Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: Panel Discussion

MCPS will be hosting a panel discussion on Asian American Heritage Month.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: Rockville High School, Auditorium, 2100 Baltimore Road, Rockville, MD
RSVP: https://goo.gl/forms/Bbcwp2bto06L92nL2

How do the unique history and experiences of the diverse members of the Asian American community inform relationships to educational institutions and what does this mean for our Asian American students in MCPS?

  • View a clip from Honor and Duty: The Mississippi Delta Chinese, a new documentary from executive producer and Montgomery County resident, Samantha Cheng. This film tells the little known story of the growth and transformation of early Chinese immigrants to the Mississippi Delta during the 1800s, including the implications of exclusion from public schools.
  • Guests include a local journalist and documentarian, a producer from WAMU, activists, professors from the University of Maryland, and MCPS educators.
  • Moderated by Dr. Donna Hollingshead, associate superintendent of school administration
  • Panel members include:
    ◆  E. Samantha Cheng, Executive Producer, Journalist, and Co-Founder of Heritage Series Documentary Production Company
    ◆  Dr. Anh Do, Asian American Studies Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Maryland
    ◆  Kwang Ja “Sunny” Lee, Chairperson, Korean American Education Foundation and Retired Principal, Montgomery County Public Schools
    ◆  Shoua Moua, Supervisor, Assessment and Data Management, Montgomery County Public Schools
    ◆  Dr. Maria V. Navarro, Chief Academic Officer, Montgomery County Public Schools
    ◆  Aryani Ong, Community Activist and Former Civil Rights Attorney
    ◆  Ruth Tam, WAMU 99.5 American University Radio, Producer and Web editor, The Kojo Nnamdi Show
    ◆  Darwin Wong, Instructional Specialist, Equity Initiatives Unit, Montgomery County Public Schools
    ◆  Dr. Janelle Wong, Professor, American Studies, University of Maryland

Please RSVP using this Google form.


Help needed for post-prom event!

Prom night is fast approaching, and with it, our annual after-prom party, an important event that keeps our students in a safe, drug- and alcohol-free environment after prom. This party truly takes a village to put together, and much help is needed. This year’s post-prom party will be on May 25th, 2018, from 12:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. (directly following the Senior Prom), at the Mid-County Community Recreation Center, 2004 Queensguard Road, Silver Spring, MD.

Please help to make it a fun and safe evening for our students and volunteer and/or donate through the links below:

Please do what you can. Even the smallest donations are welcome and needed! And spread the word to your friends and neighbors to help engage the community to give the students the safe and enjoyable evening they deserve.

MCPS Launches Campaign to Raise Funds for Students Affected by Hurricanes Harvey & Irma


MCPS, in partnership with the Montgomery County Public Schools Educational Foundation, Inc., has launched a Hurricane Relief campaign to raise funds for students and families affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

“We must support all children and help each other in times of crisis,” said Superintendent Jack R. Smith. “MCPS is committed to supporting the victims of hurricanes Harvey and Irma.”

The district’s goal is to raise at least $1 per student to support school districts in Texas and Florida that were affected by the hurricanes. The campaign kicked off on September 7, 2017 and will conclude on October 2, 2017.

MCPS families and community members can support the campaign by submitting donations to their local school or to the Montgomery County Public Schools Educational Foundation, Inc. All donations collected by the Foundation will go to corresponding educational foundations in Texas and Florida.

Kennedy High School is organizing a fundraiser for hurricane relief under the guidance Mr. Kofi Frempong and the students of the Leadership Training Institute Signature Academy. Stay tuned for more information.

Damascus High School is also holding a fundraiser for those affected by the Texas hurricane. The school’s Acts of Random Kindness Club and its sociology class are sponsoring a coin drive through Friday, Sept. 22, with a goal of reaching $500 to donate to the American Red Cross’ disaster relief efforts. Donations can be brought to teacher Robert Dickie’s classroom (#134) at Damascus. Donations can also be made directly to the American Red Cross online. Donations may also be mailed to the Red Cross at the address on their website. For more information, contact Mr. Dickie. If your school or office is doing something similar, please contact The Bulletin staff.

2018 NAACP ACT-SO Competition

Last year, JFK students participated in the ACT-SO performing arts categories. Two of our students medaled, and one went on to nationals! This year, our goal is to expand JFK student participation to the academic areas. Below is the link to the ACT-SO website and a list of the competition categories. Please contact Ms. Cameron if you have questions or would like to participate in this fantastic opportunity!

Participation Opportunities

ACT-SO is a community-based program that provides multiple opportunities for involvement. Community members may participate as: Chairpersons, mentors, sponsors, organizers, competitors, benefactors, educational partners, etc. The program receives support from schools, local businesses, community organizations, churches, foundations, major corporations and individuals. For more detailed criteria and information about how to get involved, please contact the National ACT-SO office.

Students can select up to 3 competitions from a total of 29 offerings. The 29 ACT-SO competitions include:

  • STEM:
      The science, art or profession of designing buildings or outdoor spaces.
      The science of life or of the origin, structure, reproduction, growth and development of living organisms collectively.
      The science that deals with the composition, structure and properties of chemical processes and phenomena of substances and the transformation that they undergo.
      The science that deals with the theoretical aspects of computers including storage and the transformation of data using computers.
      The body of sciences that include geology, mineralogy, physiography, oceanography, meteorology, climatology, astronomy, speleology, seismology, geography, etc.
      Technology. Projects that directly apply scientific principles to manufacturing and practical uses.
      The science of numbers and their operations, interrelations, combinations, generalizations, and abstractions of spaced configurations and their structure. Development of formal logical systems or various numerical and algebraic computations and the application of these principles.
      The study of diseases and health of humans and animals.
      Theories, principles and laws governing energy and the effect of energy on matter.
      The science or art of arranging music by ordering tones or sounds in succession, in combination or in temporal relationships to produce a composition having unity and continuity.
      A brief examination of a subject in prose usually expressing a personal view or interpretation of a subject or topic.
      A literary composition developed for the stage.
      An original poem or prose performed as a monologue or exchange involving extemporization.
      A brief examination of a subject in prose usually expressing a personal view or interpretation of a subject or topic.
    • DANCE
      To perform a series of rhythmic and patterned bodily movements usually performed to music.
      The art of staging or acting plays.
      The art of performing with a device used to produce music with tones of the late 18th and 19th centuries characterized by an emphasis on balance, clarity, and moderation.
      The art of performing with a device used to produce music with the tones of the present.
      The art of performing with the human voice rhythmic tones or sounds of the late 18th and 19th centuries characterized by an emphasis on balance, clarity, and moderation.
      The art of performing with the human voice rhythmic tones or sounds to produce music with the tones of the present.
      The art of speaking in public eloquently and effectively. (This is not a dramatic presentation.)
      An original poem or prose performed as a monologue or exchange involving extemporization.
      The art of representing forms and figures on a surface by means of lines.
      The art and process of making motion pictures.
      The art of laying on paints with a brush or a knife.
      The process, art and technique of taking images recorded by a camera and reproducing them on a photosensitive surface.
      The art of making three-dimensional figures or designs.
      Refers to owning, organizing, and managing your own business by providing a necessary product or service.
      The creative practice of cooking. One who engages in the culinary arts, or a culinarian, is either called a cook or a chef depending on their level of expertise.


“Yearning to Breathe” is a just-released eight-minute documentary created by Blair High School students about the Montgomery County faith community’s Neighbors in Need Working Group effort to welcome new neighbors. It features the refugee resettlement efforts of Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, Montgomery County Muslim Foundation and Montgomery County Interfaith Refugee Resettlement Neighbors (MCIRRN), a network of 17 faith communities and other groups.

“Considering the current political climate surrounding refugees and immigrants, we wanted to look into local efforts to support refugee families. In this episode, we are telling the story of a refugee from Afghanistan living in the area and the organizations that help him and others here in Montgomery County”, said documentary student director, Mika Yatsuhashi. The documentary will air as part of the SilverLens program on MCPS-TV.

Watch it here

Support the 2017 MCPS Give BACKpacks Campaign


Once again, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) is raising funds to provide students with backpacks and schools supplies. With each year, our success grows. Last year, we provided nearly 18,000 backpacks to students in need thanks to your generosity and that of hundreds of people in our community. This year, we are hoping to reach even more students, and you can help us meet this goal with a donation of as little as $10. July and August are critical months for the campaign as we will begin to place orders for schools in August with a vision of all students in need having a backpack with supplies at the start of the school year.

Last year, backpacks were delivered to students at 76 schools across our district as well as to students enrolling through the Office of School Counseling, Residency and International Admissions. Your generosity helped us reach 21 percent more students compared to the previous year. While we are incredibly proud of this accomplishment and thankful that we could help so many students, the need in our school system is still great. Nearly 55,000 MCPS students receive Free and Reduced-price Meals System services—a federal indicator of poverty—and many MCPS families struggle to afford basic necessities, such as school supplies. We are hoping to raise $200,000 to increase our reach of students so they can begin the 2017–2018 school year prepared and ready to learn with a backpack and basic supplies. A financial gift from you will go a long way in helping us to achieve our goal.

For just $10, you can purchase a backpack filled with school supplies for one student. The following are our campaign levels of giving and recognition:

  • $10—Student Level
  • $300—Class Level
  • $1,500—Grade Level
  • $6,500—School Level
  • $25,000—Cluster Level
  • $50,000 and up—District Level

There are several ways to conveniently donate to the GIVE BACKpacks Campaign. You can donate by check, by credit card online, or by using a new text feature by simply texting ‘Backpac’ to 301-329-2238 and following the prompts on your cell phone.

Every donation truly counts. We hope you will consider joining us again as we GIVE BACKpacks. We also hope you will help to spread the word. Every donation helps a student in need. To learn more, please reference the flyer and visit www.mcpsgivebackpacks.org. Together, we are making the future bright for all our students. Thank you for your support!

Summer School Session 1 Registration Deadline is Friday June 16th!

This is a reminder to students that the deadline to register for the first session of summer school is TOMORROW—Friday, June 16th. If you need or want to take a class during summer school and you have not already registered, please stop by the counseling office and pick up the paperwork. You may speak with Ms. Lyons or your counselor if you have questions.

Esto es un recuerdo para los estudiantes que el plazo para inscribirse para la primera sesión de la escuela de verano es este MAÑANA—viernes 16 de junio. Si necesita o quiere tomar una clase durante la escuela de verano y no te has inscrito, por favor pase por la oficina de consejería y recoja el papeleo. Usted puede hablar con la Sra. Lyons o su consejero si tiene preguntas. Si estás en una clase de ESOL, también puede hablar con la Sra. Fuhrman. TODOS LOS ESTUDIANTES DE ESOL 1 YA ESTAN REGISTRADOS PARA TOMAR CLASES DE ESOL DURANTE LA ESCUELA DE VERANO.