Schools

Back to School with Grace PreSchool – 9 Spots Available for In-Person Kindergarten

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Grace Preschool is pleased to share that they currently have spots open for its in-person kindergarten. In preparation to open safely this fall, Grace Preschool has been working hard to prioritize safety and wellness of the students and teachers. A comprehensive reopening plan will be available in August for families.

City Schools to begin school year online, proposes Sept. 8 start date

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Baltimore City Public Schools headquarters on North Avenue. Photo by Eli Pousson/Baltimore Heritage, via Flickr.

Baltimore City Public Schools will begin the upcoming school year online, with the possibility of a hybrid of virtual and in-person learning later this fall, school officials announced on Monday.

City Schools CEO Dr. Sonja Santelises said in a tele-conference that school officials based their decision on feedback from students, families, employees and stakeholders, as well as data on the “disproportionate impact” of remote instruction on “vulnerable students,” including students from low-income communities.

Hopkins research team launches website to track school reopening policies

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Photo of Gilman Hall at Johns Hopkins University. Photo by callison-burch, via Flickr.

A team of researchers from Johns Hopkins University today launched an online tracker and other tools to examine K-12 school reopening plans across the United States.

The eSchool+ Initiative website includes a school reopening policy tracker, ethical guidance, COVID-19 school reopening checklist, biweekly e-newsletter and examples of “equity-oriented” reopening policies.

Virtual Summer Brings the Camp Experience Home!

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Summer at Friends isn’t on campus this year, but your child can still enjoy many camp favorites from the comfort of home. The Camp Staff has carefully adapted some of their most popular programs to be offered as virtual classes. These Virtual Summer programs are designed with kids in mind, and are scheduled to make it easy for busy parents! Most programs are one hour long and feature a mix of instruction, time to share projects with friends, plus a few activities for children to enjoy throughout the rest of the day! There are plenty of options, and you can mix and match different classes to craft a schedule that is perfect for your child.

“The children have been really enjoying the Virtual Summer programs so far, even though it’s very different from a normal summer…” said Director of Day Camps, Steve Cusick, “we’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback. The classes are spread throughout the day so there is still time for the children to do other things away from the computer. Many are taking the opportunity to expand on the projects we’ve done in class.  We just added a variety of new programs for the next few weeks, including a digital photography class and a makers program.”

Newly added programs also include a creative writing class (“Writing with Friends”) and 2 math based classes (“Sports and Stats” and a “Math Tune Up”) that are a great way to keep children thinking while still having fun!

Hopkins closes on former Newseum building in D.C. to use for research, education, public events

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Photo by David Monack via Wikimedia Commons.

Johns Hopkins University on Monday closed on the former Newseum building in Washington D.C. after more than a year of working to gain the necessary approvals and community input for the project.

The Newseum, a museum dedicated to journalism and the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, closed to the public at the end of 2019 after financial difficulties.

The university said it plans to renovate the building, located at 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, and use it for research, education and public engagement.

Hogan directs $210M in federal funds to education as state cuts loom

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Gov. Larry Hogan is directing $210 million in federal funds toward improving remote learning and targeted tutoring, days before the Board of Public Works is scheduled to take up more than $100 million in education cuts his administration is proposing.

The Park School of Baltimore Offers Summer Courses for Kindergarten – Grade 12

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Faculty members at The Park School of Baltimore are sharing their time and talents this summer, offering a variety of online courses and activities for a range of ages, Kindergarten through Grade 12.

Need Teacher Recertification? Get [email protected]

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This year, teachers’ mettle was tested as they were tasked to take classroom curriculum to online overnight due to the Coronavirus pandemic that closed schools nationwide.

While this school year may be coming to a close, a teacher’s work is never done. Summer will find many teachers taking the opportunity earn CEUs towards their recertification and CCBC will be there for them offering a wide variety of online options to help them fulfill those requirements.

In order to maintain their certification, Maryland teachers are required to take six-credits of instruction every five years. CCBC’s Teacher Education Program has multiple course options for teachers at the early childhood, elementary, middle school and high school level, as well as those working or interested in special populations.

Frederick Douglass High School shooting moved three students to take action

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By Mohan Xu and Mike Revollo
Capital News Service

The three students at Frederick Douglass High School grew up amid the violence and trauma that plague the city, where crime can begin to feel routine. Yet when a shooter fired a gun inside their school on Feb. 8, 2019, they were stunned.

“I did not believe what was going on,” Jaionna Santos said.

“It was surreal,” Bryonna Harris added.

Damani Thomas couldn’t sleep. “Why did that happen to Frederick Douglass? Why did that happen to us in school?”

As they tried to find answers, the students came to see that the violence that they accepted as inevitable should not be considered normal. So on April 10, 2019, they told their stories to the Baltimore City Council. Their effort was a catalyst for the Elijah Cummings Healing City Act.

Nolita Project checks in with teenagers looking for support

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Tanasia Thomas and Larry Thompson, Reach! Partnership High School students, talk with Wesley Hawkins during their weekly session in spring 2020. (Photo by Victoria Daniels/Capital News Service)

By Sydney Clark and Victoria Lorren Daniels
Capital News Service

Larry Thompson, a junior at Reach! Partnership School, in the the Clifton Park area, counts at least nine friends who died in the last two years—shootings, stabbings, a car crash, a drowning.

“I’ve been losing friends back to back,” he said.

These teenagers deal with trauma every day.

Deaths are announced over the school intercom.

Classmates decorate the dead students’ lockers as memorials, grim reminders of the school’s losses.

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