Release Date: 5/31/2008
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News Tips: The Week of May 31 - June 7, 2008

Activities, Events, and News from Baltimore County Public Schools

Tuesday, June 3

Pine Grove Elementary School to host Field Day

Field Day at Pine Grove Elementary School is scheduled to begin at 9:45 a.m. Students, parents, and teachers will join together for a day of fun and exercise during the event; prior to Field Day, there will be special promotions for the school’s Spell-a-thon, Walk-a-thon, and Joe Corbi’s fundraiser. Pine Grove Elementary School is located at 2701 Summit Avenue in Carney.

Contact: Rick Weber, Pine Grove Elementary School, 410.887.5268

Nearly 200 Lansdowne High School students to receive new athletic shoes through “Shoes for Grades” partnership

In January, students at Lansdowne High School and four other Baltimore County high schools took up the challenge of the “Shoes for Grades” program to raise their academic performance by one full letter grade in all courses from the second to the third marking period. If they succeeded, students were promised a new pair of athletic shoes courtesy of Holabird Sports and the Sports Boosters of Maryland. Four months later, 190 Lansdowne students will celebrate that accomplishment, gathering at 1:00 p.m. for a ceremony to celebrate their achievement and to receive their new athletic shoes. More Lansdowne students met the challenge than any of the 12 participating schools in Baltimore County and Baltimore City. In addition to distributing the shoes, students will enjoy ice cream and a program in their honor. The school is located at 3800 Hollins Ferry Road in Lansdowne.

Contact: Lynda Whitlock, Lansdowne High School, 410.887.1415, or Doug Crusse, Holabird Sports, 410.687.6440

Author’s Tea planned for Orems Elementary School

Young authors at Orems Elementary School will enjoy an “Author’s Tea” in the Orems cafeteria beginning at 2:00 p.m. in recognition of their talent and hard work. The “Most Improved Writers” from pre-kindergarten to grade 5 will enjoy snacks, tea, and punch while sharing their writing with parents and peers. Orems Elementary School is located at 711 Highvilla Road in Middle River.

Contact: Donna Eaton or Wendy Brennan, Orems Elementary School,


Wednesday, June 4

Event celebrates first successful year of College Gateway Partnership

State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nancy S. Grasmick, Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Joe A. Hairston, and Community College of Baltimore County President Dr. Sandra Kurtinitis will greet more than 25 students from Golden Ring Middle School as they participate in the College Gateway Partnership. This groundbreaking initiative between Baltimore County Public Schools and the Community College of Baltimore County encourages eighth-graders to prepare for higher education. The initiative began in September 2007 and, during its first school year, provided full-day college experiences for more than 2,000 students from nine BCPS middle schools. The Golden Ring Middle School students will arrive at the CCBC Essex campus at 9:00 a.m. for morning sessions focused on college readiness and career exploration, taught by BCPS and CCBC faculty. The special guests will join students near the end of their afternoon campus tour, during which they will visit the health professions lab and college athletics center and meet with a professor. The CCBC-Essex campus is located at 7201 Rossville Boulevard in Essex.

Contact: Diana L. Spencer, Office of Communications, 410.887.4243

Thursday, June 5

Music in the air at Kingsville Elementary School

Instrumental music students from both Kingsville Elementary School and Gunpowder Elementary School will combine their efforts on Thursday, June 5, and Friday, June 6, to perform a concert for each school’s third- and fourth-graders, all under the direction of teacher Kevin Shaner. Most of the students will be attending Perry Hall Middle School next year, so this activity allows them to have a high-quality musical experience and to make new friends for the upcoming school year. The concerts will feature combined string orchestras, jazz ensembles, bands, and a special small ensemble. These concerts, both of which will get underway at 10 a.m. on June 5 and June 6, represent the 10th Annual Music Exchange between the two schools. The students will conclude the second day’s concert with awards and a pizza lunch hosted by the parents. The Thursday, June 5, concert will be held at Kingsville Elementary School, 7300 Sunshine Avenue in Kingsville, while the June 6 concert will be hosted by Gunpowder Elementary School, 9540 Holiday Manor Road, in Perry Hall.

Contact: Sue Felts or Kevin Shaner, Kingsville Elementary School,410.887.5949

Saturday, June 7

Padonia International Elementary School to hold its Panda Jamboree

Games, food, and a PTA silent auction will be among the highlights of the Panda Jamboree from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Padonia International Elementary School, which is located at 9834 Greenside Drive in Cockeysville. On the same day, the PTA will also hold a flea market from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon. For more information, e-mail

Contact: Ann Bogdanowicz, Jennifer Mileto, or Karen Cashen, Padonia International Elementary School, 410.887.7646


BCPS invites public to participate in online satisfaction survey through Sunday, June 8

Baltimore County Public Schools is inviting the public to participate in an online Stakeholder Satisfaction Survey. Through this easy-to-use survey, students, parents, and community members from throughout the county will be able to provide feedback to schools and the school system about a variety of topics. The survey is available online only at and will be available until midnight on Sunday, June 8. Users may reach the survey by clicking a link in the upper right-hand corner of the BCPS home page. Those needing assistance accessing the Internet may do so via computers in BCPS schools and at county public libraries.

Contact: Charles Herndon, Office of Communications, 410.887.6111

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