Grange Elementary School
• Through Friday, June 1, Grange Elementary is seeking gently used children’s books, especially chapter books, so that all students can have “new to me” books to take home for the summer. All books can be dropped off at Grange during school hours. For additional information, please contact Reading Specialist Laura Mossa at 410887-7043 or email at email@example.com.
Edgemere Elementary School
• Edgemere Elementary will host a SpringFest on Saturday, May 12, at 8 a.m. at the school, 7201 North Point Road. Color Run sign-in begins at 8 a.m. (must register online at http:// shop.schoolathon.org/EventIndex. asp?EID=186912. Food, games and auction to begin immediately after run.
Southeast Area Advisory Council
• A discussion of BCPS and PTA funds will take place at the monthly meeting of the Southeast Area Education Advisory Council on Monday, May 21, at 7 p.m. at Lofan Elementary School, 7601 Dunmanway. Registration is not required.
Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts
• Two Patapsco students were selected to participate in the BCPS Independent Research Seminar elective course. The student researchers worked collaboratively and independently under the guidance of their librar y media specialists, faculty advisors and expert mentors, using the steps and resources in a Research Framework to generate a research question, conduct a literature review, engage in disciplinespecific research, and synthesize their findings to create a presentation for an audience. The students will present the following projects at New Town High School on Monday, May 21, from 6 to 8 p.m.: Hailey Ludwig, senior, Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts: Applications of 3D Printing for More Affordable Prosthetics; Jay Vaughn, senior, Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts: Men’s Poor Mental Health.
Taskforce to explore school day length, schedules, start/end times
• BCPS has established a new taskforce to examine extending the length of the school day, secondary school student schedules, and start and end times for the school day. The School Day Taskforce, which held its first meeting last week, is comprised of approximately 50 members representing central office staff, school administrators and staff, employee bargaining units, parents, Baltimore County Student Councils, and community advisory councils. The taskforce will seek opinions from the broader community through two public input meetings and a special email address – schooldaytaskforce@ bcps.org – to accept public comment. The taskforce is charged with reviewing current BCPS practices, brainstorming suggested improvements, analyzing advantages and disadvantages of suggestions, and submitting recommendations to the superintendent. The first public input meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria of Loch Raven High School, 1212 Cowpens Ave., 21286. (A second public meeting will be held in September 2018.)
Registration for BCPS Summer Music Camp now open
• Summer Music Camp is a day camp for BCPS students currently in Grades 5 through 12 and enrolled in their school’s music programs. Camp will be held on weekdays, beginning Tuesday, June 19, through Thursday, June 28, from 9 a.m. to 1:50 p.m. at Perry Hall High School. The fee is $215. Transportation to and from Perry Hall High School will be provided from various schools at no additional charge to students who do not reside in the host school community. Registration forms are available online or can be picked up from music teachers in Grades 5 through 12. Contact Shane Jensen, 443-809-4024.
Applications open for four at-large Baltimore County school board seats
• Beginning in 2018, rather than the current 12-member fully appointed body, the school board will include both appointed and elected members. Seven members of the school board will be elected, while four members of the Board will be appointed by the governor. The newly created Baltimore County School Board Nominating Commission has the task of selecting nominees to recommend to the Governor for the four at-large positions. Interested Baltimore County residents are urged to submit applications. The applications are now available at www. bcps.org/board/bcsb-nominatingcommission.html, through Tuesday, May 1, 2018. Applications can be mailed to the Baltimore County School Board Nominating Commission, c/o Debi Decker, 6901 N. Charles Street, Towson, MD 21204.
CCBC to host Saturday Placement Testing for BCPS high school students
• High school students currently enrolled in Baltimore County Public Schools can participate in placement testing for CCBC’s Early College Access Program at CCBC Dundalk, 7200 Sollers Point Road, on June 9. Checkin is 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Testing begins at 9:30 a.m. The Saturday morning testing sessions are for high school seniors who plan to attend CCBC in the summer or fall, or any high school students interested in taking college courses and earning college credits while still in high school. Options include earning an associate degree, a certificate or getting a jump-start on college coursework requirements. Some CCBC Early College Access Programs allow students to take classes for free (up to four courses), pay half-price tuition or earn a high school diploma and associate degree simultaneously. Admissions and Financial Aid representatives will be available to talk to parents about the entry process and how to pay for college. Testing is free; registration required. For more, or to register, visit the web at ccbcmd.edu/ infosessions.
Senior school volunteers wanted
• BCPS, in partnership with the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), is seeking volunteers over the age of 55 to assist in classrooms throughout Baltimore County. Volunteers support teachers with day to day tasks and encourage students to achieve. All volunteers must pass a background screening and complete an online orientation.For more information, or to register for the program, call 410-887-3101 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.