School Notes: MCPS Releases List of Additional Routes by Driver Charged with Sex Offenses

Plus: Sign up for Saturday School, new athletics logo unveiled, Montgomery Blair grad reflects on New York Times internship

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Montgomery County Public Schools released a list of additional routes driven by Etienne Kabongo, a bus driver who worked for the school system for 12 years and was charged this week with second-degree rape of a special education student.

Kabongo, who was known to some students as Mr. Steve, primarily drove routes for students in special education programs. The school system has updated a list of routes he drove dating back to 2007.

MCPS also established a dedicated response telephone line, 240-740-3214, to more quickly respond to parent questions and concerns regarding Kabongo. MCPS Spokesman Derek Turner said the school system has fielded phone calls on the hotline, but declined to provide specifics, citing the ongoing police investigation.

Montgomery County police asked parents earlier this week to talk to their children in an effort to identify any other victims.

Anyone with information related to the police investigation can call the Special Victims Investigations Division of the Montgomery County Police Department at 240-773-5400.

Sign up for Saturday School

Registration is now open for The George B. Thomas Learning Academy’s Saturday School program.

Saturday School runs from Sept. 15 to May 4. Students can begin any time during the school year.

The Saturday School program provides low-cost tutoring for students in Kindergarten through senior year. The fee for an entire year is $85, or $40 for students who qualify for free and reduced-price meals.

Parents can register on the opening day or online at

New athletics logo

Montgomery County Public Schools Athletics has a new logo.

The new seal was unveiled late last month and features the R.A.I.S.E. motto: “Respect & Sportsmanship. Academic Excellence. Integrity & Character. Spirited & Safe Competition. Equity & Access.”

Fall sports practices started this week.


Montgomery Blair grad reflects on time at NYT

Emma Howells, a graduate of Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, was featured along with her colleagues in a Times Insider article.

Howells, whose photographs graced the pages of the high school’s Silver Chips newspaper early in her career, landed her first front-page photo with The New York Times on July 5, with a shot of the July 4 fireworks over the New York City skyline.

The 22-year-old will finish at Ohio University in December.

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