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2019 Summer Programs


How will you spend your summer vacation?

The following programs are offered by or in conjunction with Baltimore County Public Schools. Please direct any questions about these programs to the contact provided.

Extended Year Learning

Baltimore County Public Schools students recommended for high school credit recovery or credit advancement can participate in this summer’s Extended Year Learning Program (EYLP). Seats are limited. Enrollment is on a first come basis. For more information, visit the Extended Year Learning website for complete details.

Math Academy

Information will be posted soon on the mathematics website.

Learning Activities and Resources to Use Over the Summer

To support student learning over the summer, BCPS Parent University has compiled several learning-at-home and learning-in-the-community resources. These learning activities and resources include 100 things grandparents or parents can do with their grandchildren/children, fun science projects, reading lists, and suggested day trips. Please also visit NBC’s Education Nation Parent Toolkit for short videos about how to help children learn over the summer.

Title I Extended Learning Opportunity (ELO) Program: STEM Camp

About 3,000 BCPS elementary school students will participate in Title I STEM Camps. Activities at these camps will reinforce students' mathematics and reading skills during the summer. Students will have access to project-based programs such as coding, and engineering and arts. The camps will take place from July 8 – Aug. 2. 

Contact the Office of Title I for additional information.

Summer Music Camp

The Summer Music Camp is a day camp for Baltimore County Public Schools’ instrumental and vocal music students who are currently in Grades 5–12 and are enrolled in their school’s music programs. The camp takes place from June 19 – 27 at Perry Hall High School. During camp, students will perform in a band, chorus, guitar, and orchestra at the appropriate grade level. In addition to large group rehearsals, students will participate in enrichment classes and receive instruction to enhance musical performance skills. All the musical ensembles will perform in a public concert in the outdoor amphitheater at Oregon Ridge Park, on the evening of Thursday, June 27, at 7 p.m. In addition, the high school band will perform on Tuesday, June 25, from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. on The Avenue at White Marsh.

For more information, details or questions regarding this event please contact the Office of Music.

Free Summer Meals

Baltimore County Public Schools is participating in the Summer Food Service Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which provides free meals to all children (ages 18 and under) free of charge and without applications or registration. Lunch in the Library will be provided Monday through Friday at select area branches of the Baltimore County Public Library from Thursday, June 20 – Friday, Aug. 23. (Lunch will not be served on Thursday, July 4.)  Lunch in the Library will be offered at the Arbutus, Essex, Lansdowne, Loch Raven, North Point, Randallstown, Rosedale, White Marsh, and Woodlawn branches. See the Baltimore County Public Library website for mealtimes.

Both breakfast and lunch will be served at select schools this summer, from Monday, July 8 – Friday, Aug. 2. Times and locations will be announced shortly.

National Summer Learning Week, July 8 - 13

As part of its Back to School Involves You, Too! campaign, BCPS is participating in National Summer Learning Week, Monday, July 8, through Saturday, July 13. The week aims to spread important messages about the importance of keeping kids learning, safe, and healthy during the summer. During National Summer Learning Week, we encourage all Team BCPS members to share photos of summer learning on social media and to use the hashtags #KeepKidsLearning and #TeamBCPS.

Summer Mathematics Practice

The BCPS Office of Mathematics PreK-12 staff has identified online resources to help elementary school students and middle and high school students practice mathematics skills during the summer. Parents are asked to encourage their children to avoid the “summer slide” by accessing resources designed to provide ongoing practice.

Summer Visual Arts Enrichment Program

From Monday, July 9, through Friday, July 20, the BCPS Summer Visual Arts Camp will provide students in Grades 3-12 an opportunity to develop and refine personal art skills. On the evening of Thursday, July 19, the program will hold an open house/reception, where students will exhibit works completed over the two-week period for viewing by families and teachers. The program offers three courses: An Exploration of Artists and Their Materials for students entering Grades 3-5, An Investigation of Media and Technique: Portfolio Development for students entering Grades 6-8, and Painting and Drawing from Observation: Portfolio Development for students entering Grades 9-12. There is more information on the summer program in the camp brochure and application.

Baltimore County Public Library Summer Reading 2018

The library’s annual summer reading program offers reading incentives, challenges, events, and more for children of every age and for adults. The theme for this year is A Universe of Stories, and the program runs from Monday, June 17 – Sunday, Sept. 1.

Glick’s Picks

New "Glick's Picks" – book recommendations – will be posted each Monday throughout the summer beginning on Monday, June 17.  The recommendations come from Fran Glick, the BCPS coordinator of library media programs and digital resources. Under her leadership, BCPS was named National School Library Program of the Year 2017 by the American Association of School Librarians. Glick loves to share literature with students, and, as an adjunct professor at Towson University, she teaches courses in children's and young adult literature. She delights in suggesting books for students and introducing adults to the power of books written for children and teens. 

Family Learning Tips – Fun Things to do Every Day!

Did you know that the BCPS Parent University creates a family learning tip for every day of the year? The tips suggest fun and usually free ways that families can learn together at home, in their neighborhoods, or at nearby attractions.

BCPSFest at Boscov’s White Marsh

BCPS is again hosting BCPSfest, a free back-to-school festival on Saturday, August 24, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. on the lower parking lot of Boscov’s at White Marsh Mall. The intent of the event is to get students and families excited about the new school year and to introduce them to resources and opportunities to support learning. Featured at the festival will be the BCPS Parentmobile, a school bus, student entertainment – including the Southwest Academy Marching Tigers and dancers from Shady Spring Elementary, and lots of hands-on activities in addition to information about BCPS Career and Technology Education, College and Career Readiness, The Education Foundation of BCPS, Home and Hospital, Maryland Association of School Health Nurses, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Staffing and Recruitment, Transportation, and Visual Arts.

School Library Summer Hours

This year, some Baltimore County Public Schools elementary school libraries will offer special summer hours during which students can check out books, write stories, use computers, and engage in makerspace and other activities. The list of libraries and their hours will be available soon.

County Library Free Workshops for Teens

The Baltimore County Public Library is hosting Summer Teen Workshops – free, three to five-day workshops that allow teens (who will be in middle or high school during the 2019-2020 school year) to explore careers/hobbies that may interest them. They will learn from experienced teachers and end the week with a culminating project. Free lunch is provided at some of the workshops. Parents and teens can register online or go into a public library branch to register one week before the start date. All teens who attend their entire workshop will receive a $25 Visa gift card on the last day! Workshops include: improvisation/acting, drones, babysitting 101, veterinary science, robotics, photography, game development, and life-planning.

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