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Release Date: 2/13/2020
Contact: Dept. of Communications/Community Outreach, 443.809.5908

BCPS News Tips: Feb. 15 - 22, 2020

Activities, events, and news from Baltimore County Public Schools

Sunday, Feb. 16

Sale of student-created art will benefit the Maryland SPCA

What: Once again Baltimore County Public Schools students demonstrate their generosity, and the community can demonstrate its own. At the 7th annual Kindness for Paws Art Show, the public is invited to view 4,000 pieces of animal-themed artwork created by students from 34 area schools – including 28 BCPS schools. During the Sunday “name-your-donation" art sale, Maryland SPCA volunteers will assist buyers in making their purchases. A minimum donation of $5 per artwork is required; higher donations are welcome. All proceeds from the event will support the Maryland SPCA.
When: Sunday, Feb. 16, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: White Marsh Mall, (in front of Macy’s Home store), 8200 Perry Hall Blvd., 21236

Monday, Feb. 17

Presidents’ Day 2020 is a regular school day for BCPS

What: The Maryland State Board of Education approved a request from BCPS to make Presidents’ Day (Monday, Feb. 17) a regular school day, with all schools and offices open. This change is in accordance with the 2019-2020 school calendar, and the planned use of emergency closure make-up days. Opening schools on Feb. 17 will make up for the school system’s emergency closure of schools on Dec. 16, 2019.
When: Monday, Feb. 17

Tuesday, Feb. 18

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Assembly at Sparrows Point High

What: Leukemia and Lymphoma Society-funded researcher Dr. Feyruz Rassool from the University of Maryland School of Medicine will be the featured speaker for this assembly. In addition, the assembly will feature student performances. This assembly is the kickoff to the school’s annual fundraising campaign. Each year, they aim to raise $10,000 for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society research!
When: Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 9 a.m.
Where: Sparrows Point High School, 7400 North Point Rd., 21219

Wednesday, Feb. 19

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: Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Where: North Point branch of Baltimore County Public Library, 1716 Merritt Blvd., 21222

Ballet Hispánico Company to offer master classes at 4 schools today

What: Baltimore County Public Schools dance students and teachers are participating in the annual Take A Leap Baltimore County Dance Celebration. As part of this year’s celebration, the New York City-based Ballet Hispánico Company, America's leading Latinx dance organization, will offer master classes at several BCPS schools. Today, the company will work with four schools.
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 19
Location and time:
Franklin High, 8:30 – 9:55 a.m.
Franklin Middle, 8:50 – 9:40 a.m.
Milford Mill Academy, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Pikesville Middle, 10:59 a.m. – 1:04 p.m.

Special Education Resource Center Workshop: Behavior Management at Home

What: The Special Education Resource Center offers free workshops designed to address parent and caregiver needs to care for themselves and their families. The workshops are especially designed to support parents/caregivers of children with behavioral health issues. The workshops are sponsored by the BCPS Special Education Resource Center and BCPS Office of Special Education. Register at 410-887-5443 or serc@bcps.org.
When: Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Where: White Oak Main Training Lab, 8401 Leefield Rd., 21234

Thursday, Feb. 20

Parent University workshop: Nurturing Creativity in Your Child

What: The next workshop in the Parent POP-UP Series is Nurturing Creativity in Your Child, presented by Pine Grove Elementary School art teacher Kaytee Lurz. During the fun evening parents will learn how to encourage their children to develop their creativity. Parents will participate in fun activities with their children, while learning about how kids develop as young artists. Parents will leave with lots of easy and fun ideas for creative play. The event, hosted by BCPS Parent University, is free and open to all BCPS families. The topic is geared for parents of students in PreK – Grade 5. Please register at 410-252-2046 or online.
When: Thursday, Feb. 20, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. (Arrive at 6 p.m. for a Meet and Greet and light refreshments)
Where: Padonia Park Child Center, 12006 Jenifer Rd., 21030

Catonsville Middle School to host Diversity Night

When: Thursday, Feb. 20, from 6-8 p.m.
Where: Catonsville Middle School, 2301 Edmondson Ave., 21228

Eastern Technical High School to host its annual Cultural Coalescence

What: The annual Eastern Technical High School Cultural Coalescence enables students to enlighten their fellow students about diversity and celebrate their cultures from all over the world.
When: Thursday, Feb. 20, and Friday, Feb. 21, from 8:30-10:30 a.m. and 11:30-1:30 p.m.
Where: Eastern Technical High School, 110 Mace Ave., 21221

Ballet Hispánico Company to offer master classes at 4 schools today

What: Baltimore County Public Schools dance students and teachers are participating in the annual Take A Leap Baltimore County Dance Celebration. As part of this year’s celebration, the New York City-based Ballet Hispánico Company, America's leading Latinx dance organization, will offer master classes at several BCPS schools. Today, the company will work with four schools.
Date: Thursday, Feb. 20
Location and time:
Owings Mills High, 9 – 10:26 a.m.
Pikesville High, 9:15 – 10:40 a.m.
Southwest Academy, 11:08 a.m. – 12:43 p.m.
Sudbrook Magnet Middle, 11:40 a.m. – 12:55 p.m.

Special Education Resource Center Workshop: Understanding Your Child’s IEP

What: The Special Education Resource Center offers free workshops designed to address parent and caregiver needs to care for themselves and their families. The workshops are especially designed to support parents/caregivers of children with behavioral health issues. The workshops are sponsored by the BCPS Special Education Resource Center and BCPS Office of Special Education. Register at 410-887-5443 or serc@bcps.org.
When: Thursday, Feb. 20, from 6 – 8 p.m.
Where: BCPS Greenwood Campus, Bldg E, Room 123

Friday, Feb. 21

Wrestling County Championship

When: Friday, Feb. 21 (all day)
Where: New Town High School, 4931 New Town Blvd., 21117

Saturday, Feb. 22

BCPS to host Black Saga countywide finals

What: The public is invited to attend the finals of the annual BCPS Black Saga Competition. Teams from elementary and middle schools from across the county will compete in a demonstration of their knowledge of African American history and culture. The keynote speaker for the finals will be Superintendent Dr. Darryl L. Williams. The finals are free and open to the public.
When: Saturday, Feb. 22, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Where: Loch Raven High School, 1212 Cowpens Ave., 21286

Wrestling County Championship

When: Saturday, Feb. 22 (all day)
Where: New Town High School, 4931 New Town Blvd., 21117

ONGOING EVENTS!

The BCPS Stakeholder Survey continues. Have you taken it?

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: through March 1
Where: The BCPS website
Scholarship loans available for students interested in teaching

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. 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 requirement, will require that the recipient repay the scholarship. The BCPS Office of Human Resources will notify scholarship recipients of their award by April 1, 2020. For more information, please contact Carla Simons at csimons@bcps.org.
Application deadline: Monday, March 2

Pikesville High celebrates Black History Month

What: The Black History Month Committee at Pikesville High School has planned activities throughout the month of February in honor of Black History Month. In addition to these events in the library, there are special morning announcements, a large 2nd floor display and HBCU posters on the 1st floor.
When: Monday, Feb. 17– Read about Medgar Evers.
Tuesday, Feb. 18 – Write a letter to Martin Luther King Jr. and submit at lunch in library.
Wednesday, Feb. 19 – Wear green to represent the economic success and prosperity of black people.
Thursday, Feb. 20 – Historical character debate, Pd. 4B.
Monday, Feb. 24 – Trivia during all lunches.
Wednesday, Feb. 26 – Poetry slam, Pd. 4B. Dress up like or wear clothing depicting someone you consider a black hero.
Thursday, Feb. 27 – Theater students present “Voices of Inspiration" during all lunch shifts.
Where: Pikesville High School, 7621 Labyrinth Rd., 21208

Lutherville Lab celebrates African American inventors

What: In honor of Black History Month, Lutherville Lab is celebrating African American inventors. In addition to classroom lessons, the school’s entry board will highlight African American inventors. Additionally, students will incorporate two-column notetaking, learned through the AVID program, in preparation for reports from students based on the inventor they choose to research. Students will be invited to share their reports on the morning announcements throughout the month.
When: Throughout February
Where: Lutherville Laboratory, 1700 N. York Rd., 21093

Parents reminded to take Maryland Special Education Parent Involvement Survey

What: Baltimore County Public Schools encourages the parents of students (ages 3 to 21) receiving special education services to participate in the Maryland Special Education Parent Involvement Survey. The survey is being conducted by the Maryland State Department of Education’s Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services. The purpose of the survey is to determine how well schools are partnering with parents and promoting parent involvement. Parent feedback will be used to help improve special education and related services. The survey is anonymous, is available in English and Spanish, takes about 5 minutes to complete online, and must be completed in one sitting.
Survey deadline: Monday, May 18

UPCOMING EVENTS!

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, Feb. 24, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Arbutus branch of Baltimore County Public Library, 855 Sulphur Spring Rd., 21227

Southeast Area Education Advisory Council to meet

What: The Southeast Area Education Advisory Council will meet. The topic is vocational programs.
When: Monday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m.
Where: Dundalk High School library, 1901 Delvale Ave., 21222

Film screening: keeping children safe on the internet

What: Five BCPS schools – Edgemere Elementary, Battle Grove Elementary, Chesapeake Terrace Elementary, Sparrows Point Middle, and Sparrows Point High – are sponsoring a film showing about internet safety. Vincent DeVivo, a community outreach specialist with the United States Attorney’s Office, will introduce the showing of the film “Innocence Stolen: Protecting our Children." The presentation informs adults about how to protect young people from negative and criminal influences online. Topics include social networking, cyber bullying, sexting, and internet predators. The program provides prevention and intervention strategies and internet safety resources. Participants are invited to arrive by 6 p.m. for free pizza and drinks. Please RSVP at hshiflett@bcps.org or 410-887-7507.
When: Tuesday, Feb. 25, from 6:30 – 8 p.m. (Arrive at 6 p.m. for free pizza and drinks)
Where: Edgemere Elementary School, cafeteria, 7201 North Point Rd., 21219

BCSC visits Annapolis

What: Students from the Executive Board of the Baltimore County Student Councils will visit Annapolis to meet with elected officials during legislative session including Speaker of the House of Delegates Adrienne Jones and Delegate Pat Young.
When: Tuesday, Feb. 25

Side by Side Concert at BSO

What: Faculty and staff are invited to attend the Baltimore County Public Schools’ Side by Side Concert with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO). The concert will feature the talents of 45 outstanding BCPS high school musicians performing alongside members of the BSO. Repertoire for the concert will include the Academic Festival Overture by Brahms, the fourth movement of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, and music from The Avengers by Silvestri, arranged by Pellett. The concert will also include Goossens’ Oboe Concerto in One Movement, performed by 2020 Youth Soloist Kara Poling from Franklin High School. If interested in attending this concert, contact staff in the Office of Music and Dance Education at 443-809-9735 or via e-mail to Dr. Brian Schneckenburger to reserve your seats (required for this event) no later than Friday, February 21, 2020.
When: Tuesday, Feb. 25, 11 a.m.
Where: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., 21201

Varsity and JV Basketball Championships

When: Tuesday, Feb. 25
Where: Towson University SECU Arena, 8000 York Rd., 21252

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

American Red Cross Blood Drive at Randallstown High

What: Randallstown High School will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive. To schedule your lifesaving donation, contact Mrs. Boxley at kboxley@bcps.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS. To save 15 minutes during your donation, please consider RapidPass.
When: Thursday, Feb. 27, from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Where: Randallstown High School auditorium, 4000 Offutt Rd., 21133

National Board Certification Reception with Superintendent Williams

What: Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Darryl L. Williams will host a special reception to honor the school system’s newest Board Certified teacher, Casey Lane, an English teacher at Deep Creek Middle School, and to honor Allison Jackson, an English teacher at Sparrows Point High School, and Jeremy Carlino, mathematics department chair at Western School of Technology, both of whom successfully renewed their certifications in 2019.
When: Thursday, Feb. 27, from 4:30 – 5 p.m.
Where: BCPS headquarters/Greenwood, Building A, 6901 N. Charles St., 21204

Human trafficking awareness film screening in Hereford

What: The Hereford High School UNICEF Club is sponsoring a screening of “Not My Life," a powerful, 30-minute documentary about human trafficking around the world through the stories of survivors. Following the film, club members will lead a discussion about ways that individuals can take action against human trafficking in their communities. The event is free and open to parents and students. Registration opens one week prior to the event. Register by calling 410-887-1919.
When: Thursday, Feb. 27, from 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Where: Hereford branch of Baltimore County Public Library, 16940 York Rd., 21111

BCPS Special Education Job Fair

What: BCPS is seeking to hire: special education teachers, teachers of the deaf and hard of hearing, teachers of the visually impaired, speech pathologists, physical therapists, and occupational therapists. Screening interviews will be conducted for qualified applicants for the 2020-2021 school year. Employee benefits information will be available at the job fair. Those interested in applying are asked to apply online. For additional information, call 443-809-4605 or email sbarbieri@bcps.org. In case of inclement weather, if BCPS is opening one or two hours late, the interviews will be held on time. Snow date to be determined. The Holiday Inn will offer a special lodging rate for those staying overnight. For reservations, please call 800-235-3297 and indicate that you are attending the Special Education Job Fair for Baltimore County Public Schools.
When: Friday, Feb. 28, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: Holiday Inn, 9615 Deereco Rd., 21093

BCPS students to perform at Maryland Dance Alliance

What: Baltimore County Public Schools dance students and teachers are participating in the annual Take A Leap Baltimore County Dance Celebration. As a part of the celebration, the Maryland Dance Education Association will present an engaging program of high school student and community dancers from throughout the state. Tickets, $10 each, will be available at the door.
When: Friday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. (Snow date: March 3)
Where: Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave., 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:
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

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