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Nearly 100 educators, business leaders and city officials gathered at the Center for the Arts for the first annual Manassas State of the Schools. During the event, Manassas City Public City Schools Superintendent Dr. Catherine Magouyrk presented student achievement data and a list of recent accolades to demonstrate what the school system is doing to provide students with the skills they will need for future success. She also focused on how the community can support these efforts.
Dr. Magouyrk explained that MCPS begins teaching soft skills–such as collaboration, decision making and respect–as early as pre-kindergarten. “We are about the whole child,” she explained.
Notable achievements for the school system include a Grammy Award for Excellence in Art Education, Osbourn High School’s designation as a US World & News Silver Medalist, graduating two Millennial Scholars in three years and Weems Elementary being recognized for National Excellence in Urban Education and as a “visitation viable” model school.
Dr. Magouyrk said that the successes at the high school level have their foundation in efforts that begin in PreK or kindergarten, such as STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs at the elementary levels. “[MCPS] offers opportunities like this to every single child,” said Dr. Magouyrk.
She noted that partnerships with area businesses are invaluable to MCPS’s goal of graduating students with sought-after skills that will make them highly employable. “Whether they are going into the workforce or to college, we want every student to graduate…with three great offers,” said Dr. Magouyrk, adding that she wants Manassas students to leave school knowing “their value and worth, and being able to communicate that to the world.”
The school system also encourages every student to have work experience prior to graduation. Often, this can be tied to school credit and even industry certifications through CTE, which is built around four academies: STEM, Arts & Humanities, Business & Finance and Health & Wellness.
Dr. Magouyrk invited the audience to get involved in the schools by serving as curriculum advisers, offering internships and volunteering for events like the “Mock Interviews & CTE Open House,” held at Osbourn High School on Nov. 15, 2016.
Micron Technology and Bookworm Central were the main event sponsors. Additional sponsorship was provided by CJ Finz, Manassas Flower Gallery and MCPS Education Foundation.