Roboquake, city schools consider new funding model, squash champs, penny wars, and more. Here are this week’s Baltimore school news highlights — and a glimpse at how kids are learning.

Baltimore School News Highlights This Week: January 23, 2018

Baltimore City Public Schools Considering Funding Schools Based on Poverty Rates

The Baltimore city school system is considering sweeping changes to its funding formula that would direct more money to schools with many students from poor families. Find out more in this article from The Baltimore Sun.

5 Baltimore County Public Schools Students Named YoungArts Winners

Five BCPS students and graduates, from George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology, Milford Mill Academy, and Towson High School, are among the 2018 YoungArts Winners announced by The National YoungArts Foundation. Selected from the most competitive pool of applicants to date, 757 young artists from 47 states were honored for their outstanding work in literary, visual, design and performing arts. Each YoungArts winner is designated as a finalist, honorable mention, or merit winner through a blind adjudication process by an independent panel of highly accomplished artists. Congratulations Julia Anneliese Gould(Finalist, Visual Arts), Flynn Robert Walkinshaw (Finalist, Visual Arts), Rachel McCarron St. Ours (Finalist, Writing: Short Story), Vincent Igusa (Honorable Mention, Classical Music (Instrumental): Bassoon), and Chaela Michon Harris (Merit, Popular Voice). MORE

Baltimore County Public Schools Offers Free Mental Health for Kids Training

A free 8-hour Youth Mental Health First Aid training course will be available in January and February for parents, teachers, or anyone who lives and works with children. Sponsored by the Baltimore County Public Schools Parent University and the BCPS Office of Health Services, the course teaches an action plan to offer initial help to young people showing signs of mental illness or who are in a crisis and then to connect them with the appropriate professional, peer, social, or self-help care. It takes place on Saturdays, Jan. 27, and Feb. 3, 2018, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Cockeysville Community Center. MORE

Boys’ Latin School Hosts Roboquake on Lake

On Saturday, January 21, Boys’ Latin hosted area lower and middle school students for Roboquake on Lake, which included a FIRST LEGO League Maryland Qualifier tournament and a FIRST LEGO League Jr. Expo. Exciting, hands-on events provided more than 20 local FIRST LEGO League teams with an opportunity to showcase their hard work, share their inventions and compete against their peers. MORE

Calvert School Wins Squash Championship

Congrats to the Calvert School Middle School Boys’ Squash Team on bringing home the title of US Squash National Champions! This weekend, while at Yale University, they won their division. MORE

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Outdoor Physics Experiments at Greenspring Montessori School

Adolescents at Greenspring Montessori School braved chilly January temps to conduct physics experiments. Students built bridges out of tape and plastic straws. To test their stability, Mr. Elliot poured pitchers of water into a bucket that was hanging from the middle of each bridge! MORE

Hampstead Hill Academy Rallies Around School Faculty Member and Family

On January 14, Rosalia Castelan a beloved faculty member of our faculty and mother of two Hampstead Hill Academy students, experienced a devastating loss. Her house was totally destroyed by fire. All of the family members were able to get out of the house but unfortunately, family pets and all personal items were lost. A Go Fund Me page was been set up by Hampstead Hill Academy to recruit donations for the family. They have raised 80% of their target goal as of January 23. MORE

Prefirst Students at McDonogh School Make Hygiene Kits for the Homeless

Students in Prefirst at McDonogh School assembled hygiene kits that will be distributed to the homeless in Baltimore. For six years, sophomore Laya N. has coordinated grant money from the Disney Be Inspired initiative to help with the project. That money, combined with generous donations from United Healthcare and McDonogh families, supplied all of the items for the kits. Students volunteered during their recess time to sort the items and then worked together to make the kits in class. In the end, Prefirst made 125 kits that will go a long way to helping the homeless.  MORE

Kindergartners at St. Paul’s School Explore Civil Rights

Kindergarteners at St. Paul’s School are learning about the Civil Rights Movement. They recently read two books about Rosa Parks and had an insightful discussion about whether they would be as brave as she was. They created buses representing the freedom people have to sit anywhere on buses today. MORE

Timonium Elementary School Hosts Penny Wars

The Penny Wars is a competition between grades to see which grade can bring in the most spare change for a charity selected by the students Happy Helpers for the Homeless.  Families and students are encouraged to bring in spare change for their grade’s jug in the school lobby. Good luck to all of the kids — because the winning grade gets an extra recess! MORE

(cool) progeny publishes our s(cool) news highlights once a week. Highlights include education news from our independent school partners and area public schools. To be considered for next week’s highlights, please email your school news to hello@coolprogeny.com. Featured image courtesy of Calvert School’s Facebook Page.