Montgomery County Public Schools has launched a website to keep people in the loop about the search for new teaching materials.

A report presented to the school board in March identified a number of weaknesses with Curriculum 2.0, the current curriculum used for language arts and math in elementary and middle schools. The study also advised the school system to buy new curriculum.

MCPS is now seeking the curriculum and plans to roll it out over the next several years, starting in the fall. The school system is reaching out to principals to see if they’d like their schools to be among the first to adopt the new materials. The schools in mid-May will learn if they’ll participate in the first year of the rollout, and staff training will happen in July and August, the schedule states.

MCPS from now through mid-June will be gathering feedback from principals, teachers, parents, students and others about the curriculum search. Staff will review the options in May and June, and the school board will choose one of them June 25, the website states.

The site includes a link to a survey about the curriculum selection and to documents providing additional information.

County students to try their hand at bread-baking

Montgomery County students will walk away from a field trip next week leaving about 700 loaves of bread behind them.

The fourth- and fifth-grade students will head to the Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus in Rockville on Monday and Wednesday to learn the science of bread-baking, according to a press release. Each of the roughly 700 students will bake two loaves—one to keep and one to donate to a food pantry. At Interfaith Works in Rockville, the bread will be used for making croutons and French toast for those in need, the release stated.

The students will come from MCPS elementary schools—Whetstone, Georgian Forest and Stedwick— and from the German International School in Potomac, the release stated.

Flower Hill student wins county poster contest

A fifth-grader from Flower Hill Elementary School in Gaithersburg has won a poster contest on fair housing.

Madelaine Lemus’ poster will appear on the county’s Ride On buses and will be used by the Montgomery County Office of Human Rights to promote fair housing month, according to a press release. The OHR announced Madelaine as the winner Tuesday in a ceremony at Flower Hill Elementary.

The Interagency Fair Housing Coordinating Group chose Lemus’ design from among 50 poster entries, the release stated. The fifth-grader received a $250 check for winning the contest.

Via the Montgomery County Office of Human Rights

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