Release Date: 11/12/2012
Contact: Charles Herndon

BCPS News Tips – American Education Week The Week of November 10 – 17, 2012

Activities, Events, and News from Baltimore County Public Schools

Saturday, November 10

Patapsco High School hosts Zumbathon in celebration of its 50th anniversary

Patapsco High School & Center for the Arts, 8100 Wise Avenue in Dundalk, will host a Zumbathon in commemoration of its 50th anniversary. Zumba, a popular dance fitness program, combines aerobic exercise elements with choreography from hip-hop, mambo, meringue, salsa, samba, and other dance styles. Admission to the event, held in the school’s gymnasium, is $8, with all proceeds going to eight student groups at Patapsco High. The school invites all community members, regardless of age, physical activity level, or dance experience, to participate in this event, which will run from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Contact: Liberty Grayek, Patapsco High School & Center for the Arts, 410.887.7060

Ridgely Middle School sponsors local artisans through Annual Craft Fair and Silent Auction

Ridgely Middle School, 121 E. Ridgely Road in Lutherville, will host its 31st Annual Parent-Teacher Association Craft Fair and Silent Auction. Beginning at 10:00 a.m. and concluding at 2:00 p.m., the event will feature handmade items, such as home furnishings, jewelry, and baked goods, from more than 100 local artisans, as well as a used book sale. For students from pre-kindergarten to Grade 8 and BCPS teachers, admission is free. For all others, admission is $2. The event also will feature a variety of activities for participants.

Contact: Susan Evans or Tricia Guildener, Ridgely Middle
School, 410.887.7650

Oliver Beach Elementary School families volunteer at Gunpowder State Park

Oliver Beach Elementary School families and faculty will hold a “Gunpowder Clean Up" day from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Hammerman Area of the Gunpowder Falls State Park, located near the intersection of Eastern Avenue and Graces Quarters Road in Chase. Families will gather near the marina area to pick up trash and debris as a way to support their community and help clean the environment.

Contact: Barbara Cosgrove, Oliver Beach Elementary School, 410.887.5934

Sunday, November 11

Elementary school students, families invited to Project: Quality Time at Baltimore Museum of Art

Baltimore County Public Schools elementary school students and their families are invited to Project: Quality Time at the Baltimore Museum of Art from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the BMA at 10 Art Museum Drive in Baltimore City. This enrichment activity is designed to encourage family interaction while exploring great works of art. Admission is free, and families may also participate in a hands-on art workshop, “Create a Clay Animal." This annual event is hosted by the BCPS Office of Visual Arts and the Baltimore Museum of Art’s education department.

Contact: Linda Popp, Office of Visual Arts, 410.887.4030

Monday, November 12

American Education Week begins in Baltimore County Public Schools

Schools across Baltimore County will celebrate American Education Week from Monday, November 12, through Friday, November 16, with a variety of activities designed to showcase for parents and the community the teaching and learning going on every day in every classroom in every Baltimore County public school. Parents and community members are invited to visit schools during scheduled times, and each school has devoted time for special events. For example, students at Vincent Farm Elementary School in White Marsh will welcome “VIPs" to the school throughout the week, continuing the tradition of having students write to dignitaries across Baltimore County and to invite them to take guided tours of the school. At Pine Grove Elementary School in Parkville, meanwhile, students will sell candy-grams to support technology at the school and host a Grandparents’ Breakfast on Friday, November 16. Please call individual schools for specific times and events and additional information about American Education Week activities.

Contact: Charles Herndon, Office of Communications, 410.887.6111

Top Baltimore County music students to perform honors concert at Morgan State University

More than 270 students will perform at the annual Baltimore County Public Schools High School Honors Concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the James H. and Louise Hayley Gilliam Concert Hall of the Murphy Fine Arts Center of Morgan State University, 2201 Argonne Drive, Baltimore. The concert will include performances by the honors orchestra, chorus, and band. The honors orchestra will be conducted by Jeri Lynne Johnson, music director of the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra. Dr. Michael Martin, associate professor at Methodist University, will conduct the honors chorus. The conductor for the honors band will be Dr. Robert Carnochan, associate professor at The University of Texas at Austin. The concert is free, however tickets from the BCPS Music Office are required due to limited seating.

Contact: Karl Stewart, Office of Music, 410.887.4024

Deer Park Elementary School students pitch in on canned food drive

From Monday, November 12, through Friday, November 16, members of the student council at Deer Park Elementary School, 9809 Lyons Mill Road in Owings Mills, will collect canned food. Grade 5 representatives will visit each classroom and collect canned goods and personally thank every student who brings in an item to help those less fortunate. All of the food will be donated to a local crisis center close to Deer Park Elementary. The school community is encouraged to donate at least one can of food during the week of November 12.

Contact: Kristine Frank or Martha Milli, Deer Park Elementary School, 410.887.0723

West Towson Elementary School to aid Hurricane Sandy victims

The faculty and staff at West Towson Elementary School have partnered with students and staff at Watson Elementary School in Rockville Centre, N.Y., to organize a children’s clothing drive to help the New York victims of Hurricane Sandy. Working with Andrea Schlezes Grubb, a former teacher at Cromwell Valley Elementary School in Towson who now teaches at Watson Elementary, the West Towson staff will collect clothing throughout the week for distribution to hurricane victims. Watson Elementary School is located about six miles north of Long Beach, N.Y. West Towson Elementary School is located at 6914 N. Charles Street in Towson.

Contact: Debbie Ford or Susan Hershfeld, West Towson Elementary School, 410.887.3869 or 410.887.8036

Halstead Academy to enjoy visit, reading from WMAR-TV anchor Charley Crowson

WMAR-TV morning show co-anchor Charley Crowson will visit Halstead Academy at 9:30 a.m. to read to students in several classes. Crowson co-hosts “Good Morning Maryland" at ABC2 and, as a multimedia journalist, has earned two Emmy Awards, an Edward R. Murrow Award and three Associated Press Awards. The school is located at 1111 Halstead Road in Towson.

Contact: Tricia Angelini or Jennifer Mullenax, Halstead Academy of Art and Science, 410.887.3210

Hawthorne Elementary School to receive 500 new books donated by Pizza Hut

Pizza Hut of Maryland has selected Hawthorne Elementary School to receive 500 new books as part of the restaurant chain’s third annual BOOK IT! Big Book Giveaway. Pizza Hut team members will deliver the books to the school, located at 125 Kingston Road in Middle River, during morning announcements at the school, when staff and students will learn about the book donation to their library. After announcements, the team members will gather with students in small groups to read a short story and talk about the importance of reading. For the BOOK IT! Big Book Giveaway, 20 of the 6,000 Pizza Hut restaurant groups were chosen at random as winners of the giveaway. These restaurants focused on how the donation of books would impact their community and support literacy tied to the BOOK IT! Program, which is in its 28th year and will reach more than 14 million young people this school year.

Contact: Yvonne K. Barhight, Hawthorne Elementary School, 410.887.0138
Linda Schulze, Pizza Hut of Maryland, Inc., 410.720.6336, ext. 235

Norwood Elementary School calls on dads to jam with students by creating school song

Norwood Elementary School will rock out for American Education Week when the school’s PTA will sponsor a weeklong “Dad and Me Jam Session." Each day during the week, Norwood dads and their children will be able to create musical instruments using recycled materials and to compose their own songs about the school. The winners will be showcased during morning announcements and receive prizes. Norwood Elementary School is located at 1700 Delvale Avenue in Dundalk. Please contact the school for specific times and additional details.

Contact: Penny Setser or Pat Goldys, Norwood Elementary School, 410.887.7055

Patapsco JROTC honors veterans with uniform displays

The Patapsco High School & Center for the Arts US Army JROTC program will honor all veterans through Tuesday, November 13, as JROTC unit members wear historic military uniforms donated by the Maryland National Guard and the National Guard Association of Maryland. In addition, members will provide impromptu presentations throughout these two days on the history of the apparel. Cadets have thoroughly researched each uniform, previously displayed at military events and parades, including its origin and wearer. The JROTC unit plans to use this project for a future outreach program called “Walk Through History," in which cadets will travel to local middle and elementary schools to discuss military and American history. The program also is accepting donations to fund additional uniforms and accessories for the project. Please contact the school for specific times or additional information. The school is located at 8100 Wise Avenue in Dundalk.

Contact: Bruce Kahl or Liberty Grayek, Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts, 410.887.7060

Tuesday, November 13

Free Respite and Resource Fair to be held at Battle Monument School

In honor of American Education Week, Battle Monument School is hosting a Respite and Resources Day for families of its students and other Baltimore area families of children with special needs. From 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon, more than 20 organizations will share materials about their programs, including applications for services. Attendees are invited to visit each display to obtain detailed information regarding respite care, daycare, future planning, home assistance, recreational programs, workshops, and parent support networks/programs. Many services will have information about adaptive equipment, specialized communication, in-home services, as well as enrichment and support services. The school is located at 7801 E. Collingham Drive in Dundalk.

Contact: Hilary Hellerbach or Paula Davis, Battle Monument School, 410.887.7000 or 410.288.0391

Wednesday, November 14

Math Night scheduled for Oliver Beach Elementary School

Families are invited to visit Oliver Beach Elementary School from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. to watch a live performance entitled “Math, Magic, and Mystery" as part of the school’s Math Night activities. In addition, participants can also attend several “make and take" sessions and enjoy an ice cream social and the school’s annual book fair. The school is located at 12912 Cunninghill Cove Road in Bowleys Quarters.

Contact: Mary Ann Rigopoulos or Barbara Cosgrove, Oliver Beach Elementary School, 410.887.5934

Parkville High School celebrates athletic standouts at Fall Sports Awards Ceremony

Parkville High School will hold its Fall Sports Awards Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. in the school’s cafeteria, 2600 Putty Hill Avenue, Parkville. Tickets are $1 and must be purchased before the event, which will celebrate the accomplishments of the school’s fall sports teams and athletes.

Contact: Lexa Newman or Charlene DiMino, Parkville High School, 410.887.5257

Japanese students begin five-day visit to Sudbrook Magnet Middle School

Twenty students from Yamazaki Junior High School in Moka City, Japan, will begin a five-day visit to Sudbrook Magnet Middle School and its World Languages Magnet program. Visiting students will stay with host families and attend classes at Sudbrook during the school day, and the delegation will be accompanied by Yamazaki Principal Katsumi Yamamoto and teachers Masayoshi Ishikawa and Noriko Nishizaki. While at Sudbrook, the group will work on a bilingual wiki with their host brothers and sisters, participate in a speech contest, hold a Japanese tea ceremony and calligraphy demonstrations, and experience a number of activities with their host families. The school also will host a Japan-themed Social Night at a local Barnes & Noble book store as well as a Japanese arts and crafts session for students. The group will depart Sudbrook on Monday, November 19, and travel to New York before returning to Japan. Please contact the school for specific times and additional information. Sudbrook Magnet Middle School is located at 4300 Bedford Road in Pikesville.

Contact: Kim Shinozaki or Sharon Robbins, Sudbrook Magnet Middle School, 410.887.6720

Thursday, November 15

Pikesville High School to perform Steinbeck’s tragic classic tale “Of Mice and Men"

The Pikesville Players of Pikesville High School will present John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men" for three nights through Saturday, November 17, with each performance at 7:30 p.m. The play tells the tragic story of two migrant workers seeking the American Dream in the Salinas Valley of California during the Great Depression. Tickets are $8 at the door. Pikesville High School is located at 7621 Labyrinth Road in Pikesville.

Contact: Doug Kotula, Pikesville High School, 410.887.1217

Students at Patapsco High School to teach parents how to throw clay

Ceramics students at Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts will get to take on the role of teacher for a day as their parents become their pupils. Students in Sherri Fisher’s Designs in Clay 2 class will invite their parents to school from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. for American Education Week to demonstrate and share with them their newly-acquired art skills. They will teach brave parent volunteers how to throw clay on the potter’s wheel, a process through which symmetrical vessels are formed. The school is located at 8100 Wise Avenue in Dundalk.

Contact: Liberty Grayek or Sherri Fisher, Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts, 410.887.7060

Education Foundation director to speak at National Parental Involvement Day event

Debbie Phelps, director of The Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools, will be the featured speaker at a National Parental Involvement Day event sponsored by the Houston, Texas-based Cooperative for After-School Enrichment. The event from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., will take place at the Houston Garden Center, 1500 Hermann Circle Drive, Houston, Tex., and will include a presentation by Phelps, a Family Engagement Resource Fair, and a panel discussion on successful parenting with Phelps and others. The Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools is an independent, community-based organization that mobilizes public, private, and corporate support for public education in Baltimore County. In partnership with Baltimore County Public Schools, it uses that support and resources to advance student academic achievement and invest in teaching and learning. Phelps has more than 30 years experience in education and is also widely known as a motivational speaker, author of A Mother for All Seasons, and mother of Olympian Michael Phelps and two successful daughters.

Contact: Deborah S. Phelps, The Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools, 410.887.8962

Sudbrook Magnet Middle School celebrates Japan at its Barnes & Noble Social Night

Sudbrook Magnet Middle School will host a Japan-themed Social Night at the Barnes & Noble book store at 1819 Reisterstown Road in Pikesville from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Students from the Yamazaki Junior School in Japan will assist with an origami make-and-take station, and published author Marc Waldman will be in attendance to sign his book “Mighty Mac." The event also will feature student performances, including those from the Yamazaki school and Sudbrook alumni.

Contact: Ali Schilpp or Sharon Robbins, Sudbrook Magnet Middle School, 410.887.6720

Towson High School to begin 3-night production of “Alice in Wonderland"

When a little girl falls down the rabbit hole and discovers a world filled with nonsensical and amusing characters, it must be the Towson High School production of “Alice in Wonderland," which begins a three-day performance run at the school, located at 69 Cedar Avenue in Towson. Based on a 1947 Broadway script, the play by Eva Le Gallienne and Florida Friebus combines both of Lewis Carroll’s classic novels, “Alice in Wonderland" and “Through the Looking Glass." Performances will run through Saturday, November 17, with shows each night at 7:00 p.m. in the Towson High auditorium, which may be accessed via Aigburth Road north of the campus. Tickets are $8 and will be available at the door.

Contact: Joseph Kimball, Towson High School, 410.887.3608

Friday, November 16

Students perform in glee club show choir at Sudbrook Magnet Middle School

Sudbrook Magnet Middle School present its Glee Club Show Choir for one performance only at 7:30 p.m. in school’s auditorium at 4300 Bedford Road in Pikesville. All seats are reserved, and tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Tickets may be purchased by calling the school or by checking the Glee Club link on the school’s Web site at

Contact: Garry Tiller, Sudbrook Magnet Middle School, 410.887.6720

Fall is here! Time for Homecoming at Ridge Ruxton School!

Homecoming at Ridge Ruxton School will be celebrated from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Students, parents, alumni, and friends will be in attendance for this annual event held in the school gym. Ridge Ruxton is located at 6916 North Charles Street in Towson.

Contact: Ed Bennett or Karen Burns, Ridge Ruxton School, 410.887.3594

Saturday, November 17

Baltimore County Student Councils Middle School Leadership Conference

The Baltimore County Student Councils will hold its annual Middle School Leadership Conference at the Community College of Baltimore County, Essex campus, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Leadership Conference is designed to provide an opportunity for middle school students around the county to share ideas and develop empowerment skills to enhance their leadership knowledge in the areas of team building, communication, parliamentary procedure and community service. Trained student leaders will facilitate the day’s workshop sessions. A mock general assembly will be held in the afternoon to put the middle schoolers’ newly cultivated skills to practice.

Contact: Barbara Fuller, Office of Curriculum and Instruction, 410.887.4218

Teams from 16 BCPS schools to participate in Battle by the Bay robotics competition

The Battle by the Bay robotics competition, a qualifying event for both the U.S. national and world championships of VEX Robotics, will take place from 7:30 p.m to 5:00 p.m. at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, in Timonium. Last year’s event was the second largest open event for VEX robotics in the nation with 97 teams attending and was featured in Robot Magazine. With 115 teams from throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia registered, this year’s competition may be the biggest robotics event in the world. VEX Robotics offers middle school, high school, and university students a way to learn more about science, technology, engineering, and math while practicing teamwork, leadership, and problem solving. Baltimore County schools with teams participating in the event are Hereford, Ridgely, and Sparrows Point middle schools and Chesapeake, Dulaney, Eastern Technical, George Washington Carver Center, Hereford, Lansdowne, Loch Raven, New Town, Owings Mills, Pikesville, Sollers Point Technical, Towson, and Woodlawn high schools. The main organizers of the event are the Baltimore County Public Schools’ Office of Career and Technology Education and Dulaney High School’s robotics team.

Contact: Douglas Handy, Office of Career & Technology Education, 410.887.8927

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