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Are You Smarter than a BCP 5th Grader? 2018

The Baltimore Curriculum Project (BCP) is pleased announce our seventh annual Are You Smarter than a BCP 5th Grader? fundraiser on Thursday, April 19, 2018 from 6:15pm – 8:15pm at City Springs Elementary/Middle School. City Springs was recently featured on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. This event is always fun & supports our 5 charter schools. Join us!

Are You Smarter than a BCP 5th Grader? features a quiz competition between BCP students and local celebrities. Past celebrities include: Dr. Sonja Santelises, Maria Harris-Tildon, Vytas Reid, Traffic Jam Jimmy, Senator Bill Ferguson, Gil Sandler and Maria Broom.

Past sponsors include: Venable, Nacho Mama’s, FOX45, Chesapeake Employers Insurance, McGraw-Hill, Pompeiian, T. Rowe Price, EY, WYPR, St. Agnes Hospital, Summit Business Technologies, Coppermine Fieldhouse, Congressional Bank, M&T Bank, Gerry’s Tire, Leonard Paper, MECU, Target and The Children’s Bookstore.

BCP is the largest charter school operator in Maryland, serving over 2,700 children across five neighborhood charter schools: City Springs Elementary/Middle, Frederick Elementary, Govans Elementary, Hampstead Hill Academy and Wolfe Street Academy.

Get your ticket today! Sponsors are Welcome too.

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CITY SPRINGS ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE SCHOOL

GOVANS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

HAMPSTEAD HILL ACADEMY

WOLFE STREET ACADEMY

FREDERICK ELEMENTARY

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2707 E. Fayette Street
Baltimore, MD 21224
410-675-7000
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CITY SPRINGS ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE SCHOOL

FREDERICK ELEMENTARY

GOVANS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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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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