Release Date: 8/14/2009
Contact: Charles Herndon
(410) 887.6111

BCPS News Tips: The Week of August 15-22, 2009

Activities, Events, and News from Baltimore County Public Schools

Monday, August 17

There’s still time left to register children for the new school year

Parents or guardians who must register children for the 2009-10 school year should do so as soon as possible. Early registration is requested so that families have time to provide proper documentation. Early registration also allows schools time to plan for each child and adjust staffing. Parents or guardians must register their child if that child:

  • Is enrolling for the first time in a Baltimore County school.

  • Has recently moved to Baltimore County from another county.

  • Has changed residences within Baltimore County since last school year and will begin attending a new school as a result of that move.

  • Is entering the sixth grade or ninth grade this school year.

  • Does not legally reside in Baltimore County but may be allowed to attend a county school (considered a “non-resident” student under Board of Education Policy and Superintendent’s Rule 5150).

Additional requirements may be part of the registration process.

For more information about who must register their children, parents or guardians may call their local schools or visit the BCPS Web site ( to view Policy and Rule 5150. Parents should visit the school their child will attend to register for the upcoming school year. All BCPS schools are open during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, throughout the summer. Parents or guardians should contact their local schools to schedule appointments. If students need English language support, parents or guardians must contact the Office of World Languages and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Programs.

Contact: Office of Pupil Personnel Services, 410.887.0404

Tuesday, August 18

New Teacher Orientation welcomes Baltimore County’s newest educators

Baltimore County Public Schools will hold its annual New Teacher Orientation program – “Success from the Start” – to welcome hundreds of teachers new to Baltimore County’s classrooms. The three-day orientation, beginning Tuesday, August 18, welcomes new teachers and introduces them to BCPS and facets of curriculum, assessment, and other aspects of teaching in Baltimore County. On August 18 and 20, newly hired teachers will participate in sessions at Randallstown High School, 4000 Offutt Road in Randallstown, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. On those days, teachers will talk with vendors and be greeted by many of the system’s administrators, representatives of the teachers association, and other educators. In addition, teachers will hear from BCPS Superintendent Dr. Joe A. Hairston, State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nancy S. Grasmick, and University of Maryland, Baltimore County President Dr. Freeman Hrabowski during the two Randallstown High School-based orientation days. On August 19, new teachers will participate in a full day of professional development activities at their assigned schools. The annual meetings are characterized by plenty of energy and excitement as the county’s newest educators meet one another and begin their first school year in Baltimore County’s public schools.

Contact: BCPS Office of Professional Development, 410.887.6400

Friday, August 21

Superintendent’s Administrative and Supervisory Address to kick off school year

Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Joe A. Hairston will address principals, administrators, and supervisory personnel of Baltimore County Public Schools in preparation for the 2009-2010 school year, which begins for students on Monday, Aug. 31. The annual meeting will be held on Friday, August 21, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Chesapeake High School at 1801 Turkey Point Road in Essex. The address and event each year sets the tone for the upcoming school year and gives Dr. Hairston an opportunity to welcome the system's leadership and discuss expectations for the year ahead.

Contact: Charles Herndon, Office of Communications, 410.887.6111

Coming Up!

Baltimore County Public Schools holds its annual Football Jamboree on Saturday, August 22

Football teams from each Baltimore County high schools will come together for a traditional day of scrimmaging at the school system’s 12th annual Football Jamboree, beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 22, at Dundalk High School, 1901 Delvale Avenue, in Dundalk. The yearly event is an opportunity for teams to face off in a series of scrimmages against one another and to size up the competition, and all players will be in game uniforms. A hospitality tent will be provided for officials and the media, and concessions will be available courtesy of the Dundalk High School Sports Boosters. The event is free and open to the public.

Contact: Ron Belinko, Office of Athletics, 410.887.2328

Baltimore County Public Schools teams to compete in robotics “Battle O’ Baltimore” on Saturday, August 22

Robotics teams representing four Baltimore County high schools will be among 24 East Coast schools competing at The Park School on Saturday, August 22, in the “Battle O’ Baltimore” robotics competition. In this competition, more than 200 students from schools in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and New York will bring their robots to compete and collaborate in the full-day program, which takes place from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and is open to the public. Teams from Dulaney, Owings Mills, Parkville, and Woodlawn high schools will present their robots and compete in the event. The event is part of FIRST, a non-profit organization that designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. Each year, FIRST Robotics teams around the world are challenged to design and build a robot to play a game created for them by engineers from NASA and other major corporations. This year’s game, “Lunacy,” honors the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing as robots maneuver on a reduced-friction surface to collect and deliver “moon rocks” to human players at corner outposts or to trailers attached to opponent robots. Each team competes in at least five 2¼-minute matches, and the game features alliances created by random assignment. Teams received a common kit of parts in January and had six weeks to design and build their 120-pound robot before competing in the regular FIRST season in March and April 2009. The Battle O' Baltimore is an off-season event that allows teams to practice skills, promote their programs, and recruit new members and sponsors. The Park School is located at 2425 Old Court Road in Brooklandville.

Contact: Robyn Needel, Woodlawn High School, 410.833.4141

Back to School 2009 on Monday, August 31

The 2009-10 school year gets underway for students on Monday, August 31, when schoolhouse doors open county-wide to students. In addition to first-day activities at schools across Baltimore County, Superintendent Dr. Joe A. Hairston is expected to visit several schools.


Back to School Nights 2009

Part of a successful start to a school's new year is its annual Back to School Night, and across Baltimore County, schools will begin holding Back to School Night activities as early as mid-August. The events give parents an important way of learning about the school, its unique opportunities, upcoming events, volunteer and involvement activities, and other facets of school life. The events are also a good way for parents to learn and gain information to help their children have a successful school year. To learn more about Back to School Nights in Baltimore County, and to find out when your school will hold its Back to School Night or other Back to School activities, go to on the BCPS Web site or call your neighborhood school.

Contact: Bana Miller, Office of Communications, 410.887.4171

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