This week’s highlights: PARCC test is being replaced in 2020, Park School welcomes their 2018 Resident Scholar, Baltimore City Schools Dads participate in Million Father March on Friday, and more. Check out what’s happening at local schools in this week’s education round-up.

Baltimore Schools News This Week: September 26

Maryland Public Schools Replacing PARCC Test in 2020

State school officials say they’re on track to replace the PARCC test with an assessment that will achieve the same goal to help students become college and career ready. The new test will be called the Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program or MCAP. The state wants to make sure it’s aligned with what’s called “test unit times,” that it’s shorter than the PARCC and that it will improve efficiency. MORE

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Baltimore City Schools Participating in Million Father March on Friday

Baltimore City Schools invites fathers and male caregivers to be part of the Million Fathers March and take their children to school on Friday, September 28. MORE

Notre Dame Prep Hosts Blazer Dash On Sunday

Notre Dame Preparatory School will hold its Annual Blazer Dash 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, September 30, 2018, on its Towson-area campus. Walk-in registration begins at 7:00 a.m., with the run/walk starting at 8:30 a.m. The Blazer Dash Scholarship Run started in 1997 to benefit the endowed funds at NDP. Memorial and scholarship funds have been established to honor those special to the NDP community. Through the generosity of donors, scholarship grants are made available to deserving Notre Dame students. Registration fees are $30 ($35 day of race) and $5 children under 8. To register, call 410-583-8797 or go to www.notredameprep.com and click on “Events.” A Catholic, independent, college preparatory school for girls, Notre Dame Prep is located at 815 Hampton Lane off the Baltimore Beltway Exit 28 North. Awards will be given to the top male and female runners overall and in various age categories.Dr. Leana Wen – Resident Scholar

Park School Welcomes Dr. Leana Wen as the School’s 2018 Resident Scholar

The Park School of Baltimore was honored to welcome Dr. Leana Wen, Commissioner of Health for the City of Baltimore, to Park this week as the school‘s 2018 Resident Scholar. Dr. Wen led an assembly for Upper School students, focusing on public health and human rights issues. After speaking, Dr. Wen invited Park students to ask questions, which ranged from her opinion on access to healthcare for all, to the effects of lead on developing children, to biases in the workplace, and to her hopes for her future as President or Planned Parenthood. Dr. Wen’s Special Assistant Emily Mediate held smaller group sessions with students to further discuss the work of the BCHD and to answer additional questions. MORE

Students Are Developing a Sense of Belonging at Rogers Forge Elementary’s Peacemaker House

At Rodgers Forge Elementary School, learning goes beyond the classroom. Teachers and staff are helping students learn life skills through their new initiative, the Peacemaker Houses. “The Peacemaker houses are six colored houses where all of our staff and all of our students are sorted into six different colored houses,” said Katie Schmidt, a STAT teacher at the school. “The whole idea is just to really bring everyone together as a whole community and show that we all belong.” MORE

New Exchange Students Welcomed at St. Paul’s School for Girls

Throughout the past week, St. Paul’s School for Girls (SPSG) welcomed its first exchange students for the 2018-2019 school year, visiting Baltimore from SPSG’s sister school Colegio Jesús-María de Juan Bravo in Madrid, Spain. The visiting students are being hosted by several SPSG Upper School students and their families, and during their two-week stay, they will explore the Inner Harbor and Washington, D.C., attended classes with their SPSG host sisters, engage in a cooking class on campus, participate in the Junior Ring Ceremony & Ring Dance, and share time with Head of School Penny Evins, pictured above. SPSG has nine global partnerships around the world, and SPSG students look forward to visiting Madrid, Spain later this year, completing the cultural exchange. (Pictured above)

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