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Exciting news from the BCP Schools: City Springs Elementary/Middle School, Govans Elementary School, Hampstead Hill Academy and Wolfe Street Academy.

BCP November 2015 Newsletter
In this issue:
areyousmarterSAVE THE DATE: Are You Smarter than a BCP 5th Grader?

Save the date for the fifth annual Are You Smarter than a BCP 5th Grader? on Thursday, April 21, 2016 from 6:15pm - 8:30pm at City Springs Elementary/Middle School (100 S. Caroline Street, Baltimore, MD 21231).

Thank you to our media sponsor WBFF Fox 45 for supporting the event.

For information about sponsorship opportunities contact Tobi Morris at 410-675-7000 or tmorris@baltimorecp.org.

View a video of last year's Quiz Show at:
BCPS Recommends 5-Year Renewal for City Springs

fiveyearBCP is proud to report that Baltimore City Public Schools recommended a 5-year charter renewal for City Springs Elementary/Middle School at the School Board meeting on November 10th. City Springs received some of the highest ratings of all the schools presented for renewal:
  • Effective for NWEA one year growth in reading and math for students in grades 3-5 and grades 6-8.
  • Effective for Highly Effective Instruction based on the School Effectiveness Review (SER).
  • Highly Effective in teacher and student satisfaction (for students in grades 6-8) as evidenced by the 5 Essentials survey.
  • Effective in parent and student satisfaction (for students in grades 3-5) as evidenced by the City Schools school surveys.
BCP Founder Muriel Berkeley Appointed to School Board

Photo by Sabrina Sutton
boardBCP would like to congratulate BCP Founder Muriel Berkeley on her appointment to the Baltimore City Public Schools Board of School Commissioners!

Dr. Berkeley co-founded the Baltimore Curriculum Project with Abell Foundation President Bob Embry in 1996. She retired from the Baltimore Curriculum Project in 2012, and continued to serve on the BCP Board of Directors until being appointed to the School Board.

Dr. Berkeley taught for most of her career in elementary schools in North Hanover Township, New Jersey, and Baltimore City; in middle schools in Baltimore City; and in undergraduate and graduate schools at Goucher College, Towson State University, and George Washington University.

She also served as the Greater Baltimore Committee's first director of education, and briefly as interim dean of continuing education at Baltimore City Community College.

Dr. Berkeley earned a BA in social relations at Radcliffe College, Harvard University, and a PhD in social relations at the Johns Hopkins University.  

We are sorry to see Muriel leave the BCP Board, but we know she will prove to be an invaluable asset to the Board of School Commissioners.
Student Spotlight: Poem by Chelsea Gilmer

poemBlood Runs Deeper
By Chelsea Gilmer
Eighth Grade Student at City Springs Elementary/Middle School

The conversation of African Americans
misfortune runs deeper than "the white man put us here"
We have to move forward
figure out our adversities and persevere
Mom always told me my ancestors blood runs deeper in
me than I thought
Be a dreamer a high achiever don't make
a waste of the wars they fought.
Whips and chains
are the birth of African American pain
We can't sit and wait for the
world's opinion to change
We must take control
and no it won't be a stroll but it
will turn all of our new problems with police brutality,race
and discrimination old
It's sad that our generation has not remembered the stories we were told
We have such egos,walks and smiles so bold.
But when will the true African American culture unfold
See I would like to get back to how things used to be
When we appreciated the rights and jobs finally free
but are we really free as free can be
Trust and believe looking back and seeing now all I can do is grieve
I plead that we young people stop killing each other for greed
Yes I understand that greed may be because you
yourself have to feed and lead a family
But being a family man or women is more than just
feeding and sacrificing
It's about setting examples
Don't forget about those who were hung from the trees that
bloomed apples
I'm not just rhyming to you I'm speaking the truth
Nation I'm speaking to you
We must admire those who marched and spoke
for our rights and no not everything is bright but
like the church says, "In the dark there's always a light "
We have to fight
Succeed and unite
Come together as a community
fight for your unity
Put aside your pride and dignity
If not African Americans deaths will reach to infinity
This problem is bigger than Baltimore City
It's bigger than you and me
We have to get back to our old ways, like way back in the 1960's
No more will the white man takeover and make our
We can do it ! I know we can, we just have to believe in the lost slave souls
within and the change in our hearts will begin.

CareFirst Supports Fitness and Music at City Springs

carefirstCareFirst BlueCross BlueShield has awarded the Baltimore Curriculum Project two generous grants to support two new programs at City Springs Elementary/Middle School.

The City Springs Fitness Center will provide access to exercise equipment, diagnostic tools and educational materials for over 600 students and 75 staff members. The goal of the Fitness Center is to offer City Springs students a twenty-first century educational experience, combat childhood obesity and promote wellness.

The City Springs Instrumental Music Program will provide keyboard instruction and guitar instruction in a lab setting for 24 students in grades 6-8 during the school day. The main goal of the program is to create literate musicians who can perform in a concert setting for families and community members.

We would like to thank CareFirst for everything they do for City Springs. Since 2013, CareFirst has brought a wealth of fitness and enrichment programming to City Springs including the Big Brothers Big Sisters "Bigs in Schools" program, the American Heart Association's Teaching Gardens program and Girls on the Run. Special thanks to Business Volunteers Maryland for facilitating the CareFirst partnership with BCP and City Springs.
Photo by Karen DeCamp
Strong City Baltimore

govansdesignGovans Elementary families, teachers and community partners turned out en mass for the second School Design Meeting, "Essential Elements of Design," on October 15, 2015.

Nicole Price, Director of Community and Public Relations for Baltimore City Schools, informed community members about the engagement process associated with the design of the school building. Attendees participated in interactive activities that communicated their values and priorities for the project.

BCP would like to thank Marie McSweeney Anderson and Kathleen 'K.C.' Kelleher of Loyola University Maryland's York Road Initiative, as well as all of the student volunteers from Loyola, for distributing flyers for the meeting throughout the neighborhood.

If you would like to learn more about the school design process for Govans Elementary or join one of the community engagement committees, please contact Larry Schugam at 410-675-7000 or lschugam@baltimorecp.org.
Govans-BCP 21st Century Community Learning Center Off to a Great Start

govans21stThe new Govans-BCP 21st Century Community Learning Center officially opened on November 9, 2015. The after-school program, which will serve approximately 90 students, is funded by a generous 3-year grant from the Maryland State Department of Education.

Led by Program Director Sarah Ceponis, the 21st Century Community Learning Center will offer STEM instruction, tutoring, homework help, service-learning, character education, field trips, and adult education.

Enrichment activities include art, drama, computer literacy, string instrument instruction, soccer, physical education, a civics club, running club and the Diamond Girls program.

BCP would like to thank the Maryland State Department of Education for supporting this new program.
USDA Under Secretary Concannon, Mayor Rawlings-Blake and City Schools CEO Thornton Visit Hampstead Hill Academy

usdaNutritious food, food education and food security are threshold issues for teaching and learning.

HHA was proud to host the USDA Under Secretary Kevin Concannon when he came to town to highlight the fact that City Schools now serves free breakfast and lunch to every student.

VIP's at this event included Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, City Schools CEO Dr. Gregory Thornton, Maryland State Delegate Keith Haynes and Michael Wilson of Maryland's End Hunger Now campaign.

Under the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), school districts with many low-income students can provide free breakfast and lunch to all students regardless of income. Thanks to CEP, lunch participation is up by 11% districtwide this year.

Members of the garden club gave tours of our beautiful garden to guests and also made fresh Caponata and popcorn from eggplant, peppers and corn from the garden. Our 8th grade students impressed the Under Secretary with their insightful and hard-hitting questions. The event included a tour of our cafeteria, delicious salad bar and the Prek/K lunch shift.

Thanks to the outstanding team led by Ms. Moore, everyone was very impressed! Special thanks to Ms. Swann, Ms. Demas, Ms. Chris and Mr. Cobb for their help in making the day a success. 

Hampstead Hill Academy Students Help Out at Helping Up Mission

HHA students helping out
at Helping Up Mission.
helpingMiddle school students were certainly fooled when they reluctantly signed-up to help at the Helping Up Mission on East Baltimore Street.

Every other Wednesday evening for three hours, you'll find about 13 HHA students serving dinner, washing dishes or maybe tallying the number of men eating at the mission.
At first, students thought helping at the mission was just a way of earning service learning hours. But once they participated in serving the men in need, they quickly realized that they were really the ones being served.

Students leave the mission feeling rewarded for having the opportunity to serve their community. The sign-up to go to the mission is now quite competitive. It operates on a first-come-first-serve basis with alternates.

A hearty thank you to Mrs. Piskor, Ms. Adams, Ms. Aldous, Mr. LaBarr, Ms. Steinhardt and Ms. Trainer for their generous assistance with transportation and supervision of the kids while they're at the mission.

For more information on Helping Up Mission visit: https://helpingupmission.orgFor more information on what HHA students do at the Helping Up Mission, can contact Mrs. Proto at 410.396.9147.
Towson Pre-Service Teachers Support Wolfe Street Academy

towsonBCP and Wolfe Street Academy would like to thank all of the pre-service teachers from Towson University's Elementary Education program for working with English Language Learners at Wolfe Street Academy this semester.

The Elementary Education program at Towson University is designed for students interested in obtaining in-depth experience teaching children learning English as an additional language.

The program balances theory and practice in order to focus on how to support English language learners as readers, writers, and speakers.

Students get an opportunity to participate in courses facilitated by faculty who have taught and conducted research with English language learners. The program has developed relationships with schools within Baltimore City. Each pre-service teacher is partnered with a student who is learning English as an additional language and together they explore reading, writing and speaking in English.
Wolfe Street Academy Featured on National Public Radio
  LA Johnson/NPR

nprWolfe Street Academy was recently featured in a story about school attendance on National Public Radio's Morning Edition. Thank you to the partners mentioned in the story for all they do for WSA: University of Maryland School of Dentistry and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

Special thanks to the University of Maryland Social Work Community Outreach Service (SWCOS)Family League of Baltimore and SWCOS Community School Coordinator Connie Phelps for supporting the attendance initiative at WSA.

ledaingmindsAfter an a eight-year run of bringing challenging conversations in public education to Baltimore, BCP will be taking a year off from the Leading Minds series.

BCP would like to thank Loyola University Maryland's School of Education for hosting this series since 2011.

We would also like to thank everyone who has sponsored the series over the years: Congressional Bank, Johns Hopkins University School of Education, Seawall Development, The Abell Foundation, Baltimore's Child, Baltimore's Safe & Sound Campaign, Heaven 600, The Marc Steiner Show, McGraw-Hill Education, MECU, Northwest Evaluation Association, Open Society Institute-Baltimore, PCAB, TeacherMatch, Urbanite Magazine, Venable LLP, WEAA 88.9 FM and WYPR 88.1.

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