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MCPS Board of Education - Richard Montgomery Cluster Meeting
You are invited to attend a meeting with the Board of Education on May 17, 2018 from 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm at Twinbrook Elementary School (5911 Ridgway Avenue, Rockville, MD 20851).  The members of the Board are dedicating a full meeting to our Richard Montgomery Cluster of schools. Come join us!

Registration link: https://bit.ly/2roKfY4

This meeting is an opportunity to:

•Meet the members of the Board and others in your community.

•Learn more about issues and opportunities in our cluster of schools.

•Share feedback with members of the Board and ask questions.

There is a section that asks for questions you may have for the Board.  Feel free to ask any questions that you may have or see below for some ideas that are currently important areas to advocate for our school.

New Curriculum

MCPS is purchasing a new curriculum for its elementary schools.  We can’t anticipate how this will impact or align with our IB philosophy of conceptual and transdisciplinary learning.  While we at CGES look forward to working with MCPS and their commitment to allow CGES the flexibility to create a timeline and scope and sequence that meets the PYP framework, if you as parents have specific questions about the new curriculum and how it will impact IB schools and College Gardens in particular, please ask.  There are some sample questions below:

•I understand that MCPS is purchasing a new curriculum for its elementary schools.  How does the board plan to continue to allow CGES the flexibility to create a timeline and scope and sequence that meets the PYP framework in the IB program?

•Are there plans to open more elementary IB Schools?  It would be beneficial for CGES to have another school to collaborate with.  We believe the PYP program does great things for kids.

•How are special programs such as the IB PYP, immersion, and highly gifted centers thought about in reviewing a curriculum being purchased?  What is being considered when purchasing the new curriculum and how will it be integrated into the IB PYP framework?

Language Teacher at CGES

The IB PYP believes strongly in students speaking more than one language.  College Gardens currently meets additional language requirements through a visiting teacher from China program which will end in 2019.  We know MCPS is increasing language options and it will be in elementary schools.

•What is the plan to assign a certified language teacher to College Gardens?

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