Monthly Student Newsletter
Hana O’Looney, your 44th Student Member of the Board of Education (SMOB) here. I hope you were able to finish off the first quarter strong! We have a lot of half days and days off from school this month to look forward to, but I’ll also be continuing to visit you all at your schools during lunch to hear any concerns or ideas you may have. To see when I’m visiting your school, check out my calendar.
As we progress through this school year, I’ve been sharing updates from board meetings about new construction projects, financial literacy, and more on social media. Feel free to check out these updates or reach out with any questions! You can always email me at Hana_O’Looney@mcpsmd.org, DM me on Instagram, Twitter, or TikTok @hanaolooney, or contact me through my website, hanathesmob.com.
Below are some updates and opportunities I’m excited to share with you from November!
How to Run for SMOB Event
Interested in running for SMOB this year or in the future? Join my next SMOB Advisory Council meeting on November 17th from 6-7:30pm on Zoom where our meeting topic will be “How to Run for SMOB”. The event will feature a panel of former candidates, including Neha Kohli, Blen Yohannes, Shelton Fantroy and Henry Kaye; as well as an informational presentation on the different aspects of the election and position. Register to get the Zoom link: bit.ly/run4smob
Financial Literacy & Graduation Requirements
In October, I introduced a resolution asking the Superintendent to study whether MCPS can expand a financial literacy elective to all 25 high schools by 2022-2023, and add a new 0.5 credit graduation requirement for financial literacy beginning in the 2023-2024 school year with the Class of 2028. I am excited to share that this resolution passed unanimously at our November 9th meeting.
The Board also voted to decrease the elective requirement from 2.5 to 2.0 credits to offset the new statewide requirement for 1.0 credits of health, an increase of 0.5 credits from previous years. Both these changes will begin with the Class of 2025.
Capital Improvements Plan
November is Capital Improvements Plan season for the Board of Education! The Capital Improvements Plan includes all of the plans for upcoming new schools, renovations, additions, and other infrastructure from 2023-2028. Interested to see if schools in your area are scheduled for any projects? Check out this summary of the upcoming infrastructure projects for our county by school cluster.