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April Newsletter

Don’t Wait! Get Your Tickets to the May 22 Heart of the School Awards

Join us as we celebrate the five Winners and their fellow Honorees at the Heart of the School Awards – taking place at the Hippodrome Theatre on Wednesday, May 22nd. The Heart of the School Awards presents a terrific opportunity to show our principals that our Baltimore community supports them, appreciates them, and wants to be there to celebrate them. This is an evening to celebrate the outstanding leadership and contributions of Baltimore City Public Schools principals.

Join the Celebration

Congratulations once again to this year’s Heart of the School Award Winners and Honorees! Each of the 10 are fantastic school leaders doing amazing things on behalf of their students. Read more about these outstanding principals here.

In case you missed it, these incredible principals have been out and about talking about the fantastic work they do in their schools. Be sure to check it out:

Complete Our Survey: What makes City Schools students and families feel like they belong in their schools?

We want to hear from City Schools students and parents! This spring, we are researching two questions:

  1. What makes students and families feel like they belong in their schools?
  2. How does that sense of belonging  impact student achievement and well-being?

To find answers, we are surveying and interviewing middle and high school students and elementary school parents. If that is you, please complete our survey below. If you know families with students who attend City Schools, help us spread the word and please share our survey with them. We will keep this survey open from April – June 2024. Plus, we will enter each person who completes the survey into a weekly drawing for a $100 gift card.

Student Belonging Survey

To hear from as many people as possible, we need your help to spread the word and encourage City Schools students or parents to complete this survey. Please share or repost our posts on your organization’s, or personal, social media pages.

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Share Some Love Year-End Campaigns are Back!

As the school year wraps up, express gratitude for fellow staff members through the Heart of the Schools Share Some Love Year-End Campaigns! Over the last three years, we’ve shared nearly 20,000 messages of positivity through our end of the year campaigns and the recent Thanksgiving Share Some Love Campaign. Principals thought of creative ways to share the messages with teachers – printing them to cover classroom doors, presenting at end of year events, reading them during staff meeting, just to name a few.

Visit to write a heartfelt message to your favorite Baltimore City Public Schools staff member letting them know how much you appreciate all they do to support our students. All notes will be shared with the person you select before the start of summer! With Teacher Appreciation week coming up in May and the end of the school year just around the corner, it’s the perfect way to spread love and positivity. We have 25 schools signed up so far, make sure yours is one of them!

If your school isn’t listed, reach out to your principal and ask them to opt in to this campaign! All they have to do is send their staff list to Kevin Leary to get started.

Share Some Love

Of Note:
Additional insights, updates and resources.

  • ICYMI: WBAL interviewed two Heart of the School Award Winners back in March:
  • Do you or someone you know have a passion for the education of students in Baltimore City? The Baltimore City Public School Board of Commissioners is looking for leaders who have a vision and will be committed to serving our students, our schools and our city. Learn more, here.
  • Congratulations to the three finalists for the City Schools Teacher of the Year award! Read all about these amazing educators, here.
  • The City Schools Student Media Team has been working on various technical skills to prepare to report out in the field. This includes setting up and directing interviews; capturing photos and conducting interviews at events; and learning about film and storytelling. Keep an eye out on City Schools TV to see their work, here.

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