Release Date: 11/10/2017
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BCPS school, system awards abound in first quarter of school year

TOWSON, MD — Looking back at the first quarter of the school year, Baltimore County Public Schools has plenty to celebrate.

“I am in awe of our phenomenal Team BCPS leaders and staff who, day after day, pursue excellence for every student," said BCPS Interim Superintendent Verletta White. “These honors are a tribute to their hard work, dedication, creativity, and commitment."

Between July and September 2017, BCPS earned a national grant for magnet programs, as well as national honors in fiscal management, blended learning, digital citizenship, innovative writing, and much more:

  • BCPS was awarded a $15 million federal grant over five years to develop five new magnet programs and to significantly revise one existing magnet program. The six programs will focus on the International Baccalaureate program or health sciences.
  • BCPS was one of only five districts across the nation to receive a Fuel Education® Transformation Award for successfully integrating digital learning solutions into effective instructional initiatives through the Passport elementary world language program.
  • Magnet Schools of America named Cromwell Valley Elementary Regional Magnet School of Technology a Nationally Certified Magnet School.
  • For the second consecutive year, BCPS was named a Common Sense Certified District: Digital Citizenship by Common Sense. The certification indicates that BCPS embraces digital citizenship as an important part of education, and gives students the foundational skills they need to compete and succeed in the 21st-century workplace and participate ethically in society at large.
  • For the eighteenth year, BCPS was awarded a Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Association of School Business Officials for meeting or exceeding high standards in financial management.
  • For the twenty-first consecutive year, the Controller’s Office received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association for the comprehensive annual financial report.
  • Patrice Goldys, principal of Norwood Elementary School, was named the winner of the Corwin Press Brilliant Principal Award, which recognizes one exceptional leader who has demonstrated the courage to embrace new ways of thinking and who has taken bold steps to make a powerful and lasting impact on his or her school and community.
  • Fran Glick has been named one of six finalists for the Women in School Leadership Awards by AASA, The School Superintendents Association. Glick is the coordinator for library media programs and digital resources at Baltimore County Public Schools.
  • Five BCPS elementary teachers from three schools who planned innovative writing practices for students earned the 2017 Donald H. Graves Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Writing by the National Council of Teachers of English.
  • For the seventh consecutive year, Baltimore County Public Schools earned the prestigious Annual Achievement of Excellence in Procurement® (AEP) Award from the National Procurement Institute, Inc.

BCPS is also celebrating several indicators of academic progress and community involvement including the following:

  • Both participation and achievement increased for Grade 11 students on the SAT in 2017.
  • Students in Grades 3 to 7 and Grade 10 improved in English Language Arts on the 2017 Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). The original 10 elementary Lighthouse schools outperformed both BCPS and the State in English Language Arts and Mathematics at Grades 3 to 5.
  • The Back to School Involves You, Too! campaign engaged almost 70 businesses and organizations in the school supply drive, with about 1,000 participants attending the Boscov’s Back to School Festival, and about 635 teachers receiving supplies donated by the community for students.

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