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Principal's Corner

Happy Friday Pointers!

It’s hard to believe that in just over eight months, the Class of 2016 will be walking across the stage at Towson University. As of today, we have 206 members of the Class of 2016 who are eligible for graduation this year. Some of these students are facing obstacles and personal challenges as they move towards this important milestone. Please take a few moments to review the “at risk” list shared by our school counseling office- having a personal connection with an adult here at our school may be what provides the final push towards graduation. Our school goal is to have at least 94% of our students graduate this year, but I know we can go above and beyond that number!

Today I held the first meeting of the Principal’s Advisory Council and when asked what they feel is great about SPHS, many students shared that they felt their teachers cared about them and wanted to see them be successful. Relationships matter! All of you make a difference each and every day in the lives of our students. Here are a few quotes to remind you of the power of relationships. Have a great weekend!

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.
-Henry Brooks Adams

Nine-tenths of education is encouragement.
-Anatole France

Teachers can change lives with just the right mix of chalk and challenges.

-Joyce Meyer

Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best.

-Bob Talber



Instruction In Action

Professional Learning


For All Teachers- Upcoming Cohorts Fair

The Office of Organizational Development, along with our college and university partners, is hosting a Cohort Fair on September 29 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Cockeysville MS. Interested participants should register for the fair by clicking on The fair will include an information session about cohorts that will begin in Spring 2016, and then participants will have an opportunity to attend up to two information sessions with the colleges and universities present to obtain further information.

4:30 – 4:50 p.m. Cohort Overview Session

5:00 – 5:40 p.m. College Information Session I

5:45 – 6:05 p.m. Cohort Overview Session

5:45 – 6:25 p.m. College Information Session II

Cohorts that will begin in Fall 2016 will be advertised at a fair that will be held in April 2016.

For Teachers Hired in 2014 or 2015- New Teacher Fall Seminar

As part of the BCPS New Teacher Induction program, the Office of Organizational Development will host a seminar for teachers newly hired for the 2015–2016 school year as well as teachers hired for the 2014–2015 school year who were unable to attend the Fall Seminar 2014. The seminar will be held October 6, 7, and 8, 2015, at the Loyola Graduate Center, 2034 Greenspring Drive, Timonium, MD 21093 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Sign-in will begin at 8 a.m. A boxed lunch will be provided.

Participants will benefit from a choice of sessions focused on creating a learner-centered environment, integrating technology into instruction, using differentiated instructional strategies to meet the needs of all students, formative assessment strategies, managing student behavior, and preparing for parent conferences. Identified teachers are invited to register online for sessions on one of the following dates:

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 – elementary teachers

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 – secondary teachers

Thursday, October 8, 2015 – elementary and secondary teachers unable to attend on October 6 or 7, 2015.

Interested participants must register for the offerings using the Workshops-Registration Catalog on the BCPS Online Registration System. The event is titled “New Teacher Seminar- Fall 2015.” Registration will remain open until Wednesday, September 30, 2015, and then registered participants will be invited to use Sched, a Web-based conference-organizing tool, to select a workshop for each time slot. Teachers should review the attached Fall 2015 New Teacher Seminar Session Descriptions before choosing one topic in each of the four time slots. Registration is limited to 150 participants each day. Schools are responsible for providing necessary substitute coverage.

Pointer Profile : Mary Conroy

Though Mary Conroy has been a Pointer for the past 25 years, she has worked at many Baltimore County High Schools including Dundalk, Perry Hall, Overlea, Owings Mills, and even Hillcrest Elementary (where Mary offered she worked as a secretary one year because there was no other position to offer her). Mary started her teaching career in 1982 in Baltimore City at Seton High School. Mary is currently the Work Based Learning Coordinator and has been for 23 years, but she has worn many hats with regards to the contents she has taught. Mary has taught everything from Consumer Math to Physical Science and English to Business Law; she is one well-rounded educator for sure.

Mary grew up in New York, attended Bloomsburg University for her Bachelors, and attended Towson University for her Masters. She went into teaching because she

enjoys teaching new and useful skills to young adults, " but she doesn't have a favorite memory as she loves them all. She hopes that her students will remember her simply with the word "compassionate."

When Mary is not teaching all of the curriculums, she enjoys spending time with her family and her dogs, watching sports, and cooking... maybe she will teach a cooking class next!

Student Learning Outcomes and Teacher Development Plans

Please continue to work on your Teacher Development Plan goal that should come from Domain 3 (Instruction). Additionally, your SLOs (one in your content and one written around reading and writing to support Mrs. Caster's).

TDP Due Date: 10/2/15

SLO Due Date: 10/16/15

Please see the PowerPoints and resources sent out from Casey Bane from the Office of Staff Relations.

Staff Relations Link:

Please let me know how I can assist you with either one of these items.

Mark Your Calendars!

Junior Ring Ceremony

Thursday, Oct. 22nd, 7pm

SPHS Auditorium

Come out and support your Pointers as they receive their class rings.

Happy Birthday To:

9/26: Conrad Snyder

9/27: Luanne Rusk

10/3: Lisa Westerman

10/11: Charlie Wolinski

10/12: Chris Langis

10/12: Lori Forsythe

10/16: Caitlin Brennan

10/18: Glenn Imirie

10/27: Laura Auffarth

Upcoming Dates/Events:

10/5: Instructional Leadership Meeting - 2:30 (Library)

10/12: Faculty Meeting - 2:30 (Library)

10/8: Parent/Teacher Conference Night- 5:00

10/16: Professional Development Day (Schools Closed for Students)

10/22: Ring Ceremony - 7:00

10/30: First Marking Period Ends

Leah Wolfe: S.T.A.T. Teacher

Please email, stop by, or use the S.T.A.T. Teacher form if there is anything with which you would like assistance.