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Release Date: 4/3/2018 Contact: Office of Communications, 443.809.5908

BCPS students continue showing academic progress while Team BCPS earns honors in third quarter

TOWSON, MD — January through March 2018 was another strong quarter for Baltimore County Public Schools.

As a result of transforming teaching and learning, BCPS students have made gains in achievement on the PARCC and MAP assessments in both reading and mathematics, moving from below state and national averages to above both state and national performance.

These gains are equivalent to receiving hundreds of additional hours of instruction, and they substantially outpace gains seen in other school systems in Maryland.

Another indication of progress is continuing to graduate African American and white students in the Class of 2017 at comparable rates, while the overall graduation rate remained at 89 percent.

To direct more resources to classroom staffing and supports, the Board of Education of Baltimore County proposed a $1.66 billion operating budget for the 2018-2019 school year under the theme of "People for Our People."

Student, staff, and partner awards included the following:

Student Honors

  • Jamie Roa, a senior at Franklin High School, was selected to represent Maryland in the prestigious 56th Annual United States Senate Youth Program.
  • Ruben Amaya, a junior at Franklin High School, was named one of two finalists to serve as the student member of the Maryland State Board of Education for 2018 - 2019.
  • Students from George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology and Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts were among 60 dancers featured in the world premiere performance of MIGRATION, a work by internationally renowned choreographer Peter Pucci.
  • Artwork by nine Baltimore County Public Schools students was displayed at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum as part of its 10th annual High School Juried Art Show including a piece by Niara Spence titled She's in Me that received 2nd place honors. Spence is a Grade 10 student at Western School of Technology.
  • Five BCPS students and graduates, from George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology, Milford Mill Academy, and Towson High School, were among the 2018 YoungArts Winners announced by The National YoungArts Foundation.
  • Saranya Prathipati, a Grade 4 student at Padonia International Elementary School, was named the elementary school winner of the Maryland Art Education Association's Youth Art Month's flag contest.
  • Six BCPS students were recognized as winners in the 5th Annual Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group Essay and Video Competition - including three who earned first place honors.
  • BCPS students earned 779 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.
  • The Baltimore County Commission for Women selected Catonsville High School senior Gabriella "Gabbi" McLean as its 2018 Young Woman of the Year.
  • Fourteen high school students from five high schools will be honored for their achievements in the BCPS and Towson University 2018 Model United Nations Program.
  • Catonsville High Grade 12 student Jasmine Dickey became the first girls' basketball player in BCPS history to score more than 2,000 points.

Staff and Leader Honors

  • Dr. Lisa Williams, executive director of equity and cultural proficiency for Baltimore County Public Schools, delivered the opening keynote address at the 2018 National Summit for Educational Equity.
  • Da'Nall Wilmer, Grade 5 teacher at Randallstown Elementary School and founder of the Boys in the Good leadership program, was honored with a 2018 Impact Award by the Fashion Umbrella Foundation.
  • Verletta White received two honors: a Community Voices of Change award from the Interfaith Coalition of Baltimore County, and the Louis S. Diggs Award from Baltimore County Government.
  • The Northeastern Educational Research Association presented its 2017 Lorne H. Woollatt Distinguished Paper Award to Maria Y. Finger-Elam, Ph.D., supervisor of research for Baltimore County Public Schools. Finger-Elam's award-winning paper evaluated a pilot reading intervention program at Overlea High School.
  • Fran Glick, coordinator for library media programs and digital resources at Baltimore County Public Schools, earned two national honors. She was named one of three 2018 Women in School Leadership Awards from AASA, The School Superintendents Association. Glick was also named a Mover and Shaker for 2018 by the School Library Journal.
  • Gary Werner, a resource teacher in the Office of Science PreK-12, was named one of four Maryland finalists for a Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching.
  • The National Art Education Association named Sudbrook Magnet Middle School art teacher Jayme Rodriguez as recipient of its 2018 New Professional Art Educator Award.
  • The Daily Record named Dr. Tracey L. Durant, a specialist in the Baltimore County Public Schools Department of Equity and Cultural Proficiency, to its 2018 listing of Maryland's Top 100 Women.
  • PBS selected Joquetta L. Johnson, library media specialist at Randallstown High School, as one of 30 educators, representing 28 states and Puerto Rico, to serve in its inaugural PBS Digital Innovator All-Star Program.
  • BCPS and the Towson University 2018 Model United Nations Program will present the award for Outstanding Teacher Advisor of the Year to Allison Robinson of Perry Hall High School.

School Honors

  • Franklin, Randallstown, and Towson high schools received honors in the 2017 Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines, sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English.
  • Glyndon Elementary School was the only school in Maryland to be designated by as a State School of Character for 2018. Glyndon was one of 64 schools and five districts in 17 states named to receive this honor.
  • Cromwell Valley Elementary Regional Magnet School was named a National Magnet School of Excellence by Magnet Schools of America, the national association for magnet and theme-based schools.
  • Fourteen teams from two elementary schools, one middle school, and three high schools earned the opportunity to compete at the VEX Robotics World Championship in Louisville, Kentucky.
  • The National PTA announced that the Cockeysville Middle School PTA has received one of 35 National PTA STEM + Families Tech Night grants for 2018. The PTA will host its Microsoft Family STEM Night in collaboration with BCPS Parent University.
  • New Town and Pikesville high schools have been named the first AVID Schoolwide Sites of Distinction in Maryland. AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a college readiness system designed to help students prepare for success in postsecondary education. In BCPS, AVID is offered at 22 high schools, three alternative schools, 19 middle schools, and one elementary school.
  • The Franklin High School girls' indoor track and field team won its second consecutive Class 3A state championship.
  • The Perry Hall High School boys' basketball team won its second consecutive Class 4A state championship.
  • The Pikesville High School girls' basketball team won the Class 1A North region title.
  • The Catonsville High girls' basketball team won the Class 4A North region title.
  • The Milford Mill High boys' basketball team won the Class 3A North region title.

Partner Honors

  • Julie Miller-Breetz, chair of the BCPS Gifted and Talented Citizens Advisory Committee (GTCAC), was awarded distinction for Outstanding Businesses, Community Partners, and Individuals that Support Gifted and Talented Education. Also receiving honors was Marlena Colleton-Pearsell, a BCPS parent who is active in the GTCAC, for Excellence in Teaching in Gifted and Talented.
  • Deborah Phelps, executive director of The Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools, Inc., was named an Influential Marylander by The Daily Record.

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

  • #BCPSblue trended on Twitter in the Baltimore region for most of Team BCPS Day, which took place on Thursday, January 11, 2018.
  • BCPS hosted a series of School Safety and Discipline Community Meetings in conjunction with the February area education advisory council meetings.
  • Five Night of Innovation events showcased to families how BCPS is transforming teaching and learning to ensure that all students will be globally competitive graduates.
  • BCPS launched its redesigned Growing Up Digital site to support parents and students in safe and responsible use of technology.

First quarter and second quarter awards started the school year off right, including a $15 million grant to develop five new magnet programs and to significantly revise one existing magnet program.

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