Led by star rat­ings, BCPS shines in se­cond quar­ter

Stu­dents, staff, schools rec­og­nized at state and na­tional lev­els

The Avenue News - - EDITORIAL -

Bal­ti­more County Pub­lic Schools is head­ing into the new year with plenty of mo­men­tum from se­cond-quar­ter suc­cesses.

Last month, nearly 90 per­cent of BCPS schools earned 3, 4 or 5 star rat­ings on the newly re­leased Mary­land Re­port Card. That rate was even higher for younger learn­ers; 99 per­cent of ele­men­tary schools re­ceived 3, 4 or 5 stars.

BCPS In­terim Su­per­in­ten­dent Ver­letta White also an­nounced ex­panded ac­cess to col­lege and ca­reer prepa­ra­tion through two ini­tia­tives: school­wide AVID (Achieve­ment Via In­di­vid­ual De­ter­mi­na­tion) pro­grams at an ad­di­tional 10 ele­men­tary schools, and even stronger part­ner­ships to sup­port work­force de­vel­op­ment and ap­pren­tice­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties through BCPS Works.

In ad­di­tion to sys­temwide progress, stu­dents, staff, and schools con­tin­ued to earn state and na­tional recog­ni­tion for out­stand­ing aca­demic and in­struc­tional achieve­ments.

Stu­dent Hon­ors

Badra Kalil (Tow­son High) was one of more than 200 high school stu­dents se­lected to par­tic­i­pate in the 2018 World Food Prize Global Youth In­sti­tute.

Nine­teen stu­dents (Pikesville High and East­ern Tech­ni­cal High) earned the Ad­vanced Place­ment® (AP®) Cap­stone Diploma, and 18 stu­dents from the same two schools earned the AP Sem­i­nar and Re­search Cer­tifi­cate™ dur­ing the 201718 school year.

Heather Howard (Ch­e­sa­peake High) and Mofeed Na­jib (Tow­son High) are among the 1,896 stu­dents named 2019 Coca-Cola Scholar semi­fi­nal­ists.

Three stu­dents from Pat­ap­sco High School & Cen­ter for the Arts and Tow­son High were rec­og­nized in the 2018 Re­think Re­cy­cling con­test spon­sored by the Mary­land De­part­ment of the En­vi­ron­ment.

Eight stu­dents and grad­u­ates (Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton Carver Cen­ter for Arts and Tech­nol­ogy and Tow­son High) are among the 2019 YoungArts Win­ners an­nounced by The Na­tional YoungArts Foun­da­tion.

Ozioma Mbaekwe (Parkville High) and Maya Wil­liams (Tow­son High) were named among the na­tion’s 1,044 new­est QuestBridge Schol­ars.

The mock trial team from the Franklin High’s Academy of Law placed third over­all against 31 teams from around the coun­try at the Em­pire Mock Trial Com­pe­ti­tion’s South­ern Show­down.

Staff Hon­ors

Eight art teach­ers were hon­ored by the Mary­land Art Ed­u­ca­tion As­so­ci­a­tion, in­clud­ing two statewide awards for Mary­land Ele­men­tary Level Art Ed­u­ca­tor of the Year and Mary­land Emer­i­tus Art Ed­u­ca­tor of the Year.

Ali­son Merani (Pikesville High) was named the 2018-2019 Mar yland School Health Nurse of the Year by the Mary­land As­so­ci­a­tion of School Health Nurses.

Anuradha Bajpai, a Grade 6 science teacher (Wind­sor Mill Mid­dle), was nom­i­nated for the 2018-2019 na­tional LifeChanger of the Year Award.

The Tech­nol­ogy & En­gi­neer­ing Ed­u­ca­tors As­so­ci­a­tion of Mary­land se­lected An­gela Wal­drop, an en­gi­neer­ing teacher (East­ern Tech­ni­cal High), as the High School TEEAM Teacher Ex­cel­lence Award win­ner for Mary­land.

Su­san Eller­bee, a multi-me­dia teacher (Ran­dall­stown High), was named the 2018 Na­tional Univer­sity Sys­tem — San­ford Teacher Award win­ner for Mary­land.

Sherri Fisher, co­or­di­na­tor of visual arts, Grace Hulse, an art teacher (Fort Gar­ri­son Ele­men­tary), and Rachel Vals­ing, visual arts de­part­ment chair (Tow­son High), were se­lected by their peers to re­ceive na­tional awards from the Na­tional Art Ed­u­ca­tion As­so­ci­a­tion.

Four more teach­ers achieved Na­tional Board Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, bring­ing the to­tal num­ber of Na­tional Board-cer­ti­fied teach­ers in the school dis­trict to 134.

A pa­per writ­ten by two staff mem­bers – Katie Fill­ing and Dr. Maria Y. FingerElam – was se­lected as the Lorne H. Wool­latt Dis­tin­guished Pa­per from the North­east­ern Ed­u­ca­tional Re­search As­so­ci­a­tion 2018 con­fer­ence.

The Mar yland School Coun­selor As­so­ci­a­tion rec­og­nized four cur­rent or for­mer staff: Zachary Clark (Over­lea High) as 2019 Mar yland School Coun­selor of the Year; Stephanie Walsh (Ca­tonsville Mid­dle) as Mid­dle School Coun­selor of the Year; Re­nee Jenk­ins (Deer Park Ele­men­tary) as Prin­ci­pal of the Year; and Dr. Lynne Muller (for­mer co­or­di­na­tor, School Coun­sel­ing) as Ad­vo­cate of the Year.

School Hon­ors

West Tow­son Ele­men­tar y, which was awarded a Mary­land Blue Rib­bon in 2017, was named a 2018 Na­tional Blue Rib­bon School by the U.S. De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion.

One quar­ter of the re­gion’s 50 best pub­lic high schools are in Bal­ti­more County, ac­cord­ing to an­nual rank­ings com­piled by Niche.

Glyn­don and War­ren ele­men­tary schools were named 2018 Na­tional Schools of Char­ac­ter, and Glyn­don Ele­men­tary was named a 2018 State School of Char­ac­ter.

Pinewood Ele­men­tary was named a Mary­land Blue Rib­bon School.

Du­laney and Pikesville high schools were named among the Top 25 En­gi­neer­ing Source Schools for the A. James Clark School of En­gi­neer­ing at Univer­sity of Mary­land, Col­lege Park.

Sys­tem Hon­ors

The Ch­e­sa­peake Chap­ter of the Na­tional School Pub­lic Re­la­tions As­so­ci­a­tion (CHESPRA) pre­sented seven awards to BCPS for the qual­ity of its com­mu­ni­ca­tions ef­forts for a spe­cial event (State of the Schools), speech/op ed, in­for­ma­tion cal­en­dar, stu­dent hand­book, blog, pro­gram, and news­let­ter.

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