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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

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.

Nominations Accepted Until Monday, February 15

Due to the recent snowstorm, the Baltimore County Commission for Women has extended the nomination deadline from Monday February 8 until Monday, February 15 for its annual “Woman of the Year” and “Young Woman of the Year” awards.

This is the 34th year the Commission for Women will honor women for their outstanding contributions to the community. Honorees will be notified after February 15, and the awards will be presented in March.

Female residents of Baltimore County who have made significant, unique, and lasting contributions to their community, workplace, or school to further the interest of women and families are eligible for the “Woman of the Year” award. Nominees for “Young Woman of the Year” must be a high school senior in Baltimore County who has made contributions in the community to further the interest of Baltimore County women and families. Previous winners and elected officials are not eligible to be nominated.

Questions or requests for nomination forms should be directed to Nancy Surosky at 410-887-2659. Nomination forms are available online at

Take a Leap logoEnjoy Baltimore County's Month-long Dance Celebration

Come and meet those dancing feet! About 2,500 dancing feet will be taking to stages and studios during the third annual Take a Leap Baltimore County Dance Celebration, a month of world-class dance performances, free dance class, meet the artists, and more. The celebration kicks off February 4 and runs through March 6.

Here are some highlights, from ballroom dancing in Towson to contra dancing in Pikesville, ballet in Owings Mills to modern dance in Catonsville:

  • Internationally acclaimed ZviDance from New York presents Dabke, innovative modern dance inspired by traditional Middle Eastern music and dance. (February 20, Gordon Center for Performing Arts)
  • The Baltimore Dance Invitational showcases original works by professional dance companies from the Baltimore region. (February 21, Gordon Center for Performing Arts)
  • Baltimore Dance Project presents a melding of interactive media and modern dance. (February 4-6, UMBC)
  • A contra dance extravaganza with live music by the Sligo Creek Stompers is hosted by the Baltimore Folk Music Society. (February 13, St. Marks on the Hill, Pikesville)
  • Free ballroom and Latin dance classes for all ages at the Atlantic Ballroom in Towson. (February 20)
  • Alice in Wonderland by the Ballet Theatre of Maryland. (February 28, Gordon Center for Performing Arts)
  • Meet the Artist receptions and master classes with international choreographer/dancers Michou Szabo, February 10 and 13, and Gabrielle Lamb, February 27-March 5, hosted by Goucher College dance.
  • Dance on Bones, a mixed media performance at Towson University, March 4-6.
  • Dancers Among Us, an exhibit of work by photographer Jordan Matter, February 2 – March 31 at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts Gallery.

photo of dancers

Bring Your Feet to Free Classes

Bring your feet to the dance floor Sunday, February 21 for 14 free dance classes and demonstrations at Towson University and the JCC in Owings Mills. People of all ages and experience can stop by and try out styles from hip hop to West African and modern dance from Towson University Community Dance. 

Take a leap with the Baltimore County Dance Celebration - your dancing feet are just itching to get moving! Click here for the complete calendar and ticket information.

Take a Leap is presented by the Baltimore County Commission on Arts & Sciences in partnership with the Gordon Center for Performing Arts in Owings Mills and Baltimore County’s dance community.

Fronda Cohen
Director, Baltimore County Arts & Sciences Commission

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