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Happy Holidays!

Shop With A Cop
Staff and students are getting into the holiday spirit:
  • Students from all over the district got to Shop with a Cop
  • Liberty Elementary School went to the Lexington Market and spread holiday cheer 
  • Baltimore School for the Arts' tap-dancing Santas showed off their tapping skills  
  • Patterson High School students will be visiting Graceland Park/O'Donnell Heights Elementary/Middle School with Santa to give away gifts 
  • Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women staff celebrated with an ugly sweater contest 
  • Ten schools will perform live at the district office, filling the building with holiday music

Meet City Schools

City Schools has thousands of employees, so it's pretty tough to know everyone! But each month in City Schools News, you'll get to know one staff member a little better. 

Danaena White
School Police Officer

Danaena White
City Schools employee since... January 1999.

My first job in education was... as an office assistant.
If I could have a cup of coffee with a former teacher it would be... Mrs. Ruth Johnson from Pimlico Elementary School, my second grade teacher. She taught me the importance of reading comprehension and developing relationships. She was dedicated and truly cared, a rare jewel. 
My proudest accomplishment at City Schools... was receiving the Officer of the Year Award and Instructor of the Year Award in 2014. I was completely overwhelmed to be the first female in my department to be recognized, it seemed surreal. I do my job daily hoping to make a difference just like Mrs. Johnson, never seeking recognition. However, it is rewarding to have it acknowledged.
Something people may not know about me is... that my favorite musician is Kenny G. and that my son is a full-time student at Coppin State University.

Get on the Learning Curve 

For academic department updates, content representative meetings, and everything teaching and learning... look no further than the latest issue of The Learning Curve!

Combined Charity Campaign: More Time to Give!

The "Give from the Heart" Combined Charity Campaign has been extended until January 9 to help us reach our 100 percent participation goal. Please donate now so we can help the families who need it most.

Student Contest Opportunities

filmfestival White House Student Film Festival

President Obama has an assignment for students: create a short video that demonstrates the impact of giving back. But hurry — entries are due January 20!

"If I Were Mayor" Essay Contest
Calling all 4th graders! This year's "If I Were Mayor" essay contest topic focuses on creating respect among community members working together.

Field Trip Opportunities

Digital Harbor Foundation 
Digital Harbor Foundation is offering free field trips for City Schools students to participate in hands-on technology workshops. 
Loyola University Women's Basketball Annual Field Trip Day
Come watch Loyola University women's basketball team play Lafayette, get a cheerleading lesson, and learn about the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Plus, students who enter the essay contest will have a chance to win VIP seats! Register by December 19. (Thanks to all the schools that have signed up - the field trip is now at capacity and can no longer accommodate additional schools.)
To find out about other awards, contests or opportunities, visit the Opportunities for Staff and Schools and Opportunities to Share with Students and Families sections of the Bulletin Board
Coming up...
December 15-16 
Parent/teacher conferences
December 15, 16, 18
School choice application help sessions for parents
December 17
Board special meeting

December 22
CEO Listening Tour for students
December 24
Deadline for completion of SLO Progress Survey
December 24 - January 2
Happy holidays! 
January 1
January 5
Schools and offices reopen 
January 9
Middle and high school choice application deadline

Seen on Facebook 
 Tell us about your students' college acceptances. We'd love to share their great news with everyone!

What's Happening
Beyond the Classroom
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Shout out!
Friendship Academy of Engineering and Technology won $10,000 for participation in's Hour of Code. Great job!
 Smile Frederick Elementary School lowered its chronic absence rate and won a holiday party with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. Congrats!

Visit the Bulletin Board and Action Update areas of City Schools Inside for more news and announcements. And please email the communications team with your suggestions and ideas about the best ways to share information with you!