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Release Date: 1/2/2020
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BCPS News Tips: Jan. 4 - 11, 2020

Activities, events, and news from Baltimore County Public Schools

Monday, Jan. 6

Ballroom dance week at 4 BCPS elementary schools

What: For the past 12 years, Baltimore County Public Schools has offered weeklong ballroom dance instruction to Grade 5 students in more than 60 schools. The lessons are taught by professional dancers/teachers of ballroom dance. According to dance resource teacher Sonia Synkowski, the program not only teaches students about the dance forms, their origins, and provides practical experience in social/partner dance, but emphasizes dance etiquette and decorum, both valuable character education components.The weeklong lessons end with inviting parents in to see their children dance and dance with them.
When: Monday, Jan. 6, through Friday, Jan. 10
Where & Time:
Dogwood Elementary, 7215 Dogwood Rd., 21244, from 10 – 10:50 a.m.
Fullerton Elementary, 4400 Fullerton Ave., 21236, from 9:40 – 10:30 a.m.
Seventh District Elementary, 20300 York Rd., 21120, from 9 – 9:50 a.m.
Sparks Elementary, 601 Belfast Rd., 21152, from 2:25 – 3:15 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 9

Parent Night at Padonia Park Club: Come learn about fun ways to read with young children

What: As part of its new Parent POP-UP Series, Parent University presents a free Parent Night at Padonia Park Club. The session will focus on Movement in Books.Participating parents will enjoy a journey through a variety of childhood books with numerous possibilities for kinesthetic activities for the entire family. Science, language, math, and music will be incorporated into these “dance alouds.” This event is open to all BCPS families, but the topic is geared toward the parents of students in PreK to Grade 5. Please register online or by calling 410-252-2046.
When: Thursday, Jan. 9, from 4:30 – 6 p.m.
Where: Padonia Park Club, 12006 Jenifer Rd., 21030

Are you ready for Team BCPS Day 2020?

What: Every year, on the second Thursday of January, BCPS celebrates Team BCPS Day. It's a day to celebrate the quality and impact of BCPS schools. Students, teachers, administrators, staff, alumni, business partners, and other Team BCPS members take photos wearing blue clothing and share those images on social media using #BCPSblue. And as BCPS continues its monthly Mind Over Matters awareness campaign focused on promoting student and staff wellness, consider incorporating January’s theme –Health Matters– into your photo. Awards will be given for images in various categories including youngest/oldest Team BCPS member, image sent from farthest away, most Team BCPS spirit, and more. Be creative!
When: Thursday, Jan. 9, all day
Where: everywhere

2nd annual Educators Rising Conference to be held for BCPS students interested in education careers

What: Nearly 300 students from 20 Baltimore County middle and high schools will participate in the 2nd annual Educators Rising Conference. Participating students are members of the Educators Rising student organization and the Teacher Academy of Maryland (a career and technical education program). The students will participate in two professional development sessions; meet representatives of local colleges and employers; and engage in a service-learning project. During the day, the students will also receive greetings from BCPS Superintendent Dr. Darryl L. Williams and CCBC President Dr. Sandra Kurtinitis and hear a keynote address from UMBC President Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, III. The event is hosted by the Baltimore County Public Schools Office of Career and Technical Education and CCBC's Teacher Education Department.
When: Thursday, Jan. 9, from 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Where: CCBC Dundalk, 7200 Sollers Point Rd., 21222-4649

Friday, Jan. 10

Last day to apply to become Student Member of the Board of Education

What: The online period for students to apply for the student board member position will close at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 10. The application for the position is located on theStudent Member of the Board online page. This year, for the first time, all BCPS middle and high school students will be eligible to cast votes in March 2020 for the next student member of the Board of Education of Baltimore County. In the new process, student candidates can appeal directly to students through speeches that will be taped in February and available for viewing in English language arts and social studies classes as well as on the BCPS One online platform. Students also may submit questions in February for consideration during a question-and-answer forum, which students will be able to view March 10-11 prior to the March 12 online voting. Much of the selection process will remain the same. Finalists for the position will continue to be selected by a panel consisting of student leaders and BCPS personnel. The individual who wins the student election will still require approval from Maryland’s governor.

ONGOING EVENTS!

23rd Annual BCPS Middle School Writing Contest accepting entries

What: The Senior Literary Arts Class of George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology has announced the 23rd Annual Middle School Writing Contest – and the desire of the class to see submissions from all Baltimore County middle schools. The deadline for entries is Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. Three winners in each category will be notified in April and invited to attend a special award ceremony. The contest is open to all Baltimore County Public Schools students in Grades 6 – 8. Young writers are asked to submit their best and most polished works. This year’s categories are short stories, poetry, creative nonfiction, and scripts. All work will be adjudicated by Carver Center’s Class of 2020 Literary Arts students. Contest rules and information about how to submit entries can be found online.

Applications available for at-large Baltimore County school board seat

What: The Baltimore County School Board Nominating Commission is accepting applications for the Board’s vacant at-large seat. The individual selected for this seat will fill the remaining vacated term, which ends December 2022. Following the 2014 and 2017 Maryland General Assembly sessions, the composition and selection of the Board of Education of Baltimore County changed. Beginning in 2018, the Board became a hybrid Board by including both appointed and elected members. Seven members of the school board are elected, while four members of the Board are appointed by the governor. The Baltimore County School Board Nominating Commission has the task of selecting nominees to recommend to the governor for the four at-large positions. The application is available online. Applications can be mailed to the Baltimore County School Board Nominating Commission, c/o Tracy Gover, 6901 N. Charles Street, Towson, MD 21204.
When: Application deadline is Friday, Jan. 31

Please take the Age-Friendly Baltimore CountySurvey

What: County Executive Johnny Olszewski and the Department of Aging are embarking upon a new and exciting initiative that will make our County age-friendly. The goal of this initiative is to improve the quality of life for all County residents, regardless of age, ability, gender, race, ethnicity, and cultural backgrounds. How will we accomplish this undertaking? With your help. Please provide your input to this exciting project by completing the Age Friendly Baltimore County Survey. Learn more about what age-friendly means.

UPCOMING EVENTS!

Teachers: Start the new year by joining a new team – Team BCPS

What: Baltimore County Public Schools, the 25th largest school system in the nation, is hosting a Teacher Job Fair for talented, highly qualified educators interested in joining Team BCPS. The school system is recruiting for all teacher positions. Benefits include health insurance, dental and vision plans, retirement plans, and paid leave. Please direct any questions toacasio@bcps.org.
When: Monday, Jan. 13, from 4 - 6 p.m.
Where: BCPS headquarters/Greenwood, 6901 N. Charles St., Building E, 21204

Southwest Area Education Advisory Council meeting to explore Advanced Academics

What: The next meeting of the Southwest Area Education Advisory Council will explore Advanced Academics. The meeting is free and open to the public. No registration is required.
When: Monday, Jan. 13, at 7 p.m.
Where: Hillcrest Elementary School, 1500 Frederick Rd., 21228

Maryland 529 to host Parent Information Sessions at 7 BCPS schools

What: Maryland 529 – formerly the College Savings Plans of Maryland – has scheduled Parent Information Night sessions this winter and next spring at seven of Baltimore County’s middle schools. The meetings are open to all Baltimore County parents who are interested in learning more about the plans. For more information, contact the program at 1-888-4MD-GRAD (1-888-463-4723).
When & Where:
Thursday, January 23, at 6:30 p.m.
Catonsville Middle School, 2301 Edmondson Ave., 21228
Tuesday, February 11, at 6:30 p.m.
Northwest Academy of Health Sciences, 4627 Old Court Rd., 21208
Wednesday, February 12, at 6:30 p.m.
Hereford Middle School, 712 Corbett Rd., 21111
Loch Raven Academy, 8101 LaSalle Rd., 21286
Wednesday, March 11, at 6:30 p.m.
Stemmers Run Middle School, 201 Stemmers Run Rd., 21221
Monday, March 23, at 6:30 p.m.
Perry Hall Middle School, 4300 Ebenezer Rd., 21236
Wednesday, April 29, at 6:30 p.m.
Ridgely Middle School, 121 Ridgely Rd., 21093

More Grade 5 ballroom dancing in January

What: For the past 12 years, Baltimore County Public Schools has offered weeklong ballroom dance instruction to Grade 5 students in more than 60 schools. The lessons are taught by professional dancers/teachers of ballroom dance. According to dance resource teacher Sonia Synkowski, the program not only teaches students about the dance forms, their origins, and provides practical experience in social/partner dance, but emphasizes dance etiquette and decorum, both valuable character education components.The weeklong lessons end with inviting parents in to see their children dance and dance with them. In addition to the dates below, the remainder of the schedule can be found online.
Dates: Monday, January 13, through Friday, Jan. 17
Where & Times:
Holabird STEM Academy, 11:25 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Sandy Plains Elementary School, 9 – 9:50 a.m.

Middle School Honors Concert

When: Friday, Jan. 24, at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Perry Hall High School, 4601 Ebenezer Rd., 21236

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