Monday, September 3, 2012
Everything you may have missed the last week of August in these 500 square miles, plus what is surely the world's largest back-to-school photo gallery.
Thank goodness it's a holiday after that grueling first week of school. Can't remember back to last week? Take a look at the world's cutest kids in our giant back-to-school photo gallery, and a few terrified ones as well. Can you spot the picture of the Patch editor from the first day of school, 1983? One of the hottest events in county for today's celebration is the Labor Day Parade in Kensington. It has grown from a few Brownie troops and the slow-stepping town chess club to a full-blown county event in the last couple of decades, but it's still small enough that you can usually get a curbside seat -- that is, actually sitting on the curb. It's Americana-on-a-stick complete with baton twirlers and moon bounces. This year it coincides …
Monday, August 27, 2012
Follow the first day of school in Montgomery County using the hashtag #MCPSfirstday.
By 9:30 a.m., all of Montgomery County Public Schools were back in session. See what people were saying about the start of the school year on Twitter using the hashtag #MCPSfirstday.
Do you have YOUR new lunch box? Everything you may have missed in these 500 square miles.
It's the first day of classes Monday for Montgomery County schools. Even if you don't have kids in school, beware! Traffic will be a bear as school buses, parents and carpools hit the streets. And, if you're late and you think driving around that school bus is justified, think again. Starting today, a number of school buses will have cameras attached that can catch you in the act. The fine: $250. Unless a police officer witnesses it. Then, you can get a $1,000 ticket and three points on your driver's license. Patch editors will be scouring the county and may show up at your local school to document the first-day jitters and joys. Leave it to parents to sum up the gravity of the situation. A Greenbelt mom told her kindergartener when …
Share your memories of Montgomery County Public Schools' first day back!
As you know, Montgomery County Public Schools open on Monday, and we’d love for you to share your back-to-school memories with friends and neighbors. Do you have pictures of excited kindergarteners posing with brand new back packs? A proud senior ready for the last year of high school? Upload your photos on Patch and share your most memorable moments with the rest of Potomac.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
The event takes place Sunday from 12-3 p.m.
Winston Churchill High School will host a back-to-school bar-b-que Sunday for the surrounding community. The event will take place from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on the Churchill track. From the Churchill PTSA announcement: “Everyone is welcome, free food for all – come catch up with your friends before the first day of school. Spread the word, free hotdogs, hamburgers, drinks and chips – don't miss out!”
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Homeless girls, vanishing brothers and forced trips to the moon will be the themes for the Gaithersburg Book Festival’s third-annual short story writing contest.
Calling all high school writers in the DC-metropolitan area, the Gaithersburg Book Festival's third annual short story contest is officially open. According to organizers, young authors can choose one of three themes: "homeless girls," "vanishing brothers" and "forced trips to the moon." The stories also must start with one of three sentences provided by New York Times bestselling writer Caroline Leavitt, author of “Pictures of You,” “Girls in Trouble” and “Is it Tomorrow,” which will be released in May 2013. The sentences are: In order to participate, individuals must be enrolled in grades 9-12 at a public or private school, or in a homeschool program for the 2012-13 school year, and reside in Maryland, Virginia or Washington, DC. …
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Find out the post-season schedule for public outdoor pools in Montgomery County.
The summer season for Montgomery County public outdoor pools end this Sunday. Starting Aug. 20, the pools will be open from 1-7 p.m. on weekdays and 12-6 p.m. on weekends, according to the county's recreation department. Labor Day will follow the weekend schedule. Pools will be closed August 27-31. Long Branch Pool and Upper County Pool will be closed on Fridays, and both will close for the season on Aug. 27. Looking for a pool near you? Here's the full list in Montgomery County:
Check out our list of upcoming vacation days for Montgomery County Public Schools.
School hasn't even started yet, but you already may be wondering about fall break. Luckily, Montgomery County Public Schools has released its 2012-2013 school calendar, allowing students and parents to mark the dates in calendars and start counting down to the next vacation day. Check out the 2012 vacation day highlights below, or take a look at the PDF attached to this post for a full schedule:
Monday, August 20, 2012
It may be August but you'll still want to pay attention to all that's been happening in Montgomery County.
With the Montgomery County Fair, Shark Week and tax-free shopping over, it can only mean one thing: It's the end of August in Montgomery County. But for those of us who are still in town, there's a lot to lord over our vacationing friends and coworkers. For example, did you know that Gov. Martin O'Malley got involved in a Montgomery County dispute last week? Or that police are looking for a serial hugger/groper in Bethesda? Also, school superintendent Dr. Joshua Starr is reportedly shaking things up in MCPS as we countdown to the start of school. But first, a proper farewell to the county's paean to all things homegrown, local, fried, churned and bovine. Check out Gaithersburg local editor Greg Cohen's Man-vs.-AgFair food challenge at …
Montgomery County public school students entering middle school or high school are invited to an orientation day on Aug. 23.
On Thursday, Montgomery County Public Schools will open classroom doors for student orientation day. Students just entering middle school or high school are invited to visit their new schools to check out class schedules and meet teachers and other students. Each school has its own agenda. Check out the schedules for your school below: High Schools Winston Churchill High School, 11300 Gainsborough Rd., Potomac Middle Schools Herbert Hoover Middle School, 6300 Tilden Ln., North Bethesda Cabin John Middle School, 10701 Gainsborough Rd, Potomac For more information, contact schools directly.