Curious about what’s happening at area schools this week? Owings Mills Elementary School fourth graders participate in Days of Taste, two Baltimore City Schools teachers were honored by the National Association for Gifted Children, Krieger Schecter Day School third graders will see their ideas come to life on stage thanks to Story Pirates, Our Lady of Perpetual Help School dedicates their Makerspace Engineering Lab, and MORE.

Baltimore Schools News: October 24

Baltimore City Public Schools Teachers Honored By National Association for Gifted Children

Congratulations to Ms. Benton from Furman Templeton Preparatory Academy & Ms. Disviscour from Moravia Park Elementary School – 2 of only 12 outstanding educators across the country honored by National Association for Gifted Children! MORE

Bridges Students Participate in Gilman School Book Swap. Photo courtesy of Bridges Baltimore Facebook Page.

Bridges Students Participate in Gilman School Book Swap. Photo courtesy of Bridges Baltimore Facebook Page.

Gilman School Hosts Book Swap 

At the Bridges program at Gilman School, 4th and 5th graders in the After-School Program had the opportunity to attend the Gilman Lower School Book Swap earlier this week. This annual event allows students to freely browse a wide selection of books and take as many as they want home to add to their personal collection. MORE

Krieger Schecter Day School Third Graders Work with Story Pirates. Photo courtesy of KSDS Facebook page.

Krieger Schecter Day School Third Graders Work with Story Pirates. Photo courtesy of KSDS Facebook page.

Krieger Schecter Day School Third Graders Work with Story Pirates

3rd Grade students from Krieger Schecter Day School eagerly participated in the ‘Story Pirates’ workshop on Wednesday, October 11. Their imaginative ideas will come alive on stage at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts when the ‘Story Pirates’ perform their story on Sunday, November 11th at 3pm! MORE

Dr. Pellechia, Dr. Hargens, Bishop Brennan, and Jodi Phelan smile at OLPH's Makerspace Engineering Lab dedication. Photo provided by OLPH.

Dr. Pellechia, Dr. Hargens, Bishop Brennan, and Jodi Phelan smile at OLPH’s Makerspace Engineering Lab dedication. Photo provided by OLPH.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help School Dedicates Makerspace Engineering Lab

Bishop Mark E. Brennan presided over a Dedication Ceremony at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in Ellicott City to celebrate the opening of their McNulty Makerspace on October 9. The colorful and innovative room serves as a place for students to create, design, build, experiment, problem-solve, and engage in hands-on STEM activities using robotics, circuitry, drones, 3D printing, and a Lego wall. Principal, Dr. Pellechia thanked donors, staff, Fr. Arnold, and Director of Development, Jodi Phelan who raised the funds for construction and facilitated a $25,000 memorial gift to have the makerspace named after her mother, Jean McNulty. Dr. Pellechia remarked “The maker movement is transforming education. This type of active learning transitions students from passive consumers of information to active creators and innovators. It fosters creativity, curiosity, and iterative thinking.”

A highlight of the ceremony reception was Dr. Pellechia showing Dr. Hargens, Archdiocese of Baltimore Superintendent of Schools how to fly a drone from a smart phone. School parents praised the project; Stephanie Hasting shared, “I am thrilled that my child will have the chance to create, explore, engineer, and problem-solve. I love that there is hand-on learning through experimentation and integration of so many cognitive skills.” The McNulty Makerspace will also be used for extra-curricular clubs and activities such as robotics competitions, Lego Club, and the school’s annual Maker Fair. MORE

Owings Mills Elementary School Students Explore Food Options Through Days of Taste

Grade 4 students at Owings Mills Elementary School are expanding their knowledge of food and nutrition through a unique experience called Days of Taste. The goal is to encourage children to want to eat more healthy foods, especially more vegetables, and to help them realize that healthier food choices can taste just as good (if not better) than fast food. The 3-day experience takes place over a few weeks.

On Oct. 9, a professional chef — Chef Dave Sherman, from Ground & Griddled in R. House in Baltimore City — visited Owings Mills Elementary to educate students about taste buds. The children experienced tasting sweet, salty, sour, and bitter flavors and mapping where the taste is most intense on their tongues. Children also experimented with mixing tastes together. The purpose of the activity is to teach children that fruits and vegetables can be made more appetizing based on how they are prepared and seasoned.  MORE

Roland Park Country School Students learn about braille. Photo courtesy of RPCS Facebook page.

Second Graders at Roland Park Country School Learn About Braille

As an extension of their study of Helen Keller in their Biography Unit, second graders have been spending time in library class exploring biographical information on Louis Braille, whose system of reading and writing for the blind improved the quality of Helen’s life. Yesterday, students enjoyed making Braille letters for the initials in their names using the raised dots on button candy strips! MORE

St. Paul's School for Girls welcome Darcy Phelan-Emrick, DrPH, MHS to campus as their first Fambrough Science Speaker of the year. Photo courtesy of SPSG Facebook page.

St. Paul’s School for Girls Welcomes Darcy Phelan-Emrick, DrPH, MHS To Campus

Today, St. Paul’s School for Girls welcome Darcy Phelan-Emrick, DrPH, MHS to campus as their first Fambrough Science Speaker of the year! Dr. Phelan-Emrick has served as the Chief Epidemiologist at the Baltimore City Health Department since 2015. Her position is shared between the Baltimore City Health Department and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she has been a faculty member in Epidemiology since 2009. Dr. Phelan-Emrick spoke to the entire student body during assembly, sharing her career path and work as a woman in science and answering questions. This speaker series, established in honor of long-time science teacher and department chair Zee Fambrough, brings distinguished women of science to SPSG, where they share their work with the entire student body, as well as with students who are interested in pursuing careers in scientific or STEAM-related fields. MORE

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