Teacher of the year nominees, Pi Day, Peace celebrations, and more. Here’s what students at Baltimore area schools were up to this week.

S(COOL) NEWS: BALTIMORE SCHOOLS NEWS HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK

Do you have a child receiving special education services from the Maryland State Department of Education? They want to hear from you! Your feedback will help improve special education and related services. MORE

To make up for days that the district closed because of weather, Baltimore City Public Schools will be open on two days that were originally scheduled as closed for students. This Friday, March 16, will be a half-day for students. Spring break will begin on Monday, March 26, but end on Friday, March 30. Schools will now be open on Monday, April 2 for a regular school day. MORE

Baltimore County Public Schools have announced their 2018 Teacher of the Year nominees. Is your favorite teacher nominated? MORE

Congratulations to the third grade at The Bryn Mawr School on a spectacular Greek Myth Play! Students wrote and performed their own version of “Prometheus and the Fire and Pandora’s Box.” (Pictured in slider). MORE

Calvert School had a special assembly last week to celebrate Pi Day. Each year, their Ninth and Tenth Agers are tasked to memorize as many Pi numbers as they can. The winners were announced during the assembly and two lucky students got to “pie” a staff member. MORE

Dulaney High School students are seeing MBAs in their future… congratulations to Dulaney High Future Business Leaders of America students for winning the state championship last weekend! MORE

A bulletin board in Gilman School’s Middle School gave students a chance to express their stress. They matched colored stickers to letters on a poster and in the course of a week it became Van Gogh’s Starry Night. Librarian Kate Chronister took pictures every day and created this video of the progress.

International students from The John Carroll School visited with Middle Schoolers at Harford Day School to talk about their home country and culture. Countries represented were: China, Kenya, Italy, South Korea, Portugal, Liberia, Vietnam, Switzerland, and Dominican Republic. Afterwards, all were treated to an international feast. MORE

Hillcrest Elementary students value peace and kindness! Check out the message they shared… Drone photo courtesy of Eric Sloan. MORE

The second-grade students in Mrs. Speer’s Language Arts class at Monarch Academy Baltimore Public Charter School shared their knowledge of Whole Brain Teaching and inferencing skills with the Monarch Academy Baltimore board members and administrative staff at the board meeting on Thursday, March 8th. Mrs. Speer began the Whole Brain Teaching literacy lesson by reading a story to the second-grade students and then pointed out how to use inferencing to compare and contrast two versions of a story. The students were then asked the students to demonstrate their knowledge of the literacy lesson by using inferencing skills to compare and contrast two different versions of the fairytale stories. MORE

Middle School Students from St. Paul’s School are spending their Spring Break in the rural mountains of Costa Rica doing community service. They spend their second day at an organic coffee farm. Check out photos from their trip. MORE

Last night, West Towson Elementary was honored for earning Maryland Blue Ribbon School status at the Governor Calvert House in Annapolis. MORE

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