State of the Schools Address (Photos and Video)

More than 750 people gathered at Strathmore Center on Nov. 11, including community and business leaders, parents and Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) students and staff, for the second annual State of the Schools event.

Video | Courtesy of Montgomery County Public Schools TV
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This year’s event was titled, “Building Our Future Together,” and Superintendent of Schools Joshua Starr shared his vision for how the district will prepare all students for success in the 21st century. “Preparing all students to thrive in their future requires a community wide effort,” said Dr. Starr. “The State of the Schools is a chance to bring our stakeholders together to plan for the future and celebrate and support our outstanding students.”

You can watch Dr. Starr’s entire speech here:

Video | Courtesy of Montgomery County Public Schools TV
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Read Dr. Starr’s speech here.

Before Dr. Starr’s address, parents, community leaders, and business and nonprofit partners had the opportunity view student artwork, enjoy student musical performances and watch student dancing. More than 100 students from 39 MCPS schools participated in the event.


Below is a Storify of some of the activity on Twitter around this event.

Storify | Dana Tofig, MCPS Public Information Office

The 2013 State of the Schools “Building Our Future Together” event was made possible by the support of Strathmore and the 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 student each year. This year, more than 20,000 second- and fifth-grade students will visit Strathmore for the concerts.

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. This partnership is expected to expand in the coming years.

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.

“I am so grateful to all of the partners that made the State of the Schools possible,” Dr. Starr said. “Their support not only allows us to host this event, but also helps support the educational dreams of our students.”

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