Release Date: 3/28/2014
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Planning and anticipation ready to intensify at new Mays Chapel Elementary School

With new attendance boundary set, attention turns to welcoming students

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TOWSON, MD. – The Board of Education’s approval Tuesday night of attendance boundary lines for the new Mays Chapel Elementary School was just the green light Steve Coco was looking for.

“Now we can move ahead with all the plans we have to welcome students, answer parents’ questions and prepare for a great opening day in August," says Coco, the school’s principal. “It’s an exciting time to be opening a new school in Baltimore County, and I know it will be an exciting experience for our new students and their families."

Coco is eager to visit students who live in the new attendance zone; he plans to introduce himself to students during visits to the four schools where those students currently attend: Padonia International, Pinewood, Pot Spring and Warren elementaries. Among the first assignments for his new students will be to help him choose a school mascot and school colors.

“Our new school will have among the most welcoming and innovative learning environments in Baltimore County, so we need a mascot and colors that will inspire pride, achievement and a real sense of who we are at Mays Chapel," Coco says.

Other planning is already underway. In April, families of eligible children living within the new boundary line will receive letters informing them of their new school assignment. Students who are currently in Grades 3 or 4 (and who will be entering Grades 4 or 5 in August) and their siblings will have the option of either enrolling at Mays Chapel or staying in their current schools until they finish Grade 5.

Families of students at Lutherville Laboratory and Timonium elementary schools who live in areas affected by the boundary line redrawing also will receive information soon about their new school assignments.

Coco also plans to announce several parent information events where new families can meet him and other new school staff members and learn more about the Mays Chapel school and opening.

A map showing the new Mays Chapel boundary line – and the changes to other schools’ attendance zones – is available at www.croppermap.com/documents/BCPSBOARDAPPROVEDCENTRALAREA1415Plot140326.pdf.

An online interactive mapping tool showing both the current 2013-14 boundaries and the approved 2014-15 boundary lines will be available on the BCPS website by Monday, March 31. Using the mapping feature – or by calling the BCPS Boundary Information Line at 410-887-4215 – a user can determine the BCPS school attendance zone of any address. The new boundary information will be on the website’s online school locator in about two weeks.

Meanwhile, construction work continues on the 700-seat, state-of-the-art elementary school in Mays Chapel. The school will be one of 10 Lighthouse Schools in BCPS, meaning students will be among the first in the county to pilot the system’s 1:1 digital learning environment, including use of an HP EliteBook© Revolve 810 G2 laptop-tablet as a personal learning tool. For more information, visit http://www.bcps.org/construction/mayschapel/.

“The process to get us here has involved a tremendous effort from the Mays Chapel Boundary Study Committee and all of the families and stakeholders who contributed, and we owe them a big ‘Thank you’," Coco says. “But we have much more to do, and I invite parents and the community to look for more information soon about our new school, a dedicated school website and additional activities, which will be coming shortly.

“Mays Chapel already is a special school thanks to the children, staff, parents, and community members who will help us open in a few months," he adds. “And to think: this is just the beginning!"

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