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Release Date: 2/8/2019
Contact: Brandon Oland, 443.809.5908

BCPS News Tips: Feb. 9 - 16, 2019

Activities, events, and news from Baltimore County Public Schools

Saturday, Feb. 9

2nd Annual Dance Your Heart Out Charity Concert

What: Dancers from The Moving Company Ensembles, Hereford High School Dance Company, Dulaney High School Dance Company, and Sudbrook Magnet Middle Dancers will perform to benefit the One Love Foundation. This event is hosted by The Moving Company Dance Center. Tickets ($10/adult, $5/children ages 3-7, free/children under 3) will be available at the door.
When: Saturday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m.
Where: Hereford High School, 17301 York Rd., 21120

Interim Superintendent to be honored by Baltimore Tuskegee Alumni Association, Foundation

What: Before an audience of nearly 400 guests, Baltimore County Public Schools Interim Superintendent Verletta White will be honored for preparing students for college and career success. The award will be presented by the Baltimore Tuskegee Alumni Association and the Baltimore Tuskegee Alumni Foundation at their 37th Annual Carver-Washington Scholarship Awards Breakfast.
When: Saturday, Feb. 9, from 9 – 11:30 a.m.
Where: The Forum, 4210 Primrose Ave., 21215

BCPS Interim Superintendent to be honored as an African American First in Baltimore County

What: Verletta White will be honored as the First African American Female (Interim) Superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools. The award will be presented by The Friends of Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum, Inc., Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks, and Baltimore County African American Cultural Festival, Inc.
When: Saturday, Feb. 9, from 1 – 3 p.m.
Where: Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum, 300 Oella Ave., 21228

Monday, Feb. 11

Ballroom Dance instruction for Grade 5 students

What: Throughout February, BCPS will offer its annual ballroom dance instruction for Grade 5 students. The weeklong lessons end with inviting parents in to see their children dance and dance with them.
When: Monday, Feb. 11, to Friday, Feb. 15, from 9:10 – 10 a.m.
Where: Rodgers Forge Elementary School, 250 Dumbarton Rd., 21212

Tuesday, Feb. 12

Celebrating schools in 21219 on 2/12/19

What: Schools in the Sparrows Point Feeder Pattern, in the 21219 zip code, are celebrating 21219 Day on February 12, 2019! Students and staff at Battle Grove Elementary, Chesapeake Terrace Elementary, Edgemere Elementary, Sparrows Point Middle and Sparrows Point High will dress in school spirit wear and celebrate the great things happening in 21219!
When: Tuesday, Feb. 12
Where: Battle Grove Elementary School, 7828 Saint Patricia Ln., 21222
Chesapeake Terrace Elementary School, 2112 Lodge Farm Rd., 21219
Edgemere Elementary School, 7201 North Point Rd., 21219
Sparrows Point Middle School, 7400 North Point Rd., 21219
Sparrows Point High School, 7400 North Point Rd., 21219

Get help completing the FAFSA at a BCPS FAFSA Frenzy event

What: It’s time for parents of graduating seniors to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). All federal grant and loan awards are determined by this free application, and nearly all colleges use the FAFSA as the basis for their own financial aid awards. To help more seniors and their families complete the FAFSA, Baltimore County Public Schools is hosting FAFSA Frenzy events. Please use the federal student aid website to get started, and join us for a FAFSA Frenzy event.
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 12
When & Time:
  • Catonsville High School, 421 Bloomsbury Ave., 21228 – from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Dulaney High School, 255 Padonia Rd., 21093 – from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Hereford High School, 17301 York Rd., 21120 – from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Woodlawn High School, 1801 Woodlawn Dr., 21207 – from 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Maryland 529 college savings program to host parent information meetings

What: Maryland 529 – formerly the College Savings Plans of Maryland – has scheduled Parent Information Night meetings this winter at several Baltimore County middle schools. The meetings are open to all Baltimore County parents who are considering a college education for their children. For more information, contact the program at 1-888-4MD-GRAD or visit the Maryland 529 website.
When: Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 6 p.m.
Where: Northwest Academy of Health Sciences, 4627 Old Court Rd., 21208

Hebbville Elementary’s Black History Program

What: The theme of Hebbville Elementary’s Black History Program is Dream Big Dreams and You'll Do Great Things. The school also has a Black History Museum in the hallway for the students.
When: Tuesday, Feb. 12 (contact the school for exact time)
Where: Hebbville Elementary School, 3335 Washington Ave., 21244

Special Education Resource Center Free Parent Workshop – Behavior Management at Home

What: The Special Education Resource Center offers free workshops to help parents with specific strategies that have been proven successful with children with special needs. This workshop will focus on behavior management at home. Please register at SERC@bcps.org or 410.887.5443.
When: Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Where: White Oak School, 8401 Leefield Rd., 21234

Baltimore Blast players vs. Bear Creek Elementary staff in volleyball game

What: Bear Creek Elementary staff members will be playing volleyball against the Baltimore Blast players – but here's the catch: the soccer players can only use their feet!
When: Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 6:30 pm
Where: Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts, gymnasium, 8100 Wise Ave., 21222

Wednesday, Feb. 13

Get help completing the FAFSA at a BCPS FAFSA Frenzy event

What: It’s time for parents of graduating seniors to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). All federal grant and loan awards are determined by this free application, and nearly all colleges use the FAFSA as the basis for their own financial aid awards. To help more seniors and their families complete the FAFSA, Baltimore County Public Schools is hosting FAFSA Frenzy events. Please use the federal student aid website to get started, and join us for a FAFSA Frenzy event.
When: Wednesday, Feb. 13
Where:
  • Loch Raven High School, 1212 Cowpens Rd., 21286 – from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Parkville High School, 2600 Putty Hill Ave., 21234 – from 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Pikesville High School, 7621 Labyrinth Rd., 21208 – from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Sparrows Point High School, 7400 North Point Rd., 21219 – from 8 – 9 a.m.

CCBC College Promise scholarship information session in Dundalk

What: Learn about the Baltimore County and the Maryland Community College Promise scholarships, the benefits, requirements, and application process. The target audiences are parents and graduates in the classes of 2018 and 2019. Registration is available online.
When: Wednesday, Feb. 13, from 6 – 7 p.m.
Where: CCBC Dundalk, Roy N. Staten Bldg. Rm. 102, 7200 Sollers Point Rd., 21222

Koresh Dance Company residency/performance

What: For the sixth year running, the Gordon Center for Performing Arts at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore is bringing an internationally renowned dance company to Baltimore County —this year, the Philadelphia-based Koresh Dance Company — and sponsoring master classes with the company for BCPS students.
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 13
Where & Time:
Deer Park Middle Magnet School, 9830 Winands Rd., 21133, 3 – 4:30 p.m.
Franklin High School, 8:30 – 10 a.m.
Pikesville Middle School, 11:30 a.m. – 1:07 p.m.
Sudbrook Magnet Middle School, 11:35 a.m. – 1:35 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 14

BCPS writing contest in celebration of Black History Month

What: In celebration of Black History Month, the Office of Social Studies and the Office of English Language Arts are co-sponsoring a writing contest for all students Grades K-12. There will be a winner selected in each of the following grade level bands: Grades K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, and Grades 9-12. Student writers are invited to respond to the following prompt: “We all have dreams. In order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort."--Jesse Owens. Schools may submit up to four entries.
Deadline: Thursday, Feb. 14

Get help completing the FAFSA at a BCPS FAFSA Frenzy event

What: It’s time for parents of graduating seniors to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). All federal grant and loan awards are determined by this free application, and nearly all colleges use the FAFSA as the basis for their own financial aid awards. To help more seniors and their families complete the FAFSA, Baltimore County Public Schools is hosting FAFSA Frenzy events. Please use the federal student aid website to get started, and join us for a FAFSA Frenzy event.
Date: Thursday, Feb. 14
When & Time:
  • Loch Raven High School, 1212 Cowpens Rd., 21286 – from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • New Town High School, 4931 New Town Blvd., 21117 – from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Owings Mills High School, 124 Tollgate Rd., 21117 – from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts, 8100 Wise Ave., 21222 – from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Towson High School, 69 Cedar Ave., 21286 – from 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Koresh Dance Company residency/performance

What: For the sixth year running, the Gordon Center for Performing Arts at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore is bringing an internationally renowned dance company to Baltimore County —this year, the Philadelphia-based Koresh Dance Company — and sponsoring master classes with the company for BCPS students.
Date: Thursday, Feb. 14
Where & Time:
  • Franklin Middle School, 12000 Reisterstown Rd., 21136, 12:40 – 1:30 p.m.
  • New Town High School, 4931 New Town Blvd., 21117, 7:45 – 9:30 a.m.
  • Owings Mills High School, 124 Tollgate Rd., 21117, 7:25 – 8:50 a.m.

Door decorating contest at Dundalk Middle

What: In addition to highlighting a different person on the announcements every morning, Dundalk Middle also is having a homeroom door decorating contest. Each homeroom is supposed to decorate their classroom door by Feb. 14. The main office and guidance office are even participating. Student council will pick three of their favorite doors. Those three doors will be pictured on the morning announcements for the entire student body to vote for their favorite door. The winner will receive a free breakfast from Ms. Adams, the school principal.
When: Feb. 14 deadline for doors to be decorated
Where: Dundalk Middle School, 7400 Dunmanway, 21222

Annual BSO Side by Side Concert

What: Thirty-eight BCPS students will perform side by side with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra musicians at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. The program also features Alan Mao, a Grade 10 pianist from Towson High School, as a soloist. He will perform Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Orchestra. Dr. Michael Repper will conduct. Prior to this performance, the BCPS students participated in sectional rehearsals led by Baltimore Symphony Orchestra musicians and rehearsed with the BSO conductor. They then come together for a rehearsal with the orchestra. This is a ticketed event, and all tickets have already been reserved.
When: Thursday, Feb. 14, at 11 a.m.
Where: Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., 21201

Friday, Feb. 15

Deadline for 2019-2020 Student Member of the Board applications

What: Applications for students to serve on the Board of Education of Baltimore County are available for BCPS high school principals through Feb. 15, 2019. Each principal is encouraged to nominate two students who are currently in Grades 10 or 11 and in good academic standing. Student Board members are expected to be knowledgeable about Board responsibilities and the mission and vision of the school system, to be able to effectively communicate the student point of view, and to be aware of current issues impacting public education. Application packets will be available in the offices of all high school student council advisors. Principals should send completed applications and required attachments to Nora Murray in the Office of Family and Community Engagement on the Greenwood campus, 6901 N. Charles Street, Bldg. A, Towson, MD 21204.
Deadline: Friday, Feb. 15, at 4 p.m.

Get help completing the FAFSA at a BCPS FAFSA Frenzy event at Chesapeake High

What: It’s time for parents of graduating seniors to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). All federal grant and loan awards are determined by this free application, and nearly all colleges use the FAFSA as the basis for their own financial aid awards. To help more seniors and their families complete the FAFSA, Baltimore County Public Schools is hosting FAFSA Frenzy events. Please use the federal student aid website to get started, and join us for a FAFSA Frenzy event.
When: Friday, Feb. 15, from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Chesapeake High School, 1801 Turkey Point Rd., 21221

It Takes a Village Luncheon at Pikesville High

What: The annual It Takes A Village Luncheon at Pikesville High celebrates student success and cultural pride. Savoy Adams, Champions of Courage winner for Pikesville High, will be the student guest speaker.
When: Friday, Feb. 15, at 2:20 p.m.
Where: Pikesville High School, 7621 Labyrinth Rd., 21208

Baltimore County Wrestling Championship

When: Friday, Feb. 15, from 4 – 7 p.m.
Where: New Town High School, 4931 New Town Blvd., 21117

Deadline for BCPS Composition Project

What: Students in all BCPS schools are encouraged to submit a musical composition to the Office of Music and Dance Education that incorporates the theme CAPTURING A MOMENT. Works will be reviewed by a panel and outstanding compositions in Elementary, Middle, and High School will have various opportunities to be recognized. Students are also encouraged to submit their compositions used for the BCPS Composition Project to the Maryland Music Educators Association Young Composers Project in the spring. The BCPS Composition Project is open to all BCPS students PreKindergarten through Grade 12 who are enrolled in a music class at their school. The Composition Project supports music educators as they incorporate the National Core Music Standards and the Maryland State Music Standards in their classrooms. As such, the Composition Project is designed to encourage and enhance the instructional experiences of BCPS students and music educators through providing professional critiques, enhanced recognition, and selected presentations for the ongoing creative work of students in BCPS.
Deadline: Friday, Feb. 15

Saturday, Feb. 16

Baltimore County Wrestling Championship

When: Saturday, Feb. 16, from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Where: New Town High School, 4931 New Town Blvd., 21117

ONGOING EVENTS!

Stakeholder Survey is available now! Let us know how we are doing…

What: BCPS wants to know what students, parents, teachers, staff, and community members think of BCPS. Results from the annual Baltimore County Public Schools’ Stakeholder Survey are used to guide school improvement, identify staff training areas, improve safety, and identify emerging challenges. The survey is anonymous and takes five minutes or less to complete on a phone, tablet, or computer. The survey is available for students in Grades 3 - 12, parents/caregivers, and community members in 16 languages: Amharic, Arabic, Burmese, Chinese, English, French, Gujarati, Korean, Nepali, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Urdu, Uzbek, Vietnamese, and Yoruba. Individuals who fit into more than one category - for example, a staff person who is also the parent of a BCPS student - can take the survey more than once in order to answer questions based on each of the categories. In addition, parents who have students in more than one school are encouraged to take the survey specific to each school their children attend. Parents can choose to take the survey at their child’s school rather than at home or at a public library.
When: through Sunday, Feb. 24

2019 BCPS Film Expo and Film Expo Jr. – now accepting entries

What: Entries are being accepted now through March 9 for the 2019 BCPS Film Expo, and the Office of Visual Arts is hopeful that more students than ever – from more schools – will participate. This year, two new features have been added. In addition to the Historic Senator Theatre showcasing films by middle and high school finalists, these finalists also will be invited to a special master class at Stevenson University. They will spend a Saturday (date to be determined) going through the entire filmmaking process from storyboarding and scriptwriting to lighting, filming, and editing. Elementary school students will have their first opportunity to participate through the new BCPS Film Expo Jr. Films can be submitted by individual students, groups of students, or entire classes. All elementary films submitted by April 5 will be shown on BCPS-TV. Interested students should ask their visual arts teachers for more information. Detailed information about the 2019 BCPS Film Expo is available online and from visual arts teachers across the county. The 2019 Film Expo is sponsored by Rosedale Federal, The Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools, Stevenson University, and BCPS.
Deadlines: March 9 for BCPS Film Expo
April 5 for BCPS Film Expo Jr.

Students who want to become teachers can apply for scholarship loans

What: Through the BCPS Scholarship Loan Program, BCPS students can apply for a loan scholarship worth $4,000 per year for up to four years. Renewal awards are automatic, pending transcript verification of grade point average (in good academic standing) and full-time status. The award may be used for tuition, fees, books, or educational supplies. The application and a fact sheet about the program are available online. The application deadline is Friday, March 1. To apply, BCPS high school seniors must have a minimum GPA of 2.80 and submit an application accompanied with a resume documenting school and community activities and three letters of recommendation. Once accepted into the program, recipients must sign a promissory note, agreeing to teach full-time in a Baltimore County public school, one year for each year of the award; enroll full-time in an approved teacher education program at a Maryland institution; maintain Maryland residency; and begin employment within six months of college graduation. Failure to maintain eligibility for the award based on GPA, full-time status or Maryland residency, will require that the recipient repay the scholarship. The BCPS Office of Human Resources will notify scholarship recipients of their award by Monday, April 1.
Deadline: Friday, March 1
Contact: Carla Simons, csimons@bcps.org

Dumbarton Middle offering a Question of the Day

What: Each morning in February, Dumbarton Middle students are presented with a new Question of the Day for Black History Month. In addition, some extended background is provided about the previous day's answer to enrich student understanding of well and lesser-known African American role models. All homerooms are participating in a Door-Decorating contest that asks each class to pick an African American role model as their homeroom's representative based on a shared trait, talent, or other connection. Students are solely in charge of the creation of the door decorations, giving them ownership over the experience. The school's hallway monitors showcase professional and societal contributions of African Americans in history. The slides shown also serve to reinforce the information presented on the school's morning show.
When: Throughout February
Where: Dumbarton Middle School, 300 Dumbarton Rd., 21212

Edmondson Heights Elementary celebrates Historically Black Colleges and Universities

What: Black History Month celebrations are in full swing at Edmondson Heights Elementary. This year’s theme is Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). Each class has been assigned a HBCU to research, and they are competing in a door-decorating contest, with doors being decorated to represent a HBCU. Students also have been given the opportunity to participate in a writing contest where they will write about their Champion of Courage. This champion can be an African American who they know personally or one who is famous. Fifteen winners will be selected to read their short essays on the morning announcements!
When: Throughout February
Where: Edmondson Heights Elementary School, 1600 Langford Rd., 21207

Fifth District Elementary students to identify famous African Americans

What: Every Friday in February, students will read a fact about a famous African American on the morning announcements. Then all students in the school are challenged to guess who the fact is about. Students in Kindergarten – Grade 2 will have six choices to choose from, while students in Grades 3-5 will have a list of 12 choices. Winning students will be drawn from those who submit correct answers, and they will receive Black History Month books.
When: Every Friday in February
Where: Fifth District Elementary School, 3725 Mount Carmel Rd., 21155

Pot Spring Elementary celebrates The Best Part of Me

What: The Best Part of Me Black History Month display at Pot Spring Elementary shares various parts of African American heroes related to what has made them well known. For example, the part might be Bessie Coleman’s head because she wore many helmets as the first African American woman to hold a pilot’s license, or Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s mouth for his ability to speak out for the Civil Rights Movement. Daily morning announcements will tell the stories of these heroes. In addition, Pot Spring staff wanted to stress that, like these African American heroes, students and teachers, too, have talents, which contribute to and unify the school community. Students and teachers are sharing their best parts – with photos and messages on a display across from the African American heroes.
When: Throughout Feb.
Where: Pot Spring Elementary School, 2410 Springlake Dr., 21093

Timonium Elementary learning about African Americans and jazz

What: Timonium Elementary special area teachers are sharing information on the morning announcements about African American leaders in their fields. In addition, vocal Music teacher Kristin Farrell is teaching a unit about African American Jazz Composers to our Grades 4 and 5 students, and a jazz unit for K-5.
When: Throughout February
Where: Timonium Elementary School, 2001 Eastridge Rd., 21093

Wellwood International studying Black History Month through poetry and in French

What: Every Friday in February, students in Grade 2 will read aloud new poems by, or about, African Americans to practice reading fluency. The poems are I Dream a World by Langston Hughes, Harriet Tubman by Eloise Greenfield, and two biographical poems about George Washington Carver and Jackie Robinson. In French class, Grade 5 students are celebrating Black History Month and Valentine’s Day by learning the verb “like/love" and looking at sentences about loving and Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and also about the International Baccalaureate theme of problem, resolution, and revolution.
When: Throughout February
Where: Wellwood International School, 2901 Smith Ave., 21208

Stop by to see student, teacher art exhibitions

What: Artwork by BCPS students – and some visual arts teachers – is on display throughout the community.
When & Where:
  • Greenwood Building A, artwork from Vincent Farm Elementary School – through Feb. 28
  • Greenwood Building E, artwork from Dumbarton Middle School – through Feb. 28
  • Jefferson Building, artwork from Franklin Middle School – through Feb. 28
  • Pulaski Park, artwork from Elmwood and Essex elementary schools – through Feb. 15

UPCOMING EVENTS!

Get help completing the FAFSA at a BCPS FAFSA Frenzy event

What: It’s time for parents of graduating seniors to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). All federal grant and loan awards are determined by this free application, and nearly all colleges use the FAFSA as the basis for their own financial aid awards. To help more seniors and their families complete the FAFSA, Baltimore County Public Schools is hosting FAFSA Frenzy events. Please use the federal student aid website to get started, and join us for a FAFSA Frenzy event.
When & Where:
  • George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology, 938 York Rd., 21204 - Tuesday, Feb. 19, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Perry Hall High School, 4601 Ebenezer Rd., 21236 - Tuesday, Feb. 19, and Wednesday, Feb. 20, 8:15 – 10:45 a.m.


CCBC College Promise scholarship information sessions

What: Learn about the Baltimore County and the Maryland Community College Promise scholarships, the benefits, requirements, and application process. The target audiences are parents and graduates in the classes of 2018 and 2019. Registration is available online.
When & Where:
CCBC Catonsville, Student Services Center, Rm. 004, 800 S. Rolling Rd., 21228
  • Thursday, Mar. 7, 6 – 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Apr. 10, 6 – 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 2, 6 – 7 p.m.

CCBC Dundalk, Roy N. Staten Bldg. Rm. 102, 7200 Sollers Point Rd., 21222

  • Wednesday, Mar. 6, 6 – 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Apr. 3, 6 – 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 8, 6 – 7 p.m.

CCBC Essex, Student Services Center, Ste. 103, 7201 Rossville Blvd., 21237

  • Wednesday, Mar. 13, 6 – 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, Apr. 4, 6 – 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 1, 6 – 7 p.m.

Ballroom Dance instruction for Grade 5 students

What: Throughout February, BCPS will offer its annual ballroom dance instruction for Grade 5 students. The weeklong lessons end with inviting parents in to see their children dance and dance with them. The ballroom dance schedule for 2019 is:
When & Where:
February 25 – March 1
Chase Elementary School, 11701 Eastern Ave., 21220, 9:10 – 10 a.m.
Fullerton Elementary School, 4400 Fullerton Ave., 21236, 9:40 – 10:30 a.m.
Middlesex Elementary School, 142 Bennett Rd., 21221, 2:50 – 3:40 p.m.

Maryland 529 college savings program to host parent information meetings

What: Maryland 529 – formerly the College Savings Plans of Maryland – has scheduled Parent Information Night meetings this winter at several Baltimore County middle schools. The meetings are open to all Baltimore County parents who are considering a college education for their children. For more information, contact the program at 1-888-4MD-GRAD or visit the Maryland 529 website.

When & Where:
Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m.
Deer Park Middle Magnet School, 9830 Winands Rd., 21133
Windsor Mill Middle School, 8300 Windsor Mill Rd., 21244

Wednesday, Mar. 13, at 6 p.m.
Middle River Middle School, 800 Middle River Rd., 21220

Monday, Mar. 25, at 7 p.m.
Cockeysville Middle School, 10401 Greenside Dr., 21030

Support Staff Hiring Event

What: Attendance is by invitation only. Interested applicants must apply online for one or more of the following positions: Cafeteria Worker, Trainee Bus Driver, Trainee Bus Attendant, Building Service Worker or Groundsworker II. Visit the BCPS job board.
When: Monday, Feb. 25
Where: Liberty Center, 3637 Offutt Rd., 21133

Family Literacy ESOL program

What: Family Literacy ESOL classes help parents learn English language skills for life, work, and to fully partner in their children’s education. To participate in this tuition-free program, parents must have a child (0 -16 years old) enrolled in Baltimore County Public Schools, the Judy Center of Baltimore County, or Baltimore County Head Start. The classes are sponsored by BCPS Parent University and the CCBC Family Literacy Program. Registration and more information are available on the Family Literacy ESOL Program webpage.
When and Where:
Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 10 a.m.
Lansdowne Library, 500 Third Ave., 21227

100 Men of Color event at Woodmoor Elementary

What: Woodmoor Elementary will host its inaugural 100 Men of Color event. Local volunteers, community members, and organization representatives will spend the day working alongside students empowering them with the theme of literacy. The BCPS Career and Technology Education partnership with Under Armour will provide meaningful STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) activities.
When: Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Where: Woodmoor Elementary School, 3200 Elba Dr., 21207

Poetry Slam at Pikesville High

What: At Pikesville High’s poetry slam, students will voice original poetry, exhibit art, and share musical selections and dance.
When: Wednesday, Feb. 20 (contact the school for exact time)
Where: Pikesville High School, Learning Commons, 7621 Labyrinth Rd., 21208

Black Male Forum at Pikesville High

What: High-achieving African American male students at Pikesville High will participate in a forum.
When: Thursday, Feb. 21 (contact the school for exact time)
Where: Pikesville High School, 7621 Labyrinth Rd., 21208

Journey Through Time: Randallstown High School Living History Museum

What: Randallstown High students will embody prominent figures of yesteryear as they take visitors on a journey through time via their fifth annual Living History Museum. The theme this year is The Resistance.
When: Thursday, Feb. 21, at 9 – 11:30 a.m.
Where: Randallstown High School, lobby, Offutt Rd., 21133

Black Saga finals: Elementary and middle school teams test their knowledge of black history and culture

What: The public is invited to witness the finals of the annual BCPS Black Saga challenge. Approximately 12 teams from elementary and middle schools will compete in a demonstration of their knowledge of black history and culture. Teams advanced to the finals by excelling in regional competitions Feb. 7-8. This year, in addition to studying facts, teams also participated in a book study and will be asked questions about the following books: “The Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down" (for elementary students) and “The Kidnapped Prince: The Life of Olaudah Equiano" (for middle school students). The competition began with 44 teams from 19 elementary schools and seven middle schools.
When: Saturday, Feb. 23, beginning at 8:30 a.m. (Check-in at 8 a.m.)
Where: George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology, 938 York Rd., 21204

Black History Month Character Debate at Pikesville High

What: Hosted by social studies teacher Ethan Goodman and English teacher Natalie Bailey, students will debate modern figures who are socially conscious and “woke" to the issues of social injustice.
When: Tuesday, Feb. 26 (contact the school for exact times)
Where: Pikesville High School, 7621 Labyrinth Rd., 21208

Edmondson Heights Elementary celebrates Historically Black Colleges and Universities

What: Edmondson Heights Elementary will culminate its Black History activities with an all-school assembly where students will perform plays, step shows, poems, songs, music, and a host of other creative acts to inform their schoolmates of what they learned about their assigned HBCU.
When: Wednesday, Feb. 27
9 a.m. – performance by students in Grades K, 1 & 4
10:15 a.m. – performance by students in Grades 2, 3, & 5
Where: Edmondson Heights Elementary School, auditorium, 1600 Langford Rd., 21207

A Journey Through African American Art at Johnnycake Elementary

What: This year’s Black History Month Assembly at Johnnycake Elementary will focus on African American art. Student performers will dance, sing and share information with the audience.
When: Thursday, Feb. 28 from 2 – 2:45 p.m. and 6 – 7 p.m.
Where: Johnnycake Elementary School, 5910 Craigmont Rd., 21228

Annual Black History Month assembly at Gunpowder Elementary

What: This year at Gunpowder Elementary’s annual Black History Month assembly, each grade will contribute one presentation (song, poem, slideshow, etc.)
When: Thursday, Feb. 28
9:15 a.m. – assembly for students in Grades K – 2
2 p.m. – assembly for students in Grades 3 – 5
Where: Gunpowder Elementary School, 9540 Holiday Manor Rd., 21236

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