May 1, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

MCPS Students Can Access Free Program from Metropolitan Opera

The Metropolitan Opera, based in New York City, offers students access to free streaming of opera shows through the Met’s HD Live in Schools program. Normally, students go to the movie theatre to watch shows after learning about the story and doing activities to familiarize themselves with characters. However, because theaters are closed due to […]

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March 10, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

The Top 10 Stories for the Week of March 6-10

A lot of public safety news were top stories last week, including a fatal house fire, a gun store robbery and a Montgomery County Public Schools bus driver arrested on sex charges. But to even out the bad news, one of our top stories also was a group of students creating an opera.   UPDATED: […]

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September 23, 2015 | Mary Ruth McGinn

I’m Not Always Right

The first day of school I present my class with a challenging math problem. All the students know we are creating an original opera, but know little else about the process they will experience during the year. So, I let them know we must start working immediately, give them the date of the opera premiere […]

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September 10, 2015 | Mary Ruth McGinn

The Mask

The first day of school beckons an intriguing metaphor, one that will pique the curiosity, create enthusiasm for learning, and open doors to discovering a new way of being in the classroom. A Venetian mask rests in a wrapped box, waiting to be revealed as a gift to begin the New Year. When opened, the […]

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May 26, 2015 | Staff Writer

Harness the Stars Kids Opera Company on Stage (VIDEO)

Harness the Stars Kids Opera Company, a student run opera at Stedwick Elementary School, showcased its original opera “Strike N’ Spare” earlier this month. MCPS-TV was on the scene with the performers. Visit our PEG partner MCPS TV to view more of its local programming. For a look behind, read Mary Ruth McGinn’s blog, Learning […]

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May 8, 2015 | Krista Brick

Stedwick Elementary Opera about Failure is a Success (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

It may have been an original opera about failure but the students at Stedwick Elementary School’s Harness the Stars Kids Opera Company were successful in getting their message across. Krista Brick has the story. Wednesday the students in Mary Ruth McGinn’s class debuted their original opera at the Montgomery Village school called Strike N’ Spare, […]

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May 7, 2015 | Krista Brick

Five Things to Know Today, May 7, in Montgomery County

Here’s your daily rundown of the events and stories that people are talking about today, May 7, in Montgomery County: 1. Wellness: County Executive Ike Leggett will speak at the 6th Annual “To Life Health & Wellness Expo” today. Here are some details about the event. 2. Congrats Grads: A record number of graduates are being […]

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May 6, 2015 | Sonya Burke

Five Things to Know Today, May 6, in Montgomery County

Here’s your daily rundown of the events and stories that people are talking about today, May 6, in Montgomery County: 1. Top City: The city of Rockville has been named a top 10 city for families by Livability. 2. Fallen Heroes: The Montgomery County Police Department will hold a memorial tribute today to remember our […]

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October 12, 2014 | Mary Ruth McGinn

photo of Harness the Stars Opera logo

Meet ‘Harness the Stars Kids Opera Company’ (VIDEO)

We are Harness the Stars Kids Opera Company. Our name and logo represent who we are and what we do as members of a unified group working collaboratively to create an original opera.

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September 24, 2014 | Sonya Burke

Five Things to Know Today, Sept. 24, in Montgomery County

Take your umbrella. Rain is in the forecast for later today and the National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for our area. Here are five other things to know today, Sept. 24, in Montgomery County: 1. Broad Acres Elementary School is going to be renamed in honor of its former principal. 2. A […]

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