Mr. Carothers Weekly Announcement May 31 - June 6, 2020

Hello, Poolesville Students, Staff, and Parents,

Good afternoon.  Before we get into this week’s update and information, I want to first acknowledge the events that have occurred throughout the weekend.  I know the racial injustice, peaceful protests, and non-peaceful responses seen on the news and social media may be impacting our students in various ways.  During this time, I wish we had the comfort and safety of the school building to process our emotions, support each other, and rely on the trusted adults for guidance.  I am not going to pretend I know how you are feeling or I know exactly what to say; I don’t.  But I do know we are here for you, Falcons, and I encourage you to reach out to your counselor or administrator if you need any support.  We will always be here to love and protect our students.  We may not know the right words, but we are willing to listen and have the conversation.  The MCPS Board of Education has also released a statement and Dr. Smith has made a call for justice and equity in his latest blog post

I want to thank all of the staff members and students that participated in the House and Club meetings on Friday afternoon.  I hope you were able to reconnect with one another around your shared interests.  This week, we are back to the schedule we have followed for the majority of the school closure.  I have attached the schedule for the week.  Also this week, there will be a meeting for our rising seniors on June 3 at 6:30 pm.  Information was sent out through Naviance from our counseling department.

We are preparing for students to return school items and retrieve any personal items they may have left behind.  Please ask your child to complete the form found at this LINK if there are any items that they need to retrieve; students will need to sign into their email account in order to access the survey.  We anticipate the student item retrieval will occur in mid-June, and I will keep you informed with any updated information.  Students will not be able to enter the building.   

Before I get into the MCPS and PHS announcements and information, I, again, want to end this message with some celebrations.  First, many members of the PHS staff created another video to bring a smile to our students and show how we are staying connected for the benefit of our students.  You can watch the video HERE.  I want to congratulate our Special Education Resource Teacher, Ms. Laura Friedman, for being recognized as an Outstanding Educator by the MCCPTA Special Education Committee.  Those that have worked with Ms. Friedman know her tireless advocacy and support of our special education students and department.  Finally, I want to congratulate Jason Wu, a junior at PHS.  Yesterday, it was officially announced that Jason will be serving on the Maryland State Board of Education as the State Student Member of the Board (SMOB).  You can learn more about Jason HERE.  Congratulations, Jason. 

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:

  • The May 31 MCPS Community Update includes information on the district’s recovery plan, summer school, SSL hours, and the Districtwide Boundary Analysis.  
  • MCPS has announced details for the MCPS Class of 2020 virtual graduation celebration on June 7 at 6:00 pm.  I have provided the official Press Release.  
  • Students can continue to engage in MCPS SSL opportunities during the summer, including select virtual/remote opportunities that follow the temporarily amended guidelines posted on the MCPS SSL webpage ( All SSL opportunities can be found on the Montgomery County Volunteer Center website (; these opportunities will be tagged with the blue MCPS SSL banner and graduation cap icon. To learn more about the MCPS SSL program, please view our program overview at After June 5, students should hold on to any SSL forms and turn them into their school’s SSL coordinator in the fall. SSL coordinators will accept any SSL forms that students were unable to turn in at the end of the 2019-2020 school year, as well as any SSL forms for service completed during the summer of 2020. If you have any questions, please email Ms. Martin (  or the MCPS SSL office at
  • I have attached two videos (English and Spanish) from the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (MCDHHS).  If you have any questions, please contact our school nurse,  

Do not hesitate to reach out with any questions, and I will continue to keep you informed with any updated information. 

Falcons Fly High!

Mark A. Carothers
Poolesville High School

Week_of_June_1.pdf (137.6 KB)
COVID-19_Video-Spanish_5.18.2020.mp4 (1921.4 KB)
COVID-19__Video-English_5.18.2020.mp4 (17.3 MB)