• Rescheduled Green Schools Network Meeting

    The rescheduled Green Schools Network meeting will be held on Monday, June 15, 2015 from 2 - 3:30 p.m. at the district office (200 E. North Ave., Baltimore, MD, 1st floor board room). City Schools staff, teachers, school leaders, partners, nonprofits, businesses, government agencies and others will provide updates and discuss upcoming priorities. For more information and to RSVP, please email Joanna Pi-Sunyer. (Expires: June 30, 2015)
     

    Classroom Supplies Giveaway

    City Schools is hosting a giveaway for teachers and school-based staff, with items including desks, pens, paper, makers, poster board, and more. The event will be held at the Student Records department (790 W. North Avenue, 21217) on the dates and times listed below. Staff should RSVP if they are interested in attending. 

    •Monday, June 15, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
    •Tuesday, June 16, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
    •Wednesday, June 17, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
    •Thursday, June 18, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
    •Friday, June 19, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

    For questions, please email Eddie Hawkins in the Achievement and Accountability Office.
     

    Dunkin Donuts Community Hero Award

    Dunkin’ Donuts of Greater Baltimore is now accepting nominations for the Dunkin’ Donuts Community Hero Award Program. The program strives to honor heroes who are making a difference in their local communities. The winners will be selected based on the nominees’ contributions to the residents of their local community, the nominees’ community-driven activities and accomplishments within their local area, and the creativity and originality of the nominators’ submission. The top 10 heroes from the Greater Baltimore region will receive the Dunkin’ Donuts Community Hero Award, free coffee each week for a year and a $500 prize. Dunkin' Donuts will also host a Community Hero award ceremony in September to honor all of the 2015 winners. Nominations are being accepted through June 30. (Expires: June 30)
     

    Help connect partners to your school

    Due to recent events in Baltimore, City Schools’ Engagement Office has received a number of partners wanting to support our schools. To better help us understand your school’s needs and match potential partners, please complete the School Needs survey. Prior to completing the survey, you may want to review this PDF for tips on recruiting partners, volunteers and donors. (Expires: June 30

    Learn about applying to Loyola and the Financial Aid Process

    Loyola University is hosting an online information session for anyone interested in learning about their financial aid process on June 25 from noon to 1 p.m. Danielle Ballantyne, Assistant Director of Graduate Admission and Financial Aid, will make a presentation about the financial aid process for graduate school. Questions will be taken at the end. Anyone interested should pre-register (scroll to bottom of page) but you can join last minute. Please log in as a GUEST with your first and last name at the Loyola website to join the chat. (Expires: June 25
     

    Best Buy Transform Your School $25,000 Sweepstakes

    Schools can enter a sweepstakes to win a grand prize of $25,000 credit at Best Buy, a first prize of $2,500 credit, or a second prize of a Microsoft Surface Pro. Deadline is July 1, 2015. (Expires: July 1, 2015)

    Maryland Center for Character Education School Award

    The Maryland Center for Character Education at Stevenson University (MCCE@SU) is planning the 2015 Awards Conference to honor schools throughout Maryland who have instituted, developed, and are continuing comprehensive character education initiatives in their school communities. It is a goal of MCCE@SU to promote character education throughout the state of Maryland. Every school throughout the state that has developed a comprehensive character education program is encouraged to apply for this prestigious award. To apply, fill out the application and email to mccecharacter@aol.com by June 25, 2015. For questions, email mccecharacter@aol.com(Expires: June 25, 2015)

    Interpretation available for school activities and parent-teacher conferences

    Schools can now request interpreters to facilitate communication with their multilingual population. Interpreters can be requested for parent-teacher conferences, parent workshops and other activities. School staff must arrange ahead of time. Requests must be made with a minimum of 48 hours in advance, while some less common languages may require more time to arrange. To request interpreters for school activities please contact Maria Bianchi at mbianchi@bcps.k12.md.us.

    Simultaneous interpretation equipment is available upon request via the online form with at least 5 days prior notice. This allows schools to run meetings smoothly by having the interpreter relay the information presented simultaneously to parents via the interpretation equipment. (Expires: June 30, 2015)

    City Schools Robotics Expo

    Attend workshops on starting a robotics team at your school and speak to current students and coaches at the City Schools robotics expo. Contact Catherine Villnave, City Schools Science Enrichment Specialist, for more information. 

    When: Saturday, May 16, 9:00 a.m. to noon 
    Where: Baltimore International Academy, 4410 Frankford Ave. 
    How: FREE! No registration required 
    Who: Interested school leaders, teachers, and families 
    What: See projects of current robotics students, speak to current students and coaches, and attend workshops on how to start a team
     (Expires: May 16, 2015

     

    "What College Means to Me" CollegeBound Competition

    The CollegeBound Art, Essay and Poetry Contest starts on September 2 and by now schools have received all packets with additional entry forms and promotional posters. The contest—entitled “What College Means to Me”—is open to all K-8 students and the winners will attend a special event at the National Aquarium in November where they will receive awards from Dr. Thornton and the Mayor’s office, including free admission to the aquarium and a college-themed gift bag. It’s a great contest that promotes college awareness while giving students the chance to express themselves. Please get involved and contact Luke Rettig at CollegeBound if you have any questions.

    Free SciTech Trips for Baltimore City Students

    SciTech is Towson University’s Center for STEM Excellence's dedicated student learning lab. Located in the Inner Harbor of Baltimore, SciTech engages students in grades 3–12 in intensive hands-on, inquiry-based activities that stimulate thought and excite participants. 

    With eleven different activities to choose from, educators are able to complement and enhance scientific concepts that are already being taught in the classroom, as well as allow students to meaningfully engage in scientific and engineering practices. Each of our laboratory activities (aligned with Maryland’s state curriculum) are based on real-world problems and issues, allowing students to apply the content they are leaning in new and challenging ways. Find out more about SciTech by visiting our website

    The Healthy Harbor Partnership grant is available to cover student fees and transportation. Find out more and apply for the grantEmailChristina Romano or call 410-385-6323 for questions about the Healthy Harbor Partnership grant.
     

    Maryland Breakfast Challenge 

    Did you know? Kids who eat a healthy school breakfast do better in math, have higher attendance and are more likely to graduate.
    School breakfast fuels academic success. Yet, each day too many Maryland students miss out. Make this school year the best one yet: take the Maryland Breakfast Challenge! Connect more students with breakfast and win cash and prizes for your school. Go toMarylandBreakfastChallenge.org or read more in this flyer.
     

    Teachers: Apply for the Teacher Innovation Grant by November 2

    Teachers interested in applying for a $10,000 Teacher Innovation Grant, need to do so by November 2. Seven teachers with the best ideas for growing character strengths in their classroom will be eligible to win the grant.

    PowerDown! Energy Reduction Competition

    Apply by October 13 to be one of 20 schools to compete to lower its energy use and your school could win up to $1,000. It's first come,first serve, so apply now.

    Grants for Youth-Led Community Organizing Projects

    Youth As Resources, Baltimore’s youth-led grant making organization has funds available and youth (up to age 21) in Baltimore City and County who want to put their community building ideas into action are invited to apply for funding their ideas.Grants range from $500 - $3,500 and are available for community organizing programs that are created and carried out by young people.
     
    Youth As Resources is offering grantseeker workshops on:Saturday, October 18 at 10:30 a.m. and Tuesday, October 21 at 5:30 p.m. Applicants are required to attend one of the two workshops and must be represented by one or two youth and no more than one optional adult. Application deadline is on Thursday, November 20 by 5:00 p.m. Registration is required and workshops may fill up. To register for a workshop and/or for more information, please call (410) 576-9551.

    National Energy Awareness Month 

    Concerned about Climate Change? Wondering what you could possibly do to make a difference? Learn how to reduce your energy use, save money and safeguard the Earth. Meet one of the EmPOWER Rangers and find out how these energy-efficient action heroes are helping Climate Change Maryland, a Smart, Green & Growing public outreach program. They are spreading the word to Maryland families about the hazards of climate change and what you can do to take action now. You will also learn more about National Energy Awareness Month and the EmPOWER Maryland program which is a statewide initiative that you can participate in to help reduce energy use in your home and save money. 

    Free Common Core Forum at Loyola University Maryland

    Join the Baltimore Curriculum Project and Loyola University Maryland School of Education for a discussion of why teaching content knowledge is important; how to teach it; and the implications for the Common Core State Standards with:
    • Dr. Lisa Hanel, Director of Communications, Core Knowledge Foundation
    • Dr. Rachel Mazyck (moderator), President, Collegiate Directions
    • Robert Pondiscio, Senior Fellow and Vice President for External Affairs, Thomas B. Fordham Institute
    • Dr. Marcy Stein, Professor of Education, University of Washington Tacoma
    When: Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
    Where: Loyola University Maryland McGuire Hall, Andrew White Student Center 4501 North Charles Street
     
    Registration is required.  For more information contact Larry Schugam at 410-675-7000 x17 or bcpinfo@baltimorecp.org

    2014-15 ArtsOnStage Field Trip and In-School Programs -- TEACHERS ARE FREE

    The 2014-2015 ArtsOnStage season of Field Trips starts next week! Don't miss out on wonderful educational theatre field trip opportunities for your students that include: Holiday Tales, A Christmas Carol, Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble, Vocal Trash: Reuse and Recycle, Thunderbird American Indian Dancers, Harriet Tubman, Butterfly, Step Afrika, ArcAttack (as seen on America's Got Talent), Peking Chinese Acrobats, and much more! IF you are an ARTS EVERY DAY school, the deadline to submit and pay for a portion of your field trip is Friday, October 23.

     
    Free Science and Health Resources and Materials
    Are you an elementary, middle or high school science or health teacher who needs additional resources and materials to support students? The science department has free science and health textbooks, glassware, microscopes, and other materials. If you are interested in any of the items, please visit the former William C. March Middle School (2050 N. Wolfe St) in September or October from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact Victoria Parrish. (Posted: September 4, 2014)

    Free SAT Prep Resources and Training

    Is your school offering an SAT class, club, or support program? Would you be interested in getting free teacher guides, student books, and training for the course? The Office of Secondary Education Services has partnered with Cambridge Educational Services to provide free resources and support to interested schools. If you are interested, please contact Steven Polasik at Cambridge for further information.

    Baltimore Kids Chess League openings 

    The Baltimore Kids Chess League has a few openings for the 2014-15 season. BKCL celebrated its tenth season working in City Schools last year. BKCL is one of the only K-12 chess programs in the nation and won a State and National Championship last year. Membership in the league is $1000/school which is matched for each member school by the Abell Foundation and provides chess equipment, coaches stipend and tournament entries. If your school would like to join the league please email the league commissioner.

    Principals as Leaders (PALs) Steering Committee

    The Office of School Leadership will convene a steering committee of school and central office leaders for the purposes of developing new policies and practices and addressing any policy and practice related issues and concerns that impact schools and their stakeholders. The steering committee serves as a sounding board and a critical thought partner for influencing district policies and practices. Working with central offices, this group will convene quarterly (and as needed during times of high need and pressing concern), addressing at least ONE key issue in the district each quarter and making actionable recommendations.Those who participate in this work will have the opportunity to engage heavily in district decision making and recommendations for action as well as be on the front lines of piloting new strategies for tackling tough issues.

    Participation will require:
    - Engagement in quarterly meetings during SY 14-15
    - Review of the research associated with key issues
    - Participation in the development of district policy to address key issues
    - Agreement to implement, and assist other school leaders in implementing or piloting, proposed recommendations that emerge from the literature and the field as relevant.

    Please note that, currently, participation does not bear LU credits. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact the School Leadership Office via email at SchoolLeadership@bcps.k12.md.us or contact Dr. Tasha Franklin Johnson at 443-984-2017 or Kasey Mengel at 443-642-4384. (Posted: July 7, 2014)

    Discount Microsoft Software for City Schools Staff

    City Schools has partnered with Microsoft and OnTheHub to bring staff an opportunity to purchase Microsoft Office software for home use at an extremely low price. This software, which normally retails for $399, is available for $9.75 for City Schools’ staff. Please take advantage of this offer by reviewing the purchase instructions. Because this is a third-party site, all requests for assistance should be directed to the OnTheHub website support or calling 1-866-435-4722 or 1-888-396-1447.

    Free milkweeds for schools and non-profits

    If your school or non-profit organization is interested in conservation and creating a habitat for monarchs and pollinators, your organization may qualify for a free flat of 32 milkweed plugs funded by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

    Implementing AVID College Readiness System for the 2014-15 school year

    AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) is a college readiness system that is designed to increase school wide learning and performance. The AVID College Readiness System (ACRS) accelerates student learning, provides meaningful and motivational professional learning and acts as a catalyst for systemic reform and change. Any middle or high schools interested in implementing AVID for the 2014-15 school year, please contact Mavis Jackson at 443-642-3928 or mjjackson@bcps.k12.md.us for more information. Additional information is also available at www.avid.org. (Posted: March 13, 2014)

    Mobile phone/Service discounts

    City Schools staff that currently have service with AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile or Verizon may be eligible for mobile service discounts. Please note, certain discounts also apply if you are interested in obtaining new service with the selected providers.

    To find out how to receive discounts on phones, calling plans and accessories, select one of the links below and when prompted, enter your City Schools email address. You will receive an email with instructions on how to begin taking advantage of discounts.

    Maryland Center for Character Education at Stevenson University school of the year application

    The Maryland Center for Character Education at Stevenson University is planning the 2014 Awards Conference to honor schools throughout Maryland who have instituted, developed and are continuing comprehensive character education initiatives in school communities. Schools throughout Baltimore City that have developed a comprehensive character education program are encouraged to apply for the Best Practices School of the Year award. Click here for a list of last year's winners, here for a copy of the application and here to download the 11 principles. If you have any questions please contact Linda Muska at MCCEcharacter@aol.com(Posted: February 10, 2014)

    Living American Flag At Fort McHenry

    Maryland teachers are invited to bring their students to Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to create the Bicentennial Living American Flag. Resources, lesson plan ideas, application and more can be found on: www.friendsoffortmchenry.org.

    Two City Schools teachers win financial education award

    Congratulations to Jodi Gowans, 4th Grade Teacher at Patterson Park Public Charter School and Jason Peinert, Social Studies Teacher at Northeast Middle School, winners of the Financial Education and Capability Awards. The awards recognize public school teachers and community leaders who deliver financial education.

    Several organizations, including the Maryland Creating Assets, Savings, and Hope (CASH) Campaign, Maryland Council on Economic Education (MCEE), and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) announced the first-ever winners of the awards.  (Posted: May 6, 2014)

    Congratulations to certified green schools!

    Ten schools recently were certified or re-certified as Green Schools by the Maryland Association of Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE). We now have 22 schools that are certified. The rigorous applicatin usually take two years to complete and must demonstrate practices in operations, teaching, professional development and community connections. For the full list of schools and links to their electronic applications, visit the green school page on the district's website. For more information, contact Joanna Pi-Sunyer, green schools coordinator at jpi-sunyer@bcps.k12.md.us

    Middle Grades Basketball Program - Intent form 2014

    The Interscholastic Athletics department is accepting intent forms for the 2014 middle grades basketball program. If your school participated last year and is interested, please submit an intent from by Friday, August 29. The form is located on TSS in the physical eucation section under documents. If you have any questions, please contact the interscholastic athletics department at 410-396-8569. (Posted: June 5, 2014

    "Good Behavior Game, My Teaching Partner" seeking new kindergarten to 3rd grade teachers for training

    "Good Behavior Game, My Teaching Partner" combines two proven effective classroom management training programs into a comprehensive training and support system to aid new teachers in Kindergarten through grade 3. During the past school year, the GBG+MTP project was implemented in 23 City Schools. GBG+MTP staff successfully worked with school staff and 27 teachers in grades kindergarten through three.We are currently in the process of recruiting a new group of early career teachers for the upcoming school year.If you have any first-, second- or third-year teachers who may benefit from participating in this project, please contact GBG + MTP staff. We are available to provide additional information to you and your teacher(s) during the months of July and August.

    Teachers: Apply for the Teacher Loan Repayment Program by September 30

    If you are a City Schools teacher with outstanding higher education loans, you may qualify for loan repayment assistance through the state. In the 2012, the Maryland General Assembly Session passed legislation establishing the Nancy Grasmick Teacher award within the Janet L. Hoffman Loan Assistance Repayment Program for Maryland public school teachers. To qualify, teachers must meet the following criteria:

    Ÿ •  Taught in Maryland for at least 2 years
    Ÿ •  Taught in STEM subjects or in a school in which at least 75% of the students are enrolled in free and
            reduce price meal programs
    Ÿ •  Must have received the highest performance evaluation rating for the most recent year

    Funds are still available and City Schools teachers who qualify should take advantage of this opportunity and apply by September 30.

    Bring a Young Audiences arts program to your students for a fraction of the cost!

    How often do your students get to experience professional art performances? Have they heard a steel drum or seen a classical ballet performance?
    Art is an essential part of a positive learning environment and art programs will:
    •  Engage and motivate your students, supporting their academic achievement 
    •  Improve your students’ self-confidence, self-control, self-identity, conflict resolution skills, collaboration, and social tolerance
    •  Create a learning environment that supports teacher and student success by fostering teacher innovation, increased student attendance and retention, effective instructional practice, and school identity.

    Thanks to generous donors, Young Audiences artists and programs are available to high-need Baltimore City Public Schools at up to 80% off of the cost (a $400 assembly could cost you only $80!). This opportunity helps principals with limited resources provide hands-on learning in the arts that supplement and enrich their curriculum. The deadline for Fall 2014 Access for applications is Friday, September 19, by 5 p.m. Call Laura Nord at 410-837-7577 for further assistance or questions.

    Constitution Day 2014

    Constitution Day is September 17. This day is set aside to commemorate the signing of the United States Constitution. Schools are expected to conduct appropriate activities on this day. Teaching resources are available on this attachment. If you have any questions, please contact Amy Rosenkrans, Humanities Office, arosenkrans@bcps.k12.md.us or 443-642-4388. (Posted: August 27, 2014
     

    Ready, Set, Design for girls!

    The Ready, Set, Design program provides introductory engineering activities to upper-elementary and middle school girls in the Baltimore area.Girls will learn about the engineering design process and break into groups to design their own devices. The girls will also be able to meet with Johns Hopkins University engineering students as well as local women engineers. Click here for more information.

    Date: Sunday, September 14, 2014 from 10 am to 1 pm

    Registration Deadline: Wednesday, September 10, 2014 (posted: September 2, 2014)
       

    Excellence in Gifted & Talented Education (EGATE) Application

    EGATE is an awards program to recognize pre-k to 12 Maryland Public Schools which have gifted and talented education programs that are aligned with Maryland’s Criteria for Excellence: Gifted and Talented Program Guidelines and COMAR 13A.04.07 Gifted and Talented Education. 

    If your school is interested in applying for EGATE status, it must submit a letter of intent by 9.30.14 to MSDE.  Submission of the EGATE application is due by 11.21.14 at 4pm to MSDE.  If you have questions, please contact Monica Hetrick, Educational Specialist for Gifted & Advanced Learning at mhetrick@bcps.k12.md.us. (Posted: September 2, 2014)

    2014-2015 Arts OnStage Field Trip Season

    Schools can make early bird reservations for the 2014-15 school year now to place a hold on your seats. Arts on Stage will contact you in September to confirm or cancel. Transportation funding is available for Baltimore City Public Schools. All showtimes are 10:15 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. and shows run for approximately 1 hour. Shows are subject to change, final season of shows will be posted on www.ArtsOnStage.org in May 2014. Call 410-252-8717 to learn more or to reserve your seats.

    2014-2015 School-Time Matinee Prices:

    • Goucher College in Towson: $8.00 (Title One = $7.00) unless otherwise noted.
    • Maryland Hall in Annapolis: $9.00 (Title One = $8.00) unless otherwise noted. (Funding available for MD Hall shows)
    Tentative schedule:
    10/27/2014          The Magic of Science   K-5    Maryland Hall
    10/28/2014          The Magic of Science   K-5    Goucher College
    11/7/2014            Thunderbird American Indian Dancers PK-8        Goucher College
    11/11/2014          TBA        Gouche rCollege  (Arts On Stage's 500th SHOW!)
    11/12/2014          TBA        Maryland Hall
    12/17/2014          Holiday Tales        PK-5     Goucher College
    12/18/2014          Holiday Tales      PK-5     Goucher College
    12/19/2014          A Christmas Carol     K-8       Goucher College
    2/9/2015              Universal African Dance & Drum Ensemble     PK-8   Maryland Hall
    2/10/2015            Universal African Dance & Drum Ensemble  PK-8       Goucher College
    2/12/2015            Math-e-Magic     K-5       Goucher College
    2/18/2015            Rainbow Fish         PK-5     Goucher College
    2/19/2015            Harriet Tubman & the Underground Railroad  3-12          Goucher College
    2/24/2015            ArcAttack *Seen on America’s Got Talent!* ($9.00 / T1 $8.00)4-8                      Goucher College
    2/25/2014            Tortoise and the Hare   PK-5         Goucher College
    3/2/2015              Tortoise and the Hare PK-5        Maryland Hall
    3/12/2015            Dog Loves Books      PK-2        Goucher College (Thanks to The Children’s Bookstore in Roland Park– one book of “Dog Loves Books” will be donated to the library of each school attending.)
    3/20/2015            The Wizard of Oz    K-8        Maryland Hall
    3/24/2015            The Peking Chinese Acrobats ($10.00 / T1 $9.00)  PK-12 Goucher College
    3/25/2015            The Peking Chinese Acrobats ($10.00 / T1 $9.00)  PK-12 Goucher College
    4/21/2015            The Jungle Book        PK-5      Maryland Hall
    4/23/2015            Trash & Recycling: The Science of Ecology Show   K-5Goucher College
    4/27/2015            Butterfly: The Story of a Life Cycle  PK-5       Maryland Hall
    4/28/2015            Butterfly: The Story of a Life Cycle  PK-5     Goucher College
    4/29/2015            Butterfly: The Story of a Life Cycle  PK-5         Goucher College
    4/30/2015            Super Scientific Circus            K-5      Goucher College
    5/4/2015              Capulli Mexican Dancers      PK-12       Goucher College
    5/6/2015              Ellis Island: Gateway to a Dream         TBD       Goucher College
    5/13/2015            Step Afrika!                         PK-12       Goucher College
    5/14/2015            Step Afrika!                        PK-12        Goucher College
    5/15/2015            Step Afrika!                         PK-12           Maryland Hall
     
    (Posted: April 10, 2014) 

    MSDE's 'Maryland Classroom' newsletter available online

    Maryland Classroom is the educator newsletter that has been the key channel for communicating important school improvement information to local board members, central offices, and school-based staff for over 18 years. The website is a one-stop-shop where teachers can find model units and lessons, modules to support student intervention and enrichment, professional development opportunities, and many other resources to help enhance and improve their classroom instruction and student learning. Parents, students, and others can also find a wealth of useful resources on Blackboard Learn, including handouts, guides, and videos about the new standards and assessments. imited print copies of this edition can be obtained by contacting Marilyn Condry or by calling 410-767-0483.