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Pumped for PARCC!

Dr Thornton

Is your school planning an event to build excitement and confidence for the upcoming PARCC assessments? Did teachers or students create PARCC cheers, raps, or videos? Please share your PARCC events by emailing the communications team, tweeting @BaltCitySchools, or posting to your school's Facebook page so we can share to the district's page.

Practice tests are available, so that students can get a feel for the tests before they take "the real thing." And don't forget the handy and helpful toolkit for hosting a PARCC night at your school. Also, MSDE is hosting a special PARCC night for Spanish-speaking families on Monday, March 2. Help spread the word!

Let your students know to get plenty of rest the night before, have a good breakfast, and — most of all — relax so they can do their best.

Meet City Schools

Beth Sappe, Digital Harbor High School, school test coordinator
Beth Sappe

City Schools employee since... 2003.

My first job in education was... as a math teacher at Perry Hall High School in Baltimore County.

My favorite teacher was... my high school chemistry teacher, Mr. Pavlock. I loved all the project-based learning and the practical labs that gave me instant results. Mr. Pavlock made chemistry practical instead of theoretical, which made me excited to learn.

My proudest accomplishment at City Schools was… being the adviser to the Class of 2007. Watching the students grow and mature over four years and helping with their academic journey gave me satisfaction. I was proud to see them in their caps and gowns, knowing I contributed a small part to their accomplishments.

The most important thing to remember about administering PARCC is… that students will have to persevere through a writing component, and they'll have to solve complex problems and demonstrate how they solved them. Unlike the current state assessments, the PARCC assessments will resemble what goes on in a classroom.

TELL Maryland What You Think

The biannual TELL (Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning) Maryland Survey should be completed by all school-based licensed educators and designated ESPs by Monday, March 23. This survey provides the state and district with information about teaching conditions to help guide school improvement.

City Schools Alerts, Your Way

Upcoming events, school closures and delays, important news for employees... There's always something happening at City Schools, and there are many ways to get information. Now, you can opt in to receive district alerts by robocall to your cell phone, by text message, or both. Just log in to Employee Self Service, click the "Personal Information" tab, and update your preferences under the "Phone Numbers" heading. Please allow up to one week for all systems to be "sync'ed" to start sending alerts.

What Are Your Intentions?

Each year, City Schools asks employees to indicate whether they plan to remain with the district in the next school year, retire, or resign, so that the district has information needed to plan staffing. This year, the declaration of intent must be completed by all employees by Friday, March 20.

Grants for Summer Programming

Grants of up to $50,000 for summer educational programs are being offered by local funders. Applications are due by Tuesday, March 10.

Money Power Day

Please spread the word to your school community about Money Power Day on Saturday, March 21. This free event, organized by the Baltimore Cash Campaign, offers financial information and activities for all ages, including free tax preparation, financial planning advice, free credit reports, college access information, and a financially focused youth zone.

Calling Student Scientists and Engineers

Morgan State University's 35th regional science and engineering fair takes place Saturday, March 21. Winners will advance to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh, PA.

PD Opportunity for Science Teachers

Middle and high school science teachers interested in learning more about the Next Generation Science Standards should register by Monday, March 16, for Towson University's four-day summer workshop (with a 5th day in October for follow up).

Field trips to the "Tuskegee Airmen Experience"

School groups are admitted free to a special traveling exhibit focused on the Tuskegee Airmen, coming to the Carroll Regional Airport in Westminster, MD, from May 6 to 9.

Coming up...
March 2
Extended deadline for grade entry for Q3 progress reports
Sesión de información sobre PARCC
March 3
March 3 to 5
New window for Q3 progress report distribution
March 4
PARCC window opens
March 5, 11, 12
Budget forums for the City Schools community; watch the district homepage this week for details
March 6
Parent-teacher conferences; early release for students
March 9
March 10
March 11 to 14
State basketball finals — cheer on our student athletes, advancing now through quarter- and semifinals

What's the rest of the story?
Six Words
Writing short stories with just six words

Twitter spotlight: #Liberty64
student-led groups

Shout out!
three students and robot
Patterson Park Public Charter School students Alex, Jade, and Stephon — the winning alliance at the Maryland State Middle School VEX Robotics Tournament. Wish them luck as they head to worlds next month!

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!