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Former Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts principal Ryan Imbriale, now executive director of the Department of Innovative Learning at Baltimore County Public Schools, has been named one of the Intel® Education Visionaries, an elite group of approximately 40 education leaders from all over the world who will be exemplars for global education transformation; inspire and share best practices with other educators, administrators and parents worldwide; and help Intel design the future of education technology.

They might just be here in the classrooms of Baltimore County Public Schools. To promote the importance of attendance – being in school on time and every day, the school system coordinated its first ever student attendance commercial contest. More than 43 entries were received from elementary, middle and high school students and student groups around the county.

There are displays in the lobby, including a “Billion Acts of Green" installation that details the environmentally-friendly things students can do. There are dozens of recycling pails that double as seats when a class goes outside to study the Bear Creek ecosystem.
The state won’t choose Green Schools for a while yet, but on Monday, Bear Creek’s green efforts paid off – thanks to support from community clean-up organizations, the school won the $3,000 grand prize award for the 2015 Team BCPS Clean Green 15 Challenge.
The school captured top honors by marshalling nearly 900 volunteers during two clean-ups that netted 13,044 pounds of trash from school grounds and in the community, enough to fill 1,203 large trash bags. Six other schools also were awarded grants and prizes for their participation in the Clean Green campaign.

The U.S. Department of Education today announced that Pine Grove Elementary School in Parkville has been named a National Blue Ribbon School, one of 355 schools across the nation recognized this year.
“I am so proud that the hard work of the students, staff, and community of Pine Grove Elementary School is being recognized with a National Blue Ribbon," said BCPS Superintendent Dallas Dance. “Under the leadership of Principal Jean Wilson, Pine Grove has strengthened its rigorous academics, nurturing learning atmosphere, and strong sense of community pride. Those elements combine to make the school an exemplar worthy of the National Blue Ribbon designation."

Parkville High School Center for Mathematics, Science, and Computer Science
student Saadiq K. Shaik and Perry Hall High student Jacob A. Ingalls were among 25 Baltimore County Public Schools students from nine high schools that have been named semifinalists in the 61st annual National Merit Scholarship Program coordinated by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
“Our students are young people of tremendous intellectual curiosity and personal drive,” said BCPS Superintendent S. Dallas Dance. “The success of these 25 seniors speaks to the perseverance they have exhibited not just in high school but throughout their academic careers and to the outstanding instruction and support they have received from family, teachers, and administrators. We wish our semifinalists well as they compete for scholarships and finalist ranking, and we look forward to following their post-graduate careers.”

Newsweek has named five Baltimore County public schools as among its 2015 top 1,000 high schools in the nation. In addition, Eastern Tech, which is one of those five, has been recognized on the magazine’s “Beating the Odds" list, which considers both high academic performance and students’ socio-economic backgrounds.
The BCPS schools named among the top 1,000 in the nation are:
* Dulaney High School (#571)
* Eastern Technical High School (#556)
* George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology (#603)
* Hereford High School (#671)
* Towson High School (#750)
New Town High (which ranked just out of the top 1,000 at #1,018) and Eastern Tech placed #452 and #410 respectively on the Beating the Odds list.
Both schools also were identified as meeting Newsweek’s equity measure by helping students from low-income families score at or above state averages on standardized tests.
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