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BCPS News Tips: March 3 - 10, 2018

Activities, events, and news from Baltimore County Public Schools

Saturday, March 3

CCBC hosts Saturday Placement Testing for Baltimore County Public High School students

What: High school students currently enrolled in Baltimore County Public Schools can participate in placement testing on selected Saturdays for CCBC’s Early College Access Program. The Saturday morning testing sessions are for high school seniors who plan to attend CCBC in the summer or fall, or any high school students interested in taking college courses and earning college credits while still in high school. Options include earning an associate degree, a certificate, or getting a jump-start on college coursework requirements. Some CCBC Early College Access Programs allow students to take classes for free (up to four courses), pay half-price tuition or earn a high school diploma and associate degree simultaneously. Admissions and financial aid representatives will be available to talk to parents about the entry process and how to pay for college. Saturday testing is free, but registration is required. Completing the placement testing now will enable students to enroll in CCBC summer sessions that start June 4, June 18, and July 16. Registration opens for CCBC Summer 2018 on March 26. Find more information or register.
When: Saturday, March 3
Check-in from 8:30 - 9:20 a.m.
Testing begins at 9:30 a.m.
Where: CCBC Essex, 7201 Rossville Blvd., 21237 and CCBC Owings Mills, 10300 Grand Central Ave., 21117

Visit the Parentmobile at the Maryland Fire Museum

What: Visitors board the Parentmobile to learn about BCPS' curriculum, at-home learning resources, the BCPS website, community resources, and resources to support families of students with special needs or limited English proficiency. Parents and guardians are invited to visit. No registration is required.
When: Saturday, March 3, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: Maryland Fire Museum, 1301 York Rd., 21286

Parent University Workshop: Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

What: A training workshop for adults will provide information and skills to identify and respond to youth with symptoms that may indicate a mental health concern. To register, e-mail FamilyNavigator@cc-md.org or call 667-600-3074. This workshop is sponsored by BCPS Parent University, BCPS Office of Health Services, and Baltimore County Family Navigator Services.
When: Saturday, March 3, from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Where: St. Vincent's Villa, 2600 Pot Spring Rd., 21093

12th Annual Love Your Tree Art Exhibition and Awards

What: This art exhibition features student work from several BCPS middle and high schools.
When: Exhibition: through Saturday, March 31
Reception: Saturday, March 3, from 2 - 5 p.m.
Where: The Conference Center at Sheppard Pratt, 6501 N. Charles St., 21204

Baltimore County High School Art Exhibition

What: The Baltimore County Arts Guild show features work from the following BCPS high schools: Catonsville, Dulaney, Franklin, Lansdowne, Loch Raven, Milford Mill, Patapsco, Perry Hall, Pikesville, Sparrows Point, and Towson
When: Exhibition: through Saturday, March 24
Reception: Saturday, March 3, from 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Where: Baltimore County Arts Guild, 1101 Maiden Choice La., 21229

Maryland State VEX IQ Robotics Championship for Middle and Elementary Schools

What: The Maryland State VEX IQ Robotics Championship for Middle and Elementary Schools will be held. Forty-six teams will compete for 13 World invitation spots. Participating BCPS teams will include Lyons Mill and Sparks elementary schools, and Hereford, Ridgely, and Sparrows Point middle schools.
When: Saturday, March 3, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: New Town High School, 4931 New Town Blvd., 21117

Sunday, March 4

Youth Art Month Exhibit at Walters Art Museum

What: The annual Youth Art Month exhibit will feature 350 pieces of art by BCPS students in Kindergarten through Grade 8, from across the county. Admission to the museum is free.
When: Exhibit: through Sunday, March 11 (Museum hours are Wednesday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Thursdays, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.)
Reception: Sunday, March 4, from 1 - 3 p.m.
Where: Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., 21201
Contact: Sherri Fisher, 443.809.4030

Monday, March 5

Special education group to discuss literacy

What: The Special Education Citizen's Advisory Committee will discuss literacy at this month's meeting. Registration is not required.
When: Monday, March 5, from 7 - 9 p.m.
Where: Perry Hall Middle School, 4300 Ebenezer Rd., 21236

Tuesday, March 6

Students invited to College Fair 2018 - Essex

What: Students interested in attending college can meet representatives of more than 100 universities, colleges, proprietary, and military schools at the College Fair 2018, co-sponsored by BCPS and the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC). In case of inclement weather, call 443-840-1711 or visit the CCBC website. The list of participating colleges is available online.
When: Tuesday, March 6, from 6 - 8 p.m.
Where: CCBC Essex, Wellness and Athletics Center, 7201 Rossville Blvd., 21237

Visit the Parentmobile at Deer Park Elementary's Reading Night

What: Visitors board the Parentmobile to learn about BCPS' curriculum, at-home learning resources, the BCPS website, community resources, and resources to support families of students with special needs or limited English proficiency. Parents and guardians are invited to visit. No registration is required.
When: Tuesday, March 6, from 6 - 8 p.m.
Where: Deer Park Elementary School, 9809 Lyons Mill Rd., 21117

Wednesday, March 7

Students invited to College Fair 2018 - Catonsville

What: Students interested in attending college can meet representatives of more than 100 universities, colleges, proprietary, and military schools at the College Fair 2018, co-sponsored by BCPS and the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC). In case of inclement weather, call 443-840-1711 or visit the CCBC website. The list of participating colleges is available online.
When: Wednesday, March 7, from 6 - 8 p.m.
Where: CCBC Catonsville, Jack Manley Wellness and Athletics Center, 800 S. Rolling Rd., 21228

BCPS online Stakeholder Survey ends today. We want to hear from you!

What: Baltimore County Public Schools wants as many students, parents, teachers, staff, and community members as possible to participate in its annual Stakeholder Survey. It's a chance to tell us what we are doing well and what we could improve. The Stakeholder Survey has been extended and will now remain open until Wednesday, March 7. The survey, available on the BCPS website, is anonymous and takes five minutes or less to complete on a phone, tablet, or computer. The survey is available for students in Grades 3 - 12, and all parents, staff, and community members. For those other than staff, the survey is available in 16 languages: Amharic, Arabic, Burmese, Chinese, English, French, Gujarati, Korean, Nepali, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Urdu, Uzbek, Vietnamese, and Yoruba. Individuals who fit into more than one category - for example, a staff person who is also the parent of a BCPS student - can take the survey more than once in order to answer questions based on each of the categories. In addition, parents who have students in more than one school are encouraged to take the survey specific to each school their children attend. Parents can choose to take the survey at their child's school rather than at home or at a public library.
When: through Wednesday, March 7
Where: BCPS website

Gifted and Talented group to host "Listening Post"

What: The Citizens' Advisory Committee for Gifted and Talented Advisory Education is hosting a "Listening Post." Parents, siblings, and advocates are encouraged to provide input on issues related to gifted and talented education. Registration is not required.
When: Wednesday, March 7, at 7 p.m.
Where: Greenwood campus, Bldg. E, Room 114, 6901 N. Charles St., 21204

BCSC Lobby Day in Annapolis

What: Members of Baltimore County Student Councils will visit Annapolis to meet with legislators and talk to them about issues related to youth and education.
When: Wednesday, March 7, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Where: Maryland State Legislature, Annapolis
Contact: Nora Murray, 443.809.4329

Thursday, March 8

Boys to Men at Catonsville Middle School announces upcoming guest speakers

What: Catonsville Middle School's Boys to Men, after-school mentoring club is hosting a special guest speaker series. Today's speaker, Dr. Renard Adams, BCPS interim senior executive director of Curriculum Operations, will discuss the topic of literacy. Part of the mission of Boys to Men is to engage boys in relevant and important topics that will help them grow into young men and leaders, inside and outside of the classroom. The club roster has grown to 70 members, with 9 male mentors who weekly attend meetings; in addition, 24 students have been matched with academic mentors.
When: Thursday, March 8, at 3 p.m.
Where: Catonsville Middle School, Library, 2301 Edmondson Ave., 21228

Parent University: Read for Life workshops

What: Parents are invited to explore literacy development for preschool and Pre-K children through a series of free workshops taught by current or retired BCPS teachers and sponsored by BCPS Parent University, Teachers Association of Baltimore County (TABCO), and the PTA Council of Baltimore County. Parents are invited to bring their preschool, Pre-Kindergarten, and Kindergarten children to the workshops. To register, contact Rai Cary at rcary@bcps.org or 443.809.4496.
When: Thursdays, March 8, 15, 22, 29 & April 5, from 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where: Loch Raven branch of Baltimore County Public Library, 1046 Taylor Ave., 21286

Friday, March 9

Students still have time to submit films to the BCPS Film Expo

What: High school and middle school student filmmakers are invited to enter their work in the 2018 BCPS Film Expo. A diverse panel of judges will evaluate each high school entry and select first, second, third place, and honorable mention awards to be given in five categories, including: live action narratives, documentary films, animation, experimental films, and animated GIFs. Middle school entries also will compete for first, second, third place, and honorable mention awards. The BCPS Film Expo is a collaboration between the BCPS Offices of Visual Arts, Digital Learning, and Career and Technology Education. It is sponsored this year by Rosedale Federal Savings & Loan and The Education Foundation of BCPS. Students interested in submitting films or GIFs should register first through a sponsoring art teacher. Only 10 (live action narrative, documentary, animation, and experimental) films and 10 GIFs will be accepted per high school. All submissions are limited to 10 minutes in length, and they must conform to the BCPS code of ethics and standards of acceptable use and propriety. All copyrighted music and images featured in the films must be properly licensed. More information including submission requirements, guidelines, registration, tutorials, and resources are available on the BCPS Film Expo website. The culmination of the competition will be a film showing and awards ceremony on Thursday, April 12, from 5 - 9 p.m. at the Historic Senator Theater in Baltimore.
Deadline: Friday, March 9

Does your school have the best principal? Principal of the Year nominations due by March 9

What: School communities have until Friday, March 9, to nominate their principals for a Baltimore County Public Schools Principal of the Year award. All BCPS principals from schools, centers, and programs are eligible for nomination. To make a nomination, a school community needs to form a nomination committee comprised of at least one representative from each of the following three groups: (a) students, (b) teachers, and (c) parents, colleagues, and/or community members. This committee must complete a nomination form and submit it to principaloftheyear@bcps.org by Friday, March 9. The BCPS Principal of the Year Selection Committee will review nominations to ensure that they are complete. Nominated principals will be notified by Monday, March 12, and invited to submit an application for the award. These applications will be due by Monday, March 26. The selection committee will then announce its finalists on Friday, April 6. The Principal of the Year winners will be announced during the Teacher of the Year/Principal of the Year award ceremony on Wednesday, April 25.
Deadline: Friday, March 9
Contact: Heather Lageman, nominate.

Saturday, March 10

BCPS to hold Countywide Black Saga Finals

What: Elementary and middle school students will participate in the countywide finals of Black Saga, which tests students' knowledge of African-American history and culture. Teams from 10 elementary schools and five middle schools are expected to participate. The morning's keynote speaker will be Dr. Penelope Martin-Knox, community superintendent for Zone 4.
When: Saturday, March 10, from 9 - 11 a.m.
Where: George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology, 938 N. York Rd., 21204

Youth Art Month Celebration - Woodlawn

What: Artwork by Featherbed Elementary School students is on display.
When: Through Saturday, March 10
Where: Woodlawn branch of Baltimore County Public Library, 1811 Woodlawn Dr., 21207

The Maryland State VEX VRC Robotics Championship for Middle Schools

What: The Maryland State VEX VRC Robotics Championship for Middle Schools will feature BCPS teams from Hereford and Ridgely middle schools.
When: Saturday, March 10 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: Hereford Middle School, 712 Corbett Rd., 21111

ONGOING!

Self-representation unit at Parkville High School

What: Parkville High School photography teacher Ariana Mygatt will be doing a "Selfie-Representing" unit dealing with the theme of self-representation. This project will introduce Photoshop techniques by playing with simple selfies and layers, before diving into a full portraiture unit in April. As resource materials, the class will use the JHU African American Real Postcard Collection (photos from the first half of the 20th century that have rarely been seen) along with the book Reflections in Black by Deborah Willis to investigate self-representation by black Americans in the 19th and 20th century and how that relates to self-representation today.
When: through Friday, March 30
Where: Parkville High School, 2600 Putty Hill Ave., 21234
Contact: Maureen Astarita or Ariana Mygatt, 410.887.5257

MSDE Exhibition at Maryland House of Delegates

What: Artwork will be on display from Colgate Elementary School, Dulaney High School, and Sparrows Point High School.
When: through Saturday, March 31
Reception: Monday, March 19, from 4 - 6 p.m.
Where: House of Delegates Gallery Space, 6 Bladen St., 21401

Young Artists Showcase exhibit to begin

What: The Young Artists Showcase, sponsored by The Optimist Club of Timonium, will feature artwork by students from Baltimore County and Baltimore City.
When: Exhibition: through Sunday, March 25, during library hours
Reception: Sunday, March 25, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: Hereford branch of Baltimore County Public Library, 16940 York Rd., 21111
Contact: Sherri Fisher, 443.809.4030

Youth Art Month Celebration - Jacksonville

What: Artwork by Jacksonville Elementary School students is on display at area businesses throughout the school's community.
When: through Saturday, March 31
Where: Bagel Meister, 3443 Sweet Air Rd., 21131
SunTrust Bank, 143000 Jarrettsville Pk., 21131
PNC Bank, 3422 Sweet Air Rd., 21131
In House Jewelers, 3417 Sweet Air Rd., 21131
Golden House Restaurant, 3441 Sweet Air Rd., 21131
Jacksonville Veterinary Hospital, 14240 Jarrettsville Pk., 21131
Companion Animal Care Center, 3340 Paper Mill Rd., 21131
Strapasta, 3451 Sweet Air Rd., 21131

BCPS student art on display at Baltimore County Courts Building

What: An annual display of sculptures by BCPS students will begin. The exhibit will include 30 - 50 pieces by students from all grade levels.
When: through Thursday, Apr. 12, during business hours
Where: Baltimore County Courts Building, 401 Bosley Ave., 21204
Contact: Sherri Fisher, 443.809.4030

Buy tickets now for unique opportunity to learn about suicide prevention

What: Amid a national discussion about mental health issues, BCPS Parent University and Baltimore County Student Councils are offering parents and students a unique opportunity to learn about the signs, symptoms, and prevention of suicide. Parent U and the BCSC will host a screening of "Suicide: The Ripple Effect." Tickets are $13.20 each and should be reserved online. The movie is a feature-length documentary that tells the story of Kevin Hines, who at 19 attempted to take his own life by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. Today, Hines is a world-renowned mental health advocate, motivational speaker, and author who developed the movie as a way to focus on the devastating effects of suicide and the efforts of advocacy, inspiration, and hope that are helping millions heal and stay alive.
When: Deadline to buy tickets: Sunday, March 11 by 3 p.m.
Movie showing: Tuesday, March 20, at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Regal Hunt Valley Stadium 12, 11511 McCormick Rd., 21030

Applications open for four at-large Baltimore County school board seats

What: The Baltimore County School Board Nominating Commission is now accepting applications for the four at-large seats on the Board of Education of Baltimore County. Following the 2014 and 2017 Maryland General Assembly Sessions, the composition and selection of the Board of Education of Baltimore County changed. Beginning in 2018, rather than the current 12-member fully appointed body, the Board will include both appointed and elected members. Seven members of the school board will be elected, while four members of the Board will be appointed by the Governor. The newly created Baltimore County School Board Nominating Commission has the task of selecting nominees to recommend to the Governor for the four at-large positions. The application form is available online. Applications can be mailed to the Baltimore County School Board Nominating Commission, c/o Debi Decker, 6901 N. Charles Street, Towson, MD 21204.
Deadline: Friday, March 16

Wintertide Art Show to open in Arbutus

What: The Wintertide Art Show, now in its fifth year, is a month-long art display that opens with a reception. It is expected to feature more than 100 works of art from nine schools that serve the Arbutus area, including the following BCPS schools: Arbutus, Relay and Halethorpe elementary schools, Arbutus Middle School, and Lansdowne High School.
When: Tuesday, Feb. 27, from 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Where: Arbutus branch of Baltimore County Public Library, 855 Sulphur Spring Rd., 21227

Students invited to enter magnet poster contest

What: Baltimore County Public Schools is looking for a student poster design to feature at the National Conference on Magnet Schools, to be held in Baltimore in April 2019. The contest is open to all BCPS students. Students will need to create the winning poster using the theme: More Than You Can Imagine! Empowering Our Students, Our Schools, Our Communities. The poster must include the theme, reflect Baltimore, be designed in portrait/vertical orientation, and be at least 11 inches wide and 18 inches tall. See attached for details. The winning student and teacher will be recognized during the current school year and at the 2019 National Conference on Magnet Schools. Additionally, the winning student's teacher will receive $500 in classroom supplies. The winning poster will be featured at the 2019 National Conference on Magnet Schools Entries must be delivered to Bryan Stoll in the Magnet Programs office located in the Jefferson Building, 105 W. Chesapeake Ave., 21204.
Deadline: Friday, March 23
Contact: Bryan Stoll, Coordinator Magnet Programs 443-809-4127

Youth Art Month Celebration -- Catonsville

What: Artwork by Hillcrest Elementary students is on display.
When: through Saturday, March 24
Where: Catonsville branch of Baltimore County Public Library, 1100 Frederick Rd., 21228

Haiku contest open - enter now

What: After receiving more than 1,600 entries in last year's Team BCPS Haiku Contest, Baltimore County Public Schools is thrilled to announce the start of the 2018 contest. This year's topic is How Reading Makes You Feel. A haiku is a Japanese poem that consists of three lines. The first line has five syllables, the second line has seven syllables, and the third line has five syllables. To enter the contest, each BCPS student may submit one (and only one) haiku reflecting this year's topic to the Office of Communications (communications@bcps.org), with the subject line Haiku Contest. Each entry must clearly include the student's full name, grade level, English language arts teacher's name, and school. Teachers who are submitting entries on behalf of several students may submit multiple entries in one Word document, or use the body of the e-mail. Teachers who are submitting on behalf of younger students whose entries are hand-written may send hard copy entries on 8.5 by 11-inch paper (to enable scanning) to Diana Spencer at Greenwood Building A. A winning haiku will be chosen at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Winners will be announced by press release on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, which is International Haiku Poetry Day. Winning haiku will be posted on the BCPS website, and winners will receive a prize package, which this year will include gifts from Ukazoo Books, Haiku Guys and Gals, and The Ivy Bookshop as well as game tickets from the Baltimore Orioles. Like last year, additional haiku will be selected for a book, which will also feature student artwork. One copy of the book will be sent to each featured haiku poet and artist, as well as one copy for every school library. Students featured in the book will be announced by press release in May 2018.
Deadline: Thursday, March 29, at 4:45 p.m.

UPCOMING!

Boys to Men at Catonsville Middle School announces upcoming guest speakers

What: Catonsville Middle School's Boys to Men, after-school mentoring club is hosting a special guest speaker series. Part of the mission of Boys to Men is to engage boys in relevant and important topics that will help them grow into young men and leaders, inside and outside of the classroom. The club roster has grown to 70 members, with 9 male mentors who weekly attend meetings; in addition, 24 students have been matched with academic mentors.
When: All speaker presentations begin at 3 p.m.
Literacy:
March 15 - Dr. Kregg Cuellar, BCPS Community Superintendent
College & Career:
April 5 - Dr. Roger Ward, CMS PTSA President
April 19 -William Bates, BCPS Exec. Director of School Support
Where: Catonsville Middle School, Library, 2301 Edmondson Ave., 21228

Time for annual BCPS Side by Side Concert with the BSO

What: At the annual Side by Side Concert, 40 outstanding BCPS high school musicians will perform alongside members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Repertoire for the concert will include the first and fourth movements of Antonin Dvorak's New World Symphony and selections from Star Wars: The Force Awakens by John Williams. The concert also will include the first movement of Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in e minor performed by Rey Sasaki, violinist from Towson High School.
When: Tuesday, March 13, at 10:30 a.m.
Where: Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., 21201
Contact: Brian Schneckenburger, Supervisor 443.809.9735

CCBC hosts Saturday Placement Testing for Baltimore County Public High School students

What: High school students currently enrolled in Baltimore County Public Schools can participate in placement testing on selected Saturdays for CCBC’s Early College Access Program. The Saturday morning testing sessions are for high school seniors who plan to attend CCBC in the summer or fall, or any high school students interested in taking college courses and earning college credits while still in high school. Options include earning an associate degree, a certificate or getting a jump-start on college coursework requirements. Some CCBC Early College Access Programs allow students to take classes for free (up to four courses), pay half-price tuition or earn a high school diploma and associate degree simultaneously. Admissions and Financial Aid representatives will be available to talk to parents about the entry process and how to pay for college. Saturday Testing is free, but registration is required. Completing the placement testing now will enable students to enroll in CCBC summer sessions that start June 4, June 18, and July 16. Registration opens for CCBC Summer 2018 on March 26. Find more information or to register.
When & Where:
Saturday Testing Days for BCPS Students
Check-in from 8:30 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.
Testing begins at 9:30 a.m.
March 17, CCBC Catonsville and CCBC Dundalk
March 24, CCBC Essex and CCBC Owings Mills
April 21, CCBC Catonsville and CCBC Dundalk
April 28, CCBC Essex and CCBC Owings Mills
June 9, CCBC Catonsville and CCBC Dundalk

2018 Teacher Job Fair

What: Individuals interested in teaching in Baltimore County Public Schools are invited to attend the BCPS Teacher Job Fair. The school system is recruiting ALL teachers, including, Career & Technology, ESOL, Math, Science, Spanish & Special Education, as well as school nurses and social workers. To be considered for a prescheduled interview, individuals interested in seeking employment will need to fill out an application and select BCPS Teacher Job Fair, March 24, 2018, as the referral source.
When: Saturday, March 24, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Where: New Town High School, 4931 New Town Blvd., 21117

Upcoming free Parent Workshops at the Special Education Resource Center

What: The Special Education Resource Center at White Oak School is holding a series of free parent workshops to help parents with specific strategies that have been proven successful for children with special needs. To register, e-mail SERC@bcps.org or call 410-887-5443.
When: Tuesday, March 13, from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Understanding Your Child's IEP
Thursday, March 15, from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Naviance Training for High School Parents
Where: White Oak School, 8401 Leefield Rd., 21234

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