BCPS Weekly Bulletin

1437. TRANSFER OF MATERIALS

In order to efficiently and effectively transfer materials to schools and offices, Logistics requests adherence to the following guidelines.

Transfer requisitions are used to request removal of items (furniture, equipment, shredding, surplus books, etc.) that are no longer needed in schools or offices. These items may be broken, obsolete, or surplus. School and office staff should submit transfer requisitions as soon as possible and store items in a way that will not impede student and staff safety, instruction, and other activities within the school or office. Items should not be placed outside of the school building. Completed transfer requisition forms should be sent electronically to logistics@bcps.org. School and office staff should:

List specific information, such as number of pieces to be removed, description of material, disposition, and requested pick-up date.

 Ensure the items for pick-up are located at the specified loading area for quick and prompt removal.

Use proper size cartons (cut down if necessary) to eliminate empty space and to allow the stacking of cartons in the delivery vehicle.

 Reinforce boxes with strong tape. Packing boxes and tape may be requested through Logistics.

 Clearly tag or label the side of each box with disposition or destination of materials to be removed.

Logistics cannot guarantee pick-up of surplus materials prior to school opening for requests received after Monday, August 6, 2018.

Teacher Transfers

In order for delivery by the first day teachers report back for the 2018-2019 school year, summer teacher transfer requests must be received no later than Monday, June 25, 2018. Logistics is requesting a limit of ten boxes (or similar objects) per staff member. Logistics is not responsible for moving personal belongings. Teachers should follow the instructions above for submitting a transfer requisition. All boxes should be marked (on the side) with the teacher’s name, new school, and room number (if available), or contact Logistics for labels. Principals should refer to Board of Education Policy and Superintendent Rule 3640, Disposal of Surplus or Excess Property, for more information.

Questions regarding this information should be directed to the following individual(s):

Bob Powers, Supervisor 443-809-6345

1440. COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS – AVID SUMMER ACADEMY – AVID PROFESSIONAL LEARNING WORKSHOPS: COLLABORATIVE STRATEGIES

Staff in the Office of College and Career Readiness will offer two, full-day AVID professional learning workshops. These workshops are open to all secondary teachers, counselors, and administrators. Stipends will not be paid for participation in either of these workshops. Participants will be allotted one hour for lunch on their own.

Participants who attend Day 1 and Day 2 and demonstrate their ability to apply and reflect upon their learning will be certified as AVID Center Trained and will earn one (1) MSDE continuing professional development (CPD) credit. Participants who attend only one day can earn their AVID Center Trained certification and one (1) MSDE CPD credit by attending six more hours of APLWs during the 2018-2019 school year.

Day 1 Monday, August 13, 2018 9:30 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. New Town High School Provide participants with the skills and knowledge to implement core AVID collaborative strategies, with fidelity, in the classroom and during professional learning. 6 hours toward 12-hour AVID Center Trained certification
Day 2 Tuesday, August 14, 2018 9:30 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. New Town High School Provide participants with an understanding of how AVID can be implemented school-wide to prepare all students for college, career, and life. 6 hours toward 12-hour AVID Center Trained certification

1441. DEVELOPING AND IMPLEMENTING EFFECTIVE PARENT INVOLVEMENT PROGRAMS

The continuing professional development course Developing and Implementing Effective Parent Involvement Programs is now available. This course is designed to assist teachers in developing and implementing effective parent and family engagement activities that are designed to improve student achievement in their classroom and school. The course will provide a research-based framework for parent involvement and will assist teachers in developing and planning a parent involvement program in order to increase the effectiveness of home/school relations. Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be issued two MSDE credits.

Interested participants must register for the course by logging into BCPS One on the BCPS Web site, selecting the Professional Learning tile, and then selecting the Registration System tile. The course is titled Developing and Implementing Effective Parent Involvement Programs and can be found in the PDC In-service Catalog-CPD Courses catalog. There are three classes offered. One evening class (#24002) and two morning classes (#24040) in the catalog. Interested participants should sign up for only one of these offerings.

Questions regarding this information should be directed to the following individual(s):

Susan Hahn, Program Specialist 443-809-0365

1451. EDMODO ACCESS TO BE DISCONTINUED

In the spring of 2018, BCPS will be phasing out the use of Edmodo for both staff and students. Functionality will be replaced with Schoology. The transition will occur in three phases:

1. On Friday, May 18, 2018, all Professional Learning Communities (PLC) that are currently in Edmodo will begin transitioning to Schoology.

2. All PLCs in Edmodo will be set to “read-only” on Friday, June 15, 2018, the last duty day for teachers. No new posts will be allowed for students and staff. Edmodo will remain available for archive purposes only. Any materials stored in Edmodo should be moved to Schoology, as needed.

3. On Friday, November 9, 2018, the last day of the first marking period for the 2018–2019 school year, all Edmodo access will be turned off. The Edmodo site will no longer be accessible inside the BCPS network.

Schoology allows for the creation of groups as needed for both PLCs and student use. These groups can be joined by any individual with a Schoology account via a group join code. Specific information around group creation will be shared during school-based Schoology training sessions.

Questions regarding this information should be directed to the following individual(s):

Michael Fort, Supervisor 443-809-8918

1455. LAST DAY FOR SCHOOL PROGRAMS FOR THE ACCELERATION AND RECOVERY OF CREDIT (SPARC)

Students currently enrolled in SPARC self-paced blended courses will continue to have access to their course and will be expected to continue implementation guidelines including face-to-face instruction and teacher support through Friday, June 29, 2018, ending at 3 p.m. Students and teachers will not have access to self-paced blended courses from Friday, June 29, 2018, ending at 3 p.m. through Friday, July 6, 2018, ending at 7 a.m.

Staff can request to transfer a student’s SPARC work to the Extended Year Learning Programs (EYLP) by completing the EYLP Request to Transfer Form. Students must be enrolled in EYLP to transfer work.

Questions regarding this information should be directed to the following individual(s):

Sharon Gallagher, Coordinator 443-809-6407

1457. NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFICATION STATE AND LOCAL AID INCENTIVE PROGRAM

Teachers who have taught successfully for a minimum of three (3) years on a professional certificate are eligible to apply for National Board Certification issued by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. BCPS, in partnership with the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), participates in an Aid Incentive Program, which covers the total assessment cost for educators seeking National Board Certification. To apply for the Aid Incentive Program, applicants are required to submit an application, two (2) references, and an essay based on the five (5) core propositions of National Board Certification.

Information regarding National Board Certification, as well as the application packet for the Aid Incentive Program, may be downloaded by visiting the Office of Certification’s Web site.

An interest meeting for BCPS teachers wanting to learn more about National Board Certification and the Aid Incentive Program is scheduled for Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at the Greenwood Administration Building E, 6901 Charles Street, Towson, Maryland 21204. The informational meeting will be from 4 to 5 p.m. The Office of Certification must receive all applicant information by Monday, June 25, 2018.

Questions regarding this information should be directed to the following individual(s):

Michelle Smith, Certification Analyst 443-809-4147/5768

1458. RESOURCE CENTERS FOR FAMILIES AND SCHOOLS

The Resource Centers for Families and Schools at Middlesex Elementary and Campfield Early Learning Center will have adjusted summer hours and will be open only to BCPS employees. BCPS employees must show their BCPS One-cards to center staff upon arrival. Regular hours will resume Monday, August 27, 2018. The summer schedule for both centers is attached.

Resource centers will not copy and/or laminate anything with a copyrighted graphic. When placing an order, the customer must guarantee that the document does not contain any copyrighted material. Resource center staff reserve the right to deny a request for service. Teachers may review the copyright guideline document.

Questions regarding this information should be directed to the following individual(s):

Ann Stuckey, Supervisor 443-809-6490

Judy Bisasky, Administrative Secretary 443-809-6490

1465. VISUAL ARTS ANNUAL HIGH SCHOOL ART EXHIBITION

The artwork included in the 32nd Annual High School Art Exhibit features works by juniors and seniors from every high school, systemwide. This exhibition reflects the hard work of Baltimore County Public Schools’ art students and art educators, as well as the commitment of BCPS to visual arts education. The exhibition will be on display from Wednesday, May 30, 2018, to Tuesday, June 12, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, at the Rosenburg Gallery at Goucher College. Students, parents, teachers, staff, and administrators are invited to attend.

Questions regarding this information should be directed to the following individual(s):

Sherri Fisher, Coordinator 443-809-4030

1466. REVISED BOARD OF EDUCATION POLICIES AND SUPERINTENDENT’S RULE

BOARD OF EDUCATION POLICY 3125, SCHOOL ACTIVITY FUNDS

At the April 17, 2018, meeting, the Board of Education approved Policy 3125. The policy was revised to: (1) include a definition of “school-sponsored activities;” (2) specify that uniform procedures exist to direct school personnel in all aspects related to handling school activity funds; (3) clarify that “affiliate organizations” means school-sponsored organizations and clubs; and (3) comply with the Policy Review Committee’s editing conventions. The revised policy is posted on the BCPS Web site.

Questions regarding this information should be directed to the following individual(s):

George Sarris, Executive Director 443-809-4197

BOARD OF EDUCATION POLICY 3530, SAFETY AND SECURITY

At the April 17, 2018, meeting, the Board of Education approved the deletion of Policy 3530. The deleted policy has been removed from the BCPS Web site.

SUPERINTENDENT’S RULE 3530, SAFETY AND SECURITY

At the May 8, 2018, meeting, Superintendent’s Rule 3530 was presented to the Board of Education. The rule was revised to update language to align with current procedures. The revised rule is posted on the BCPS Web site.

Questions regarding this information should be directed to the following individual(s):

Pradeep Dixit, Executive Director 443-809-6435

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1171. NEW COHORTS FOR 2018-2019

The Department of Organizational Development, in partnership with local colleges and universities, will offer the cohorts listed below beginning in fall 2018.

Goucher College

Post-Master’s Educational Leadership/Administrator 1

Loyola University

Digital Learning: Teacher Leaders and Technology (Master’s in Educational Technology) – Fully online program

McDaniel College

Preparation for the Instruction of English Learners

Notre Dame of Maryland University

Special Education Exceptionalities Certificate: Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia

Towson University

Master of Science in Transformative Instructional Leadership

 Transformational Teacher Leadership Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

Detailed information about each cohort can be found at the Department of Organizational Development’s Web site.

Questions regarding this information should be directed to the following individual(s):

Debbie Piper, Coordinator 443-809-0363

1177. TOWSON UNIVERSITY COLLABORATIVE PROGRAMS

Towson University will offer various programs to Baltimore County Public Schools employees at discounted prices. These are not cohort programs. Participants must pay for courses upfront and seek individual tuition reimbursement from the Office of Certification, if eligible, after successful completion. An information session about these programs will be held on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at 4:30 p.m. at Perry Hall Middle School in the meeting room. Prospective participants who would like information about the Towson University programs that will be discussed at the information session should contact Kim Cascio.

For a complete list of upcoming professional learning opportunities, visit the Department of Organizational Development’s Web site.

Questions regarding this information should be directed to the following individual(s):

Debbie Piper, Coordinator 443-809-0363

1182. COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS – SCHOOL YEAR 2017-2018 REVISED TESTING DATES

The Office of College and Career Readiness, in partnership with the Department of Research, Accountability, and Assessment and The College Board, have finalized the following dates for testing during the 2017-2018 school year: SAT School Day (Grade 11) Tuesday, April 10, 2018 ***REVISED
Make Up SAT School Day (Grade 11)*** Tuesday, April 24, 2018 ***REVISED
AP Testing Window Monday, May 7, 2018 – Friday, May 18, 2018

1185. MARYLAND EDUCATORS OF GIFTED STUDENTS SPRING DINNER

The Maryland Educators of Gifted Students (MEGS) will be holding their annual spring dinner on Wednesday, April 25, from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. at Wilde Lake High School in Howard County, MD. Dr. Amy Shelton, Director of Research for Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth and Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Doctoral Programs in the School of Education at Johns Hopkins, will be speaking on the topic, Why Spatial? Spatial Reasoning Skills, Achievement, and Learning Potential. All interested staff are invited to attend. The cost for dinner is $20 for MEGS members and $30 for nonmembers. Registration for the event can be found at the MEGS Web site. The registration deadline is Friday, April 13, 2018.

Questions regarding this information should be directed to the following individual(s):

Wade Kerns, Coordinator 443-809-4330

1186. MUSIC AND DANCE – SUMMER MUSIC CAMP

Registration for the Summer Music Camp is now open and will remain open through Friday,

May 11, 2018. This is a day camp for Baltimore County Public Schools students who are currently in Grades 5 through 12 and enrolled in their school’s music programs. Camp will be held on weekdays, beginning Tuesday, June 19, 2018, through Thursday, June 28, 2018, from

9 a.m. to 1:50 p.m. at Perry Hall High School. Due to primary elections, camp will not be held on Tuesday, June 26, 2018.

At camp, students will participate in a band, chorus, guitar, or orchestra at the appropriate grade level. In addition to large group rehearsals, students will participate in enrichment classes and receive instruction to enhance their music performance skills. All of the musical ensembles will perform at a public concert in the outdoor amphitheater at Oregon Ridge Park, the summer home of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, in the evening on Thursday, June 28, 2018.

All students currently enrolled in their school’s band, chorus, guitar, or orchestra are invited to participate. The fee for this unique summer musical experience is $215. Transportation to and from Perry Hall High School will be provided from various schools listed on the registration form at no additional charge to students who do not reside in the host school community. Registration forms can be picked up from music teachers in Grades 5 through 12 or by visiting the BCPS Office of Music and Dance Education’s Web page.

Questions regarding this information should be directed to the following individual(s):

Shane Jensen, Specialist 443-809-4024

1187. NEW SIDE ENTRANCE AT THE WHITE OAK TRAINING LABS

New exterior signs for the White Oak Training Labs are posted to direct users to enter through the side entrance of the facility. All instructors and training participants visiting either the main floor or lower level lab must enter through the side entrance and proceed to Room 100 to be signed in through the Raptor system. Only visitors to the labs with mobility difficulties should enter through the main entrance.

Questions regarding this information should be directed to the following individual(s):

Kimberly McMenamin, Coordinator 443-809-6489

Ashley Coburn, Program Assistant 443-809-6489

1191. SCHOOLOGY LEARNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FIELD TEST

Beginning Tuesday, April 3, 2018, the Schoology Learning Management System will be available to staff in BCPS One for a systemwide field test. Schoology will replace the Engrade Learning Management System beginning Monday, August 13, 2018. Schoology features:

 Minimal clicks.

 Intuitive design.

 Easier navigation.

 Efficient communication and collaboration tools.

 Personalized experience, including groups and resources.

Training on Schoology will be led in schools by S.T.A.T. teachers throughout marking period 4. All staff will receive a one-hour training, Getting Started with Schoology, as a part of the duty day. All TABCO-eligible staff also have the opportunity to engage in a paid, after-school, three- hour training, Digging Deeper into Schoology.

Questions regarding this information should be directed to the following individual(s):

Stefani Pautz, Coordinator 443-809-9569

1192. SUMMER EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES – SUMMER CLEANING PROGRAM

Staff in the Office of Staffing will be accepting applications from current BCPS ten-month employees to work in the Office of Facilities Operations for the summer cleaning program. Applications will be accepted Monday, March 19, 2018, through Friday, April 13, 2018. Interested staff may visit the Office of Staffing Intranet page to access the online application.

Questions regarding this information should be directed to the following individual(s):

Katie Griss, Administrative Secretary 443-809-7872

1193. SUMMER EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES – SUMMER FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM

Staff in the Office of Staffing will be accepting applications from current Office of Food and Nutrition Services ten-month employees to work in the Office of Food and Nutrition Services for the summer food service program. Applications will be accepted Monday, March 19, 2018, through Friday, April 13, 2018. Interested staff may visit the Office of Staffing Intranet page to access the online application.

Questions regarding this information should be directed to the following individual(s):

Katie Griss, Administrative Secretary 443-809-7872

1194. WALLACE SYMPOSIUM INVITATION

The Wallace Symposium on Talent Development will be held at Johns Hopkins University on the following dates:

 Sunday, April 29, 2018, from 3 to 5:30 p.m.

 Monday, April 30, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

 Tuesday, May 1, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Staff in the Office of Advanced Academics invite interested teachers to apply to attend the symposium for all three days or any single day. Interested teachers must complete the electronic application form. By submitting the form, teachers agree to attend the symposium on the day(s) of their choosing. Teachers must obtain the approval of their principal prior to completing the electronic application. All symposium registration fees will be paid by the Office of Advanced Academics. Additional information about the Wallace Symposium can be found on their Web site.

Questions regarding this information should be directed to the following individual(s):

Wade Kerns, Coordinator 443-809-4330

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Bella says:

    Good to see a taenlt at work. I can’t match that.

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