Monday, July 28, 2014

Chessie Jam Supports the Baltimore Curriculum Project

We would like to thank Chessie Jam for supporting the Baltimore Curriculum Project! Enter the promo code BCP when you purchase tickets for the Chessie Jam Children's Music Fest on Saturday Oct 4, 2014 at Pier Six Pavilion and Chessie Jam will donate $5 to the Baltimore Curriculum Project for every ticket purchased.

Chessie Jam features Biz Markie of Yo Gabba Gabba, Justin Roberts, RECESS MONKEY, Father Goose, Milkshake, and Lalabibi.

Kids will also enjoy free face painting, photobooths, moonbounce, tie-dying, food and more.

Purchase tickets at:

(Don't forget to enter the promo code BCP)

BCP Participates in Live Baltimore Homebuying Event

BCP was pleased to represent Govans Elementary School at Live Baltimore's City Living Starts Here event on Saturday, July 26th at Govans Presbyterian Church.

Approximately seventy participants had a chance to take a narrated walking tour of homes in the Belvedere area, speak with trusted real estate professionals and community organizations, and get local perspectives from neighborhood associations and neighbors to help with their homebuying decisions..

BCP Director of Academic Affairs Jon McGill and BCP Executive Vice President Larry Schugam spoke with numerous families and individuals about the wonderful education Govans Elementary provides for neighborhood children and how the school will continue to serve the neighborhood zone after it becomes a BCP charter school in School Year 15/16.

The vendor fair included representatives from Baltimore Housing, Belvedere Improvement Association, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Homesale Realty, Buyer's Edge, Healthy Neighborhoods, Lake Evesham Community Association, M&T Bank, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, MECU of Baltimore, PNC Mortgage, Uplands by Bozzuto Homes, and other businesses and organizations.

We would like to thank Live Baltimore for including Govans Elementary and the Baltimore Curriculum Project in this event.

For more information about Live Baltimore visit:

BCP Kicks of 2014 Summer Training Institute for New Teachers

This morning BCP Director of Academic Affairs Jon McGill kicked off BCP's 2014 Summer Training Institute for new and returning teachers. Twenty-five teachers from City Springs Elementary/Middle School, Hampstead Hill Academy, and Wolfe Street Academy will participate in the week-long training, which focuses on classroom management. Jon introduced the BCP staff and BCP President Laura Doherty gave a presentation about the BCP Schools.

Most educators agree that classroom management is one of the biggest challenges facing new teachers. BCP Schools use CHAMPS, a program of Safe & Civil Schools that helps teachers to design (or fine tune) a proactive and positive classroom management plan that will overtly teach students how to behave responsibly.

Training will be provided by BCP Academic Coaches Brenda Kahn and Marvelyn Johnson and BCP Director of Student Support Services Jeff Krick.

BCP's Summer Training Institute is part of BCP's comprehensive Professional Development (PD) program, which includes PD Conferences, in-class coaching, and the Novice Teacher Think Tank. For more information about PD at BCP, please contact Larry Schugam at 410-675-7000 x17 or

Monday, July 21, 2014

City Springs Students Attend Lardarius Webb Football Camp

Students from City Springs Elementary/Middle School joined roughly 400 children at the Lardarius Webb Football Camp on Saturday July 19th at Towson University.

Participants spent the day honing their football skills under the expert instruction of Lardarius Webb, former Ravens safety Ed Reed and Penn State safety Adrian Amos. City Springs Educational Associate Donnell Spedden and Coach Tavon McGee accompanied the students on the trip.

City Springs Principal Rhonda Richetta stopped by to see her students hard at work.

"You can't imagine what it's like for our students to spend time with Lardarius Webb and Ed Reed," said Principal Richetta.

The Lardarius Webb Foundation hosts several events each year to raise funds to provide aid to underprivileged children and their families. The primary purpose of the foundation is to keep young men and women off the streets and out of trouble, by giving them the knowledge, confidence, and support to achieve any positive goals they set.

NSA Marketing organizes several events for the Lardarius Webb Foundation throughout the year. In June, NSA provided 80 discounted tickets for BCP teachers and staff to attend Lardarius Webb's 5th Annual Charity Softball game.

The football camp was sponsored by Under Armour, Buffalo Wild Wings, Adventure Dental, Vision & Orthodontics, Maryland National Guard, NY Fitness, Office Furniture Loft, I-9 Sports, and Kohls.

We would like to thank Lardarius Webb, the Lardarius Webb Foundation, and NSA Marketing for making this wonderful opportunity available for our students.

For more information about the Lardarius Webb Foundation visit:

For more information on NSA Marketing visit:

Friday, July 18, 2014

Thank You to Michael Barron for Printer Donation

We would like to thank Michael Barron for donating a brand-new HP Officejet Pro laser printer worth $800 to Govans Elementary School.

Michael is an IT Project Manager at Constellation Energy. He won the printer in a recent charity golf putting contest at the Constellation offices. Michael said that since he entered the contest to support a charity, he wanted to donate the printer to support a worthy cause.

A friend suggested that Michael donate the printer to Govans Elementary after reading about the May break-in, where thieves stole $7,000 in cash and equipment from the school.

Since then an outpouring of generosity from people like Michael has raised over $10,000 for the school.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Wolfe Trap Teaching Artist Diane Macklin Brings the Arts to City Springs

A City Springs student sports his caterpillar headband, which
was inspired by Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

This school year Wolf Trap Teaching Artist Diane Macklin brought the arts to City Springs students through a Wolf Trap Literacy Residency.

The 16-week program, made possible by the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts and Young Audiences of Maryland, engaged six City Springs teachers in a highly collaborative and creative partnership to improve student literacy. Participating teachers included Mindy Cipriano, Doe Kim Corcoran, Mallory Davis, Dottie Glewwe, Nicole LeFrancois, and Kiera Jones.

Diane Macklin is an acclaimed storyteller, actress, and educator who has delighted audiences for over 15 years, sharing tales through a dynamic style seasoned with rhythm, sounds, and movement, engaging listeners of all ages.

"We absolutely loved having Ms.Diane come to our school," said Mallory Davis.

Diane provided professional development for teachers while helping the students learn through active participation. Classroom experiences focused on performing arts-based strategies that teachers could use to foster young children’s learning and development.

During the last session of the residency students made caterpillar headbands and acted out the life cycle of a butterfly, as described in the popular children's book The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.

"The kids looked forward to Ms. Diane coming into our class every week," said Ms. Davis.

"They still talked about her after the residency was over. I think my students will always remember Ms. Diane."

We would like to thank Ms. Maclkin, the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning, and Young Audiences of Maryland for providing this wonderful opportunity for our students and teachers.

About the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning and Young Audiences of Maryland
The Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts is an internationally respected program that provides innovative arts-based teaching strategies and services to early childhood teachers, caregivers, parents, and their children from 0 to 5 through the disciplines of drama, music, and movement.

As the Maryland sponsor of the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, Young Audiences expands access to arts experiences for Maryland’s youngest students during the critical early learning years. Each program offers professional development to build teachers’ skills and confidence in arts integration techniques so that the arts remain a strong part of their lessons after the residency ends.

For more information about the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning visit:

For more information about Young Audiences of Maryland visit:

Thursday, June 19, 2014

HHA Students Visit Junior Achievement's BizTown Courtesy of Legg Mason

On June 5th, fifth grade students from Hampstead Hill Academy visited Junior Achievement (JA) of Central Maryland's BizTown site in Owings Mills, courtesy of Legg Mason.

In January Legg Mason offered to send students from BCP's schools to BizTown, a 10,000 square foot "city," complete with its own micro-economy, for a day.

Students spent the day role playing what a typical day in the life of an adult may be like. Responsibilities included operating a healthcare center, conducting bank business, serving as Mayor, and more.

As business owners, students were required to use teamwork, critical thinking and decision making skills to ensure that their businesses were able to turn a profit for the day.

As citizens, students had to consider giving back to their community and learned to balance their own personal finances.

Teachers from Hampstead Hill Academy and volunteers from ADP, Business Volunteers Maryland, KatzAbosch, and One Main Financial assisted students throughout the day.

"The energy of the students at BizTown was palpable," said BCP Executive Vice President Larry Schugam.

"Students were fully engaged in running their city. I even had the honor of meeting BizTown's Mayor, who took time out of her busy schedule for a photo op."

Preparing for the Big Day

Preparations for the big day began months ago. Using the JA curriculum, teachers taught students about financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship.

Students gained practical knowledge about how an economy works and their role as producers and consumers. Students also interviewed for jobs available in the "city," elected a mayor, worked in teams to create a business plan, and learned about personal financial responsibility as citizens of JA BizTown.

Thank You

We would like to thank Junior Achievement and Legg Mason for providing this wonderful opportunity for our students. Special thanks to the HHA teachers and volunteers from ADP, Business Volunteers Maryland, KatzAbosch, and One Main Financial for helping to make this day a grand success!