Edgemere Elementary

Edgemere Elementary was one of four schools named “most well-read” by Baltimore County Public Schools on Team BCPS Day (Jan. 9). Pictured: students at Edgemere Elementary read books while seated on the floor in the library.

• Presidents Day 2020 is a regular school day for BCPS

The Maryland State Board of Education approved a request from BCPS to make Presidents’ Day (Monday, Feb. 17) a regular school day, with all schools and offices open. This change is in accordance with the 2019-2020 school calendar, and the planned use of emergency closure make-up days. Opening schools on Feb. 17 will make up for the school system’s emergency closure of schools on Dec. 16, 2019.

• BCPS to host Black Saga countywide finals

The public is invited to attend the finals of the annual BCPS Black Saga Competition on Feb. 22 from 9 a.m.-noon at Loch Raven High School, 1212 Cowpens Ave. Teams from elementary and middle schools from across the county will compete in a demonstration of their knowledge of African American history and culture. The keynote speaker for the finals will be Superintendent Dr. Darryl L. Williams. The finals are free and open to the public.

• BCPS Special Education job fair to be held Feb. 28

Baltimore County Public Schools is hosting a 2020 Special Education Job Fair. The school system is seeking to hire: special education teachers, teachers of the deaf and hard of hearing, teachers of the visually impaired, speech pathologists, physical therapists and occupational therapists.

Screening interviews will be conducted for qualified applicants for the 2020-2021 school year. Employee benefits information will be available at the job fair. Those interested in applying are asked to apply online. For additional information, call 443-809-4605 or email sbarbieri@bcps.org.

The BCPS Special Education job fair will be held on Feb. 28 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, located at 9615 Deereco Rd, 21093.

In case of inclement weather, if Baltimore County Public Schools are opening one or two hours late, the interviews will be held on time. Snow date to be determined.

Holiday Inn will offer a special lodging rate for those staying overnight. For reservations, please call 800-235-3297 and indicate that you are attending the Special Education Job Fair for Baltimore County Public Schools.

• Scholarship loans available for students interested in teaching

In schools across the area, some teachers leading instruction were once Baltimore County Public Schools students. Building on that legacy, the school system offers scholarship loans to encourage even more students to become teachers.

“Our students are exactly the kinds of people we want teaching in our schools – intellectually curious, creative, and hardworking,” said Superintendent Dr. Darryl L. Williams. “Teaching offers so much – the opportunity to inspire others, share knowledge, and help shape the community and the future workforce. It is a high-impact career and one with great employment opportunities.”

Through the BCPS Scholarship Loan Program, BCPS students can apply for a loan scholarship worth $4,000 per year for up to four years. Renewal awards are automatic, pending transcript verification of grade point average (in good academic standing) and full-time status. The award may be used for tuition, fees, books, or educational supplies.

The application and a fact sheet about the program are available online. The application deadline is March 2, 2020.

To apply, BCPS high school seniors must have a minimum GPA of 2.80 and submit an application accompanied with a resume documenting school and community activities and three letters of recommendation. Once accepted into the program, recipients must sign a promissory note, agreeing to teach full-time in a Baltimore County public school, one year for each year of the award; enroll full-time in an approved teacher education program at a Maryland institution; maintain Maryland residency; and begin employment within six months of college graduation. Failure to maintain eligibility for the award based on GPA, full-time status or Maryland residency requirement, will require that the recipient repay the scholarship.

The BCPS Office of Human Resources will notify scholarship recipients of their award by April 1, 2020. For more information, please contact Carla Simons at csimons@bcps.org.