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2023-2024 Class Registration Information

Second Semester Parking Permits

Students requesting space on the QOHS parking lot must apply for a permit. This permit is a privilege, not a right, and may be revoked for failure to adhere to school policies not limited to those shown below. YOU ARE NOT GUARANTEED A PERMIT! Permits are assigned on a semester basis. All applications will be evaluated based on the following:

  • classified as a 12th grader or 11th grader by MCPS criteria
  • abbreviated schedules
  • participation in-school supervised activities when activity buses are not available
  • attendance at other schools requiring private transportation
  • residing outside school or bus transportation boundaries
  • unusual or imperative need
  • satisfactory attendance, behavior, and academic records
  • absence of financial obligations, including balances remaining on payment plans
  • clear of any obligations

Students, upon satisfying the above criteria, may submit this google form to apply for a permit. Applications will be accepted from Monday, January 23rd to Friday, February 3rd. We will send an email to your mcpsmd.net email account letting you know the status of your application by Tuesday, February 7th. If you receive a permit, you will have to pay $39.00 for your spot on SCO. The link to pay for your permit on OSP will be included in that email. To get your permit tag, you will bring proof of payment with you to Mr. Rabberman's Office (Room 255) during Lunch from Wednesday, February 8th through Tuesday, February 14th. If you have not paid for your parking spot by Tuesday, February 14th, you will lose it. 2nd Semester Parking begins on Wednesday, February 8th. Students will be able to start parking in their spots when they receive their permit tag. Students without a parking permit will not be able to park on campus. Parking permits must be displayed in the vehicle on the rear view mirror with the number facing out. Permits are non-transferable and will be revoked if used by vehicles other than the registered student. Permit holders are expected to observe the following regulations, which will be strictly enforced. (Note that Quince Orchard High School cannot revoke any ticket issued by the Montgomery County Police for parking or traffic violations.) Activities listed below are prohibited, and violations will result in temporary or permanent loss of the parking permit:

  1. Exceeding reasonable speeds or otherwise driving recklessly.
  2. Leaving school grounds without permission and not signing out/in the attendance office.
  3. Unauthorized transporting other students off school grounds during the school day.
  4. Parking in spaces designated for staff, visitors, or marked as reserved.
  5. Parking a vehicle without a current parking sticker.
  6. Parking anywhere on school grounds not designated as a student parking space.
  7. Parking in a designated handicapped parking spot without a handicapped permit.
  8. Littering.
  9. Violations of the school discipline policy.
  10. Parking in the bus lane.

MCPS HBCU College Fair

This free in-person event at The Universities at Shady Grove will provide students in Grades 8–12 an opportunity to meet representatives from more than 50 HBCUs. Representatives will share information and answer questions from students and parents about admissions, financial aid, testing, majors and much more. The event will also feature a college preparation workshop for middle school students and parents, a discussion on college life, FAFSA completion assistance, scholarship information and more. This event is co-sponsored by Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) and the Montgomery County Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). SENIORS! They will also be hosting Interviews during this day. During the interviews, students can potentially receive application fee waivers, scholarship awards and on-site admissions. Qualified seniors will be able to interview with HBCU admissions representatives on February 13-17, 2023, from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm via Zoom. Registration will begin on January 9th. Please see Ms. Jones if you have any more questions.

Health Education Requirement Change

The Maryland State Board of Education recently changed its graduation requirement for health education. Students in the Class of 2025 and beyond must now earn one full credit for graduation; previously, they earned one half-credit. Again, this requirement begins with the Class of 2025. The change does not impact students in the Class of 2023 or 2024. Students will now take two separate semesters of Honors Health.  Honors Health A is a prerequisite for enrolling in Honors Health B and cannot be taken back to back in one school year.  Physical Education still remains one full credit.   Honors Health Education B will NOT be offered centrally this coming Summer of 2023.  We are still awaiting the completed online course from MSDE. 

Sample options for Class of 2025- current 10th graders that completed Health A:

  • Fall of 2023 or Spring 2024- Honors Health Education B ( 11th grade)
  • Summer of 2024- Honors Health Education B 
  • Fall of 2024- Honors Health Education B ( 12th grade) 

Sample options for Class of 2026- current 9th graders

  • Summer of 2023- Online Honors Health A through MCPS
  • Fall of 2023 or Spring 2024- Honors Health A (10th grade)
  • Summer of 2024- Honors Health B offered through MCPS 
  • Fall of 2024 or Spring 2025- Honors Health B (11th grade)
  • Summer of 2025- Honors Health B offered through MCPS
  • Fall of 2025- Honors Health Education B (12th grade)

Cougar Cubs - Spring Semester

The Cougar Cubs Preschool is accepting applications for this February! Monday through Thursday 7:50 AM - 11:00 AM Child must be 4 years to enroll Tuition is only $300/semester For additional information visit our website: http://qocougarcubs.weebly.com E-mail: Lisa_S_Seid@mcpsmd.org Contact Phone #: 240-740-3575

Winter Testing Season

QOHS will begin to administer the Winter Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (MCAP) testing for all eligible students starting on December 12th through January 20th, 2023Students that are testing will receive a confirmation email sent to their Google accounts about which specific test they are required to complete along with the testing location.  If you have any questions contact Mr. Yarborough, Assistant Principal at Phillip_A_Yarborough@mcpsmd.org.

Class of 2023 - Senior Info Slides

  • Senior Slides from 12/8 - includes:
    • Upcoming Important Dates and Deadlines
    • Graduation Information (as we have it)
    • VERY IMPORTANT - Google Form to complete from 12/8
  • Senior fees: Senior fees include your cap and gown and other expenses related to graduation. You will be able to pay your senior fees online through Josten's website (link updated 12/2022).
    • November 1-January 31: $80
    • February 1-April 30: $90
  • Senior Portraits: Senior portrait makeups were December 7-9, call 1-800-736-4753 or schedule at schedule.prestigeportraits.com.  Additional makeup dates will be available in November and December.

Yearbook - Early Bird Price

Pre-order your 2023 yearbook NOW to take advantage of the lowest prices of the year. The price of the yearbook is $100, but a limited number of books is available at three different price tiers starting at $85. Once the batch of $85 yearbooks is sold, the second batch will be offered at $90 per book, and the final batch will be offered at $95 per book. The promotional price available at the time of your order will be displayed when you log in to place your order at Jostens.com. This promotional pricing is only available for books sold online. ORDER TODAY to have the best chance of getting the best deal! https://tinyurl.com/ds75ads7

Athletic Event Info

Please be advised that there are new protocols and procedures in place at ALL Athletic events.  Please read through the MCPS Athletics Safety Plan, read the highlighted specific protocols below, and watch this Public Service Announcement by Mrs. Thomas, Mr. Rabberman, and Mr. Flemming. 

  • Season Tickets can still be purchased, all online through GoFan.
  • All tickets must be purchased online through GoFan, tickets must be on your digital device and redeemed by Athletic Department Staff at the entrance gate.
    • No screenshots, images or already redeemed tickets will be accepted.
    • Everyone age 11+ must purchase a ticket to attend and event.
  • High School students must show Student ID along with their ticket.
  • All Elementary and Middle School students MUST be accompanied and supervised by an Adult Chaperone during the entire event.
  • NO Re-Entry into the game and NO Entry after Halftime
  • NO Outside Food or Drink
  • NO Backpacks allowed into the stadium for Football Events.

CTE Applications

Students, Are you interested in pursuing a career in Cosmetology, Auto Mechanics, Health Professions, Carpentry, Graphic Design, Electrician, etc? Then check out these opportunities. Students can earn a certification in one of these particular career pathways, as they earn their High School Diploma.  If you would like to visit the school, check out the following Open House Dates and Times - each school offers different programs, details can be found in this newsletter.

FREE English Language Learner Classes for MCPS Parents

In collaboration with MCPS, the Literacy Council of Montgomery County (LCMC) is offering free English language learner classes for MCPS parents. The classes will be held virtually and in person, and there will be options for all levels of English speakers. They are available to any MCPS parent for whom English is not their first language. Parents can complete this interest form to receive a placement test: https://mcpsweb.wufoo.com/forms/english-classes-for-mcps-parents/ This form is available in multiple languages. Parents with questions regarding the availability of classes and sign up process should contact Kevin Ralph from LCMC at kevin@lcmcmd.org or call 240-665-0471.

FARMS - It's More than Just Free Meals

Families who qualify for free and reduced benefits get so much more than just free meals. Your application can:
  • Provide discounts on college applications, SAT, ACT & AP testing fees
  • Help increase school funding
  • Provide possible discounts on internet access
  • Give discounts on ECA fees like athletics & band.

Apply online NOW at MySchoolApps.com (Translations available) Click here for an English video tutorial. Vea aquí un vídeo paso a paso en español sobre cómo completar la solicitud de FARMS.

Meal benefit eligibility from last school year will remain current only through the first 30 scheduled school days OR until a 2022-2023 application is processed. If you have any questions, please call 240-740-7400 or reach out to your school counselor.

QO Theatre Information & Updates

Follow this link for more information on all the exciting things QO Theatre has coming up and be sure to follow them on Twitter and Instagram @qohstheatre. Feel free to email Ms. Vogel with any questions jessica_hague@mcpsmd.org.

MCPS SSL Information

High school students should be continuously working towards earning SSL hours towards their SSL graduation requirements.  Details including traditional in-person opportunities and select virtual/remote opportunities that follow the guidelines posted on the MCPS SSL webpage (www.mcps-ssl.org).  If you have any questions about the SSL program please email our SSL coordinator, Ms. Tammy Shelhorse. There are many opportunities coming up with October Events and Election Day, please make sure that you are listening to the morning announcements and checking the daily slides for details.

Restorative Justice

You may have heard the term “Restorative Justice” or RJ. RJ is about managing relationships, communication, collaboration, conflict resolution, and community building. At Quince Orchard, we will be engaging students, staff, and parents in our efforts to build a stronger community to support our students in achieving excellence. Please use this QOHS Restorative Justice Video and Survey link to access a video detailing QOHS Restorative Justice and complete the survey with your feedback. Thanks for your participation!  

Antiracist System Audit

We know that messages from MCPS often get lost and sometimes misconstrued. The website for the Antiracist Audit has been updated and below are some materials that can help provide some more insight and support for our community members about the audit and during the audit.