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Release Date: 1/23/2020
Contact: Brandon Oland, 443.809.5908

BCPS News Tips: Jan. 25 - Feb. 1, 2020

Activities, events, and news from Baltimore County Public Schools

Saturday, Jan. 25

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

What: Youth Mental Health First Aid Training is designed to help parents and others identify whether an adolescent is exhibiting signs and symptoms of mental illness or is in crisis, and to develop skills needed to assist youth. The free training is sponsored by the BCPS Office of Health Services. To register, please contact Karen Heinrich at 443 -809 -6397 or kheinrich@bcps.org.
When: Saturday, Jan. 25, from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Where: Cockeysville Bus Lot, Training Room 105 Wight Ave., 21031

Seussical the Musical Jr. performance to star Pot Spring Elementary students

What: Families are invited to attend a free performance of Seussical the Musical Jr., presented by the iMAGiNATiON 101 afterschool arts program. The cast is comprised of Pot Spring students who participated in a 14-week program. Seussical the Musical Jr. features Dr. Seuss’ most popular characters in a story about the power of friendship, loyalty, family, and community. This performance is sponsored by the Pot Spring Elementary School PTA. iMAGiNATiON 101 is a project of the nonprofit Charm City Players.
When: Saturday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m. (snow date: Saturday, Feb. 1)
Where: Dulaney High School, 255 Padonia Rd., 21093

Monday, Jan. 27


What: Once each year, BCPS asks its stakeholders – students in Grades 3-12, parents/caregivers, community members, and all staff – to help shape our future and let us know how we are doing. The survey takes five minutes or less to complete and is anonymous. It is available in 16 languages and can be taken on a phone, tablet, or computer.
When: Monday, Jan. 27, through March 1
Where: The BCPS website
Northeast Area Education Advisory Council hosts meeting with Superintendent Dr. Darryl L. Williams

What: The next meeting of the Northeast Area Education Advisory Council will feature Superintendent Dr. Darryl L. Williams. No registration is required.
When: Monday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m.
Where: McCormick Elementary School, library, 5101 Hazelwood Ave., 21206

Southeast Area Education Advisory Council meeting on advanced academics

What: The next meeting of the Southeast Area Education Advisory Council will focus on advanced academics. No registration is required.
When: Monday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m.
Where: Edgemere Elementary School, library, 7201 North Point Rd., 21219

Special Education Resource Center Workshop: Building Connections and Social Opportunities for our Students and Children

What: The BCPS Special Education Resource Center and Office of Special Education offer free workshops designed to address parent and caregiver needs to care for themselves, their family, and their child. The target audience is parents/caregivers of children with behavioral health issues. Please register at 410-887-5443 or serc@bcps.org.
When: Monday, Jan. 27, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Where: White Marsh branch of Baltimore County Public Library, 8133 Sandpiper Cir., 21236

More Grade 5 ballroom dancing during last week 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, Jan. 27, through Friday, Jan. 31
Where & Times:
Edgemere Elementary, 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Gunpowder Elementary, 9 – 10 a.m. & 10 – 11 a.m.
Oliver Beach Elementary, 2:15 – 3:05 p.m.
Pinewood Elementary, 9:50 – 10:40 a.m.
Reisterstown Elementary, 9:30 – 10:20 a.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 28

Varsity Cheerleading Championship

When: Tuesday, Jan. 28
Where: Dundalk High School, 1901 Delvale, Ave., 21222

Thursday, Jan. 30

JV Cheerleading County Competition

When: Thursday, Jan. 30, from 6 – 8 p.m.
Where: Eastern Technical High School, 1100 Mace Ave., 21221

Loch Raven Technical Academy students to work with Maryland Lynching Memorial Project

What: Historian Jennifer Liles, affiliated with the Maryland Lynching Memorial Project, will visit Loch Raven Technical Academy to speak with students about the racial terror lynching of Howard Cooper in Towson in 1885. She will present what is known about Cooper’s life and death, short film about the lynching, and the research she has done regarding Cooper’s family. Liles will meet with a juvenile justice class, taught by Michelle St. Pierre, magnet coordinator and social studies department chair at Loch Raven Technical, and a former Baltimore County Public Schools Teacher of the Year. The juvenile justice class is part of the school’s law and finance magnet program. Liles will also present to American history students. Beginning this year, all Grade 8 BCPS students will participate in a civic action project. The meeting with Liles will begin the civic action work of Loch Raven Technical students. “Our juvenile justice students will examine Howard Cooper’s lynching as a case study," said St. Pierre, “and explore other cases where juveniles were lynched. Our American History students will participate in an activist project after studying slavery, the Civil War, and Reconstruction. Through their project, they will look at the impact of lynching on our nation yesterday and today. They will then look at the actions taken by many activists during the Civil Rights Movement to stop the injustice."
When: Thursday, Jan. 30, from 8:45 – 10 a.m.
Where: Loch Raven Technical Academy, 8101 Lasalle Rd., 21286

Friday, Jan. 31

Last day to apply 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 posted on the Baltimore County Public Schools’ website. 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

ONGOING EVENTS!

Nominate a BCPS Principal of the Year

What: Parents, students, community members, teachers, and all Baltimore County Public Schools stakeholders are invited to nominate candidates for BCPS Elementary School Principal of the Year and BCPS Secondary School Principal of the Year. The brief nomination process asks only for the name of the principal and his/her school. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Feb. 7. The BCPS Principal of the Year Selection Committee will invite nominated principals to submit applications for the award. The Principal of the Year winners will be announced during the Teacher of the Year/Principal of the Year award ceremony on Tuesday, April 21.
Deadline for nominations: Friday, Feb. 7

UPCOMING EVENTS!

BCPS reps traveling to Puerto Rico to recruit bilingual teachers

What: Representatives from Baltimore County Public Schools are traveling to Puerto Rico to recruit bilingual teachers of Spanish, secondary math, and secondary science. Baltimore County is the 25th largest school system in the nation, with a growing student enrollment of more than 115,000 diverse students, and more than 18,000 employees including over 9,800 teachers. Those interested in applying are asked to apply online. All applications will be given consideration for a pre-scheduled interview time. Starting salaries range from $49,472 to $90,328, based on education and years of teaching experience. Benefits include health insurance, dental and vision plans, retirement plans, and paid leave. For additional information, contact Susan Stansbury, human resources officer, at 443-809-4146 or sstansbury@bcps.org.
Recruitment events:
Wednesday, Feb. 5, from 3 – 7 p.m.
Hilton Ponce
1150 Av. Caribe, Ponce, 00718

Thursday, Feb. 6, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico – San Germán

Friday, Feb. 7, from 3 – 7 p.m. &
Saturday, Feb. 8, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Punta Borinquen Resort, Aguadilla
90 Wing Rd., Aguadilla Pueblo, Aguadilla 00603

Sunday, Feb. 9, from 2 – 5 p.m. &
Monday, Feb. 10, from 3 – 7 p.m.
DoubleTree by Hilton, San Juan
105 Avenida de Diego, San Juan, 00911

Special Education Resource Center Workshop: Building Connections and Social Opportunities for our Students and Children

What: The BCPS Special Education Resource Center and Office of Special Education offer free workshops designed to address parent and caregiver needs to care for themselves, their family, and their child. The target audience is parents/caregivers of children with behavioral health issues. Please register at 410-887-5443 or serc@bcps.org.
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Date & Location:
Wednesday, Feb. 5 - Pikesville branch of Baltimore County Public Library
Wednesday, Feb. 19 - North Point branch of Baltimore County Public Library
Monday, Feb. 24 - Arbutus branch of Baltimore County Public Library

Next meeting of the Gifted and Talented Citizens Advisory Committee

What: The next meeting of the Gifted and Talented Citizens Advisory Committee will feature the community superintendents and Student Member of the Board and Pikesville High senior Omer Reshid. No registration is required.
When: Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m.
Where: Pikesville High School, 7621 Labyrinth Rd., 21208

BCPS Student Choreography Showcase

What: The Office of Music and Dance Education will host the 2020 BCPS Student Choreography Showcase. The evening will highlight work choreographed and produced by BCPS students. Participating schools for this year's showcase are: Deep Creek Middle, Deer Park Middle Magnet, Dundalk High, George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology, Lansdowne High, Milford Mill Academy, Owings Mills High, Parkville High, Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts, Stemmers Run Middle, and Sudbrook Magnet Middle. As part of the showcase day, students will take master classes facilitated by ClancyWorks Dance Company and receive feedback on their work. Tickets for the evening performance will be available at the door for $5 for adults and $3 for students/seniors. Cash or checks only at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Patapsco Dance Boosters. The BCPS Student Choreography Showcase is a part of Take a Leap Baltimore County Dance Celebration. A full schedule of dance events in Baltimore County during this month-long celebration is available online.
When: Thursday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m.
Where: Patapsco High School & Center for the Arts, 8100 Wise Ave., 21222

Owings Mills High to present “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying"

What: The Owings Mills High School theater and Thespian Society Troupe 2685 will present the classic musical comedy “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying." This high school production is being presented unlike productions at any other high school in America. As produced and directed by drama teacher Gabriel Lewin, the show will be presented with changes made to the script and score including orchestrations that reflect the 1995 Broadway revival production. Owings Mills High School was given special permission from the estate of Frank Loesser to make the changes and use the re-orchestrated music. In addition, the school was provided the music via permission from original orchestrators Ted Sperling and Jeanine Tesori, as well as orchestrators David Siegal and Danny Troob. Thus, the presentation will incorporate additional music in the opening song “How To Succeed" as well as a replacement of the act 2 opening number “Cinderella Darling" with the song “How To Succeed (Reprise)." Other musical changes include an updated “Pirate Dance" and “Brotherhood of Man" as well as other additional music. The production will feature a full, live pit band, sets constructed by Mike Bennet and his crew, decorated by Mary Beth Dickman and her crew of art students, choreography by Nicole Joelle, music directed by Bishop Moore, and costumes by Lindsey McCumber and her crew. The cast includes over 30 students from all four grades. Tickets are $2 each and available online.
When: Thursday, Feb. 6, Friday, Feb. 7, and Friday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. each evening
Where: Owings Mills High School auditorium, 124 Tollgate Rd., 21117

Maryland 529 to host Parent Information Sessions at BCPS schools

What: Maryland 529 – formerly the College Savings Plans of Maryland – has scheduled Parent Information Night sessions this winter and next spring at several BCPS 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:
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

Black History Month Program at Hebbville Elementary

What: Hebbville Elementary invites the community to enjoy an evening of information, dancing, singing, and poetry as students and staff celebrate Black History Month.
When: Wednesday, Feb. 26, from 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Where: Hebbville Elementary School, 3335 Washington Ave., 21244

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