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Community Activities in MCPS' School Buildings Cancelled Saturday, Aug. 27 and Sunday, Aug. 28

Community Activities in MCPS' School Buildings Cancelled Saturday, Aug. 27 and Sunday, Aug. 28

According to Montgomery County Public Schools:

Due to emergency weather conditions related to Hurricane Irene, all community activities in school buildings are cancelled Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28.
 
Backpacks and school supplies that were to be available at the cancelled Back-to-School Fair, for families in need,  will be distributed, while supplies last, on Monday, August 29 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the auditorium at the Carver Educational Services Center, 850 Hungerford Drive, in Rockville.

Back-to-School Snapshots to Be Featured on MCPS Website

Back-to-School Snapshots to Be Featured on MCPS Website

The Montgomery County Public Schools Department of Public Information and Web Services invites parents to submit their favorite first-day-of-school snapshots to include in their back-to-school coverage.

Once parents have captured those great moments on the first day of classes, which is Monday, Aug. 29th, they should select their best photograph and email it to MCPS' office at pio@mcpsmd.org. They will begin posting them on the website on Monday morning.

To contribute to the first-day-of school photo gallery, follow these simple steps: 

1. Choose your best, horizontal snapshot.
 

Nine New Principals to Lead Area Catholic Schools This Fall

 

When the doors open for the new school year, nine Catholic elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Washington will be led by new principals. Catholic elementary schools in Calvert and St. Mary’s counties open on Tuesday, August 23; schools in Charles County on Monday, August 29 and schools in Washington, DC, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties on Tuesday, August 30.

 

Montgomery County Public Schools Do Well in ACT

 

According to ACT’s annual report: Students in the Montgomery County Public Schools' (MCPS) Class of 2011 consistently outperformed their peers in Maryland and the nation on all sections of the ACT college admissions exam.

The average composite score for MCPS graduates was 23.2 in 2011, compared to 22.1 for Maryland and 21.1 for the nation.

Woodrow Wilson SHS Back in Business

Woodrow Wilson SHS Back in Business

Woodrow Wilson Senior High School reopened its doors to the public yesterday, August 18, after a two year $124 million modernization project. The ribbon was cut at 11:30am and people were finally allowed to take a look at the new world of Wilson. As a graduate from the class of 2004, I was in utter shock. It's hard to believe that when I was in high school, the walls of the swimming pool at Wilson collapsed and were not fixed until years later when the renovation of the Wilson Aquatic center began shortly before modernization for the rest of the building. At the old Wilson, the gym made peoples skin look yellow because of terrible florescent lighting. In most classrooms, the paint was peeling off the walls. In my English class, students had peeled the paint into a shape resembling Africa. It was normal for a desk to be covered in graffiti or be broken. I don't even want to talk about the bathrooms. Now, all of this has changed. 

How Far Would You Travel For Your Food?

Do you ever wonder what Wonder Bread is really made of, or how many miles that head of lettuce has traveled? There's nothing like fresh, whole, organic foods to maintain your health and well-being. Farm-fresh produce and meats go directly from the source to your table, leaving little time for nutrients and it's natural vibration to be lost. Many foods at your supermarket have been picked or slaughtered weeks or even months before they make it onto the shelf. Most of these items are preserved by nitrogen or other artificial means, making them appear fresh. Moreover, foods treated with pesticides and artificial fertilizers have lower nutritional value than foods growing organically.

Take care of your local producer. Visit your local farmers market, support and join your local CSA. The money you spend on your food speaks louder than you can ever imagine, spend it wisely.

 

MCPS Summer Food Service Program Provides Free Meals To Montgomery County Children

Each summer Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) serves children throughout the county free nutritious meals as part of a variety of summer programs. This summer nearly 9,000 students will receive meals at 111 locations including six walk-in locations where any child 18 and under can come in for a free meal. 

The MCPS Summer Food Service Program, created in 1976, provides nutritious meals to children when school closes and is designed to bridge the summer vacation “nutrition gap.”  Slightly more than 32% of children in Montgomery County are eligible for free or reduced price meals during the school year and might otherwise go without those meals during the summer when school is not in session.  Last year, the Summer Food Service Program served more than 285,000 meals.