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Loch Raven High celebrates 100th day of school by completing afternoon service activities

In the library, Loch Raven High students wrote cards to young St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital cancer patients. In the gymnasium, students made gift bags for police officers.

To celebrate the 100th day of school, Loch Raven High students made a difference through an afternoon of service. Elsewhere, many elementary schools participated in school spirit activities to commemorate Day 100.

BCPS Stakeholder Survey update

So far, more than 20,000 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: @BCPS features Edgemere Elementary, Joppa View Elementary

The latest edition of @BCPS takes viewers inside classrooms countywide. We visit Edgemere Elementary, where students are finding ways to help provide clean water for those in the world who need it. You will also meet Joppa View Elementary volunteer extraordinaire Jackie Morgan. Her Music & Movement program benefits students there. Check those stories out and more!

Mission Moment

The Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools

The Baltimore Blast partner with our schools in so many different ways. It is almost time for Education is a Blast Family Day, which is Sunday, March 5, at4:05 p.m.

Our latest Mission Moment blog post shares more details, including how you can purchase discounted tickets so you can join us

Parenting Tip of the Week:

Free parent workshops sponsored by Special Education Resource Center

It is not too late to register for daytime winter workshops sponsored by the Special Education Resource Center.

Three classes are upcoming: Understanding Your Child’s IEP at 10 a.m. February 10, Understanding Your Parental Rights & Maryland Procedural Safeguards Notice at 10 a.m. March 3, and Using the Special Education Process to Address Challenging Behavior at School at 10 a.m. March 15.

All workshops are held at the White Oak School Training Lab. For information about the workshops and how to register, check out this form.

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

Photo of the Week – from Franklin High

Franklin High Grade 10 student Ruben Amaya, right, is one of five candidates for Student Member of the Maryland Board of Education. Photographed with Franklin High Principal Patrick McCusker, Amaya is active in student government and the JROTC program at Franklin High.


A weekly memo from the superintendent

Dear Team BCPS:

The BCPS Stakeholder Survey is off to a strong start with more than 20,000 responses. That’s feedback we can use to improve schools and offices, as we have in the past. Give us five minutes, and let us know how BCPS and your school are doing. Today’s Parent University Parent Forum will focus on the survey, my 2017-2018 goals, and questions raised by participating parents.

As the budget process continues, the Board of Education will meet tomorrow, Feb. 7, to vote on the operating budget. I met with the Baltimore County Planning Board to present our capital budget request for the 2018 school year. Capital priorities include the installation of central air conditioning and high school renovations.

Take care,

Dr. Dance

Happening This Week…

02/07     Board of Education of Baltimore County meeting at Greenwood
02/07     Passport Around the World at Seventh District Elementary

02/09     Franklin High hosts STEM Night

02/10     Appreciating Differences Day at Rodgers Forge Elementary

02/10     Last Day for Student Member of the Board of Education applications

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

View the full BCPS Calendar