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Shady Spring students unveil new mobile lab


Four Shady Spring Elementary School students held up an enormous pair of scissors they created for the special occasion and cut a yellow ribbon.

When the ribbon tore apart, the students smiled. The crowd cheered. With that, the gleaming BCPS Innovation Lab officially opened for learning, discovering, and creating. And it’s coming to a BCPS elementary school near you.

We are so proud of Shady Spring students Chelsea Goodman, Briana Martinez, Awanga Apparandi, and Mudasser Kamal. And we can’t wait for you to see the Mobile Innovation Lab. Read more.

Video of the Week: Hereford High Attendance Awareness Commercial

This is the one of three winning commercials in the BCPS 2016 Attendance Commercial Contest.

Hereford High Attendance Commercial – High School (Don’t be like Tony)

Mission Moment

The Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools

The Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools offers schools the opportunity to apply for up to $2,000 to support instructional projects each school year. Projects must address an identified need that is aligned with BCPS goals.

Recipients awarded grants were based on the project’s anticipated contribution to essential knowledge and skills students must have to be successful. Congratulations to those awarded grants. See the list.

Parenting Tip of the Week: 

December is a busy month, but we have several events planned for you!

We know that December can be a busy time of year, but please don’t forget about the upcoming events coming up.

BCPS Career & Technology Education and Baltimore County Public Library have organized a Health and Biosciences Career Path event from 5-6 p.m. Wednesday, December 7 at Randallstown Library. It is open to students ages 13 and older. Parents are welcome.

Also, keep in mind there are ESOL Family Literacy events scheduled at several locations this month. Be sure to visit our BCPS Parent University page for more information about these events.

Photo of the Week: Chesapeake Terrace Elementary

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Chesapeake Terrace Elementary students collaborate during the Dec. 1 BCPS Night of Innovation. Thanks to all who made Night of Innovation events at Chesapeake Terrace Elementary, Harford Hills Elementary, Prettyboy Elementary and Owings Mills High a success.


A weekly memo from the superintendent

unnamed (2)Last week, we hosted three extraordinary events. I’d like to thank my Superintendent’s Business Advisory Council for hosting their second annual Speaker Series featuring Wes Moore’s message on the importance of our decisions and the value of community support. The audience totaled more than 900, and students asked impressive questions. Winfield Elementary School was recognized for winning a grant from the Education Foundation for a Family Empowerment Book Club focused on the juvenile novel, “Discovering Wes Moore.”

A delegation of educators from Beijing visited four of our schools to learn about secondary STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and computer science strategies. I want to thank the principals, staff, and students of Parkville Middle School and Dundalk, Eastern Technical, and Sollers Point Technical high schools for showcasing some of our outstanding programs to positive feedback from the delegation.

Finally, we officially launched the Mobile Innovation Lab, a mobile classroom and makerspace where students engage in hands-on learning experiences including coding, programming, robotics, and circuitry. Shady Spring Elementary School hosted the event as winners of our first BCPS Makes challenge. Equipment in the Lab includes 3-D printers, a vinyl cutter, CNC router, mini drones, Legos, and robotics and electrical components. The Lab will rotate to elementary schools throughout Baltimore County, staying at each one for a weeklong residency with students, beginning with Shady Spring Elementary.

Take care,

Dr. Dance

Happening This Week…

12/6      Perry Hall Elementary School hosts Barnes & Noble/Bertucci’s night

12/8      Superintendent’s Student Town Hall at Pikesville High

12/9      Deadline for Blueprint 2.0 student photo contest

12/9      Halethorpe Elementary Winter Wonderland event

12/10    Middle School Honors Concert at Owings Mills High

12/10    Randallstown High School Holiday Bazaar

Reminder: Elementary and middle schools will close 3 hours early for students Friday,  Dec. 9. High schools will be in session for the full day. Visit here to learn more about these and many other events this week.

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