Twelve schools win Team BCPS Clean Green 15 Litter Challenge

baltimore-county-public-schools-bcpsBaltimore County is a little bit cleaner and greener thanks to the efforts of school children and community members who participated in this year’s Team BCPS Clean Green 15 Litter Challenge.

County Executive Don Mohler, Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent Verletta White, and Debbie Phelps, Executive Director of the Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools, announced on Tuesday morning that twelve Baltimore County public schools were winners in this program, which resulted in thousands of volunteers participating in more than three hundred litter clean-ups around the county over the past year.

“We are just delighted with the enthusiastic response we’ve gotten to this program from our students, teachers and groups in the community who take pride in helping to clean up our neighborhoods and keep litter out of our waterways and the environment,” Mohler said.

“The Clean Green 15 Challenge is an effective, real-world way for our students to learn about the environment as they demonstrate pride in their schools and communities,” said BCPS Superintendent Verletta White.

“The Clean Green 15 challenge is a great, hands-on way for students and community members to get involved and make a difference by putting litter in its place,” said Baltimore County Council Chair Julian Jones.

Clean Green 15 Results:

Tons of Litter Collected, Thousands of Grant Dollars Distributed to Schools

The 2018 program resulted in 338 clean-ups conducted by 5,057 volunteers who picked up 3,471 bags of litter and debris. This is a 29% increase in volunteers over last year!

In addition to litter, Clean Green 15 volunteers collected many tons of bulk trash items from parks, stream banks, schoolyards and other locations around Baltimore County. Clean-ups included schoolchildren as well as community-based volunteer activity.

Through the Team BCPS Clean Green 15 Litter Challenge, the Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools awarded grants to the top winning schools to fund school-based instructional projects emphasizing the theme of environmental literacy.  Examples could include installing a reading garden or rain garden, planting trees, diverting downspouts, or environmental education projects. Six schools won Honorable Mention awards and received technology prizes.

Team BCPS Clean Green 15 Litter Challenge 

Winning Schools—2018

Grand Prize—Volunteers$3,000 grantReisterstown Elementary School
Grand Prize—Weight$3,000 grantGeneral John Stricker Middle School
Elementary Schools Prize$1,500 grantChesapeake Terrace Elementary School
Middle Schools Prize$1,500 grantParkville Middle School and Center for Technology
High Schools Prize$1,500 grantDulaney High School
Special Schools Prize$1,500 grantBattle Monument School
Honorable MentioniPadBear Creek Elementary School
Honorable MentioniPadEdgemere Elementary School
Honorable MentioniPadLansdowne High School
Honorable MentioniPadMilbrook Elementary School
Honorable MentioniPadPerry Hall Middle School
Honorable MentioniPadStoneleigh Elementary School

2018 Sponsors:

BGE, Comcast, Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability

Winners of Baltimore County’s Clean Green 15 anti-litter initiative to be announced at Parkville Middle

Parkville Middle SchoolBaltimore County Public Schools Interim Superintendent Verletta White and Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler will announce the 12 winning schools of the annual “Team BCPS Clean Green 15 Litter Challenge.”

The announcement will be made at Parkville Middle School on Tuesday at 11 a.m.

The top performing schools will be awarded grants to create environmental projects. This year, the litter challenge involved more than 5,000 volunteers who participated in 338 clean-ups throughout Baltimore County, resulting in the removal of tons of trash from school and community properties. The anti-litter initiative encouraged BCPS schools and community organizations to conduct litter clean-ups and anti-littering outreach this past year.


Debbie Phelps, executive director of The Education Foundation of BCPS, will serve as the program emcee.

Through the initiative, participating groups registered their “Clean Green” events on the BCPS website and designated which BCPS school would receive credit for their efforts. Environmental literacy grants from The Education Foundation of BCPS are awarded to schools based on the clean-up activity credited to winning schools as well as other anti-litter education and outreach efforts.

Grants are to be used for school-based instruction that emphasizes the theme of environmental literacy. Sponsors include BGE, The Education Foundation of BCPS, the Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability, and BCPS.

Parkville Middle School is located at 8711 Avondale Road in Parkville (21234).


BCPS earns national honors for music education, digital citizenship, and communications in 4th quarter

baltimore-county-public-schools-bcpsTOWSON, MD. – During the months of April through June, Baltimore County Public Schools continued to earn recognition for its students, schools, and staff. National awards included system-wide excellence in music education, digital citizenship, and communications.

“Looking back on the 2017-2018 school year, I am simply amazed by the depth and the range of talent demonstrated by our students, staff, and schools,” said BCPS Superintendent Verletta White. “I look forward to leading our BCPS family toward even more achievement as we begin the next school year.”

Awards earned ran the gamut from academics and teaching to character education, leadership, community service, safety, robotics, JROTC; the literary, visual, performing, and culinary arts; and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

International, national, state, and regional highlights are included below.

Student Honors

Staff Honors


School Honors

System Honors

The fourth quarter closed out a year of excellence for Team BCPS, including continuous recognition during the first, second, and third quarters.

BCPS changing arrival, dismissal times at some Nottingham-area schools

baltimore-county-public-schools-bcpsTOWSON, MD – Baltimore County Public Schools is changing arrival and dismissal bell times at a limited number of schools for 2018-2019 school year.

“The times are being changed to achieve more efficient school operations, said Interim Chief Academic Officer Dr. Mary McComas. “The changes are slight in most cases, and we want parents to be aware of them as early as possible to help plan for when schools open to students on Tuesday, September 4.”

Some bell times in the county’s northeast area will be affected by the opening of Honeygo Elementary School, which is expected to accommodate about 652 students.

New daily arrival and dismissal bell times for schools in the northeast area of the county are the following:
•Honeygo Elementary – 9:15 a.m. – 3:50 p.m.

•Joppa View Elementary – 9:30 a.m. – 4:05 p.m.

•Parkville Middle – 8:15 a.m. – 2:50 p.m.

•Pine Grove Middle – 8:15 a.m. – 2:50 p.m.

•White Oak – 9 a.m. – 3:35 p.m.

Several schools in the county’s southwest and southeast communities also will have new bell times. They are:
•Arbutus Elementary – 9:15 a.m. – 3:50 p.m.

•Logan Elementary – 9:25 a.m. – 4 p.m.

•Relay Elementary – 8:55 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

The arrival and dismissal bell times noted above include the five minutes that has been added to the end of the student day for all schools for the 2018 – 2019 school year to increase the instructional hours.The complete list of the 2018 – 2019 opening and closing times, including the additional five minutes, is available online.

Perry Hall, Parkville schools recognized as Maryland Green Schools

Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education MAEOEFifteen Baltimore County schools have been named 2018 Maryland Green Schools by the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education.

“This accomplishment is a testament to the hard work of our school leaders and educators, who are making sure that students embrace our need to take care of the environment,” said Interim Superintendent Verletta White. “We know that our students care deeply about solving the world’s problems, and this is just one example of authentic, real-world teaching and learning that is making a difference.”

Three elementary schools earned Sustainable status, signifying a long-term, school-wide dedication to sustainable environmental management practices, environmental education curriculum, professional development opportunities, and community engagement.

An additional three elementary schools earned their First Recertification. Nine schools joined the prestigious list of Maryland Green Schools in BCPS for the first time. All schools are listed below.

Maryland Green Schools – Sustainable

Berkshire Elementary School
Glyndon Elementary School
Hillcrest Elementary School

Maryland Green Schools – First Recertification

Arbutus Middle School
Catonsville Elementary School
Riderwood Elementary School

Maryland Green Schools – New Certification

Edgemere Elementary School
Kenwood High School
Milbrook Elementary School
Parkville Middle School
Perry Hall Middle School
Pikesville Middle School
Pine Grove Elementary School
Ridge Ruxton School
Rodgers Forge Elementary School

The Maryland Green Schools Program is a nationally recognized program begun in 1999. Today there are 618 active Green Schools certified in Maryland, including more than 27% of all Maryland schools.

The Maryland Green Schools program encourages educational opportunities for PreK-12 schools that increase awareness and understanding of environmental relationships that impact public health and the local community.

The program is aligned with Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement 2014 goals and supports Maryland State Department of Education graduation requirements and standards.