Arrest made in connection with threat made toward Perry Hall Middle School

Police GraphicPolice in Baltimore County said on Sunday that officers had made an arrest in connection with a threat made toward Perry Hall Middle School.

The Baltimore County Police Department tweeted that the threat had been made on Instagram.

The school had placed an automated call to parents on Sunday informing them of the threat.

Authorities say the juvenile suspect is a student at Perry Hall Middle School and has been located and taken into custody.

Police say this was an isolated incident and that no additional suspects were involved.

As a precaution, there will be additional officers present at PHMS on Monday morning.

Baltimore County recognizes Eastern Tech

Kamenetz Eastern Tech NicheAs part of Baltimore County’s celebration of American Education Week, County Executive Kevin Kamenetz honored seven Baltimore County public high schools ranked among the region’s 25 best by Niche, a nationally recognized website that evaluates schools and neighborhoods.

Niche recently released its 2018 rankings of every public and private school in the country, ranking them by city, state, and metropolitan area. High schools were given a final letter grade, based on a series of grades given in a wide variety of categories, including diversity, quality of the teachers, academic curriculum and the promotion of health and wellness. The Baltimore Business Journal reviewed Niche’s data and published a listing of the top 25 high schools in the Baltimore region, including seven BCPS high schools.

Kamenetz presented Executive Citations to the principals and student and staff representatives of these schools:

  • Catonsville High School
  • Dulaney High School
  • Eastern Technical High School
  • Hereford High School
  • George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology
  • Towson High School
  • Western School of Technology

“We are delighted that almost one-third of the top 25 high schools in our region are right here in Baltimore County,” said Kamenetz, who joked to the parents present at the event that their property values had just gone up based on the rankings. “These ranking are another testament to the excellent work being done by everyone in our school system.”

“I appreciate this opportunity to celebrate these schools that are truly jewels of their communities,” said BCPS Interim Superintendent Verletta White. “There is no mystery behind such excellence. It is the result of everyday commitment and dedication by leaders, staff, and families to prepare students for lifelong success. I am particularly proud of our schools for their well-rounded combination of high achievement, positive climates, and strong academic and extracurricular programming.”

Friendly competition as Baltimore County schools aim for best attendance

baltimore-county-public-schools-bcpsBaltimore County Public Schools is expecting plenty of friendly competition this month as elementary schools challenge each other for the title of best student attendance.

November is BCPS Attendance Awareness Month, reminding students and families of the importance of daily, on-time attendance now that routines have settled in for the school year. Research shows that missing just two school days per month can negatively impact student achievement.

“We miss students when they miss school,” said BCPS Interim Superintendent Verletta White. “We can feel student absences in our school climate. Every school day counts, and every day we want to give all of our students the opportunity for learning and discovery.”

Last year, Mays Chapel Elementary School emerged as the winner of a four-school attendance challenge, reporting average attendance of 96.45% and edging out competitors at neighboring Padonia International, Pot Spring, and Warren elementary schools. To conclude the challenge, the principals dressed as their school mascots and toured all four schools to celebrate their students.

This year, those schools again challenge each other for best student attendance. There will be similar challenges between the following elementary schools: Carney, Oakleigh, and Pleasant Plains; Hampton and Lutherville Laboratory; and Battle Grove, Chesapeake Terrace, and Edgemere.

Oakleigh Elementary will announce its mascot challenge with an assembly on November 7, recognizing students who had perfect attendance during October and students who have demonstrated kindness, responsibility, and respect, the school’s three virtues for the year.

At Ridgely Middle School, the grade level with the top attendance during November will receive Ridgley Bucks to use at the Scholastic book fair.

Winners of each challenge will be announced in early December.

Additional schools are developing incentives to reward student attendance. Follow the celebrations on social media using hashtag #schooleveryday.

Victory Villa Elementary to hold ceremonial groundbreaking for replacement school

Victory Villa Elementary SchoolGround will soon be broken on a new school in Middle River.

Victory Villa Elementary School Principal Margaret Roberts will be joined by BCPS Interim Superintendent Verletta White and Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz to break ground for a new, $39 million school to replace the existing structure.

The groundbreaking will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 17, at the Victory Villa Elementary School site, located at 500 Compass Road in Middle River (21220).

The new school, which is scheduled to open to students for the 2018-2019 school year, is designed to increase capacity at the school from 326 to 735.