This week’s highlights: BCPS Magnet Showcases, Innovation Day at Boys’ Latin School, Park School Educator writes New York Times Op Ed piece, new Safe Schools Maryland Tip Line, and more. Here are this week’s School News Highlights.

Baltimore Schools News: October 17

New Maryland Safe Schools Tip Line

The Safe Schools Maryland Tip Line is a new reporting system used to report threats to the safety and/or well-being of students. Students, parents, faculty, staff and community members may use this anonymous app- and web-based reporting system to share their concerns, including:  mental health crises, bullying, school and community violence, drug activity, abuse, harassment, and other issues affecting students. MORE

Baltimore County Public Schools’ Office of Science Recognized

Proud achievement for the BCPS Office of Science. It was honored with a Special Achievement in GIS award by Esri. BCPS was honored for rewriting elementary science curriculum based on the Next Generation Science Standards. Esri noted Grade 5 BioBlitz projects, where students catalog biodiversity at parks across the county. Last year, the BCPS outdoor science team led more than 5,000 fifth grade students in collecting more than 15,000 biological data points. MORE

Baltimore County Public Schools Host “Magnet” Showcases Through November

Throughout October and into early November, schools across Baltimore County are hosting Magnet Showcase Events so that students can learn more about magnet programs before submitting their 2018-2019 applications. “These events feature performances and demonstrations by current students, and opportunities to talk to them about the day-to-day experience of magnet programs,” said Kathleen Mooney, a resource teacher in the Office of Magnet Programs. “Visiting students and their parents can engage in lots of hands-on activities, see the relevant technology up and running, and actually participate in lessons with teachers. I remember walking into one showcase event at an elementary school where students were having a great time ‘excavating fossils’ from Jello! At every showcase event, students and their parents get to meet teachers, principals, and magnet coordinators and really get the flavor of the school.” MORE

Boys’ Latin Hosts Innovation Day

Boys in grades 3-12 are invited to the Boys’ Latin School on October 27th from 10 AM – 11:30 AM for Innovation Day — a STEAM workshop including hands-on activities based on Boys’ Latin award-winning robotics program. MORE

Greenspring Montessori School

Adolescents at Greenspring Montessori School Partner with Real Food Farm

Adolescents at Greenspring Montessori began their partnership with Real Food Farm this week, planting and harvesting fresh produce in Baltimore City at Real Food Farm. MORE

Park School Educator Writes NY Times Op Ed

“The ‘boys will be boys’ stereotype certainly gives license for boys to disrespect, devalue and mistreat girls, but deeper analysis of it also reveals the fundamentally demeaning ways in which we think about boys.” Park’s Human Sexuality Educator Debbie Roffman wrote a letter to the editor of The New York Times about how the behavioral bar is in serious need of a liftDebbie has taught human sexuality education at Park in Grades 4-12 for more than 40 years. MORE

Mentorship is at the Heart of St. Paul’s School for Girls’ SPIRITUS Program

An important part of St. Paul’s School for Girls’ SPIRITUS Scholars Program is mentorship. Tracy Rone, cultural anthropologist and research associate at the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University, recently visited their Scholars in the junior Research Methods class to discuss her career. In addition, she is mentoring senior Scholar Aniyah A. ‘19, who is examining the effects of gentrification on Baltimore city neighborhoods and the subsequent displacement of communities. Aniyah aims to create an Urban Studies curriculum for SPSG as an elective. Currently, Ms. Rone is working with Aniyah to select a particular neighborhood on which to focus, while also assisting in the development of solution-oriented questions that will guide Aniyah in developing a curriculum. MORE

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