Edgewood Schools News, Jan 2010

MLK Essay Contest.  Attention all Middle and High School students (Public, Independent, Alternative, Home-Schooled) of Cecil and Harford counties! You are invited to enter the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 2010 Essay contest.  The theme for the essay is to discuss how you are working or would work to promote his message of non-violence, service to all people and strengthening of family and community.  Monetary awards will be presented to the top 3 essays from middle school and from high school entries.  Essay Submission Deadline is Monday, January 25, 2010.  Details regarding the entry application form and other information are found on the attached flyer.

Music and Dance Programs Congratulations
Congratulations to the students and teachers who worked so diligently to present excellent musical and dance programs at our Edgewood Schools in December.  This editor was very pleased to see the support of parents and community in their attendance at nearly packed auditoriums.  The debut performance of the Edgewood Evolution Dance Troupe saw 100 dancers learning up to seven different numbers in just a few short weeks.  The original works of dance and creative choreography of Director Ms. Christ and by her inspired students were enthusiastically performed.  Well done!

Evidence that the High School Jazz Band will be beneficiaries of a well trained and impressive Middle School Jazz Band under the tutorage of Mr. Nick Trosclair was clearly shown at the Middle School Winter Concert.  To all of the students (and teachers) who performed at their respective school concerts, we say ’thank you’ and we are looking forward to the Spring concerts!

Edgewood Middle School (input from by Stacy Bryan)
The EMS Family Bulletin is posted on our school website at https://www.edline.net/pages/Edgewood_Middle_School

As part of our mission to Empower, Inspire, and Achieve TOGETHER it is important that we continue to engage you, our parents and community, in meaningful ways. Engagement includes your participation in school activities as well as the support of the school mission and vision at home. Here are some of the many ways you already engage or could further engage in the learning process. Attend Back to School Night, Open House and Parent Conferences; emphasize “Home” work completion; volunteer for Fundraisers, Team Nights and on Field trips and come to Meetings.

Parents and community members are invited to join the Edgewood Middle School Instructional Leadership Team for an informal Meet and Greet from 6:00 -7:00 pm in the cafeteria on January 25th. These meetings are designed to build relationships among parents, community members, and school leadership. By providing an opportunity for an exchange of ideas, we can truly empower and inspire our children as learners! Immediately following the Meet and Greet, parents are encouraged to stay for the PTSA meeting, where our dedicated PTSA will work with us to create and coordinate opportunities for meaningful engagement in a wide range of activities related to student achievement.   PTSA meetings occur on the 4th Monday of each month. The Meet & Greets are planned in sync with these meetings on one day each quarter so that families can more easily participate in both.  If you ever have a suggestion for a topic for the agenda of either type of meeting, please don’t hesitate to contact our PTSA at emsptsa@gmail.com. Requests will be shared with the school leadership as needed.

Cutting Edge Teachers Make a Difference (by Stacy Bryan and Jessica Reynard)
Ms. Jessica Simmons-Reynard has been a technology teacher at Edgewood Middle School for nearly a decade, and in that time, she’s seen a lot of technology come and go.  One of her passions is cross-curricular integration of technology, and she values the use of the Internet to make those learning experiences both authentic, engaging, and accessible.  Recently, Ms. Simmons-Reynard received national recognition for lesson plans that she submitted.  Entering the contest has been a learning experience for her as she works with other professionals to fine tune the lessons.   Follow this link to see one of her lesson projects:
We are sincerely thankful that Ms. Simmons-Reynard is a member of our talented and dedicated staff, and wish her continued success as she submits more lessons to promote technology literacy.

William Paca/Old Post Road Elementary School (input from Carinda Raftery, Family Liaison)
Computer Lab.  The WP/OPR Computer Lab located in the William Paca School will be available for use by parents on January 13th from 6:15 – 7:15 pm.  The Old Post Road School computer lab will be available on Feb 10th from 6:15 – 7:15 pm for use by parents.

Chat n Chews.  Parents are invited to come together to share ideas and thoughts on guided topics with teachers and to enjoy a light breakfast on January 27th from 7:45 – 8:30 am in the WP cafeteria.

PTA.  A General Meeting of the PTA will be held on February 1st at 6:00 pm in the WP media center.  Your attendance will be very welcomed.