Assignment Education

QOHS Principal Honored

Quince Orchard High School Principal Carole Working was recognized on Oct. 17 as the recipient of the 2012 Mark Mann Excellence and Harmony Award by Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Superintendent Joshua Starr.

The award was established in 1991 to honor the highest qualities and most significant accomplishments of the late Dr. Mark Mann, former principal of Parkland Junior High School. It is presented annually to an MCPS administrator who has shown exceptional performance in promoting academic excellence, positive human relations and community outreach.

According to a statement by Starr, Working was chosen as this year’s award recipient for her dedication to providing a challenging academic program for every student. “Working has taken a school at which student achievement already was a focused priority and led it to achieve greatness, improving the overall grade point average from 2.72 to 3.19; increasing honors participation from 61 to 91 percent; and creating an environment of respect at Quince Orchard High School, where students and staff are performing at high levels through her visionary leadership and her strong personal relationships with all stakeholders,” said Starr.

Homework Hotline Live!

Homework Hotline Live! (HHL) is back for its 27th season, offering students in Grades K – 12 free homework assistance from Montgomery County Public Schools’ teachers. Students can call 301.279.3234, send text messages to 724.427.5445, email, or post questions to the HHL Facebook wall on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4 – 9 p.m. HHL can be seen on MCPS-TV (Comcast 34, Verizon 36, RCN 89) and on the MCPS website,

MCPS Launches Neighbor to Neighbor

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) has introduced Neighbor to Neighbor, a new initiative aimed at engaging the community in a discussion on important issues in education. The first Neighbor to Neighbor topic is the MCPS Operating Budget; other topics will be covered in the future.

The Neighbor to Neighbor website provides a toolkit with resources for those who wish to host or participate in a self-guided discussion with friends, neighbors, coworkers or others. These discussions can happen at a time and place convenient to the host.

Superintendent of Schools Joshua P. Starr said he hopes that Neighbor to Neighbor provides an opportunity for broad input from the Montgomery County community.

“A budget is about more than money — it’s about what we value. We want people to have open, candid conversations about the areas of the budget that matter most to them,” said Starr.

The online toolkit includes step-by-step instructions for hosting an event and includes a video that gives a broad overview of the budget; informative handouts that can be shared with attendees; and a few questions to get the discussion started.

Once the gathering has taken place, hosts are asked to share notes from the discussion by email to Participants are also welcome to share pictures from their discussion, which may be posted on the MCPS website. The input from the Neighbor to Neighbor discussions will be shared with the superintendent and the Board as they build an operating budget recommendation for Fiscal Year 2014.

For more information, visit the Neighbor to Neighbor website:

Community Conversation

The Montgomery County Board of Education will hold a Community Conversation event on Nov. 14 to engage the community in a discussion on the values that should guide the school system in the future. Space is limited so those wishing to participate are strongly encouraged to sign up in advance.

The event will take place at Richard Montgomery High School, 250 Richard Montgomery Drive in Rockville, 7 – 9 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Foreign language interpretation will be available in Spanish, French, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese. Free childcare also will be available for attendees. Sign language interpretation will be available upon request.

During the event, attendees will work in small groups and have an opportunity to share their thoughts and ideas on the values that should shape Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), as well as guide the Board’s actions and decisions as it confronts the challenges facing the school district.

The Board is in the process of updating the MCPS strategic plan — Our Call to Action: Pursuit of Excellence. Input gathered from this event will assist the Board in its effort to set priorities for the school system.

For more information about the Community Conversation and to register for the event, visit the Board of Education website or contact the Board office at 301.279.3617.