Assignment Education

MCPS Launches Student Contest to Celebrate Diversity, Combat Hate

In the past several months, the Montgomery County Police Department has reported seeing an increase in hate crimes, some of which have directly affected our school communities. To help our county combat this, MCPS, in partnership with the Montgomery County Faith Community Working Group, has launched a contest titled United We Learn: Combating Hate through the Arts. The goal of the contest is to provide students with a creative, structured opportunity to explore issues of prejudice and learn about the values of respect, diversity and civility.

The contest is open to students from all grade levels. Submissions will be judged by level (elementary, middle and high) and by medium. Entries must be created by groups of two students or more. Submissions must be in by Friday, April 21. For more information, visit

Summer Programs Extended

The Montgomery County recreation department and public schools have extended summer programs to accommodate the later start date of the school year. This follows the executive order that Gov. Larry Hogan signed last fall, which required Maryland’s public schools to start classes after Labor Day, beginning with the 2017-2018 school year. Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) traditionally started the school year the first Monday of the last full week in August.

Montgomery County Recreation added more than 40 additional full or half-day programs. These include six Summer Fun Centers (SFC), which are the Department of Recreation’s most affordable summer day programs. These SFC were positioned to serve communities with the greatest number of families eligible for the RecAssist, which is the Department of Recreation’s financial assistance program.

Board to Address QO Cluster

Mark your calendar for Thursday, April 20. The MCPS Board of Education will visit with QO cluster schools at 7 p.m. at Quince Orchard High School. Parents are encouraged to attend this meeting.

RCES Rocks Planned

Rachel Carson Elementary School’s annual variety show, RCES Rocks, is coming! Students in kindergarten through second grade perform on April 27, with third through fifth graders taking the stage the following evening on April 28. Shows begin at 6 p.m. in the multi-purpose room.

Superintendent Promises Security Review

In response to the alleged sexual assault that occurred at Rockville High School in mid-March, Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Jack Smith promised to conduct security reviews at all schools, beginning with high schools in early April. In a statement, he added, “As part of the review, we will examine security procedures already in place to determine the appropriate next steps for individual schools. … Following the review, we will work closely with each school on next steps, including strengthening security procedures where needed. As a part of this process, we will be benchmarking best practices with other school districts and youth-serving organizations.”