Montgomery County Public Schools announced April 26. All secondary students in the system were eligible to participate in the election. Patch spoke to Kim about what he hopes to achieve during his term and the challenges the school system faces. Patch: Why did you want to become a member of the Montgomery County Board of Education? Justin Kim: I’ve always had a passion for service and working with others towards a common goal. Throughout my life, I am always looking for new ways to help others and …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The school system will conduct a search to replace Rockville High School Principal Debra S. Munk, an MCPS spokesman said.
Rockville High School principal Debra S. Munk will leave be leaving the Rams to train fledgling Montgomery County public school principals. Her appointment as a “consulting principal” for the Department of Professional Growth System was made during the board of education meeting Tuesday. The job takes effect July 1. MCPS Spokesman Dana Tofig said the school system would be conducting a principal search for Munk’s replacement. A position usually held by veteran principals, a consulting principal works with new and underperforming principals to help improve performance and student outcomes, Tofig said. At the end of the three-year assignment, Tofig said, Munk would probably be placed in another position within the district. The news comes …
Monday, April 22, 2013
Most recent incident involved Damascus High School sophomore
The Maryland Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) recently announced that for the fourth time in eight years, it has taken action against the Montgomery County Public School system regarding a student’s rights to decline to participate in the Pledge of Allegiance. This most recent incident involved Enidirs Siurano-Rodriguez, a 10th grade student at Damascus High School, who was protesting U.S. government policies toward Puerto Rico, which is her family's native country. According to the ACLU’s press release, Siurano-Rodriguez was initially sent to the principal’s office, where the assistant principal “improperly demanded to know why she persisted in sitting during the Pledge.” The school then contacted the student’s …
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Learn when each Montgomery County public high school will hold its graduation ceremony.
Montgomery County Public Schools on Thursday tweeted a link to a schedule of high school graduations this spring. All ceremonies at DAR Costitution Hall in Washington, D.C. will be streamed online, the school system's website said. The graduations season begins with a ceremony for the school system's Alternative Programs on May 24 and wraps up with June 12 with ceremonies for Watkins Mill High School, the Longview School and the Gateway to College program. Click here to read the full schedule on the MCPS website.
Saturday, April 13, 2013
MCPS: Andie S. Berry, Kiera F. Givens and Channing N. Kimble-Brown will be awarded $2,500
Three Richard Mongtomery High School students are among 11 from the county’s public schools to receive National Achievement Scholarships, Montgomery County Public Schools announced Thursday. Andie S. Berry, Kiera F. Givens and Channing N. Kimble-Brown will be awarded $2,500 scholarships. The highly selective scholarship competition recognizes outstanding academic achievement of African-American high school seniors across the United States. The scholarships are privately financed by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation and grants from corporate organizations and professional associations, according to MCPS. The other local recipients are: Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School Angela S. White Montgomery Blair High School Henok A. Addis …
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Teen from Rockville High School tells NBC4 she was sent home Wednesday because her outfit was “inappropriate”
While leggings may seem like a ubiquitous fashion staple for suburban hipsters around Washington, they weren’t well received at a Rockville school on Wednesday. NBC4 reports that a Rockville High School student was sent home for violating the school’s dress code. The student told the TV station she was wearing black leggings and a shirt that was “shorter than finger-tip length.” The teen’s mom defended her daughter, NBC4 reports: “Girls should not be dressing provocatively in school because it, quote, distracts the boys, but that is not the case; this is not distracting,” her mother said. “This [outfit] is not inappropriate.” You can watch and read NBC4’s account at NBCWashington.com. The school’s dress code officially calls out leggings …
Friday, March 15, 2013
Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Joshua Starr said he is disappointed in the County Executive's budget plan.
The amount of aid for county schools proposed by Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett in his fiscal 2014 county budget plan falls short of what's needed, Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Joshua Starr said Friday. Leggett's plan calls for a schools budget of $2.23 billion—an increase of $65.8 million, or 3 percent more than the budget approved for the current school year. "The County Executive's recommendation would fund 100 percent of the [school board]'s request," according to Leggett's budget proposal. Click here to read more on Leggett's fiscal 2014 budget plan and here to hear the County Executive discuss the proposal. The proposal is a slight increase in spending for MCPS, to the level required by the state's …
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Winter storm closes federal and county offices.
Schools and government offices are closed Wednesday, as the first significant snow storm in two years made its way across the region. Montgomery County Public Schools and their administrative offices are closed and all activities in school buildings are canceled, the school system announced. Federal government offices in the Washington, D.C., area will be closed and non-emergency federal employees will be granted excused absences, the Office of Personnel Management said on its website. Montgomery County goverment offices are closed. "Essential personnel should report to work," the county's website said. Montgomery College is closed and testing deadlines will be adjusted by one day, the college's website said. The Universities at Shady …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Larger proportion of graduates took at least one AP exam, earned college-ready scores.
Graduates from three of the city’s high schools exceeded countywide averages in the percentage of students who took at least one advanced placement exam. Montgomery County Public schools released the data on Wednesday. More than two-thirds of the county school system's graduating seniors (67.3 percent) took at least one AP test in 2012. More than half (52.3 percent) earned at least a 3, what is considered a college-ready score, Patch has reported. Thomas S. Wootton High School was one of the county’s top-performing schools, with 81.5 percent of its graduates earning scores of at least 3. About 89.5 percent of Wootton graduates took at least one AP exam. The percentages for taking an AP exam were 74 percent at Richard Montgomery High School…