News from Baltimore County Public Schools
So much blue on successful Team BCPS Day
Blue everywhere! Winand Elementary staff wore blue in celebration of Team BCPS Day Jan. 12. This is just one of more than 500 photos shared featuring BCPS students, staff, and supporters wearing blue. The photos came from as far away as Abu Dhabi and California. And we got some seriously creative wardrobe choices this year. Thank you to everyone who participated.
See photos: Team BCPS Day Flickr album
We took advantage of college winter breaks to catch up with four extraordinary Team BCPS graduates who served in student leadership roles. Nick Burton-Prateley (Hereford High), Danielle Maduka (Western School of Technology and Environmental Science), Tres McMichael (George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology), and Deeksha Walia (Kenwood High) provided updates about their bright futures and how BCPS prepared them.
Video of the Week
Towson High graduate discusses augmented, virtual reality
BCPS Alumni: Shawn Flaherty, Balti Virtual
The Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools
Cromwell Valley Elementary is hosting a STEAM Night Jan. 31 from 4-6 p.m. It’s the second of five STEAM Nights planned at the school this year.
The events were made possible after Cromwell Valley received the 21st Century Enrichment Grant through the Education Foundation in partnership with Hot Spots Extended Care Programs.Learn more about these events, where families can learn together, in our latest Mission Moment
. For more details about the Education Foundation, contact Deborah S. Phelps
, Executive Director, at 443-809-8962.
Parenting Tip of the Week:
For future college students, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Is your child applying to college? Do you need financial assistance? Now is the time to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is the largest provider of funds for students in the nation. The Maryland deadline is March 1, 2017. This informational video
provides more details.
Have questions? Call your school’s counselor. They are here to support you through this important process.
A weekly memo from the superintendent
Dear Team BCPS:
Last week, I presented my proposed operating budget for the 2017-2018 school year to the Board of Education. My budget principles have remained the same: managing growth, raising the bar and closing gaps, and investing in the future.
My proposed FY 2018 budget
includes additional staffing to support our growing student enrollment, including increasing numbers of students needing special education and ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) services. Other budget requests include instructional materials, magnet program support, Passport Program expansion, employee compensation, and infrastructure support.
Our budget process continues with tonight’s public hearing at 6:30 p.m., with speaker sign-up starting at 5:30 p.m. in Building E of our Greenwood Campus (6901 N. Charles St., Towson 21204). Please visit www.bcps.org/budget
to view the budget and schedule. I appreciate your input so far in the process, and I encourage you to stay involved.
I’m so proud that #BCPSblue was trending on Thursday, Jan. 12. Team BCPS Day continues to show how engaged students, staff, business partners, and community members are with our schools.
Happening This Week…
01/17 Public hearing for FY 2018 budget at Greenwood Campus
01/18 Designing bowls for the hungry at Fort Garrison Elementary
01/18 SW Area Education Advisory Council meets at Hebbville Elementary
01/19 Student Member of the Board info meeting at Carver Center
to learn more about these and many other events this week.