Baltimore County Now
Dr. 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.
Last 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.
Wear 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help us grow Team BCPS Day, and help us showcase the strength of this school system and the impact of its successes.
By Dr. S. Dallas Dance, Superintendent, Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS)
— Kamenetz encourages citizens to wear blue tomorrow, January 14
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced today that the lights on the dome of the Historic Courthouse will be turned blue tonight and tomorrow evening in support of Baltimore County Public Schools and its “Team BCPS Day” community outreach campaign.
In addition, the County Executive invites County residents and employees to wear blue tomorrow, Thursday, January 14 – Team BCPS Day – to show that they are a part of Team BCPS.
"We are pleased to support Dr. Dance’s ‘We Are Team BCPS’ campaign as a way to celebrate school system’s achievements and encourage even more engagement in our schools at every level," said Kamenetz. “The work that our very dedicated educators and students do every day affects the wellbeing and success of our children and their families, as well as our businesses and our entire County community – not just today, not just next month or next year, but for decades to come.”
How to Share Your Blue Pride
Team BCPS members, students, parents, business partners and alumni can get involved by posting photos of themselves wearing BCPS’ signature blue or by sharing written or recorded messages about what Team BCPS means to them on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #BCPSblue. They can also send photos and messages to email@example.com.
“We are delighted that the Historic Courthouse will shine with BCPS blue pride and look forward to seeing Team BCPS members in blue across the County and beyond," said BCPS Superintendent Dr. S. Dallas Dance. “We appreciate the consistent partnership and support that County Executive Kamenetz and his team have provided to the whole BCPS community.”
Wanted: Your Historic Photos of BCPS Schools
Additionally, this year Team BCPS Day recognizes the publication of “Building the Future," a book written by a recently retired BCPS employee about the school system’s history and legacy. To celebrate this, the search is on for photographs of BCPS classrooms, schools and school activities from any point in time. Past and present BCPS members can share any related pictures they may have through Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #BCPSblue or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
To find out more about how to be an active member of Team BCPS, please visit www.bcps.org.