BCPS Students Named to All-County Honors Dance Ensemble

Thirty-two high school students and 30 middle school students have been selected to
participate in the Baltimore County Public Schools 2022-2023 All-County Honors Dance Ensemble.

The ensemble will rehearse weekly at George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology
throughout the winter and spring. The culminating event for the ensemble will be a gala concert
performance on Monday, June 12, at 7 p.m. at Carver Center.

“A total of 100 students – 50 high school students and 50 middle school students – were nominated by
their teachers to audition for the honors ensemble,” said Darryl Pilate, BCPS dance and theatre resource
teacher. “The adjudicators were impressed by all of the students’ technical and professional skills. The
students accepted for the All-County Honors Dance Ensemble demonstrated not only their technical
ability but also the ability to think ‘on their feet’ and be expressive through the art form while applying

The members of the 2022-2023 All-County Honors Dance Ensemble are:

Franklin High School
Trinity Hicks

George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology
Olivia Anderson; Camila Abrego Argueta; Isabel Armstrong; Annelese Atkinson; Simone Brown; Dante
Campbell; Melody Cole; Jada Daniels; Jaia Dinkins; Jadin Holiday; Sharon Kasibante; Ja’Zara Lane; Devin
Nichelson; Shoshana Paley; Madisyn Rice- Evans; Makenzie Smith; Jase Woolcock

Lansdowne High School
Sa’Ni Betts; Giulia Mendes

Milford Mill Academy
Toimar Allen; Melaya Barker; Jahnai James; Zyaire McMillan; Kyla Randall

Owings Mills High School
Shayla Johnson

Parkville High School
Lyndsey Hoxter; Ariel Parker
Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts
Zarrah Allen; Madison Cosden; Aashyah de Vries; Armani Woods

Deep Creek Middle School
Malia Terry

Deer Park Magnet Middle School
Morgan Clinton; Kendall Davison; Nyiemah Gibbs

Franklin Middle School
Madison Beyer; Elon Bryant; La’Nae Coldin; Bailey Ferrel; Masio Pearson; Jada Sellers

Loch Raven Technical Academy
Joshua Nichols

Middle River Middle School
Madison Cooper; Arianna Hunt; Makayla Ortiz

Pikesville Middle School
London Bailey; Maya Chase; Sophee Fields; Larae Jones; Cydney Polk; Kayden Sorrell

Southwest Academy
Kaleb Jenson; Makyli Williams

Sudbrook Magnet Middle School
Solae Beaman; Shabraya Dennis; Claire Jabaji; Timara Keyes; Ibunkun Ojemuyiwa; Nylah Queen; Jaelyn

BCPS Celebrates Local Athletic Champions

Dundalk High School football made it to the State Semifinals-

Baltimore County Public Schools celebrates its high school athletic teams and individual student athletes recognized as state and regional champions during the 2022 fall season.

The following eastern Baltimore County teams were honored:

State Runners-up

Cheerleading 4A – Perry Hall High School

Regional Champions

Boys Soccer 2A North – Sparrows Point High School

Football 3A/4A North – Dundalk High School

Football 3A/4A North – Perry Hall High School

Girls Soccer 2A North – Sparrows Point High School

“I’d like to congratulate all of our student athletes on a successful fall season,” said BCPS Superintendent

Dr. Darryl L. Williams. “Their participation helps them develop skills that improve their performance both on and off the field. I’d like to express my gratitude to their coaches, trainers, physical education teachers and families for their tremendous support.”

“It is wonderful to see so many of our student athletes perform at a high level,” said Michael Sye, BCPS coordinator of athletics. “We are so proud of their determination, teamwork, and work ethic.

BCPS students named 2023 YoungArts Award

Ten Baltimore County Public Schools students have been named 2023 YoungArts winners.

Two of the 10 – singer/songwriter Sophia Bryter and photographer Britney Simbana-J, both students at George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology – earned finalist honors, the highest award level.

The remaining eight BCPS students honored were recognized with merit awards. Those students are:
• Joshua Bowden, voice/classical: tenor, Carver Center
• Iyana Brumfield, dance/modern-contemporary, Carver Center
• Nia Simone Clark, visual arts, Carver Center
• Hahmini Lewis, visual arts, Carver Center
• Runa Matsushita, classical music/violin, Towson High School
• Victoire Polsky, film/experimental, Carver Center
• Camryn Sydnor, photography, Carver Center
• Isabela Vallar, visual arts, Carver Center

Nationally, 702 accomplished young visual, literary, and performing artists were named YoungArts winners.

As finalists, Bryter and Simbana-J will be invited to participate in National YoungArts Week in January 2023 and to learn from notable artists such as architect Germane Barnes, author Richard Blanco, actor and playwright Taylor Mac, jazz alto saxophonist Charles McPherson, costume designer Machine Dazzle
actor BD Wong.

In addition, Bryter and Simbana-J’s work will be further evaluated and eligible to earn prizes ranging from $1,000 to $10,000.

If they attend National YoungArts Week and meet eligibility requirements, they also will be considered for nomination to the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.

As merit winners, the other eight BCPS students will receive cash awards of $100.

All winners become part of a professional network of over 20,000 alumni artists and are eligible to
participate in YoungArts’ regional programs, including YoungArts Miami in February, YoungArts Los Angeles in March, and YoungArts New York in April.
Quoted in a YoungArts press release, Artistic Director Lauren Snelling said,

“Every year we are inspired
anew by the talent, dedication, and creativity of extraordinary early career artists. YoungArts is proud to
support artists at critical junctures throughout their lives, and we look forward to providing community and professional and creative development opportunities that will empower the 2023 award winners as they embark on exciting careers in the arts. Now more than ever, it is essential to support artists so that their voices can be heard long into the future.”

Past YoungArts award winners include contemporary artists Daniel Arsham, Grammy award-winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard, dancer/choreographer Camille A. Brown, Golden Globe- winning actor Timothée Chalamet, Academy Award-winning actress and producer Viola Davis, former
National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman, singer-songwriter Judith Hill, violinist Jennifer Koh, Academy Award-winning screenwriter and playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney, Grammy Award-winning actor Andrew Rannells, dancer/artistic director Desmond Richardson, model/actress/activist Hunter Schafer, and portrait painter Kehinde Wiley.

Watershed Public Charter School Honored

Watershed Public Charter School has been awarded a $10,000 grant from Teach For
America Baltimore’s Courtney Cass Catalyst Fund.

The grant fund was created by Teach For America Baltimore to honor the legacy of its former executive
director, Courtney Cass, and support Teach For America Baltimore alumni as they create innovations to
support students’ academic success.

Watershed Assistant Principal Rachel Mejibovsky, a Teach For America Baltimore alum, developed and
submitted the grant application on behalf of the school. The funds will be used to purchase the socialemotional curriculum Move This World and to cover the cost of training, parental resources, and related
materials for the next three school years as Watershed expands from an elementary school to an
elementary-middle school. The social-emotional curriculum is expected to impact nearly 400 students
enrolled in Kindergarten through Grade 8.

In writing to Mejibovsky about the grant award, Normandi Amprey, Teach For America Baltimore’s
executive director, described Mejibovsky’s proposal as “catalyzing” and “poised to make an impact in

“Winning this grant award will help Watershed continue to strengthen our curriculum and enhance
student progress,” said Watershed Principal Lori Widney. “Social-emotional learning is incredibly
important to student growth. Watershed is excited to use this program to connect students, teachers,
and families with actionable steps to manage emotions and peer conflict. This grant will help us add to
our project-based, environmental, arts-integrated curriculum and enhance our ability to teach the whole
child. Ms. Mejibovsky’s previous experience with Teach For America has been a wonderful community
partnership that continues to support the education of Baltimore County students.”

In her application, Mejibovsky noted that, as Baltimore County’s only public charter school, Watershed
currently serves 287 students from 20 different ZIP codes, and that therefore the school has a singular
opportunity to reach the larger community.

A native of Iowa, Mejibovsky began her teaching career as a 2011 Teach For America corps member at
REACH! Partnership School in Baltimore City. She has worked in both public and private schools in the
Baltimore area, serving as a K-8 teacher, coach, and assistant principal. Her experience with curriculum
writing and cross-disciplinary instruction brought her to Watershed Public Charter School in 2021. She
holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Central College and a master’s degree in
educational studies and administration from Johns Hopkins University

Police Give Update on Towson High Threats

As families prepare for the work/school week, the Baltimore County Police Department would like to provide a brief update to the community on school safety and the recent threats at Towson High School. There will be an increased police presence in and around Towson High School this week.

As the investigation into this matter remains ongoing, the Baltimore County Police Department would ask families to speak with their children about school safety and any concerns they may have. Please assure student(s) that many people are working to keep their school safe. School Resource Officers are available during the school day should students have concerns they would like to discuss.

Meanwhile, parents can stay connected throughout the day by signing up for emergency notifications and following the Baltimore County Police Department on social media.

The Baltimore County Police Department looks forward to continuing this conversation with the community in person later this week.

Police Report Assault Case at Loch Raven High School

Detectives with the Baltimore County Police Department’s Special Victims Unit responded to Loch Raven High School on Tuesday, Nov. 22 at approximately 3 p.m.to investigate a reported assault.

Preliminarily, this appears to be an isolated incident involving individuals known to one another. As this remains an ongoing investigation, BCoPD is working closely with our partners within Baltimore County Public Schools to ensure student safety.

A School Resource Officer is available should students have information they would like to share.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call SVU detectives at 410-887-2223.

BCPS Schools Host “Given Tuesday”

“Giving Tuesday” is here, and when it comes to supporting causes close to the
heart, the Education Foundation of Baltimore County wants you to consider one very special
recipient – our own students, teachers, and schools.

“By selecting and investing in The Education Foundation of BCPS,” says Deborah Phelps,
executive director of the foundation, “you can select one of our innovative grants, scholarships,
programs, or campaigns that provides a variety of opportunities, experiences, supplies, and
resources to benefit the educational readiness of tomorrow’s leaders, the more than 111,000
students who attend Baltimore County Public Schools.”

Giving Tuesday began in 2012 as a “global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world,” according to the
charitable organization founded to realize its vision. Beginning the first Tuesday after
Thanksgiving and going until December 3, the movement seeks to join “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” as a charitable alternative tradition of the season.

Those wishing to support BCPS through the Education Foundation may do so by visiting its
website and making a donation to one of the initiatives or programs of the foundation,
including 21st Century Instructional Initiative Grants, student scholarships, or – through the
Exchangeree: Gizmos & Gadgets Galore – the Tools for Schools, Books for Bins, and Share the
Warmth campaigns.

Other ways to contribute include through the United Way of Central Maryland, while shopping
online at Amazon, and following the foundation’s social media links, among others.
“We so appreciate the generous support of the many donors who provide assistance, and in
this season of giving, we extend our gratitude to each of you,” Phelps says. “Together we can –
and do – make a lasting impact.”

Police Still Investigating Threat at Towson High School

An increased police presence remains at Towson High School as the Baltimore County Police Department continues its investigation into an online threat made Thursday, Nov. 17.

It appears the threat was generated outside the United States. Academic institutions across the country have faced a surge of threats similar to the one sent last week.

The Baltimore County Police Department continues to work closely with Baltimore County Public Schools to monitor this situation and to ensure that all students and staff remain safe.

BCPS Board to Hold November Meeting

The Board of Education will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 22 at its Greenwood Campus, 6901 N. Charles Street, Building E, Towson, Maryland 21204.

The Board’s regular open session will begin in person at approximately 5 p.m. The Board will then meet in closed session as permitted by law. The open session will reconvene at 6:30 p.m.

A special order of business will be held to recognize the outgoing Board members.
Public comment and attendance will take place in person at the meeting, with limited capacity.

Registration for stakeholder and general public comment will continue to be through the online registration form, and only those preregistered stakeholder groups and selected general public comment speakers will be allowed access to the building.

In addition, members of the public who want to attend only to view the Board meeting in person will register online in advance and be randomly selected (based on capacity).

For more information, visit the Board’s website, and click on “Participation
by the Public.”

The school system is committed to accessible communication with its stakeholders.

Accordingly, the scheduled Board of Education meeting will be streamed on the BCPS Web site and BoardDocs and broadcast on BCPS-TV (Comcast Xfinity channel 73, Verizon FiOS channel 34).

Community Meeting for New Towson Schools

BCPS will host a community stakeholder meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 16 at 6:30 p.m. to review the recommended mitigation option for the Towson High School renovation and replacement school project, including recommendations based on stakeholder input from a 30-day comment and survey period as well as the requirements of the Maryland Historic Trust (MHT) Section 106 process.

The meeting will be held at West Towson Elementary School cafeteria/gymnasium
6914 N. Charles Street in Towson.