Parkville, Golden Ring art teachers to be honored for excellence

baltimore-county-public-schools-bcpsEight art teachers from Baltimore County Public Schools will be honored by the Maryland Art Education Association (MAEA) during its annual conference.  In addition to six districtwide winners, two BCPS educators will receive state-level awards.

Stacey Bentley of Summit Park Elementary School, will be named Maryland Elementary Level Art Educator of the Year, and Linda McConaughy, retired visual arts supervisor, will be named Maryland Emeritus Art Educator of the Year.

In nominating Bentley, Sherri Fisher, BCPS coordinator of visual arts, wrote:

“Stacey Bentley is a model of finding the possibilities in obstacles. She speaks from a place of experience and compassion about the power of art education. She truly sees student’s unique qualities and abilities as gifts and creates a tremendously positive and productive classroom. Additionally, she serves as the lead elementary art teacher on our Special Education Work Group. Stacey leads teachers of varying content areas and collaborates with teachers across the district in improving ways to work with students, their families and adult assistance who represent a broad spectrum of need. She develops ways to empower the artistic development of each student and support every stakeholder. The field of art education is stronger because of voices like hers.”


Of McConaughy, Fisher said:

“After 31 years of serving in nearly every capacity from teacher and administrator to supervisor in Baltimore County Public Schools and several roles in the National Art Education Association, Linda is now focusing on her career as an artist. Linda loves to investigate the natural world through collecting, drawing, and painting, and growing things in her garden. She has been published in numerous journals and books and exhibits her artwork widely across the US.”

The BCPS teachers to be honored with district recognition are:

Novice Art Teachers of the Year
Emma Popp, Grange Elementary School
Karly Rosencrans, Dundalk Middle School
Lindsay Miller, Towson High School

Career Art Teachers of the Year
Kerry Towner, Hampton Elementary School
Camille Gibson, Golden Ring Middle School
Catlin Tellie, Parkville High School

The awardees will be recognized at a reception and ceremony hosted at Towson University on Friday, October 19.

The ceremony is part of the 2018 MAEA conference, which will be hosted by Towson University and Dulaney High School on October 19 & 20.


Nottingham-area high schools among region’s 50 best

Niche LogoOne quarter of the region’s 50 best public high schools are in Baltimore County, according to annual rankings compiled by Niche, based on data from the U.S. Department of Education and test scores, college data, and ratings collected from Niche users.

The following 13 Baltimore County Public Schools appeared in the top 50 overall:

School, ranking

  • Hereford High School, 7th
  • Eastern Technical High School, 9th
  • George W. Carver Center for Arts & Technology, 12th
  • Dulaney High School, 13th
  • Towson High School, 14th
  • Western School of Technology and Environmental Science, 15th
  • Catonsville High School, 23rd
  • Pikesville High School, 30th
  • Perry Hall High School, 33rd
  • Franklin High School, 36th
  • Loch Raven High School, 38th
  • Sparrows Point High School, 39th
  • Parkville High School, 47th

In addition, Niche compared schools in the same region for best teachers, best college prep, and most diversity. Again, Baltimore County claimed approximately a quarter of the schools on the lists for best teachers and college prep and nearly one half of those on the list for most diversity.

Best Teachers
School, ranking

  • Hereford High School, 1st
  • Eastern Technical, 2nd
  • Carver Center, 10th
  • Western School of Technology and Environmental Science, 12th
  • Catonsville High School, 17th
  • Dulaney High School, 18th
  • Towson High School, 21st
  • Loch Raven High School, 26th
  • Sparrows Point, 27th
  • Perry Hall High School, 28th
  • Western, 29th
  • Parkville High School, 31st
  • Pikesville High School, 37th
  • New Town High School, 42nd
  • Franklin High School, 48th

Best College Prep
School, ranking

  • Dulaney High School, 6th
  • Towson High School, 8th
  • George Washington Carver Center for Arts & Technology, 12th
  • Eastern Technical High School, 13th
  • Hereford High School, 14th
  • Pikesville High School, 17th
  • Western School of Technology, 21st
  • Catonsville High School, 22nd
  • Franklin High School, 29th
  • Perry Hall High School, 30th
  • Loch Raven High School, 35th
  • Parkville High School, 42nd

Most Diverse
School, ranking

  • Parkville High School, 5th
  • Lansdowne High School, 8th
  • Ridge Ruxton School, 9th
  • Dundalk High School, 11th
  • Catonsville High School, 19th
  • Owings Mills High School, 22nd
  • Carver Center, 23rd
  • Eastern Technical High School, 25th
  • Franklin High School, 26th
  • Pikesville High School, 28th
  • Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts, 29th
  • Perry Hall High School 30th
  • Kenwood High School 31st
  • BCPS Extended Day Learning Program, 32nd
  • Dulaney High School, 37th
  • Maiden Choice School, 39th
  • Loch Raven High School, 43rd
  • Battle Monument School, 46th
  • Chesapeake High School, 47th
  • Western School of Technology, 49th
  • Towson High School, 50th


Parkville Towne Fair, Police Community Day, Rolling 9/11 Memorial join forces in September

Parkville Towne FairThe Parkville Towne Fair returns next month, and this time it will be held at a new location.

The 2018 Parkville Towne Fair will be held at Parkville High School on Putty Hill Avenue from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 8, 2018.

There will be music, shopping, midway games, kids games & activities, and much more.

The fair is presented by the Parkville Carney Business Association.

Music will be provided by Gene Vincentt and The Cadillac Cruisers.

This year the fair will join forces with the Baltimore County Police Department’s Police Community Day, so attendees can expect to see the police helicopter and K-9 units as well.


The Hope and Peace Foundation’s Rolling 9/11 Memorial motorcycle ride will also be riding through the “Path of Honor” around the fair on Putty Hill Avenue.

The Rolling 9/11 Memorial will be on display at the fair after the ride that morning.

“We are excited to bring the Parkville Towne Fair to its new location at Parkville High School,” said PCBA President Chris Montcalmo.  “The fair is a terrific way to bring local businesses, residents, elected officials, and the law enforcement community together.”

For more information, visit the event on Facebook or go to the official website at

Rising BCPS seniors invited to participate in summer college boot camps

FAFSA College Student Financial AidTOWSON, MD – This summer, BCPS rising seniors (students who will enter Grade 12 in the 2018-2019 school year) are invited to participate in free regional or school-specific Summer College Boot Camps.

Each camp will vary, but all will offer information and resources on the process of selecting and applying to a college and applying for financial aid. Some camps will invite parent participation. Many will feature guest speakers from college admissions and financial aid offices.

Students interested in participating must register with their school counselors.

George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology
Loch Raven High School
Towson High School
Tuesday, June 19, from 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
@ Loch Raven High School
1212 Cowpens Ave., 21286

Parkville High School
Thursday, June 21, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
@ Parkville High School
2600 Putty Hill Ave., 21234

Perry Hall High School
Tuesday, July 17, from 8:45 a.m. – 12 p.m.
@ Perry Hall High School
4601 Ebenezer Rd., 21236

Chesapeake High School
Eastern Technical High School
Kenwood High School
Overlea High School
Thursday, Aug. 2, from 4 – 7:30 p.m.
@ Eastern Technical High School
1100 Mace Ave., 21221


Perry Hall, Parkville high school students honored at 32nd annual High School Art Exhibit

High School Art Exhibit 2018TOWSON, MD. – Baltimore County Public Schools students earned honors at the awards reception for the 32nd Annual High School Art Exhibit, held at the Rosenberg Gallery at Goucher College.

The students recognized at the May 31 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 – Laurel Rountree, George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology
1st Place – Emalee Fritz, Patapsco High School & Center for the Arts
2nd Place – Flannery Supplee, Hereford High School
3rd Place – Marie Panday, George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology

BCPS Awards
Best 3D – Alexis Mullins, Sparrows Point High School
Best Painting – Katrina Catacutan, Perry Hall High School
Best Drawing – Abigail Daily, Hereford High School
Best Photo – Caddain Moe, Catonsville High School
Best Other Media –
Julia Sutton, George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology
Honorable Mention –
Alexandra Bellman, Perry Hall High School
Thomas Brubaker, Towson High School
Sebastian Czutbernat, Kenwood High School
Asiya Freeman, New Town High School
Nicholas Kokoszka, Patapsco High School & Center for the Arts
Rolin Lopez Lumis, Owings Mills High School
Valeria Perez-Sanchez, Owings Mills High School
Abenezer Sefr, Catonsville High School
Brianna Way, Parkville High School
Aaron Weeks, Towson High School

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 – Katie thor Straten, Catonsville High School
2nd Place – Laurel Rountree, George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology
3rd Place – Yasmin Bannan, Owings Mills High School
Honorable Mention –
Kyaire Evans, Pikesville High School
Hailey Fink, Perry Hall High School
Asiya Freeman, New Town High School
Tyjah Green, Ridge Ruxton School
Karen Hayes-Kern, Kenwood High School
Nicholas Kokoszka, Patapsco High School & Center for the Arts

Teachers’ Choice Winner
Emalee Fritz, Patapsco High School & Center for the Arts

People’s Choice Winner
Emalee Fritz, Patapsco High School & Center for the Arts

In the exhibit program, Sherri Fisher, visual arts coordinator, and Linda McConaughy, visual arts supervisor wrote, “The work included in the 32nd Annual High School Art Exhibit reflects the hard work of Baltimore County Public Schools art students and art educators, as well as the commitment of BCPS to visual arts education. The work is the result of a sequential PreKindergarten through Grade 12 art program that allows for continuous artistic exploration and growth throughout each student’s education experience.”

The exhibit closes on Tuesday, June 12. Many of the works are available for sale. For more information, contact the Office of Visual Arts at 443-809-4030.

The exhibit was made possible with the support of Goucher College, Azrael, Franz, Schwab & Lipowitz, and the Baltimore County Commission on Arts and Sciences.