Take Note Archive - July

Update from MSDE Board Meeting on July 20
Click here for an update from the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) about the July 20 board meeting.
City Schools Announces New Chief Accountability Officer
Click here for a letter from Dr. Alonso about the appointment of Matthew D. Van Itallie as City Schools' new Chief Accountability Officer, and the retirement of Dr. Benjamin Feldman.
Maryland Advances in Race to the Top
Click here for an e-blast from Dr. Alonso about the Obama Adminstration's Race to the Top initiative.
Ensuring a Teacher in Every Classroom
Since May, the Office of Human Capital has facilitated multiple large and small scale opportunities for teachers and principals to ensure mutual consent and placement. During the week of August 2, the school-based staffing team will work with you to place all remaining displaced staff into all open positions. Click here to learn more.
Grants to Promote Healthy Eating and Exercise
The NFL and the National Dairy Council are providing grants of up to $3,000 to K-12 schools to help jumpstart or sustain healthy nutrition and physical activity initiatives through their Fuel Up to Play 60 Program. Click here to learn more.
New Teacher Institute
City Schools New Teacher Institute will be held from Aug. 9 to13 at Digital Harbor High School. First-year teachers who attended the institute will report to their assigned schools on August 16 and 17. The institute is open to all first-year classroom teachers newly hired to teach in City Schools. In addition, all teachers hired on or after Aug. 10 (the first day of the institute last year) who were not able to attend the 2009 institute will be eligible to attend this year. Click here to view the flier and register for the institute.
SMS Update (July 21)
Click here for an SMS update as of July 21 about geo-coding, losing and gaining reports and more.
TSS Course Synchronization School
Click here for an update from the Information Technology Department about the TSS-Blackboard Course Synchronization Tool.
Learning from Our Test Results
Click here for a message from Dr. Alonso about learning from our test results.
Alternative Pathways for Success
Click here for a flier about Congressman Elijah Cummings' Alternative Pathways To Success event at Coppin State University on Sat., Aug. 7 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The purpose of the Alternative Pathways To Success event is to increase youth and young adult awareness about available career pathways and gainful employment opportunities. This event is designed for persons who are interested in short-term occupational training leading to a long-term career.  It is also beneficial to persons who have a desire to work in a career track and need assistance to develop a skill or trade. Participants will obtain information regarding general educational programs, apprenticeship training programs and private college and career schools.