November 25, 2013
More than 750 people joined Superintendent Joshua Starr for his second annual State of the Schools address on Nov. 11, at the Music Center at Strathmore. The event brought the MCPS community together to celebrate the accomplishments and talents of MCPS students as well to hear Dr. Starr’s vision for how the district will prepare all students for success in the 21st century.
Before the presentation, guests were treated to outstanding musical and dance performances by MCPS students, and had the opportunity to view student artwork. More than 100 students from 39 MCPS schools participated in the event.
The 2013 State of the Schools event was made possible by the support of Strathmore and Glenstone. Their support builds on the existing partnerships these organizations already have with MCPS. Since the Music Center opened in 2005, the Strathmore Student Concert Series has presented concerts featuring the National Philharmonic to thousands of MCPS students each year. Glenstone began a partnership with the district in 2011 that allows hundreds of MCPS teachers and students to visit the museum and view one of the country’s most notable collections of modern art.
The 2013 State of the Schools was also made possible through donations from partners including Pepco, International Baccalaureate, Comcast, Hess Construction and Engineering, and the Montgomery County Business Roundtable for Education.
All proceeds from the event will be used to support the mission of the Montgomery County Public Schools Educational Foundation, particularly the Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success (ACES) program. The ACES program is a collaborative effort by MCPS, Montgomery College and the Universities at Shady Grove to improve college enrollment and completion for students underrepresented in higher education. Learn more on the ACES website.
Video and pictures of the event are posted on the State of the Schools website.