History

The Baltimore Curriculum Project – The City’s Leader in Education Reform

1996

1996

BCP founded by Dr. Muriel Berkeley and Robert C. Embry, Jr., President
of The Abell Foundation.

1996

1996

BCP pilots Direct Instruction curriculum at six elementary schools: Arundel Robert Coleman, General Wolfe, Roland Park, Hampstead Hill and City Springs.

1998

Baltimore City Public Schools institutionalizes Direct Instruction as an alternative curriculum for 18 schools.

1996

BCP develops K-8 Core Knowledge curriculum, which is still taught nationwide.

1996

City Springs Elementary becomes a BCP school under Baltimore City Public Schools’ New Schools Initiative.

2002

Hamsptead Hill Elementary and Collington Square Elementary become BCP schools under Baltimore City Public Schools’ New Schools Initiative.

2005

BCP converts City Springs and Hampstead Hill into BCP neighborhood charter schools.

2006

BCP pilots Restorative Practices at City Springs and Hampstead Hill with support from OSI-Baltimore and the Goldsmith Family Foundation.

2007

BCP converts Wolfe Street Elementary into a BCP neighborhood charter school.

2007

BCP implements NWEA’s online Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) to assess student growth in reading and mathematics.

2008

BCP founds Leading Minds education forum series.

2014

BCP pilots Core Knowledge Read-Alouds at City Springs, Hampstead Hill and Wolfe Street.

2015

BCP converts Govans Elementary into a BCP neighborhood charter school.

2016

Baltimore City Public Schools approves NWEA’s MAP assessment as alternative to PARCC assessment for charter renewal process.

2017

Baltimore City School Board and Baltimore City Public Schools CEO Sonja Santelises pledge to make City Schools a Restorative district.

2017

BCP converts Frederick Elementary into a BCP neighborhood charter school.

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CITY SPRINGS ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE SCHOOL

GOVANS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

HAMPSTEAD HILL ACADEMY

WOLFE STREET ACADEMY

FREDERICK ELEMENTARY

BALTIMORE CURRICULUM PROJECT
2707 E. Fayette Street
Baltimore, MD 21224
410-675-7000
Fax: 410-675-7030
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CITY SPRINGS ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE SCHOOL

FREDERICK ELEMENTARY

GOVANS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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The first Annual Hampstead Hill Academy (HHA) National History Day (NHD) Project Fair was a smashing success. Every HHA middle school student who takes honors social studies, is required to participate in NHD, a nationally recognized program designed to foster research, presentation, and writing skills that our students will need in high school, college and on the job.

More than 25 judges were invited to discuss and grade the projects. Every judge, including a school board member, the president of a foundation, business leaders, former HHA students, and staff came away impressed with the student work. The NHD theme this year was "conflict and compromise." Student-selected topics included The 19th Amendment: Giving Women the Vote; the Battle of Midway in World War II; and Immigrants: the Chinese in California during the Gold Rush.

Four of HHA's top performing groups will go to the district-wide competition and, hopefully, to the Maryland State competition.

BCP and HHA would like to thank the following people for serving as NHD judges:
Cassandra Bailey (Assistant Principal, HHA),
Muriel Van Dusen Berkeley (Founder, Baltimore Curriculum Project and Baltimore City Public Schools Board Member), Tony Berry (Specialized Tutor, HHA), Meg Bollard (Special Educator, HHA), John Braddock (Multimedia Technician, Johns Hopkins University), Jen Burt (STEAM Enrichment Tutor, HHA), Nathan Cappallo (STEAM Enrichment Tutor, HHA), Laura Doherty (CEO, Baltimore Curriculum Project), Maritza Dominguez-Alcoreza (Site Director, Living Classrooms Foundation Patterson Park House), Ian Haupt (Special Educator, HHA), Mike Kuethe (Outreach Assistant, Maryland Humanities), Lea Ferguson (Vice President, Inspiration, Thread), Mark Fetting (Friend of HHA), Joe Francaviglia (Director of Partnerships, Strong Schools Maryland), Laura Moyers Guitian (Director of Enrichment, HHA), Nora Riordan Hogan (Academic Coach, HHA), Sarah Levenstein Hohman (Special Educator, HHA), @John Jewitt (Manager, Social Science and History Department, Enoch Pratt Free Library), Peter Kannam (Senior Advisor, America Achieves and Baltimore City School Board Member), Andy Keiser (Principal, Navigators Global), Jackie Korycki (Substitute Teacher, HHA), Grace Leatherman (Maryland History Day Outreach Coordinator, Maryland Humanities), Sarah Manekin, PhD (Director of Research & Publications, The Abell Foundation), Abby Gidlund Markoe (Executive Director, Baltimore SquashWise), Jon Mcgill (Director of Academic Affairs, Baltimore Curriculum Project), Steve McGuire (Group Manager, M&T Bank), Kristen Miller (Administrative Coordinator, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics), Ellie O'Connor (5th Grade Teacher, HHA), John Paz (Assistant Principal, HHA), Anne Perkins (Baltimore Curriculum Project Board Member), Ramona Piskor (Administrative Assistant, HHA), Toby Pitts (Baltimore Curriculum Project Board Member), Michael Rennard (GAL Coordinator, Commodore John Rodgers Elementary/Middle School), Devon Ritchie (Family and Community Engagement Coordinator, Living Classrooms Patterson Park House), Shanaysha Sauls, PhD (CEO, Baltimore Community Foundation and Baltimore City School Board Member), Darryl Smith (CEO, Create a Truly Rich Life), Georgie Smith (Friend of HHA), Katie Steinhardt (5th Grade Teacher), and Megan Trainer (Academic Coach, HHA).

Special thanks to middle school teachers Jason Farber, Kat Locke-Jones and Amy Rupert Kosmer for working with more than 240 students to produce such great projects and to the Middle School Academic Coach Carey Fetting-Smith for supporting teachers and serving as lead on the project fair!

Read other great news in the BCP February newsletter: campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1102195073226&ca=5c39d112-4b4c-47af-a6e7-00d53a66680e
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This year, Ms. Smith’s class at City Springs Elementary / Middle is excited to participate in the National Aquarium's Terrapins in the Classroom Program. Terrapins in the Classroom allows students to raise a Diamondback Terrapin, an endangered species of turtle that happens to be the official state reptile of Maryland. During the turtle's stay, students collect growth data, observe behaviors, learn animal care techniques, and research the species’ natural history. Finally, students get to release it back into the Chesapeake Bay at the end of the year.

The 2017-2018 school year started early for Kaniya Dillon as she accompanied Ms. Smith to the National Aquarium during the summer and spent some time in a science lab to learn about the installation and daily care of the turtle's tank (top left). Shortly after students returned to school, we reviewed expectations and procedures and, of course, picked a name: Tina (bottom). Since then, the class has taken on the responsibility of researching the terrapin and the history of the place where the terrapin hatchlings were collected, Poplar Island. On a regular basis, we collect Tina’s growth data, regulate her tank’s temperature, observe her behaviors, and clean the tank if it starts to get dirty (top right).

We are very excited (and sad) to end our adventure with Tina this April when we will travel to Poplar Island and release her back into her natural habitat. To learn more about the National Aquarium’s Terrapins in the Classroom Program visit aqua.org/learn/teacher-programs/terrapins-in-the-classroom
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This year, the Baltimore City State's Attorney Office unveiled Great Expectations, a school partnership program that gives 4th grade students a positive introduction to the criminal justice system by connecting them with public safety professionals and elected officials. This ten-month initiative introduces students to careers in the criminal justice system while simultaneously increasing their critical thinking skills about important social issues. Criminal justice professionals like attorneys, police officers, and judges visit the school, describe their job, and explain their role in the criminal justice system.

Student from City Springs Elementary / Middle have been participating in the Great Expectations program since the beginning of the school year. The first event took place in October when students met State's Attorney for Baltimore Marilyn Mosby, Esq. and learned about how hard she worked to becoming a lawyer. In November, the students met local Baltimore City police officers representing the K-9, helicopter, and mounted horse units. The students were amazed by the skills of the dogs, the size of the horses, and the sheer power of the helicopter!

In December, the Great Expectations program surprised our students with a holiday party at the Baltimore War Memorial Building near City Hall (pictured). The students enjoyed lunch, dancing, gifts from Santa, and a second meeting with Marilyn Mosby. The students are very grateful to the States Attorney's office for these experiences and look forward to more opportunities to learn more from these events each month!
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We are excited to announce that Dr. Sonja Brookins Santelises, CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools,​ will compete in the seventh annual "Are You Smarter than a BCP 5th Grader?" Quiz Show on April 19, 2018 at City Springs Elementary / Middle. Purchase tickets at: bcp.givezooks.com/events/are-you-smarter-than-a-bcp-5th-grader-2018 ... See MoreSee Less

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We are excited to announce that Baltimore Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa will compete in the seventh annual "Are You Smarter than a BCP 5th Grader?" Quiz Show on April 19, 2018 at City Springs Elementary / Middle​. Purchase tickets at: bcp.givezooks.com/events/are-you-smarter-than-a-bcp-5th-grader-2018 ... See MoreSee Less

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Students in Ms. Hughes’ 8th grade science class at City Springs Elementary/Middle recently wrapped up a unit on Newton's Laws of physics. Perhaps the most well-known of these laws is Newton’s First Law, which states that “an object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.” That’s a little confusing, so let’s break that down.

“An object at rest stays at rest” simply means that something that isn’t moving will continue to stay still until something else makes it move. If a book is resting on a table, it will continue to rest there until an “unbalanced force” disrupts it. An unbalanced force is anything that causes a change in motion; if someone pushes the book with their hands, this introduces an unbalanced force and causes the book to move. Newton’s Law also states that “an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.” In other words, something moving will keep moving until something else acts upon it. If you throw a ball into the air, it will keep going in the direction you threw it until another force (like gravity or someone catching it) acts to slow down or stop it.

All this science sounds a little theoretical, so students put these laws into practice through a series of experiments. After exploring Newton’s Laws, students divided into groups, researched experiments, and then implemented them in the classroom. The goal was to examine the impact of Newton’s Laws on everyday life using household objects. One group explored how smooth and rough surfaces create different levels of friction by running a toy car down different kinds of terrain and calculating its speed. Another group practiced their football punting skills while exploring the relationship between force applied to an object and the velocity at which it goes flying. A third group examined how some forces can overcome gravity by balancing a ping-pong ball on a hairdryer and making it float in the air.

These budding scientists so impressed Ms. Hughes that she shot a video documenting their physics experiments. Special thanks to 8th grader Terrance Douglas for putting the final video together!
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Aspiring professional boxer Lorenzo "Truck" Simpson​ is currently one of the most celebrated amateur fighters in the nation, with two Junior Olympics accolades, six National Silver Gloves titles, and aspirations to compete professionally in the 2020 Olympics. Lorenzo is also a City Springs Elementary / Middle​ alumnus, having graduated 8th grade in 2014. As you can imagine, we at City Springs are absolutely brimming with pride over Lorenzo’s accomplishments, and we were thrilled when he recently returned to City Springs with an inspirational message about how this school helped him become such an amazing young man!

At a special assembly, Lorenzo took to the stage to tell his story, detailing how he discovered boxing at a young age and started training under famed coach Calvin Ford. Although Lorenzo quickly demonstrated an aptitude for the sport, he initially kept his skills secret from his peers because he didn’t want other students to think he would bully them. In fact, his classmates did not learn about his hidden talents until he won a national junior championship in the 4th grade and Dr. Richetta proudly showed off his championship belt to the entire school at our morning assembly! Lorenzo strongly encouraged our students to take their schoolwork seriously and listen to their teachers, insisting that school and boxing helped ground him during his childhood. He also thanked several teachers by name, shouting out Ms. Pieters and Mr. McGee for inspiring him to always work his hardest.

After Lorenzo spoke, several students were chosen to approach the mic and ask him questions. “What other countries have you been to? What do you have to do to turn professional?” Lorenzo graciously answered each question, then wrapped up the assembly and transitioned with the students to the gymnasium. There, some of Lorenzo’s boxing trainers chose students from the crowd and demonstrated different boxing stances and punches and ran some boxing drills. City Springs thanks Lorenzo for taking time out of his busy training to share his inspiring story with our students!

Watch a video of Lorenzo running drills with his trainer at www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8sT1T7-pnk&feature=youtu.be

Read an excellent article from Vice about Lorenzo’s journey at sports.vice.com/en_us/article/wjxb8w/forged-in-baltimore-lorenzo-simpson-wants-to-box-his-way-to-...
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