This week’s school highlights: City Schools are looking at how schools are funded, Boys’ Latin hosts New Zealand Soccer Team, Watershed Charter School will provisionally be granted charter to operate in Baltimore County, West Towson Elementary is named a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education, and MORE. Check out this week’s education news round-up.

Baltimore Schools News: October 3, 2018

Baltimore City Schools Looking at How Schools Are Funded

City Schools has convened a group of stakeholders from traditional schools, charter schools, and the district office to look at how schools are funded and to recommend how funding formulas and processes could be more transparent and easily understood, while ensuring equity across school types. All interested community members are invited to listen in on the group’s work sessions, taking place throughout the fall. MORE

Boys Latin

Boys’ Latin Hosts New Zealand Soccer Team

Soccer players from Christ’s College, an independent all-boys school from Christchurch, New Zealand, came to Baltimore on Thursday to not only play soccer but to engage in the Boys’ Latin community allowing students to learn from and with each other. Christ College players were hosted by the families of players on the Boys’ Latin varsity soccer team. During their stay, the visiting team had the chance to tour the city and visit with classes. On Friday, the Christ’s College team also treated BL’s lower school students to a performance of the Haka. Made famous by the New Zealand national rugby team, the Haka is a traditional war dance of the ancient Maori that is used today as a symbol of pride, unity and strength. As part of this past weekend’s annual Fall Festival at Boys’ Latin, the Lakers played a varsity soccer game against Christ’s College, an independent all-boys school from Christchurch, New Zealand.

Before Saturday’s game, youth players from the Towson United Club walked out on the field with players from both teams while national anthems from both countries were played. The game ended in a 2-2 tie, and was followed by an encore performance of the Haka. The Christ Church team then stayed to watch Boys’ Latin football team take on St. Vincent Pallotti before leaving Baltimore and continuing their United States tour. The team’s visit came about through Boys’ Latin’s relationships with peer schools in the International Boys School Coalition (IBSC), and a new upper school exchange program with schools in Australia and New Zealand is planned for the 2019-2020 school year.

St. Paul's School for Girls

Price-Eisenhower Civic Engagement Institute Kicks Off at St. Paul’s School for Girls & St. Paul’s School Upper School

St. Paul’s School for Girls & St. Paul’s School Upper School students traveled to Washington, D.C. to kick off the Price-Eisenhower Civic Engagement Institute (PEI) at The St. Paul’s Schools. The schools are the first high schools to partner with the Eisenhower Institute at Gettysburg College, and the coordinated program provides young leaders with knowledge and insight in the areas of presidential organization, presidential advising/service, executive decision making and presidential leadership to promote careers in the American Presidency while encouraging civic engagement. The group of students, who applied and were selected this past spring, traveled to D.C. for a workshop entitled “Washington, D.C.: The Inside Story,” during which they met with Susan Eisenhower and congressional staffers and took an insider’s tour of the Capitol. The institute will continue throughout the year with seminars, case studies, and simulations examining the organization, policy development, and Congressional relations with the White House and addressing the influence of the media on presidential leadership, as well as a visit to the Presidential Library.

Roland Park Country School Head of School is Back in the Classroom

Mrs. Blatti is back in the classroom! This semester, Head of School Caroline Blatti has dedicated time during her busy schedule to lead an AP Literature seminar in the Upper School… and it’s bringing her a lot of joy! “Stepping back into the classroom has only enhanced my understanding of the outstanding teaching and learning environment we cultivate here at RPCS,” says Mrs. Blatti. “Our students are engaged and eager to learn, and they bring insightful comments and strong analytical skills to this AP Literature seminar. On a personal note, it brings me so much joy to spend this time with our students in such a direct capacity.” (Pictured above)

Bubbles at St. James Academy

Second Graders Practice Self-Control with Bubbles at St. James Academy

Second grade teacher Alison Glace discussed skills all students need in the classroom. “Keeping track of one’s thoughts, feelings, and actions is a difficult, yet important skill for students to learn. They are learning to do what’s best in the long run despite short-term temptations and impulses. Practicing self-control is fundamental to student success,” Ms. Glace says. The temptation is strong in this activity where Ms. Glace blows bubbles and students are asked to look at the bubbles and not touch them. Students are practicing self-control by ignoring distractions, in this case, the bubbles.

Watershed Charter School will provisionally be granted charter to operate in Baltimore County

Anew charter school may open in Baltimore County as long as it can find a space to operate within the next two years. Watershed Public Charter School was given a boost Tuesday afternoon when the Maryland State School Board reversed a decision by the local board to deny the school a charter to operate. WPCS values play, exploration, imagination and unstructured outdoor activity and will incorporate daily recess for students in all grade levels. LEARN MORE

West Towson Elementary named National Blue Ribbon School

West Towson Elementary School, which was awarded a Maryland Blue Ribbon last year, today was named a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. West Towson becomes the 21st in BCPS to earn this honor “I am so very proud of the students, teachers, and families at West Towson,” said Principal Sue Hershfeld. “The key to our success is the powerful sense of WTES teamwork and community.Families care deeply about the education that their children receive and support the work of the teachers.Dedicated teachers know their students well, build positive relationships, and work together to provide their students with rigorous and relevant instruction each day.” MORE

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