Registration Is Here!

It’s Time to Register for PK–8 in Charles Village

Don’t forget that In-Zone applicants for K–8 are guaranteed a spot at our competitive neighborhood schools; enrollment opened on April 7th!  Pre-K applications should be submitted as soon as possible to reserve a space— the number of slots available for Pre-K is limited.

Upcoming events at Margaret Brent:

There was a lot of interest in the earlier open houses at Margaret Brent. As a result, there will be one additional open house for prospective Margaret Brent Families on April 28th at 5:30pm at the Village Learning Place. Please email if you would like to attend the upcoming open house and/or to make an appointment to register for the 2014/2015 school year.

Upcoming events at Barclay:

Thursday, May 15th from 5-6:30PM, Science Family Night and Open House

Tuesday, April 29th from 9-11AM, Pre-K and K Orientation/Registration
Tuesday, May 13th from 9-11AM, Pre-K and K Orientation/Registration
Tuesday, May 20th from 9-11AM, Pre-K and K Orientation/Registration

Orientation/Registration will offer parents a sneak peak at Pre-K and K classes in addition to a registration workshop. During the workshop portion, parents will receive an orientation to policies, procedures and community resources at Barclay in addition to completing registration paperwork.

Reservations are required.  Prospective Pre-K and Kindergarten students are welcome to attend with their parent. To make a reservation, contact Kelly Oglesbee (Community School Coordinator ) at 443.863.8671

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Baltimore’s Teacher Of The Year Teaches At Barclay

We have such great news to share! Elizabeth Barletta, fifth grade math and science teacher at Barclay, is Baltimore’s Teacher Of The Year!

Ms. Barletta has been at Barclay for four years. She is an active member of her school’s Instructional Leadership Team, serves as the 5th-grade STEM professional development facilitator, and is a mentor for Loyola University of Maryland student-teachers.

“She considers all of the different and unique factors that make up each student, and determines the best way to reach that child. That’s what it takes to make sure each child is successful—and it’s the effort that outstanding teachers like Ms. Barletta make every day for the children in their care.” said Interim CEO, Tisha Edwards.

Barclay’s managing assistant principal, Bettye Adams, gives Ms. Barletta the highest praise possible. “She is a teacher I would have chosen for my own children.” Principal Adams notes, “Ms. Barletta is always pushing her students farther, as evidenced in the rich conversations I hear.”

City Schools selects the Teacher of the Year through a rigorous, competitive process. Teachers must have at least five years’ experience and demonstrate qualities of effectiveness and leadership. Ms. Barletta was selected by the award committee after extensive review of applications, essays, and recommendations, followed by interviews and classroom observations of the finalist candidates.

Ms. Barletta has done some really interesting projects with her students. It’s no wonder they love her! Congratulations, Ms. Barletta!

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Barclay Celebrates STEM

Last week on Thursday, GHCC Staff members coordinated a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) showcase event at the 29th Street Community Center. The showcase was an opportunity for Barclay students to celebrate and to display the science projects that they’ve been working on over the last quarter to the community.

The projects are the product of enhanced science curriculum implemented this year and made possible by the Johns Hopkins University in partnership with Baltimore City Schools and a five year National Science Foundation grant. The program is called Stem Achievement in Baltimore Elementary Schools (SABES) and is a five year project that will focus on nine City and Elementary/Middle schools to improve STEM curriculum and delivery in grades 3-5.

SABES at Barclay has both school day and after school components in 3rd-5th grades and they had some great work on display. The Maryland Science Center conducted interactive science demonstrations during the event that were a lot of fun for everyone to watch. It was a great event and this is an amazing program for our students. I’m looking forward to the next one.

The SABES/STEM program will roll out at Margaret Brent during the 2015/2016 academic year. You can read more about SABES here.

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Samsung Smart School Solution Pilot

Thank you to generous donations from Samsung and the Johns Hopkins University, Margaret Brent and Barclay are piloting the Samsung Smart School Solution!

At Margaret Brent, Mr. Cataline’s 6th grade classroom is set to pilot the program and is currently being outfitted with an interactive whiteboard along with tablets for students to use throughout the instructional day. The program, scheduled to launch this month, will allow students to engage in individually customized content and classroom activities at their own pace. We can’t wait to see where this will take them.

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