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October Newsletter

Nominate a Student Athlete for Under Armour’s Student Athlete of the Month

The Fund for Educational Excellence facilitates the partnership between Under Armour and City Schools, doing work on a variety of projects to improve the experience of student athletes and promote equitable access to physical activities through facility upgrades, new uniforms, a student athlete leadership council and more.

We’re thrilled to share the Under Armour Student Athlete of the Month is back! Each month, Baltimore City Public Schools recognizes two high school student athletes – a member from the men’s team and a member of the women’s team – with a special Under Armour medal for their leadership and athleticism. Athletes are chosen based on nominations from coaches, parents, teachers and community members. We’re excited to see your amazing student athletes recognized! Nominations will be accepted on a rolling basis throughout the school year. Please submit nominations by the 15th of each month for consideration for the following month.

2022-2023 UA Student Athlete of the Month Nomination

Follow-up for the Fund’s 2021 Student Transportation Report

In June 2021, the Fund released our fifth Analysis & Engagement report, Not in Service: Why Public Transit Must Aim to Serve Students examining how students get to school, how safe they feel on their commute, and how transportation access affects attendance, school choice, employment, and extracurricular participation. Since the report’s release, positive strides have been made as a result of the ongoing follow-up with MTA and City Schools, including the  implementation  of two key recommendations from our study:

  • The MTA launched an anti-sexual harassment campaign in September, one of our report recommendations. Visit https://mta.maryland.gov/safety to learn more. MTA Administrator Holly Arnold committed to developing and rolling out an anti-sexual harassment campaign in and around transit in 2022 during the December City Council hearing on school transportation. Find a recap of the hearing,
  • This school year, the MTA is establishing an MTA Student Advisory Committee to ensure that student voice and perspective are incorporated into service development and capital planning, another recommendation from our report.

The Fund will continue to push for progress so that all Baltimore city students and residents have access to a reliable and safe public transportation system.

Heart of the Schools Recognizes Baltimore Principals for National Principals Month

October is National Principals Month! We believe the principalship plays a crucial role in making a real, positive difference in the lives of the staff, students and families they reach. While the Heart of the Schools celebrates principals year-round, we wanted to take the opportunity to appreciate, thank and celebrate our remarkable school leaders with thoughtful messages from the community members who support them.

We are most grateful for the Baltimore communities’ ongoing support of the Heart of the School program and of Baltimore City Public School principals.

Take a look below at some principal praise we’ve received, and shared, from community members over the years:

Baltimore City  Board of School Commissioner Elections

For the first time in Baltimore City’s history, voters will get to elect two school board members this fall. This is in addition to the nine appointed commissioners. Baltimore city residents can read up on the four candidates running for those two seats in this Baltimore Banner article.

Of Note: 

Additional insights, updates and resources.

  • Congratulations to Baltimore City Public Schools teacher, Berol Dewdney, the Maryland State Teacher of the Year! Read the release, here.
  • Applications for Baltimore City’s Board of School Commissioners open through October 31st! If you are passionate about moving City Schools forward, apply here.
  • Students in grades K-8 have energetic, healthy & safe afternoons packed with art-making, recreational sports, and STEM-based and academic pursuits at Arts for Learning at Goodnow’s FREE Afterschool Program! Learn more, here

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