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Exciting news from the BCP Schools: City Springs Elementary/Middle School,
Govans Elementary School, Hampstead Hill Academy and Wolfe Street Academy.

BCP August 2016 Newsletter
In this issue:
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The Baltimore City Public Schools Board of School Commissioners approved BCP's application to convert Frederick Elementary School into a Baltimore Curriculum Project charter school on July 12, 2016.

Frederick will officially become a BCP charter school on July 1, 2017. BCP will spend this coming school year planning and preparing for SY17/18.

Middle Grades Partnership Provides Rigorous Summer Learning for City Springs and Hampstead Hill Students
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Middle grades students from City Springs Elementary/Middle School and Hampstead Hill Academy had a great summer at their Middle Grades Partnership (MGP) sites.
 
MGP's summer program works to promote learning gains for middle school students by providing opportunities that address not only the fundamental elements of math, reading and writing, but also delve deeply into topics teachers may not have time to cover during the school year. 
 
MGP's summer programs weave in artistic, athletic and enrichment opportunities, providing a summer experience that's not just educational but also fun and inspiring.
 
Below are a few highlights from the City Springs/Boys' Latin, City Springs/Garrison Forest and Hampstead Hill/Friends School MGP partnership sites.

#BattleScars2016 created by MGP students from City Springs and Boys' Latin
The #BattleScars2016 song and video were created by MGP students from City Springs and Boys' Latin.
City Springs/Boys' Latin MGP Partnership Site

The partnership between City Springs Elementary/Middle School and The Boys' Latin School of Maryland struck gold this summer bringing the Pens Of Power Literacy & Mentoring Program (P.O.P) to Baltimore after a ringing endorsement from Co-Director Kenji Jackson.
 
Kel Spencer, owner and visionary of P.O.P, spent four three-hour days with the MGP students. After teaching the boys the three components of a thesis, Kel had the boys come up with several hash tags based on subjects relevant to them. Ultimately, brutality and stereotypes rose to the surface.
 
Kel divided the boys into three groups: researchers, emcees and screenwriters. They acted as reporters, wrote the lyrics, the hook, and created the concept for a video to complement the song entitled #BattleScars. View the video at: https://youtu.be/qkQc-wZZ9gA

City Springs and Garrison Forest students test blood samples for Sickle Cell Disease.
City Springs/Garrison Forest MGP Partnership Site

MGP students at the City Springs Elementary/Middle & Garrison Forest School site visited the Columbus Center on July 11th to work with The Towson University STEM Program. The students diagnosed symptoms of a patient to determine whether the patient was a sickle cell carrier or actually had the disease. After determining the problem, they tested "blood samples" of normal blood, blood of someone with sickle cell disease, and the patient's blood to see if their patient could officially be diagnosed.
 
City Springs MGP students also enjoyed Mr. Audett's class "The Makers Space." The girls worked in groups of three and were given 15 minutes to get a marshmallow as high as possible using spaghetti, tape, and string.

HHA and Friends School students created totem pole-inspired art.

Hampstead Hill/Friends School MGP Partnership Site

MGP students at the Hampstead Hill Academy/Friends School of Baltimore site learned about food insecurity around the world and right here at home. They put their new knowledge into action by organizing a food drive to support GEDCO's CARES food pantry.

MGP Year-Round

Students from City Springs, Hampstead Hill and their partner schools will continue to participate in MGP programming during the school year as students from these communities work together on long-term projects addressing issues of relevance to them and fostering understanding and friendship. The program is designed to help students from partner schools deepen their relationships while developing critical non-cognitive skills..
 
BCP, City Springs and HHA would like to thank MGP for providing these invaluable opportunities for our students.
Church of the Redeemer and Govans: A Match Made in Heaven
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Redeemer volunteers deliver school
supplies to Govans Elementary.
The Church of the Redeemer has been lending a helping hand to Govans Elementary since 2011, when Bishop Eugene Taylor Sutton asked each parish in the Diocese to adopt a local school. Redeemer reached out to Principal Linda Taylor and the rest is history.

Each year Redeemer donates large quantities of school supplies and dozens of winter coats to Govans. In the past, volunteers have painted classrooms and bathrooms and helped with landscaping. Redeemer also supports the Govans annual Winter Fest and provides a number of tutors and classroom aides.

In early August, Redeemer volunteers continued to demonstrate their generous spirit through two outreach activities. Over the past few weeks and on August 7th, they helped with painting the school and touched up the "Reading Rainbow" mural in the main hallway.

On August 12th, they delivered a van-load of school supplies donated by parishioners including: 1,048 pencils, 630 dry erase markers, 221 composition books, 156 spiral notebooks, 115 boxes of Kleenex, 82 packages of notebook paper, 51 containers of hand sanitizer, 31 packages of disinfectant wipes and 17 pads of primary paper

Redeemer volunteers paint Govans Elementary.
"Everyone who volunteers tells me how enriching an experience it is. They love the school and they love the kids too," says Kathy LaPlant, Redeemer's Director of Children's Ministries, who has served as volunteer coordinator since 2015.

"It's a wonderful school. It feels like a family. Everyone knows the kids and loves them."

Tim and Lee Pierce have been tutoring students twice a week for five years.

Ms. Pierce says: "We do it because it is fun; we really see the kids progress; the teachers are grateful for the help; the office staff is supportive; we have built an emotional connection to the school; and we are given both guidance about what is needed and freedom to use our own approaches when we feel they are appropriate - like my abacus."

Redeemer's new Rector, Rev. David Ware, feels very strongly about expanding community involvement at Govans. Last school year he did some volunteer tutoring with younger students on his day off.

Outreach activities are not limited to Govans. Redeemer's outreach committee meets monthly and each member focuses on a different nonprofit organization such Habitat for Humanity, Paul's Place or GEDCO. Redeemer also awards grants to local organizations providing life-sustaining services such as food, fuel, shelter, jobs and education.

Rev. Cristina Paglinauan, Redeemer's Associate Rector, will be assuming responsibility for volunteer coordination as Ms. LaPlant transitions into her role as Director of Children's Ministries.

"Govans definitely has a very special place in the heart of this parish, says Ms. LaPlant. "You can't be here for very long and not hear about Govans."

Thank You

Govans Elementary and BCP would like to thank The Church of the Redeemer and all of the volunteers who have given so much to support Govans Elementary over the years.

Thank you also to everyone who helped with painting the school: Kathy LaPlant, Liz Pisano (who even brought along her friend Amy), David Pantle, Erin Hagar, Paul Smith, Hannah, Gordie, and Bernarda Kwaw and her daughters. Special thanks to Molly Hathaway and Townsend Kent for their detail work on the "Reading Rainbow" mural; to Grace Gary for all of her help organizing and painting; and to Jim Gary for all of his help hauling supplies to the school and back.

Learn more about The Church of the Redeemer at: www.redeemeronline.com
Wolfe Street Academy Students Excel During Summer Program
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WSA Students at Annie's Playground in Fallston, MD.
Rising Kindergarten through fifth graders at Wolfe Street Academy enjoyed an oustanding summer program in July, thanks to a generous grant from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation.

The four-day-a-week program provided over 90 students with academic instruction, art, music, physical education, gardening, breakfast, lunch, weekly field trips and other enriching experiences, under the direction of OST Director Tiffany Judy .

WSA has been providing high-quality summer programming for the past seven years in order to reduce summer learning loss. Academic instruction focuses on literacy, math, science, and social studies using the Core Knowledge, Reading Mastery, and the Common Core Progress English Language Arts programs. 

Students read a variety of materials including poetry, informational texts, and expository texts. They practiced close reading skills, built vocabulary, and interacted with literature online. Students also participated in the Enoch Pratt Summer Reading program
Field trip day at WSA!
, which rewarded students with prizes for meeting their reading goals.

Field trips such as a visit to the Arts on Stage theater deepened students' understanding of the texts they read. Students also engaged in a variety of non-academic activities including: trips to the local pool, Camden Yards and Annie's Playground in Fallston, Maryland. A number of parents turned out for the Bring Your Parent to School/Water Park Day.

WSA and BCP would like to thank the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation and the Baltimore Summer Funding Collaborative for making this program possible.
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