Baltimore County Public Schools to close 3 hours early on last day

baltimore-county-public-schools-bcpsTOWSON, MD. – In May, the Board of Education of Baltimore County adjusted the calendar for the last days of the 2016 – 2017 school year. All schools will now close three hours early on the last day, Tuesday, June 13.

The full schedule for the final days of school will be as follows:

  • Friday, June 9 – All schools will provide a full day of classes. It will be the last day of classes for Preschool-3 and PreKindergarten students.
  • Monday, June 12 – Elementary and middle schools will close three hours early for students. High schools will provide a full day of classes.
  • Tuesday, June 13 – Final day of classes for all students. All schools will close three hours early for students.

For the 2017 – 2018 school year, the first day of classes for students will be Tuesday, September 5. Students entering Grades 6 and 9 are encouraged to attend a special orientation, Early Entry Day, on Wednesday, August 30.

They will receive more information about this event from their schools.

Crossing guards needed in Baltimore County

Crossing GuardThe Baltimore County Police Department needs men and women to serve as school crossing guards.

There is an increase in the demand throughout the entire county, but due to road development and traffic concerns, the need is especially great in the central sections of Baltimore County.

If you have been thinking of a way to become more involved in your community while getting paid to do so, this is the time to act.

Parents, grandparents, college students or anyone who wants to help insure the safety of children to and from school are encouraged to apply. The pay is $12.78 per hour and the time commitment is only two hours daily, Monday through Friday. When schools have off due to inclement weather, so do you, without loss of pay. Additionally, you incur paid leave as you gain years of experience. You may receive paid national and state holidays from September through June. You will be given your equipment and uniforms free of charge.

Those wishing to apply to the Baltimore County Police Department for the position of crossing guard need to be at least 18 years old. All applicants will undergo a background check, including fingerprinting.

Application Deadline is June 2

This is the perfect part-time job for stay-at-home parents, retirees and those with a little extra time in the morning and afternoon. The best part of the job is the satisfaction of knowing that you play a major role in keeping the children in your neighborhood safe in their travels.

The deadline to apply is June 2nd. Additional information about the School Guard Team and how to apply to become a Baltimore County crossing guard are available online.

Baltimore County Public Schools names interim superintendent

Verletta WhiteTowson, MD – Verletta White, chief academic officer of Baltimore County Public Schools – and a graduate of the school system, has been named interim superintendent by the Board of Education of Baltimore County.

Her one-year term will begin on July 1, 2017, pending approval from the Maryland State Department of Education.

“Mrs. White has served BCPS with distinction for more than 20 years,” said Board Chair Edward J. Gilliss. “As a district-level administrator for more than a decade and as the chief academic officer for the last four years, she has been an integral part of both ensuring the stability of the school system and accelerating the academic progress of its students. She focuses, always, on enhancing the classroom experience for students and teachers. The Board looks forward to working with her as we continue to build on the school system’s advances.”

A dynamic and focused leader, White is responsible for defining and communicating the vision of the school system while directing a division of more than 500 curriculum and student support staff. In support of increased student achievement, White works with the superintendent to oversee four community superintendents who facilitate alignment and implementation of curricular programs and student services.

White, a Baltimore native who attended Woodmoor Elementary and Woodlawn Middle schools before graduating from Woodlawn High School, began her teaching career in 1992 as an elementary school teacher in Baltimore City. She joined BCPS as a teacher in 1995 and served as a school-based administrator from 1998 – 2006. White assumed her first central office position in 2006, as the coordinator of professional development. In this role, she drew upon her classroom teaching and mentoring experiences to foster the professional growth of teachers and administrators on a system level. As a member of the superintendent’s senior and executive staff since 2006, White has served BCPS in a variety of capacities: executive director of professional development; area assistant superintendent for the Northeast Area; and assistant superintendent for elementary schools.

White served as an adjunct professor in school improvement leadership for Goucher College and is a state and national presenter on topics such as professional development, the transformation of teaching and learning, and leading through change in a digital era. She also is a member of the RTM K-12 National Advisory Committee and the Center for Digital Education Advisory Committee.

White holds a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Towson University, a Master of Arts degree in leadership in teaching from Notre Dame of Maryland University, and she is a doctoral candidate in urban educational leadership at Morgan State University. She and her husband are the proud parents of two BCPS students, and the family lives in Freeland, in northern Baltimore County.

‘Shop and Eat to the Beat’ all summer long at The Avenue at White Marsh

The Avenue Shop Eat BeatNow that construction on the new plaza is complete, with a grand opening scheduled for Saturday, The Avenue at White Marsh is relaunching its summer concert series for 2017.

“THE AVENUE LIVE! Shop and Eat to the Beat” will take place every Friday and Saturday from 7:00  to 9:00 p.m.  It will stretch from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

Patrons will be able to enjoy patio dining or they can grab a bite from one of The Avenue’s many eateries.  Attendees may also bring a blanket (no chairs).

The events will feature new musical talent every week.

For the convenience of those in need of additional seating, representatives from Perry Hall High School will provide chairs (appropriate for use on the turf) and blankets for rental. A minimum donation of $2 per chair or blanket is required. All proceeds will benefit the fundraising efforts of Perry Hall High School.

Please note – rented chairs must be utilized on a designated area at the back of the turf so as not to interfere with the blanket seating space.
* Please remember… B.Y.O. is prohibited at these performances. Only food and beverages purchased from The Avenue at White Marsh restaurants and eateries are permitted in the event area. The Main Plaza (event area), is designated smoke free.

Here the 2017 concert line-up:

5/20 Unity Reggae (5 p.m.) & 8 Ohms (7 p.m.)
5/26 Nelly’s Echo (Pop Rock)
5/27 The Crawdaddies (Roots Rock, Zydeco)
6/2 Proverbs Reggae Band (Reggae)
6/3 Liquid A (Pop)
6/9 Will Hill (Rock, Ska)
6/10 Justin Trawick and the Common Good (Americana)
6/16 LVT (Alternative / Indie Rock)
6/17 King Teddy (Rockabilly, Swing)
6/23 Jah Works (Reggae)
6/24 Dublin 5 (Celtic Rock)
6/30 Swampcandy (Blues, Roots)
7/1 The Racket (Roots Rock)
7/7 Pressing Strings (Folk Rock)
7/8 Moonshine Society (R&B)
7/14 Michael Louis Band (Rock Blues)
7/15 The Crawdaddies (Roots Rock, Zydeco)
7/21 The ShamRogues (Celtic Rock)
7/22 Gold Magnolias (R&B/soul, Pop)
7/28 NOMAD (Modern Country)
7/29 Classroom Dragons (Americana)
8/4 Billy Coulter Band (Roots Rock/Pop)
8/5 Hustle Souls (Soul, Roots Rock, Funk)
8/11 Natty Beaux (Jump Blues/Swing/Rockabilly)
8/12 Proverbs Reggae Band (Reggae)
8/18 Nelly’s Echo (Pop Rock)
8/19 The Scotch Bonnets (Funky Reggae Rock)
8/25 Junkyard Saints (New Orleans Funk)
8/26 Sweet Leda (funk, soul and pop)
9/1 Barleyjuice (Celtic Rock)
9/2 Speakers of the House (funk, Rock)