The Latest News from BCPS: February 20, 2017

Seeing State government at work: Team BCPS student leaders observe General Assembly

Baltimore County Student Councils representatives visited Annapolis last week and watched state politics in action. The students, from schools throughout the county, met their elected representatives and witnessed a hectic day during Maryland’s General Assembly. Learn more about their valuable Annapolis visit inour latest blog update.

BCPS Stakeholder Survey update

So far, more than 55,000 Team BCPS students, staff, parents, and community members have taken the Stakeholder Survey. 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: Dundalk High, Sollers Point Technical High students visit City Garage

Recently, Dundalk High and Sollers Point Technical High students visited businesses focused on the next generation of manufacturing at City Garage in Baltimore. Students learned about everything from virtual reality to robotics.

Mission Moment

The Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools

Loch Raven Technical Academy staff are using restorative practices to benefit students courtesy of a 21st Century Instructional Initiative Grant awarded by The Education Foundation.

Great work by principal Stacey Johnson, school counselor Jessica DeShields, school psychologist Brittany Baker. They initiated lessons at Loch Raven that help benefit school climate and morale. To read more about how they are benefiting the school and the community in a positive way, check out our latest Mission Moment blog post.

Parenting Tip of the Week:

When planning summer vacations, include children in the discussion

Hope you enjoyed the wonderful weather we had over the weekend. It got us thinking about the summer. If you are planning a family getaway, consider involving children as part of the discussion. The Baltimore Sun shared a photo gallery of 100 day trip getaways worth pondering.

Here’s a list of Parent University events happening soon.

Photo of the Week – from Eastern Technical High

Eastern Tech High School held a Cultural Coalescence last week, where students presented about, and showed pride for, their heritage. Congrats to all of the students and staff who organized the event. Great opportunity to learn about others. Photo courtesy of Kristen Nielsen.




A weekly memo from the superintendent

Dear Team BCPS:

Last week, I had the opportunity to meet with all principals during my quarterly development meeting. I shared the Board’s adoption of the 2018 operating budget.

My teacher and student advisory councils also met with me last week as well. I enjoy our discussions and getting their input on a variety of topics.

This week, I will be meeting with my Business Advisory Council, a group of business leaders within the community who are important Team BCPS partners. Meeting with them allows me to gain feedback on critical issues and discuss how we can best work together on behalf of the school system.

Take care,

Dr. Dance

Happening This Week…

02/21     Board of Education of Baltimore County meeting at Greenwood
02/21     Baltimore County basketball championships at Towson University

02/22     Special Area Night at Norwood Elementary

02/23     Black History Month celebration at Church Lane Elementary

02/24     Pennies for Patients campaign at Fort Garrison Elementary

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

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