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: …
Monday, August 27, 2012
The Montgomery County Public Schools superintendent praises the school system's success and compares it with NASA.
Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Joshua Starr gathered with members of the school board, the county executive and council president and PTA representatives to open the academic year Monday morning at Flora M. Singer Elementary School in Silver Spring. Singer Elementary School, which joins the Downcounty Consortium, is one of two new schools in the county, along with Paint Branch High School in Burtonsville. MCPS is seeking LEED certification for both buildings. Speaking to the media in the elementary school's new library, Starr compared MCPS to NASA, whose space rover Curiosity recently touched down on Mars. Though NASA's mission has changed since it landed a man on the moon, its core purposes remain the same, Starr said. …
Monday marked the first day of school for thousands of public and private school students.
Montgomery County Public Schools and many private schools opened their doors for the first day of school Monday. Patch stopped by Bethesda's Wood Acres Elementary School where we chatted with students ranging from kindergartners heading to school for the first time to fifth-graders returning for their final year of elementary school. Check out our photos here. You also can read our story about how the first day unfolded on Twitter -- including lots of images of North Bethesda Middle School -- as parents and teachers tweeted using the official MCPS hashtag, #MCPSfirstday. If you have your own photos to share, upload them here. Happy first day of school!
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Not everyone was excited about the first day of school on Monday. Little Sparky howled in protest as his human siblings returned to Somerset Elementary School. Do you have any fun pics to share with Patch from the first day of school? Upload them by clicking on the green "Upload Photos and Videos" button at the top of this post.
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.
We know you've got those cameras ready. Share your first-day photos here.
For some, it will be the first time boarding the bus. For others, it will be a day to re-unite with friends and teachers. Whether they're newbies or not, Monday is the big day for thousands of children across the county as public and many private schools open their doors for the 2012-2013 school year. We know you've got those cameras ready, so share your photos of your child's first day back with Patch readers here. Have a great first day of school!
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 …
Thursday, August 23, 2012
An 'ounce of prevention' is the key to safe travels to and from school—and while there.
With the start of a new school year, school safety is heavy on the minds of parents—which these days may mean worrying about possible violence at school. But studies show school-age children are nine times more likely to be unintentionally injured—on the playground or elsewhere—than to be victims of violence at school, according the National Safe Kids Campaign (Safe Kids USA). The group estimates that 2.2 million children ages 14 and below are injured in school-related accidents each year. School-related accidents can be prevented if parents prepare students and stay on the lookout for potential hazards. Here's a list of safety tips from Safe Kids, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Maryland Safe Routes Program: Walking to and from…
Wireless technology package includes a $5,000 digital media grant from Discovery Education.
It's always nice when new classroom equipment doesn't come with any wires for children to trip over. It's even nicer—albeit more unusual—when that wireless equipment is free. Chevy Chase Elementary School is one of just three schools across the country to win a special wireless technology package from Discovery Education and technology company CDW-G, according to a statement from the two companies. The package includes: The other two schools awarded the technology package were Ella Elementary School in Olivehurst, CA, and N.B. Clements Junior High School in Prince George, VA. More than 726,000 schools entered Discovery Education's and CDW-G's 10th annual Win a Wireless Lab Sweepstakes, according to a news statement. The winners were chosen…