• 21st Century Learning Center Grant 
     
    Montgomery County Schools has received a 21st Century Learning Center Grant. The grant specifically targets low - wealth areas that have students that are academically at risk and allows the district to provide after school support for approximately 210 students.
     
    The grant has specific criteria that must be met in order for Montgomery County Schools to participate. There must be a minimum of 50 students at each site, who are academically at risk, and the attendance rate for participants must be at least 95%. Our goal is have 100% attendance if possible since attendance is a key component for compliance.
     
    The schools will use their existing leadership team (School Improvement Team) to make sure all interested application are reviewed and chosen based on the requirements of the grant. The application lists several key details that will be required for participation. Our hopes are that the program is such a success that other community partners will find ways to help support the program which will allow us to serve more children. Students selected to participate will be served from 2:40 to 5:50 each day, 4 days a week, for 34 weeks during the school calendar year. Transportation will be provided. 
     
    The summer session will operate Monday through Thursday, June 22nd to August 7th, 2015 from 8:30 am until 3:30 pm each day. We will be closed the week of June 29, 2015 for family vacations.
     
    Your child's school will be providing you with an application. Applications will be accepted October 23rd through October 30th, 2014. The School Improvement Team at the participating schools will meet to select qualified applicants. Parents will be notified as soon as possible. The proposed start date is Monday, November 3, 2014. 
     
    We are excited to offer this opportunity to our students and look forward to a successful year!
     
     
     PROJECT MONTGOMERY EXCELS IN READING IMPROVEMENT TODAY - MERIT
     
    MERIT is designed to 1) improve literacy, reading and mathematics scores; 2) improve proficiency on state assessments; 3) increase homework completion and class participation; and 4) increase student engagement with hands - on science and technology. Project MERIT's proactive in its vision to increase literacy 5 - 7% per year (as measure by State AMO's) across the districts most needy children by implementing evidence based interventions in a high quality structured after school setting. 
     
    PROGRAM GOALS: We strive to provide a safe, supervised environments for children and youth to increase school and community connectedness, academic achievement, physical activity and social/life skills.
     
     NEXT STEPS: Over the next four years, the program's mission is to expand the opportunity for Montgomery students to participate in high quality educational, recreational, cultural and community enrichment programs after the regular school day. 
     
     
    For more information please contact:
    Vance Thomas
    cell (910) 220 - 7694