Thursday, November 15, 2012
The county school board asked that absenteeism be monitored on Islamic holidays to determine whether or not adding Islamic holidays to the list of no-school days is warranted.
Islamic holidays will not be added to the Montgomery County Public Schools list of no-school days in the foreseeable future, The Washington Post reported. Members of the county school board said Tuesday that they could not add a school holiday just for religious reasons, but asked that attendance be monitored closely on Islamic holidays to determine if closing school on those days would be warranted, The Post added. Students who miss school for religions reasons are excused from class, but still need to make up the work from the school day. "There are no exact figures on Muslim students or teachers in Montgomery, but Muslim leaders say the population is sizable and growing. ... [Still, in] recent years, absenteeism on Muslim holidays has …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Which events are you most looking forward to?
It is homecoming for Winston Churchill High School – which means a week of class competitions, dress up days, penny wars, fundraisers, dances and of course, football. What to know this week: Check out this video from the Churchill Daily Dose team for more information.
The latest offering at Churchill High School is designed to teach real-world experience.
Between English classes, math exams and music studies, students at Winston Churchill High School now have the opportunity to learn an entirely different set of skills – with a practical bent. When The Daily Roast opens at 7:15 a.m. in the Churchill concession stand, a group of students greets teachers with a friendly, “How can I help you?,” and begins taking orders for coffee pick-up or deliveries to classrooms. Until 9:15 a.m. teachers and staff are served K-cup coffee and tea, with cream and sugar – served by students, and all of it donated from parents and staff. In a high school known nationally for its academic rigor, the Daily Roast is a teacher’s effort to bring a new element of education to the school. “These students haven’t had…
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.
Friday, June 15, 2012
You've made your nominations on Potomac Patch and Bethesda Patch. Now let's put it to a vote and name a Readers’ Choice 2012 winner.
What's the best public high school in Potomac and Bethesda? Patch is relaunching its Readers’ Choice program and we’re asking you, your friends, family, neighbors, coworkers and anyone else who knows education in the area to make the nominations. The nomination period ended July 9. Voting begins July 23 and ends at midnight August 17. Nominees were added as comments below and Patch is using its discretion in adding to the nominations if readers declined to weigh in. We asked you to weigh in with your favorite teacher, but since no teachers were nominated, we're pitting Bethesda and Potomac public high schools against each other to determine the Readers' Choice winner. Remember, voting will be closed before July 23 and after Aug. 17. …
Friday, May 18, 2012
Share your memories of your time at Walt Whitman High School.
As the school year comes to an end and graduation is around the corner, it's time to share memories of your time in high school with friends, family and classmates. So share them on Patch! Add your photos from your time at Walt Whitman High School to this post and have a place to share these memories beyond just the pages of your yearbook. Got a great picture from the homecoming game? What about that special pep rally or school play? We know you have those couple shots from prom. After you upload the photos, tell us who's in them. Congratulations class of 2012!
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 …
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Montgomery County parents and teachers have signed on to a petition encouraging national lawmakers to set school hours to start later in the day.
"Saved by the bell" may be a common refrain among students in classrooms and hallways, but parents and teachers are starting to ask if children should be saved from the bell instead. Montgomery County parents have signed on to the Start School Later Initiative encouraging lawmakers to start school no earlier than 8 a.m., allowing kids more time for sleep and rest and teachers more time to prepare lessons. Originating in Severna Park, MD, the petition was presented to members of congress yesterday, according to movement organizer Heather Macintosh, with nearly 5,000 signatures from all 50 states. Over 1,000 of those signatures were from parents and educators in Maryland. "The [petition] comments range from student pleas for a more humane…
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…