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Nominations for the 2023 Heart of the School Awards Open January 1st!

Mark your calendars! The 2023 Heart of the School Award principal nominations open Sunday, January 1, 2023 and run through January 31st.

Anyone – student, parent, school staff, community member or organizational leader – can nominate a principal they would like to see honored at the Heart of the School Awards – the annual event coordinated by the Fund for Educational Excellence that celebrates Baltimore City Public School principals for their tireless work on behalf of students and families. Award criteria and details on the quick nomination process can be found, here. Spread the word!

 Nomination Form

Forma de Nominaciones

 

Register for Our January School Choice Workshops

Spanish Workshop – Wednesday, January 4th at 6:30 pm

To all parents and guardians: Please join the Fund for Educational Excellence for our School Choice Workshop on Wednesday, January 4th at 6:30pm. This workshop will be presented in Spanish. The Fund is a local nonprofit that supports Baltimore City Public Schools and students in several ways, including holding school choice workshops for parents and students for the past five years. These are free to schools and families.

WHO: For any and all Baltimore City Public Schools students and/or their parents or guardians

WHAT: School choice workshop, running 60-90 minutes

WHEN: Wednesday, Jan. 4th at 6:30pm

WHERE: Virtual, on zoom.

WHY: To help City Schools families navigate the school choice process

Please register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_fugwkTiBSQmvaxsLFBBxoQ

During the workshops, we cover:

  • The middle school and high school choice process
  • The current composite score formula
  • Academic programs available to students (The Ingenuity Project, career & technical education, P-Tech, etc.)
  • How to navigate Infinite Campus and submit the choice application virtually, plus many other topics

A todos los padres y tutores: Únase a Fund for Educational Excellence para nuestro taller de elección de escuela el miércoles 4 de enero a las 6:30 p. m. Este taller será presentado en español. El Fondo es una organización local sin fines de lucro que apoya a las Escuelas Públicas de la Ciudad de Baltimore y a los estudiantes de varias maneras, incluida la realización de talleres de elección de escuela para padres y estudiantes durante los últimos cinco años. Estos son gratuitos para las escuelas y las familias.

  • Quien: Para todos y cada uno de los estudiantes de las Escuelas Públicas de la Ciudad de Baltimore y/o sus padres o tutores
  • Que: Taller de elección de escuela, de 60 a 90 minutos
  • Cuando: miércoles 4 de enero a las 6:30 p. m.
  • Donde: Virtual- Vía Zoom.
  • Porque: Para ayudar a las familias de las escuelas públicas de la ciudad a navegar el proceso de elección de escuela

Durante los talleres, cubrimos:

  • El proceso de elección de escuela intermedia y secundaria
  • La fórmula de puntuación compuesta actual
  • Programas académicos disponibles para los estudiantes (The Ingenuity Project, educación profesional y técnica, P-Tech, etc.)
  • Cómo navegar por Infinite Campus y enviar la solicitud de elección virtualmente, además de muchos otros temas

Por favor regístrese aquí: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_fugwkTiBSQmvaxsLFBBxoQ

English Workshop- Thursday, January 5th at 6:15 pm

To all parents and guardians: Please join The Fund for Educational Excellence for our School Choice Workshop on Thursday, January 5th at 6:15pm. The Fund is a local nonprofit that supports Baltimore City Public Schools and students in several ways, including holding school choice workshops for parents and students for the past five years. These are free to schools and families.

WHO: For any and all Baltimore City Public Schools students and/or their parents or guardians

WHAT: School choice workshop, running 60-90 minutes

WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 5th at 6:15pm

WHERE: Virtual, on zoom. Please register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_KJcTOBo5Rp630m3RInj22w

WHY: To help City Schools families navigate the school choice process

During the workshops, we cover:

  • The middle school and high school choice process
  • The current composite score formula
  • Academic programs available to students (The Ingenuity Project, career & technical education, P-Tech, etc.)
  • How to navigate Infinite Campus and submit the choice application virtually, plus many other topics

The Annual Heart of the School Holiday Celebration is Back!

We’re excited to return to M&T Bank Stadium for our annual Heart of the School Holiday Celebration! This festive evening is an opportunity for principals and district leaders to come together, relax and celebrate their hard work with colleagues – no program, just fun. Take a look at some photos from past years:

To learn more about the Heart of the School Holiday Celebration, click here.

Of Note: 

Additional insights, updates and resources.

  • The School Choice Applications are now available on Campus Portal and on Baltimore City Public Schools website, here.
  • With School Choice season in full swing, head to the Fund’s School Choice Workshop webpage for a suite of resources to help you with the choice process. From a find your fit chart, a how-to video explaining City Schools’ school finder tool, Spanish and English School Choice webinar recordings and a link to City Schools SY 2022-23 shadow & open house dates page, we’ve got you covered. Find it, here.
  • Each month, Baltimore City Public Schools recognizes two high school student-athletes with a special Under Armour medal for their leadership and athleticism. Nominations will be accepted on a rolling basis throughout the school year. Recognize a fantastic City Schools student-athlete, here.
  • ICYMI: The Fund’s Analysis and Engagement team penned this reader commentary for the Baltimore Sun about our recent brief on teacher retention and burnout in City Schools. Read it, here.

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