• Take Action Archive- December 2011

    Upcoming Deadline for Completing Formal Observations


    Principals, the deadline for completing Formal Observations for all BTU-level instructional staff is Thursday, Dec. 1. Please review the two options for documenting that all Formal Observations have taken place by the deadline mandated in the Performance Based Evaluation System (PBES):


    OPTION 1: Complete the Formal Observation form electronically in the Online Performance Management System (OPMS) and transfer the form to the teacher by Thursday, Dec. 1. Please note that in order to adhere to PBES timelines, school leaders must share the form electronically with their teachers by Dec 1.

    OPTION 2: Complete the formal observation form either by hand or using Microsoft Word by Thursday, Dec. 1.  Please include the necessary supervisor and teacher signatures. All form content must be copied into the electronic Formal Observation form in OPMS by Friday, Dec. 16. Additionally, it’s recommended that a scanned copy of the signed and dated form be uploaded as an attachment to the Formal Observation task in OPMS to confirm the Dec. 1 deadline in PBES was met. School leaders can choose either option to ensure Formal Observation data is captured in OPMS.

    It’s important to adhere to the strict timeline schedule in PBES for completing all Formal Observations on or before Dec. 1. For more information, please contact the Office of Human Capital at 410-396-8885.

    Parent Notification for Schools in School Improvement

    Principals, please distribute No Child Left Behind school improvement status letters to parents no later than Tuesday, Dec. 6.


    Parents of students at schools indentified for school improvement under No Child Left Behind must be informed of their schools’ status. City Schools will notify these parents via a letter that explains the schools’ 2011 Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) status and where they are in the school improvement process. The letters are scheduled to arrive to schools by Tuesday, Dec. 6. –please distribute these letters to parents. For more information, contact Carol Wilson in the Office of Achievement and Accountability at 443-642-3916 or cwilson@bcps.k12.md.us.

    CAO Leadership Academy

    Principals, please review the following information regarding the December CAO Leadership Academy.

    The next CAO Leadership Academy will take place the week of Dec. 5-9. To ensure a productive growth experience for all participants, we have outlined the week to include the intended audience, location and registration information. Please carefully review the attached document. If you have any questions or for location details, please contact Dr. Barbara A. Johnson at bajohnson02@bcps.k12.md.us.

    Combined Charity Campaign

    Principals, please review the following information regarding the Combined Charity campaign.

    The Combined Charity Campaign will collect monies on Tuesday Dec. 6 and Friday Dec. 9 from 2-6 p.m. in the Board Room at the Central Office –please mark your calendars. These will be the final collection dates. Thank you for supporting this very meaningful campaign.

    District Reform Survey

    Principals, please take the District Reform Survey by Friday, Dec. 16.

    As we approach the midpoint of the 2011-12 school year the school support networks would like to extend to principals an opportunity to provide feedback regarding your experience working with your network team. This survey will gather perceptual feedback from principals on the support they are receiving from their network and executive director. We are interested in your total interactions with the network team. It will also further examine the expected network team roles in supporting schools. The link will be sent to your city schools email account. The survey will be available until 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16. For more information, please contact Jonathan Brice in the Office of School Support at jbrice@bcps.k12.md.us.

    NetDay Speak Up Campaign

    Principals, please encourage your teachers, students and families to fill out the survey for NetDay Speak Up 2011. The survey runs from October 10 to December 23.

    Baltimore City Public Schools is once again participating in “NetDay Speak Up 2011.” Since 2003, more than 2.2 million K-12 education stakeholders have participated in the annual Speak Up National Research Project, which collects and reports on the authentic, unfiltered views and opinions of K-12 students, parents and educators on critical 21st-century education issues. Speak Up is facilitated by Project Tomorrow® (www.tomorrow.org). And data findings are shared each year with federal, state and local policymakers to inform education programs and funding. 


    The Speak Up campaign provides the district with valuable and timely information about the current state of instructional technology in our district and what teachers, students, parents and administrators are saying about our current level of technology resources and support. The data derived from this survey has been instrumental in creating a vision for 21st-century learning: developing the technology plan and budget and measuring the success of City Schools’ technology investments. This vital resource will continue to help the district plan and implement technology-related projects that reflect the voice of our community and meet the goals outlined in the City Schools Information Technology Plan. This type of information is vital as we continue to develop online resources to assist our students in meeting HSA, MSA and technology standards set by the Maryland State Department of Education for our students and teachers.

    In the past, City Schools has finished in the top five school districts nationwide for its participation in the survey, and, each year, several schools in our district are recognized as Speak Up Top 200 Schools. This recognition is based on total student participation, length of time involved with Speak Up and use of data in local decision-making.

    Please encourage your teachers, students and parents to complete the survey. And please consider using the promotional materials below to make these key audiences aware of the survey. The survey opens on October 10 and runs through December 23. It will be available on the TSS homepage at www.bcpss.org. The password for the district is Survey.  


    Thank you for your support in this opportunity to be heard on issues related to instructional technology. Please forward all questions and concerns about the survey to Ron Beazer at rbeazer@bcps.k12.md.us.  

    It is the intention of City Schools to finish the 2011 campaign in the top 5 school districts nationwide by surpassing the required minimum reporting goal of 15% participation.  The survey will be available on the TSS homepage at www.bcpss.org.  The password for the district is Survey.   The survey opens October 10, 2010 and runs through December 23, 2010. 


    Thank you for your support in this opportunity to be heard on issues related to instructional technology. 


    Please forward all questions and concerns about the survey to Ron Beazer at rbeazer@bcps.k12.md.us .   

    Student Attendance, Entry and Exits

    Principals, please review the updated Maryland Student Records Manual for important enrollment, attendance and records updates from the Maryland State Department of Education.

    All school registrars, attendance monitors and persons responsible for the maintenance and management of student records must receive a copy and review the manual for procedural updates. For more information, please contact Dr. Everett Garnett at egarnett@bcps.k12.md.us or Dr. Tanya Williams at tcwilliams@bcps.k12.md.us in the Office of Student Support and Safety.