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Release Date: 2/2/2017 Contact: Office of Communications, 443.809.5908

BCPS News Tips: Feb. 4 - 11, 2017

Activities, events, and news from Baltimore County Public Schools

Saturday, Feb. 4

Junior Varsity Wrestling - Baltimore County Tournament

When: Saturday, Feb. 4, at 8 a.m.
Where: Hereford High School, 17301 York Rd., 21120
Contact: Office of Athletics, 443.809.2328

Plan to take in the High School All Honors Jazz Concert

What: The annual High School Honors Jazz Concert will highlight 36 high school students who were selected from an audition process to perform in a systemwide honors ensemble. Conductors will include Alison Crockett of George Washington University and Mike Kamuf of Montgomery County Public Schools. Admission to the concert is free. Tickets are not required.
When: Saturday, Feb. 4, at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Walters Art Museum, 600 N Charles St., 21201
Contact: Office of Music and Dance, 443.809.4024

Monday, Feb. 6

Visit the BCPS Parentmobile at White Oak School

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: Monday, Feb. 6, from 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Where: White Oak School, 8401 Leefield Ave., 21234
Contact: Debra Brooks, 410.887.5378

Retired personnel association to make donation to Stemmers Run Middle

What: The Baltimore County Retired School Personnel Association will present a donation of $1,000 to the Stemmers Run Middle School library media center for the purchase of hardcover books.
When: Monday, Feb. 6, at 3:10 p.m.
Where: Stemmers Run Middle School, 201 Stemmers Run Rd., 21221
Contact: Bryan Thomas or Jeff Flynn, 410.887.0177

Chinese delegation to visit BCPS

What: A Chinese delegation will visit three Baltimore County schools to explore programs such as Project Lead the Way, maker spaces, and college and career readiness.
When & Where:
Monday, Feb. 6, from 9 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.
  • Sudbrook Magnet Middle School, 4300 Bedford Rd., 21208, from 9 - 10:40 a.m.
  • Catonsville Middle School, 2301 Edmondson Ave., 21228 from 11:10 a.m. - 12:40 p.m.
  • Catonsville Elementary School, 106 Bloomsbury Ave., 21228, from 1 - 3:20 p.m.

Contact: Department of Communications and Community Outreach, 443.809.5908

Tuesday, Feb. 7

Featherbed Lane Elementary pays tribute to Black History Month!

What: Featherbed Lane Elementary School students in Grades 2 and 3 will perform readings and songs, including spirituals and contemporary gospel music, to commemorate the history of African-Americans. Performing students will dress up as famous African-American figures, including Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr., Harriet Tubman, and more. The event is open to the public.
When: Tuesday, Feb. 7, from 6 - 7 p.m.
Where: Featherbed Lane Elementary School, 6700 Richardson Rd., 21207
Contact: Renee Johnson, Lynn Waltmann, and Lisa Washington, 410.887.1302

Black History Month Program at Hebbville

What: The Black History Month program at Hebbville Elementary School will feature students from every grade level at the school. The program will include performances by the Grades 4 and 5 choruses and the school's dance program. Students will portray famous African-Americans, and the winners of the school's drawing/essay competition will be announced. Through this contest, students in Kindergarten through Grade 2 could draw pictures related to the theme "Honor the Past to Inspire the Future," while older students, Grades 3 - 5, wrote essays on the topic.
When: Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 2 p.m. for students and 6:30 p.m. for the community
Where: Hebbville Elementary School, 3335 Washington Ave., 21244
Contact: Sandra Wilkins, 410.887.0708

Patapsco, Perry Hall, and Towson join to present Requiem

What: The Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts music department and alumni will join forces with Perry Hall and Towson high schools to perform the beautiful and inspiring masterpiece, Requiem, by the contemporary Norwegian composer, Kim Andre Arnesen. The major work concert series offers students and audience the opportunity to experience musical masterpieces from the classical repertoire throughout the ages. Admission is $3 for students and seniors and $5 for adults.
When: Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m.
Where: Patapsco High School & Center for the Arts, 8100 Wise Ave., 21222
Contact: Craig Reed, 410.887.7060

Taking a trip around the world at Seventh District

What: The English Language Arts Committee at Seventh District Elementary School will host Passport Around the World. Each family who attends will receive a passport to travel to classrooms and play an international game in the gym. After they have finished their "tour around the world," families are invited to enjoy refreshments in the library.
When: Tuesday, Feb. 7, from 6:30 - 8 p.m. (snow date: Feb. 21)
Where: Seventh District Elementary School, 20300 York Rd., 21120
Contacts: Heather Denmyer, Patricia Nestor (, or Glenda Carman (, 410.887.1902

Learn more about Parent University

What: An Introduction to Parent University workshop will be held to introduce the workshops and online resources available to families of BCPS students. Please register by calling 410.887.7070.
When: Tuesday, Feb. 7, from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Where: Sandy Plains Elementary School, 8330 Kavanaugh Rd., 21222
Contact: Kevin Harrington, 410.887.7070

Visit the BCPS Parentmobile at Halstead Academy

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, Feb. 7, from 5:30 - 7 p.m..
Where: Halstead Academy, 1111 Halstead Rd., 21234
Contact: Jenifer Noll, 410.887.3210

Saving money for your children's college years?

What: The Maryland 529 College Savings Plan is a tax-advantaged savings plan designed to encourage saving for future higher education expenses for your children. Learn more at this workshop co-sponsored by BCPS Parent University. Please register by calling 410.887.0618.
When: Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m.
Where: Windsor Mill Middle School, 8300 Windsor Mill Rd., 21244
Contact: Harvey Chambers, 410.887.0618

Retirees and seniors needed to volunteer in BCPS schools

What: Retirees and seniors aged 55 or older are needed now more than ever to volunteer their skills, time, and services to Baltimore County schools through the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). Participants in the RSVP are needed to volunteer in classrooms assisting teachers and encouraging students to achieve. An information meeting, including sign-up and training for the program, has been scheduled to answer questions about RSVP and how it can benefit both school children and volunteers. Registration is required for the information session. To register, please contact RSVP at 410.887.3101. or
When: Tuesday, Feb. 7, from 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Where: Randallstown Community Center, 3505 Resource Dr., 21133

Wednesday, Feb. 8

Overlea High students to visit African-American museum

What: A group of Overlea High School students will visit the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture.
When: Wednesday, Feb. 8 (contact the school for exact times)
Where: Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, 830 E. Pratt St., 21202
Contact: Monica Sample, Kaitlin Meehan, or Todd Wade, 410.887.5241

Pot Spring Elementary to explore "Standing on the Shoulders of Our Ancestors"

What: The Nu World Art Ensemble will present to Pot Spring Elementary students an interactive assembly titled "Standing on the Shoulders of Our Ancestors." The assembly, sponsored by the school's PTA, features the stories and rich cultural contributions of Africans and African-Americans through song, dance, and theatre, conveying both struggles and triumphs throughout history.
When: Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 9:30 a.m. for PreK - Grade 3, and 10:30 a.m. for Grades 3 - 5
Where: Pot Spring Elementary School, 2410 Springlake Dr., 21093
Contact: Jane Martin, 410.887.7648

Networking group for parents/caregivers of young children with developmental disabilities

What: Let's SOARR! is a group designed specifically for parents/caregivers of children ages 2-5 with autism or other developmental disabilities. The group is sponsored by BCPS Parent University and the Office of Special Education.
When: Wednesday, Feb. 8, from 9:15 - 10:30 a.m.
Where: Campfield Early Learning Center, 6834 Alter St., 21207
Contact: Debbie Page, 443.809.9696 or

Thursday, Feb. 9

Franklin High hosts STEM Night

What: The Franklin High School Science National Honors Society is hosting its annual STEM Night, where high school students engage elementary and middle school students in the exciting world of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Demonstrations, activities, and experiments will be presented.
When: Thursday, Feb. 9, from 6:30 - 8 p.m. (Inclement weather date: Feb. 16)
Where: Franklin High School, North Building, 12000 Reisterstown Rd., 21136
Contact: Patrick McCusker or Sarah Boruta (, 410-887-1119

A parent information night about advanced academics

What: Learn about the philosophy and implementation of the BCPS Advanced Academics Program. Registration not required.
When: Thursday, Feb. 9, from 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: Perry Hall Elementary School, 9021 Belair Rd., 21236
Contact: Office of Advanced Academics, 443.809.4330

Reenactment of Greensboro Four at Pikesville High

What: In honor of Black History Month, Pikesville High School students will reenact the 1960 Greensboro Four sit-in that took place at a Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina.
When: Thursday, Feb. 9, during all lunch periods
Where: Pikesville High School, 7621 Labyrinth Rd., 21208
Contact: Sandra Reid, 410.887.1217

Friday, Feb. 10

Rodgers Forge to take time to appreciate differences

What: Rodgers Forge Elementary will host an Appreciating Differences Day. A variety of speakers will talk to students about their careers and personal experiences. Through the talks, students will become more aware of the similarities and differences that make each person unique and special.
When: Friday, Feb. 10, from 9:30 - 10:45 a.m.
Where: Rodgers Forge Elementary School, 250 Dumbarton Rd., 21212
Contact: Melissa Fanshaw, 410.887.3582

Workshop on understanding your child's IEP

What: The Special Education Resource Center is sponsoring a series of free workshops for parents and caregivers with strategies to use in supporting all students including special needs. This workshop will focus on Understanding Your Child's IEP.
When: Friday, Feb. 10, from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where: White Oak School, 8401 Leefield Rd., 21234
Contact: Lisa Diffenderfer, or 410.887.5443

Last day for Student Member of the Board applications

What: This is the deadline for students interested in serving as the student member of the Board of Education of Baltimore County for the 2017 - 2018 school year. The application, information about the selection process, and a video with tips from past student members are all available at
When: Friday, Feb. 10, at 4 p.m.
Where: Board of Education Offices, Building A, 6901 N. Charles St., 21204

Black History Month assembly at Patapsco

What: Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts will stage its annual Black History Month Assembly.
When: Friday, Feb. 10, at 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.
Where: Patapsco High School & Center for the Arts, 8100 Wise Ave., 21222
Contact: Craig Reed, 410.887.7060


Share your views on the 2017 BCPS Stakeholder Survey

What: BCPS wants to know what students, parents, teachers, staff, and community members think of BCPS. The annual Baltimore County Public Schools' Stakeholder Survey will be available online at The survey is anonymous and takes five minutes or less to complete on a phone, tablet, or computer. New this year, the survey is available for students in Grades 4 - 12, parents, and community members 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: Now through Friday, March 3

A new Black History Month writing contest for students in Grades 6 - 12

What: In celebration of Black History Month, the Office of Social Studies and the Office of English Language Arts are co-sponsoring a writing contest for all students in Grades 6-12. Student writers are invited to choose an African-American author, athlete, scientist, musician, activist or figure of personal significance and write a personal essay describing the change created by this individual; a letter of gratitude detailing the impact this individual has had; or a speech to persuade others to learn more about this individual. Each elementary and middle school can submit up to four entries.
Deadline: Wednesday, Feb. 22
Contact: Middle and high school English or social studies teachers

WRHS-TV launches original fitness series

What: Randallstown High School is proud to announce a new, original WRHS-TV series starting in February. The 12-part series, Commit to Be Fit: Teachers Revolution, will feature WBAL-TV fitness contributor, personal trainer, and owner of Chizel It Fitness center, Charles Harris. The series focuses on the health and well-being of teachers.
Contact: Aubrey Brown, 410.887.0748

Black History Month at Fifth District Elementary

What: At Fifth District Elementary School, throughout Black History Month, students will write acrostic poems about diversity and will make presentations to their classmates and on the morning announcements.
Where: Fifth District Elementary School, 3725 Mt. Carmel Rd., 21155
Contact: Robert Findley or Angela Lancione, 410.887.1726

Edgemere Elementary students begin comprehensive research project

What: Beginning in February, Edgemere Elementary School students in intermediate grades will participate in a comprehensive research project. In the library, students in Grades 3 and 5 will research the history of Edgemere, while students in Grades 2 and 4 will make predictions for the future. Students will construct oral and visual histories of Edgemere and will interview community members and business leaders. Exciting components of the project include having a local reporter and photographer come to the school to speak to students about interview techniques; a potential field trip to Trademark Atlantic to see future business developments; and collaboration with the Dundalk Historical Society and the North Point Peninsula Council. The school plans to display the results in an interactive display prior to its spring concert on May 4.
Where: Edgemere Elementary School, 7201 North Point Rd., 21219
Contact: Jennifer Lynch, 410.887.7507

Sparrows Point Middle to explore African-American history from King Tut to today

What: In celebration of Black History Month, Sparrows Point Middle School is creating videos to show African-American history from King Tut to present day America. The students, social studies teachers, school counselors, an assistant principal, and the TV studio advisor are working together to create the videos. The videos will be shown on morning announcements every school day in February and also will be available on the school’s YouTube channel.
Contact: Shannon Washington or Aimée Farrell, 410.887.7524

African-American history month to be studied at Catonsville High

What: Throughout Black History Month, students at Catonsville High School will study African-American history and culture. Students involved in AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) will produce daily Black History Month announcements. All Grade 11 students will study the Harlem Renaissance and its lasting impact. A book study will examine Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years. In addition, the English department is sponsoring a field trip to see the film Fences, and some students will take a field trip to the Newseum focused on the Make Some Noise Exhibit (about student leaders and the civil rights movement.) All students will be involved in weekly grade level lessons in all social studies classrooms.
Where: Catonsville High School, 421 Bloomsbury Ave., 21228
Contact: Matthew Ames, 410.887.0808

Timonium Elementary to study history through music and books

What: At Timonium Elementary School, the school's vocal music teacher will focus on African-American composers. The school's library media specialist will feature African-American authors and books about various African-Americans. This will include discussions about the multitude of nonfiction books available in the school's library that focus on people from a variety of cultures and backgrounds. Classroom teachers will support these activities with their students.
Where: Timonium Elementary School, 2001 Eastridge Rd., 21093
Contact: Donna Scaccio, 410.887.7661

Black Saga team will use trivia to teach history at Pinewood

What: The Pinewood Elementary School's Black Saga Team will ask Black History-related trivia questions each day on the morning announcements. A prize will be awarded each day for the correct answer.
Where: Pinewood Elementary School, 200 Rickswood Rd., 21093
Contact: Tricia Rueter, 410.887.7663

From door-decorating to Hidden Figures: activities at Crossroads Center

What: Crossroads Center will celebrate Black History Month with a variety of academic and non-academic festivities. A homeroom door-decorating contest will be held, and lessons will be embedded in English, math, science, history, and art curriculums. Female students will go on a field trip to see the film Hidden Figures, celebrating the contributions of female African-American mathematicians.
Where: Crossroads Center, 11640 Crossroads Cir., 21220
Contact: John Ward or Kasey Chisholm, 410.887.2275

Exploring history through music at Church Lane

What: To learn more about African-American history, each grade level at Church Lane Elementary School will research a specific genre of music and participate in a related door-decorating contest.
Where: Church Lane Elementary School, 3820 Fernside Rd., 21133
Contact: Judith Devlin or Monica Massey (, 410.887.0717

Hillcrest students are painting Chairs for Charity

What: A dozen Grade 5 students at Hillcrest Elementary School are meeting every Monday morning in Art Studio painting chairs with their own designs. They hope to sell them and donate the proceeds to a charity.
When: Every Monday morning (contact the school for exact times)
Where: Hillcrest Elementary School, 1500 Frederick Rd., 21228
Contact: Dr. Doug Elmendorf or Lisa Black (, 410.887.0820

Parent University offering workshops to coach parents in teaching reading, writing skills

What: Parents, caregivers, and those interested in helping preschool/prekindergarten children become proficient, lifelong readers are invited to attend free 90-minute Parent University workshops. Taught by current or retired Baltimore County Public Schools teachers, the courses include a variety of learning activities to motivate and engage children, including information on concepts of print, writing, phonics, comprehension, and oral language. To register, please contact Rai Cary at 443-809-4496 or Children are welcome to attend. The workshops are free and sponsored by a partnership among the PTA Council of Baltimore County, Teachers Association of Baltimore County (TABCO), Baltimore County Public Library, and the BCPS Parent University.
When and Where:
A workshop will be held Tuesday, Feb. 7, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the Lansdowne Library, which is located at 500 Third Ave., Lansdowne 21227. The snow date is Tuesday, February 14.

Workshops also will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon at the North Point Library, located at 1716 Merritt Boulevard, Dundalk 21222. The sessions will take place on Thursdays, February 9 and 16. The snow date is Friday, February 24.

20th Annual BCPS Middle School Writing Contest accepting entries

What: The 20th Annual Middle School Writing Contest is now accepting entries. Young writers are asked to submit their best and most polished works of poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction. The contest is sponsored each year by the Senior Literary Arts Class of George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology and is open to all BCPS students in Grades 6 - 8. Exciting prizes, including NOOK tablets for first-place winners, will be presented thanks to the support of the Carver Center Foundation. More information and the required submission cover sheet can be found at
Deadline: Friday, Feb. 10, at 3 p.m.
Contact: Suzanne Supplee, or 410.887.2775

Student Film Expo accepting film entries

What: Middle and high school student filmmakers are invited to enter their work in the second BCPS Film Expo. A diverse panel of judges, composed of BCPS staff, local filmmakers, and Hollywood professionals, will evaluate each entry and select middle and high school awards to be given in five categories including: Live-Action Narrative, Documentary, Animation, Experimental, and Animated GIFs. More information including submission requirements, guidelines, registration, tutorials, and resources is available at
Deadline: Thursday, Feb. 23

Book that brings BCPS history to life - available for purchase

What: The book, Building the Future, takes readers on a 276-page journey showcasing the history of Baltimore County Public Schools in a way that has never been done before. Through a compilation of stories, photos, and testimonials, the full-color commemorative book describes the school system's growth—and occasional growing pains—and how Baltimore County Public Schools ultimately rose from humble beginnings in 1732, to a school system renowned for both its stability and innovation. Proceeds from the book benefit The Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools. For information about purchasing the book, please contact Deborah Phelps at or Bonnie Derda at Both can be reached at 443.809.8962.


Monday, Feb. 13

Berkshire Elementary parents to see students' African-American history presentations

What: Each student in Laura Jones' Grade 4 Language Arts class will select an influential African-American to profile. Students will research the individuals they have selected, create a project (PowerPoint, poster, etc.), and share their project with peers and parents.
When: Monday, Feb. 13 - Monday, Feb. 20 (contact the school for exact times)
Where: Berkshire Elementary School, 7431 Poplar Ave., 21224
Contact: Cheryl Brooks or Laura Jones (, 410.887.7008

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