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Haleemat Adekoya - Student Board Member

Report to the Board of Education of Baltimore County From the Student Member of the Board

March 5, 2019

Good evening everyone, Happy Tuesday!

Two weeks ago, we had our operating budget board meeting, where we passed the operating budget with a plethora of added amendments. I am truly disappointed that the budget passed with cuts to curriculum with no thought as to what will be impacted moving forward. We built our budget requests on asking for what we wanted and eventually needed, but at the end of the day disregarded the students and their needs when making budget modifications.

Moving forward though, I am very happy to announce that my second episode of Hanging with Haleemat is now out. This episode highlights Eastern Tech’s Girls Who Code club, spearheaded by Mary and Ume who were charged with the idea of creating a space where women can build their confidence and skills in computer science. They are slowly but surely changing the way the students, especially women at Eastern Tech, change the way they look at computer science and their involvement in the technology world. Thank you BCPS TV for filming and production, and also Eastern Tech for allowing me to come and showcase girls who rock! Make sure to check out the video on Vimeo, and if you would like for me to highlight your school’s fabulous club, please email me at hadekoya@bcps.org.

Also be on the lookout for a new Chat Café episode coming out this month, I cannot wait to get in the studio with students discussing real topics that affect our day-to-day lives, sharing our insight, and also informing the world around us on what it is! If you are a student interested in being on the show, please let me know, I’d love to have you. AND of course, if you have not checked out our last videos, what are you waiting for? Make sure to check them out today on BCPS TV Vimeo!

At the curriculum committee meeting last week, excitement was at the root of all the new and updated curriculum materials soon to come forward to the full board as contracts. Students, we have new, interactive core materials coming down the pipeline soon. I even took one home, thank you Mr. Billingslea!

With all of that being said, here's some encouragement for all of the students: 

Everybody just keep swimming, just keep swimming. We are halfway through the 3rd quarter, so KEEP GOING! Please keep attending your classes, please keep paying attention, and please keep being top of all that is required of you in school. Keep being alert and giving your teachers and adults the utmost respect that they deserve. Please keep staying alert and aware of what is occurring around you whether it is in your schoolhouse or on the board level. Attend board meetings, and please by all means watch online if you cannot attend…as I am the most informed student, you too can be as well. Get involved in your school community, and outside of your community! Be the change you want to see. See it, say it. Ask for what you need to truly be successful, and hold us accountable to make sure you receive it. Remember your student voice is the principal for change in our world. That help you need, I promise it's available...seek the resources, do not be afraid! I believe in you. I am here for you, yes every one of our 114,000 students, hey sis, hey bro. I am nothing but an email away.

Thank you.

Email: Haleemat Adekoya
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