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What does April SNOW bring?

Someone has a countdown of how many days left until summer break...who is it?


Below are the list of important April dates.

We will have visitors in the building

over the next 2-3 weeks.

Some are visiting specific grade levels, but some (on the 14th, 15th, and 18th) will be visiting all classrooms at varying times throughout the day.

My Favorite Website...for digital resources

...is still OpenEd.


You can filter by Grade, Resource Type, Common Core Standard and PARCC!!!

It will pull up all of the resources for what you are looking for.

When you click on the resource, it will take you to the site or where it is located.

Then you can tile it in BCPSOne.


Watch a video below!

Quick reminder of what visitors are looking for...

Use the link below for some of the look-fors.


The devices are the just a resource:

a one-liner in a long list of effective instruction components.

PARCC Practice Tests

Hopefully you have been able to access the PARCC Practice Tests by having the students log in as "test test". The PPT below shows how to get them into the practice tests with the new TestNav app:


Link to PPT

Want a change up in classroom arrangement or planning for next year?

Use THIS WEBSITE for some seating ideas.


Use THIS WEBSITE and THIS WEBSITE to interactively arrange your room.


Also, BCPSOne has a SEATING CHART feature that can help you to group your desks AND your students! It labels your students at desks and lets you move around your floor plan.

Look what Julie taught me this week..

You can send a Word or Excel or PPT file by email right from the file!


1. Click on the last little arrow at the very top of the screen

2. Click on where it says email.

3. A little email icon will appear next to the arrow

4. Click on the email icon

5. Your email will open with the file already attached!


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4th Grade Trailer Park: Open for business

Amazingly, our 4th grade team packed up and shipped out of their classrooms in only 2 days. The trailers look great (and even learner-centered). Stop by and say hi to them out there :).

Lighthouse High Schools Announced

BCPS EDcamp!

Join fellow members of Team BCPS for a day of professional development; edcamp style.

Edcamp is an unconference; where professional development sessions are developed by the participants the day of the event. Everyone is welcome to propose and lead a session where conversation and collaboration are paramount. Topics can be anything related to education; from technology integration to behavior management to instructional strategies. There is no limit to the possible learning that will occur.

Edcamp BCPS is hosted by the Office of Digital Learning and will be held on Saturday, April 16 from 8:30-1:00 at Cockeysville Middle School. Edcamp is completely free of charge and open to all Team BCPS faculty and staff. Participation is limited and is offered on a first come first served basis.

Interested participants may register for the offering by logging into BCPS One at https://bcpsone.bcps.org, selecting the Professional Learning tile, and then selecting the Registration System tile. The offering is titled “EdCamp BCPS,” and can be found in the Workshops catalog. Registration instructions are available from the login screen.

If you aren’t sure how an edcamp works, you can learn more about it on the official edcamp BCPS wiki page here:http://tinyurl.com/edcampbcps

ELEMENTARY HEALTH EDUCATION WORKSHOP - DISCOVERY EDUCATION

The Office of Health Education will offer a workshop for all elementary teachers interested in exploring the revised health education curriculum in BCPS One. In addition to an overview of the curriculum, a Discovery Education specialist will focus on using Discovery Education resources to enhance health instruction. Participants should bring their devices. A stipend will be offered.

· Section II: Tuesday, April 12, 2016

4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Hillcrest Elementary in the Library

· Section III: Thursday, April 21, 2016

4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Cromwell Valley Elementary in the Library

Teachers must register for one of these offerings no later than two days prior to the session, using the Workshop-Registration catalog on the BCPS Online Registration System at https://www.bcps.org/apps/registration. The workshop is titled “Elementary Health Education BCPS One Update - Using Discovery Education Resources to Enhance Health Instruction.” Registration instructions are available from the login screen.

Michael Fort's Band- Don't Stop- CANCELLED

Both for the 15th and the 23rd :(