Perry Hall High School placed on alert following verbal threat

perry-hall-high-schoolOfficials say a local high school was placed on alert status on Tuesday after receiving a threat.

School board member Julie Henn says that a threat was made against Perry Hall High School on Tuesday by an individual not on the campus.

The school was placed on alert status and BCPD are investigating.

Below is messaging sent by BCPS regarding this incident:

“Good afternoon Parents and Guardians of students attending school or camp activities at Perry Hall High School.

“Today, in an abundance of caution, the school was placed on alert status as police looked for a man who made a verbal threat against the school. The man is a BCPS employee but was not at the school when he made the comment. Police were immediately called when the threat was made and began patrolling the area around the school. Two officers were also stationed on school property. This happened after school dismissal but while some students were still on the school campus.

“Alert status means activities inside the school continue as normal but we do not allow any activities or movement outside.

“The safety of our students and staff is our top priority. Thank you for your time and attention. Enjoy the rest of your afternoon.”

Coming soon: the biggest BCPS school supply drive ever

baltimore-county-public-schools-bcpsTOWSON, MD — “On the first day of school, quite a few of my students arrived with nothing more than themselves. Others brought backpacks with only a pencil or two.” That’s what teacher Kelly L. Nyman of Riverview Elementary School had to say, but teachers across the county make similar reports.

That is why The Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools started an annual school supply drive a few years ago – and this year, every day more and more businesses and community organizations are signing on to give and/or collect needed supplies.

“We deeply appreciate the generosity of our community and business partners,” said Interim Superintendent Verletta White. “The school supplies that community members and businesses collected last year made a difference for students in more than 400 classrooms. School supplies can cost families more than $100 dollars per child, and across Baltimore County, that can be a struggle for many of our families. About half of our students are eligible for free and reduced-price meals.”

The school supply drive officially will begin on Tuesday, July 25, and run through Sunday, Aug. 13. The first and largest contributor to the drive is Open Door Before and After School Care, which, as the Cornerstone sponsor, donated $10,000 worth of supplies this year as it did last year.

To date, the following businesses/organizations have agreed to accept public donations of school supplies:

  • Anytime Fitness, Perry Hall & Timonium locations
  • Baltimore County Public Library, all branches
  • Barnes and Noble Booksellers, Pikesville
  • Boscov’s, White Marsh Mall
  • Chik Fil A, Eastpoint
  • First Financial Federal Credit Union, all branches in Baltimore County
  • Hiss United Methodist Church, Parkville
  • Office Depot, all locations in Baltimore County

Boscov’s of White Marsh Mall, a longtime partner of BCPS, began its school supply drive early – at the beginning of July – and will continue it through Saturday, Aug. 26. In addition to collecting school supplies, the store is accepting donations of new socks and underwear for students who are experiencing homelessness.

On the last day of its extended drive, Saturday, Aug. 26, Boscov’s White Marsh will partner with The Education Foundation to host a large back-to-school festival on its lower level parking lot. This festival will feature the school system’s Mobile Innovation Lab and Parentmobile, the Baltimore County Library’s Bookmobile, a fire engine from the White Marsh Volunteer Fire Company, food trucks, student entertainment, hands-on activities, and information tables about BCPS and community resources.

In addition, three festive community drop-off events will be held to accept public donations of school supplies. These will be held:

  • Tuesday, Aug. 8, from 2 – 6 p.m.
    Pikesville Farmers Market, Pomona Square Shopping Center, 1700 Reisterstown Rd., 21208
    Hosted by the Pikesville Chamber of Commerce
  • Saturday, Aug. 12, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    First Financial Federal branch, 1301 York Rd., Lutherville, 21093
    Hosted by First Financial Federal Credit Union
  • A date will soon be announced for a community drop-off event at the Towson Farmer’s Market.
    Hosted by the Towson Chamber of Commerce

The following businesses/organizations will be collecting school supplies from their employees and customers/members or have already donated supplies:

  • Baltimore County Democratic Central Committee
  • basys
  • Bohler Engineering
  • CitiFinancial Servicing
  • Daly
  • HMS Insurance Associates, Inc.
  • KCI Technologies Inc.
  • KPMG LLP
  • Lakeshore Learning, Towson
  • Mitre Corporation
  • Padonia Park Club
  • Patient First
  • Phillips Way, Inc.
  • Pikesville Chamber of Commerce
  • Southern Management Corporation

There is still time to get involved. Interested businesses can sign up by contacting Diana Spencer at dspencer4@bcps.org. Information and posters will be sent to them.

All school supplies are welcome and will be well used. The most needed school supplies are: folders, composition books / notebooks, pencils, crayons, highlighters / markers, glue sticks, scissors, backpacks, binders, pens, Post-it Notes, and primary journals (composition books that include space for drawing).

Businesses can deliver donated supplies to the BCPS warehouse from Aug. 14 – 18, or BCPS will pick up the donated supplies on those same days. Once collected, the supplies will be sorted and organized, and then teachers can come to a one-day “store” (generously loaned to BCPS by the management of White Marsh Mall) to select the items most needed by their students.

The school supply drive is part of the BCPS annual Back to School Involves You, Too! campaign in association with The Education Foundation of BCPS. Designed to garner community support for BCPS students and schools, the campaign this year includes National Summer Learning Day, Parent University workshops, the back-to-school festival, volunteer recruitment, BCPS Day at Camden Yards, and more.

The Education Foundation of BCPS, Inc., is a nonprofit organization established to attract and direct public financial contributions to programs and activities of the school system in support of quality education for all children.

Fire reported at Golden Ring Middle School

Golden Ring Middle FireCrews are on the scene of a Thursday evening fire at a school in Rosedale.

At just after 5:30 p.m., firefighters responded to Golden Ring Middle School, located in the 6700 block of Kenwood Avenue.

Preliminary reports indicate that the air conditioning unit on the roof of the school is on fire.  Flames were seen shooting from the roof.

There has been no word on any injuries.

Motorists should use caution in the area.

Eastern Tech students place in top 10 at national Future Business Leaders conference

BCPS FBLA 2017Towson, MD – Nine Baltimore County Public Schools students placed in the top 10 in their events at the 75th Annual Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) National Leadership Conference, held in Anaheim, CA, from June 29 – July 2.

The nationally top-ranking students are:

  • Shawn Nijjar, Saharsh Buddula, and Neelesh Mupparapu, of Eastern Technical High School – 1st place in Emerging Business Issues (a team event)
  • Jakob Decker, of Catonsville High School – 4th place in Introduction to Business Communication
  • Adrian Parker, of Randallstown High School – 4th place in Help Desk
  • Jordan Davis, of Randallstown High School – 7th place in Public Speaking II
  • Francis Maglaqui, of Eastern Technical High School – 9th place in Introduction to Business
  • Daniel O’Donnell, of Dulaney High School – 9th place in Mobile Application Development
  • Josh Talley, of Dulaney High School – 9th place in Mobile Application Development

In total, 58 BCPS students and seven BCPS advisers were part of the nearly 200 strong delegation from Maryland. The student participants qualified for their national level events by winning at both the regional and state level.They represented Catonsville, Dulaney, Eastern Tech, Hereford, Overlea, Parkville, Patapsco, Perry Hall, Randallstown, and Sparrows Point high schools. In addition to competing, students took part in a variety of leadership development sessions.More than 12,000 students attended the national conference from all 50 states, as well as China, Haiti, and Puerto Rico.

Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. (FBLA – PBL) is the largest career student organization in the world. Each year, FBLA – PBL helps more than 230,000 members prepare for careers in business.FBLA is a co-curricular organization for business and computer science students.BCPS has chapters at most high schools and has recently installed some chapters at the middle school level.

Next year’s national conference will be held in Baltimore. The Maryland FBLA will be looking for business partners to help judge the more than 70 business and computer science-related events.

More information on FBLA as well as video clips of the winners, when posted, can be found at the FBLA national website.