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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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Johnnie Carr Middle Authorized as International Baccalaureate World School!

The wait is finally over for teachers, students and staff at Johnnie Carr Middle School! The school has been officially authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IB) to become an IB World School offering the Middle Years Program (MYP). The MYP emphasizes intellectual challenge and fosters the development of skills for communication, intercultural understanding and global engagement ─ essential qualities for young people who are becoming global leaders. CLICK HERE to learn more.

All MPS Students to get No-Cost Meals for 2014-2015 School Year

All students enrolled in Montgomery Public Schools in the upcoming school year will receive breakfast and lunch at no cost. The system is participating in a state and federal program called the Community Eligible Provision of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. The program allows school districts in Alabama with a 40 percent or higher poverty ratio to participate in the program.

“Studies have shown that children who receive proper nutrition perform better in school,” said MPS Superintendent Margaret Allen.  “Many of our families live below the poverty line. Even those that don’t may skip meals to save money. This will ensure learning won’t suffer because a student is hungry at school.”

There are no forms for parents to fill out. Students will continue to use their student numbers at checkout for each meal, but no funds will be needed in the student’s account unless they want extra food items.  Students will be charged for any additional items, like an extra milk or entrée.

Additional student meals will be charged the established price of $1.00 for student breakfast, $1.75 for Elementary student lunch, and $2.00 for Junior and High School student lunch.  A la carte item prices will also remain the same as last year.

Faculty meals will remain $1.75 for breakfast and $2.75 for lunch.  Adult visitor meals will remain $2.50 for breakfast and $3.75 for lunch. 

Zone Variance Request

Click Here to view the form to request a zone variance. Forms must be returned to the Student Support Services office by August 4, 2014.

The 2014-2015 Code of Student Behavior Has Been Approved

To download a copy of the new code click HERE.

Teachers and Administrators in Training

A group of teachers, central office and local school administrators have been in training this week on Alabama's College and Career Ready Standards. 

MPS CAO Dr. Christopher Blair Leads an administrator's workshop.

Gather Your Friends and Sign Up to Help Get Schools Ready for Opening Day!

The Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerice continues to lead the effort to ensure our school campuses are ready for the first day of school. Each year, nearly 1,000 volunteers work to show students we care about them by making each campus a welcoming place. We still need teams for Chisholm Elementary, Halcyon Elementary, and PACE. To find out how you can help, call Bonnie Evans @ 334-240-9299 or email her at bevans@montgomerychamber.com.

MPS Class of 2014 Earns Nearly $23 Million in Scholarship Offers

Montgomery Public Schools’ 2014 class has earned nearly $23 million in scholarship offers, proving that ingenuity and scholastic achievement are the keys to paying for college. During a time when financial aid for two-and four-year colleges is dwindling, MPS’ Class of 2014 received $22,768,785 in scholarships to schools like Princeton, Stanford, Harvard, Emory University, University of North Carolina, University of Alabama, Tuskegee University, Troy University, Alabama State University, Auburn Montgomery, Huntington College, Trenholm State and others. Click HERE to learn more.

The Montgomery County Board of Education has approved a new organizational chart. Click Here to view it.

Four MPS Schools Named Among America's Best!

US News and World Report annually ranks more than 19,000 high schools in the United States. FOUR Montgomery Public Schools were recognized as among the best of the best. Three were ranked in the top five high schools in the state of Alabama.

Loveless Academic Magnet School was ranked as the best high school in Alabama, the 18th best high school in America overall and the seventh best magnet high school in the country. Booker T. Washington Magnet High School is ranked the third best in Alabama, 477th nationally and recognized as a Gold Medal High School. Brewbaker Technology Magnet High School is ranked as the fifth best in the state and was awarded Silver Medal Status nationally. And Carver Senior High School was awarded a Bronze Medal nationally.

Over 31,000 high schools were analyzed for this report. Five hundred were awarded gold medals, 1,519 were given silver and 2,688 were awarded bronze. Schools ranked as bronze or above represent the top 15% of high schools. Medals were based on a school’s performance on state tests and how well they prepare students for college.

For more information on the rankings, visit www.usnews.com.

  Kudos go to more than 50 MPS students who received top awards during the Montgomery County Council of PTAs, State and National PTA Reflections art programs. Congratulations also go to several MPS teachers, staff persons and administrators who received  honors at the PTA local and state levels for excellence. Click HERE to read the list of the 2014 winners! 

MPS Students Win National Art Awards

Kudos go to two MPS students who have received national awards during the National PTA Reflections Program. Tiffany Veith of Booker T. Washington Magnet High School’s piece titled “Make Sure You Ask Alexandra”, is was recognized with an Award of Merit in the category of Visual Arts, High School division (Grades 9-12). Shea Straw, a Floyd Middle Magnet School student’s artwork titled “Fingers Reaching Farther”, was recognized with an Award of Excellence in the category of Visual Arts, Middle School division (Grades 6-8). They are among four Alabama winners in the contest.

New School Calendar Approved for 2014-2015

You can view next year's school calendar by Clicking Here 

MPS will use the scheduled Weather Day (April 18) as a makeup day for the two days missed in January due to cold weather. We will only have to make up that one day, unless future weather issues require us to miss additional instruction time. All schools will run a normal schedule and offices will be open April 18.

MTEC Student Wins Go Build Alabama Award

Go Build Alabama, an initiative of the Alabama Construction Recruitment Institute (ACRI), has recently awarded MTEC student Jeremy Glenn with the Go Build Alabama Future Skilled Workers of America (FSWA) Award.The award, which honors one high school junior or senior each month, was created to recognize and encourage promising high school students who plan to pursue careers in the construction industry. Jeremy was nominated by his teacher Richard Robinson for this award. As a result, Jeremy is now eligible to receive a $1,000 scholarship to a training facility in Alabama if the student chooses to continue his or her education in construction in the state. CLICK IN THE SPOTLIGHT Section or visit us on YouTube to see him featured in a Go Build Alabama commercial.

BTW Students Shine at Theatre Festival

The Theatre, Musical Theatre, and Technical Theatre Magnet students of Booker T. Washington Magnet High School attended the District Trumbauer Theatre Competition Saturday at the district theatre competition in Opelika. Out of 64 pieces entered by students, 43 qualified to represent BTW at the State Level competition that will be held at Troy State University next month. To see the individual results, click here.

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Montgomery Public Schools Announces Special Education Parent Involvement Workshops

Parent (s) guardians, and other individuals with an interest in the education of a child receiving special education services in Montgomery Public Schools. For more information Click Here and choose the Parent Workshop Schedule document. 

School Board Meetings Now Online
Join with your friends, members of your civic group, or those you worship with to help our schools! There are dozen of projects at schools throughout the county that can use your help. It is a great way to help our schools and bond with your friends and family. Click here to see the projects and to find out how you can get involved.
Sign Up for Email and Text Notifications!

If you wish to receive emails and text messages on the latest MPS news, click the Notify Me button at the bottom of the menu on the left side of this page. Just follow the instructions and be sure to check the Communication Sign up box. You will receive an email to confirm your address before you will begin to receive notifications. There is no charge for text messages by MPS, but unless you have unlimited texting on your cellular phone plan, your carrier's rules and rates will apply.

Please encourage others who have an interest in our schools to sign up.

STI Home

The STI Parent Portal (STI HOME) is available. This tool allows parents to view information on their child's progress, grades, attendance, etc.

 To ensure the security of the information, parents must obtain a password from their child's school in person. A state-issued photo ID will be necessary to receive a user name and password.

 ONCE YOU HAVE YOUR NEW USER NAME AND PASSWORD ACCESS IT THROUGH THE "FOR PARENTS" BUTTON ABOVE, CHOOSE "STI HOME", THEN THE WORDS "CLICK HERE".