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Wong, Larry M.

From:

Barclay, Christopher

Sent:

Tuesday,January13, 2015 11:02 AM

To:

Williams, Michael V; Statham, Kimberly A

Cc:

Starr, Joshua P; Onijala, Gboyinde; Kretikos, Eleni O; Supinski,Bonnie L.; Tofig, Dana;

Subject:

Warner, Timothy B; Garran, Christopher S.; Durso, Michael A.; Brandman,Shirley; Docca, Judy; Robinson, Sharif K; Najera, Vilma C - Asst School Admin; Alton, John R; Donna.StGeorge@washpost.com;lpowers@gazette.net RE: MSP goes Global!

Michael:

This is AWESOME!!!

The partnership between Minority ScholarsProgramand The UniversidadSantoTomasY the UniversidadCatolicaof

Temuco will reap significant benefits for many students. education work for students wherever they are.

Thankyou for Building this connecting tissue to make

Chris B.

From: Williams,MichaelV Sent: Monday,January 12, 2015 7:10 AM To: Statham, KimberlyA

Cc:

Starr, Joshua P; Onijala, Gboyinde; Kretikos, Eleni O;

Supinski, Bonnie L.; Tofig, Dana; Warner, Timothy B; Barclay,

Christopher; Garran, Christopher S.; Durso, Michael A.; Brandman,Shirley; Decca, Judy; Robinson,Sharif K; Najera, Vilma C - Asst School Admin; Alton, John R; Donna.StGeorge@washpost.com;lpowers@gazette.net Subject: RE: MSP goes Global!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

MINORITY SCHOLARS PROGRAM IS GOING GLOBAL!

The 4th Annual Intra-County Minority Scholars Program Retreat that will take place this Friday and Saturday, the 16th and 17th of January, will have a new, and interesting twist! Two universities in Temuco, Chile will be

video conferencing into the retreat in

order to learn more about the successes of the Minority Scholars

Program (MSP)! The Universidad Santo Tomas and the Universidad Catolica of Temuco have expressed great

interest in replicating parts of the Minority Scholars Program.

Temuco, Chile is a region that is heavily hit by the achievement gap. It is also the city with the highest percentage of Indigenous (mostly from the Mapuche ethnic group). As such the Universities of Santo Tomas and Catolica of Temuco are seeking to interact, join forces and learn from the Montgomery County Public School students who for the last 8 years have been leading a quiet revolution that has positively impacted school culture and has helped to chip away at the achievement gap. The Minority Scholars Program {MSP), a student driven initiative aimed at reducing the achievement gap has been quickly spreading, and is now not only in 12 MCPS schools, but is on the verge of taking hold thousands of miles away in Temuco, Chile.

The 4th Annual MSP Retreat looks to follow up on the groundbreaking and historic March to Close the Achievement Gap in grand fashion. The young leaders who determined that a quiet revolution was not

enough, are witnessing the power of their actions as word has spread beyond the 12 MCPS participant high schools to the far reaches of Temuco, Chile.

On January 16th and 17th of the upcoming 2015 school year, the 4th Annual Intra-County Minority Scholars Program Retreat will be held at Bethesda Chevy Chase High School from 8:30am to 1:30pm. Witness MCPS youth lead the way in the effort to break down the achievement gap. Observe student leaders carrying on the mission of positively changing school culture. And be on hand as the forces of this movement expand the reach of the Minority Scholars Program and its numerous accomplishments across the globe!

Contact:

Sharif Robinson

Assistant Principal

240-497-6300

County Wide Minority ScholarsProgram Coordinator

Sharif K Robinson@mcpsmd.org

BethesdaChevyChaseHigh School School

Vilma l'lajera

Assistant SchoolAdministrator

301-989-5700

County Wide Minority Scholars Program Coordinator

Vilma C Najera@mcpsmd.org

Springbrook High

Micheal Williams

County Wide Minority ScholarsProgramCoordinator (301) 675-8073

MvwilS@gmail.com or Michael V Williams@mcpsmd.org

Wong, Larry M.

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Durso, Michael A. Monday, January 26, 2015 9:52 PM Civin, Joshua I; O'Neill, Patricia; Starr, Joshua P

Bresler, Judith; Napoli,

RE: Rowden & Adcock v. Montgomery County Board of Education

Sandra L; Zuckerman, Andrew; Bowers, Larry; Ikheloa, Roland

Thanks Josh - I still would like us to have a discussion on this matter, Mike

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From: Civin, Joshua I Sent: Monday, January 26, 2015 11:29 AM To: O'Neill, Patricia; Durso, Michael A.; Starr, Joshua P Cc: Bresler, Judith; Napoli, Sandra L; Zuckennan, Andrew; Bowers, Larry; Ikheloa, Roland Subject: Rowden & Adcock v. Montgomery County Board of Education

Forwarding on behalf of Judy Bresler. This was bounced on account of size when she sent it out.

From: Judy Bresler Sent: Monday, January 26, 2015 9:41 AM

To: 'O'Neill, Patricia'; Durso, Michael A. (Michael A Durso@mcpsmd.org); CiVin, Joshua I (Joshua I Civin@mcpsmd.org) Cc: Sandra l Napoli@mcpsmd.org; Civin, Joshua I (Joshua I Civin@mcpsmd.org) Subject: Rowden & Adcock v. Montgomery County Board of Education

Please find attached the response, submitted Friday afternoon, on behalf of the Board of Education to the appeal involving the proposed relocation of the Blair G. Ewing Center to the former English Manor Elementary School and the proposed relocation of the Shady Grove Bus Depot to the current Blair G. Ewing Center site.

We will continue to keep you advised of the progress of this matter. In the meantime, if you or any Board members have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me. Judy

Judith S. Bresler Carney, Kelehan Bresler, Bennett Scherr

10715 Charter Drive, Suite 200 Columbia, Maryland 21044 Telephone: 301-621-5255

isb@carneykelehan.com

Wong,

Larry M.

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To:

Durso, Michael A. Wednesday, January 07, 2015 9:18 AM Williams, Michael V; Starr, Joshua P; Onijala, Gboyinde; Kretikos, Eleni O; Supinski,

Bonnie L.; Tofig, Dana; Warner, Timothy B; Barclay, Christopher; Garran, Christopher S.; Brandman, Shirley; Dacca, Judy; Statham, Kimberly A

Cc:

Robinson, Sharif K;

Najera, Vilma C - Asst School Ad min; Alton,

John R;

Donna.StGeorge@washpost.com; lpowers@gazette.net

Subject:

RE: MSP goes Global!

Michael - great news, and welcome back (home). Hope our paths cross upon your return

Mike

From: Williams, Michael V Sent: Wednesday, January 07, 2015 8:06 AM To: Starr, Joshua P; Onijala, Gboyinde; Kretikos, Eleni O; Supinski, Bonnie L.; Tofig, Dana; Warner, Timothy B; Barclay, Christopher; Garran, Christopher S.; Durso, Michael A.; Brandman, Shirley; Dacca, Judy; Statham, Kimberly A Cc: Robinson, Sharif K; Najera, Vilma C - Asst School Admin; Alton, John R; Donna.StGeorge@washpost.com; lpowers@gazette.net Subject: MSP goes Global!

Greetings All:

Saludos desde Santiago, Chile!

An official Press Release will be sent out in a few days, but wanted to give everyone a heads up that the Education Department at the University of Santa Tomas in Temuco, Chile has been so impressed with the concept of Minority Scholar:, f'rogram tnat tney are CUrrently exploring ways to replicate the program in Temuco, Chile. They have a very close relationship with area high schools and have various programs, but they feel MSP is something that is sorely needed in the Temuco region that has a high percentage of indigenous students who are hardest hit by the achievement gap.

We are currently exploring ways to connect them through video conferencing to a few sessions of our 4th Annual Intra- County Minority Scholars Program Retreat. Of course we would love support from MCPS lV folk who have far more expertise with this.

I return in a week, but wanted to share the news and hope we have everyone's full support!

Gracias a todos!

Sincerely,

Mike

From: Williams, Michael V Sent: Sunday, December 28, 2014 7:24 PM To: Onijala, Gboyinde; Kretikos, Eleni O; Supinski, Bonnie L.; Tofig, Dana Cc: Robinson, Sharif K.; Najera, Vilma C - Resource Teacher; Alton, John R

Subject:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

4th ANNUAL INTRA-COUNTY MINORITY SCHOLARS PROGRAM RETREAT

For the past 8 years, various Montgomery County Public School students have been leading a quiet revolution that has been positively impacting school culture and helping to chip away at the achievement gap. The Minority Scholars Program {MSP), a student driven initiative aimed at reducing the achievement gap has been quickly spreading beyond Walter Johnson, Clarksburg, BCC, and Wootton High Schools.

On the heel of last year's 3rd Annual MSP Retreat, these young leaders determined that a quiet revolution was not enough. Thus intent on spreading the word and garnering support for this most arduous effort, the students led an historic and groundbreaking March to Close the Achievement Gap last April wherein upwards of 500 participants from twelve different high schools (the four schools mentioned above, as well as representatives from Springbrook, Northwood, Wheaton, Northwest, Watkins Mill, Quince Orchard, Whitman, and Damascus) marched from the School Board to the County Courthouse steps in downtown Rockville. The event was a huge success that solidified the need to continue to expand this worthwhile initiative countywide. This 4th Annual MSP retreat looks to follow up on this groundbreaking and historic effort.

On January 16th and 17th of the upcoming 2015 school year, the 4th Annual Intra-County Minority Scholars Program Retreat will be held at Bethesda Chevy Chase High School from 8:30am to 1:30pm. Witness MCPS youth lead the way in the effort to break down the achievement gap. Observe student leaders carrying on the mission of positively changing school culture. And be on hand as the forces of this movement expand the reach of the Minority Scholars Program and its numerous accomplishments!

Contact:

Sharif Robinson

Vilma Najera

Assistant Principal 240-497-6300

County Wide Minority Scholars Program Coordinator

Sharif K Robinson@mcpsmd.org

Bethesda Chevy ChaseHigh School

Assistant School Administrator

301-989-5700

County Wide Minority Scholars Program Coordinator

Vilma C Najera@mcpsmd.org

Springbrook High School

Micheal Williams

County Wide Minority ScholarsProgram Coordinator (301) 67S-8073

MvwilS@gmail.com or Michael V Williams@mcpsmd.org

Wong, Larry M.

From:

Durso, Michael A.

Sent:

Monday, December 08, 2014 3:33 PM

To:

Zuckerman, Andrew; Barclay, Christopher; Dacca, Judy; Huh, S Dahlia; Kauffman, Phil;

Cc:

O'Neill, Patricia; Smondrowski, Rebecca K; Ortman-Fouse, Jill Starr, Joshua P; Bowers, Larry; Statham, Kimberly A; Navarro, Maria V; Turner-Little,

Subject:

Karalee C.; Edwards, Brian; Civin, Joshua I RE: Darkness to Light - Wed Dec 10 7pm

Andy - thanks for the notice, I plan to attend, but probably will

be late

Mike

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From: Zuckerman, Andrew Sent: Monday, December 08, 2014 2:41 PM To: Barday, Christopher; Docca, Judy; Durso, Michael A.; Huh, S Dahlia; Kauffman, Phil; O'Neill, Patricia; Smondrowski, Rebecca K; Ortman-Fouse, Jill Cc: Starr, Joshua P; Bowers, Larry; Statham, Kimberly A; Navarro, Maria V; Turner-Little, Karalee C.; Edwards, Brian; Civin, Joshua I Subject: Darkness to Light - Wed Dec 10 7pm

Dear Board Members,

This Wednesday evening, the MCCPTA's Health and Safety Committee will be presenting a workshop on child abuse called Darkness to Light. This program is being facilitated by Ms. Jennifer Alvaro, who presents Darkness to Light as part of her work in the field of child abuse. Below is more information on this event. Although this event is not a part of our child abuse workgroup, Ms. Alvaro does sit on the workgroup, and specifically the parent awareness subcommittee. Through our parent academy this winter, we are planning awareness and training to our parents in this critical area of child abuse and neglect as a result of the parent awareness subcommittee work.

In the meantime, MCCPTA will be presenting the Darkness to Light program this Wednesday, and I wanted you to be aware of this event.

Sincerely,

Andy Zuckerman

MCCPTA's Health and Safety Committee proudly presents:

Darkness to Light's STEWARDS of CHILDREN program

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

7-9:30 pm

Location TBA

Child sexual abuse is likely the most prevalent health problem children face, with the most serious array of consequences. In fact, 1 in 10 children will experience sexual abuse before their 18th birthday. This means that whether you work with youth, are a parent, or are simply a member of a community, it is highly likely that someone you know and care for has experienced, or is currently experiencing, child sexual abuse. It's going to happen whether you are prepared to deal with it or not - unless you stop it from happening. And the good news is, it can be stopped.

For more information on this national nonprofit organization that seeks to empower adults to prevent sexual abuse. or to take this training online, visit www.D2L.org.

Wong, Larry M.

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O'Neill, Patricia Thursday, January 08, 2015 12:18 PM Starr, Joshua P; Edwards, Brian; Tofig, Dana; Zuckerman, Andrew; Bowers, Larry Joann Arrnao- Bell Times

FYI- JoannArrnaojust called regarding Bell limes. I think she is leaning towards the 35 minute option. I told her about our budget concernsand mentioned GCEI. Shewa Pats not aware of this possibility.

Wong, Larry M.

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O'Neill, Patricia

Sent:

Tuesday, January 06, 2015 10:26 PM

To:

Edwards, Brian; Tofig, Dana; Zuckerman, Andrew; Bowers, Larry; Starr, Joshua P

Subject:

Fwd: Thank you for the variety of options

Attachments:

SSL press release bell times January 2015.pdf; ATIOOOOl.htm

FYI

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From: "Ann M. Gallgher" <Ann@StartSchoolLater.net> Date: January 6, 2015 at 9:59:24 PM EST To: "O'Neill, Patricia" <Patricia O'Neill@mcpsmd.org> Subject: Thank you for the variety of options

Welcome back from the holidays!

It is true we are not impressed by Dr. Starr's recommendations. Basic information in the document is inaccurate and misleading. Despite these flaws there are options that do meet the health needs of all of our students. SSL leadership would be happy to back those options. The 20 minute delay will not confer the health, safety, and learning benefits desired for our whole student population. We look forward to the public hears as an opportunity to throw support behind any of the plans in alignment with AAP policy. I have attached our press release so some of our concerns are apparent to you.

Thank you again for getting these options under consideration; we are glad to know change could be possible.

Ann M. Gallagher Research/Development Co-Director Start School Later, Inc. PO Box 6105 Annapolis, MD 21401

240-461-6171

Ann@StartSchoo!Later.net

Wong, Larry M.

From:

O'Neill, Patricia

Sent:

Wednesday, December 24, 2014 9:15 AM

To:

Civin, Joshua I; Starr, Joshua P; King, Suzann M - BOE Office; Ikheloa, Roland

Subject:

Fwd: SSIMS PTSA & SCES PTA Statement Re: Purple Line

Attachments:

SSIMS SCES PL Issues final.12.22.14.pdf; ATIOOOOl.htm; Purple Line Cover Let final.12.23.14.pdf; ATI00002.htm

I am sharing this request.

Sent from my iPhone

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From: "Barclay, Christopher" <Christopher Barclay@mcpsmd.org> To: "O'Neill, Patricia" <Patricia O'Neill@mcpsmd.org> Cc: "Durso, Michael A." <Michael A Durso@mcpsmd.org>, "Ikheloa, Roland" <Roland Ikheloa@mcpsmd.org>

Subject: FW: SSIMS PTSA & SCES PTA Statement Re: Purple Line

Chris B

From: Heather Powers Sauter [HPowers@realia.com) Sent: Tuesday, December 23, 2014 12:56 PM To: BOE Mail; lkheloa, Roland; Docca, Judy; King, Suzann M - BOE Office; O'Neill, Patricia; Steinberg, Laura; Barclay, Christopher; Kauffman, Phil; Yorro, Kathy; Durso, Michael A.; Smondrowski, Rebecca K; Huh, S Dahlia; Ortman-Fouse, Jill Subject: SSIMS PTSA & SCES PTA Statement Re: Purple Line

December 22, 2014

Dr. Joshua Starr, Superintendent

Montgomery County Schools

850 Hungerford Drive

Rockville, MD 20850

Dear Dr. Starr:

On November 19th Silver Spring International Middle School PTSA and Sligo Creek Elementary School PTA hosted a presentation by MTA and MCPS Division of Construction on the impact of Purple Line construction on the school communities. The event was scheduled specifically to raise awareness and gather feedback from the school communities.

Attached is a document prepared and approved by SSIMS PTSA and SCES PTA that outlines the concerns expressed at that meeting and those collected subsequently:

Our number one priority is the safety of our students during construction and operation;

The negative impact construction will have on our campuses and

Objection to locating a Traction Powered Substation (TPSS) on school property.

SSIMS PTSA and SCES PTA see the value of public transit and the Purple Line. Our communities are concerned about the widening of Wayne Avenue and changes to our campus that are required to build the Dale Drive Station. We propose a follow up meeting be held the end of January to allow MTA and MCPS an opportunity to respond to the issues raised in the attached statement.

Thank you for considering our comments. We look forward to working with MCPS and MTA on Purple Line issues going forward.

Sincerely,

Heather Powers Sauter Jacobs

Amy Kenney & Amy Thomson

President, SSIMS PTSA

Cc:

Craig Shuman

Seth Adams

Michael Sanchez

Joy Nurmi

Joy Hamilton

Mike Madden

John Haas

Diantha Swift

Board of Education

Co-Presidents, SCES PTA

Wong,

Larry M.

From:

O'Neill, Patricia

Sent:

Monday, December 22, 2014 1:41 PM

To:

Ikheloa, Roland; Starr, Joshua P; Durso, Michael A.

Cc:

Tofig, Dana; Edwards, Brian; Zuckerman, Andrew; Civin, Joshua I

Subject:

Ewing center

Donna st George

Said an appeal has been filed with the state BOE on English manor.

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Wong, Larry M.

from:

O'Neill, Patricia

Sent

Saturday, December 06, 2014 9:02 PM

To:

Starr, Joshua P; Civin, Joshua I; Statham, Kimberly A

Cc:

Ikheloa, Roland

Subject:

FW: MCPS Outdoor Environmental Education at off-site locations

FYI

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Sent: Saturday, December06, 2014 9:40 AM To: Jenkins, Laurie C Cc: O'Neill, Patricia; Nardi, Christopher B Subject: RE: MCPS Outdoor Environmental Education at off-site locations

Dear Ms Jenkins,

Thank you for reaching out to me about Outdoor Ed. I am in no way questioning the need for Outdoor Ed or the difficulties in finding appropriate outdoor space for large numbers of middle schoolers.

My son and my husband, a chaperone, attended Outdoor Ed this fall. Cross and message-bearing salt and pepper shakers (that had been on the tables for an earlier Pyle group) had been moved off the tables but were in common areas such as the breezeway and the areas where the KP kids worked. The shakers are decorated with crosses and messages such as "Christian Engineered." These were seen at every meal, every day. This is more than an oversight of one staffer, one day. I understand there is also a large cross outside the tabernacle that cannot be covered.

The issue is that at an MCPS program, there is persistent Christian iconography that makes non-Christian children feel separate, different, and that they do not belong. This is unacceptable.

I hope you are able to educate your staff to these sensitivities so that all MCPS students can benefit from Outdoor Ed, feeling a part of the community and not distinct and separate from it.

Sincerely,

Laura Trivers

From: Laurie_C_Jenkins@mcpsmd.org

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Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2014 11:17:48-0500

Subject: MCPS Outdoor Environmental Education at off-site locations

Dear Ms. Trivers:

Your e-mail message to Mrs. Patricia O'Neill, Vice President, Montgomery County Board of Education, was forwarded to this office for review and response,

On behalf of Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), I want to thank you for bringing your concern to the school system's attention. In this current school year of 2014-2015, 11,342 students from 38 middle schools are scheduled to attend the Grade 6 Residential Outdoor Environmental Education Program. The Lathrop E. Smith Center is owned and operated by MCPS, but it only has the capacity to house and feed 130 students. Many of our middle schools have

significantly more than 130 Grade 6 students at one time, including Thomas W. Pyle Middle School, which has a Grade 6 enrollment of 477 students.

There are only 36 weeks of school for students and the Grade 6 outdoor education program lasts for three days, with two overnight stays. Fully scheduling the Smith Center cannot accommodate all MCPS Grade 6 students. Therefore, it has been necessary to look at other facilities within a reasonable distance of Montgomery County that can provide the outdoor environment necessary to support the program content and also house and feed hundreds of students, plus staff members and chaperones, at a reasonable cost. For those reasons, MCPS rents two sites that can be reached relatively easily, meet program needs, and can house and feed over 350 people. Summit Lake is one of those sites. MCPS has used the Summit Lake site for the Grade 6 Outdoor Education program for approximately 45 years.

The MCPS Outdoor Education Program for Grade 6 students is an extension of the MCPS Grade 6 curriculum. The grounds become the equivalent of a real world lab where MCPS teachers teach curricular content and school rules and regulations apply. Although we realize that the site also is used by other groups at other times as a Christian retreat center, student exposure to religious symbols is brief and limited. I am aware of only one religious symbol on one building which is used for program purposes only during inclement weather and, when in use by MCPS, has an internal curtain that blocks view of the symbol. The report of salt and pepper shakers with religious symbols was investigated. MCPS schools do not put salt and pepper shakers on the tables for student use in its cafeterias, and they should not have been in place at the one meal at Summit Lake. It was an oversight by a MCPS staff member on that particular day. I am sorry that an error was made. Students do not engage in any religious practices that are school- sponsored or school-endorsed. The vast majority of the students' time at Summit Lake is spent studying science and other education-related topics of which is facilitated by the outdoor environment.

Please be assured that a continuous effort is made to identify suitable options that meet the criteria for a successful MCPS Grade 6 residential environmental program. Losing the ability to use our current sites, without any suitable alternatives, would decimate this unique instructionally rich program that benefits so many students.

Thank you, again, for sharing your concerns with us, and I trust that the additional information in this correspondence provides a better understanding of the school system's efforts to find sites that meet the needs of this important program.

Respectfully,

Laurie C. Jenkins, Supervisor Outdoor Environmental Education Programs

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Laurie C. Jenkins I Supervisor I Montgomery County Public Schools PreK-12 Outdoor Environmental Education Programs PreK-12 Environmental Education 5110 Meadowside Lane I Rockville, MD 20885 I 301.924.3123 http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/curriculum/outdoored/ I Twitter @MCPSOutdoors

Wong, Larry M.

From:

O'Neill, Patricia

Sent:

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 6:25 PM

To:

Steinberg, Laura

Cc:

Starr, Josh; Bowers, Larry; Ikheloa, Roland; Zuckerman, Andrew; Turner-Little, Karalee C.

Subject:

Re: Delegation briefing

I was wondering if it would be helpful to have Phil attend? Pat

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> On Jan 11, 2015, at 12:46 PM, "Steinberg, Laura" <Laura_Steinberg@mcpsmd.org> wrote:

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> At the MCEA reception on Friday, Shane Robinson said he wants the House delegation to get briefed on school construction. I said I would work with him and Melanie to have the appropriate staff there and to get it scheduled for

one of their Friday morning meetings. He is aiming for either Jan 23 or 30.

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Wong, Larry M.

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Ortman-Fouse, Jill

Sent:

Sunday, December 07, 2014 9:12 PM

To:

Civin, Joshua I; Turner-Little, Karalee C.

Cc:

Starr, Joshua P; Ikheloa, Roland

Subject:

RE: Code of Conduct briefing

Karalee -- Thanks for following up with Josh C.

Josh C. -- I will email you some times so we can coordinate. I look forward to catching up with you.

Re talking points, thanks for passing on the excellent summary for principals. Good information for me, but I was thinking more in terms of public messaging. I also didn't see anything about training, staff coordination or the feedback and outcome monitoring mechanisms -- but I assume that is in other supplementary materials, and may not be under you. We can discuss when we meet.

Thanks again for very fast turnaround, folks!

Jill

From: Civin, Joshua I Sent: Sunday, December 07, 2014 2:24 PM To: Turner-Little, Karalee C.; Ortman-Fouse, Jill Cc: Starr, Joshua P; lkheloa, Roland Subject: RE: Code of Conduct briefing

Jill, Look forward to talking about the Code of Conduct and to meeting up more generally. I'll circle back to you tomorrow for scheduling, but feel free to send some good times this week.

In the meantime, attached are the talking points we circulated to principals in August, before the beginning of the school year, to assist them in discussing the Code of Conduct with staff and parents.

Best, Josh

Joshua Civin General Counsel Montgomery County Public Schools 850 Hungerford Drive, Room 122 Rockville, Maryland 20850 Phone: 301-517-5042 Email: Joshua_l_Civin@mcpsmd.org www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org

Note: This communication may contain information that is legally protected from unauthorized disclosure. If you are not the intended recipient, please note that any review, use, dissemination, distribution or copying of this communication is strictly prohibited and does not waive non-disclosure rights. If you have received this message in error, please notify the sender immediately by telephone or by return email and delete this message from your computer.

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F rom: Turner-Little, Karalee C. Sent: Saturday, December 06, 201410:11 AM To: Ortman-Fouse, Jill Cc: Starr, Joshua P; Civin, Joshua I; lkheloa, Roland Subject: Code of Conduct briefing

Hi Jill,

As a follow-up from our meeting yesterday, Josh Civin will coordinate a briefing with you on the Code of Conduct. He will share the process, communication plan (including talking points) and next steps. It was great having you join our meeting and I very much look forward to working with you. Take care,

K

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Wong, Larry M.

From:

Ortman-Fouse, Jill

Sent:

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 9:44 AM

To:

Durso, Michael A.

Cc:

Ikheloa, Roland; O'Neill, Patricia; Kauffman, Phil; Smondrowski, Rebecca K; Huh, S

Subject:

Dahlia; Barclay, Christopher; Dacca, Judy; Starr, Josh; Bowers, Larry; Zuckerman, Andrew; Turner-Little, Karalee C.; King, Suzann M - BOE Office; Varro, Kathy; Steinberg, Laura; Richardson, Chrisandra Re: Montgomery County Collaboration Council - Vice President

Great news! And I also look forward to learning more about the Council's work.

Jill

Jill Ortman-Fouse MCPS Board of Education, At-Large

301-379-9339

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wrote:

Roland - congratulations, I just met with the new Executive Director, April Kaplan, last week.

Interested in knowing more about the work of the council

Mike

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Sent: Wednesday, January 14, 2015 7:45 AM

To: O'Neill, Patricia; Durso, Michael A.; Kauffman, Phil; Smondrowski, Rebecca K; Ortman-Fouse, Jill; Huh, S Dahlia;

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Dear Board members,

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Since 2006, I have been the Board's County Council appointed representative on the Collaboration Council. Chris

Richardson also represents the school system on the Council. I am pleased to share with the Board that late last month I was elected Vice President of the Council to serve with Gabe Albornoz, President.

Wong. Larry M.

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Ortman-Fouse, Jill

Sent:

Monday, January 05, 2015 8:36 AM

To:

Starr, Josh

Cc:

Turner-Little, Karalee C.; O'Neill, Patricia

Subject:

Re: Sligo Middle School - Middle Years Programme

Jill

Jill Ortman-Fouse MCPS Board of Education, At-Large

301-379-9339

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» Sent: Monday, January 05, 2015 12:17 AM >> To: Starr, Josh » Subject: FW: Sligo Middle School - Middle Years Programme >>

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» Hope you had a great weekend. Thanks for meeting with me on Friday. I appreciated all your perspectives.

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» When I mentioned the Middle Years Programme for Sligo MS, you said that you would have to follow-up with the principal

It might be good for us to talk briefly before Tuesday

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» From: Heather Halwani [halwani.heather@yahoo.com]

» Sent: Friday, December 19, 2014 12:23 PM

» To: Ortman-Fouse, Jill

» Subject: Sligo Middle School - Middle Years Programme

>>

» Good afternoon and Happy Holidays!

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» I'm writing to you today regarding Sligo Middle School. Last year the school's Principal, Mr. Eric Wilson, requested funds from the BOE to implement the Middle Years Progamme at Sligo Middle School. His request was denied even though the budget was fully funded. >>

» Sligo is the only middle school in the cluster, and indeed, the Downcounty area, that does not have a signature

program. This puts all of our students at a distinct disadvantage compared to other schools because most of us do not

have a choice of where to send our children to middle school. >>

» Sligo students deserve to experience the benefits that a Middle Years Programme would provide to their educational

careers. Sligo Middle School (teachers and administrators} and its community are ready, willing to implement, and able

to take on the challenges of such a program. >>

» It takes time to train the staff and to implement the Programme. The longer it takes to receive funding, the longer it's going to take to train the staff and for the students to receive the benefits of the Programme. >>

» Thank you for your consideration of Sligo Middle School's request to make funding the Middle Years Programme a priority in this next budget. >>

»Mrs.Heather

Halwani

Wong, Larry M.

From:

Smondrowski, Rebecca K

Sent:

Thursday, February 05, 2015 12:55 PM

To:

Ikheloa, Roland

Cc:

Starr, Josh; Barclay, Christopher; Durso, Michael A.; Huh, S Dahlia; Docca, Judy; O'Neill,

Subject:

Patricia; Ortman-Fouse, Jill; Kauffman, Phil; Bowers, Larry; Zuckerman, Andrew; Song, James; Szyfer, Deborah; Causey, Joanne L; Gibson, Becky; King, Suzann M - BOE Office; Sequeira, Martha; Steinberg, Laura; Yorro, Kathy Re: Aspen Hill

That is great Jill. Thank you! I'm glad you went.

Rebecca

Rebecca Smondrowski

301.325.6246

Montgomery County Board of Education - District 2

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On Feb 5, 2015, at 12:10 PM, "lkheloa, Roland" <Roland_lkheloa@mcpsmd.org>

wrote:

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Dear Board members,

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> I am forwarding this email to you on behalf of Board member Jill Ortman-Fouse. It is a summary of her observations upon attending the Aspen Hill Civic Association meeting last night.

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lkhide Roland lkheloa

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Chief of Staff-Ombudsman

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Montgomery County Board of Education

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301-279-3617

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-----Original Message-----

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From: Ortman-Fouse, Jill

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Sent: Wednesday, February 04, 2015 11:45 PM

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To: O'Neill, Patricia; lkheloa, Roland

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Cc: Steinberg, Laura

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Subject: Aspen Hill

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Hey Pat, Roland and Laura,

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> After consulting with Josh C, I ended up going to the Aspen Hill Civic Association meeting this evening. I wanted to pass this summary on to our board colleagues, and James, Debbie and Dr. Thomas; but still not sure what is appropriate for me to send to the whole board with respect to current practices and protocol, as well as being respectful of the open meetings act. So, whatever you think is best. Edit, delete or forward. :)

> ***

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> I attended the Aspen Hill meeting this eve. By all the accounts that I was privy to after the meeting, it was a very successful event. I must say, our staff did an outstanding job. James presented and was peppered with questions for two

solid hours. He answered the questions clearly and deftly, and knocked it out of the ballpark. Everyone, including me, came out knowing far more than when they came in. Marc Eirich attended as well, and honestly, I think by the end of

the meeting the packed room had definitely become more sympathetic to MCPS's position, and asked Marc why the development company hadn't found us a bus depot site which they were contractually obligated to do, among other questions. :)

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> The questions were all about policy, procedure, history and logistics. The only question that came up regarding the students was how many of students were projected to be in the program going into the future. Dr. Thomas did a very nice job explaining a bit about the program and how he would like to see it grow in a different way -- something I hadn't heard about before but sounds very interesting.

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> I was asked if I wanted to speak, passed on that, and wasn't asked any questions. No one seemed to expect me to say anything (which worked out well for me).

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> The new president of the Aspen Hill neighborhood association introduced herself to us, thanked us all for coming, and expressed regret that they had gotten started off on the wrong foot with this issue. She looked forward to having a more productive dialogue going forward. And many of the attendees also expressed their appreciation of the staff for coming

out and and all their efforts. I'm sure many still don't want Blair Ewing turned into a bus depot, etc., but at least they feel they've been heard and a great deal of misinformation was cleared up.

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>

Jill

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Jill Ortman-Fouse

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Board of Education, At-Large

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Montgomery County Public Schools

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240-401-3471

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www.mcpsmd.org

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Wong, Larry M.

From:

Smondrowski, Rebecca K

Sent:

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 7:04 AM

To:

Statham, Kimberly A

Cc:

Zuckerman, Andrew; King, Suzann M - BOE Office; Starr, Josh; Ikheloa, Roland; Turner-

Subject:

Little, Karalee C.; Hollingshead, Donna Re: Please help

Ok thanks!!

Rebecca

Rebecca Smondrowski

301.325.6246

Montgomery County Board of Education - District 2

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On Jan 27, 2015, at 11 :24 PM, "Statham, Kimberly A" <Kimberly A Statham@mcpsmd.org> wrote:

Dear Rebecca, As you know, we take these issues very seriously. I've copied Donna Hollingshead who is the responsible associate superintendent. We will investigate. Additionally, we will anticipate receiving formal correspondence from the Board office for appropriate action/response to this concern. Thank you- Kim

Kimberly A. Statham, Ph.D. Deputy Superintendent Office of School Support and Improvement Montgomery County Public Schools 850 Hungerford Drive, Room 100 Rockville, Maryland 20850

301-517-8258

On Jan 27, 2015, at 10:07 PM, Smondrowski, Rebecca K <Rebecca K Smondrowski@mcpsmd.org> wrote:

Please let me know what we are doing about this ASAP and how we respond to her.

Thanks so much!

RS

Rebecca Smondrowski

301.325.6246

Montgomery County Board of Education - District 2

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Begin forwarded message:

From:

Date: January 27, 2015 at 4: 14:49 PM EST To: BOE Mail <BOEmail@mcpsmd.org>, "lkheloa, Roland" <Roland lkheloa@mcpsmd.org>, "Docca, Judy" <Judy Docca@mcpsmd.org>, "King, Suzann M - BOE Office" <Suzann M King@mcpsmd.org>, "O'Neill, Patricia" <Patricia O'Neill@mcpsmd.org>, "Steinberg, Laura" <Laura Steinberg@mcpsmd.org>, "Barclay, Christopher" <Christopher Barclay@mcpsmd.org>, "Kauffman, Phil" <Phil Kauffman@mcpsmd.org>, "Yorro, Kathy" <Kathy Yorro@mcpsmd.org>, "Durso, Michael A." <Michael A Durso@mcpsmd.org>, "Smondrowski, Rebecca K" <Rebecca K Smondrowski@mcpsmd.org>, "Huh, S Dahlia" <Dahlia S Huh@mcpsmd.org>, "Ortman-Fouse, Jill" <Jill OrtmanF ouse@mcpsmd.org> Subject: Please help

>

Wong, Larry M.

From:

Smondrowski, Rebecca K

Sent:

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 12:49 PM

To:

Steinberg, Laura

Cc:

Barclay, Christopher; Dacca, Judy; Durso, Michael A.; Huh, S Dahlia; Kauffman, Phil;

Subject:

O'Neill, Patricia; Ortman-Fouse, Jill; Starr, Josh; Bowers, Larry; Causey, Joanne L; Gibson, Becky; King, Suzann M - BOE Office; Sequeira, Martha; Yorro, Kathy Re: Delegation Briefing this Friday

Thanks Laura!!

I plan to be there.

Rebecca Smondrowski

301.325.6246

Montgomery County Board of Education - District 2

Sent from my iPhone

On Jan 21, 2015, at 11:07 AM, "Steinberg, Laura" <Laura Steinberg@mcpsmd.org> wrote:

This email is to inform you that the delegation has asked for a briefing on school construction. It will occur this coming Friday, January 23 during their regularly scheduled weekly meeting, held from 10-11 in the Montgomery County Delegation room in the House Office Building. Mrs. O'Neil has asked that Phil Kauffman represent the Board during the presentation, given his role as immediate past president and the expertise that he has developed on the issue. The superintendent and other administrative staff will be presenting as well.

Please note that if you are interested in attending, your mileage will be considered pre-approved.

Laura

Wong, Larry M.

From:

Sent:

To:

Subject:

Not sure if you saw this

Smondrowski, Rebecca K Monday, December 08, 2014 8:04 AM Starr, Josh Fwd: Gazette article

You don't seem to be copied.

I don't really understand this answer be Craig writes that they will be announcing in a few days. Why are we waiting until January/February?

RS

Rebecca Smondrowski

301.325.6246

Montgomery County Board of Education - District 2

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Begin forwarded message:

From: "Zuckerman, Andrew" <Andrew Zuckerman@mcpsmd.org>

Date: December 6, 2014 at 8:41:25 AM EST

To: "Smondrowski, Rebecca K" <Rebecca K Smondrowski@mcpsmd.org>, "Tofig, Dana" <Dana Tofig@mcpsmd.org>

Cc: "Kauffman, Phil" <Phil Kauffman@mcpsmd.org>, "O'Neill, Patricia" <Patricia O'Neill@mcpsmd.org>, "Barclay, Christopher" <Christopher Barclay@mcpsmd.org>, "Decca, Judy" <Judy Docca@mcpsmd.org>, "Durso, Michael A." <Michael A Durso@mcpsmd.org>, "Ortman-Fouse, Jill" <Jill OrtmanFouse@mcpsmd.org>, "Huh, S Dahlia" <Dahlia S Huh@mcpsmd.org>, "lkheloa, Roland" <Roland lkheloa@mcpsmd.org>, "Steinberg, Laura" <Laura Steinberg@mcpsmd.org>, "King, Suzann M - BOE Office" <Suzann M King@mcpsmd.org>, "Edwards, Brian"

<Brian

Edwards@mcpsmd.org>, "Civin, Joshua I" <Joshua I Civin@mcpsmd.org>, "Bowers, Larry"

<Larry Bowers@mcpsmd.org>, "Onijala, Gboyinde" <Gboyinde Onijala@mcpsmd.org>, "Vogel, Marcia S" <Marcia S Vogel@mcpsmd.org>

Subject: RE: Gazette article

The Ed Committee will likely take up the issue in February. We will present to the Board

of Education in January.

Andrew Zuckerman, Ed.D. Chief of Staff

Montgomery County Public Schools

From: Smondrowski, Rebecca K Sent: Saturday, December 06, 2014 8:25 AM To: Tofig, Dana Cc: Kauffman, Phil; O'Neill, Patricia; Barclay, Christopher; Docca, Judy; Durso, Michael A.; Ortman-Fouse, Jill; Huh, S Dahlia; Ikheloa, Roland; Steinberg, Laura; King, Suzann M - BOE Office; Edwards, Brian; Civin, Joshua I; Zuckerman, Andrew; Bowers, Larry; Onijala, Gboyinde; Vogel, Marcia S Subject: Re: Gazette article

Anyone know anything about this? Craig Rice posted this on Facebook

We are scheduling a worksession on the policies associated with MCPS and sexual abuse/criminal backgrounds right now. Will issue a press release once a date is finalized in the next day or so.

Rebecca

Rebecca Smondrowski

301.325.6246

Montgomery County Board of Education - District 2

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On Dec 5, 2014, at 7:41 PM, "Tofig, Dana" <Dana Tofig@mcpsmd.org> wrote:

Board members,

I thought you would be interested in this story that just went live on the Gazette's website. Apparently John Burley, former principal at Forest Oak Middle School, spoke to a reporter and said he does not remember the allegation against substitute teacher Jose Pineda.

Have a good weekend,

Dana Tofig Director, Public Information and Web Services Montgomery County Public Schools (301} 279-3853 www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org Twitter: @MCPS

Former principal doesn't remember 2004 allegation against substitute teacher

Says he would have called police if he thought there had been sexual abuse

By Daniel Leaderman A former principal of a Gaithersburg middle school where a substitute teacher is accused of groping a girl in 2004 said he has no recollection of investigating the allegation.

Charging documents filed last month indicate that the Forest Oak Middle School student, who is not named, told her mother in 2004 that the teacher touched her several times, including on her thighs and buttocks. Mother and daughter then drove back to the school, where Principal John Burley "was notified of the above events," according to charging documents.

Burley, now retired, told The Gazette Friday that while he doesn't recall talking to the alleged victim and her mother about the incident, he must not have perceived it as a case of abuse. Otherwise, he would have called police. he said.

Burley spent 17 years as principal of Forest Oak, ending in 2011.

The former Forest Oak student is one of four females to accuse Jose Pineda, 50, of the 9100 block

of Bramble Bush Court in Gaithersburg, of touching them inappropriately in the classroom. The

other three alleged incidents occurred in 2013 and 2014 - two at Ridgeview Middle School in

Gaithersburg and one at Clemente Middle School in Germantown in September, after which Pineda

was arrested.

Pineda is charged with four counts of third-degree sexual offense and four counts of sexual abuse

of a minor. He was being held Friday in lieu of $150,000 bail.

Montgomery County police said Thursday that they had no record that law enforcement had been

informed of the incident in 2004.

The victim reported the incident to police herself, but not until mid-November of 2014, after she saw

reports that Pineda had been arrested in connection with an incident at Clemente, according to

charging documents.

Burley said he doesn't remember the incident, the conversation between the student and her

mother, or even Pineda himself. But he can speculate on what might have happened based on

what he was told by the detectives who interviewed him.

One thing Burley said he learned from police is that the mother and daughter spoke Spanish, and

used an interpreter when speaking to him in 2004.

"One of my thoughts is that I, perhaps, did not get a clear picture of a sexual touching, but rather

must have gotten a discomfort from her, about [Pineda]," Burley said.

Burley was told ~Y police that, according to the victim, he said he would make sure Pineda didn't

teach at the school again. Pineda doesn't appear to have returned as a substitute to Forest Oaks,

he said.

"If such a report came to me, and if all of this happened, I would have reported it to the [MCPSJ

substitute [teacher] office," Burley said, adding that he would have filed paperwork removing

Pineda from the list of substitutes for Forest Oak and then left the matter in the hands of the MCPS

central office. Since Pineda doesn't appear to have taught at Forest Oak after the incident, Burley

said that's probably what he did.

The school system said in a statement Thursday that it has no record of any allegation of

inappropriate touching being reported. MCPS spokesman Dana Tofig said Friday he was not aware

of any record of Pineda being removed from the Forest Oaks substitute list, but county police are in

charge of the investigation.

"If I had understood her correctly that it was a sexual assault, I would have done more," Burley

said. He would have called his community superintendent, police from either the county or the city

of Gaithersburg, and his school's PTA president, he said.

"If I had clearly gotten the picture of inappropriate sexual touching, I would remember it," Burley

said. "If something like this had happened, I would remember [Pineda]."

Burley said reports about Pineda have shaken him because he feels he had a successful career - including 27 years as a principal - and he took good care of the children at his schools.

"If, in this case, I didn't take good care of this young lady, then I'm very remorseful about that, very saddened by that. But I think I did, to the best of my knowledge and ability of the situation," Burley said.

Pineda worked as a substitute teacher for MCPS from 2003 to 2006, then again from March of 2013 until September of 2014.

Police have asked the public for help in gathering more information about where he was living and working between 2006 and 2013.