Baltimore County Now
Blake Lubinski, Communications Intern, Baltimore County Public Schools
Great news! You made the team – Team BCPS!
Team BCPS includes ALL current, former and future students, teachers, staff, parents, neighbors, volunteers and supporters of Baltimore County Public Schools – everyone whose lives are impacted by the County school system.
Tomorrow, Wednesday, January 15, 2014, BCPS will launch “We Are Team BCPS,” a new campaign intended to promote pride in and encourage engagement with the school system. Unfolding over the year, the campaign will include multiple opportunities for community involvement.
Among the opportunities is Team BCPS Day. Scheduled for the campaign’s launch date, the day calls upon the community to dress in “BCPS blue” (which is any shade of blue) and submit photographs and videos. The best photographs and videos received through Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/BaltCoPS) and Twitter (@BaltCoPS, #BCPSblue) will appear on the BCPS website, www.bcps.org, and Facebook page.
A second opportunity for involvement is through story-sharing. BCPS invites Team members to share their stories of the school system’s impact on their lives through short paragraphs and videos. Select testimonials submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org will appear on BCPS-TV, the BCPS “Deliberate Excellence” blog, the BCPS Facebook page or in the weekly BCPS e-newsletter.
The community may become involved online, as well. In addition to the debut of a new “We Are Team BCPS” page offering opportunities to get involved with the school system, the BCPS alumni webpage allows former students to relate their high-quality BCPS education to their accomplishments in their respective professions. Graduates may submit high-resolution photographs and brief profiles, including the name of their alma mater, a short description of major achievements/activities and thoughts about BCPS’s role in preparing them for the future, to email@example.com. Any nominations for inclusion on the alumni page must include direct contact information for the nominee.
Visit the BCPS website to learn more. And don’t forget to go blue. Team BCPS is bound to score on January 15!
by Kevin Kamenetz
Baltimore County Executive
It’s the first week of summer vacation for students and teachers all across Baltimore County. Listen carefully and you can almost hear the collective sigh. For the first time in months, our teachers and administrators can wake up without having to gulp that cup of coffee and get to school for last minute preparations before the students arrive. On behalf of everyone in Baltimore County, particularly those of us who still have children in school—thank you for another great year!
It is so easy to forget that administrators and teachers arrive at school long before many of us have had our Cheerios. The day becomes a blur with one lesson leading to another, hall and cafeteria duties, team meetings, and planning for the next day along the way. And don’t forget the after-school tutoring sessions. After dinner when most of us hope to catch our breath and settle in to read a book or watch our favorite television show, the teachers are back at it—fine tuning lesson plans and grading papers. There is no down time. They fall into bed and start again bright and early the next morning.
So if anyone has earned some time off this summer it is the administrators, teachers, and staff members in our schools. I hope that they take satisfaction from a job well done, while finding some time to relax on a beach, tube along the Gunpowder, or take a walk along a country path. When you see a teacher, administrator, or other school staff member this summer, please thank them for all that they do. As for my fellow parents, hang in there. It will be September before you know it.