Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Hampstead Hill Students Demonstrate Impressive Research/Presentation Skills

On Friday May 18th, Hampstead Hill Academy students in Elizabeth Bernstein's 7th grade history class presented their European Geography/Conflict projects in a unique small group format that provided quality time for students to present, discuss, and interact with each other under the supervision of an adult facilitator.

Hampstead Hill Academy Director of Enrichment Laura Moyers recruited guest facilitators for each group. These facilitators, including Baltimore Curriculum Project Director of Students Support Services Jeff Krick,  worked with groups of  4-5 students and used a rubric to score the presentations; help guide the discussion; and provide important feedback to each presenter.

This format was used to create a meaningful experience for the students; giving them an authentic forum for showing and describing all aspects of their work.

"I enjoyed my group’s presentations and was impressed with their ability to elaborate on details of their country and conflict when asked, said Mr. Krick.

"I was impressed with their answers to my questions about researching online and how they not only knew that Wikipedia was not the most reliable source, but that they needed to find enough sources to establish a level of understanding for evaluating any contradictory sources."

Monday, May 14, 2012

Hampstead Hill Academy Career Fair 2012

Eighth Graders James Wells and Julia Hohman speak with
Dental Hygienist Marie Wingfield

Thank you to everyone who made the 5th Annual Career Fair at Hampstead Hill Academy a success. Representatives from a variety of businesses volunteered to speak with fifth through eighth graders about their future careers. Guests included:
 The event would not have been possible without all of these volunteers.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Hampstead Hill Academy May 2012 Newsletter

Read Hampstead Hill Academy's May 2012 newsletter at:

This edition features:

  • Mission and Vision Statement for HHA
  • Performance Plan Meeting
  • Information on Early Release Day/Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Principal's List and Honor Roll for 3rd Quarter
  • Renaissance Award
  • News from the Teams and Much More in the May Newsletter!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

WOLFEST on Saturday May 12th

Looking for something fun to do with the family today? Check out WOLFEST, Wolfe Street Academy's annual street festival from 12:00 PM until 4:00 PM on Gough Street between S. Wolfe and Washington Streets, immediately adjacent to the school.


  • 12:00pm -1:00pm - Greetings and formal student performances
  • 1:30pm - Talent Show
  • 2:30pm - Performance by Native American dancers (including a WSA parent)
  • 3:15pm - Cream the Principal (our students' favorite activity)

Latin American and festival food will be for sale, and there will be many crafts tables, inflatables and other activities for kids. All proceeds go to support the WSA Parent/Teacher Organization. Please join us!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Collington Square Students Perform for School Board

Collington Square Students and Teachers Perform for School Board

On April 24, 2012 Collington Square Elementary/Middle School's resource team attended the Baltimore City School Board Meeting  with  four middle grades students: Jaichaun Diggs, Shandierra  Trafton, Sky Keller, and Stasia Johns. The students performed Collington Square's school song, “One Day," which was written by instrumental music teacher Mr. Soto.

The girls did an outstanding job of singing the school song. They were accompanied by Mr. Soto on acoustic guitar and Mr. Dorsey on electric guitar.

Before the performance began, Board Chair Neil Duke joked: "I'm noting that you've given us the lyrics, but I'm supposing that's not an invitation for this Board to join along in the chorus."

When Collington Visual Arts Teacher Laura Bevacqua invited the Board to sing along, Mr. Duke replied: "Our instruments are very fragile."

During the performance, the school board members enjoyed a slide show of all the wonderful programming the resource team provides for students to build self-esteem and get them moving in the right direction with the arts. The board members clearly enjoyed the performance - singing along, tapping their feet, and moving with the music.

"I can honestly say in the six or so years I've been on this Board, I don't think I've ever been so serenaded at a  public meeting," said Mr. Duke.

"The bar is very high now for any other singing groups who come before this Board"

Board Commissioner Tina Hike-Hubbard also expressed her enjoyment of the performance: "I just want to say thank you. That was amazing. I love to see your school pride that you have... So, thank you for having the courage. You all are so nervous but you sound so beautiful that I just thank you for the courage to come and stand here and sing. Thank you."

- Laura Bevacqua

View a video of the student presentation at:

In the video player, select the video entitled: Art Programs - 4-24-2012 School Board Meeting

Collington Square May 2012 Newsletter

Read Collington Square Elementary/Middle School's May 2012 Newsletter at:

This edition features:
  • Middle Grades Students Perform School Song for School Board
  • A Note from the Language Arts Educational Associate
  • Middle Grades Students Visit Adventure Zone
  • A Message from the Math Educational Associate
  • Updates from the PreK-2nd Team
  • Thank You to Parent Volunteers

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Collington's Black History Month Quilting Project

Anthony Battle & Aaron Trafton, Jr. - Ms. Chambers, 3rd Grade

Thanks to parent volunteer Ms. Regina Tate, students in Ms. Jacqueline Chambers’ 3rd grade class at Collington Square School recently learned to crochet an African Quilt. The Black History Month Quilting Project was chosen to enhance the students' study of the book Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt, by Deborah Hopkinson.

In addition to being a skilled quilter, Ms. Tate is also the grandmother of Collington student Melvin McDaniel. Ms. Tate taught the students how to make a straight stitch and demonstrated the square stitch and ruffles. The finished quilt is displayed across the hall from Collington's main office.

Below is an interview the students conducted with Ms. Tate about the Black History Quilting Project.

How did you learn to crochet?
I learned to crochet by practicing and teaching myself; not giving up!

At what age did you learn to crochet?
I was 16 years old

Where do you get your supplies?
I get my supplies from stores like Wal-Mart. You can find the needles in the Dollar Stores, Wal-Mart or Kmart.

Do you like to crochet?
Yes, very much so. It helps me stay busy during the day and make beautiful pieces for people I love.

What’s the difference between knitting and crocheting? 
The difference between Knitting and Crocheting is knitting uses two needles and there are different stitches with each of the needles. Crocheting uses one needle.

Do you follow a pattern?
No, I don’t follow a pattern. I create my designs.

Do you buy hats, scarves or sweaters from the store?
No, I don’t buy hats or scarves from the store. It’s more exciting to make my own.

Can you crochet a sweater?
No, I haven’t tried a sweater yet. I can do blankets, scarves and mittens.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

BCP Featured as SOURCE Partner of the Month

BCP has been selected as SOURCE's Partner of the Month for May 2012. SOURCE (Student Outreach Resource Center) is the community service and service-learning center for the Johns Hopkins University Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Public Health.

We would like to thank SOURCE for choosing BCP.

To view the May Partner of the Month webpage visit:

BCP Accepted as JHU SOURCE Partner

The Baltimore Curriculum Project has been accepted as an official SOURCE partner. SOURCE (Student Outreach Resource Center) is the community service and service-learning center for the Johns Hopkins University Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Public Health.

SOURCE facilitates the linkages of public health, medical and nursing students who have a diverse array of of skills and backgrounds, with CBOs and their programs and services.

Together with their CBO partners, SOURCE organizes long-term, short-term, and one-time community service and service-learning opportunities for students that will provide educational and real-life training in the fields of public health, medicine and nursing.

We are delighted to be a new SOURCE partner!

For more information visit: