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Good News from City Schools - March 17, 2023

It’s been a great week at City Schools! 

Championships, innovative programs, exciting opportunities, and prestigious recognitions: there’s always something to celebrate in City Schools! 

Here’s just a few of the good news items from this week: 

Awards and Competitions 

Two photos together one from the Edmondson game, one from the City College game.

MPSSAA Basketball State Championships – We were thrilled to have four schools participate in this year’s basketball state championship games: City College, Poly, Edmondson-Westside, and Lake Clifton (REACH!). City College won the 3A Boys Basketball Championship and Edmondson-Westside won the 1A Boys Basketball Championship. Although Lake Clifton (REACH!) didn’t win against Edmondson-Westside, they were awarded the 2023 Jack Willard Boys Basketball Sportsmanship Award! We’re so proud of all the teams for a wonderful season. Make sure you follow our Athletics Twitter account for even more sports updates.  

City-Wide JROTC Drill Competition – JROTC teams from across the district met at the Fifth Regiment Armory for the annual drill competition. To see the full list of winners click here! 

Maryland Swimming Jr. Championship Meet – Ivy from The Mt. Washington School and her swim team placed first in the 400 Y Medley Relay. She was the only nine-year-old to final in the 10 U, 100Y 1M, and 50Y backstroke. Learn more by visiting Mt. Washington’s Twitter post!  

A photo of the two students who won the March 2023 City Schools Scholar Superstar Award. They are posing for the camera and holding their awards and certificates.

City Schools’ Scholar Superstar Award – Every month during the school year we celebrate two students who excel in academics or extracurricular activities. Click here to see March’s honorees. You can also learn more about by watching the March 14 Board Meeting where they were honored. 

2023 Heart of the School Awards – The Fund recently announced the school leaders who won this year’s Heart of the School Awards. Winners and honorees will be celebrated at an event on May 25. This award celebrates exceptional leaders who have demonstrated exemplary innovation, execution, and leadership, building strong school cultures. Learn more about this year’s winners. 

Lambda Gamma Gamma Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.’s 2023 Talent Hunt Competition –  BSA student Aminah Ebron won first place for "Dramatic Interpretation!” Read all about it on BSA’s Facebook.  

National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame 60th Annual Scholar Athlete Awards – Eight of our student-athletes were honored during a banquet on March 15. Students from Lake Clifton (REACH!), Carver, Poly, Patterson, Dunbar, Mervo, City College, and Reginald F. Lewis were honored. Click here to see a full list of the Maryland winners. 
Student, Staff & School News 

A picture of the Mustang Chronicle - Mervo's student newspaper

Mervo recently revived their school’s student newspaper. You can see their first edition here or students/staff can pick up a copy at the school! 

Recently, Under Armour honored some of our student-athletes at a ceremony at Edmondson-Westside. Dr. Santelises, Mayor Brandon M. Scott, and Under Armour Founder and Executive Chair Kevin Plank spoke about the transformative nature of Project Rampart and the impact of sports on the trajectory of young people’s lives. Learn more about this event on City Schools TV

Students in the Building Steps program recently visited LifeBridge Health and Sinai Hospital to learn about hematology, the blood bank, microbiology, and much more. Building Steps is one of the district's partners, providing experiences and opportunities that position high school students for college and career success. 

As part of the district's Core Vocabulary Initiative, we're installing Playground Core Boards at schools including Lakewood, Abbottston, and more. These boards help students communicate with friends and staff while playing. See both new boards here. 

A group of women are standing behind a table with a red table cloth that says "CannonDesign"

The Baltimore chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women and the Baltimore Design School hosted the 4th Annual STEAM Career Fair with over 32 professionals presenting about their careers.  Read all about it on the Baltimore Design School’s website. 

Seventh-grade students from North Bend were selected to pilot JA Finance Park - Junior Achievement of Central Maryland's newest on-site program for personal financial planning and career exploration. With help from volunteers from Morgan Stanley and CCBC and a written curriculum with a hands-on component, students learn about making smart financial decisions related to income, expenses, savings, and credit. JA Finance Park will officially open in the Fall of 2023. Check out their photos on Instagram! 

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