Brooklyn Park principal reaches out to community


April 09, 2000|By Christina Bittner | Christina Bittner,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE PRINCIPAL of the new Brooklyn Park Middle School, Brenda Hurbanis, has been busy preparing for its inaugural academic year. She has reached out to the school's future pupils and the community to allow all an opportunity to make their thoughts known and ensure that it assumes a position of importance in Brooklyn Park.

And among the first items of business were matters of identity -- choosing a mascot and school colors -- on which she worked with pupils from Park, Brooklyn Park and Belle Grove elementaries and future BPMS students attending Lindale-Brooklyn Park Middle School.

The pupils began the process by researching the history of Brooklyn Park while trying to keep an eye on the future.

Some parents have expressed a desire to resurrect the Brooklyn Park bee, but the younger generation of Brooklyn Parkers is ready to forge ahead with a new mascot: a parrot. The bird won the votes of 54 percent of the 497 future pupils surveyed, with blue and green winning approval as the new school colors by a nearly identical margin.

Hurbanis said the mascot and colors have historical significance: "The multicolored parrot was chosen to symbolize the many communities and people who make up Brooklyn Park. The color green was chosen to represent the forests that were part of Brooklyn Park before it was developed. The color blue symbolizes Brooklyn Park's connection to Curtis Bay and honors the past. Brooklyn Park High School's colors were blue and white."

The school has generated much excitement in the community. Hurbanis has met with PTA groups and parents from each of the feeder schools. The Citizen's Advisory Committee (CAC) of the new school held its first meeting March 14.

Represented on the committee are parents and pupils from each feeder school, each community improvement association, area businesses, the Brooklyn Park High School Alumni Association and organizations that will be housed in the multiuse building (Chesapeake Center for the Creative Arts, the county police DARE program, county Recreation and Parks Department and the Senior Nutrition Site).

"Everyone is very enthused and looking forward to collaboration and creating a unique institution that will benefit the students and the citizens of North County," Hurbanis said.

To passers-by, the Hammonds Lane building does not look anywhere near being ready to open. But Hurbanis says there is much progress: "The building is moving along as scheduled. Every week I go into the building for a walk-through and I see major changes. The walls are being painted, cabinets are going in, and the telephone and computer cables are being dropped. As you can see, many things are happening at the same time."

The air conditioning -- a creature comfort lacking at the old Brooklyn Park High School -- is also being installed. Pupils in the new middle school will not have to contend with the noise from box window fans and flying papers during warm months.

Hurbanis said she envisions the school becoming a place where all pupils have an opportunity to achieve their maximum potential.

"Along with the staff, I hope to create an environment where students enjoy learning and feel supported in their efforts," she said, adding that she also looks forward to the complex becoming "the hub of the community, where all citizens feel welcomed and have the opportunity to contribute to the mission of achieving success for all students."

Boy Scouts honored

Six members of Boy Scout Troop 188, which meets at St. Rose of Lima School in Brooklyn, earned Citizen in the Community Awards recently.

Jonathan Hedrick, Danny Smith, Alex Bahus, S. J. Drylie, Timmy Wheeler and Stephen Romey attended a meeting of the Anne Arundel County Council, studied the county budget and wrote a 500-word essay on the workings of government to achieve the honor.

The troop is recruiting members. For information, contact Sandy Romey at 410-355-6646.

Brooklyn library fund-raiser

The Brooklyn branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library will hold its annual spring fund-raiser from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 15.

This event will feature the sale of new and used books, crafts, face-painting, plants, music, baked goods and food.

Personnel from Harbor Hospital Center will offer free blood pressure screening from noon to 2 p.m.

The event will be at the library at 300 E. Patapsco Ave. Information: 410-396-1120.

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