Led by star ratings, BCPS shines in second quarter
Students, staff, schools recognized at state and national levels
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.