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Elizabeth Barletta
5th- and 6th-grade mathematics teacher, Barclay Elementary/Middle School
City Schools' Teacher of the Year for 2014

Elizabeth Barletta
City Schools employee since... 2007.

My favorite subject in school was... reading.
If I could have a cup of coffee with a former teacher it would be... my 3rd- and 5th-grade teacher, because she inspired me to become an educator! If I close my eyes, I can recall exactly what it was like being in her classroom many years ago. Safe, welcoming, engaging, stimulating — she did everything I strive to do for my students today.
Barletta The Teacher of the Year award has meant that... I changed my outlook on how I can make a difference, not just in my classroom, but overall in City Schools. I felt as though I was just a single voice among hundreds, but now I know that everyone can and has a right to be heard for the betterment of our city, staff, and students.
My proudest accomplishment at City Schools is... that as part of the Teacher of the Year award, I was asked to join a panel for Loyola University’s UNITE program, an organization that supports thriving teachers in urban education. It was a great opportunity to speak with and inspire education students about the experiences, triumphs, and challenges I have encountered in City Schools.
Something people may not know about me is... that I have never eaten a peanut butter and jelly sandwich!

It's time! Nominate a teacher for the 2015 Teacher of the Year award by January 29.

Be Heard! The Annual School Survey Is Underway

Tell us what's working and what isn't — and help make your school better! Complete the annual school survey by February 27. School staff members received a email link to complete the survey. Parents can take the survey online. 

Free Tickets for Students in Grades 7-10 to Selma

Thanks to the generosity of local funders, from January 16 through February 1 (or until the ticket offer sells out), City Schools students in grades 7 to 10 can see the movie Selma for free at participating theaters. Please review all of the important details of this offer carefully to make sure that students arrive at participating theaters prepared. Additionally, teaching resources are available for teachers to make this event an exciting learning experience in their classrooms. 

High School Teachers: It's FAFSA Time

Teachers in high school grades should be encouraging their students to begin filling out their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form as an essential step to help them fund their college plans.  

Network Disruptions for Hardware Upgrades  

 outage   Hardware upgrades may disrupt Internet connectivity from 7 p.m. Friday, January 16, to 3 a.m. Saturday morning. 

Calling All Basketball Fans

 basketball   Educators will be celebrated at the Coppin State University - Florida A&M men's and women's basketball games on January 19. Check out all of the details and go have a ball!

"Port of Opportunity" Student Contest

Teachers should encourage students to enter the 2nd Annual National Maritime Day "Port of Opportunity" Student Contest by May 1. Winners will be recognized at Maritime Day on Sunday, May 17, and will also be featured on the Pride of Baltimore website through December 2015.

Science Award with a Built-in Internship for Seniors

The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) is now accepting applications until May 1 for the 2015 Environmental Science Student Award and Internship Program. The award recognizes high school seniors who have excelled in environmental science both inside and outside the classroom. The grand prize winner will receive a paid internship at MDE during summer 2015. 

5th-Graders Can Win Trees For Their School

5th-grade students have a chance to have trees planted at their school for free if they enter the Maryland State Arbor Day poster contest, by March 6. This is a great way for science and art teachers to collaborate.
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...
January 19 
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day: schools and offices closed
January 20
Start of the 3rd quarter 
January 21
CEO Listening Tour for students
January 23-26
2nd-quarter report card distribution 

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Shout out!
Sarah M. Roach Elementary was the grand prize winner in the BGE "Wires Down" video challenge and won $10,000. Great job!
 Smile Congrats to Benjamin Franklin High School students on being recognized in the New York Times!

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!