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Lots to Shout About!

Exciting things happen in our schools every day, and there are a lot of shout-outs to kick off this edition of City Schools News. If your school has something to celebrate, please tweet or email the communications team with your news.

Two schools honored with the EGATE award
Cross Country and Roland Park elementary/middle schools are two of only three schools in the state to receive the Excellence in Gifted and Talented Education (EGATE) award. The schools will be honored at a celebration on February 25. Congratulations!

Six schools reach state robotics finals
Robotics Six schools won regional First Lego League robotics competitions and will now head to the Maryland state finals. Kudos to the teams from Medfield Heights Elementary School, Hamilton Elementary/Middle School, Baltimore International Academy, Cecil Elementary School, Curtis Bay Elementary/Middle School, and Westport Elementary/Middle School. In First Lego League, students at either the elementary or middle school level solve real-world problems using research and robotics.

Two schools advance in SkillsUSA Championships
A big congratulations to the CTE students at Carver Vocational-Technical and Frederick Douglass high schools for winning SkillsUSA regional competitions. They now head to the state championships in April. The program celebrates students' career-focused skills in fields including construction, information technology, education, manufacturing, culinary arts, and cosmetology.

A new midshipman
Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School student Dante Daniels has received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy. He'll be one of just 1,200 students to join the Class of 2019, beginning on July 1 for "plebe summer." Currently in his school's Project Lead the Way program, Dante will continue to pursue electrical engineering at the Academy. That's awesome — and we're proud of you, Dante!

Science Olympians
Four schools finished in the top 10 in the state in the Maryland Science Olympiad...including one in 1st place! The Maryland Science Olympiad is a hands-on K-12 science program that includes interscholastic tournaments that help make science and technology fun. Congrats to Olympiad team members and the dedicated coaches!

  • 1st place: Lyndhurst Elementary School (Coach Lorraine Lockhart)
  • 4th place: Fallstaff Elementary/Middle School (Coach Shawna Brim)
  • 6th place: Medfield Heights Elementary School (Coach Jay Forbes)
  • 8th place: Samual F.B. Morse Elementary School (Coach Pearl Fletcher)

Grandmother wins $10,000 for her grandson's school
LaRue Jones came home from the store with more than groceries. She had the winning box top in a special General Mills Box Tops for Education promotion, worth $10,000 to a school of her choice — and she chose Leith Walk Elementary/Middle School, where her grandson is a student. A special ceremony will be held at Leith Walk on February 17, and the school community will help decide how the prize can be put to the best use. Thank you, Mrs. Jones!

North Bend teacher is an ABC2 teacher hero
North Bend Elementary/Middle School preschool teacher Shawnda Tyler was the January recipient of the ABC2-MECU "Teachers Are Heroes" award. The program recognizes K-12 teachers in Maryland who have gone above and beyond in their roles. Nominated by a parent, Ms. Tyler was celebrated at her school, appeared on ABC2, and received a $250 check for classroom supplies.

Coming up...
February 16 
Presidents' Day, schools and offices closed
February 17 
Teacher PD, schools closed for students 
February 18
CEO Listening Tour for students
February 19 

Whooo knows a lot about owls?
Learn about these fascinating creatures from the students at Hampden Elementary/Middle School

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Meet City Schools

Linda Chen, Chief Academic Officer

Linda Chen  
City Schools employee since... July 2014.

My first job in education was... Many! I taught Sunday school in high school and pre-kindergarten part-time in college. My first official full-time job was actually two jobs in one: I taught music half-time (nine classes a day, three times a week) and 2nd grade (two times a week with another teacher).
If I could have a cup of coffee with a former teacher it would be... I don’t think I could pick just one...but my list would include a special education teacher my school leadership team and I hired. We selected him because he was very focused on the needs of students and wanted to thrive in a community that engaged in collaborative learning. Over the years, we have stayed in touch, and he is now an assistant principal and ready for the principalship!
What I am looking forward to this year is... continuing to get to know departments and schools across the district. I enjoy visiting schools each week to celebrate successes and then working to leverage those successes across the district, as well as developing a better understanding of the challenges that school communities face. These experiences help me work with district office departments to deepen our efforts to support schools — which is the work we are all here to do.

Annual School Survey Ends February 27 

The annual school survey for all students, families, and school staff ends February 27. This is your chance to help make our schools better by letting us know what's working well and what needs improving. Please complete your own survey and encourage parents to do the same. Time is running out! 

Language Interpretation Services for School Activities

At parent-teacher conferences, parent workshops, schoolwide meetings, and other school activities, non-English-speaking families can benefit from interpretation services to ensure they receive and understand important information. Please plan ahead to make sure your school requests interpreters and simultaneous-interpretation equipment to serve this need.

CEO Letter to Families about PARCC

Dr. Thornton's letter to families this month provides details about the upcoming PARCC assessments. Please read and share. 

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!