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MCPS Parent Academy ~ Giving MCPS parents & guardians tips & tools to help their children succeed

Why Parents & Guardians Need to Advocate for their Students (Even In Really Good Schools) a PowerPoint presentation designed, produced, and shared at our January 2017 Candlewood PTA meeting by our special guest speaker Cynthia Simonson, MCCPTA Magruder Cluster Coordinator and (parent with students in Candlewood ES, Shady Grove MS, Magruder HS and Poolesville HS).

Many families choose to live in Montgomery County due to the great reputation of Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS). However, what role do parents and guardians play to insure that the education of their child(ren) reflects the quality promoted by MCPS? Equally, how can parents and guardians along the entire trajectory of MCPS schools, from elementary levels, to middle school, to high school, help each other to become better informed advocates for their child(ren)? 

This meeting touched on what questions elementary-school parents and guardians may ask now to inform their understanding about the trajectory of their child(ren) in MCPS, and especially to help them obtain the very best educational experiences at the elementary level. Included will be the “lessons learned” from middle- and high-school parents and guardians about what they wished they knew when their children were in elementary school. Our meeting also touched on the impact elementary school decisions have on future course selections. 

Cyberbullying Prevention Resources shared at the October 2016 Candlewood PTA meeting by our special guest speaker Mr. Phil Andrews, Director of Crime Prevention Initiatives in the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office, Mrs. AnneMarie Hetrick, Candlewood's Professional School Counselor, and Dr. Linda Sheppard, Candlewood's Principal.

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User Responsibilities for Computer Systems, Electronic Information, and Network Security
Student Rights and Responsibilities, Code of Conduct & Guidelines for Respecting Religious Diversity

Resources from Common Sense Media
Once kids go online, their chances of finding cyberbullies, haters, and trolls is, sadly, quite high. Find age-specific guidelines, videos, and articles to help with tough conversations -- whether your kid is a bully or is being bullied. We answer all your cyberbullying questions, offering age-appropriate advice, school resources, and more from parents and experts.

Internet, Mobile Phone, and Texting Safety Tips for Children

Internet, Mobile Phone, and Texting Safety Tips for Adults

Filters, Controls, and Access Restrictions

​Mental Health resource comprehensive list found here on the MCCPTA’s website