City Schools CONNECT Feb 14, 2023
February 14, 2023
February 14, 2023
- Latest News
- Good news!
- Schools in the Harlem Park area
- Teacher of the Year nominations
- FAFSA Fest
- Winter Graduation ceremony
- Updates from last week
- Off the Grid podcast new episode
- Community Budget Forums
- February's Under Armour Student-Athletes
- Progress Report - Renovated and ready for results: recent ribbon cuttings unveil state-of-the-art schools: Montebello and Highlandtown celebrate!
- City news and more
Ravens Black History Month essay contest
The Lyric's Dream Big contest
- Upcoming Events and Dates
📸 Courtesy of Park Heights Academy
Amazing things are happening in City Schools every day! Click the button below to read some of last week's highlights.
Here's a picture of students from Baltimore International Academy-East celebrating their counselor Ms. Boothe-Sterrett for National School Counseling Week. Check out more great stories in Winning Wednesday!
Schools in the Harlem Park area
Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual Arts, Harlem Park Elementary/Middle School, Bluford Drew Jemison STEM Academy West, and Career Academy will shift to virtual learning on Wednesday, February 15 and Thursday, February 16. The shift will allow additional time for repairs related to a busted pipe at the complex. All athletics events will be relocated during this time.
Friday, February 17, is a professional development day. There is no school for students that day.
Students can get meals from a food truck near the campus. The truck will be parked by the front door of Harlem Park, at the corner of Stricker and Lafayette, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday with meals for students.
Teacher of the Year nominations
Do you know an amazing teacher? A teacher who inspires students to excel, who creates a sense of community in the classroom, and who has a love for teaching? Nominate them for the 2023 Teacher of the Year! The nomination period is open now through February 27. Anyone - students, family members, or staff - can nominate a teacher.
High school students: Join the Office of College and Career Readiness for FAFSA Fest. Learn how to earn cash for college, where to find financial aid support, get individualized assistance with FAFSA completion, and more.
On Thursday, February 23, Counselors and Postsecondary Advisors will support seniors in school for FAFSA completion. Seniors- reach out to your school's counselor to schedule an appointment.
On Friday, February 24, families and seniors can get individual support with filling out the FAFSA. Sign up for live individual support by clicking HERE, or reach out to your school’s Counselor or Postsecondary Advisor for assistance.
Off the Grid podcast
Have you listened to "Off the Grid"? In this new bi-weekly podcast series, the City Schools Student Media Team will discuss the issues affecting students in Baltimore City.
In episode No. 2, the students discuss leadership, overcoming imposter syndrome, and how creative expression can foster mental progression. Special shoutout to Principal Rosiland from Baltimore School for the Arts for joining the discussion!
Community Budget Forums
Earlier this year, every school hosted Priority Engagement Sessions to hear from you about your school's priorities as your principal began working on next year's budget. If you have feedback to share about your school's Priority Engagement Session, please do so using this form.
Over the next few weeks, your school will host Community Budget Forums, where you can learn about the school's 2023-24 budget, including how your principal used the feedback from the Priority Engagement Sessions.
Most schools have listed the dates and times of their Community Budget Forums here. Please contact your school leader if you don't see your school listed.
Under Armour Student-Athletes of February
Do you know a student-athlete that shows exceptional leadership on the field as a teammate and in the classroom? Each month, one male and one female athlete will be recognized with this distinct honor of being named Under Armour's Student-Athlete of the Month!
City news and more
Baltimore Ravens Black History Month contest
Students are encouraged to enter the Ravens Black History Month essay contest by submitting an essay between 250 - 500 words describing an event that happened in the Black community, either recent or historical, that has had a powerful impact on their lives. The impact can be positive, negative, educational, eye-opening, or anything that sparks emotion and understanding.
The deadline to apply is February 17.
The Lyric's Dream Big contest
Students: What are your big dreams for a better world?
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr.'s memory, the Lyric is asking students this question as part of their Dream Big contest. Students in grades five through twelve are eligible to enter the contest with a 300-word essay, a one-page poem, a 60-second edited video, or a visual artwork. Finalists will have the opportunity to share their work on the Lyric’s historic stage and receive a sizeable prize package.
The deadline for contest submissions is March 31.
In February we celebrate...
Black History Month
At many schools, students and staff decorate their doors to honor Black Americans and their impact on the country and world.
At Thomas Jefferson, they have an annual competition with local judges, including their councilperson. Take a look at some of their doors!
Gifted Education Month
More students in kindergarten and first grade are being identified as gifted and advanced learners. Our equity efforts of universal screening and analogical reasoning instruction are paying off!
Career and Technical Education Month
CTE programs give students an opportunity to earn their high school diploma and an industry-recognized certification, all while gaining real-world experience.
Last January, during one of the most challenging moments in the history of medicine, seniors in Edmondson-Westside’s nursing assistant program were delivering crucial support to doctors and nurses at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Since 2011, 98% of the students have passed the nursing assisting certification exam. Read more in this Progress Report.
- 14: Public Board meeting - 5 p.m. (Join HERE)
- 16: Work session for operator renewal - 6:30 p.m. (Join HERE)
- 16: PCAB meeting - 6:30 p.m.
- 17: Professional Development Day- schools closed for students
- 20: Presidents Day: Schools and offices closed
- 21: Operations Committee meeting - 10:30 a.m.
- 21: Policy Committee meeting - 4 p.m.
- 23: Special Public Board meeting - 6 p.m.
- 28: Public Board meeting - 5 p.m.
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