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Release Date: 1/2/2018 Contact: Office of Communications, 443.809.5908

Baltimore County students, schools, educators continue demonstrating excellence, earning honors

TOWSON, MD — Baltimore County Public Schools is starting the year off right, with a look back at the many awards earned by schools, staff, and students from October through December 2017.

“It is no wonder that more and more families are choosing our schools, given the talent and promise of our hard-working staff, leaders, and students,” said BCPS Interim Superintendent Verletta White. “I am so proud of the Team BCPS commitment to academic excellence.”

West Towson Elementary School was named the 24th Maryland Blue Ribbon School in BCPS. The Maryland Association of Boards of Education inducted Charles McDaniels, Jr., member of the Board of Education of Baltimore County, as its president, and Superintendent White earned the NAACP of Baltimore County Excellence in Education Award.

Additional awards included the following:

Student Honors

  • The Dulaney Sequel, a creative arts magazine produced by Dulaney High students, earned a Student Work Crown Award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association.
  • BCPS students demonstrated college-level achievement by earning 1,888 Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar Awards. The awards are based on achievement on the College Board’s AP exams administered in May 2017.
  • Hereford High School teacher Weston Fellows and his radio and TV engineering students were named Maryland winners in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest, a program that encourages students to solve real-world issues in their community using classroom skills in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM). Their prize is a $25,000 technology package for the school.
  • Teams from Eastern Technical High School, Hereford High School, and Hereford Middle School captured nine of 12 awards at Hereford Zone Robotics’ 6th annual Stampede VEX Robotics Event.
  • Sixty-two Baltimore County Public Schools students were selected by audition to participate in the Maryland Music Educators Association’s Junior and Senior All-State Choirs, Bands, and Orchestras. In addition to their statewide honors, two of the students - Jenna Sciuto, an alto vocalist from Perry Hall High School, and Vincent Igusa, a bassoonist from Towson High School - were selected by audition for participation in the 2017 All-National Honors Ensembles.
  • A team of Randallstown High School students - Re'Niya Avery, Saniya Holmes, Aaliyah Philippe-Auguste, and Adaora Umeadi - won Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger’s fourth annual high school App Challenge.
  • Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts Grade 11 student Kayla Burroughs was named Student of the Year by the Baltimore County Commission on Disabilities.
Staff and Leader Honors
  • Eight art teachers from seven schools were honored by the Maryland Art Education Association, including Rachel Valsing from Towson High School, who was named Maryland State Art Educator of the Year.
  • Maria Everett, secondary mathematics coordinator, was elected second vice president of NCSM, a national organization of mathematics education leaders.
  • Four Baltimore County Public Schools teachers were among the 55 recipients of the inaugural Bright Ideas Teachers’ Grants program from Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE).
  • Heather Lageman, executive director of leadership development, was appointed to the Governor’s P-20 Leadership Council of Maryland and the Governor's Cybersecurity and Information Technology Task Force as well as chair of the Learning Forward Foundation and president of the Learning Forward Maryland Affiliate.
  • Ridge Ruxton School art teacher Patricia Lane-Forster was named 2017 Teacher of the Year by the Baltimore County Commission on Disabilities. Dulaney High School technology education teacher Wanda Brown received the Chairperson’s Special Award.
School Honors
  • Warren Elementary School was named a 2017 State School of Character by the Maryland Center for Character Education at Stevenson University.
  • Niche named seven BCPS high schools as among the region’s best: Catonsville, Dulaney, Eastern Technical, Hereford, and Towson high schools, George W. Carver Center for Arts and Technology, and Western School of Technology and Environmental Science. The schools were graded on a range of factors including academics, college preparation, extracurricular activities, and diversity.
  • Timber Grove Elementary School and Deer Park Middle Magnet School each received a $1,000 donation from the Baltimore County Retired School Personnel Association, which will allow them to purchase additional books for their libraries.
  • Lansdowne Middle School was named a model school by Ascend Math in recognition of its success in helping students progress in mathematics learning.
System Honors
  • The Chesapeake Chapter of the National School Public Relations Association presented eight awards to BCPS for the quality of its communications efforts.
BCPS is also celebrating several indicators of academic progress and community involvement including the following:
  • Community members led the boundary change process for the new northeast area elementary school and Lansdowne Elementary School.
  • Interim Superintendent Verletta White hosted a five-part Learning and Listening Tour throughout the county for informal conversations with students, families, community members, and staff.
  • BCPS and Baltimore County Public Library offered open access to public library resources for all students through new Student Accounts, without late fees, in an expansion of the S.A.I.L. (Students Achieve in Libraries) partnership.
First quarter awards set a successful precedent for the school year, including a $15 million grant to develop five new magnet programs and to significantly revise one existing magnet program.

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