Principal's Weekly Message

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A message from Principal Edward Owusu


Clarksburg High School Students, Staff, and Families,

This week is a full week of great learning with an Early Release Day on Friday and the Interim point for grading. Wednesday begins the start of Spring Sports Tryouts. There is an important message regarding safety in MCPS schools. Read about efforts to ensure safety. Please see the rest of the important information in this newsletter. (Please click this link to see our weekly newsletter.)

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) has a road map for a comprehensive framework for school safety and well-being that details our commitment to safe, equitable and successful schools. To support this commitment, our school system is implementing a series of immediate, short-term and long-term safety, and well-being strategies.

Collaboration is critical to implementing this plan, and MCPS is working closely with staff, students, parents and the broader community, which aligns with our ongoing "All Together Now" approach to meeting the needs of all students, staff, and community members connected to MCPS. You may read the full message here: /Safety-Message-20230224.html

At Clarksburg High School we will continue to conduct regular hall sweeps in an effort to curb repeat behaviors of tardiness and classroom avoidance. These student behaviors are not due to overcrowded hallways, but instead may be related to occasional apathy regarding classroom attendance. Classroom teachers, school security, and administration are present in hallways and at classroom doors every transition to encourage students to arrive to classrooms on time. School warning bells occur 60 seconds before the late bell rings. It is important that every student is on time and ready to learn at the beginning of every single class period, and remain present for the entire class period. Any student caught in a hall sweep will receive a series of reminders and consequences that include contact to a parent/guardian and detention. Repeat behavior will result in hallway restriction methods and possible escort measures. Parents, guardians, and caregivers are asked to review student attendance regularly via ParentVUE and speak to students about their responsibility.


Time is running out to purchase the 2023 Clarksburg High School yearbook. Reserve yours before Monday February 27, 2023 to guarantee your student a copy and to save the memories of this special year. This is the final call before we submit our order for printing. We will order a very limited number of extra books to sell at distribution, but we sold out last year so the only way to guarantee your yearbook is to order today. A payment plan is available at checkout when you order on CLICK HERE to place your order.

Three teachers have been named 2023–2024 MCPS Teacher of the Year finalists. They are: Megan Anderson, fifth grade teacher at Chevy Chase Elementary School; Eunju (April) Moon, sixth grade English teacher at Ridgeview Middle School; and Clarksburg High School's own Shannon McKenzie, Child Development Teacher. The winner will go on to compete for Maryland Teacher of the Year honors. Read more about the finalists

CHS Plans to offer the College Board's SAT during the school day on Wednesday, March 22. 11th grade students can help prepare in advance. Please see the SAT School Day Information in our newsletter.

Current 10th and 11th graders interested in gaining great career experience this summer should sign up for Summer Rise. A two week paid internship is a great stepping stone for future opportunities. Please see the Summer Rise information in our newsletter.

MARCH 1st is the LAST day to order cap and gowns. Please go to the Josten's website as soon as possible to order. You must have a cap/gown to participate in graduation. Please see Mrs. Coe with any questions. Financial assistance is possible.

The CHS Senior/Junior Prom will take place May 5, 2023. Cedarbrook Community Church and Clarksburg Closet want to be sure our students look GOOD. Check out the information in our newsletter for the Prom Dress Giveaway, March 11.

Sign up to attend the MSP retreat!!! Email or see Mr. David Kim or Ms. Deddeh Bedell CHS teachers to get involved in the Minority Scholars Program and attend this fantastic retreat.

Registration for the Spring Athletic Season is open. Registration is completed through ParentVUE and can be found under the “Online Registration” tab from the main screen. Tryouts/practices begin on Wednesday March 1 and are only open to registered and approved to tryout with a current physical on file.

Spring Sports are: Baseball (V & JV); Boys & Girls Lacrosse (V & JV); Softball (V & JV); Allied Softball (starts 3/13); Boys & Girls Tennis; Boys & Girls Track & Field and Boys & Coed Volleyball. Additional information about registration can be found on our athletics website at:

Juniors can apply now to QuestBridge’s Prep Scholar Program (students must meet financial and academic requirements). Students who become Prep Scholars increase their chances of winning full QuestBridge Scholarships to college as seniors. The Prep Scholar application is due March 22nd.

The Clarksburg High School College/Career Center provides in-person services daily from 7:15 am through 3:30 pm. Visit the Career Center website and Career Center on Twitter: @Cburg_Readiness. Join the Career Center Canvas page. If you have questions, contact Mrs. Somerville. Check out the Campus Visits Calendar (Class of 2023 and 2024)

The Campus Visit’s Calendar is located on your Naviance homepage. Juniors and seniors must register online in Naviance to attend all campus visits. Please see the link for instructions. The Admission Representatives visiting CHS would like to meet you! Check out more information in this newsletter.

Here are five things to know this Thursday Feb. 23. Get information about the fentanyl forum this week, Student Member of the Board (SMOB) elections, how to find mental health resources, latest hiring event and more. Read Full Message

Reminder: For the latest information and news, visit the MCPS News Center.
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As always, thank you for your continued support and trust.

And remember, together we are ONE Clarksburg!

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