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Back-to-School Snapshots to Be Featured on MCPS Website

Back-to-School Snapshots to Be Featured on MCPS Website

The Montgomery County Public Schools Department of Public Information and Web Services invites parents to submit their favorite first-day-of-school snapshots to include in their back-to-school coverage.

Once parents have captured those great moments on the first day of classes, which is Monday, Aug. 29th, they should select their best photograph and email it to MCPS' office at pio@mcpsmd.org. They will begin posting them on the website on Monday morning.

To contribute to the first-day-of school photo gallery, follow these simple steps: 

1. Choose your best, horizontal snapshot.
 

Montgomery County Public Schools Do Well in ACT

 

According to ACT’s annual report: Students in the Montgomery County Public Schools' (MCPS) Class of 2011 consistently outperformed their peers in Maryland and the nation on all sections of the ACT college admissions exam.

The average composite score for MCPS graduates was 23.2 in 2011, compared to 22.1 for Maryland and 21.1 for the nation.

First Superintendent's Book Club set for November

First Superintendent's Book Club set for November

This information comes to us from the Montgomery County Public Information Office:

How Far Would You Travel For Your Food?

Do you ever wonder what Wonder Bread is really made of, or how many miles that head of lettuce has traveled? There's nothing like fresh, whole, organic foods to maintain your health and well-being. Farm-fresh produce and meats go directly from the source to your table, leaving little time for nutrients and it's natural vibration to be lost. Many foods at your supermarket have been picked or slaughtered weeks or even months before they make it onto the shelf. Most of these items are preserved by nitrogen or other artificial means, making them appear fresh. Moreover, foods treated with pesticides and artificial fertilizers have lower nutritional value than foods growing organically.

Take care of your local producer. Visit your local farmers market, support and join your local CSA. The money you spend on your food speaks louder than you can ever imagine, spend it wisely.

 

MCPS Summer Food Service Program Provides Free Meals To Montgomery County Children

Each summer Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) serves children throughout the county free nutritious meals as part of a variety of summer programs. This summer nearly 9,000 students will receive meals at 111 locations including six walk-in locations where any child 18 and under can come in for a free meal. 

The MCPS Summer Food Service Program, created in 1976, provides nutritious meals to children when school closes and is designed to bridge the summer vacation “nutrition gap.”  Slightly more than 32% of children in Montgomery County are eligible for free or reduced price meals during the school year and might otherwise go without those meals during the summer when school is not in session.  Last year, the Summer Food Service Program served more than 285,000 meals.

Combating Childhood Obesity on School Campuses

Combating Childhood Obesity on School Campuses

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), roughly 17 percent of all children are now considered obese, triple the percentage of a generation ago. Meanwhile, schools across the country have implemented vending machines, in an effort to raise funds. Unfortunately, those machines have traditionally been stocked with unhealthy items. Today, however, vending machines are available that are stocked with all-natural and healthy foods, which could be an important step in helping to combat childhood obesity on campus.

“The ability to put a healthy vending machine on campus is essential,” explains Jolly Backer, the chief executive officer of Fresh Healthy Vending (www.freshvending.com), a company specializing in vending machines that are stocked with all-healthy options. “It gives kids and college students access to quick, convenient foods that are also packed with the nutrition they need.”

MCPS Class of 2011 Earns 89 National Merit Scholarship Awards

 MCPS Class of 2011 Earns 89 National Merit Scholarship Awards

Twenty-two Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) students have received National Merit Scholarships in the latest round of awards, sponsored by universities and colleges. This represents nearly half of the total number of the recipients in the state of Maryland. 

Earlier this year, it was announced that 67 MCPS students had been awarded National Merit Scholarships—17 students were awarded college-sponsored scholarships in May, 12 students have been awarded corporate-sponsored scholarships, 13 students have been awarded National Achievement Scholarships for academically promising African American students, and 25 MCPS students have been awarded National Merit $2,500 Scholarships.

The 22 students bring the MCPS total of National Merit Scholarship winners to 89, 19 more than the previous year.

The students receiving the latest round of awards and their high schools are:

Rebecca N. Curtis, Walt Whitman
August P.