"Today we learn, tomorrow we lead."
Dear Titan Community & Families,
As we gather for the holiday season, from our family to yours, we wish you a safest and happiest of holidays. On Wednesday, November 25, we celebrated 287 Titan students who earned Honor Roll status at our 1st quarter Scholars Reception and 364 students with perfect attendance for the quarter. Thirteen of our students earned straight A’s for the quarter and those students attended our quarterly Straight “A” Breakfast. As we move closer to our vision of being one of the highest-performing schools in Baltimore County Public Schools, it is important to highlight that this is accomplished through creating academically rigorous courses that will facilitate student learning and meet College and Career Ready standards. This month, students will begin course selections for the 2016-2017 academic school year. It is important that parents and guardians work with students in order to select a rigorous academic program that prepares them for college and careers. Student course selection will drive many facets of our school operation, so it is important students select courses wisely by choosing courses that are beneficial and that they will commit to complete. The course selection process for students encompasses the theory of Deliberate Excellence. “Deliberate Excellence is never an accident, but is the result of intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives” (W. Foster).
As we go from Good-to-Great, we are shifting our practices to focus on learner-centered classroom environments, rigorous instruction, higher order questioning, and an increase in student and teacher accountability. Part of this objective is to ensure student grading is accurate, reflects student achievement, and is timely in its feedback. Parent and guardians are encouraged to monitor student progress in BCPSOne and establish ongoing communication with their child’s teachers.
We are proud of our student’s accomplishments and our school. With the start of new year, comes new opportunities. We are excited to announce that we have applied to become a Baltimore County Public Schools Lighthouse School. Students and Teachers Accessing Tomorrow (S.T.A.T.) and the Lighthouse Schools will receive individual digital learning devices for students; implement one-to-one personalized and blended learning; and create an innovative, comprehensive, digital learning culture (BCPS website). We are requesting your support as we embrace the next phase of our school’s vision to become one of the highest performing schools in Baltimore County Public Schools.
Kevin L. Whatley