Assignment Education

Board of Education President Urges Gov. Hogan to Approve More Funding

Montgomery County Board of Education President Patricia B. O’Neill has authored an article for the board’s blog urging Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, Jr., to fully fund the Geographic Cost of Education Index (GCEI). The GCEI provides additional money to school districts, like Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), where it is more expensive to provide an education. You can read the blog post here:

Time for Prom and Graduation

Quince Orchard and Northwest high schools will hold their senior proms on Friday, May 15. The Quince Orchard prom will be at The Fillmore Silver Spring, and Northwest will celebrate at the Gaithersburg Hilton. Both schools host After Prom parties.

Graduation ceremonies are held at DAR Constitution Hall and can be viewed live at Quince Orchard will celebrate senior graduation on Wednesday, May 27 at 10 a.m. Northwest will hold its graduations ceremony on Tuesday, June 9 at 2:30 p.m.

Rachel Carson Field Days Are Coming Soon

An annual harbinger of summer for countless elementary and middle school students is field day. This is the day when they can kick back, run around and have some fun—maybe even splash a teacher with water. Rachel Carson’s field days take place May 19 for Kindergarteners and first graders, May 20 for fourth and fifth graders and May 21 for second and third graders.

Rachel Carson Bike to School Day Rescheduled for May 29

Due to the threat of hazardous weather, the Rachel Carson Bike to School Day organized by Bike Gaithersburg for May 5 was cancelled. The new Bike to School Day event is scheduled for Friday, May 29. Participants will meet at 7:45 a.m. at Darnestown Road and Main Street. A reverse bike train will get students home from school.

Rachel Carson Rocks Variety Show Takes QO Stage

On Friday, May 29, the annual Rachel Carson Rocks Variety Show presents student talent from all grade levels. The event will be held in the Quince Orchard High School Auditorium, Act I: Grades K-2, 5 to 6:30 p.m. and Act II: Grade 3-5, 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Public Comment Sought on Revisions to Child Abuse and Neglect Policy

The Montgomery County Board of Education is seeking public comments on revisions to Policy JHC—Child Abuse and Neglect. The policy guides Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) procedures and protocols related to recognizing, reporting, and preventing suspected child abuse and neglect of students.

The board tentatively approved revisions to Policy JHC on Monday (April 27, 2015), which will now be posted for public review and comment.

A copy of the draft policy is available on the MCPS website at, as are draft protocols for reporting and investigating child abuse and neglect and an interim report from Praesidium, the external firm with whom MCPS has contracted to assist in the updating and improvement of policies and practices in this critical area.  These documents can also be viewed in the Department of Public Information and Web Services by calling 301.279.3853.

Individuals who wish to provide comments should respond in writing by June 8, 2015. All responses should be sent to the Office of the Superintendent of Schools, 850 Hungerford Drive, Rockville, Maryland 20850 or to the Board of Education at All responses will be shared with the Board of Education and the Interim Superintendent of Schools.

MCPS Remembers Dr. Paul L. Vance

Dr. Paul L. Vance, who was Montgomery County schools superintendent, passed away May 2 from complications resulting from a stroke. He was 83. Dr. Vance served as superintendent from 1991 to 1999, and he was the first African American to hold the position.

Montgomery County Board of Education President Patricia B. O’Neill released a statement honoring Dr. Vance’s contributions to the school system. She wrote, “My Board of Education colleagues and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Paul L. Vance. We are grateful for his work as an educator, administrator, and community leader and the impact he had on generations of children in Montgomery County and throughout the region.

“From 1991 to 1999, Dr. Vance guided Montgomery County Public Schools through a tremendous period of change. Throughout his tenure, he remained focused on setting high expectations for all students while working to meet their individual needs and interests. Even after his retirement, he continued to work on behalf of students and families as a community leader, including serving as a leader of the Montgomery County NAACP and a member of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents.

“Dr. Vance’s work in Montgomery County, Washington, D.C., and many other communities had a positive impact on the lives of hundreds of thousands of students and his legacy lives on in their success and achievement. Our thoughts and prayers are with Dr. Vance’s family as they celebrate his life, his work, and his commitment to making the future better for our children.”