November 5, 2013
MCPS Superintendent Joshua P. Starr will deliver his second State of the Schools address—Building the Future Together—on the morning of Monday, Nov. 11, at the Music Center at Strathmore. In addition to discussing his vision for the future of MCPS, the breakfast event will celebrate the accomplishments and talents of MCPS students. The event is free and open to the public and will be an opportunity for the business, nonprofit and education communities to come together to support Montgomery County Public Schools.
Two partnerships making this event possible are Strathmore and the Glenstone Foundation. Their generous donations allow MCPS to host this event in the beautiful Music Center at Strathmore. MCPS already partners with both organizations in providing our students exposure to the performing arts and the fine arts. Since the Music Center at Strathmore opened in 2005, the Strathmore Student Concert Series has presented concerts featuring the National Philharmonic to more than 20,000 second- and fifth-grade students each year. Glenstone, in Potomac, opened in 2006 and, last year, began a partnership that allowed MCPS teachers and students to view one of the country’s preeminent collections of modern art. The partnership with MCPS is expected to expand in the coming years.
While the timing of this event will make it difficult for many MCPS staff to attend, one of the State of the Schools’ main goals is to strengthen partnerships with the business and nonprofit communities so that we may continue to grow support for the outstanding work our employees do every day for MCPS students.
Also, throughout the school year, Dr. Starr will be holding Community Day events in different areas of the county, meeting with staff, visiting schools and hearing from parents.
The full presentation will be rebroadcast on MCPS TV multiple times and will be easily available for viewing on the MCPS website.
The State of the Schools event begins at 7:30 a.m. with a light breakfast and the opportunity to view performances and artwork by MCPS students throughout the Music Center at Strathmore. At 8:30 a.m., Dr. Starr will deliver his address in the Concert Hall. The event is expected to end by 9:30 a.m.
More information about the event can be found at the State of the Schools website.