BCPSNews 10-21-11

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>> Hi, and welcome to this
edition of "BCPS News."
I'm Mary Beth Marsden.
On today's show, we'll check out
a restoration project, an
initiative of Michelle Obama's,
a unique way to get physical,
and a student entrepreneur.
All this and more, but first,
let's check out what's trending.
Recently, 10 top principals from
Pudong, China, visited several
BCPS schools in an effort to
help improve their
educational system.
The visiting principals were in
Baltimore County as part of the
Chinese Language Instruction
program sponsored by Towson
During their visit, they
observed classroom instruction,
met and discussed educational
issues with school staff, and
dined with students.
BCPS added Chinese courses to
the curriculum five years ago to
help prepare students
to compete globally.
That's what it means to me.
Vincent Farm Elementary School
has taken the Queen of Soul's
words to heart and started a new
initiative, emphasizing the
importance of demonstrating
respect in all situations.
The rules of etiquette are being
introduced by a series of
humorous videos the teachers and
students created.
The project is modeled after
Ron Clark's book,
"The Essential 55," which
focuses on teaching verbal and
social skills.
Taylor Dorsey of Owings Mills
High School, along with four
other BCPS students, have been
named National Achievement
Semifinalists for 2012.
The program recognizes
scholastically talented
African American students
nationwide and provides more
than $2.4 million in
BCPS has launched a new
Junior Astronomers awards
program to complement the
ongoing visits of its two
STARLAB portable planetariums to
elementary schools.
The program, created by STARLAB
resource teachers Tim Kent and
Susie Riffe, is designed to
extend the students' astronomy
experience by providing them
with an opportunity to stargaze
and doing the work of real
Students in grades 4 and 5 who
volunteer to complete each task
can earn badges, certificates,
and posters, as well as see
their work exhibited on the
STARLAB Web site.
And following up to a story we
reported on earlier, BCPS
Teacher of the Year Josh Parker
has been chosen as the Maryland
Teacher of the Year.
Congratulations, Josh.
Stay with us.
There's more to come.
Behind the wheel, there is
no such thing as a small
A public service reminder from
the American Academy of
Orthopedic Surgeons.
Speak out against
distracted driving
at DecideToDrive.org.
Welcome back.
Students at one elementary
school get a little bit of
history to go along with their
physical education class, so
let's get physical!
>> REPORTER: At Charlesmont
Elementary students look forward
to phys. ed. class even more
than usual this time of year.
>> MAN: We have movement
education equipment
that rotates around
throughout Baltimore County,
and when it's sent over, the
physical education teacher has
the opportunity to be creative
and create their own
theme on the equipment.
So, last year, I had the
equipment sent to me, and I was
trying to come up with a theme,
and the Battle of North Point
came up.
Charlesmont Elementary, there we
are right there.
7-Eleven, as I showed you,
is up there.
Here's the apartments.
Here's Battle Acre.
>> REPORTER: Charlesmont is
located less than a cannon blast
from the monument that marks the
site of one of the pivotal
battles of the War of 1812.
The school's hallways feature
murals depicting scenes from the
battle, so students are
surrounded by history.
>> I grew up in this
neighborhood, so my mom and my
family members, like, talk about
it, so I always, like,
thought it would be important.
And, like, how we have pictures
up in the hallway, I kind of
learned about it, and then I
wanted to read stuff about it.
>> REPORTER: The unit brings the
Battle of North Point to life,
as students are asked to
compete tasks that simulate
actions American troops would
have done as they climbed and
crawled along the battleground.
>> I really do think that this
can be, like, the woods where
they was fighting, like, maybe
they had -- this can be, like,
a tree that they can climb over,
so they can get to where they've
got to go without being
>> REPORTER: In doing so,
students develop
body awareness, locomotor and
manipulative skills,
and problem-solve as a team.
>> STUDENT: We do the exact
things that the soldiers
would do.
We had to carry Sammy,
the skeleton, over land
like the dead soldiers.
Makes it important to us
to learn about it.
>> REPORTER: It's a lesson that
helps students learn about
American history in their own
backyard and get physical
exercise at the same time.
>> There's all different
history in this area.
It tells you, like, where they
are and how much people
there were in the army,
and how good we fought against
the British.
>> CROUTHAMEL: The students
really look forward to this unit
every single year.
They start asking me at the
beginning of the school year,
"When is it going to be set up?
When are we going
to be doing it?"
>> Following this lesson, the
students at Charlesmont will
have a week with a Halloween
theme using the equipment.
You know, you don't usually see
elementary and high school
students working together during
the school day.
But for this project, both ages
team up for a good cause.
>> NAWOJSKI: Students from
Dulaney High School and
Pot Spring Elementary teamed up
to participate in a forest
buffer restoration project
at Spring Lake Park
in Cockeysville.
>> It's really fun for us,
planting trees up here, because
we know that's helping
the environment.
>> Trees provide a tremendous
amount of habitat.
In order for them to provide
the right habitat for Maryland,
we always plant native species.
>> NAWOJSKI: These trees not
only help the environment,
but also symbolize teamwork.
>> It's really good that the
older kids in the horticulture
classes can help to teach the
younger kids about protecting
the environment, so that when
they get older,
they can help people, as well.
>> NAWOJSKI: The students, both
young and old, were eager to
plant their trees and make this
seemingly small action mean a
whole lot more.
>> MAN: They're super-excited,
and they're going to get to
label their names on their
trees, so they'll get to come
back and see their tree and make
sure it was theirs, and see how
it's doing, so they'll
be super-excited about it.
>> Long after these kids grow
up, these trees will still be
here as a reminder of the
partnership between Pot Spring
Elementary and Dulaney High
School students, back on a crisp
fall day in 2011.
I'm Melissa Nawojski.
>> These tree-planting
partnerships are all part of a
very popular BCPS outdoor
education program.
Now, up next, students across
the county jump to break a world
And a sobering reminder to
teenage drivers to think before
they get behind the wheel
of a car.
All this in our
"Around the County" segment.
>> MAN: Teachers, please bring
your classes out into the
We want to fill every hallway in
the building with all of our
>> REPORTER: What started as a
typical morning at Norwood
Elementary School and other
schools around Baltimore County
was all but that.
>> It is time to get set up to
start our jumping jacks.
>> REPORTER: And when they heard
of Michelle Obama's "Let's Move"
campaign, they literally jumped
on board.
>> Our boys and girls were very
Anything to get them up, out of
their chairs and moving in the
morning, they always get excited
>> STUDENT: We were all really
excited that we were
helping the first lady and that
we got to get up, and mostly
everybody was having fun.
>> REPORTER: The effort sets to
break a record, as kids across
the nation, in unison,
complete a minute
of jumping jacks or more.
>> It makes your heart beat
really bad, and once you get
used to it, you'll go faster.
>> REPORTER: At Norwood, their
motto is, "Healthy body!
Healthy mind! Healthy spirit!"
>> BERKEY: It's a great way to
promote a healthy lifestyle, and
Michelle Obama's initiative is
being healthy and fit
for the future,
and making our students aware of
the importance of exercise and
healthy habits is our goal.
>> REPORTER: Owings Mills High
School started off their annual
Traffic Safety Week with a
powerful demonstration.
[ Sirens wailing ]
>> They did a car crash, and it
was -- there was a drunk driver
in the car, and they took out a
kid on a stretcher, and they
arrested the kid drunk driving,
and they pulled apart the car to
get out all the passengers.
>> REPORTER: The week-long
activity is designed to raise
awareness of safe driving.
>> It's really important to let
kids know that
the number-one killer
of all teens is traffic crashes,
and, you know, a teen is more
likely to be in a crash, not
because they're bad drivers, but
because they're inexperienced.
>> REPORTER: For these students,
this fake accident
certainly had an effect on them.
>> From speaking with some of
the kids, they
reacted pretty good.
They thought it was real.
And knowing that they think it's
real and it could happen to
them any time, it enlightens
them, and they see a lot more of
what could happen to them if
they don't make the right
>> And here's another fact.
BCPS has nearly 700 followers
on Twitter.
Keep it up.
So let's take a look at one BCPS
student who has more than just
college on his mind,
in our "In Focus" segment.
>> REPORTER: Some high school
>> WOMAN: Good morning, class.
>> REPORTER: Are focused on
the task at hand.
>> Regarding social
>> REPORTER: But one student...
>> STUDENT: Black Heartz.
That's my business, and I'm
very proud of it.
>> REPORTER: Has many
responsibilities that extend
beyond the classroom.
>> "Tough Love" shirt.
Total of 750 views.
>> STUDENT: You see,
Phillip Frazier, better known
as Phil, is a student athlete, a
good student, and an
He designs exclusive shirts and
hoodies, and he has his own
Web site.
>> WOMAN: Phillip is a
He is a very hard worker.
He is very focused.
He's destined for success.
>> REPORTER: Which has made him
who he is today.
>> FRAZIER: Freshman year, ninth
grade, I just found, like, there
was a lot of unoriginal trends
within a generation.
I felt as though I had to bring
something to the table
to lighten it up and give
somebody else a chance to wear
something different than wearing
what everybody else was wearing.
>> REPORTER: Having this vision
and taking the business
management pathway classes
that New Town High School offers
was a smart move
to jump-start his business.
>> I think that it's very
interesting at his young age for
him to start his own business,
and I think that he'll do really
well, 'cause the clothes are
really nice.
>> REPORTER: But just like any
other entrepreneur, there are
ups and downs.
>> There was a point in time
where I thought I couldn't
really do this for long, like,
I thought I could start it, but
I didn't have the heart
to finish it, and where she came
to me one time, and she said,
"You can do this.
You have the heart, you have the
drive, you have all the
components to do this."
And she really pushed me to keep
on going, so from then on, I've
been going strong ever since.
Hey, Ma, can you come here
for a second, please?
>> REPORTER: When he has
questions, there's someone
special in his corner with a few
helpful suggestions.
>> Get the quotes for branding
the T-shirts
on the Baltimore Ca$hlete$
and Tough Love, and then do the
automatic tweets.
This clothing brand that he's
trying to develop will probably
go far.
It's going to take us a while,
but I see him as a great
entrepreneur branching off into
different aspects.
>> REPORTER: Phil plans to major
in business marketing in college
>> To get a store, because I
feel as though it'll be tangible
for my customers to come in and
get that atmosphere of, like, an
urban brand and get that feel
for the brand, so they have a
better understanding and respect
what I do.
>> REPORTER: The sky is the
limit for this young
entrepreneur, and who knows?
Black Heartz could be the next
hot clothing line to hit the
For "BCPS News," I'm
Jessica Dortch.
>> Wow, Phil has a bright future
ahead of him.
That does it for this edition of
"BCPS News."
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As we leave you today, let's
take a look at some of the
shapes and colors of fall.
Until next time, I'm
Mary Beth Marsden.
Thanks for watching.