Wednesday, December 1, 2010

BCP Fall 2010 Newsletter

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This issue includes...

What is the Purpose of Public Education?
In this issue we ask Collington Square School kindergarten teacher Delores Scott and Hampstead Hill Academy seventh grader Ava Anderson about the purpose of public education.
View the video of BCP's recent Purpose of Public Education forum

Welcome from Executive Director Jack J. Pannell, Jr.
Executive Director Jack Pannell writes about BCP's inaugural Fall Assembly, which featured a keynote by Baltimore City Schools Chief Academic Officer Dr. Sonja Brookins Santelises.

David L. Holder Education Foundation Grant
We would like to thank The David L. Holder Education Foundation for awarding BCP a grant of $10,000 to fund the Patterson Park Inter-School Soccer League for the Fall of 2011.

Jean and Sidney Silber Foundation Grant
We would like to thank The Jean and Sidney Silber Foundation for awarding BCP a grant of $10,000 to support Saturday School at City Springs School and Collington Square School.

The Importance of School Leadership
BCP Director of Academic Affairs Jon McGill writes about the importance of demonstrative instructional leadership for school success.

"Truancy Court" Helps Students Get to School on Time
A program established by the University of Baltimore School of Law lends a helping hand to City Springs students with attendance issues.

Living Classrooms Supports After-School Math Program
We would like to thank Living Classrooms Foundation for supporting City Springs School's 2009-2010 after-school math program, which had a remarkable impact on student achievement.

Etta Johnson New Principal at Collington Square School
In August 2010 Etta Johnson began serving as the new principal of Collington Square School. Mrs. Johnson has worked for Baltimore City Public Schools since 1995.

Collington Square's Fall Family Festival 2010
By Kimberly Goldsmith, BCP Financial Analyst
Collington Square School for the Arts hosted their Annual Fall Family Festival on Thursday November 3, 2010.

Cafeteria Man Features Hampstead Hill Academy Students
By Geri Swann, Hampstead Hill Director of Community Outreach
Hampstead Hill's commitment to healthy eating is well known. For more than five years, the school has had a food educator, organic garden, culinary arts club and community dinners. Now, Hampstead Hill is being highlighted in a new film called Cafeteria Man, by Richard Chisholm.
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Hampstead Hill Academy Leads the Way in Vision Screening
By Geri Swann, Hampstead Hill Director of Community Outreach
A recent report by The Abell Foundation highlighted Hampstead Hill Academy's outstanding student vision screening program.
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Hampstead Hill Hosts CUBE Site Visit
By Geri Swann, Hampstead Hill Director of Community Outreach
The Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) held their national conference in Baltimore City last month. Hampstead Hill was one of just two high performing schools highlighted during site visits for participants.

Bryn Mawr Students Visit Hampstead Hill
By Geri Swann, Hampstead Hill Director of Community Outreach
On Thursday, September 23rd eleven students from the Bryn Mawr School spent their morning doing community service at Hampstead Hill Academy.

Wolfe Street Students Save the Bay
By Maura Farrall, Wolfe Street Academy Fourth Grade Teacher
Wolfe Street Academy students and staff and volunteers from Accenture came together on October 11, 2010 to begin six projects critical to the health of Baltimore City and the Chesapeake Bay.