Resources

Attendance Note

This year we are providing a uniform note that can be used for absence notes, early dismisal notes, and late arrival notes. Please click on the Attendance Note link below to print a copy. This form is also available on the Quick Links list on the home page of this web site.

Attendance Note - CMS Form


Parent Smart: 4 big, easy boosts for your student

by Ann Pleshette Murphy, USA Weekend (August 29-31, 2008)
Kids are more apt to succeed when parents get involved.

 We asked the best and the brightest for easy, powerful ways to get this school year off to a good start. Their tips:

1. Start the day right. Nutritious breakfasts can get lost in the morning rush. Untraditional fare (say, a whole-wheat tortilla with cheese, refried beans and leftover veggies) can be a satisfying, portable breakfast, says Marilyn Swanson of the USDA's Children's Nutrition Research Center in Houston. In a pinch, grab 100% fruit juice and leftovers from the fridge. "Something is better than nothing," she says.

2. Bookmark the school website. Keep up with school news online and with your kids' teachers via e-mail. "Students with engaged parents tend to succeed," says Jan Harp Domene, national PTA president.

3. Work out during homework. Research shows that physical activity helps a child academically. So toss a tennis ball during vocabulary drills or kick a soccer ball while reciting times tables, says Michelle May of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

4. Put "zzz's" on the A-list. Insufficient sleep can hurt children academically the next day.

Ann Pleshette Murphy is the parenting expert for ABC's Good Morning America.

Maryland Learning Links

Maryland Learning Links is a website that provides information, guidance and resources related to Special Education and Early Intervention in Maryland built on the belief that every child can learn and achieve both inside and outside the classroom.

http://marylandlearninglinks.org/

Parents' Guide to the Common Core

The Parents’ Guide to Student Success was developed in response to the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics that more than 45 states have adopted. Created by teachers, parents, education experts, and others from across the country, the standards provide clear, consistent expectations for what students should be learning at each grade in order to be prepared for college and career.

http://pta.org/parents/content.cfm?ItemNumber=2583

For more detailed information, visit the CMS Common Core web page.

Central Area Education Advisory Council

Baltimore County is divided into five councils, one of which is the Central Area. It is comprised of thirty-one elementary/ middle/high schools, including Cockeysville Middle. The Council was established in 1972 to serve as a community liaison to the Board of Education. One function is the provision of monthly lectures/discussions on topics of interest to school parents and teachers. Another function is to provide information to the school community about new policies, curriculum and legislation that affects the schools. Finally, the Council also holds meetings to obtain public comments and suggestions, that we can bring to the Board or Education for answers. The Council generally meets at a different school within the Central Area each month.


Microsoft Office 365

Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) has entered into an agreement with Microsoft to participate in the Microsoft Office 365 Student Advantage Program. The program will give students and their family members access to as many as five copies of the Microsoft Office 365 suite for personal computers, tablets, iPads, iPhones, and Android devices, all free of charge. If you are interested, please see the links to the letter and instructions for installing Microsoft Office 365. At this time, Microsoft Office 365 is available for students and their family members only.

Student Access Letter
Instructions for Microsoft 365