Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, 2/20 - 
    • Candlelight Vigil for Tyler Terry at 6pm in the Cougar Dome #6Strong 
    • Parking enforcement begins
    • The Spring Sports Registration Night scheduled for tonight has been rescheduled to Wednesday, February 21st from 6-8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 2/21 Spring Sports Registration - 6-8 p.m. - Media Center
  • Thursday, 2/22 - Meeting for Seniors who want to be student speakers at Graduation, lunch, room 128 
  • Monday, 2/26 Spring Sports Registration - 6-8 p.m. - Media Center
  • Now - Monday March 5th - Lit Mag Submissions are now being accepted! Send your writing, art or music pieces!
  • February - Extended library hours on Tuesdays & Thursdays. The library will stay open until 5:50. Come by to do homework, research, hang out, read, or check out books! Families and siblings welcome.

Letter to the Community

The following letter was released with great sadness on February 11th by our Principal, Mrs. Working.  Additional information from the National Association of School Psychologists titled, "How to Help Students Cope with Loss, Death, and Grief" has been provided by our Counseling Department.

Literary Magazine Annual Contest

The Literary Magazine is having their annual winter contest with an amazing prize for the winners! Submit writing, art, or music pieces (composition and link to Youtube video of performance) to qohslitmag@gmail.com. Each submission will enter your name into the contest once. The week of March 5th, 6 winners will be chosen and awarded a special prize. Submit as many pieces as you wish! More submissions = higher chance of winning and being featured in the magazine! Contest lasts for all of February. 

Spring Sport Registration

All athletes who are trying out for a Spring Sport must have their parents complete the Online Registration through the myMCPS Parent Portal.  A letter from Mr. Rabberman, QO Athletic Director, outlines the process, resources, and information you will need to complete registration as well as how to get your login if a parent/guardian has not yet registered.  Online registrations need to be completed by Tuesday, February 27th in order for them to be processed in time for March 1st, the first day of tryouts.

QOHS Mulch Sale

Mulch will be sold at $5.50 per bag, brown shredded mulch or $6.75 per bag, black shredded mulch. Buy 10 or more bags and you also get free delivery on March 17th. The annual mulch sale is now! Order by 3/13 at qohsboosters.com.  Mulch spreading can also be purchased for $4 per bag, this is done on April 7th by members of the QO Football team.

AP Course Registration

AP exam registration opens on Wednesday, February 14th and closes on Friday, April 13th, details about the process were sent home starting on Monday, February 12th and a copy of the letter can be found online here.  Registration must be completed online and payment can either be brought to the Counseling Office or paid online through the school store (additional 3.75% charge if paid online).  Students are expected to take the AP exam for every AP course in which they are enrolled. For AP exam registration questions, please contact Mr. Rivera or Ms. Lyon.

Class of 2019 - Free SAT or ACT

Attention Class of 2019! Are you thinking about how to meet your College and Career Readiness requirements? Please refer to the two letters sent home on January 23, 2018 and February 8, 2018 that explain the state mandated College and Career Readiness requirements for graduation and the opportunities you have to take either a FREE in-school SAT on March 21, 2018 or receive a FREE voucher to take the ACT offsite on April 14, 2018 or June 9, 2018. Please refer to the letters for details on these new initiatives. Student registration for the FREE in-school SAT or FREE voucher for the ACT will be available in the College and Career Center beginning on Monday, February 12th and will run through Friday, February 23rd (extended from the original deadline of February 16th). As a reminder, only current juniors may take advantage of this unique opportunity and you may only register for one free test.

Art Awards

Congratulations to Megan Wormald, Margaret Regan, Jeffrey Brown, and Yardley Borten for doing well at the PTSA Reflections Competition, they will all be moving on to the State Level.  Get more details on our Art Awards page.

Spring Parking Passes

The Spring 2018 Parking Application is now available. Details about eligibility and the process for applying and receiving a permit are outlined in the application. Parking enforcement will begin on February 20, 2018.

Buy a Brick

Outside the main gym is the QO Wall of Fame where you can purchase 1 of 3 different style bricks, some with logos, to immortalize your favorite Cougar student, parent, teacher, or team. Three sizes are available: 4 X 8 $45.00, 6 X 12 $75.00, or 12 X 12 $110.00. Please go on to the Booster Club's website, click on BRICKS for more information. We are about to complete one of the Walls of Fame. There is space for a few more bricks. In order to purchase these bricks, they must be reserved by contacting Michael Parizer at 301-258-5034 or mparizer@comcast.net.

Senior Fees

Seniors, be sure to pay your one-time senior fee.  The fee is currently $60 until the end of February - make sure you pay it before the price increases again! You can pay online through our online school store. Checks should be made payable to QOHS and can be turned into Ms. Kempf in room 332.

Gaithersburg Student Union

This club is a great way to get involved with opportunities to earn SSL hours, attend activities at Bohrer Park, Olde Towne and Robertson Park, be involved with GYC Music Studios and attend different field trips.  Get involved today by joining - just fill out a Membership Form in English or en Español.  

Student and Parent Portal (Edline Replacement)

myMCPS ScreenshotNeed to access the MCPS Parent Portal or MCPS Student Portal, need more information about this - get all the details the the myMCPS Information Page.  This page has information about setting up your account, what you can access via the portal and detailed instructions for using the portal.  To access grades and class information through the MCPS Classroroom go to https://mcpsmd.instructure.com and to access attendance and long term information go to the Student/Parent portal https://portal.mcpsmd.org/public/.  If you are having issues with your account or need your login information, please contact Mrs. Jennifer Nicholson, Media Specialist, via email to Jennifer_R_Nicholson@mcpsmd.org


Thinking of ordering a yearbook, get it today, don't delay - yearbooks are now $90! Click here to order your yearbook  online today or here to print out an order form (in English or Español).

SSL Information

Students in need of Student Service Learning hours can look for current opportunities on the bulletin board in the red hallway on the first floor and sign-up for text or email reminders from remind.com - sign-up by texting @mrstshel to 81010.  You may also look on the MCPS SSL website to view ongoing opportunities.  All opportunities with a purple graduation cap are already approved by MCPS.  If there is no graduation cap make sure you submit the Individual Student Service Learning Request form prior to serving your volunteer hours.  See Mrs. Shelhorse if you have any questions concerning SSL or need help finding opportunities.



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