Friday, September 14, 2012
Montgomery County Public Schools will reopen Tuesday.
Montgomery County public school students and teachers will have the day off on Monday in recognition of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. For a full list of MCPS vacation days, check out our calendar here.
Monday, March 26, 2012
Patch users have voted, and most think schools should change start hours to begin later. What are your thoughts?
Montgomery County schools should change schooling hours to start later, according to Patch readers. Almost 300 Patch readers to responded to a poll asking if they agreed with the Start School Later Initiative’s petition that encourages lawmakers to start school no earlier than 8 a.m. Petitioners say students would be physically and mentally healthier with more time for sleep and rest, while teachers would have more time to prepare lessons. An overwhelming 88 percent of responders think that Montgomery County students, teachers and parents would benefit from school hour starting later in the morning. “Without a doubt, a later start to schools is beneficial to everyone, most importantly to the kids,” Patch user Beatriz Fritsch wrote in. “…
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
How well is Montgomery County addressing the needs of its at-risk student population?
A report released last Tuesday by Montgomery County's Office of Legislative Oversight suggests that Montgomery County could be doing more to help its at-risk youth. An average of 1,200 students, or 2.5 percent of enrollment, drop out of Montgomery County schools each year according to the report. But, despite the costs associated with prevention and recovery of dropout students in Montgomery County, there is no method to evaluate the success of the county's alternative education programs, such as how well students do if they return to their high school, whether they graduate, or whether they are prepared for college or work once they leave MCPS. Average dropout rates for high schools ranged from 0.4 percent at Winston Churchill High …
Monday, March 12, 2012
The Cabin John Middle School PTSA is petitioning to keep advanced English class grades from continuing on to students' high school transcripts.
Updated, 10:30 a.m.: The Winston Churchill High School advising department says it agrees with the Cabin John PTSA's decision to petition advanced English grades. "I agree with the Cabin John PTSA," said Beverly Lubenetski, head of the WCHS advising department. "Middle school students often regret their middle school grades that appear on their transcript once the students reach high school. For advanced English it is an elective they do not need, so why have any pressure about it?" Original Story, Monday 5:40 a.m.: Some Cabin John Middle School parents want to keep their students' grades in an advanced English class out of their high school transcripts because they believe students who earn a "B" might be at a disadvantage than their …
Monday, March 5, 2012
The Colonels downed the Bulldogs, 54-39 on Saturday at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring.
Magruder will face Sherwood in a 4A state semifinal at 9 p.m. on Thursday at Comcast Center at the University of Maryland, College Park. For more information on the boys basketball state championships, click here.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Parents battle “anything goes” attitude amongst student spectators at Cabin John Ice Rink.
Concerns about rowdy crowds at high school hockey games are rising after a fight between two student spectators last month, and parent team organizers say they’re working to combat an “anything goes” attitude among some teenagers who gather to watch the Friday evening games at the Cabin John Ice Rink. A club sport, hockey is not sanctioned by Montgomery County Public Schools, and games take place off campus at Cabin John or the Rockville Ice Arena. Whereas school administrators have the authority to punish a student who misbehaves at an on-campus, school-sanctioned sporting event, such as football, that’s not the case with hockey, said Walter Johnson High School principal Jennifer Baker. “We don’t play any role in this at all from a school…
Monday, January 9, 2012
Sam Edens Scores 16 as Bulldogs top Patriots in rivalry game.
On a night where Wootton never seemed to find a rhythm offensively, the Patriots dropped their first game since Dec. 19., falling to the visiting Churchill Bulldogs, 51-40, before a capacity crowd on Friday night. It wasn't as though the Patriots didn't have their chances. When Chris Bohlen watches the game film, the Wootton basketball coach knows there will be moments that will make him cringe. "Churchill outplayed us in every aspect of the game," Bohlen said. "There's no secret about it. They manhandled us on the boards, they did a great job pushing the tempo, and they shot the ball extremely well. We had our opportunities, we just couldn't capitalize on them." And despite trailing the entire game, the Patriots (8-3) still had the game …