2nd annual Parkville Community Day to be held on Saturday

Parkville High SchoolThe 2nd annual Parkville Community Day is almost here.

The event, which is hosted by the Harford Park Community Association, will be held at Parkville High School on Saturday, June 17, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Parkville High School is located at 2600 Putty Hill Avenue, Parkville MD 21234.

The day will be filled with demonstrations from the Baltimore County Police Department and Baltimore County Fire Department.

There will be plenty of activities for children and families.

Vendor space is still available at a cost of $25.  Interested parties should contact Sergeant Biter at mbiter@baltimorecountymd.gov.

Parkville Community Day 2017

Local students honored at 31st annual High School Art Exhibit

BCPS High School Art Exhibit 2017TOWSON, MD – Baltimore County Public Schools students earned honors at the awards reception for the 31st Annual High School Art Exhibit, held at Goucher College in Towson.

In welcoming guests to the exhibit reception, Sherri Fisher, BCPS visual arts coordinator, said: “The artwork in this exhibition represents every high school across Baltimore County. It represents the best of our art students, our educators, and Baltimore County’s commitment to visual arts education. The work you see tonight is the result of great effort and dedication both of art students and their teachers. We would not be standing in here in amazement of these complex and creative artworks had it not been for these students’ art experiences in a robust sequential PreK through Grade 12 program.”

The students recognized at the exhibit reception and their respective high schools and awards are:

Laubheimer Awards
(named after the late James Laubheimer, former BCPS coordinator of art)
Best in Show – Julia Gould, George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology
1st Place – Sarah Huffman, Hereford High
2nd Place – Blossom Ibekwe, Overlea High
3rd Place – Veronica Chen, Carver Center
Best 3D – Arielle Rodgers, Franklin High
Best Painting – Mackenzie Brady, Kenwood High
Best Drawing – Grace Ebacher-Rini, Hereford High
Best Photo – Ringus Chase, Parkville High
Best Other Media – Caddain Moe, Catonsville High

Azrael, Franz, Schwab & Lipowitz Awards
(The law firm of Azrael, Franz, Schwab & Lipowitz has been a longtime supporter of the visual arts in BCPS, and each year selects student works for exhibition in its Towson office.)

1st Place – Sarah Huffman, Hereford High
2nd Place – Blossom Ibekwe, Overlea High
3rd Place – Rachel Henry, Patapsco High

Brendan Colianni, Chesapeake High
Hannah Bewley, Dulaney High
Arielle Rodgers, Franklin High
Maddi Benn, Hereford High
Nataly Rivera, Parkville High
Shreyesh Shrestha, Perry Hall High
Teachers Choice
Julia Gould, Carver Center

People’s Choice
Hannah Bewley, Dulaney High

Superintendent’s Choice
Brett Maul, Franklin High

Superintendent’s Purchase Awards
1st Place – Erin Wilson, Sparrows Point High
2nd Place – Hannah Flach, Perry Hall High
3rd Place – Brett Maul, Franklin High
Laubheimer Honorable Mentions
Andrea Angeles, Perry Hall High
Quinn Batley, Towson High
Alexandra Bellman, Perry Hall High
Maddi Benn, Hereford High
Hanna Bewley, Dulaney High
Morgan Dezum, Randallstown High

Emalee Fritz, Patapsco High
Cheyenne Greear, Parkville High
Sarah Heiland, Catonsville High
Rachel Henry, Patapsco High
Nick Kokoska, Patapsco High
Will Kraft, Hereford High
Maggie Lambert, Patapsco High
Ariel Mitchell, Parkville High
Taylor Muir, Kenwood High
Tiffany Ngacha, Eastern Tech High
Nataly Rivera, Parkville High
Kyla Sklar, Perry Hall High (2 awards)
Grace Toscano, Carver Center
Erin Wilson, Sparrows Point High
Destiney Zelinski, Patapsco High

The exhibit closes on Monday, June 5. Many of the works are available for sale. For more information, contact the Office of Visual Arts at 443-809-4030.

Parkville High AD honored by Maryland State Athletic Directors Association

Markle MarstonTowson, MD – Jeff Markle, Parkville High School athletic director, has received the BCPS District VI Athletic Director of the Year Award, and Patricia Marston, administrative secretary in the Baltimore County Public Schools Office of Athletics, has received the Distinguished Service Award, both from the Maryland State Athletic Directors Association (MSADA).

Markle has been a member of the BCPS Athletic Department for the past nine years and has worked for BCPS for 24 years. In addition to the work he does at Parkville High, Markle has served on the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA) baseball committee and as the BCPS baseball director and a regional tournament director. He was recognized in 2007 with the Outstanding Teacher Award from Parkville High’s PTSA and in 2006 with the District VI Baseball Coach of the Year from BCPS. Markle also teaches the coaching competencies portion of the BCPS care and prevention of athletic injuries course. He took on this responsibility to have a greater impact on BCPS coaches.

“I can say without a shadow of a doubt that Jeff Markle represents everything positive about Baltimore County athletics,” said Michael Sye, BCPS coordinator of athletics. “His drive, determination, and commitment to the student athletes at his school and across our state show his passion and the intrinsic values that athletics teach all of us. I take great pleasure in knowing that I have Jeff Markle as a part of the BPCS Athletic Department team. He continuously raises the bar for not only his coaches but his student athletes as well.”

Marston has been a BCPS employee for 27 years, having spent 22 of those years in the Office of Athletics. She handles the numerous functions of the Office of Athletics as well as assisting with the state championships for cross country, lacrosse, and wrestling. She also has volunteered at numerous MPSSAA tournament events. Although it is not a part of her responsibilities, she frequently attends the MSADA conference as it provides her an opportunity to stay connected to the state association as well as athletic directors across the state.

“Seldom have I been able to recommend someone without reservation,” said Sye. “It is a pleasure to do so in the case of Patricia Marston. She is more than an administrative secretary, she is an important part of the success of the BCPS athletic program. She continues to go above and beyond her duties in the Office of Athletics as well as the state. She has handled all of her responsibilities with professionalism and class. She has earned others’ trust and respect through consistent honesty and professionalism in all interactions. Her willingness to handle the daily duties of the Office of Athletics, while assisting with the administration of our building management makes her a true team player and consummate professional. Patricia Marston is a valuable member of our team and a deserving person for this award.”

The honors were presented in late April at the association’s annual awards banquet.

Parkville High student named finalist in 2017 Maryland Letters About Literature Contest

Letters About LiteratureSix Baltimore County Public Schools students from three schools, one of which is Parkville High School, have been named state finalists in the 2017 Maryland Letters About Literature contest.

Coordinated by the Maryland Center for the Book at Maryland Humanities, the statewide contest is part of a national contest sponsored by the Library of Congress’ Center for the Book.

The contest, for students in grades 4–12, challenges each student to write to the author of a book, poem, or play that influenced his or her self-image or worldview. Nationally, more than 36,000 letters were submitted to this year’s contest, including 1,877 entries from Maryland students.

The state finalists from BCPS (and the works that inspired them) are:

Catonsville High School

  • Erin Horter – Drama, a graphic novel by Raina Telgemeier
  • Sylvia Johnson – All Creatures Great and Small, a short story collection by James Herriot
  • Ellie Schumacher – Bronx Masquerade, a novel by Nikki Grimes
  • Don’ya Truesdale – “Her Blooming Heart,” a poem by Saiom Shriver

Dulaney High School

  • Mikayla Mellis – The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism, a memoir by Naoki Higashida

Parkville High School

  • Jewel Hammet – The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates, a nonfiction book by Wes Moore

All Letters About Literature Maryland state finalists will be recognized at an awards ceremony on Saturday, April 22, at 11 a.m. at the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Auditorium at Mercy High School in Baltimore City.

For each level of the competition, one winner and one runner-up will be chosen at the state level. The competition levels are Level 1: Grades 4 – 6, Level 2: Grades 7 – 8, and Level 3: Grades 9 – 12. State winners will be notified in early April and will advance to the final national round of competition. The state winners will be asked to read their letters during the April 22 awards ceremony.

Last year’s Level 3 state winner was Lauralee An of Catonsville High School. (Her award-winning letter can be found here.)

Related to Letters About Literature is the Christine D. Sarbanes Teacher of the Year Award competition. All educators who had students participate in Letters About Literature this year are eligible to be nominated. The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 24. Additional information is available at http://bit.ly/2gbEOUP, and the nomination form can be found at http://bit.ly/2lkvMLb.