Announcing the 2018 BCPS
Teacher of the Year finalists!
The BCPS Teacher of the Year committee announced the six finalists for this year's honor.

One of the six finalists below will be the 2018 BCPS Teacher of the Year! We will be announcing the Teacher of the Year April 25.

Catherine Flanagan, 
Victory Villa Elementary
Ms. Flanagan is in her seventh year as the visual arts teacher at Victory Villa Elementary and her 15th as an educator. Each year, she leads the annual Victory Villa ES art show, where works from every student are featured.   
Dr. Leonora Lipinski, 
Perry Hall High
Dr. Lipinski is in her 14th year as a science teacher at Perry Hall High and 25th year overall. She is the coordinator of Perry Hall High's Biomedical Sciences program and has also served as a biology instructor. 

Brendan Penn,
Lyons Mill Elementary
Mr. Penn is in his third year at Lyons Mill Elementary as a Grade 3 teacher and his sixth year with BCPS. He is a BCPS elementary robotics liaison and helped the Lyons Mill VEX Robotics Team qualify for nationals.  
Kimberly Burton-Regulski, Eastern Tech

Ms. Burton-Regulski is in her 19th year as a mathematics teacher at Eastern Tech, where she is the department chair for mathematics, engineering, IT, and computer science. She is also the innovator coordinator for the Eastern Tech Makerspace.
Robert Russell,
Cockeysville Middle

Mr. Russell is in his 10th year as a physical education teacher at Cockeysville Middle and his 23rd with BCPS. He has served as a basketball, track and field and tennis club coach. He is also his school's dance club supervisor. 

Alison Tunison,
Lutherville Lab

Ms. Tunison is in her 22nd year as a BCPS teacher. She serves as Lutherville Lab's instrumental music teacher. A member of the school improvement team, she also leads the school's steel drum band, which performs and spreads joy throughout the community.
Deadline nears for second annual
Team BCPS haiku contest
The deadline for the second annual BCPS haiku contest is Thursday, March 29, at 4:45 p.m.

This year's haiku topic is How Reading Makes You Feel.

A winning haiku will be chosen at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Additional haiku will be selected for a book, which will also include student artwork. 

Need more details? Check out our press release about this year's contest.

Important schedule reminders!
Please be advised of the following schedule notes for this week and next week:

Thursday, March 29: Third marking period ends. Elementary and middle schools close 3 hours early for students. High schools in session for full day.

Friday, March 30: Schools and offices closed. Spring break.

Monday, April 2: Schools and offices closed. Spring break.

Tuesday, April 3: Schools reopen for students. 

Video of the Week: Chapel Hill ES, Catonsville Middle teams win Black Saga competition
Congratulations to the student teams from Chapel Hill Elementary and Catonsville Middle for winning this year's BCPS Black Saga competition. All students who participated learned more about African American history.

BCPS-TV provided this recap from the finals.

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Team BCPS Photo of the Week --
Lyons Mill Elementary
At Lyons Mill Elementary, students involved in the Students Learning Innovating and Mending the Environment club created this colorful mural using recycled materials. Their work of art will hang in the school. Photo courtesy of visual arts teacher Jamie Zdyrski.
From the Desk of Verletta White 
A weekly memo from the superintendent
Dear Team BCPS,

Our hearts go out to the community of Great Mills High School in St. Mary's County. I want to, again, reassure our families and staff that safety is absolutely our number one priority. We all play a role in student safety, from our Department of School Safety to the Baltimore County Police Department, to our students, parents, and educators.

Collectively, we must continue to work together to keep all of our students safe, every day. We must also remain proactive in our efforts and be ever-vigilant in our safety practices. To that end, it is imperative that we conduct timely safety drills. Keep in mind, when drills are conducted, instruction and all activities must stop so that students and staff can practice what to do in the event of an emergency. We must take each drill seriously and always remember to communicate with one another. Remember, if you see something-say something. I would like to thank every BCPS staff member for doing your due diligence to ensure the safety and well-being for each of our 113,000 students.

This week, The Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools will host the 6th annual State of the Schools event. As you know, the sole purpose of The Education Foundation is to raise funds for schools and the students we serve. What you may not know is that 100% of funds raised by The Education Foundation goes to students through scholarships, grants, and initiatives that align and supplement instruction. The State of the Schools is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the countless talents of our students, to share what we have accomplished, and to highlight what is to come in our results-driven school system.

Last week, I had the pleasure to join Dr. Sandra Kurtinitis and County Executive Kevin Kamenetz for a special announcement. Through the newly announced College Promise Program, the Community College of Baltimore County is offering a tuition-free education to qualifying students. This wonderful news will remove a barrier to postsecondary education for many Team BCPS families!  
Verletta White 
Coming Up ...
03/27    Family Code Night at Padonia International Elementary
03/27    Art & Fitness Night at Reisterstown Elementary
03/29    Women's History Month celebration at Pine Grove Middle
03/30    Schools and offices closed. Spring Break.
04/02    Schools and offices closed. Spring Break. 
04/03    Schools reopen for students.
Visit here to learn more about these and many other events.

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