Release Date: 3/8/2018
Contact: Office of Communications, 443.809.5908

BCPS News Tips: March 10 - 17, 2018

Activities, events, and news from Baltimore County Public Schools

Saturday, March 10


Robotics event to be held at Hereford Middle

What: The Maryland State VEX VRC Robotics Championship for Middle Schools will take place at Hereford Middle School, and 22 teams are expected to participate, including four teams from Hereford Middle School and three from Ridgely Middle School. A livestream webcast will be available.
When: Saturday, March 10, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: Hereford Middle School, 712 Corbett Rd., 21111
Contact: Christopher Putnam, cputnam@bcps.org

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

Sunday, March 11

Last day for Youth Art Month Exhibit at Walters Art Museum

What: The annual Youth Art Month exhibit features 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.)
Where: Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., 21201
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

Tuesday, March 13

Board of Education to hold public forum for input on next superintendent

What: The Board of Education of Baltimore County (Board) is seeking public input relating to the next permanent superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools. Each speaker at the forum will be allotted up to 3 minutes (depending on the number of speakers) to present their comments. Stakeholders also have the opportunity to send comments electronically via the BCPS website. The Board is interested in hearing from the public as to the desired traits, characteristics, and priorities of the next superintendent who will lead the 25th largest school system in the nation. This forum is not intended to be an opportunity to discuss the current interim superintendent, but, instead, to seek input on the desired qualities of the next permanent superintendent. The school system is committed to accessible communication with its stakeholders. The forum will be live-streamed and can be viewed on the BCPS website.
When: Tuesday, March 13, 2018, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Speaker sign up will be from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Where: George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology, 938 York Rd., 21204

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, 443.809.9735

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, email SERC@bcps.org or call 410-887-5443.
When: Tuesday, March 13, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Understanding Your Child’s IEP
Where: White Oak School, 8401 Leefield Rd., 21234

STEM Enrichment Night to be held at Pot Spring Elementary

What: Pot Spring Elementary School has been awarded a 21st Century Enrichment Grant from The Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools and Hot Spots Extended Care Programs. With these funds, the school is hosting a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) Enrichment Night for students and their families. The BCPS Parentmobile will be at the event. 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.
When: Tuesday, March 13, from 6 – 8 p.m.
Where: Pot Spring Elementary School, 2410 Springlake Dr., 21093
Contact: Jane Martin, 410.887.7648

Wednesday, March 14

Parent University event: Healthy Cooking Demonstration

What: This free Parent University and United Health Care workshop teaches how to prepare a healthy dish in minutes and to be on your way to a healthy lifestyle. To register, please call 410-887-1304.
When:
Wednesday, March 14, at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Woodlawn Middle School, 3033 St. Lukes La., 21207

Thursday, March 15

Speak Out Forum about school safety to be held at Overlea High School

What: This will be the first Speak Out Forum organized by Overlea High School’s Student Union. Overlea’s Student Union was formed after the shooting in Florida to bring awareness to gun violence, which remains a pertinent topic.Many students do not feel safe in school, and the Student Union wants to give students a platform to express their concerns about school safety.This event is open to all. Please RSVP byMarch 10, at 443-985-0525 or nscarroll4@gmail.com.
When: Thursday, March 15, from 6 – 8 p.m.
Where: Overlea High School, auditorium, 5401 Kenwood Ave., 21206

Parent University: Read for Life workshops continue

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 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

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. At this meeting, Dr. Kregg Cuellar, a BCPS community superintendent, will speak about 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 15, at 3 p.m.
Where: Catonsville Middle School, Library, 2301 Edmondson Ave., 21228

Free Parent Workshop at the Special Education Resource Center: Naviance Training

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. This meeting will focus on Naviance training for high school parents. To register, email SERC@bcps.org or call 410-887-5443.
When: Thursday, March 15, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Where: White Oak School, 8401 Leefield Rd., 21234

2018 Puerto Rico Teacher Job Fair

What: BCPS human resources team members will be in Puerto Rico recruiting Spanish, ESOL, and bilingual secondary math and secondary science teachers. Those interested in applying, must apply online to the posting entitled Teacher – Puerto Rico based interviews ONLY.
When: Thursday, March 15 – Saturday, March 17
Where: Double Tree Hotel by Hilton, 105 Avenida de Diego, San Juan, 00911 Puerto Rico

Friday, March 16

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 Governorfor 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

Baltimore County Student Councils holds General Assembly

What: Nearly 300 BCPS middle and high school students from across the county will gather for what will be the largest-ever Baltimore County Student Councils General Assembly. At the event, students will have the opportunity to meet with their community superintendents and participate in leadership development activities.
When: Friday, March 16, from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Where: Towson University, University Union, 8000 York Rd., 21252
Contact: Office of Family and Community Engagement, 443.809.4329

Saturday, March 17

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 & 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

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 Thursday, March 29
Where: Parkville High School, 2600 Putty Hill Ave., 21234
Contact: Maureen Astarita or Ariana Mygatt, 410.887.5257

Pine Grove Middle School celebrates Women’s History Month

What: Every morning at Pine Grove Middle School, a trivia question will be announced to celebrate Women’s History Month.The trivia will cover past and present achievements/facts of women.The questions were created by Grade 7 student Malaika Walker. A daily drawing of two to three winners will be chosen. Their names will be announced the following day before the new trivia question. All winners will report to the library on Friday mornings for a treat of hot chocolate.
When: through Thursday, March 29
Where: Pine Grove Middle School, 9200 Old Harford Rd., 21234
Contact: Tina Nelson, Patricia Engel-Bunch ( pengel@bcps.org ), or Kimberly Miller ( kmiller12@bcps.org0 , 410.887.5270

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

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
Where: The Conference Center at Sheppard Pratt, 6501 N. Charles St., 21204

Baltimore County High School Art Exhibition

What: This 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
Where: Baltimore County Arts Guild, 1101 Maiden Choice La., 21229

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

Wintertide Art Show in Arbutus

What: The Wintertide Art Show, now in its fifth year, is a month-long art display featuring 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: throughout March
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!

PTA to host Reflections Ceremony

What: The PTA Council of Baltimore County helps locals meet their PTA members’ goals as they advocate on behalf of the needs of students. This event will be a Council Reflections Ceremony to honor students’ creativity. Registration is not required.
When: Sunday, March 18, from 2 - 4 p.m.
Where: Cockeysville Middle School, 10401 Greenside Dr., 21030

Southwest Area education group to meet

What: The Board of Education’s area education advisory councils hold meetings to discuss timely issues facing Baltimore County Public Schools. At this meeting, the Southwest Area Education Advisory Council will discuss graduation, advancing to the next grade, and PARCC testing.
When: Monday, March 19, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Johnnycake Elementary School, 5910 Craigmont Rd., 21228
Contact: Chris Curran, f.c.curran@gmail.com

Franklin Elementary to celebration International Day of Happiness

What: The United Nations declared March 20 as International Day of Happiness. In honor of the day, at Franklin Elementary School, there will be special activities planned throughout the day for all grade levels focusing on how to increase our own happiness, understand why happiness is important, and make others happy. Each class will adopt a different organization to help make happy – for example, writing letters to first responders, drawing pictures for nursing homes and children’s hospitals, collecting canned foods, making toiletries bags for other countries, and so much more!
When: Tuesday, March 20, all day
Where: Franklin Elementary School, 33 Cockeys Mill Rd., 21136
Contact: Benjamin Mertes or Melissa Adler, 410.887.1111

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.
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

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 & 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 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, and 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

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