Friday, May 30, 2008

Business Plan Competition Winners

Students from Hampstead Hill Academy and Collington Square School participated successfully in NFTE's Business Plan Competition on May 23 and 28. Below are their rankings:

2nd Place ($500)- Denise Caba, Jenny Lockamy, Cheyenne Jones- Freeza
Hampstead Hill Middle School
NFTE CET- Anthony McKinney
Mentor: Matthew Sitek, Accenture

3rd Place ($250)- Stephen Day, Shannon O’Dair, Christopher Geleta- Krazy Kards
Hampstead Hill Middle School
NFTE CET: Anthony McKinney
Mentor: Matthew Sitek, Accenture


Tawneisha Cherry & Bria Kyler- Candy Apples Co.
Collington Square Middle School
NFTE CET: Nicole Humphreys
Mentor: Darlene Ajayi, NFTE

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Op-Ed on Math in MD by Bob Embry

On May 29, 2008 The Baltimore Sun published an Op-Ed on Maryland's math problem that was written by Bob Embry, president of the Abell Foundation. Mr. Embry attended the K-12 Math Education Forum and quotes Professor Bill Schmidt, one of the panelists, in the article. This is great news for our chances of making progress on this issue in Maryland. Below is an excerpt from the Op-Ed:
While Maryland's Education Department is quick to tout the state's latest educational achievements, we're not so likely to hear about our failings. Here is a little secret: Maryland's math achievement is flagging. Maryland is one of the richest states - it has the highest median household income, according to a 2006 Census Bureau report. How come we're not at the top of the pack in math?

Math Forum Video Available

The online video of the Leading Minds Math Forum is now available at

We hope to hold another Leading Minds forum in the spring of 2009 and we are seeking support to make this happen. If you would like to donate online please visit and click the DONATE NOW button.

Checks can be made payable to "Baltimore Curriculum Project" and mailed to:
Baltimore Curriculum Project, 2707 E. Fayette Street, Baltimore, MD 21224.

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Hampstead Hill Community Dinner

A Baltimore Times article on May 30, 2008 featured last month's Community Dinner at Hampstead Hill Academy, which celebrated healthy eating and food education.

“It's a wonderful thing for our school and community,” said Matthew Carpenter, Assistant Principal.

According to Principal Matt Hornbeck, who also mentioned the school's organic garden, spoke on how the program has brought together families from all walks of life.

It's neat when the food program can bring all of those people together, because food is the great common element everyone shares,” said Hornbeck.

“Taste of Baltimore,” the theme of the evening's dinner, brought dozens of enthusiastic parents, teachers, children and community advocates, tasting healthy food treats that were donated by area restaurants and prepared and served by students to honor the work of the Food Studies Program, a grassroots food education curriculum.

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For more information about the Food Studies Program, visit their website at