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American Education Week: What's Happening at Your School?

NEA American Education Week
American Education Week, November 16 to 22, is a great time to celebrate everyone who contributes to our school communities and works to ensure that our students receive a quality education. Tell the district about the special events happening at your school!
  • Post to your school website, Facebook page (we'll share on the district's new Facebook), Twitter, or other social media accounts
  • Tweet @BaltCitySchools
  • Email your photos and stories to the communications team to share.

Meet City Schools

College Awareness Month makes this a great time to meet one of our staff members who helps make sure that high school students are on track with their college plans.

Rhonda Waller
Counselor, Benjamin Franklin High School

Rhonda Waller  
City Schools employee since... September 1998.

My first job in education was... as an intern teacher at Harlem Park Elementary/Middle School.
My favorite subject in school was... math.
What I love most about my current position is... having the ability to help students make well-informed decisions about their future.

College is important because...
 it gives students an opportunity to explore life in a different perspective. The biggest barrier our students face in applying to college is the lack of knowledge or experience in the college process.
Something many people don't know about me is that... I love watching tennis (Go, Serena!).

Recognizing Superlative Classroom Practice

Here's your chance to recognize exceptional City Schools' teachers. The Fishman Prize honors exceptionally effective teachers who work in high-poverty public schools with $25,000 and the chance to share their knowledge with educators nationwide. Nominations are due by December 16.

5th and 8th Graders Think Ahead to Next Year

The annual Middle and High School Choice Fair is right around the corner. It's a one-stop shop for 5th- and 8th-grade students and their families to learn about the options for middle and high school, and a great showcase for the whole city to learn about the great things happening at schools across the district. We're looking forward to a great turn-out on Saturday, December 6, at the Baltimore Convention Center.

Close Out 2014 with Great Attendance

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With so much going on for families as we head into Thanksgiving and then the winter holiday, some students may experience extra attendance challenges. Use these resources — including a handy infographic — to help keep attendance strong right to the end of the year.

Coming up...
Many middle and high schools are having open houses this month, prior to 5th and 8th graders making school choices for next year.

November 16 to 22
American Education Week

November 17
CEO Listening Tour for students

November 27 and 28
Happy Thanksgiving! (Schools and offices closed)

December 2, 9
Public hearings on school portfolio review recommendations

December 6
Choice Fair, Baltimore Convention Center

See You at M&T!

As this installment of City Schools News lands in your email inbox, student athletes from five of our high schools are warming up for big games as the state football championships enter the first round. (Congrats, Poets, for yesterday's win and advancing to regional finals!)

Cheer your favorite team all the way to the state championship at M&T!

This year's Combined Charity Campaign, Give from the Heart, runs through December 31. Twelve of the charities directly benefit City Schools.


From City Schools to College

As part of College Awareness Month, we're showcasing a few of our alumni and their path from City Schools to college to career. Doctors, dancers, football players, congressmen... Check out some of the faces and stories of City Schools graduates, and share them with your students. Maybe one of them is a future teacher, police officer, or mayor!

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!