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Students prepare for Maryland HSAs Students prepare for Maryland HSAs

High school students throughout the school system are preparing to take the Maryland High School Assessment (HSA) exams May 19–22. The tests, which measure school and individual student progress, are given in English, algebra, biology and government. Passing the HSA is a state requirement for graduation, starting with the Class of 2009.

Student artists display work at annual fair Student artists display work at annual fair Video story icon

Elementary and middle school students displayed their art work at an arts fair held at White Flint Mall. Choral groups from Broad Acres, Judith A. Resnik, Travilah and Cashell elementary schools also performed. MCPS students have an opportunity to participate in a wide range of visual and performing arts activities during the school year.


Board reviews career and tech ed Board reviews career and tech ed

Career and technology education is being transformed to prepare students for college and career success. The Board of Education discussed the school system’s Career Pathways Programs at its May 13 meeting. Eleven career clusters and three foundations provide students with a range of options. Elements from the successful Advanced Engineering—Project Lead the Way and the Academy of Finance are driving redesign of other career programs.

Recognizing Pupil Personnel Workers Recognizing Pupil Personnel Workers

The school system’s 47 pupil personnel workers were recognized during Pupil Personnel Worker Week May 5–9 for the essential role they play in MCPS. Pupil personnel workers provide a bridge between home and school, serve as advocates for students and their families, and identify services and resources to help students succeed academically.

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.