Category: Education

MCPS MCCPTA Hosts Mental Health and Wellness Forum

Photo | Sunil Dasgupta The third annual MCPS MCCPTA Health and Wellness Forum, held at the Earle B. Wood Middle School, featured a student panel.

For four hours on Jan. 11, more than 400 Montgomery County Public Schools students, parents and educators gathered at Earle B. Wood Middle School for the third annual MCPS Montgomery County Council of PTA (MCCPTA) Mental Health and Wellness Forum…

RCES Teacher Turns Deployment Into Teachable Moment

Photo | Courtesy of Courtney Knauss Lieutenant Commander Chris Knauss embarks on his deployment to Afghanistan.

When first-grader Wyatt Knauss revealed to his class that his dad had recently been deployed to Afghanistan, his teacher, Whitney Henry, knew she wanted to do something to make the separation less painful. “He really opened up about it,” Mrs.…

Meetings in DuFief Elementary Expansion to Resume in 2020

Just a little over a year before breaking ground for the DuFief Elementary expansion, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) officials are continuing with the planning stage. The $38-million project, included in the Board of Education’s (BOE) Capital Improvements Plan 2019-2024,…

From VHS to YouTube—How Quince Orchard TV Has Evolved

When Kunal Arora first joined the staff of Quince Orchard High School six years ago, the morning announcements show featured students sitting behind a desk reading announcements written for them by staff. Put together as part of a school club,…

Middle Schoolers Learned Leadership Lessons at LeaderTrip Camp

Photo | Phil Fabrizio, PhotoLoaf Former Redskin, sportscaster and radio sports analyst Brian Mitchell spoke to LeaderTrip par- ticipants on Aug. 21 about how he overcame adversity in his life. Mitchell is host of “The Brian Mitchell Show” with co-host Scott Linn, bringing analysis on the Redskins, Nationals, Capitals and more on The Team 980.

Joshua Lavine and Laura Mendelow share the conviction that young people benefit from learning about leadership. As such, the president of Main Street’s Capitol Benefits and the owner of the Gaithersburg-based Mendelow Consulting Group, respectively, joined forces to design and…

Quince Orchard Revamps Athletic Facilities

Since Quince Orchard High School opened in September 1988, eight tennis courts have been among the first sights visitors to the school take in upon entering the parking lot. That space has been reduced to a construction zone since the…

Pritchards Lobby Congress for Music Education in Public Schools

Joe Pritchard and his daughter, Olivia, recently joined with fellow members of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation to lobby Congress for funding music education in public schools. Photo | Submitted

“Nobody doesn’t love music,” said Joe Pritchard, who firmly believes in the value of instilling that love in children as part of a well-rounded education. He acknowledged that such thinking is also intrinsic to the future of his business, Kentlands’…

QOP Teen Supports Refugee Children With KindWorks

Photo | Submitted For her mitzvah project, QOP teen Maddie Lubin collected balls, books, beach towels and more for refugee children as part of the KindWorks Summer Fun program.

When Quince Orchard Park (QOP) resident Maddie Lubin collected 65 balls, 75 books, 20 beach towels and an assortment of bubbles, jump ropes and other toys for kids ages 3 through 16, it all added up to more than just…

Assignment Education

Photo | Rachel Carson Elementary School PTA Randy Aleshevich, vice principal at Rachel Carson Elementary, does the floss at the fifth-grade promotion ceremony on June 7. Mr. Aleshevich will be principal intern at Ronald McNair Elementary School in Germantown next year. Ronald McNair Assistant Principal Amanda Dali will join the administration at Rachel Carson next year.

MCPS Honors Retirees The Board of Education and Superintendent Jack R. Smith honored 652 retirees at the MCPS annual retirement recognition ceremony and reception on June 6 at Richard Montgomery High School. Certificates of appreciation were presented to the retirees…

Assignment Education

Photo | Submitted The Quince Orchard High Class of 2019 graduated on Friday, May 31 at D.A.R. Constitution Hall. More than 10,500 MCPS students will receive diplomas this year.

School Counselor of the Year at QO David Mullaney, school counselor at Quince Orchard High school, was recognized as a 2019 School Counselor of the Year by the Montgomery County Board of Education on May 30. Mullaney was one of…