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Cites Success in Increasing Graduation Rates, Modernizing Schools

“In the last five years, we embarked upon a plan to build 16 new schools, 12 additions and multiple renovation projects,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. "We have increased our graduation rates. African-American and White students now graduate at the same rate in the Baltimore County Public Schools. And we have brought 21st century technologies to the classroom. We look forward to the next chapter of success for our school system." 


photo of Dr. Dance with groupDr. S. Dallas Dance, Superintendent, Baltimore County Public Schools

Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) is so fortunate to have the support of students, their families, staff, elected officials, business partners, and community members. By working together, we are preparing every student for success in the future and ensuring that the county remains strong.

Every year, we ask for your opinions on how our schools and system are doing so that we can pinpoint areas for improvement. The 2016 BCPS Stakeholder Satisfaction Survey is now available online at https://bcps.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eQm7Z37Wguu2eRT.

There are separate but related questions for students in Grades 4-12, parents, community members, and staff. The survey is anonymous and only takes about five minutes via phone, tablet, or computer. We want to know what you think about academics, safety, communication, and organizational effectiveness.

photo of kids with Team BCPS frameLast year, we received almost 75,000 responses. That was a huge increase from prior years, but I know we can do better. Individuals who fit into more than one category can take the survey more than once: as a staff member, as a community member, and for each school your children attend.

Parents can choose to take the survey at a school or the public library. In addition to English, this year’s survey is also available for parents and community members in Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Urdu, Arabic, Nepali, Yoruba, Russian, French, Tagalog, Uzbek, Amharic, Korean and Gujarati.

I want to hear from all of you! Please take a moment and share your voice by February 29.


photo of middle school kids celebrating Team BCPSWear Any Shade of Blue

When I came to Baltimore County, one of the things I noticed first was the tremendous pride people have in their neighborhoods and in their schools.

A few years ago, we created an annual Team BCPS Day as a special time to celebrate our school system and the impact it has on Baltimore County and beyond.

This year, I want to invite the entire community – current, former, and future students, families, staff, volunteers, partners, and community members – to participate on Thursday, January 14, in Team BCPS Day 2016.

The simplest way to get involved is to wear blue – any shade will do – and send us the photo via Twitter using the hashtag #BCPSblue or email communications@bcps.org.

Showcase the Strength of BCPS

If you want to go a little further, we encourage alumni and business partners to write or record messages about how they are part of Team BCPS and what the school system means to them. These messages also can be sent to BCPS through Twitter with the hashtag #BCPSblue or email communications@bcps.org.

And, to celebrate the publication of “Building the Future,” a book written by a former BCPS employee about the school system’s history, BCPS is looking for class pictures and photographs of classrooms, schools, and school activities. Alumni and community members can share any pictures and photographs that they have through Twitter with the hashtag #BCPSblue or email communications@bcps.org.

photo of kindergraten kids with blue finger paint on handsHelp us grow Team BCPS Day, and help us showcase the strength of this school system and the impact of its successes.

To view photographs from last year’s Team BCPS Day, visit Baltimore County's Flickr.To learn more about “Building the Future,” visit the Education Foundation website.

By Dr. S. Dallas Dance, Superintendent, Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS)


 
 
Revised September 26, 2016