Assignment Education

City APFO Revisions Considered

At an Aug. 10 Mayor and City Council Joint Work Session, revisions to the city’s Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance (APFO) were discussed. Proposed is levying a school construction fee on developers to help MCPS with its school funding. The fee would be directly tied to funding a school in the affected area. Concurrently, the moratorium on new development would be raised to 150 percent of school capacity.

The Planning Commission record is scheduled to close at 5 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 24. The Planning Commission recommendation is scheduled for Sept. 2. The Mayor and City Council record is scheduled to close at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11, and the Mayor and City Council Policy Discussion and Final Action is scheduled for Sept. 21.

Don’t Miss the MCPS Back-to-School Fair

Summer vacation has almost run its course, and the first day of school is just around the corner on Aug. 31. To kick off the school year and learn about the school system’s programs and services, attend the MCPS Back-to-School Fair on Saturday, Aug. 29 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the grounds of the Carver Educational Services Center, 850 Hungerford Dr. in Rockville. You’ll find music, entertainment, children’s activities, giveaways and more. Visit for more information.

Bells Ring Later This Year

When Montgomery County students return to school on Aug. 31, they will enjoy a bit more sleep. High schools and middle schools begin 20 minutes later this year, and elementary schools start 10 minutes later. All high schools begin at 7:45 a.m., and all middle schools start at 8:15 a.m. Elementary school start times are 9 a.m. for Tier 1 and 9:25 a.m. for Tier 2. A list of start times for individual schools can be found here:

How the Garden Grows

Volunteers converged on the Rachel Carson Courtyard Garden in early August to create raised planting beds for the RCES vegetable garden. Jennifer Renee Allen and Nicole Hertvik organized parents’ efforts, and Mary Chu, Mia Joelsson, Christy Johnson Shafer and their husbands contributed much-needed muscle and know-how.

Local Bands Play The Fillmore

Nauseous Hippos and Throwing Wrenches played The Fillmore Silver Spring on Aug. 2 at the Geared Up event, a partnership between The Fillmore, Bach to Rock and Montgomery County Public Schools. The first annual event was held to raise funds for the MCPS Give BACKpacks campaign that provides backpacks filled with school supplies to students who need them.

“Over 50 percent of the proceeds go directly to our campaign,” said Cheryl Smith, director, Family and Community Engagement. “Only $10 buys a backpack for a child and last year we were able to give out 19,000 backpacks, and we’re trying to surpass that this year.”

Geared Up featured five award-winning student bands from Bach to Rock. A back-to-school fashion show was also held.

You can still donate to the 2015 Give BACKpacks campaign. Visit or call 301.309.MCPS to learn more

Northwest Ranked Among Best of Maryland High Schools

U.S. News & World Report ranked Northwest High School no. 11 in the state, from a pool of 209 public high schools, 31 magnets and 8 charters. Northwest Principal Lance Dempsey tweeted, “So proud of my staff and students!”