Friday, November 12, 2010

Bill Ferguson Visits BCP Schools

Senator-elect Bill Ferguson visited three BCP schools this week: City Springs School, Hampstead Hill Academy, and Wolfe Street Academy.

At City Springs Senator-elect Ferguson met with parents, who shared their views on public education and their desire for a new sports field next to the school.

Bill Ferguson is the Senator-elect for Maryland’s 46th District. He is a teacher, a public servant, and a citizen of the 46th District. Senator-elect Ferguson came to work for Baltimore City Schools through Teach for America - Baltimore City.

He began his working life teaching U.S. history and U.S. government to ninth and tenth graders in a breakout academy of the old Southwestern High School, historically one of Baltimore’s most challenged high schools. While teaching, Senator-elect Ferguson also earned his Masters of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) from the Johns Hopkins School of Education in 2007.

Photos by Ms. Sonya Hughes:
1. Senator-elect Ferguson with City Springs School parents and staff.
2. Senator-elect Ferguson with Mr. West and Mr. Garrison's 8th grade U.S. History class.

David L. Holder Education Foundation Supports BCP

The David L. Holder Education Foundation has awarded BCP a grant of $10,000 to fund the Patterson Park Inter-School Soccer League for the Fall of 2011.

The league includes City Springs School, Collington Square School, Hampstead Hill Academy, Patterson Park Public Charter School, and Wolfe Street Academy and serves students in grades two through five. The program is supported this year by two $5,000 Ravens All Community Team Foundation grants.

The soccer league has been an incredible success. The grant will cover transportation, uniforms, equipment, coach stipends, and allow us to expand the league to include City Springs School.

Last year the foundation awarded BCP an $8,000 grant to support the Hampstead Hill Hornets Girls Soccer Team, Boys Basketball Program, and an outdoor leadership experience at Genesee Valley Outdoor Learning Center.

We would like to thank the David L. Holder Education Foundation for their generous ongoing support.

About the David L. Holder Education Foundation
The David L. Holder Education Foundation was established in 2008 upon David’s untimely passing due to a rare form of non-hodgkin’s lymphoma. Although a mere 35 years at the time of his death, David left behind a tremendous legacy of community service, a passion for nature, and a commitment to public education.

In order to honor David’s memory and keep his passions alive, the Foundation will both continue to contribute to organizations that David cared about, and build new, enduring relationships and programs in the communities that he supported.

For more information visit:

Ravens Treat City Springs Students to Play 60 Game

The Baltimore Ravens have invited four City Springs School students to attend the Ravens’ Play 60 game on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010. Kaye Marie Lumayog, Joion Murphy, Desire Duzant, and Tra’kia Jackson were winners of the Amazing Race - Ravens Style, which was held at the Maryland Zoo.

"As the winners of our Amazing Race -- Ravens Style on Tuesday, Oct. 19, we know that... [these students] are extremely fit and worthy of such a reward," said Melanie LeGrande, Baltimore Ravens Director of Community Relations.

The students will be part of the in-game execution of the Ravens’ Play 60 program. Play 60 is the NFL’s movement for an active generation, encouraging youth to get active at least 60 minutes every day.

Each winning student will receive one ticket to the Ravens vs. Buccaneers game on Nov. 28 and be part of a pre-game, on-field experience. Each student will receive a Play 60 jersey and Play 60 shorts/sweats to be worn during the pre-game, when the students will join seven other local students and stand alongside Ravens players as they ready for the game.

We would like thank the Ravens for everything they do to support our schools.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Collington Square Teacher Koli Tengella Receives OSI Fellowship

Collington Square School theater arts teacher Koli Tengella has been awarded one of seven 2010 OSI-Baltimore Fellowships. Read more at:

Friday, November 5, 2010

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Wolfe Street Academy Featured in City Paper

Today's Baltimore City Paper features Wolfe Street Academy's outstanding Community School program in an article about Baltimore Community Schools: