News from Baltimore County Public Schools: February 13, 2017

National School Counseling Week gives Team BCPS opportunities to celebrate staff

Glenmar Elementary school counselor Jessica Platt received a surprise: A poster covered in suns that said, “We shine because of you.” This gift, featuring artwork by Glenmar PreK students came during National School Counseling Week.

Throughout Team BCPS, we celebrated National School Counseling Week in many ways.  Check out our latest Exposure post for more details. A sincere thank you to all the dedicated BCPS school counselors for all they do.

BCPS Stakeholder Survey update

So far, more than 40,000 Team BCPS students, staff, parents, and community members have taken the Stakeholder Survey. That’s a great response for the first week! Please make sure you take a few minutes to provide us with valuable feedback about how we are doing. Follow this link for the survey. Learn more about the survey here.

Video of the Week: Nu World Art Ensemble performs at Pot Spring Elementary

In honor of Black History Month, our schools have planned a series of events, presentations, and discussions. Pot Spring Elementary students were treated to a performance called “Standing on the Shoulders of our Ancestors” by the Nu World Art Ensemble.

Mission Moment

The Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools

The Dundalk Cluster Art Show, made possible by a grant from The Education Foundation, is one example of an event where student artists from multiple schools are represented.

In our latest Mission Moment blog post, learn more about the event at Dundalk High and how it brings together students from the entire community.

Parenting Tip of the Week:

Dr. Dance answers questions from the community in Parent University program

BCPS Superintendent Dr. S. Dallas Dance was our guest for the latest Parent University program. He answered questions from parents in the studio audience ranging from PreK to special education.

Check it out. Remember, if you have a question for Dr. Dance, feel free to e-mail him directly. We value feedback from the community.

Photo of the Week – from Mars Estates Elementary

Thinking about their futures! An aspiring doctor, two lawyers, a designer, and a veterinarian are shown in this photo from Career Dress-Up Day at Mars Estates Elementary. The spirit activity was part of National School Counseling Week.



A weekly memo from the superintendent

Dear Team BCPS:

Team BCPS was honored to host, for the second time this year, a delegation of educators from China. Our visitors were from the Tongzhou district of Beijing. I want to thank the students, staff, and the administrators at Sudbrook Magnet Middle, Catonsville Middle, and Catonsville Elementary for the outstanding welcome they gave our visitors. The members of the Chinese delegation were impressed with the excellent teaching and learning taking place in classrooms.

Members from the Office of Staffing are planning the Baltimore County Public Schools Teacher and Job Fair Expo to be held Saturday, March 25, at the Radisson Hotel North Baltimore in Timonium. The focus of the expo is to recruit teachers for all subject areas.

This week, I am looking forward to meeting with the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council and Teacher Advisory Council to gain valuable feedback.

Take care,

Dr. Dance

Happening This Week…

02/13     African-American history presentations at Berkshire Elementary
02/15     SW Area Education Advisory Council meeting at Arbutus Elementary

02/16     Living Museum Day at Randallstown High

02/16     Black History Month presentation at Scotts Branch Elementary

02/18     Short plays created in 24 hours at Patapsco High

Visit here to learn more about these and many other events this week.

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