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Release Date: 1/18/2018 Contact: Office of Communications, 443.809.5908

Team BCPS Day "blue" us away

Annual celebration of Baltimore County schools continues to grow

TOWSON - January 11 was another Team BCPS Day for the record books!

To celebrate pride in Baltimore County Public Schools, stakeholders photographed themselves wearing blue and posted their images on social media with #BCPSblue. This year, Team BCPS Day yielded nearly 700 tweets, reaching 217,137 unique viewers, and #BCPSblue trended on Twitter in the Baltimore region for most of the day.

The school system's library media specialists emerged as superstars of Team BCPS Day 2018 with their high level of participation and their creative displays of books with blue covers or ‘blue' in the title. Schools shared artwork, writing, and fun music videos. The spirit of the day was incorporated into lessons including making blue slime in science class, flying drones with BCPS banners, and imagining how favorite book characters would celebrate Team BCPS Day.

Families posed in blue before leaving for work and school. Business and educational partners - including Baltimore County Public Library, Chesapeake Bank of Maryland, Community College of Baltimore County (Dundalk Outward Bound), Destinations Credit Union, Discovery Education, The Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools, First Financial Federal Credit Union, Maryland Zoo, Morgan State University, SECU, and Towson University - joined in the celebration to boost BCPS. The day ended with an educator's appreciation night at a Towson Tigers men's basketball game, with hundreds of BCPS educators enjoying free admission and some being honored from the court.

"On Team BCPS Day, you can see the tremendous unity in BCPS, and you can feel it," said Interim Superintendent Verletta White. "I had the great pleasure to spend part of my day with Catonsville High School student leaders and a group of teachers who are also BCPS graduates and with the Superintendent's Student Advisory Council. Across the county, in our schools and beyond our schools, people celebrated BCPS accomplishments and pride. It was a great way to launch the second half of the school year."

Here are this year's honorees for best BCPS blue-themed images of the day:


Overwhelmingly Adorable - All the children of Baltimore County Public Schools (We can’t pick!)
Best Celebration of Literacy - Timonium Elementary School Kindergarten
Best Interior Coordination - Westowne Elementary School
Best Filters - Westchester Elementary School
Best Hair - Westchester Elementary School, Mays Chapel Elementary School, Julia Capallo (Padonia International Elementary School), Edmondson Heights Elementary School; Kristy Wiggins (Woodbridge Elementary School), Rodgers Forge Elementary School
Best Hearts - Vincent Farm Elementary School
Best Meme - Hannah Frank, Grade 1 Teacher, Dundalk Elementary School; and Ryan Greene, Grade 3 Teacher, Colgate Elementary School
Best Accessorized - Sarah Lancaster, Grade 5 Teacher, Chase Elementary School; Crossroads Center
Best Menswear - Dr. Russell Brown, Chief Accountability and Performance Management Officer
Best Photo Frame - Vincent Farm Elementary School; Padonia International Elementary School
Best Design - Office of Enterprise Applications
Best Nonhuman Team BCPS Member - Gus Franklin and Gus Franklin (dog of Howard Franklin, Southwest Student Support Services)
Best Maker - Mike Moore, Resource Teacher, Innovative Learning
Best Tees - Kenwood High School Student Government Association; Gunpowder Elementary School, Franklin Middle School
Multigenerational Teachers - Judy Martini’s family
Best Construction Gear - Fran Glick
Farthest Blue Pride - Veronica Wasno, former long-term substitute at Elmwood Elementary School who is now a prestigious Fulbright Scholar teaching in Malaysia.
Best Stuffie Photo Bomb - Fifth District Elementary School
Yummiest - Fifth District Elementary School
Best Branding - Edmondson Heights Elementary School; Golden Ring Middle School
Best Formation - Deer Park Elementary School Library, Elmwood Elementary School; Halethorpe Elementary School
Best Commitment to the Blue - Chase Elementary School
Best Photo Timelines - Alexis Mileto (teaching, student), Westowne Elementary; Jill Bender, Principal, Logan Elementary
Best Action Scene - Pikesville Middle School
Most Engrossed - Randallstown Elementary School
Best Selfie - Da’Nall Wilmer, Randallstown Elementary School
Most Heartfelt - Crossroads Center
Best Tutus - West Towson Elementary School; Sparrows Point Middle School
Best Slime - Pot Spring Elementary School
Most Linguistic - Padonia International Elementary School
Most Spirit (most people) - Pinewood Elementary School
Best Collage - Sudbrook Magnet Middle School
Best Props - Human Resources Operations
Best Superheroes - Westchester Elementary School
Youngest - Alex Miles & Hannah Claire Maguire, 1 week old twins, Westchester Elementary School
Most Retweets - Ashley Hoff, school counselor, Glyndon Elementary School (25)
Most Favorites - Katie Cox, S.T.A.T. teacher, Mays Chapel Elementary School (94)
Best Makerspace Fans - Eastern Technical High School (and another from Eastern Tech)
Best Family Legacy - Gunpowder Elementary School
Most Expressive - Fort Garrison Elementary School
Best Eyewear - Hebbville Elementary School
Best Blue Math - Mars Estate Elementary School
Best Team BCPS Spirit - West Towson Elementary School
Best Giveaway - First Financial Federal Credit Union (customers who stopped by on Team BCPS Day received a special giveaway)


Best in Show - Joppa View Elementary School
Most Symphonic - Rhapsody in Blue video, Penelope Martin-Knox, Community Superintendent
Best Gif - Glyndon Elementary School
Best Teamwork - Edmondson Heights Elementary School (picture of staff leaning on each other)
Best Boomerang - Westchester Elementary School
Best Blues Performance - Office of Human Resources
Best Video Collage - Oliver Beach Elementary School
Best Staff and Student Dance - Fifth District Elementary School
Whole School BCPS Lovefest - Rodgers Forge Elementary School
Best Use of Drones - Rodgers Forge Elementary School
Best Superheroes - Edgemere Elementary School
Best Slideshow - Relay Elementary School; Vincent Farm Elementary School
Best Automated Greeting - Nick Schiner, Innovative Teaching and Learning team leader

In addition, secondary schools’ participation in Team BCPS Day is on the rise. Much appreciation to the following schools:
Middle Schools (19, up from 15 in 2017)

Arbutus, Catonsville, Cockeysville, Crossroads, Dumbarton, Dundalk, Franklin, Golden Ring, Hereford, Holabird, Lansdowne, Middle River, Perry Hall, Pikesville, Ridgely, Sparrows Point, Stemmers Run, Sudbrook Magnet, Windsor Mill
High Schools (19, up from 9 in 2017)

Catonsville, Catonsville Center for Alternative Studies, Chesapeake, Dulaney, Dundalk, Eastern Tech, George Washington Carver Center, Hereford, Kenwood, Loch Raven, New Town, Parkville, Pikesville, Patapsco, Randallstown, Sollers Point, Towson, Western Tech, Woodlawn
Nearly 600 photos from the day can be found in a BCPS Flickr album.

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