End of BCPS 2014-2015
school year announced
After adjusting for instructional days and hours lost to inclement winter weather, the Board of Education of Baltimore County voted Tuesday night to adjust the end of the school year.
- The last day for preschool-3 and pre-K will be Tuesday, June 16. This will be a full day for students at all levels.
- The last day for elementary and middle schools will be Thursday, June 18. Wednesday, June 17, and Thursday, June 18, will be half days for elementary and middle school students.
- The last day for high schools will be Friday, June 19. All days during the week of June 15-19 will be full days for high school students.
BCPS traditionally builds seven “snow days” into its annual school calendar, and received a waiver from the state for 15.5 hours. The state requires BCPS to provide 180 days of instruction.
Next school year to begin on August 24
The first day for the Baltimore County Public Schools’ 2015-2016 school year has been moved to Monday, August 24, from Wednesday, August 26.
This change was requested by Superintendent Dr. S. Dallas Dance and approved by the Board of Education of Baltimore County at its meeting on May 5. Opening a few days earlier allows additional instructional hours, particularly at the high school level. In past years, including the current year, the school system has asked for a waiver from the Maryland State Department of Education because of a shortage in instructional time due to inclement weather closings.
The complete calendar for the 2015-2016 school year is available at http://www.bcps.org/calendars/next_year_calendar.html.
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Cougar Learning Lab
CMS Cougar Learning Lab is open to students from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the library. Teachers volunteer their time in the Lab to provide a safe location for students to work on a variety of academic activities, such as work completion, organization, seeking teacher help, or reading. Students need to be prepared to work productively the entire time.
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To maintain and refine the climate of an effective middle school, our mission is… To help all students experience success and reach their full potential in an environment that nurtures high academic achievement, positive self-esteem, good values, appropriate and responsive student behavior, and open, effective communication among students, parents, teachers, and community. Their middle school experience will prepare them to move forward in becoming globally competitive students prepared for their chosen college and/or career path.
Our vision is clear…
To create, sustain and invest in a culture of deliberate excellence which helps to prepare our youth to become globally competitive students and contributing citizens. Our instructional outcomes are guided by three principles: (1) What children are expected to know and to demonstrate, (2) How our children can best be taught, and (3) How their learning will be assessed. We affirm a multicultural approach, which supports that all children can learn, success breeds success, and we (parents, students, educators, and community) share in the responsibility of the learner’s success.
We are guided by the four BCPS goals:
- Organizational Effectiveness