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Montgomery County Public Schools Welcomes Students for the 2023-2024 School Year
The School District Begins the Year Nearly Fully Staffed and With an Abundance of Bus Drivers, Opening a New Cabin Branch Elementary and Student Literacy Scores on the Rise
It is with great excitement that Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) welcomes students, families, and staff to the beginning of the 2023-2024 school year. As students and staff gather for another remarkable first day of school, MCPS is thrilled to introduce the BRAND NEW Cabin Branch Elementary School, the 211th school in MCPS, and to celebrate the opening of FOUR newly renovated school buildings across the county.
This year, our theme is "All Together Now: On the Pathway to A Bright Future." We emphasize the remarkable unity that characterizes our county, enabling us to work collectively on behalf of students, families, and communities. Our community's ability to come together has led to a significant increase in resources for our staff, students, and schools, thanks to the 8.4% operating budget increase for the school year. This investment has already had a substantial impact, with staff paychecks reflecting up to ten percent.
"As we begin the 2023-2024 school year, our focus is always on providing a nurturing and dynamic learning environment where every student's potential is realized and celebrated,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Monifa B. McKnight “Our collective commitment is to grow each and every student academically and personally to set them on a path to be compassionate and resilient individuals. As we come together at this exciting time of year, I am thrilled to be in partnership with our entire community as we all work for a bright future, one lesson at a time."
"Ensuring an excellent and equitable education system is not just a goal but a commitment we hold as the Board of Education. Our dedication to oversight and monitoring remains paramount, as we understand that only through vigilant supervision can we truly achieve the standards of excellence our students deserve.” said Board of Education Vice President Shebra Evans “Every child, regardless of their background or the language they speak, has the inherent right to quality education. As a board, we are resolute in our mission to provide inclusive and comprehensive teaching that embraces the rich diversity of our student body.”
Key investments that are shaping this school year:
Pathway to Student Success in College, Career and Community
The district has introduced and continues to share with students and families the "Pathway to Student Success in College, Career, and Community," The pathway is a framework that guides the district’s mission and defines the essential milestones, competencies, and experiences that shape a students' journey, ensuring they are well-prepared for their futures. This focus on individual success aligns with the district’s commitment to academic excellence, social and emotional development, and meaningful experiences for every student.
Significant gains are already occurring.
Our commitment to excellence has translated into many other student achievements:
Opening of a New School / Cabin Branch Elementary
In the Seneca Valley Cluster, the newest addition, Cabin Branch Elementary School, joins a cluster of exceptional institutions. From Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School's tradition of excellence to Christa McAuliffe Elementary's focus on building relationships and student support, and the various impactful initiatives at Lake Seneca Elementary and Waters Landing Elementary Schools—the Seneca Valley Cluster is a testament to the potential of MCPS schools. See a Fact Sheet about the new school [LINK]
As we begin this new school year, we look forward to working for greater student achievement for all students and celebrating the triumphs that lie ahead. ALL TOGETHER NOW, is working for a brighter future for all of our students.
About Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS):
Montgomery County Public Schools is the largest school system in the state of Maryland, serving over 162,000 students across 211 schools. MCPS is committed to providing high-quality education and ensuring all students have the support they need to achieve academic success.
For more information about MCPS, please visit www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org
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