In the annual Back-to-School message, Board of Education President Mike Durso and Superintendent Jack Smith talk about the top priorities for this school year: reducing class size and closing the opportunity gap. Dr. Smith, who has visited nearly all 204 schools and facilities, found a common thread while talking with staff, students, parents and community members—a commitment to the success of our students. He discusses his thoughts on the importance of the science, art and heart of learning and how these elements are critical to student success.
This year’s Back-to-School video also includes special appearances by 2016 MCPS Teacher of the Year Michael Williams; Dr. Barbara Woodward, principal of the new Hallie Wells Middle School opening this year; and Sylvia Romero, a parent community coordinator.
Welcome to the 2016–2017 school year!