Mr. Carothers End of the School Year Message

Hello, Poolesville Students, Staff, and Parents,

Good afternoon.  This week is the final week of the school year.  I thank you for all of your support, hard work, flexibility, and understanding this year.  Even with the school closure, it has been a wonderful year and I am grateful for our students, staff, and communities.  As a reminder, students will be assigned a Pass or Incomplete for the Fourth Marking Period, and the semester grade will be based on the students’ selections on the MCPS survey.  Regardless of the grade shown in the gradebook, students will only be assigned a Pass or Incomplete for Marking Period Four.

On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, students will be able retrieve any personal items left in the school building and return any textbooks, athletic uniforms, and other school supplies.  We will also be collecting Chromebooks from seniors only.  Seniors will also have the opportunity to pick up their diplomas if they have no obligations.  If seniors are unable to come, their diplomas will be mailed to their homes.  Please see below for the schedule and complete details at this LINK.  

  • Last names A-D - Tuesday, 8:00-11:00
  • Last names E-K - Tuesday, 12:00-3:00
  • Last names L-R - Wednesday, 8:00-11:00
  • Last names S-Z - Wednesday, 12:00-3:00

This past Tuesday, we celebrated our seniors through a virtual graduation ceremony.  You can download the ceremony and the pictures taken at the Cap and Gown distribution at this LINKThe Poolesville Pulse, PHS’s student-run newspaper, also released its Senior edition.  You can read the articles at their website:

I have included the counselor breakdown and email addresses below for any needs you may have over the summer.  I also want to thank Mr. Heflin for his contributions to PHS and our students this year. 

Last Names       Counselor       Email Address

Aa-Diz                Mr. Hand 

Dj-Kil                  Ms. Nagy 

Kim-Md              Ms. Martin

Me-Shez            Mr. Snow            TBD

Shi-Zz                Ms. Boishin

As a reminder, your most updated and official area for information are the MCPS Coronavirus and Continuity of Learning websites.  I have provided some resources and information below:

  • MCPS Community Message - June 14
  • Registration for MCPS Summer School is now open.  Visit the MCPS Virtual Summer School webpage for details.  
  • The MCPS Equity Unit has released a special edition of the Equity Matters! Newsletter in celebration of LGBTQ+ Pride Month.  You can read the articles and watch the videos HERE.  

This will be my final weekly message of the year.  I will send any information as necessary throughout the summer.  Thank you, again, for all of your support this year.  Do not hesitate to reach out with any questions. 

Falcons Fly High!

Mark A. Carothers
Poolesville High School