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Blake Lubinski, Communications Intern, Baltimore County Public Schools

Long before the schoolhouse doors open for a new year, preparations begin for 10 months of teaching and learning. From classroom housekeeping and lesson planning to summer reading and supplies shopping, educators and students are thoroughly involved in back-to-school season.

But what about you? Does back to school involve you, too? According to Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS), it does!

From now until the end of October, BCPS invites you to gear up for the new school year through its “Back to School Involves You, Too!” campaign. Including special workshops open to the community through the school system’s Parent University, back-to-school programming airing on the school system’s television station and contests beginning after the first day of school, the campaign also offers opportunities for Baltimore County residents to become active members of Team BCPS.

To start, visit the “Back to School Involves You, Too!” webpage on the BCPS website to download and print one of three 8.5-by-11-inch signs welcoming the students back and wishing them a great school year. Then, on Wednesday, August 27, the first day of school for BCPS students, take a photograph of the sign posted in your community or held by your BCPS student. The best photographs submitted to communications@bcps.org or received through Facebook or Twitter (@BaltCoPS, #BCPSfirstday) will appear on the BCPS website or Flickr page.

What’s more, when back-to-school season ends later this fall, Baltimore County residents can remain active Team BCPS members throughout the school year by attending school events, becoming business partners, offering internships to BCPS students and volunteering at their local schools. And, to stay up-to-date on school system happenings all year long, Baltimore County community members can download the BCPS Now app, follow the BCPS Deliberate Excellence blog and subscribe to the weekly BCPS e-newsletter.

Back-to-school season comes once a year, but BCPS students prepare every day to become Baltimore County’s future citizens and workforce. Help the students with their preparations by following the first rule of back to school: be involved!

To learn please visit “Back to School Involves You, Too!” and Team BCPS.


Team BCPS logoBlake 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 communications@bcps.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 dspencer4@bcps.org. 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!


County Students

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.


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