Education Notices

May 20, 2011

Ridgely among crop of six new BCPS 'green' schools

Ridgely Middle School was one of six Baltimore County Public Schools in the 2011 class of newly certified Maryland Green Schools.

In addition to Ridgely, new BCPS Maryland Green Schools are Crossroads Center, Franklin Elementary, Kingsville Elementary, Perry Hall High and Reisterstown Elementary. Also, Prettyboy Elementary received recertification.

The six new Maryland Green Schools will be recognized during the Maryland Green School Youth Summit on June 3 at Sandy Point State Park.

In total, 47 of BCPS' 173 schools, centers and programs are now designated as Maryland Green Schools.

The Maryland Green Schools Award Program challenges schools to integrate the environment into aspects of the school culture, including teacher development, curriculum, community involvement and celebration. On average, it takes a school two years to effectively fulfill the requirements associated with certification.

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Pot Spring celebrates the season with Spring Fling

Pot Spring Elementary School will host its annual spring fling festival on Saturday, May 21, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the school, 2410 Springlake Drive, Timonium.

The fair will include carnival-style games and prizes, a bake table, pizza and hot dogs, a class basket auction and more.

All proceeds are used to support educational initiatives and social activities at the school. For details, call Jane Martin, at 410-887-7648.

BCPS scholarship loans aimed at future educators

Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent Joe Hairston will present scholarship loans to four graduating seniors and aspiring teachers — two of them from the Towson area — during a May 26 ceremony at the school board headquarters in Towson.

Allison Burnett of Loch Raven High School and Justin Thau of Towson High School are among the scholarship recipients.

The others are Maria Esposito of Perry Hall High School and Deneen Ward of the Western School of Technology and Environmental Science in Catonsville.

The Baltimore County Public Schools Scholarship Loan Program is designed to encourage graduating students to pursue careers in education.

The renewable annual scholarship loans of $4,000 each are for students who plan to study and teach secondary math, science, special education, and technology education.

After earning a degree from an approved Maryland teacher education program, the scholarship loan recipients will be required to teach in Baltimore County Public Schools — one year of service for each year of the award.

Loch Raven student nets National Merit Scholarship

Rohan Goswami of Towson is one of three Baltimore County Public Schools students to be named National Merit Scholarship winners.

Goswami, who attends Loch Raven High School, is interested in a business career.

Other winners from Baltimore County are Osman Ulug of Halethorpe, who attends Western School of Technology and wants to pursue a career in engineering; and Kenna O'Rourke of Sparks, who attends Hereford High School and plans to become a writer.

Ulug and O'Rourke won single-payment $2,500 scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Goswami is one of 1,000 scholars to be awarded a corporate-sponsored scholarship. His award, a National Merit Mary E. Beyerle Scholarship, was awarded to students from Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and range in amounts from $500 to $10,000 per year, and are generally renewable throughout a student's undergraduate career.

To be considered for a National Merit Scholarship, semifinalists had to submit a detailed scholarship application, included writing an essay and providing information about extracurricular activities, awards and leadership positions.

Semifinalists also had to have an outstanding academic record, be endorsed and recommended by a school official and earn SAT scores that confirmed their qualifying test performance.

BCPS named among best in U.S. for music education

Baltimore County Public Schools has been named as one of the nation's "Best Communities for Music Education" by the NAMM Foundation, a nonprofit that works to advance participation in music making.

This year, 172 school districts and seven individual schools from 32 states were selected.

Baltimore County Public Schools also received the honor in 2004 and every year from 2006-2010.

County school officials said the school system employs more music teachers than any other Maryland jurisdiction, and students can choose among offerings including courses in electronic music, world music and Advanced Placement music theory.

In addition, partnerships with some of the area's leading arts organizations, such as the Hippodrome Theater and Young Audiences of Maryland, provide opportunities to see and interact with professional performers.

A partnership with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra allows students to learn from and perform alongside professional musicians.

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