BCPS News 11-18-11

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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
some rockets taking flight,
cast out the SOS signal
to ease homework wars,
and engineers in the making.
All this and more.
But first, let's check out
what's trending.
The renowned Johns Hopkins
Hospital pediatric neurosurgeon
and co-founder of the Carson
Scholars Fund made a rare
personal visit to all 1,300
Woodlawn High School students.
Dr. Ben Carson spoke to students
about the importance
of academic achievement;
careers in science, technology,
engineering, and mathematics;
and striving to
reach your full potential.
Dr. Carson's visit was part of
the joint celebrations of
Ben Carson Reading Day and
American Education Week.
Kingsville Elementary School got
into the act of sharing a little
kindness in celebration of
National Kindness Day.
The mission of the day was to
inspire individuals to think
about others and making the
world a better place.
The students at Kingsville read
motivating books, wore colorful
T-shirts, and performed random
acts of kindness to unsuspecting
classmates, teachers,
and staff.
The school pledges that it will
continue its focus on students'
being kind to one another
throughout the school year.
15 male faculty members from
Patapsco High School and Center
for the Arts are changing the
face of men's health by
participating in the
Movember Campaign.
Since November 1st, the guys,
or better known as
"the Mo Brothers," have resisted
the urge to shave
their facial hair.
By participating in this hair
growth movement,
Principal Ryan Imbriale, along
with his colleagues, hope to
raise $2,000 to support the
national program for Prostate
Cancer Foundation
the Lance Armstrong Foundation.
In 2010, globally, $7.5 million
was raised for this cause.
And for more happenings in and
around BCPS,
the Classroom to Community
Express newspaper is now
The paper contains in-depth
stories, photos, and important
dates to remember,
so check it out.
Stay with us.
There's more to come.
>> Whatcha doing, Dad?
>> My favorite thing.
>> Really, Dad, what are you
>> Paying bills.
Every month, a stack of them
come, just as regular as rain.
>> What's this one?
>> That's a special one, son.
I pay it first.
>> How come?
>> It's money for my retirement
I put some money aside each
month, just like I was
paying a bill.
>> Wouldn't you rather buy
>> I don't want to work forever,
and I don't want you to have to
support me in my old age.
In a way, I'm buying
peace of mind.
I'm on the installment plan.
>> Behind the wheel,
there is no such thing
as a small distraction.
A public service reminder
from the American Academy
of Orthopedic Surgeons.
Speak out against distracted
driving at DecideToDrive.org.
>> Hi, welcome back.
George Washington Carver Center
for Arts and Technology is well
known for its arts programs, but
some budding engineers are out
to make a name of their own.
Let's take a look.
>> REPORTER: Twice a week, a
group of students at Carver
Center for Arts and Technology
gather after school to
collaborate on a project.
Not an art project.
They're building a robot.
>> So we want to -- what are
we -- can we extend these?
>> REPORTER: The students are
members of the 10-year-old
engineering club at Carver, and
it turns out that engineering is
a perfect fit in one of the
country's most honored
arts magnet schools.
>> STUDENT: Well, with arts,
you have to be very creative to
help solve different kind of
problems with, like,
painting or drawing,
and it's the same with this.
You have to problem-solve, and,
you know, each robot is, you
know, designed to look good, as
well as perform
to the best of its ability.
>> STUDENT: We have our visual
We have people who know how to
work with form, work with
What I do, art-wise, I do a lot
of sculpture, so it's basically
like building armature --
the skeleton inside of a
sculpture -- except you're
using more physics-related
>> REPORTER: On this day, the
students are preparing for the
upcoming VEX robotics
tournament, which will bring
together high school
and middle school teams
from around the county.
The game this year is called
>> STUDENT: You have a playing
field, and it's covered in a
field full of balls and barrels.
And your robot has to pick up
the barrels and put them in
different heights of goals
to score points.
>> REPORTER: The challenge of
building, programming, and
controlling a robot to perform
specific tasks helps students
develop skills in the STEM areas
of science, technology,
engineering, and math.
>> Certain motor ratios and gear
ratios won't work, and certain
designs just won't cut it for
the kind of work we're asking
the robots to do, so the first
couple of competitions will be,
you know, just us trying to
understand robots, programming,
and everything, and then later
will become actual competitive
competition, like with the
programming challenge and the
manual control challenge.
>> REPORTER: But the real fun
will come in competition.
>> COLE: It's a lot of stress,
'cause there's always teams
around you who have messed
something up, or something
broke, and they're
always fixing it.
And then your team, if
something breaks on you, you're
always running about, trying to
get it done.
But everyone's always really in
a good mood, and they're always
friendly competition, and it's
a really nice atmosphere.
>> PETER: It's a lot of
It's a lot of on-the-spot
changing, quick thinking,
fixing, but in the end, you
always come out -- you always
come out the better.
You always end up
knowing more than what you
went in at first thinking.
>> We wish them well
in their competition.
Now, the Goddard Space Center
literally set up shop for the
students at Hillcrest
Elementary School
as they took part in
Rocket Day.
>> Hello, Ms. Posner's class!
>> STUDENTS: Hello!
>> Welcome to Rocket Day!
>> All fourth-graders across the
county get to learn about space,
but these students here at
Hillcrest Elementary get to
experience space in a whole new
As an introduction to their
space unit, students were given
the chance to take home
model rocket kits to build their
own rockets to launch on
Hillcrest's Rocket Day.
>> Well, it's a really good
experience, because it gets to,
it lets kids launch rockets.
And, like, most people can't do,
unless they work
at a space place.
>> NAWOJSKI: The altitude of
each flight was recorded in
order to see whose rocket
launched the highest.
>> WOMAN: I'm going to take my
device, and I'm going to eye up
the -- and I'm hopefully going
to get it -- okay.
And Matthew Adams came in
at 152.
>> NAWOJSKI: This experience not
only teaches them about space,
it allows them to explore
different fields of science.
>> It's very interesting just to
learn about rockets, because it
helps me understand my father's
line of work.
>> For BCPS News,
I'm Melissa Nawojski.
>> [Cheers and screams]
>> Today's elementary school
students, tomorrow's
space explorers.
What a cool project.
Coming up next, BCPS helps in
creating an event at the
Maryland State Fairgrounds that
provides opportunities for
minority businesses.
And then we head over to
Pine Grove Middle School and
Harford Hills Elementary School,
where folks get to spend time
in school with their kids and
All this in our
"Around the County" segment.
>> REPORTER: More than 110
general contractors had the
opportunity to showcase their
businesses to approximately 500
minority subcontractors at the
third annual Meet & Greet,
which was started by Baltimore
County Public Schools
and co-sponsored
by other government entities.
>> It's important because
Baltimore County supports the
minority vendor program
that the state of Maryland has
asked us to put into place, so
this is an opportunity for those
general contractors to meet
those minority vendors so that
they can use them on their next
>> REPORTER: The networking
event was designed to highlight
companies that hire minority
business enterprise
subcontractors or assist these
businesses with financing,
business management,
or marketing.
>> We are a business that is
doing well.
We are a small, woman-owned
business that's been in business
since 2000 and looking for
>> REPORTER: Harford Hills
Elementary School and other
schools around Baltimore County
celebrated American Education
Week, where parents and
relatives were offered the
opportunity to visit the
classroom and see what's going
on in their schools.
>> Today's a special day,
because it's our Open House Day,
and we have lunch in the lobby,
where parents can have lunch
with their children, and we have
many other things
throughout the building.
>> I'm here today, it's American
Education Week, and I'm
here to support my daughter.
She's in third grade, and I want
to see what her day is like.
>> REPORTER: What an
informative week!
Now let's go to Pine Grove
Middle and see
what's in store for them.
During American Education Week,
Pine Grove Middle School hosted
a variety of events, such as
their first-ever
Grandparents' Day.
>> So today, our grandparents
and other family members
are coming to Pine Grove Middle
to see their students in action.
>> We also have a lot of
grandparents who wanted to
understand a little bit more
about the academic setting here.
>> REPORTER: But for some
grandparents, it was more than
just visiting a classroom.
>> It's very important, because
a lot of the children today, the
parents are both working.
They don't have the opportunity
for the support, and so we're
that family link for them.
>> Are the challenges of
homework getting you down?
One school has an SOS Club to
ease those homework wars, which
helps students to be prepared
for class.
So let's take a look at our
"In Focus" segment.
>> Remember, do all your
>> REPORTER: Being ready for a
test can be stressful
at times.
>> ...either on the test packet
or on your scrap paper.
>> REPORTER: Cockeysville Middle
School, just like many other
BCPS schools, has a plan to ease
that stress.
>> You may begin.
Good luck.
>> REPORTER: Student support is
offered twice a week for the
entire school year.
>> WOMAN: What are you
working on?
>> STUDENT: Math and reading.
>> WOMAN: Two at a table.
Get started.
>> REPORTER: As students make
their way to the SOS Club,
teachers are ready to help.
>> Why don't you write down
what's due tomorrow and check
off that you did it?
What was the assignment that you
had to do for tomorrow?
>> The Treaty of Paris.
>> Can you write that down?
>> REPORTER: This SOS Club was
formed so the students could
have a place where they could do
homework assignments and get
help from teachers if needed.
>> So that's the next one --
15 + 9 is 24.
>> They're so happy when they
leave here, because their
homework is done.
They can go home and report to
their parents, "Hey, Mom,
my homework's done."
All the stress in the evening is
off, and the next morning,
they're ready for class, because
they've already done their
>> The next day, we don't have
to ask the teachers the
questions and tell them that
we didn't do our homework
because we didn't understand.
>> REPORTER: For teachers,
volunteering their time
has mutual benefits.
>> The next day in class,
they're so excited to raise
their hand -- their homework is
finished, and they're just
more confident in the classroom.
>> The cow.
>> Okay, and who else agrees
with the alligator?
>> I think the horse.
>> Correct.
>> REPORTER: This club has not
only helped improve their
grades, but improves the
relationship, as well.
>> I'm energized by the fact
that we have up to 40 students
here after school on Tuesdays
and Thursdays.
It's amazing to me how fast the
word gets out -- the students
find out that this is the place
to come -- they can get
assistance, it's
a safe place to be.
That gratifies me.
It gratifies me, too, that I've
built relationships with
students that I don't teach.
>> REPORTER: When students take
ownership of their own progress
and embrace getting help in
something they don't quite
understand, it's a win-win
situation for them and the
teachers, too.
>> Well, that does it for this
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As we leave you today, let's
take a look at some of the
artwork Cockeysville Middle
School is showcasing at the
Cockeysville branch of the
Baltimore County Public Library.
Until next time,
I'm Mary Beth Marsden.
Thanks for watching.