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More than 5,000 students/ family members attended this year's Magnet EXPO!
09/23/2013

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More than 5,000 students and family members attended the annual Magnet EXPO!, hosted by the Baltimore County Public Schools Office of Magnet Programs to provide information to students and their families interested in applying to magnet programs/schools for the upcoming school year.

The free event, held on Saturday, September 21, 2013, at the Crowne Plaza in Timonium, featured representatives from all 28 schools with magnet programs; art exhibitions; student performances; information about future job markets; information about special education; and student art, technology and Career and Technology Education demonstrations. Visitors were also able to pick up magnet applications for the 2014–2015 school year.

More than 200 students from seven schools performed in the "EXPO Theatre." Performances included:

  • A steel pan/percussion group – Loch Raven Technical Academy.
  • Monologue, a choral group, dance and a saxophone trio – Deer Park Magnet Middle School.
  • Vocalists, a string ensemble and dance – Sudbrook Magnet Middle School.
  • Instrumental music, dance, monologues and a choral group – Lansdowne High School Academy.
  • French song and dance – Wellwood International School.
  • Dance, theatre, musical theatre and vocal music – Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts.
  • Vocal music, dance and acting – George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology.

In the hotel's atrium, among the magnet program booths, the following demonstrations took place:

  • Drawing – Lansdowne High School Academy.
  • Painting/drawing and multimedia – George Washington Carver Center for Arts & Technology.
  • Sculpture, drawing/painting and digital animation – Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts.
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Career and technology education (CTE) programs were also featured at the Magnet EXPO. Teachers and students from CTE programs at several high schools presented hands-on demonstrations and activities related to engineering/VEX robotics, interactive media production (video games), culinary arts and construction/carpentry. The Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) program was also represented by students and teachers.

CTE programs of study may be found at both magnet and non-magnet high schools, providing students with educational pathways that enable them explore interests and careers while preparing them with both relevant career skills and rigorous academic skills.

Magnet programs are theme-oriented courses of study that provide students with in-depth experiences in specialized areas of interest. Baltimore County Public Schools has more than 70 elementary, middle, and high school magnet programs. While some magnet programs exist within comprehensive schools, there are also schools whose entire population is determined through the magnet application process.

The magnet application deadline for the 2014–2015 school year is November 26, 2013. For more information about magnet programs, please visit www.bcps.org/offices/omp or call the Office of Magnet Programs at 443-809-4127.

Speak up about magnet programs!
Students, parents and other Baltimore County Public Schools stakeholders are invited to offer feedback on the school system's magnet programs through a new online survey available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BCPSCommunityFeedback and a series of community meetings.

Information gathered from the survey and community meetings will greatly contribute to the ongoing magnet audit commissioned by BCPS. The six-month audit, being conducted by Metis Associates, began in May 2013.

The survey will be available online through Saturday, September 28.

The first meeting was held on September 16. Upcoming meetings will be held:

  • Saturday, September 28, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at New Town High School, 4931 New Town Boulevard, Owings Mills 21117
  • Saturday, September 28, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., at Greenwood Campus, Building E, 6901 Charles Street, Towson 21204
  • For more information on BCPS magnet programs and/or the magnet program audit, visit http://www.bcps.org/offices/omp/ and/or http://www.bcps.org/schools/magnet/, respectively.
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