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Welcome... the first installment of the bimonthly City Schools News! Every month, on the 1st and 15th, this new e-newsletter will land in your City Schools email inbox and be posted to City Schools Inside. It's your update about news, events, announcements, and opportunities available to all staff. Have ideas about what you'd like to see here? Please share! 

Special Opportunity for Students

CEO's Listening Tour Students can speak out and be heard by Dr. Thornton and Student Commissioner Eddie Hawkins during the CEO's Listening Tour. Encourage middle and high school students to attend the next session on October 20.  

For Schools and School-Based Staff

Win $1,000 while teaching about energy conservation

Apply by October 13 to be one of the 20 schools in the PowerDown Energy Reduction Competition. Your school could win $1,000 just by lowering energy use!

Teacher Innovation Grant program

Seven teachers with the best ideas for growing students' character strengths and skills will win a $10,000 grant.  Apply by November 2. 

PD news

Find out about professional development opportunities, including upcoming offerings in math, STEM, early learning, and gifted education.

Enterovirus Update

You may have heard concerns about enterovirus. Here are some tips to share on what schools and families can do to stay healthy. 

Assessment News

Data Link will no longer include test items in the “Item Central for Express Test”section. Read more about Data Link updates, and browse the new Assessment resources section of City Schools Inside.

Coming up...

October 1, 2
1st-quarter progress reports
October 3
Parent-teacher conferences (early dismissal)
October 6 to 16
Window for HSAs

October 7
Pre-k at Play
October 14
Board meeting
October 15
PSAT for grades 10 and 11
October 17
Professional development day

Overheard on Twitter


smiling emoji Congrats to Lakeland Elementary Middle School's Kelly Meeder, a finalist in the $100,000 "Dream Big" Teacher Challenge! Check out her idea for a technology lab (in the Eastern zone) and cast your vote today.
thumbs up Good luck to two of our student entrepreneurs, Lily from Roland Park and Tytyana from Forest Park — heading to Silicon Valley this month for the NFTE National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge. They've got their elevator pitches ready...
clapping Winners! A competitive federal grant will help bring college closer for City Schools students. MSDE describes how college awareness will help students "GEAR UP" for the future.

Visit the Bulletin Board and Action 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!