Mr. Liburd's Weekly Roundup Message

Week of July 25, 2022

Good morning Mustang Families and Caregivers,This is your principal, Mr. Liburd with the first message of the 22-23 school year. I hope you’ve all been enjoying these first few weeks of summer!Our staff and leaders are hard at work preparing for the upcoming school year and we want to make sure that the entire MVMS community is up to date on some important events that will be occurring this summer.Community WalksThis summer we want to be sure to connect with as many of our students and their families as we prepare for the school year. Over the next few weeks, MVMS staff will be visiting neighborhoods throughout Montgomery Village to help strengthen our relationships with our community. Next week, Wednesday, July 27th, we will be in the Walker’s Choice neighborhood from 4:30-6:00pm. Come out, say hello, have some Kona Ice and meet some of our staff!Parent Listening SessionNext week, Thursday July 28th, we will be hosting the first of our parent listening sessions. The purpose of these sessions is to identify opportunities to increase our engagement with families and begin the process of re-launching our PTSA. Parents and caregivers will hear updates from the principal and have the opportunity to provide feedback on this past school year and ask questions.  We are committed to using your feedback to help our school and our students find success. The session will be held from 6:30-7:30 in the cafeteria. We will be holding 2 more sessions over the course of the summer and will be sure to send those dates out very soon.Please see below for the additional  listening session dates, in addition to some of the other community engagement events taking place at MV. We hope to see you there!New MCPS Cell Phone PolicyAs many of you know, the use of cell phones and social media were a significant distraction for students across the country. As a result, MCPS has developed a new system-wide “Away All Day” cell phone policy. Linked HERE you will find a summary of the policy. Please take a moment to review the policy and share it with your student. All MVMS families will receive the specific MVMS cell phone policy in our welcome letter in August.Upcoming EventsCommunity Walk-Wednesday, July 27th-4:00-6:00 PMParent Listening Session-Thursday, July 28th-6:30-7:30 PMVillage Beautification Day-Saturday, August 13th-11:00 AMCommunity Walk- Tuesday, August 16th-4:30-6:30 PM6th Grade Experience-Wednesday, August 18th-9:00-11:00 AMBack to School Jam-Thursday, August, 25th-5:30-7:30 AMWe hope to see you at some of our upcoming events and that you continue to have a happy and healthy summer!

 

Week of June 13, 2022

This is your principal, Mr. Liburd with the final weekly message of the 21-22 school year! 

The last week of school is a full week. Friday, June 17th is a half-day for students. Please find reminders about this week below.

Locker Cleanout and Chromebook return-Monday, June 13th

Parents, tomorrow afternoon all students will clean out their lockers and return their county-issued Chromebooks to be repaired for next year. Please be sure to remind your students to bring their Chromebooks, no matter the condition. 

8th Grade Promotion Events

This week is our 3-day celebration to mark the end of our 8th graders' middle school careers. Please see each day's events below.

Wednesday, June 15thFollowing 8th grade lunch (after period 5) 8th graders will spend the remainder of the day at our "Village Fest", playing games, listening to music, and other activities. All students will be dismissed at 3 pm like any other school day. 

Thursday, June 16-Virtual Promotion (1:30-3:00)

In an effort to minimize the spread of COVID, we will be hosting a virtual promotion ceremony here at school that will be broadcast live via Zoom. A unique zoom link will be sent to 8th-grade parents this week.

Friday, June 17th-Family Drive-Up (9:00-11:00)

Students and their families will be able to say their final goodbyes and take pictures during our promotion drive-through event. 

Please find the specifics in the flyer attached to this message. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer or donate items, please contact Laura Coleman, 8th Grade Team Leader Laura.F.Coleman@mcpsmd.net

Weekly messages will be posted to the MVMS website. Please be on the lookout for messages about summer events at the Village in the coming weeks. Have a great summer!

Attachments: messages/attachments/f09e5d4d3a0fcdb35ac56936a8349733/8th_Grade_EOY_Events_Flyer_%281%29.pdf (101.8 KB)

 

Week of January 24, 2022

Schedule for Week of January 24 

This week is a four day week of school for students. Monday, January 24th, is a Professional Day for teachers. MCPS schools will be closed for grading and reporting. 

WIDA Testing

World-class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) testing begins for select 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students.  The testing days for this week are Wednesday, January 26th and Thursday, January 26th.  

At-Home COVID 19-Testing Kits

Parents, the At-Home COVID 19-Testing Kits were sent home with students last week.  Each student is checked off as receiving one kit, which contains two tests.  If your child did not receive the test kit, please have them check in with the front office staff.  You can view a brief presentation and view a video that explains how to self administer the test. I've included a link to the video HERE. Tests are only for students at MVMS. Please do not share these tests with other family members. Please refer to my message from January 6th for more information. 

HBCU College Fair

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will host the 14th Annual Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU) Fair on Friday, February 18, 2022.  Qualified high school seniors will be able to interview with HBCU admissions representatives Monday, February 14 through Thursday, February 17, 2022.  If you have a child in grades 8-12, I encourage you to participate in the virtual workshops.  Please see attached HBCU 2022 flyer.  This flyer includes links to important information.  

After School Activities

After school activities resumed on Tuesday, January 18, 2022.  All students and staff involved in activities beyond the school day must continue to follow the MCPS mitigation strategies regardless of test results.  Students were expected to complete their COVID test by January 14th. 

Registration for EBB after school activities has begun for the upcoming spring! This session will run from January 25 - May 19, 2022. You can find the spring brochure and registration form on our Montgomery Village website and also in the main office.

 

Week of January 17, 2022

Schedule for Week of January 17 

This week is a four day week of school for students. Monday, January 17th, MCPS schools and offices will be closed in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. 

At-Home COVID 19-Testing Kits

Parents, the At-Home COVID 19-Testing Kits were sent home with students last week.  Each student is checked off as receiving one kit, which contains two tests.  If your child did not receive the test kit, please have them check in with the front office staff.  You can view a brief presentation and view a video that explains how to self administer the test. I've included a link to the video HERE. Tests are only for students at MVMS. Please do not share these tests with other family members. Please refer to my message from January 6th for more information. 

Parent Information Night

MVMS Parent Information Night will be hosted on Thursday, January 20th, 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Please see the flyer attached to this email.

HBCU College Fair

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will host the 14th Annual Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU) Fair.  If you have a child in grades 8-12, I encourage you to participate in the virtual workshops.  Please see attached HBCU 2022 flyer.  This flyer includes links to important information.  

After School Activities

After school activities  will resume on Tuesday, January 18, 2022.  All students and staff involved in activities beyond the school day must continue to follow the MCPS mitigation strategies regardless of test results.  Students were expected to complete their COVID test by January 14th. 

Registration for EBB after school activities has begun for the upcoming spring! This session will run from January 25 - May 19, 2022. You can find the spring brochure and registration form on our Montgomery Village website and also in the main office.

 

Week of January 10, 2022

Schedule for Week of January 10 

This week is a five day week of school for students. Wednesday, January 12, 2022 is an early release day for students. There is no EBB this week and activity buses will not be running after tomorrow.

At-Home COVID 19-Testing Kits

Parents, the At-Home COVID 19-Testing Kits are coming home with students tomorrow! Students will receive their kits, during the last period of the day. Students will also watch a brief presentation and view a video that explains how to self administer the test. I've included a link to the video HERE. Tests are only for students at MVMS. Please do not share these tests with other family members. Please refer to my message from January 6th for more information. 

Measure of Academic Progress (MAP-M) Assessment

Students in grade 6, as well as a selection of students in grades 6 through 7, will participate in MAP-M Assessments this week. Please ensure your scholar arrives at school on time. Students enter the building at 8:00 a.m.

Cancellation Non-Athletic Extracurricular Activities

In an effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus and keep schools open, the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has recommended Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS)  suspend all afterschool, non-athletic extracurricular activities from December 20, 2021 to January 17, 2022. Assemblies, performances, and club meetings may continue during the instructional day but should be limited to students and staff.

 

 

Week of January 3, 2022

Happy New Year Mustang Parents,

This is your principal, Mr. Liburd with your weekly message.

I hope everyone had a restful holiday break and enjoyed the snow day! Please continue to monitor your email and the MCPS website for the most up to date information regarding school closings.

Schedule for Week of January 3, 2022

This is a "full" week of school for students. EBB will resume Tuesday, January 25th. 

Say Yes to the Test -
The most important mitigation tactic in MCPS outside of face coverings and distancing, is random COVID-19 screening tests for students. We strongly encourage parents to opt-in to this resource. Testing at MVMS is on Thursdays and requires parent permission.
Learn more See the flyers (multiple languages) 
Mask Wearing PolicyAs we return to school and continue to combat  the omnicron and delta variants, I want to share a reminder that MCPS requires anyone who enters a school building to wear a mask at all times. Additionally, it's important to note that ski-masks, gaiters and vented or mesh masks are not adequate face coverings. Students should not wear their masks below their nose, around their neck or otherwise. Now more than ever, we must be vigilant to ensure that everyone in our village is healthy. Please encourage your students to adhere to the mask wearing policy at all times. Students who consistently refuse to adhere to these policies will not be allowed to remain in the building. Please see our mask wearing policy HERE.  
Winter Basketball Season
Opening day for the MVMS girls and boys basketball teams is January 11th. Per the updated guidelines, spectators are not allowed to attend basketball games before January 16th. You can find schedules for both teams here. If you have any questions, please contact our athletic coordinator, Ms. Nikki Williams; Lashellbernique_C_Williams@mcpsmd.org.
 

Week of December 20, 2021

Schedule for Week of December 20, 2021

This week is a three day week of school for students. The last day of instruction is Wednesday, December 22nd. School will resume on Monday, January 3rd. There is no EBB this week and activity buses will not be running after tomorrow. 

Cancellation Non-Athletic Extracurricular Activities

In an effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus and keep schools open, the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has recommended Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS)  suspend all afterschool, non-athletic extracurricular activities from December 20, 2021 to January 7, 2022. Assemblies, performances, and club meetings may continue during the instructional day but should be limited to students and staff. All activities that occur after school may move to a virtual experience. Extracurricular activity staff should consider preparing for continued virtual experiences should DHHS extend the suspension timeline beyond January 7, 2022. 

Fall Performances

I want to congratulate all of the students and their families who performed at our Fall concert on Thursday evening and the cast and crew of “Our Town” who packed the auditorium on Friday and Saturday night. The kids were amazing and we are so proud of all your efforts! Huge shout out to Mr. Patrie, Ms. Shpiece, Ms. Farmer, Mr. Hutter for preparing our students and to all of the MVMS students, parents and staff members who came out to support. Well done Mustangs!

 

 

Week of December 13, 2021

Schedule for Week of December 13, 2021

This week is a full week of school for students..  Excel Beyond the Bell (EBB), after school program, continues Mondays through Thursdays. Please take a moment to review the attached Inclement Weather Parent Letter.  

Fall Play

The Montgomery Village Horseshoe Playhouse is proud to present the play; “Our Town”. This year, the play will be presented at Watkins Mill High School on Friday, December 17 and Saturday December 18 at 7pm. You do not want to miss this show! Tickets are 5 dollars for adults and 2 dollars for students and can be purchased at the door. Our students would love to see you there, so please be sure to head over to Watkins Mill High School on December 17 or December 18 to see the amazing cast and crew take the stage and perform this classic, timeless tale of community. We hope to see you there!

Winter Sports

Registration for the upcoming middle school athletics winter season (boys’ and girls’ basketball) will be submitted through the ParentVue Portal, opening on November 12, 2021. Students should complete their pre-participation physical (MCPS Form SR-8) so that the medical eligibility form (last page of SR-8) is ready for online submission via the ParentVue Portal or for email submission to the local school athletic coordinator, prior to tryouts/practices. This form is valid for two years from the date of the exam and covers participation for all sports within that time period. This form must be completed and/or on file before a student-athlete can participate. All physicals must include the COVID-19 supplemental information, attached to the pre-participation physical (MCPS Form SR-8) In addition, students must complete their second shot (or first Johnson and Johnson) or submit approved exemption no later than November 23, 2021, before a student-athlete can participate. Proof of vaccination must be ready for online submission via the ParentVue Portal or for email submission to the local school athletic coordinator prior to tryouts/practices. Winter sports tryouts/practices begin December 7, 2021.

 December Board of Education Update

Happy December! Please take a moment to review the below YouTube link.  It includes updates to MCPS graduation requirements for students beginning with the class of 2025 and the class of 2028.  This information has been shared with MVMS students during their morning announcement.  YouTube: https://youtu.be/sW7ORLxmSds

Mask Wearing Policy

Parents, as you know MCPS requires anyone who enters a school building to wear a mask at all times.While we understand that masks are uncomfortable, wearing a mask is a necessary precaution to ensure that everyone in our village is healthy and allow us to stay open five days a week. Please encourage your students to adhere to the mask wearing policy at all times. Additionally, items such as ski masks and gaiters are not considered masks.

Thank you, and have a great evening.

 

 

Sunday, December 5, 2021

Schedule for Week of December 6

This week is a full week of school for students..  Excel Beyond the Bell (EBB), after school program, continues Mondays through Thursdays. As a reminder, makeup student and staff pictures are scheduled for tomorrow. If your student is re-taking a picture and you have already submitted your payment, you do not need to pay again. 

Fall Play

The Montgomery Village Horseshoe Playhouse is proud to present the play; “Our Town”. This year, the play will be presented at Watkins Mill High School on Friday, December 17 and Saturday December 18 at 7pm. You do not want to miss this show! Tickets are 5 dollars for adults and 2 dollars for students and can be purchased at the door. Our students would love to see you there, so please be sure to head over to Watkins Mill High School on December 17 or December 18 to see the amazing cast and crew take the stage and perform this classic, timeless tale of community. We hope to see you there!

Winter Sports

Tryouts for the girls and boys basketball teams begin this week. If you have any questions about the registration process, please contact our athletic coordinator, Ms. Nikki Williams at Lashellbernique_C_Williams@mcpsmd.org.

As a reminder, the Weekly Roundup messages are posted to the MVMS website. Please remember to visit our website for additional information and resources.

Thank you, and have a great evening.



Attachments:
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Sunday, November 28, 2021

Good evening Montgomery Village Middle School families. This is your principal, Mr. Liburd, with the weekly roundup message.

Schedule for Week of November 29th 

This week, we have a five day week. Tomorrow, Monday November 29th, students will begin the day in grade level homerooms to participate in Village Round Ups. Tomorrow’s schedule can be found here. We will resume our normal bell schedule on Tuesday. 

Re-Establishing Expectations

As we return from an extended break, it’s important to re-establish expectations with students. On Monday, each grade level will participate in a grade level townhall meeting where students will receive reminders, important updates and the chance to celebrate their peers for their academic performance during the first quarter.  This week, our leaders are also taking time to address one of our biggest challenges this year; hallway transitions. Specifically, being late to class. Our leaders will be conducting hall sweeps to ensure students are in class and spending as much time as they can learning. The hall sweeps will be administered over several days and periods. Some parents may be contacted if their student is “caught” in the sweep multiple times. We ask that parents and guardians encourage their students to be respectful, responsible and safe by making good choices and getting to class on time.

 Free Weekly Covid Testing for students

Parents, if you are interested in having your student tested for COVID please click this link. If you’re looking for additional information before opting in please refer to the MCPS COVID testing website here. Weekly testing occurs on Thursdays. 

Winter Sports

Registration for the upcoming middle school athletics winter season (boys’ and girls’ basketball) will be submitted through the ParentVue Portal, opening on November 12, 2021. Students should complete their pre-participation physical (MCPS Form SR-8) so that the medical eligibility form (last page of SR-8) is ready for online submission via the ParentVue Portal or for email submission to the local school athletic coordinator, prior to tryouts/practices. This form is valid for two years from the date of the exam and covers participation for all sports within that time period. This form must be completed and/or on file before a student-athlete can participate. All physicals must include the COVID-19 supplemental information, attached to the pre-participation physical (MCPS Form SR-8) In addition, students must complete their second shot (or first Johnson and Johnson) or submit approved exemption no later than November 23, 2021, before a student-athlete can participate. Proof of vaccination must be ready for online submission via the ParentVue Portal or for email submission to the local school athletic coordinator prior to tryouts/practices. Winter sports tryouts/practices begin December 7, 2021

Thank you, and have a great evening.

 

 

Sunday, November 21, 2021

Good evening Montgomery Village Middle School families. This is your principal, Mr. Liburd, with the weekly roundup message.

 Schedule for Week of November 22nd

Monday, November 22nd and Tuesday the 23rd are half days for students due to virtual parent conferences. As a reminder, MCPS has decided to cancel school on Wednesday, November 23rd. Students will return to school on Monday, November 29th.

Parent Conferences

Parents, if you have not signed up for parent conferences please be sure to click this link to sign up for specific meeting times. The deadline to sign up for conferences is 11:30 am on Monday, November 22nd. We look forward to meeting with you.

Free Weekly Covid Testing for students

Parents, if you are interested in having your student tested for COVID please click this link. Families can find additional information before opting on the MCPS COVID testing website here. Weekly testing occurs on Thursdays. 

Winter Sports

Registration for (boys’ and girls’ basketball) will be submitted through the ParentVue Portal, Students should complete their pre-participation physical (MCPS Form SR-8) All physicals must include the COVID-19 supplemental information, attached to the pre-participation physical (MCPS Form SR-8)  Winter sports tryouts/practices begin December 7, 2021

 As a reminder, the Weekly Roundup messages are posted to the MVMS website. Please remember to visit our website for additional information and resources.

Thank you, and have a great evening.

 

 

Sunday, November 14, 2021

Good afternoon Montgomery Village Middle School families. This is your principal, Mr. Liburd, with the weekly roundup message.

Schedule for Week of November 15th 

This is week two of the second quarter and a 5 day week of school for students. Report cards were distributed this past friday. The county has shared that some students who were enrolled in the virtual academy may have attendance errors on their report cards. Please see the attached letter below for more information.

Parent Conferences

Parents, parent conferences are next week on Monday, November 22nd from 1:30-6:30 pm. As a reminder, parent conferences will be held virtually using GoogleMeet, per MCPS guidelines. Similar to last year, parents will be able to sign up to meet with teachers when our conference website goes live on Wednesday, November 18th. Parents will receive an email with directions on how to sign up this week. 

Personal Body Safety Lessons

Montgomery County Public Schools is taking an active role in the prevention of child abuse and neglect through early prevention and intervention education. This week, our school counselor(s) and Health Education teachers will be presenting lessons on the topic of child abuse and neglect. Please see the letter attached to this message for more specifics.  If you have any questions or concerns about the topics that will be covered, please your child’s school counselor.

As a reminder, the Weekly Roundup messages are posted to the MVMS website. Please remember to visit our website for additional information and resources.

Thank you, and have a great evening.

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Week of November 8, 2021

This week marks the beginning of the second quarter and is also Mental Health Awareness week. Here at MVMS, we are raising awareness about the importance of mental health by holding a spirit week and sharing the supports and resources available for our students. Please click on this link for more information. 

Winter Sports

Registration for the upcoming middle school athletics winter season (boys’ and girls’ basketball) will be submitted through the ParentVue Portal, opening on November 12, 2021. Students should complete their pre-participation physical (MCPS Form SR-8) so that the medical eligibility form (last page of SR-8) is ready for online submission via the ParentVue Portal or for email submission to the local school athletic coordinator, prior to tryouts/practices. This form is valid for two years from the date of the exam and covers participation for all sports within that time period. This form must be completed and/or on file before a student-athlete can participate. All physicals must include the COVID-19 supplemental information, attached to the pre-participation physical (MCPS Form SR-8) In addition, students must complete their second shot (or first Johnson and Johnson) or submit approved exemption no later than November 23, 2021, before a student-athlete can participate. Proof of vaccination must be ready for online submission via the ParentVue Portal or for email submission to the local school athletic coordinator prior to tryouts/practices. Winter sports tryouts/practices begin December 7, 2021

 

Sunday Message- October 31, 2021

Good evening Montgomery Village Middle School families. This is your principal, Mr. Liburd, with the weekly roundup message.

Schedule for Week of November 1st 

This is the last week of the first quarter and a 4 day week of school for students. There is no school on Thursday, November 4th as teachers prepare to submit report card grades. 

HS Magnet Applications

8th grade parents! Is your child interested in applying for any of the county’s HS magnet programs? This year, the process for applying for enrollment in regional/countywide programs for the 2022-2023 school year process is streamlined to provide students/parents/guardians access to all of their regional/countywide program options on one application.   The application will be available on the parent/guardian ParentVUE by October 8, 2021. Please review the admissions FAQ document HERE. For a comprehensive list of the resources needed  to complete your child’s application please visit the county website for special programs found HERE. If you have any additional questions, please contact our 8th grade counselor, Ms. Nichole Hardy (Nichole_Hardy@mcpsmd.org)

Parent Conferences

Parents, please mark your calendars for parent conferences on November 22nd and 23rd. This year, parent conferences will be held virtually, per MCPS guidelines. Be on the lookout for more specifics in the coming weeks. 

Hallway Monitoring

Parents, this year one of our biggest challenges has been the behavior we are seeing during hallway transitions. Most notably, many students are arriving to class late, leaving class without permission and attempting to roam the hallways unsupervised. Our goal is for students to maximize every minute of instruction to help them to increase their strengths, develop their academic identity and most importantly, be safe. In an effort to address this, our leaders have increased their presence during transitions to collect data, support staff and encourage students to get to class on time. This week, we are holding student focus groups to give students the chance to share their voice as we address this issue. The parents of students who are invited to participate in the focus groups will be contacted by school staff ahead of time. We will continue to update families as we continue to address this issue.

 Please remember to visit our website for additional information and resources.

Thank you, and have a great evening.

 

Sunday Message- October 17, 2021

Good evening Montgomery Village Middle School families. This is your principal, Mr. Liburd, with the weekly roundup message.

Schedule for Week of October 18th  

This week is a full week of school for students..  Excel Beyond the Bell (EBB), after school program, continues Mondays through Thursdays.

School Pictures are coming!

Parents, students will have their pictures taken for the 21-22 school year and yearbook on Thursday, October 28th. Be on the lookout for the flyer and order forms later this week.

HS Magnet Applications

8th grade parents! Is your child interested in applying for any of the county’s HS magnet programs? This year, the process for applying for enrollment in regional/countywide programs for the 2022-2023 school year process is streamlined to provide students/parents/guardians access to all of their regional/countywide program options on one application.   The application will be available on the parent/guardian ParentVUE by October 8, 2021. Please review the admissions FAQ document HERE. For a comprehensive list of the resources needed  to complete your child’s application please visit the county website for special programs found HERE. If you have any additional questions, please contact our 8th grade counselor, Ms. Nichole Hardy (Nichole_Hardy@mcpsmd.org)

Montgomery County Giving Project

As we are approaching the November and December Holiday Season, we realize many families are experiencing unexpected hardships and challenges. The Montgomery County Holiday Giving project is now accepting requests from families in need of Thanksgiving and December Holiday support. If you are a family in need, please complete this Google form by Tuesday, October 26, 2021. Please do not share this link, as entries will only be made for Montgomery Village Middle School families.

Please be sure to complete the form in its entirety so that we can process your request. If you have any questions please contact our Counseling Office at 240-740-6730. Thank you.

 

Mask Wearing Policy

Parents, as you know MCPS requires anyone who enters a school building to wear a mask at all times. Please continue to encourage your students to adhere to the mask wearing policy at all times. Students who consistently refuse to adhere to these policies will not be allowed to remain in the building. 

 As a reminder, the Weekly Roundup messages are posted to the MVMS website. Please remember to visit our website for additional information and resources.

Thank you, and have a great evening.

 

Sunday Message- October 3, 2021

Good evening Montgomery Village Middle School families. This is your principal, Mr. Liburd, with the weekly roundup message.

 Schedule for Week of October 4th  

This week is a full week of school for students, with an early release day on Friday, October 8th.  Students will be dismissed at 12:30 p.m. on Friday.  Excel Beyond the Bell (EBB), after school program, continues Mondays through Thursdays, 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.  

TikTok Challenges

This school year, we are seeing concerning challenges circulating across social media platforms. These challenges encourage students to complete specific tasks or challenges and post their success on social media Over the past several weeks we have found several areas in our school vandalized. Specifically, our bathrooms and cafeteria. Soap dispensers  and sanitizer have been removed from the wall and their contents spread all over the  floors, walls and stalls in the bathroom. October’s challenge is to slap a teacher. Here at Montgomery Village, we do not tolerate any purposeful disrespect or vandalism of any sort. Any student who engages in these challenges will be issued an appropriate consequence and their families could be issued a financial obligation to offset the cost of the many wasted resources. We urge parents to monitor their childs’ use of social media and encourage you to speak to them about treating our school and the members of our village with respect. We will address these social media challenges during a whole school assembly on Monday. I’ve attached a memo from the Maryland Center for School Safety for your review.

MCAP Testing

This week children in grades 6, 7 and 8 will be taking the MCAP-ELA on October 6th and October 7th and the first section of the MCAP-Math on October 8th.  Please communicate to your children that students will not be allowed to have their cellphones on them during testing and they will be asked to leave them in their locker or to put them in their book bag which will be stored in the front of the classroom.  For the ELA test, students will need hardwired headphones and may bring their own to use during the assessment.  Please remind them to fully charge their Chromebook each night. Please review the bell schedules attached to this message.

 

As a result of the adjusted schedule, all students that take classes at the high school will report to the Media Center during period 1.  During ELA Math on 10/8, students will remain at Montgomery Village Middle school and will not report to Watkins Mill for their period 1 class.   

ECA COVID Forms

Thank you families for your efforts to complete the ECA COVID Forms.  Students participating in EBB will no longer be required to complete the ECA Covid Forms but please continue to submit them for all other after school activity participation.  

 

Montgomery County Giving Project

As we are approaching the November and December Holiday Season, we realize many families are experiencing unexpected hardships and challenges. The Montgomery County Holiday Giving project is now accepting requests from families in need of Thanksgiving and December Holiday support. If you are a family in need, please complete this Google form by Tuesday, October 26, 2021. Please be sure to complete the form in its entirety so that we can process your request. If you have any questions please contact our Counseling Office at 240-740-6730. Thank you.

 Please remember to visit our website for additional information and resources.

Thank you, and have a great evening.

 

Sunday Message- September 26, 2021

Good evening Montgomery Village Middle School families. This is your principal, Mr. Liburd, with the weekly roundup message.

Schedule for Week of September 27th 

This week is a full week of school for students.  Students will not report to homerooms this week.  Excel Beyond the Bell (EBB) begins on Monday, September 27th.  On Thursday, September 30th, 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Montgomery Village Middle School PE/Health Department will host a virtual Family Life and Human Sexuality (FLHS) informational meeting for parents/guardians of 7th and 8th grade students.  

 

Mask Wearing Policy

Parents, as you know MCPS requires anyone who enters a school building to wear a mask at all times. Our staff are asked to reinforce these expectations as part of managing their classroom. While we understand that masks are uncomfortable, wearing a mask is a necessary precaution to ensure that everyone in our village is healthy and allow us to stay open five days a week. Please encourage your students to adhere to the mask wearing policy at all times. Students who consistently refuse to adhere to these policies will not be allowed to remain in the building. 

 

Chromebook Care

All students were provided with an MCPS issued chromebook at the beginning of the school year. Per MCPS policy, chromebooks are only to be used for instructional purposes. MCPS will begin issuing financial obligations for chromebooks that are damaged beyond repair. Please be sure to monitor that your student is using their chromebook responsibly when at home.

 

Excel Beyond the Bell

We have over 80 students signed up for the various EBB clubs.  Club information will be posted in the hallways.  Transportation home after EBB will be provided by MCPS. .  For more information, please contact Patrice Saunders at Patrice_J_Saunders@mcpsmd.org

 

Family Life and Human Sexuality Meeting

This Thursday, September 30th, from 6-7 pm, we will be having our online 7th and 8th Grade Parent Family life and human sexuality meeting on Zoom.  This will be an opportunity for parents to ask questions and view resources regarding the FLHS units in both 7th and 8th grade.  The meeting will take place on Zoom, and you will need to use your child's student ID and password to access the meeting.  More information can be found on the school website and parent letters will be sent electronically through Synergy.  If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Jeff Herrod (PE and health department chair).  For more information, please contact Mr. Jeff Herron at 240-740-6720, or by email at Jeffrey_A_Herrod@mcpsmd.org

 

After School Activities

Parents, if your student has signed for any of our after school clubs, athletic teams or Excel Beyond the Bell activities, they must complete this ECA COVID form and upload the required COVID forms.  The form can also be found on the MVMS website landing page. Please reach out to our assistant principal, Ms. Asewe Onyango at asewe_onyango@mcpsmd.org with any questions.

Thank you, and have a great evening.

 

 

Sunday Message- September 19, 2021

 

Good evening Montgomery Village Middle School families. This is your principal, Mr. Liburd, with the weekly roundup message.

 

We are closing out three amazing weeks of this school year.  I hope that all of our students and families are becoming more acclimated with our return to in-person learning.  Here is the schedule for the week of September 19th.

 

Schedule for Week of September 20th 

We return to a full week of school this week.  This week we kick off our first official Spirit Week of the 2021-22 school year.  Students will take the Measures of Academic Progress - Math (MAP-M) assessments on Wednesday, September 22 through Thursday, September 23, 2021.. All students will report to their homeroom classes on Wednesday, September 22nd and Thursday, September 23rd.  Village Field Day will take place on Friday, September 24th.

 

Back to School Night

Please join us this Wednesday, September 22 as we host our virtual Back to School Night, from 6:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.  The evening will begin on Zoom, please see the flyer attached to this message for details and meeting link.

 

After School Activities

Parents, if your student has signed for any of our after school clubs, athletic teams or Excel Beyond the Bell activities, they must complete this ECA COVID form and upload the required COVID forms.  The form can also be found on the MVMS website landing page. Please reach out to our assistant principal, Ms. Asewe Onyango at asewe_onyango@mcpsmd.org with any questions.

 

MCPS Student Quarantine Expectations and Rapid Testing

As we return to school, we continue to rely on our families and each individual to screen themselves daily for symptoms.  To help us avoid quarantine, we are asking that you please continue to screen your children at home and if they have even one symptom of COVID-19, or are awaiting COVID test results, please do not send them to school. 

 This is particularly important as if your child has any of the following single symptoms they will be sent home and not be able to return to school until they have a negative test, alternate diagnosis, or complete a full 10-day quarantine. The single symptoms that the health room staff screen for and will result in quarantine are cough, difficulty breathing, new loss of taste or smell, fever ≥100.4°, sore throat, severe Headache, diarrhea or vomiting.  Please do not send your children to school with any of these symptoms.  This is essential for us to continue to remain in school without quarantine.  

Additionally, we now have rapid covid tests available for students. It’s important to note that even if a student has a negative rapid test result, they still have to be sent home per MCPS guidelines.  

School Supply Give Away

This saturday, September 18th one of our community partners, the Zeta-Phi Beta sorority will be distributing free backpacks and school supplies beginning at 12:30pm. If you are in need of supplies please come as close to the start time as possible, supplies will be available on a first come, first served basis. 

As a reminder, the Weekly Roundup messages are posted to the MVMS website. Please remember to visit our website for additional information and resources.

Thank you, and have a great evening.



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Sunday Message- August 29, 2021

Good evening Montgomery Village Middle School families. This is your principal, Mr. Liburd, with the weekly roundup message.

I hope that you and your family have had a safe and relaxing summer and are ready for the start of the school year! Here are some important dates for the week of August 30th,

Schedule for Week of August 29

This week our students return to school on Monday, August 30th and we are so excited to see all of them! When students arrive at school on Monday, they will line up at their grade level entrances and will enter the building at 8:00 a.m. The 6th grade entrance is near the blacktop and tennis courts, the 7th grade entrance is to the right of the gym and the 8th grade entrance is to the right of the flagpole. 

 

Once students are in the building, they will pick up their breakfast and then go directly to their homerooms. Students are assigned to their homerooms based on their last name, please review the attached homeroom list to help your student identify their teacher. Once in homerooms, students will receive their schedules and other important information. Students can also access their schedule now by logging into Student Vue on Synergy. 

All students should plan to bring their chromebooks with them to school each day. Please check our school website for a list of suggested supplies. 

Also attached to this message you will find our bell schedule and bus routes. 

This year schools are being asked to utilize additional outdoor spaces to encourage social distancing during lunches. Here at Montgomery village, students will be allowed to choose three different areas to eat their lunch; the cafeteria, the mustang patio and under the awning of the 8th grade entrance. Students may also eat in a classroom if they are invited by a teacher. On Monday, students will come to the cafeteria to learn about our new lunch process during their grade level lunch periods. We are hopeful that our plan will increase our students' comfort eating with their masks off and support our return to in person learning. Stay tuned for additional information this week.

As a reminder, the Weekly Roundup messages are posted to the MVMS website. Please remember to visit our website for additional information and resources.

Thank you, and have a great evening.



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