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Students return to Strathmore for concert Students return to Strathmore for concert

The Music Center at Strathmore opened its doors to all fifth grade students on May 7, 8 and 9, as the students attended performances by the Baltimore Symphony conducted by Carolyn Kuan. Many of these same students attended a concert of the National Philharmonic at Strathmore when they were second graders. The yearly interactive concerts are a collaborative effort of MCPS and Strathmore, with support from the Webber Family and Wachovia foundations.



Watch Board of Ed meeting May 13 Watch Board of Ed meeting May 13

The Board of Education's all-day business meeting will be webcast live starting at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 13. You need the free Windows MediaPlayer on your computer to view the meeting.


TV show features great people, programs TV show features great people, programs

Be sure to watch the new edition of the MCPS TV show “Cover to Cover.” This month’s program features segments on a program that supports English language learners with interrupted education; the Superintendent’s Leadership Program, in which young leaders mentor their student peers; a profile of Ridgeview Middle School science teacher Autumn Moore; and an inside look at North Chevy Chase Elementary School.

Visual Art Center holds annual show Visual Art Center holds annual show

More than 500 people attended the show and evening reception of the countywide Visual Art Center program, housed at Albert Einstein High School. Students displayed art of many styles to family and community members during the annual exhibition, and an estimated 1,000 or more students toured the show during the day. So far this year, 16 students in the program have won more than $650,000 in scholarships.

Superintendent wins national award Superintendent wins national award

Superintendent Jerry D. Weast was honored by APQC, a nonprofit benchmarking and best practices organization, for leadership in education reform. In addition to Dr. Weast, three other individuals, including former Vice President Al Gore, received the C. Jackson Grayson Distinguished Quality Pioneer Medal. The award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in furthering quality in education, health care, public service or other nonprofit organizations.

New county effort to ensure school readiness New county effort to ensure school readiness

A new organization of early childhood stakeholders, including the school system, is working to ensure that children from birth through age 5 are prepared for kindergarten success. The Montgomery County Early Care and Education Congress celebrated its kickoff event April 18. While 70 percent of all children entering kindergarten in the county demonstrate full readiness, only 55 percent of English language learners and 59 percent of FARMS students are fully ready.

Takoma Park MS holds science expo Takoma Park MS holds science expo

Magnetic levitation vehicles, hovercraft and straw bridges—they were all part of the Takoma Park Middle School Science Expo. The annual event, which has taken place since about 1995, drew parents, staff, and students to the school to view student projects and competitions. Professionals in the fields of math, science and computer science also gave mini-seminars.

Congrats to the Best of the MCPS Web Congrats to the Best of the MCPS Web Video story icon

Students, schools and offices were recognized at the fourth annual Best of the MCPS Web awards ceremony April 30. Albert Einstein High School, Benjamin Banneker Middle School and Highland Elementary School were among the winners. Damascus High School alumnus and New York Times reporter Brian Stelter was the keynote speaker. The ceremony honors those who contribute to MCPS web sites.