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What’s New On The Menu

Even before the Healthier Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 took effect, Washington County Public Schools has been working to make meals healthier and better tasting by:

  • Removing fats from the flavored milk options. 
  • Cutting sodium by reducing salt. 
  • Only offering whole grains instead of refined breads, pastas, and rices. 
  • Adding herbs and spices to add flavor without adding sodium 
  • Using fresh meats instead of frozen, pre-cooked meats. 
  • Serving local meats, fruits, and vegetables. 
  • Evaluating the nutritional value of the meals over a week period, rather than a single meal or food item.
  • Ensuring adequate calories and a variety of foods to support growth, development, and healthy weight.

Did You Know?

  • Over 200 professionals serve 18,000 customers daily in 43 schools.
  • They serve over 12,500 lunches and 7,500 breakfasts each day.
  • There are 18 cooking kitchens and 26 receiving kitchens. 
  • Breakfast costs $1.25 for all grades and is free for all students who receive Free And Reduced Meals Benefits.
  • Lunch costs $2.05 for elementary students, $2.30 for secondary students, and $0.40 for all students who receive Free And Reduced Meals Benefits

 

Get Your Shots!

The Maryland State Department of Education is implementing revised vaccination requirements for students entering kindergarten and 7th grade in the 2014-2015 school year. Kindergarten students entering Washington County Public Schools are required to have two doses of Varicella (Chickenpox) vaccine. Students entering 7th grade are required to have a single dose of Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (specifically the Tdap vaccine), and a single dose of Meningococcal vaccine (MCV). Parents/guardians are required to provide proof of two doses of Varicella, Tdap, and MCV, regardless of previous vaccination records provided to their child’s/children’s school(s)/health room prior to the start of the new school year.

Proof of all necessary vaccinations is required before a child can attend kindergarten or 7th grade. 

For additional information and answers to questions about the vaccination requirements, parents/guardians are encouraged to contact the health room at their child’s/children’s school(s) or call 301-766-8795.

 

The Next Phase of Common Core

Last school year was the final year for the Maryland State Assessment exams. This year, Washington County will begin using the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exams. These are high quality, computer-based K-12 assessments in Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy.  The assessment provides teachers, schools, students, and parents with better information about where the student is on track in their learning and for success after high school and tools that will help teachers customize learning to meet the needs of their students. 

 “The response from teachers and principals is that student growth was taking place in our classrooms, and the true measures of success will be reflected through the full implementation of the PARCC examinations and multiple other assessments,” said Dr. Clayton Wilcox, the superintendent of Washington County Public Schools.

The 2014-15 school year is the first year of full operation of PARCC Assessments.  During Summer 2015, they will establish achievement levels, including college-and career-ready performance levels. Fourteen states, including the District of Columbia, are currently part of the PARCC consortium.

For grades 3 through 12, PARCC is broken down into two parts:  

-Performance-Based Assessment (PBA), which will be taken after approximately 75% of the school year.  The PBA will focus on writing effectively when analyzing text in ELA/Literacy and applying skills, concepts, and understandings to solve multi-step problems requiring abstract reasoning, precision, perseverance, and strategic use of tools in Math for grades 3 through 8.

-End-of-Year Assessment (EOY), which will be administered after approximately 90% of the school year, will focus on reading comprehension in ELA/ Literacy and further conceptual understanding of the major content and additional and supporting content of the grade/ course in Math for grades 3 through 8.

 

For high school students:  

-The PBA will focus on writing effectively when analyzing text in ELA/Literacy and expressing mathematical reasoning and modeling real-world problems in Math. 

-For their EOY, high school students will be tested on reading comprehension in ELA/Literacy and further conceptual understanding of the major content and additional and supporting content of the grade/ course in Math. 

 

 

For more information, go to parcconline.org

Don’t Miss the Bus!

Here’s What’s New With WCPS School Bus Transportation:

  • Students can only have two consistent locations to be picked up from the bus in the morning and only two consistent locations to be dropped off at the end of the day. 
  • If either of the consistent stops are different than the stop assigned to the home address, a parent or guardian must complete and submit the Transportation Location Change Request Form which can be found on the school board website. 
  • Children will be required to ride the bus that they have been assigned. School staff and bus drivers will no longer be allowed to accept notes from a parent or guardian to have the child ride a bus other than the one he or she is assigned to. 
  • For safety and security reasons, school bus routes are no longer posted on the WCPS website but can be found by contacting your child’s school.

 

Dates to Remember

August 20

First Day of School

 

September 1

Labor Day, Schools and Central Office Closed

 

 

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