August 9, 2013
Dear Parents/Guardians,


I hope the summer months have treated you well. I look forward to the start of what promises to be our best year yet. As I enter my 5th year at Garrett Heights, I have seen our instruction and climate improve every year. This year reading MSA results increased. Garrett Heights’ latest MSA scores closely mirror Maryland’s 2013 statewide results. Like Garrett Heights, the Baltimore City School District and the state saw a dip in math in both elementary and middle grades. This dip in math results is due to our transition to the Common Core State Standards. The release of the 2013 MSA results coincides with an ongoing shift—in Baltimore City, across the state and most of the nation—to the Common Core State Standards, a set of rigorous, real-world, relevant standards that will be reflected in curricula across all grade levels and subjects in 2013-14. I have included a one page document from the Maryland State Department of Education about the Common Core State Standards. 


We have very specific goals as we enter the 2013-2014 school year. We want all students to achieve in the coming year at very high levels. We will also be working conscientiously to ensure that there are minimal distractions to the learning environment. We will share more about our goals for the year and the Common Core State Standards at the upcoming Back To School Night. Please join us for Back to School Night on September 17th at 6pm.

This school year, our students will be eating breakfast in the classroom. To ensure the safety of our students, no student should be dropped off before 8:50am.  Students will be allowed to enter the building at this time to go directly to their classroom to eat breakfast. At the end of the school day, all students should be picked up no later than 3:40pm.  If you need before or after care services please contact Fitness, Fun and Games at 410-433-2719. As we begin this school year, our school dress code will remain the same.  Students should be in uniform everyday beginning on the first day of school.


Pk-5                                       6-8


Blue Pants/Skirts                      Khaki Pant, Jumper/Skirt

Yellow Shirt or Blouse                White Shirt or Blouse

Brown, Black or White Shoes     Brown, Black or White Shoes

As we embark on this school year, I want every parent to know that I am accessible to you. If you have any questions or concerns about the school or your child’s education, please let me know. I can be reached by e-mail (oolaniyi@bcps.k12.md.us) or by phone (410-396-6361).



Omotayo F. Abiodun





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