City Schools CONNECT 1.3.23
January 3, 2023
January 3, 2023
Middle and High School Choice
School Choice applications are due January 20!
Fifth and eighth-grade students and their families should complete the applications in Campus Portal. Learn more about middle and high school options, get additional information about the school choice process, and watch informational videos at our Virtual Choice Fair.
If your student needs help with Campus Portal, please contact your student's School Choice Liaison at their school.
On Thursday, January 5 at 6:15 p.m., The Fund for Educational Excellence is hosting a virtual workshop about composite scores, entrance criteria schools, and a variety of academic options for both Middle and High School Choice. To register to attend the workshop, click HERE
Flu, COVID, and RSV
City Schools wants to remind all families to take precautions against Flu, COVID and RSV. We want to keep our schools and families safe and healthy, so please continue to wash your hands diligently, stay up to date with all vaccines and immunizations, and avoid close contact with any sick family members and friends.
For more ways you can protect your family, please visit baltimorecityschools.org/safety-procedures
Saturday School credit recovery
High school students who need to make up course credits before graduation are encouraged to enroll in Baltimore City Public Schools’ free Saturday School program.
Registration begins January 7. Saturday School runs for 14 weeks (January 28 to May 20) from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
For more information, please contact your student's school counselor, and click HERE to view course options by program and site.
Planning for the 2023-24 school year budget is underway. The first step in the process is to hear from you about what you value and what you want to see at the district and your school.
Every school will also host Priority Engagement Sessions to gather input about the school's priorities as the school leader works on developing their budget for next year. A list of school-based Priority Engagement Sessions can be found here.
Virtual Learning Plan for inclement weather
The Virtual Learning Plan that was approved by the Board of School Commissioners, will pivot classes to virtual learning during times of school closure due to inclement weather. Virtual learning will go into effect after three traditional weather days have been used. This will support student learning continuity and minimize the impact that closures have on the school year calendar.
‘Tis the season... for college acceptances!
They did it! City Schools seniors worked hard, studied well, and had solid plans for the application process. And now they're reveling in the result - acceptances to college. Congratulations to our students, and thank you to their teachers and families during every step.
Check out these great moments for great students.
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Heart of the School awards
Would you like to thank a Baltimore City Public Schools principal for the impact he or she has on students, families, communities, and educators?
Celebrate their work by nominating them for the 2023 Heart of the School Awards, the annual event at the Hippodrome honoring City Schools principals. Nominations are open until January 31. Anyone can nominate so spread the word! It takes just a few minutes.
The 2023 Black History Oratory Competition is open
Now is the chance for high school students to speak up about the issues that matter! Essays are due by January 25. Direct students to the following links: Instructions and Student Application. Speeches will be streamed online, in their entirety, on CBS News Baltimore. The Winners will be announced on TV, during WJZ’S Black History Oratory Competition Special!
In January we celebrate...
City Schools celebrates our mentors during National Mentoring Month! This includes all mentors, volunteers, caring adults, and adult relationships. Thank you for providing a safe, brave space for young people to unpack life as they navigate complex systems, manage change and make decisions that can lead to self-efficacy.
If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please join the City Schools Mentoring and Adult Relationships (MAR) team on January 18 for a recruiting and resource fair. For more information, please click HERE.
- 5: Bard High School Open House - 7 p.m.
- 9: SECAC meeting - 5 p.m.
- 10: Public Board Meeting - 5 p.m. (Watch HERE)
- 10: ACCE Open House - 6 p.m.
- 11: Early Release Day
- 11: Reginald F. Lewis High School Open House - 8:30 a.m.
- 12: Mount Royal Open House - 9 a.m.
- 12: Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women Open House - 6 p.m.
- 12: Special Work Session for Annual Review Recommendations - 7 p.m. (Join HERE)
- 13: Tunbridge Public Charter School Open House - 8:30 a.m.
- 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day - Schools and offices closed
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