Baltimore County Public Schools seeking senior volunteers

RSVPBaltimore County Public Schools, in partnership with the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), is seeking volunteers over the age of 55 to assist in classrooms throughout Baltimore County. Volunteers support teachers with day to day tasks and encourage students to achieve.

If you are a caring and patient individual who is willing to give a few hours per week, consider joining a vibrant group of volunteers who mentor Baltimore County youth. All volunteers must pass a background screening and complete an online orientation.

Volunteer Information Sessions

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 10:30 -11:30 am

White Oak School, Training Lab 8401 Leefield Rd, Baltimore, 21234

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 2:30 – 3:30 pm

Essex Senior Center 600 Dorsey Ave., Essex 21221

Thursday, September 28, 2017 2:30 -3:30 pm

Liberty Senior Center 3525 Resource Dr., Randallstown 21133

To register for this special opportunity to serve, call the Retired Senior Volunteer Program at 410-887-3101 or email

RSVP is a federal grant program that is sponsored by the Baltimore County Department of Aging. RSVP engages volunteers over the age of 55 with volunteer opportunities that allow them to share a lifetime of skills and experiences. Currently, more than 50 registered volunteers serve in schools across Baltimore County.

16 BCPS students named National Merit semifinalists

National Merit ScholarshipSixteen Baltimore County Public Schools students from eight high schools have been named semifinalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program coordinated by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

The honored students are:

Dulaney High School
Samantha T. Engler
Sherry Guo
Abhinav S. Khushalani
Adabelle Xie
Megan Zhang

Franklin High School
Mckenzie K. Patrick

George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology
Michael A. Krasnitski
Diana Liepinya

Hereford High School
Justin D. Ciemian
Tyler T. Honeywell

Loch Raven High School
Caleb A. Lacey

Perry Hall High School
Malachi M. Fowler

Towson High School
Ciara E. Donegan
Kristin M. Donegan
Olivia T. Goodrich

Western School of Technology and Environmental Science
Albert J. Ko

“We are so proud of these BCPS students for their demonstrated commitment to academic achievement and for taking full advantage of the instruction and support provided by teachers, families, and administrators,” said BCPS Interim Superintendent Verletta White. “We wish our semifinalists well as they compete for finalist ranking, and we look forward to following their post-graduate careers.”

About 1.6 million juniors from more than 22,000 high schools applied for the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program by participating in the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NSMQT®). The highest scoring entrants in each state create the national pool of 16,000 semifinalists, which represents less than 1 percent of high school seniors in the nation. Most semifinalists advance to the finalist level (based on their academic records, recommendations and SAT scores) and compete for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships.

Through its longstanding partnership with the College Board, which administers the PSAT/NSMQT, Baltimore County Public Schools provides funding so that all students in Grades 9, 10, and 11 students can take the PSAT/NSMQT at no charge to them or their families and that all Grade 11 students can take the SAT at no charge. The PSAT test provides practice for the SAT and provides BCPS educators with important assessments of student strengths and challenges.

BCPS Back to School Festival coming to Boscov’s on August 26

baltimore-county-public-schools-bcpsWhat: Join Baltimore County Public Schools at a free outdoor festival to celebrate the upcoming 2017-2018 school year. Come to see our exciting Mobile Innovation Lab. “Get Your Head in the Game” by making a creative paper hat sculpture. Climb up on a working fire engine. Get up close and personal with an antique fire engine – a 1949 Mack Engine. Learn more about supporting student success on the BCPS Parentmobile. See how good you are with hula hoops and jump ropes. Make cool paper rockets. Buy a delicious lunch from Flat Chance, Jimmy’s Famous Seafood, Maui Wowi Hawaiian Smoothies, or Pablo’s Toc O’s food trucks. Find a great book to read on the county library’s Bookmobile. Discover BCPS and community programs and services. Mingle with Doc the Tiger from Towson University. And enjoy the psychedelic funk of special musical guest The Groove Machine – a band comprised of seven Grade 10 students at George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology. This event is sponsored by The Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools. Backpacks filled with school supplies, donated by Patient First, will be awarded as door prizes every 15 minutes.

When: Saturday, Aug. 26, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Where: Boscov’s at White Marsh Mall
Lower parking lot
8200 Perry Hall Boulevard, 21236

Background: Festival vendors are:

From the community
Baltimore County Public Library, Bookmobile and White Marsh Branch
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Community College of Baltimore County
The Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools
Fire Museum of Maryland
Hot Spots Extended Day Care
Maryland 529 (college savings plans)
Patient First
RSVP (senior volunteers, Baltimore County Dept. of Aging)
Baltimore County Public Library Bookmobile
White Marsh Volunteer Fire Company

Food trucks
Flat Chance
Jimmy’s Famous Seafood
Maui Wowi Hawaiian Smoothies and Coffee
Pablo’s Toc O’s

Career and Technology Education
College and Career Readiness
English for Speakers of Other Languages
English Language Arts
Food and Nutrition Services
Human Resources
Magnet Programs
Mobile Innovation Lab
Physical Education
School Counseling
Pupil Personnel Services
Visual Arts

School supply collection drive kicks off around Nottingham

Education Foundation BCPSTOWSON, MD — Beginning this week, Baltimore County residents are likely to see boxes everywhere – in local stores, libraries, health clubs, and offices. These boxes are collection bins for the annual school supply drive coordinated by The Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools.

All new 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). The school supply drive will run through Sunday, Aug. 13.

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


  • Anytime Fitness, Perry Hall and Timonium
    • 5002 Honeygo Center Dr., 21128
    • 55 W Aylesbury Rd., Suite A, 21093
  • Baltimore County Public Library, all branches
  • Barnes and Noble Booksellers, Pikesville
    • 1819 Reisterstown Rd., 21208
  • Boscov’s, White Marsh Mall
    • 8200 Perry Hall Blvd., 21236
  • Chesapeake Bank of Maryland
    • 2001 E. Joppa Rd., 21234
  • Chik Fil A, Eastpoint
    • 7907 Eastern Ave, 21224
  • The Columbia Bank, Fairgrounds Plaza
    • 67 W. Aylesbury Rd., 21093
  • First Financial Federal Credit Union, all branches in Baltimore County
    • Catonsville Branch, Westpark Shopping Center, 6400 Baltimore National Pike, 21228
    • Fullerton Branch, Putty Hill Plaza, 7966 Belair Rd., 21236
    • Golden Ring Branch, 8665 Pulaski Highway, 21237
    • Lutherville Branch, Heaver Plaza, 1301 York Rd., 21093
    • Owings Mills Branch, St. Thomas Shopping Center, 9906 Reisterstown Rd., 21117
    • Lutherville Administrative Center, 1215 York Rd., 21093
  • Hiss United Methodist Church
    • 8700 Harford Rd., 21234
  • Office Depot, all locations in Baltimore County
    • 3595 Washington Blvd,, Washington Blvd. & Lansdowne Rd., 21227
    • 1630 Reisterstown Rd., Reisterstown & Naylors, 21208
    • 11716 Reisterstown Rd., Cherry Vale Plaza, 21136
    • 8640 Pulaski Hwy #103, Rte 40 & 695 (Old Ward’s Bldg), 21237
    • 1920 York Rd., York Rd. & Fox Tail Rd., 21093
  • Santoni’s 
    • 4854 Butler Rd., 21071
  • SASS Salon 
    • 6715 York Rd., 21212
  • White Marsh Volunteer Fire Company
    • 5419 Ebenezer Rd., 21162

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.
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 first and largest contributor to the drive is Open Door Before and After School Care, which, as the Cornerstone sponsor, has donated $10,000 worth of supplies for each of the past two years.

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
  • Chesapeake Gateway Chamber of Commerce
  • CitiFinancial Servicing
  • Daly
  • Financial Fitness
  • HMS Insurance Associates, Inc.
  • KCI Technologies Inc.
  • Lakeshore Learning, Towson
  • MedStar Health
  • Mitre Corporation
  • Oak Contracting
  • Padonia Park Club
  • Patient First
  • Phillips Way, Inc.
  • Pikesville Chamber of Commerce
  • The Pinder Plotkin Legal Team
  • Scholnick Law
  • Southern Management Corporation
  • Towson University

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

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.