Back-to-school, in brief
Baltimore City schools will open its doors to 83,000 students Monday, starting the 2010-2011 school year. The only schools that will not be opening are The Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women, City Neighbors Charter School and the Baltimore Southwest Charter School. The three schools will welcome students on Sept. 7, and are delayed due to the contruction of their new buildings.
On Monday, I will join Dr. Alonso on his tour of schools. The tour will include, Mt. Washington Elementary, Commodore John Rodgers, George W.F. McMechen, and the old Walbrook Campus. We'll also visit others in the county. Check out The Sun throughout the day on Monday, to see what the energy is like in the schools.
There was a lot of excitement in the week leading up to the new year. Of course, the state is celebrating it's win of Race to the Top funds. Also, if you missed it this week, we did report the official announcement of new principals at three schools who were at the center of controversy last school year. The students at Gilmor Elementary School, the Institute of Business and Entrepreneurship, and City College will start the year anew with fresh leadership--and many parents and sources have called me to breathe a sigh of relief. They are among the last round of what has been a slew of new assignments that took place this year.
In other back-to-school news, communities are coming together to ensure that students are prepared for the new year. The residents of Charles Village raised nearly $8,000 to buy uniforms for students of their community school, Margaret Brent Elementary/Middle. According to the Rev. Jennifer DiFrancesco of Second Presbyterian Church, more than 22 volunteers, including teachers and the school's principal came out last week to size students for back-to-school style.
Those who missed the event will have a chance to order their uniforms the first few weeks of school, she said, adding that the community's goal is to have all the students in their new uniforms by Back to School Night on September 15, 2011. If you'd like to help donate to student uniforms this year, City schools is sending you here.
As the first week gets underway, the school system is promoting use of their call center. The number is 443-984-2000. Central Office staff will be available from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. to answer your questions.
Happy and safe school year to all!