Friday, August 8, 2014

BCP Schools Take Top Honors in Baltimore Urban Debate League

City Springs Debaters tngaged in
a mock debate at the Baltimore Education
Coalition's 2014 Gubernatorial Forum on
Education in Baltimore City

Once again City Springs Elementary/Middle School and Hampstead Hill Academy have taken top honors in the Baltimore Urban Debate League (BUDL)!

The BUDL Championship Trophy has moved from City Springs EMS, which took first place in the overall 2012-2013 season, to Hampstead Hill Academy, which took first place this past season.

City Springs Principal Rhonda Richetta remarked that she was sad to see the trophy go, but glad it was moving to another BCP school.

As no small consolation the Coach of the Year of the Trophy, which was awarded to Megan Miskowski in May, now resides at City Springs. Megan and Gerald Loiacono coach the City Springs Debate Team.

In March City Springs Debaters were featured in the Baltimore Education Coalition's 2014 Gubernatorial Forum on Education in Baltimore City. Devin Bradford, Mashae Green, and Ronald Wingate engaged in a mock debate on education issues.

View a video of the mock debate at:

Congratulations to all of the students on their outstanding achievement. Thank you to BUDL for supporting our students!

The complete BUDL results for City Springs and HHA are below:

CITY SPRINGS ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE SCHOOL RESULTSCoach of the Year - Megan Miskowski, City Springs EMS

2014 Championship

Elementary Speaker
2nd - Ronald Wingate

Elementary Team
2nd - Ronald Wingate and Devin Bradford (undefeated)

Middle School Speaker
1st - Kaye Marie Lumayog
10th - Chelsea Gilmer

Middle School Team 
3rd - Darren Meredith and Kaye Marie Lumayog
5th - Chelsea Gilmer and Mashae Green

Overall 2013-2014 Season Awards Elementary Speaker
7th - Devin Bradford
9th - Ronald Wingate

Elementary Team
7th - Devin Bradford and Ronald Wingate

Middle School Novice Division Speaker
6th - Keyshawn Debose

Middle School Novice Division Team
3rd - Chelsea Gilmer and Mashae Green
5th - Daijaine Stewart and Keyshawn Debose

Middle School Varsity Division Speaker
1st - Mashae Green7th - Chelsea Gilmer9th - Kaye Marie Lumayog10th - Jordin Matthews

Middle School Varsity Division Team
6th - Kaye Marie Lumayog and Jordin Matthews

2013-2014 Season School Results
1st - Hampstead Hill Academy 2nd - Green School of Baltimore3rd - Francis Scott Key EMS4th - City Springs EMS5th - AFYA Public Charter School

1st Place
Elementary Teams
3rd: Madiba Burks Magara and Tuleh Jennings5th: Bianca Storto and Alden EdwardsElementary Individuals4th: Madiba Burks Magara10th: Bianca StortoMiddle School Teams
2nd: Aaron Sutton and Sara Florez
6th: Cindy Ibarra and Anthony Sanchez
Middle School Individuals
5th: Aaron Sutton
8th: Sara Florez
9th: Cindy Ibarra
About BUDLThe Baltimore Urban Debate League is dedicated to improving educational and life outcomes for disadvantaged students in Baltimore’s under resourced public schools. By creating learning opportunities through competitive debate and professional development with teachers to bring the benefits of debate inside the city’s classrooms, we support and inform the educational reform and revitalization efforts now underway in our district. Through the motivation and thrill of competitive debate we improve self esteem, increase academic achievement, improve graduation rates and access to higher education. For young people of promise, for their schools and their communities, we provide a new vision, hope and opportunity.In May BUDL was recognized as the 2014 National Urban Debate League of the Year.

For more information visit:

Monday, August 4, 2014

Vicky Jennings Presents Workshop on Restorative Practices at City Springs

Vicky Jennings, an Academic Coach at City Springs Elementary/Middle School, presented a workshop today on Restorative Practices at City Springs at The Family League of Baltimore City. This workshop was part of the Family League's 2014 Summer Training Institute for Community School Coordinators.

Two BCP Schools, City Springs and Hampstead Hill Academy, are recognized as model Restorative Practices schools by Baltimore City Public Schools.

In 2006 BCP implemented Restorative Practices at City Springs, Collington Square School and Hampstead Hill Academy with the support of a $42,000 grant from the Open Society Institute - Baltimore and two $20,000 grants from The Goldsmith Family Foundation .

The International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) provided training for all teachers and administrators. That same year BCP brought on OSI Fellow Tonya Featherston to oversee the Restorative Practices implementation.

There are currently eleven Baltimore City Schools implementing Restorative Practices, with more on the way.

Read more about Restorative Practices at:

Saturday, August 2, 2014

BCP Partner NBS is Now Summit Business Technologies

 Longtime BCP partner and IT provider NBS has joined together with Light Industries and Network to form a new company, Summit Business Technologies, offering an expanded lineup of technologies and IT expertise to help small and mid-size businesses (SMBs) operate with better efficiency and simplicity. NBS has provided outstanding IT support for BCP for several years and has sponsored Are You Smarter than a BCP 5th Grader? since its inception.

The new company was developed for the expansion of business technology services, IT consulting and implementation for SMBs across the mid-Atlantic region. It offers clients the strategic convenience and simplicity of having related technology solutions from one reliable resource in the areas of managed IT services, network services and consulting, unified communications, web services, analytics, mobile applications and software development. The new leadership team composed of executives from each of the joining companies will be led by partners Mike Cohn and Gary Grabowski, who have an energizing vision for the newly launched company.

Summit Business Technologies is a Maryland-based full-service IT consulting firm that helps companies leverage a wide spectrum of technologies to improve business operations. Their solutions provide organizations with a full range of network and cloud capabilities, data security, website services, analytics, mobile and application development, hosted and on premise VoIP phone solutions, video conferencing, technology upgrades and training. Bringing together over 37 years of experience, Summit Business
Technologies’ foundation is built upon accomplished technology companies in the Greater 
Baltimore region. For more information, please visit or call (410) 987-

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: